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Chocolate Coconut Protein Bark w/ Cashew Butter, Puffed Quinoa & Goji Berries

Chocolate Coconut Protein Bark w/ Cashew Butter, Puffed Quinoa & Goji Berries

Happy Friday Friends! Boyyy do I have an AWESOME recipe for ya using some of my favorite products from Carrington Farms. I’m headed on vaca tomorrow, but didn’t want to leave you hanging for a week, so I’m sharing this recipe early…just in time for a little Sunday meal prep?!

I don’t know about you, but I’m 100% a dessert kinda gal. I would necessarily say it’s a sweet-tooth craving, but I also like a little something extra after dinner. This vegan & paleo chocolate is the PERFECT, no-sugar snack to keep you satisfied & make your taste buds dance for joy!


I love Carrington Farms products because they offer organic, non-GMO seeds, grains, and oils ….which let’s be honest, makes up basically more than half of what I eat on a daily basis. Some of my staples from Carrington Farms? Ghee, Coconut Oil, and a plant-based protein on hand (i.e. their chocolate coconut protein powder).


Moving onto the chocolate. This recipe is SO simple. It’s completely SUGAR FREE (but totally optional to add a sweetener of your choice if you please). It’s VEGAN, PALEO, GLUTEN-FREE, KETO-FRIENDLY – all that jazz.  Here’s the down low…


Homemade Cashew Butter

½ cup raw cashews

3 tsp Carrington Farms Coconut Oil

⅛ tsp himalayan salt

Optional Sweetener: Vanilla Stevia, Coconut Sugar, Maple Syrup, or Honey

For the Chocolate

½ cup Carrington Farms Coconut Oil

¼ cup Coconut BUTTER (adds a natural sweetness to the chocolate)

⅓ cup Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Protein Chocolate Blend

⅔ cup raw cacao powder

¼ Carrington Farms Puffed Quinoa

¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

¼ tsp (or more if you like it saltier) himalayan salt

Optional Sweetener: Vanilla Stevia, Coconut Sugar, Maple Syrup, or Honey

Optional Toppings: Goji berries, additional puffed quinoa, pumpkin seeds, mixed nuts, dried fruit



Start by blending your cashews, coconut oil, & salt in a food processor. Blend until resembles cashew butter like consistency. Set aside.

Using a 8.5″ X 4.5″ X 2.75″ loaf pan, line that in parchment paper.

Next, over your stove top, melt your coconut oil & coconut butter on a saucepan at LOW heat. Once melted add in the chocolate coconut protein powder & the cacao powder. Mix well. Next add in the cashew butter and stir until well blended. Finally, add in your puffed quinoa, shredded coconut, optional sweetener, & salt. Mix well.

Once well blended, pour into loaf pan lined in parchment paper. Top with any additional toppings of your choice. Lightly sprinkle some more himalayan salt & a drizzle of honey. Store in freezer for about 30 minutes, then transfer to refrigerator for another hour or two, or until it is set and hardened. Once it has fully hardened, break into pieces and store in your fridge in an airtight container.



Thank you Carrington Farms for sponsoring this post. I love the opportunity to colloborate with brands I truly love and believe in!

Forever Young: powerful super-foods your diet shouldn’t be missing out on…

So while my teammate Jackie and I were running the other day…we started to have a slight epiphany. As lame as this sounds, we realized our skin may not maintain it’s youthful look forever if we continue to treat it as we do on a daily basis. I don’t know about you, but my daily routine usually consists of me washing my face with my Clean&Clear Morning Burst face wash containing bits of lemon, papaya, and caffeine in the morning and once at night. I then moisturize with a simple face lotion by Neutrogena. This is all well and good, but it certainly is not enough if I want to avoid aging and wrinkles as much as possible, all the while fighting off blemishes that come as part of the harsh winter conditions. Not only does the winter typically make my face behave in odd ways, breaking out on random occasions or drying out to the point where I feel like I have botox…but our daily runs expose our faces to the strong whipping of the wind (during the winter), or dirty sweat dripping down our face in the warmer seasons. This only further dries out our skin and creates a clearly visible wind burn causing unwanted redness from our cheeks to nose to chin and so on.


