Lettuce Discuss… Vegan Candy!

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time:  4 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour
Total time:  1 hour 14 minutes
Serves: depending on mould size
 

Decadent… Sweet… Rich…

Ingredients

For Dark Chocolate Candy:

2-3 Bars of Dark Chocolate

 

For Milk Chocolate Candy:

2-3 Bars of Dark Chocolate

¼ Cup Raw Sugar

¼ Cup Coconut Oil

¼ Almond Milk

Toppings: Roasted Peanuts, Haribo All Natural Vegan Marshmallows, Vegan Sprinkles, Candy Canes, Walnuts, Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans, Dried Fruit (wet fruit doesn’t work well for this).

Instructions

We used Mini Chocolate Silicon Moulds and our Silicon Cup Cake Pan.

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Melt down the Dark Chocolate Bars using the glass bowl in pan technique (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). For Milk Chocolate add the Raw Sugar, Coconut Oil, and Almond Milk, keep mixing until well blended.

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Apply your desired topping into moulds.

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After Dark Chocolate is completely melted gently spoon or pour over your toppings in the moulds.

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Allow to set in cold area or refrigerate until solid.

After Chocolate Candy is solid slimly push the candy out from the outside bottom of mould.

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ENJOY!

Lettuce Discuss… Health Benefits!
Dark Chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. Quality dark chocolate is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and Manganese. The bioactive compounds in cocoa can improve blood flow in the arteries and cause a small but statistically significant decrease in blood pressure… plus many more benefits.

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For more information on Health Benefits- Dark Chocolate click the following links.

http://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate/

 

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Lettuce Discuss… Chocolate Cake!

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time:  25 minutes
Total time:  40 minutes
Serves: 12 cupcakes or one Round Cake

Light… Sweet… Moist…

Ingredients

1 ½ Cups Gluten Free Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

¼ teaspoon Sea Salt

¾  Cup Raw Sugar

2 Egg Replacer

½ Cup Vegan Butter

½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

½ Cup Almond Milk

¾  Cup Almond Milk

1 Tablespoon of Instant Coffee

1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder

 

Additional Toppings: Our homemade Chocolate Spread 

and ½ Cup of Dandies All Natural Marshmallows (we import from the USA)

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees f. (Gas mark 4)

Line muffin baking pan with paper or foil liners (If you are using paper liner we suggest applying a drop of olive oil and coat the paper liner to avoid batter sticking).

Prepare the 2 Egg Replacer in a small bowl and set aside.

In a medium bowl add the Gluten Free Flour, Baking Powder, Sea Salt, and Raw Sugar, mix well. Add the 2 Egg Replacer, Vegan Butter, and Vanilla Extract, mix well.

Take the ½ Cup Almond Milk and add the 1 Tablespoon of Instant Coffee and mix well, add to batter.

Take the ¾ Cup Almond Milk and add the 1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder and mix well, add to batter.

Take one scoop (we use an ice cream scooper) of mixture and place in prepared cupcake liner or cake pan. We added Dandies all natural marshmallows in the cake batter for additional Yummy Flavor!

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool (We added our Chocolate Spread for additional Sweetness Flavor!)

 ENJOY!

 

Lettuce Discuss… Health Benefits!  
 “Just 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder contains 3 to 9 percent of the recommended daily intake of iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc. In addition to carrying oxygen, iron helps make red blood cells and is essential for your immune system. Manganese is a component of enzymes that form cartilage and bones, metabolize nutrients and function as antioxidants inside every cell in your body. Magnesium helps produce energy and maintain a normal heart rhythm. Zinc is vital for the production and development of new cells, including immune system cells. Without enough zinc, the number of bacteria-fighting cells goes down and you become more susceptible to illness.
Flavonoids are the plant-based substances responsible for many of cocoa’s health benefits. There are many different types of flavonoids, but cocoa is a good source of two: epicatechin and catechin. Natural unsweetened cocoa powder has 196 milligrams of epicatechin in every 100 grams of powder, compared with unsweetened chocolate squares which have 142 milligrams and dark chocolate candy with 84 milligrams. The flavonoids in cocoa function as antioxidants that help prevent systemic inflammation. Epicatechin relaxes the muscles in blood vessels, which improves blood flow and helps lower blood pressure, according to research published in the March 2012 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

