This recipe is honestly one of the most amazing things I discovered this summer!!! 😍😋 Okay, I know what you're thinking... "Why would I want to take the time to MAKE S'more ingredients when I could just go to the store and buy them in half the time? Well, let's take a minute to evaluate the ingredients in S'more. Sure store bought marshmallows, Graham crackers, and Hershey's chocolate is a faster option for these summer treats, but that doesn't mean they're a better option for your health. Have you ever eaten a S'more before and felt kind of sick to your stomach afterwards? I have! And so naturally I stopped eating them once I became and adult.
Let's take a minute evaluate health facts on these products:
First Health Fact: All three of these foods are massively high in sugar, and corn syrup. With that in mind, a S'more is pretty much just a sugar cocktail! Sugar is highly addictive and toxic! Sugar feeds cancer and other bacteria and parasites in the body, and increases inflammation! Putting three high-sugar products together wages war on your body, and can very much lead to leaky gut and other auto-immune diseases.
Second Health Fact: All three of these products are highly processed and filled with chemical additives that are highly addictive and foreign to our bodies. When we ingest such substances, our body doesn't recognize it as food, and can make us sick simply because our body is on overdrive trying to protect us from "unknown substances."
Third Health Fact: These foods lack nutrients that whole foods, or food made ourselves, contain. When we eat large amounts of food that lacks nutrients it leaves our bodies feeling nutrient depleted, and can lead us to feeling weak or sick after we eat.
So... is it possible to find a S'more that has little sugar, proper nutrients, AND zero harmful additives? Yes it is! And not only are they healthy, but they also taste AMAZING and are perfect for every summer occasion! They're also really not that difficult to make, and can be made in large batches and stored in the freezer so they don't go bad quickly!
So what are we waiting for!? Let's get started! 😋😁
Refined Sugar-Free S'mores!
Homemade Graham Crackers!
*This recipe originally appeared on laurafuentes.com
Homemade Chocolate Bars!
And Now for the S'mores!
You know the drill! Roast the marshmallow until golden brown and sandwich between two Graham crackers and chocolate! 😋😍😁
This sheet cake is brought to you by my incredible sister, Megan Dalton, who has been cooking, eating, and feeding her family clean, whole food for years! Megan is a wife and mother of two children, and loves creating delicious masterpieces in her kitchen! She cooks organic, refined sugar-free in all of her recipes and she lives and believes the core concept that eating healthy is an essential part of having a healthy and happy family! Megan is also proof that it is possible to raise a family and be able to afford, cook, and feed your family whole, clean, and organic foods. Megan is an inspiration to many of the mom's out there who feel like eating healthy is unreachable in the busy life of motherhood. Well folks, it's possible, and this delicious sheet cake, comes straight from Megan's kitchen!
This recipe combines the health benefits of zucchini, and the sweet taste of chocolate into one fantastic sheet cake that is perfect for parties, or large gatherings! This cake is the perfect amount of sweetness! It's super moist and melts in your mouth! It's made with all organic ingredients and is refined-sugar free! Chocolate cake that feeds your body with proper nutrients?! Does that even exist!? Yes it does! Let this sheet cake take your taste buds to chocolate heaven!
Chocolate Zucchini Sheet Cake
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1/2 cup buttermilk or coconut milk w/lemon
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup classic Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener
1/4 cup cocoa powder (heaping)
1 3/4 cups flour (preferably whole wheat)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered Lakanto
4 Tbs. cocoa powder (heaping)
6 Tbs. coconut milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
dash of salt
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
I've always LOVED ginger snaps! Except for the snapping part... So, I have always resorted to a chewier version of ginger snaps. These molasses cookies are soft, chewy, and full of flavor! I've found that getting the right texture in a cookie that is refined-sugar free can be incredibly difficult, and they often come out cakey and dry. The good news is that I've mastered the perfect cookie texture on these babies, and they are still refined sugar free!
For these cookies we used Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener: The vegan, non-GMO, zero calorie, zero after taste, and zero glycemic index sweetener! Lakanto comes from a fruit and fits all kinds of diets! Who says you have to stop satisfying your sweet tooth once you go refined sugar free!? 🤣😁😊👍
Chewy Molasses Cookies
1 1/2 cups salted butter (softened to room temperature)
1 cup Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetner
1/3 cup raw honey
1/2 cup molassses
4 cups whole wheat flour
4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. Redmond salt
*Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
I have just been beside myself lately! I've spent years wanting chocolate chip cookies again, but there's always been the small dilemma: Refined-sugar free chocolate chips with zero harmful additives don't exist! So for this recipe I got creative and used the chocolate recipe that I've posted prior to this post. You simply remove the pre-made chocolates from the fridge, chop them into medium sized chunks, and throw them in the batter the same way you you would regular chocolate chips! Easy! And much healthier! 😉
So without further ado, we present to you organic, refined-sugar free chocolate chip cookies! For all the health nuts out there who still want to enjoy a taste of their childhood every now and again. 😉💕😊
Chocolate Chip Cookies!
2 cups whole *wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup salted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup golden Lakanto Monkfruit sweetner
1/3 cup raw honey
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 cups chopped homemade chocolates
*I used organic sprouted whole wheat flour, but any whole wheat flour will work the same
** Here at Chronically Beautiful we strive to keep all ingredients in our kitchen organic and free of any harmful additives in order for our food to be as clean and healthy as possible. I would highly encourage you as you shop for your ingredients to buy and use as many organic as you can!
