Use double boiler to gradually melt the cacao butter
Add rest of dip ingredients and whisk together
Once melted, carefully remove bowl from heat (turn off stove top) and add the monkfruit liquid drops and/or coconut nectar (maple if you don’t have) and cacao powder. Make sure you mix until all well combined.
Once melded together let sit if you have time off the heat. The cacao mixture needs to thicken before you dip the stuffed dates in it. Or you can pop in fridge and stir every couple minutes and take out when it becomes the right viscosity to dip the dates and cover nicely.
Split the pitless medjool dates like an open hotdog bun making sure the date still stays intact and nice cut open. Fill half with unsweetened almond butter and the rest with tahini. (The squeeze dispenser for each from Thrive Market really made this part easier than using little spoons.)
Don’t overfill since each date as to close up fully to dip and not have the filling bleed out of cacao covering layer.
Prep your parchment or silicone baking sheet to place dipped dates upon to chill.
Use little thongs to dip dates into cacao mixture, tap off excess, and place on your baking sheet. Sprinkle with coconut shreds and sesame seeds for the tahini filled ones and place almond slice atop almond butter filled dates. One is the hug and the other is the kiss… they really do make a lovely pair together…subtle, complementary tastes.
Freeze them and pull out 20 minutes or so before serving. It’s hard to keep from eating them all, but the motivation to do so is — they do make really adorable gifts!
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt depending on your sodium tolerance
What to do:
Soak Cashews in filtered water 8 hours (for a Bechamel style sauce) or quick hot water method mentioned in ingredients (for thicker mozzarella like consistency.)
Drain the cashews, and add them to a blender along with 2.5 cups of filtered water, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast, salt and tapioca starch. Blend until very super smooth until no lumps! Watery consistency is good.
Pour the watery mixture into a small saucepan and bring the heat to medium. Stir with a spatula or spoon.
It will begin to get clumpy. Keep stirring, constantly until suddenly it will become super gooey, stretchy, thick and smooth. Take off heat as soon as it begins to form into one big mass of soft stretchy “cheez.”
Make prior to knowing how you want to use it… I love it atop pizza before you bake it… or atop lasagna. It will spread best when freshly made.
THIS WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE KIDS TRY AND EXPLAIN THE SUSTAINABILITY AND HEALTH VALUE OF AVOIDING FACTORY FARMED ANIMAL PRODUCTS AND THE HEALTH VALUE OF PLANTS OVER THE OVERUSE OF DAILY 🙂 Use for simple grilled “cheez” with vegan keto bread… or plop and press down into your pizza slice or spread all over your lasagna as a last step of cooking…
You can just form and broil a clump of the “cheez” by spraying some olive oil evenly over it and brown by broiling 5-7 minutes.
Note: for the Bechamel style mentioned above, add a dash of nutmeg and black pepper and definitely a full teaspoon of salt.
1/2 cup almond butter (or macadamia or cashew butter)
1/3 cup date paste (moistened with water to help mix)
2 flax eggs
1/4 cup fine almond flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 raw cacao
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses (about 4 flowing Tablespoons)
2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste (optional)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
fine salt grater to add fine powder to top
2 Tablespoons of water to use in food processor to help mix
3/4 cup chocolate chips (with stevia or other lightly sweetened only versions)
OPTIONAL–for sweet tooths–omit date paste, increase black beans to be 15-16oz (or 1 full drained can), and replace molasses with 1/4 monkfruit granules… but using something like coconut palm sugar would make it most like a normal brownie. My version with above listed ingredients are for non-sweet-tooths and it is quite satisfying!
WHAT TO DO :
Put all wet ingredients in first and slowly incorporate dry ingredients in gradually as food processor makes it in to a thick, smooth batter.
Spoon and level batter into a baking pan…8×10 would be best as dates make this brownie rise a bit… but 8×8 would be fine, too
Mix chips into top third of the batter
add fine freshly grated salt powder to top of prepared batter to bake
bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees…. check if ready with a toothpick.
Enjoy with nice-cream on top as a nourishing dessert snack.
WHY organic, unsulphured MOLASSES? It offers minerals that are enriching…iron, potassium, B6, and calcium…as well as an earthy caramelly old-world flavor that is deeper than just simple sweeteners. I believe every ingredient should have a body-blessing-benefit!