 

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For more information on Health Benefits- Cocoa Powder click the following links.

 http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-unsweetened-cocoa-powder-5662.html

Lettuce Discuss… Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time:  20 minutes
Total time:  35 minutes
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Cuisine:  American
Serves: 12 muffins

Delicious… Extraordinary… Heavenly Moist…

Ingredients

1 ½ Cups Gluten Free Self Raising White Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

¼ teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of Homemade Pumpkin Spice

1 Cup Almond Milk

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Egg Replacer

1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

½ Cup Brown Muscovado Cane Sugar

For an added delicious flavor, we made Apple Pumpkin Spice Muffins & Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Muffins!
For these you will need the following extras.

1 Apple

1 Tablespoon Vegan Butter

1 Dark Chocolate Bar

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees f. (Gas mark 5)

Line muffin baking pan with paper or foil liners. (If you are using paper liner we suggest applying a drop of olive oil to the paper liner to avoid batter sticking).

Prepare the 1 Egg Replacer in a small bowl and set aside.

Chop the Dark Chocolate Bar into bite sized pieces.

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Peel, core, and chop the Apple into small pieces. Sautee apple pieces in 1 Tablespoon of Vegan Butter, add 1 teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice. Cook for 2 minutes. Set aside.

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In a medium bowl add the Gluten Free Flour, Baking Powder, Sea Salt, and 1 Tablespoon of the Pumpkin Spice, mix well. Add Almond Milk, Olive Oil, Egg Replacer, Vanilla Extract, and Brown Sugar, mix well.

Spoon Pumpkin Spice batter into muffin tin liners, filling ¼ full, add a spoon full of Apple mixture and top with more Pumpkin Spice batter. Do the same with the Dark Chocolate.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, use a toothpick to check if the muffins are cooked, pierce the muffin and if it comes out clean they’re done. If not, cook for a further few minutes at a time until they are cooked.

Cool and store in refrigerator.

 ENJOY!

 

Lettuce Discuss… Health Benefits!

Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. The possible health benefits associated with apples are, improving neurological health, preventing dementia, reducing your risk of stroke, lowering levels of bad cholesterol, reducing your risk of diabetes, and warding off breast cancer.

Dark Chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. Quality dark chocolate is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and Manganese. The bioactive compounds in cocoa can improve blood flow in the arteries and cause a small but statistically significant decrease in blood pressure… plus many more benefits.

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For more information on Health Benefits- Apples and Dark Chocolate click the following links.

 http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/267290.php

 http://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate/

 

 

 

Lettuce Discuss… Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse

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Prep time: 1 minute
Blend time: 4 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Cuisine: Vegan Desert
Serves: 2

 

Ingredients

2 Ripe Avocados

¼ Cup Organic Honey (see our Honey Blog)

1/3 Cup Raw Cocoa Powder

3 Tablespoons of Raw Sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3 Tablespoons of Hemp Milk or any Non Dairy Milk

 

Instructions

•Halve the Avocados and scoop the inside fruit out into a food processor.

•Add the Honey, Cocoa Powder, Raw Sugar, and Almond Milk.

•Mix for a few minutes until mixture is smooth and all avocados bits are blended. Taste and adjust with extra raw sugar if desired.

•Scoop the Chocolate Avocado Mousse into two small dessert dishes or just one dish for you!

•Garnish with desired fresh fruit for additional yummyness!

Recommended: Refrigerate the Chocolate Avocado Mouse for 15 minutes before serving!

 

Health benefits of avocados!

Healthy for the heart, Great for vision, Osteoporosis prevention, Cancer fighter: Low levels of folate have been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer in women. Healthy babies, Lowered risk of depression, Improved digestion,

Natural detoxification, Protection from chronic disease: According to the Department of Internal Medicine and Nutritional Sciences Program of the University of Kentucky, high fiber intakes are associated with significantly lower risks of developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal diseases. Increased fiber intake has also been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improve insulin sensitivity, and enhance weight loss for obese individuals.

