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February 12, 2019

These chocolaty treats are easy to make. They're a great option when you're craving chocolate or a sweet treat.

Makes about 45 balls

1 cup cacao powder

1 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup raw honey

3/4  cup fine shredded coconut for mixing 

1 cup fine shredded coconut for outside coating

1/2 tsp unrefined sea salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

If you live somewhere warm and your coconut oil is liquid at room temperature, put it in the fridge before beginning this recipe. You want the coconut oil to be mixable, but not liquid.

In a medium size bowl, mix all ingredients, except 1 cup of shredded coconut.

Place in fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.

Scoop into tablespoon size balls and roll between palms to make round.

Spread remaining cup of shredded coconut on a plate. Roll each ball in coconut to coat outside. 

Store in fridge.

Enjoy!

If you enjoy this recipe, there's more in my e-cookbook, 31 Whole Food Dinner Recipes (that happen to be gluten free, grain free and are almost nightshade free)You can get the e-book here.

February 12, 2019

Going gluten free may seem like just a fad, but it benefits health for many people, even without a diagnosis of celiac disease.

While not every single person needs to go gluten free to be healthy, for many, gluten causes symptoms that aren’t obviously related. Reactions vary and are often delayed. When a person reacts to gluten, but doesn’t have celiac disease or a wheat allergy, it’s called non-celiac gluten sensitivity. (1)

The list of symptoms caused by gluten is long. They include, but aren’t limited to: bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, headaches, fatigue, skin problems, depression, anxiety, joint and muscle pain, dark circles under eyes, bloodshot eyes, runny nose and hay fever.

What is gluten?

Gluten is a mixture of proteins. It’s in wheat, rye and barley. Oats contain avenin, a protein similar to gluten, which may or may not cause problems, depending on the individual. (2)

In bread making, gluten holds the bread together, helps bread rise by trapping air bubbles and...

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