Funny Story about these babies: I once had a couple of friends of mine try these chocolates that I make fairly regularly, and they told me that they were so good that if I wanted to make a man fall in love with me, all I'd have to do is feed him one of these! .... I have to admit, I tried that tactic soon after that visit with those friends, and needless to say... it didn't work! Ha! 😂😁👍
So unfortunately I can't say that these chocolate will find you true love! 😂 But I can say that they are delicious, healthy, and something that my family almost always has in our fridge to snack on. Not only that, but they only take five ingredients and they're super quick and easy to make large batches all at once!
There is one thing that I LOVE that was incredibly difficult for me to give up when I went on a diet to manage my Lyme disease, and that one thing is chocolate! I wouldn't call myself a "chocoholic" anymore, but I am still a lover of chocolate and the good news is that these chocolates are paleo, vegan, and refined sugar-free friendly! They're packed with healthy fats and they always satisfy your sweet tooth! This particular recipe is also fun to play with. The ones in the pictures are just plain chocolate, but you can spice these babies up with whatever whole food you may be craving. I usually top mine with coconut and almonds, but you could also flavor these with peppermint oil, or raspberry filling made with coconut butter. Whatever you enjoy, I encourage you to be creative and as always, bake with love! ❤😊
Claire's Famous Chocolates!
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup organic, high quality cocoa powder
1/2 cup smooth almond butter
1/2 cup raw honey or organic maple syrup (I usually prefer honey)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
This week was my mother's birthday, and so I needed a good birthday cake recipe! So, the orange cream cake was born!! :D
My mom has been a Lyme warrior practically her entire life, and we have fought the Lyme battle side by side for many years now. My mother is a beautiful and incredible woman, and so I wanted a cake that was just as beautiful and amazing as her!
This cake is easy to make, refined sugar free, and made with whole wheat flour! It just the perfect taste of orange and is absolutely beautiful and perfect for any special occasion!
Orange Cream Cake
1/3 Cup butter
1/3 Cup palm shortening
2 tsp (or about one orange's worth) grated orange rind
3/4 Cup golden Monk Fruit sweetener
1/2 Cup raw honey
2 1/2 Cups whole wheat bread flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 Cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tsp organic orange flavoring (or 2-4 drops of orange essential oil)
1 Cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 Cup organic maple syrup (or more depending on desired sweetness)
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
2 tsp. organic orange flavoring
orange zest and orange slices (optional for decoration)
I know the word "raw" never really sounds that tasteful when you're talking about food, but I'm here to tell you that raw food is amazing mainly because it's chock-full of nutrients that don't get extracted from your food due to high levels of heat! This pie is made from all whole ingredients, and it doesn't include any harmful dyes, refined sugars, or additives. The green color comes from spirulina (which is a super food), and the chocolate pudding laying is made from scratch, doesn't come from a box, and doesn't have any ingredients with long names that are impossible to pronounce! On top of all of that, it taste's amazing!
Raw Mint Chocolate Pie
This recipe is great for all of you Lacto-Vegetarians out there! (For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, a lacto-vegetarian diet consists of regular vegetarian principles, but also includes dairy products, such as milk and cheese, as well.) The good news is that this recipe uses a very small amount of cheese in it, and it is completely gluten free! Meatless chicken nuggets are also a good source of protein due to the quinoa, and they offer lots of essential vitamins from the sweet potatoes!
Here at Chronically Beautiful, I do not promote any one particular dietary theory, but instead believe in the concept of bio-individuality. This means that one person's food, is another person's poison. It's really important to experiment with the foods that we consume, and find out what works best for our own individual body type. (With that said, I highly encourage a diet that contains high quality, whole, organic food. And I highly discourage anything that is heavily processed or comes in a box pre-made.) Although I am not a vegetarian, I generally only eat meat three times a week. Therefore, I love vegetarian recipes that are quick, easy, and taste delicious!
This recipe works great for using up any left over sweet potatoes in the fridge. It's quick and easy, and kids love it! It's also great because you can generally add spices and herbs to your liking. I will include the spices and herbs that I personally use in the recipe below, but I would highly encourage you to experiment with your own favorite flavors! I'm a strong believer of always expanding your palate, and it's hard to go wrong with certain recipes such as these! :)
Meatless "Chicken" Nuggets
*To cook 2 cups worth of cooked quinoa, you will need to cook approximately 1 cup according to the instructions on the packet. Make sure quinoa is completely cooled and chilled before using for recipe. I like to add salt to my quinoa, but that is completely optional.
I've spent a large portion of my life listening to all the puns that can be made with my name!
The good news is that these babies were created simply because if I'm going to love food as much as I do, I might as well have a food that shares a name with me! These eclairs were created with love from Claire's Kitchen and use only whole, organic ingredients! They're also refined sugar free, which means that even someone with Lyme disease can eat them! So you get the delicious taste without the after affects of feeling sick! It's a win win for everyone in the kitchen today! :D
*Makes 16 small eclairs, or 8 larger eclairs.
Welcome to My Kitchen!
Food is one of the greatest forms of science, art, medicine, and sustenance all at the same time! It's what feeds our lives and pumps through our blood. It's what connects us and what gives us energy to fulfill our purpose. It is for that reason that I have a deep passion for discovering, cooking, and eating only the most nutrient dense foods. In my kitchen, we only use organic, whole ingredients that feed the body, as well as the mind and soul. My hope is to inspire healing through healthy AND delicious food that feeds not only our stomachs, but also our hunger for connection and quality of life.