Sweet Potato Brownies

It’s scary out there this time of year with all the ghouls & goblins and sugar… Wouldn’t it be nice to get your chocolate fix without your teeth hurting or spiking your glucose?

img_1464It’s actually a real issue that hits close to home for me because I have several family members affected by diabetes and almost every student in my class has someone in their life affected with diabetes.. and this time of year is especially difficult to avoid sugar..

Our body doesn’t know what to do with all that sugar. One of the liver’s functions is regulating blood sugar levels. Your cells use glucose for energy, and your liver takes the excess and stores it. When your cells need energy later, like in between meals, the liver releases glucose back into the bloodstream. But your liver can only store a certain amount of glucose, so the rest accumulates as fat. If you exceed this amount, it turns into fatty deposits in the liver which can lead to fatty liver disease. Too much sugar can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes.

Now I’m not saying you’re going to get diabetes or develop fatty liver disease from eating your fun sized candy bars this season but if you take an honest look at how much sugar is in everything we eat, its scary!

So heres a healthier alternative to your favorite brownie. I wont lie to you, in terms of texture, these cant replace an actual brownie but in terms of taste, you’ll never know the difference. And I don’t like to mess with recipes that have expensive, hard to find ingredients, so when I do find a good one that works, I’ll be certain to post it here.

These AMAZING sweet potato brownies are moist, paleo, vegan, gluten-free, and deeeee-lish! This recipe uses real natural sweeteners that are WAY better for you than artificial ones and there are other benefits too!

Sweet potato:
— Naturally sweet AND improves the regulation of blood sugar.
— They have anti-inflammatory benefits; anthocyanin (what makes a sweet potato orange) is full of anti-inflammatory health benefits. These benefits are found in brain and nerve tissue throughout the body
— Sweet potatoes are FULL of vitamins A and C (which makes them great for your immune system). They also have vitamin B6, B1, B2, and B3
— Sweet potatoes are also full of manganese, copper, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber; all of which work together to keep your blood, digestion, and whole body healthy.

Maple syrup:
— Contains 54 antioxidants that help to prevent diseases caused by free radicals such as DIABETES and CANCER.

Amazing!  How’s that for a natural sweetener!?


Sweet Potato Brownies:

Ingredients

1 cup mashed sweet potato
½ cup smooth nut butter of choice (I recommend almond)
2 tbsp maple syrup (100% natural)
¼ cup cocoa powder
Handful of carob chips (optional)
Handful walnuts (optional)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • Grease a small 8×8 cake pan
  • On the stove, melt nut butter with maple syrup (careful not to scorch)
  • In a large bowl add the mashed sweet potato, melted nut butter & maple syrup mixture, cocoa powder and mix well
  • Fold in carob chips and nuts
  • Pour mixture into greased pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before refrigerating and slicing
  • These brownies are best when cooled completely
  • Store in the fridge or freezer and ENJOY!

Try this recipe and let me know how it goes!

~ Happy Healthy Holistic Living ~ 

“Samhain”

I love traditions & ceremony; especially with the rhythm of the seasons, and this is my favorite time of year!

img_1419-1“Samhain” (pronounced / SOW-in), meaning summers end. Honoring the cycles of life. It’s a Celtic celebration marking the end of harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Celebrated on October 31st, which is also “All Hallows’ Eve” and followed by “Dai de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead), on November 1st. The focus is about honoring the end of harvest season, transformation, our ancestors, the calling of the spirits, and preparation for the approaching winter season. It is also said that the veil between worlds (life and death) are the thinnest and communication with those that have crossed over becomes easier..

This time of year is a good time to set up an altar for our loved ones that have passed. Its thought to be especially important for those that have passed in recent years, as their spirits may still be in-between worlds.. On my altar, I burn sage, pine, frankincense, and copal. I send prayers of hope, good will and love up with the smoke.. I place water, flowers, fruit, plants, spices and herbs as offerings to honor ancestors and protective spirits.

In keeping with the spirit of the season, I wonder how you’re planning to celebrate Samhain, All Hallows’ Eve, & the Day of the Dead…?

Ideas for Creating A Samhain Alter:

  • Candles: black, orange, white, silver or gold
  • Copal, pine, myrrh, frankincense or patchouli incense
  • Plants, spices and herbs such as mugwort, sage, allspice, cinnamon, catnip and anise
  • Dried autumn leaves, mums, marigolds (said to be the only flowers that can be smelled from the other side..), small pumpkins, gourds, nuts, dried corn
  • Stones: black obsidian, smoky quartz, amber, garnet, granite, quartz, labradorite
  • Offerings to the ancestors and protective spirits include food, mulled wine, photos, and sentimental mementos
  • Tree branches of oak, holly, ash, birch, hazel, elm, hawthorne or willow

~ Blessings on the rhythms of life ~

Hello Friends!

FullSizeRender (4).jpgI am happy to announce that my blog is finally up and running.. It’s been a long road because I’m not the most tech savvy person. It has been like learning a new language with lots of hair pulling… but I am super excited to be sharing herbal recipes, health and wellness tips, easy to understand information on herbs and their medicinal uses along with a collection of ideas and
personal passions.

Please share this information with your friends and family and feel free to leave comments and ask me any questions. If there are certain topics or recipes you would like to learn about please let me know.

So, to kick off my blog, and with the winter season fast approaching, I wanted to share a nourishing tonic with you. This tea is my go-to, vitamin-and-mineral rich tonic thats nourishing and supportive throughout the winter months. We can do so much for our wellness with the foods we choose as daily nourishment and yes, herbs can be a part of that sustenance as well. 

I hope you enjoy this warming, nourishing, immune supporting herbal blend throughout the winter months.   

Nourishing Tonic

Ingredients

2 parts alfalfa
2 parts milky oat straw
2 parts nettle leaf
1 part peppermint or spearmint leaf
1 part lemon balm
1 part red clover blossom
1 part burdock root

Mindfully blend herbs together. Steeping 1 – 2 tablespoons in 1 cup boiled water for 10-15 min. Sweeten to taste with honey, if desired. Several cups of this blend can be consumed throughout the day. (A longer infusion time of several hours will extract more of the vitamins and minerals; so you can make a quart and let it infuse overnight, and drink it throughout the day, reheating if desired)

~ Enjoy!