{healthified} PB cups

This my friends, will knock your socks off.

Forget the packaged PB cups that you swoon over and opt for these super easy to make, and insanely delicious sweet treat.

Our family and friends love them.

And when I made them for my husband for the first time, he was actually a little {lot} irritated it took me this long to make them for him….. ;)

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Look at those beauties!

These would be an incredible dish to bring to your next festive holiday party. The best part is that they are easy to make in advance {yeah for stress free} and they will absolutely be a crowd favourite.

So here is the how-to….


Ingredients: 

  • 1 pack of dairy free chocolate chips OR a couple of chocolate bars {I always use at least 70% cacao OR you can get some dairy free/dark chocolate chips at most grocery stores in the natural or health food aisle}
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil {you can play around with this amount}
  • A couple TBSP of coconut butter {different then coco oil and Giddy Yoyo is my go to brand}
  • 1-2 TBSP raw honey OR maple syrup
  • 1 TSP alcohol free vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • Optional: 2 TBSP raw cacao powder

PB cup filling ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter OR almond butter is my personal fav
  • 1 TBSP of raw honey
  • 1 TBSP of coconut butter
  • Option: You can chop up some raw almonds, cashews or even sprinkle some unsweetened coconut on top.

Method: 

  • Using a double boiler melt your coconut oil and chocolate together. Add honey and cacao powder and mix well until nice and smooth.
  • Scoop approximately 1 TBSP of the chocolate mixture into each muffin tin with liners in it.
  • Put your tray into the freezer and let the chocolate cool for about 10-15 minutes.
  • While the chocolate is freezing mix all the PB filling ingredients together again over a double boiler. Whip until smooth.
  • Next, remove your muffin tin from the freezer and then scoop about 1 TSP of the PB mixture on top of the lightly frozen chocolate. Use the back of the spoon OR your fingers to spread this into a thin layer covering all of the chocolate.
  • Next scoop more of the chocolate mixture on top to cover the other two layers. I personally like to sprinkle a bit of sea salt and some shredded coconut on top of each one too.
  • Place back in the freezer for at least 30 minutes and they are done!

Feel free to keep them in the freezer or fridge but remove about 20 minutes before serving. Because of the coconut oil they will soften {best so serve with a  napkin :)} so if you feel they are too soft put them back into the freezer again.

Quick, easy, and an amazing way to make your fav chocolate and peanut butter combo healthified!


Sending you a big {virtual} hug on this Tuesday!

PS a big shout out and thank you to everyone who attended the Essential Oil webinar hosted by my friend Sara Bradford and I last week! The response was amazing so we will be planning more in the near future.

Want to learn how to customize a Young Living oily plan to help you and your family. Send me an email – natasha@thehealthyginger.com. I would love to connect with you!

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#bulletproofcoffee

Bulletproof coffee has become a bit of a big “thing” and is really popular in the Paleo community It is supposed to help you gain energy and is actually has its own brand of coffee beans. 

I personally enjoy my own version of a bulletproof coffee and recently shared a pic of my cup of java on Instagram and I some people raised some good questions about it.

Soooo before we get to the how-to of my own bulletproof cup of java….

Is coffee healthy?

I get asked this a lot and I think it’s a loaded question. I think you truly need to take a peek at your current state of health and consider a several things.

Do you DEPEND on a cup {or more than one} to get going? How many cups do you drink a day? Are you generally stressed out and adding to the overall stress on your body… especially your adrenal glands? Do you drink enough water? Can you handle coffee or does it make you jittery and running for the toilet?

Get real with yourself.

Coffee certainly doesn’t work for everyone and it can absolutely play a role in a bodies breakdown of energy, vitality and glow.

Personally, I love a quality cup of coffee. That means coffee made from organic, fair trade and sustainable beans ,whenever possible.

I am Canadian, and sometimes have Tim Horton’s {fun fact: Timmy’s was my first job…} but ensuring quality, is to avoid unnecessarily ingesting pesticides and any other artificial chemicals.

PS have you seen THIS Starbucks chatter about GMO’S? 

I savour an afternoon coffee date with my husband or meeting up with a good friend over a cup of joe.

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Oh, and I live in Europe part time… life without a bit of coffee would seem a little empty…


Here is how you can make your very own cup of bulletproof coffee at home …

  • 1 cup of coffee {organic, fair trade is best}
  • 1 Tbsp grass fed butter or ghee
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil {some use a MCT oil}
  • Option: add some vanilla extract, a bit of honey or stevia which makes it more like a latte

Add your coffee, butter/ghee and coco oil to a blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute until it’s all creamy and frothy. Pour into your favourite mug + savour…… 

So, my recommendation is this…

  • If you love coffee, use good quality beans, and drink in moderation {no more than 1-2 cups a day}
  • Skip the cream and sugar and instead add some healthy fats with butter, ghee and/or coconut oil
  • Consume AFTER you had your AM warm water with lemon and another cup of water.
  • Make sure you drink lots of water all day {it takes two cups of water to make up for one cup of coffee you drink…. do the math and make sure you are hydrated}
  • Ideally drink your java no later than 3 PM so that it doesn’t interfere with your beauty sleep.
  • Choose herbal tea’s or natural coffee substitutes such as Dandy Blend when possible, or for a little caffeine a quality green tea is a wonderful choice too

Have a fantastic day my friend + cheers to switching up your usual coffee for a cup of bulletproof.

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