Glorious. These babies were amazingly good and tasted SO decadent for being paleo and about as “healthy” as a gooey, chocolately cookie can be! We will come back to these bad boys in a bit. First I need to announce my completion of a Whole45!!! If you are new here and don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, go check out www.whole9life.com and do a little research 🙂
Anyway, I finished up my Whole45 on Thursday and to celebrate I made those tasty morsels to enjoy after our Valentine’s Day dinner at one of my all time fave restaurants, 112 Eatery. Quick tangent: OMGee their scallops are the best in the world. The whole entire world. And the Pork Osso Bucco with winter veggie slaw was incredible. Mouthwatering delciousness.
Back to my Whole45. This time around was much easier than my first Whole30 back in October but I attribute the success to the fact that I was eating 95% paleo before I started and already knew the ropes a bit. I lost ~2.5lbs but look much leaner and fit so I am pretty sure that I gained a few lbs of muscle (I also started really weight-training the past month and a half). All my clothes are too big now, except for those I bought at the end of October and I am VERY excited to get all new summer stuff in a few months!!! Spendy but incredibly exciting 🙂
Below are a couple pics from Friday, the day after my Whole45 ended, and even though I caught a bug and didn’t feel very good I think I look a LOT healthier than I have in years. Pretty pumped about that.
The benefits that I have experienced since beginning my paleo journey are as follows:
– more restful sleep
– MUCH easier to wake, wake up ready to go
– no 3pm slump where I need a nap to function
– more energy ALL day long
– less stomach issues (IBS symptoms I have had for YEARS)
– almost no headaches (unless I have too much sugar!)
– clearer skin
– whiter teeth and fresher breath
– no cravings!!!
– can go 6-7 hours without eating and not feel ravenous, light-headed or crabby
– NEVER feel more than a teeny bit hungry, right before meals
– better recovery after workouts
– clearer mind
– happier and better mood all the time
– better sense of smell and clearer sinuses
– taste buds have changed, veggies taste sweeter and I like more foods
– dropped 2 sizes in pants and dresses
– more muscle tone and definition
– flat tummy! woo hoo!
– wearing sizes smaller than I did in HIGH SCHOOL 🙂
So, as you can probably tell, I love this lifestyle and have no plans to go back to how I was. I also have realized that most of the digestion issues I have had for years are directly correlated to dairy and grains. When I eat even little bits now I get sick, so I really try not to have them at all! Since this all began I have convinced a LOT of friends and family to give it a shot and all of them have had awesome results as well!
Even though I am ending this post with a paleo treat, I know that they are just that, a TREAT. Something special and not everyday. Although they are entirely made from paleo ingredients, they are still sugary and chocolatey and for special occasions, such as birthdays, Valentine’s Day or other big celebrations.
They are SO great dunked into your morning coffee (with coconut milk, obvi). If you try them please let me know how they turned out by commenting below!!!
Sweet Potatoes and Smiles,
– The Freckled Foodie
Paleo Mocha Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- 2 c almond flour
- 3.5 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp espresso powder or finely ground espresso
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 Egg (DO turn out well without egg if you have allergies!)
- 1/4 c coconut oil, melted (could sub ghee)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 small Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Bars, chopped or 1/2 c dark chocolate chunks
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Combine dry ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Add wet ingredients (NOT chocolate chunks) and pulse until dough is formed.
- Transfer dough to a mixing bowl.
- Roughly chop chocolate bar and add to cookie dough, stir to combine.
- Scoop heaping tablespoons onto parchment lined cookie sheets and flatten slightly with back of spoon/glass as these cookies don’t spread much.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes, remove and let cool completely on the cookie sheet.
- Transfer to an airtight container, they will be good for 4-5 days on the counter.