My first thought was to go one obvious route. This would include spending 2 months worth of paychecks (from the occasionally rare hours I get from work) on “natural” and “organic” products from Sephora that claim to be the “number one skin remedy” out there. OR, I could choose to follow another route which would a) not empty out my wallet, b) would 100% be all natural and organic, and c) I would not only be benefitting my skin, but also my diet! So, recently, I did a bit of internet research and found some awesome, super-foods which contain nutrients and vitamins that are key to maintaining a youthful look for as long as possible…and let’s be honest, who would not want that…?

Below is a list of all the foods I’d recommend based on my research, with a simple reasoning and result of each individual food…

If you want to prevent the risk of skin cancer and harsh sun damage, eat this…

1.) Watermelon: Contains large amounts of lycopene → reduces skin damage and redness which is caused by over exposure of the sun; prevents wrinkles and lowers skin cancer risks.
2.) Canned Tuna: Contains selenium → helps with skin elasticity, therefor keeping the skin smooth and firm…can also can help protect against the sun.
3.) Sunflower seeds, sunflower oil: Contains Vitamin E → protects top skin layers from the sun, is high in essential fatty acids for dried out skin areas.
4.) Spinach: Protects against skin cancer → spinach helps maintain and repair DNA reducing cancer cell growth.
5.) Tomatoes: Contains lycopene → prevents sun damage (most beneficial when heated up and eaten cooked).
6.) Dark Chocolate. Cocoa: Strong in antioxidants → reduces roughness of skin and protects sun damage, hydrates and firms skins – improves luminosity

If you want to reduce and calm skin’s redness, inflammation, even out complexion, and blemishes, eat this…

1.) Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds, Walnuts, almonds: High in Omega-3 fatty acids → fights wrinkles, erases dark spots, hydrates the skin, reduces redness, produces collagen to improve skin elasticity, the nuts especially contain Vitamin E (strong sun blocker)
2.) Kidney Beans → gets ride of zits! High in zinc content (correlation between low zinc levels and the combination of blemishes), zinc is great for healing
3.) Soy beans, Soy milk, Edamame beans → Contains minerals and proteins that have been shown to help even out skin complexion
4.) Green tea: Contains antioxidants which help to reduce unwanted redness on the skin/face area, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
5.) Water with Lemon

If you want to reduce wrinkles or reduce pre-mature aging, eat this…

1.) Broccoli: Is loaded with 65% of your daily vitamin C → improves wrinkles and sagging in the skin by absorbing the free radicals and removing the DNA damage they create, also a sun-protectant.
2.) Watermelon
3.) Canned Tuna
4.) Carrots, Oranges: These lovely, orange superfoods are great for the skin, containing Vitamin A and vitamin C → prevents overproduction of cells in outer skin layers → good for the eyes and clearing breakouts; vitamin c decreases the rate of skin aging by firming the skin.
5.) Oatmeal: Contains lots of vitamins and keeps blood sugar levels stable (because it takes long to break down this complex carb), stable blood sugar levels help to keep hormones constant, therefore lessening the likely hood of wrinkles, keeping your skin youthful (hence why people often try natural home remedies including oatmeal face masks).
6.) Greek Yogurt: Prevents wrinkles → the large amount of protein helps skin to firm and calm irritation or dryness
7.) Sweet potatoes: Contains Vitamin C → reduces wrinkles through production of collagen.
8.) Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds, Walnuts, almonds

If you want to get rid of dryness or improve the skins luminosity and glow, eat this…

1.) Mangoes, papaya, & apricots: Filled with pigments called carotenoids → illuminates skin, puts color back into your face.
2.) Dark Chocolate. Cocoa
3.) Flaxseeds, Chia Seeds, Walnuts, almonds
4.) Greek Yogurt
5.) Sunflower seeds, sunflower oil
6.) Safflower Oil: High in Omega-6 fatty acids; keeps cell walls hydrated → for extremely dry, flaky skin (especially those with eczema).
7.) Water with lemon: Water helps clear toxins that cause blemishes, hydrates skin and spreads nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells (dehydrated skin can lead to premature aging), the lemon contains large amounts of Vitamin-C → great skin cleanser to reduce dark spots, diminishing acne scars, keeps skin youthful looking, so many great benefits!

Hopefully you all take advantage of these great benefits that the list of super-foods have to offer for wonderful, youthful looking skin by adding them to your next grocery list! Again, there are so many delicious recipes out there that incorporate these nutrient-rich foods, so try out some new ideas! Enjoy your YOUTHFULNESS!! ; )

Below are a list of some of the sources I used beyond my own prior knowledge:

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