Add flours, baking powder, salt, all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and mix in mixer stand
Toss in carrots, then nuts, and raisins and mix a bit more.
Prepare 9×9 pan and fill with thick, moist mixture
Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees
After blondie bar is cooled, put the frosting ingredients in a food processor until smooth…and smooth on top of blondie.
Cool in fridge and cut into bars… these have dense, chewy, but textured consistency like a brownie, but it’s a carrot blondie for those times when I get a craving for Carrot Cake– this is a vegan, whole-food option to enjoy.
Cycles of life, death, and resurrection are ever-present in me and in all life. And in this I celebrate by giving fully of all of me while surrendering totally to the process designed by the One who made me and all of what we see and don’t. I have unwittingly come to know fear quite well and what it takes to face it and choose to trust that my fallings are not failings. Furthermore, I have come to know and trust and choose faith–that in My Abba Father’s hands and plans, my lows are prophetic toward the highs coming based on perseverent pursuits of the promises of goodness and triumph secured by Christ’s completed mission He has given to me continue. And so I shall, empowered by a greater love and life than I could with within me alone. It’s not a simple pat of “do it afraid”… to me, it’s more a matter of being more certain of the why I must rise again and again and in the process fear will flee from me.
Jesus’ complete mission, you ask? It’s his Resurrection Power I get to make real — something I meditate to take in as my own daily. In reflecting upon the magnitude of the eternity-changing-reality. my knees buckle with joy. It’s true. In the secret places I get to hang out with El Elyon The most High G-D, I am not only stilled silent, but sometimes get a giddy feel-good grace that effervesces throughly (not thorougly, but throughly.) I have grown to recognize that my trials and crises have not molded and defined me. Rather, in laying wide open to God’s guidance through the wilderness, His ever-present being and implanted identity in me through the seed of Christ has made me like Jesus and more like him in time and by joint intentionality.
Many have asked me why I just didn’t get “rid of the “problem” and use radiation or surgery. It was often not worth answering because no one knows clearer than the One who made me what the most urgent, life-threatening, or worst problem was in my life that a cancer diagnosis may just by sounding alarms to bring attention to. Besides, G-D is the best surgeon and I believed that He could resolve and/or remove any “problem” and leave the adjoining, healthy life to thrive. Only He could best divide as finely as between soul and spirit as well as between bone and marrow (Hebrews 4:12) and it is in that fine of a wisdom and discernment I wanted to rest to be restored. All in His Time. And I’m blessed to believe and receive the intangible and then palpable Spirit-kissed Resurrection this day and every day. And now, a present-look at a part of my healing journey not too far past.
When many of us get a diagnosis of some unwanted kind, like cancer, most of us, me, included, wanted an action plan to tackle and take down the offender. While I share in this blog entry the entirety of my bullet points of what I did on a day to day basis and how it changed every few weeks or months, it is not a whole picture, so it one that can be informative or paralyzing. It really depends on where you are at in helping yourself or a loved one heal… The most important thing I learned is to get grounded within and quiet enough to really hear. For me, I needed to hear the quiet leading of my God through it all and sometimes I did and other times my humanness in its fallibility and desperation overruled that essential and often elusive place and position of being God’s beloved one held in Shalom. Sometimes that uphill climb to the mountaintop is a long, windy one, but one step at a time, right? I hope the document included in this post offers some help to your healing. Thank God for grace; I AM A WORK IN PROGRESS!
The goal in the first wave of self-administered therapies and radical changes was to make cancer cells commit suicide (apoptosis) and reset the landscape of my entire body to make it hospitable for proper life to be able to grow and flourish making it uninhabitable for confused and unhealthy versions of cells.
The attached .PDF document gives you just the bare bones of the all-out war against and for the two sides of life in my physical body. It is a lot to take in as it was a lot to do, but the deeper, necessary work did not come until I realized it would not be by my striving or force of will through which I would heal, but accepting the process by which I must journey to allow what is good and only good to remain. Much of the early steps outlined that I took were superficial in that light, but necessary to begin the growth and self-maturation process with gusto and drive. With great determination comes greater disappointments…and the deepest reckonings necessary to progress. This journey…particularly fraught by this reality in its beginnings.