Above information taken from the following link        http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270406.php

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Lettuce Discuss… Vegan Chocolate Oat No Bake Cookies

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Chocolate Oat No Bake Cookies
Cuisine: Vegan Dessert
Serves: 15 cookies

 

Ingredients

½ Cup Raw Sugar

¼ Cup Hemp Milk

4 Tablespoons of Vegan Butter

6 squares of Vegan Chocolate Bar OR 1 ½ Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder

Drop of Pure Vanilla Extract

Dash of Sea Salt

1 ½ Cups of Organic Oats

*Optional ¼ Cup Organic Peanut Butter

Instructions

Add Sugar, Milk, Butter, and Chocolate to a medium sauce pan over medium heat, bring to a light boil. (3minutes)

Remove from heat Add Peanut Butter (optional), Vanilla, Salt, and the Oats, Mix well.

Drop on parchment paper over a cookie sheet and cool in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.

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NOTE: this refrigerates well!

Many Blessings

Hema & Mako

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Lettuce Discuss… “I Am Cake” #iamcake

Food for thought!

Hema has been perfecting Vegan Gluten Free dippable (in Coffee) cake.

I wanted a bit more as i am the perfect Tester (in my opinion). So I said “I am CAKE”…

This is what happened next, She made us all cake! Enjoy

I Am C.A.K.E

CREATIVELY ADVANCING KINDRED ENERGIES!

So whenever you need a positive lift, EAT CAKE!

Many Blessings

Mako.

#Iamcake

Lettuce Discuss … Super Delicious Vegan Chocolate Spread!

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Using 4 Healthy Vegan Items plus any natural flavoring of your choice!

Ingredients:   (Ingredient breakdown after recipe –to be fair!)

2 Bars of dark chocolate of your choice

½ Cup of Raw Organic Cane Sugar

½ Cup of Non Dairy Milk (we use Almond Milk)

2 Tablespoons of Dairy Free Butter.

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Step 1:

Use a large pot, fill ¾ with water -bring to a boil, reduce heat.

Step 2:

Use a glass bowl and place into the pot of boiling water, make sure no water gets into the bowl.

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Step 3:

Break up the chocolate bars and place into the bowl along with all other ingredients.

Slowly mix and combine all ingredients. The chocolate will start to melt.

Once all is mixed well. Turn stove off. Allow to cool for a few minutes.

At this time you can add natural flavoring…

Sea Salt

Hazelnut

Nutmeg

Cinnamon

Mint, or anything you wish.

Pour in glass jar (we recycle our old marinara sauce jars) and refrigerate. The Chocolate Spread will be liquefied that this time however, after refrigerated it will be a spreadable solid.

Great on Peanut Butter Toast!

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Almond Breeze (unsweetened) Almond milk. GOOD. This is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Calcium. To see full nutritional facts follow this link. Almond Breeze Unsweetened

Earth Balance soy Free Spread: GOOD. Dairy free alternative to Butter, Has a great taste and is soy free, lactose free, gluten free, Casein free, non GMO. Contains 10% Vitamin E for full nutritional facts follow this link. Earth Balance

Chocolate Bar: Good for you. GOOD. Cocoa Solids, cocoa butter , fat-reduced cocoa powder , raw cane sugar , vanilla extract . Cocoa solids are one of the richest sources of flavanol antioxidants. Oh yeah, cocoa is great for migraines, menstrual pains, and just tastes really good. No complaints over cocoa. For full nutritional facts follow link. Green & Blacks

Raw Cane Sugar: GOOD. Quick The cane is squeezed so the juice can come out, the juice is dirty so it is mixed with slake lime (a relative to chalk) this settles out the dirt. The juice is then evaporated to thicken the mixture. The mixture is boiled in a large pan until it is the right consistency to turn into crystals. The crystals are given a drying with hot air. This is the simplified version. There are no additives or chemicals. Raw sugar is the way to go.

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema