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Chocolate, Chocolate and More Chocolate

We are officially in the holiday season!  I don't know about you, but as soon as the calendar flips to October, I start craving everything PUMPKIN! I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, but I really love anything that  combines pumpkin with CHOCOLATE!  

October, November, and December are three months that require me to exert a ton of will power in order to avoid gaining 50 pounds during the holidays.  Most of us get so filled up on sweets that by January we have to set new goals and resolutions to achieve a regular diet... one that resembles an adult diet and not that of an adolescent.  

But alas, it is still October and I have CHOCOLATE on the mind! 

I would love to have the time and resources to spend on creating new recipes.  My inner culinary creative side has begun to immerge in the last few years. I have had several successful attempts at creating new meals.  You can check out my Mushroom Caps Pizzas, my Beef Tips over Mashed Cauliflower,  and my Sweet Sauted Carrots and Scallions.  I feel pretty comfortable throwing ingredients together to create a meal for the family, but baking is an entirely different process.  So, at this point in my life, I am happy to leave the baking experiments to those who have time and more experience.  

Therefore, I have collected several recipes I want to share with you here.  They all have a few things in common. 

1. All of the recipes are found on-line and written by individuals who have great skills in the kitchen. Most of the authors of these recipes have written and published their own cookbooks.  I will provide the links for each yummy treat. 

2. All of the recipes are grain-free/Paleo.  Now... don't run away yet.  I would not be including them here if they tasted like pooh.  Trust me, they are worth a try.  Some of them may involve funny ingredients that you have not heard about, but just do a little research, or post a question if you need help with them.  Like I said, trying to stay healthy during this time of year is a challenge.  So I am giving you a little of both worlds (health and delectable delights).

3. All of these recipes contain CHOCOLATE!!!!!  I am sorry if you are one of those rare birds who doesn't like the taste of that heavenly creation, but since chocolate has a way of consuming most people's every thought as Christmas approaches, I figured it was a good choice for the recipe selections.  

Now... Let the mouth watering begin!

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars:

Holy, Moly... yes you read that correctly. These seriously gooey, heavenly, amazing chocolate creations take me to a place of happiness with each bite.  

The ingredients are: 

¾ cup pumpkin puree
½ cup butter or ghee or coconut oil, melted
1 egg, whisked
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup almond flour
¼ cup tapioca flour
1 cup coconut sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
½ cup dark chocolate chips (I used enjoy life mini chocolate chips)

I am obsessed with these things.  I could eat them every night, but I won't because my self control will win in the end... at least that is what I keep telling myself.  The website where you can find the full recipe is called PaleOMG (great name) and here is the link.

Easy Black and White Cake:

This beautiful example of chocolate confection has become my daughter's "go-to" dessert.  Not only does it taste wonderful and look lovely, it's very simple.  When she wants a dessert, but does not want to make just cookies, this is what I find sitting on my stove.  YUM! Don't you wish you could have healthy amazing chocolate delights just appear in your kitchen without any effort from you?  Yes... be jealous.  


The ingredients are:

1 cup chocolate chunks (if you want to use a bar, it’s about 6 ounces)
½ cup coconut milk
2 eggs
1 ¼ cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup white chocolate chips

The website where you can find this treat is called Elana's Pantry. I love this website.  She has a ton of great recipes. I have never been disappointed by one yet. However, my favorite quality about her recipes is the fact that the ingredients are very basic.  She keeps them simple and limited to only a few items.  I like that.  Simple is nice.  The one weird thing about her baking is that she usually uses a food processor to mix her ingredients. I had always used a mixer for baking, but her way of doing it works great.  So I had to buy a food processor just because of Elana.  Here is the link for this yummy chocolate delight. 

Chocolate Chip Cookies:

We can not discuss chocolate desserts without mentioning the infamous chocolate chip cookie.  There are millions of recipes for this classic.  In the Paleo world, you can find so many different versions that you could spend months trying each one out.  Even though the idea of that sounds delicious, I am certain my waist line and blood sugar would not be happy with the experiments.  My family has two recipes that we bounce back and forth to.  If you like soft and chewy cookies, I would recommend Danielle Walker's version found in her cookbook Against All Grain.  Since the web version of it was not available, I decided to share our other favorite CC cookie recipe.  This one makes cookies that are a bit less soft and chewy and it makes a large amount in one batch.  


The ingredients are:

1 cup almond flour
1 cup pecans whole or halves
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
½ cup butter softened, ghee softened or melted coconut oil 
½ teaspoon liquid stevia or ¼ cup honey
4 oz dark chocolate (70 percent or higher) or 4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate mixed with powdered stevia

​The website where you can find the full version of this recipe is called Slim Palate. The cool thing about the recipes on this site is that they were created by an 18 year old boy.  His journey to health and the publishing of his very own cookbook is a fascinating story. I love stories about regular individuals who make up their minds to change their lives and actually do it.  The fact that he was a kid makes it that much more amazing.  Give these cookies a try.  They will satisfy your need for chocolate without doing too much damage to your body.  Here is the link. 

The Perfect Fudgy Brownie:

Duh!!! Did you think I would fail to include a brownie recipe in a post highlighting CHOCOLATE? Well, here it is. Since going Paleo, my daughter and I have tried several different recipes for grain-free brownies.  I have yet to taste one that is horrible, but it took a while to find a recipe that had the qualities that make a brownie a brownie.  


The Ingredients:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter or ghee
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (I used Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips)
2/3 cup coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon coarse Celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/3 cup tapioca flour
2 teaspoons coconut flour

The website where you can find the full version of this recipe is called Deliciously Organic.  To be honest, I know very little about this site. My daughter came across this recipe on Pinterest and it became a keeper.  The rich chocolate and fudginess of this brownie won our taste buds over.  But beware... if you think that stuff that comes out of a box in powder form and gets water, oil and eggs added to it to form a brown mushy substance that gets baked and cut into squares is a REAL brownie, you may find these too rich.  Why?  Because it's REAL CHOCOLATE!  We need to reacquaint our bodies with what real food tastes like.  To give this recipe a try, follow this link. 

So... there you go.  CHOCOLATE and more CHOCOLATE!  All of these recipes have made their appearance in the Padgett kitchen multiple times. We feed them to anyone willing to try.  Even those individuals who don't follow a grain-free diet find themselves loving these desserts.  Most people can't believe they don't contain wheat or refined sugar.  I am ruined forever.  Those boxed desserts seem so bland to me now.  I find that even the chocolate boxed items fail to taste like chocolate, they mostly just taste like sugar.  I think the companies have to pump them full of sugar to hide the taste of chemicals that fill the bags.  I prefer the taste of chocolate, and these desserts give me that taste.  

I would love for you to experiment with these recipes.  Let me know what you think.  Tell me if you find a better option. I would love to give other recipes a chance.  

Enjoy this holiday season and may your house be filled with love, family and delicious chocolate desserts.  

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