So, back to some nuts and bolts. You know now that a water fast was my 1st drastic decision, then going totally vegan, gluten-free, and eating only whole foods I could recognize from the good soil of our Earth… and then came a RAW FOOD only month to detox and reset my body even more. That was challenging, delicious, hellish, isolating, yet empowering… but since much of this journey is deliberate and by fully conscious choosing, setting up a reward system is quite valuable. I got child-like about it and was good to myself … I gave myself a happy-face each night for a day of raw food only eating. It made me feel good to see all the smiles as I stood strong each day knowing I was doing my body good. I still love seeing this pasted on the interior of a kitchen cabinet door.
I caution you, though, not to just study this attached document and replicate parts of it in a vacuum. There is no formula and a healing process is so personal, it is as inextricable as the very breath of God given each of us. So, as you peruse the .PDF document, you will find some added journaling to mark the milestone moments along the way… MAKE SURE YOU NOTICE THAT CHANGES MADE EVERY FEW WEEKS AND MONTHS AS IT WAS DIRECTED BY WHAT I INTUITIVELY FELT I NEEDED OR SPECIFICALLY WAS TOLD MY BODY NEED PER MY BIOCHEMIST’S BODY SYSTEM READINGS. All the choices are to support life and naturally. Remember that our bodies are always changing and need to be addressed as a dynamic organism …and with great care!
After writing about a few more major big deal action items that I felt I needed to incorporate, I’ll begin to share why I went to a clinic in Mexico #HOPE4CANCERCANCUN to get holistic treatments and additional help… I committed to a larger facility for help even after some tests from a biochemist showed I no longer had malignancy readings on his tests. Lots of reasons for that.
Hope this nitty gritty daily list (of lists) of my round-the-clock healing regimens offers some direction and understanding that this approach of allowing one’s body to heal while disabled mechanisms that fuel chronic disease takes a willingness to change everything radically and never look back–no matter how long it takes.
Looks like cookies and cream and kinda tastes like it, too, but the recently rediscovered secret ingredient actually has overtures of chocolate and coffee without the caffeine!!! So, this is an offering to those who miss a touch a sweet, want the resistant softness of fudge, yet want to feel like a grown up kid having coffee tinged oreo-like treats. This is a unique one for sure!
INGREDIENTS: (recipe still being tweaked by jane, but still good!)
2/3 cup raw cacao butter
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup coconut manna
2 teaspoon vanilla extract (no alcohol)
2 Tablespoons Ramon seed powder (stir in last.)
2 Tablespoons MCT powder
15 drops of monkfruit liquid sweetener
3 Tablespoons of granulated monkfruit
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
WHAT TO DO:
In a double boiler, gently melt cacao butter and coconut manna.
Add coconut milk and oil… and stir until fully incorporated.
Take off heat.
Add monkfruit drops and granules, MCT, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon.
Prepare your brownie pan (10×10 for thin fudge and 8×8 for thicker) by lining it was parchment paper.
Add in Ramon seeds and stir until just combined.
Pour into pan and top with raw coconut flakes/
Slice up and serve. Leave in refrigerator for longer keeping, but can leave out a room temperature without worries of melting 🙂
Another baked item I made the day before I plunged into Vegan-Keto eating as a just in case measure. I’m so glad I did… this was a go-to snack and meal-maker more often than I expected! It is also so delicious and very filling somehow all on its own–whether or not you toast it. I sliced, then froze my bread loaves so they would be easy to pull out and simply allow to defrost or lightly toast. Great either way! Don’t laugh, but you’ll see what I mean when I say this feels like an old-school style bread from generations past.
1 cup raw sunflower seeds (prefer sprouted)
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (prefer sprouted)
1/4 cup cup psyllium husks
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup pea protein powder
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
1/2 teaspoon finely ground nutritional yeast
1/4 cup tahini warmed to room temperature
3 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoon ground flax
1 slightly overflowing cup warm filtered water
WHAT TO DO:
Line your bread loaf pan with parchment and preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
In large bowl, mix together, seeds, psyllium, salt, nutritional yeast, flax, and pea protein.
In glass measuring cup, combine warm water tahini, and olive oil.
Pour wet mixture into large seed bowl. Stir well so all combined with no powdery areas.
Once well mixed, portion the thick dough into bread pan and use spatula to even out. You may need to tap the entire bread loaf pan on your countertop to even everything out well.
Bake for 80 minutes or until you see a nice golden browning of the top. Should be super crusty 🙂
Remove from oven and cool.
Slice, save a few in the fridge and store the rest in the freezer.