Goji Berry Valentine's Day Brownies
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These fudgy brownies infused with goji berry is the ultimate Valentine’s Day treat!

Finally. We took our latest brownie recipe and adapted it for Valentine’s Day for truly one of a kind deliciousness. This recipe came out with a tasty fudgy consistency that instantly melts in your mouth with a sweet chocolate taste. This is the kind of dessert your partner will absolutely love when you surprise them with these fudgy brownies.

The addition of goji berry adds a nice superfood touch along with collagen peptides for an extra boost in protein. To get even more creative be sure to add some rose petals to truly bring out the Valentine’s theme — don’t be surprised if you find your partner loves you even more!

Fudgy Goji Berry Brownies

Fudgy Goji Berry Valentine’s Brownies

Start to Finish: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cacao butter
  • 2 tablespoon MCT oil or coconut oil (add extra if too dry)
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (1/4 cup mixed with cacao butter for melted chocolate)
  • 1 tablespoon goji berry powder (optional)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup BochaSweet
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop Collagen Peptides (optional)
  • 1 cup almond flour + 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried goji berries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place 1/2 cup cocoa butter on a stove top or over a double boiler in a heat-proof bowl. Add in 1/4 cup cacao powder and mix together until it makes a chocolate syrup consistency. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add in the eggs, egg yolk, MCT oil/coconut oil and BochaSweet for a few minutes or until light and fluffy. Turn on your mixer on a low setting. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Next, slowly add in the chocolate syrup mixture until completely mixed.
  5. Add in the cocoa powder, goji berry powder, collagen, almond flour, baking powder, and salt. Fold in the chopped almonds. (Optional: you can add in your choice of nuts, chocolate chips, or whatever you desire). Blend on medium speed in your mixture until a creamy batter forms. Sprinkle dried goji berries if you prefer.
  6. Pour the batter using a rubber spatula into a greased 9×9 baking dish (layer with parchment paper if you prefer). Bake for 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before cutting. You can place in the freezer for at least 15 minutes after brownies cool to make it easier to cut. Decorate with goji berries and rose petals.

Makes: 8

Collagen Peptides
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Protein is a “buzzword” that is often emphasized when it comes to feeling satiety on a diet. Especially the keto diet which is now a hot trend among health advocates. A keto diet focuses on higher amounts of protein and fats with considerably less carbs. That said protein is very important for optimal health. There is a protein source that can help keep you looking young, and that is collagen.

What is Collagen?

Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the human body. It makes up an impressive 80 percent of your skin which means it improves skin elasticity, reduces wrinkles, and boosts skin hydration. It also helps give you healthy, strong hair and strengthens your bones. Collagen is also rich in three amino acids that are deficient in today’s standard diets. The amino acids are glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. There is so many benefits to consuming collagen that it’s no wonder it has become such a popular protein source.

Collagen’s Role in Anti-Aging

As we age, our collagen production tends to naturally decline. This means we start to show wrinkles and fine lines. After the age of 25 collagen breaks down at a faster rate than what we can make. To keep collagen production up,  it would be wise to add more collagen into your diet either by supplementation or regularly consuming foods like bone broth or organ meats. For many people simply adding a scoop of collagen protein into your coffee, smoothie, or water can help you receive many benefits from this wonderful protein.

When it comes to improving skin elasticity, collagen is something you want to be consuming to help combat the effects of aging.

Collagen for Stronger Joints

Keeping our joints healthy is important for our overall quality of life. Collagen helps to strengthen your joints and can even significantly reduce joint pain. The reason for this is simple. Collagen acts as a cushion to your joints to prevent friction between the connecting bones. Since you start to break down collagen at a faster rate when you age it makes sense to increase your consumption of collagen to help keep your joints healthy.

For those living an active lifestyle, collagen is a great protein source that can be consumed before or after a workout for recovery. The amino acid glycine found in collagen may help with adding lean muscle mass.

If you are looking for a quick and convenient source of collagen to supplement your diet, then you should definitely check out our BochaBars. These delicious, keto-friendly protein bars contain grass fed collagen peptides and other real food ingredients designed to fit into your lifestyle needs.

Collagen is Good for Keto

The idea behind the keto diet is to be very low carb with a high amount of fat. The amount of protein you need to consume on keto is not so straightforward. The general rule of thumb for sedentary adults is to consume at least 0.8 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass. If you are more active, an athlete, or looking to build more muscle then you may want to consume 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass.

Of course, collagen is good for keto. In fact, it is highly recommended to make sure you are consuming enough collagen rich foods like bone broth, leafy greens, citrus fruits (Vitamin C plays a major role in collagen synthesis), and grass fed meats. Protein is a very important macronutrient and should not be overlooked. Collagen is a great protein source that helps to complement the keto diet leading to better skin health, strengthening your joints and bones, muscle growth, and much more.

Where Can You Buy Collagen?

Collagen is pretty popular and widely available online, in health food stores, and supplement shops.

To make it easy for you we decided to offer a hydrolyzed grass fed collagen peptides supplement that is unflavored and has a pleasant smooth taste. You can easily mix 1-2 scoops into water, coffee, and smoothies. Enjoy with our BochaSweet sugar replacement for the most delicious recipes ever!

 

Bocha Keto Brownies
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This keto and diabetic friendly dessert has ingredients like cacao butter, almonds, and egg yolks that work together for a decadent chocolate taste. When you’ve got a chocolate craving, it can be hard to find a brownie that doesn’t contain a high amount of sugar, dairy, and processed flour. To solve this issue we went ahead and developed a recipe that contains plenty of nutrients from superfood ingredients – cacao and almonds – plus, sweetening with BochaSweet for your desired sweetness. Brownies are now nutritious and tasty at the same time!

This keto-friendly brownie recipe is quick and easy to make. A simple list of ingredients that you can readily find available in your nearest grocery store means this recipe will be convenient for you to prepare.

Keto “Bocha” Almond Brownies

Bocha Brownies

Start to Finish: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cacao butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (1/4 cup mixed with cacao butter for melted chocolate)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup BochaSweet
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour + 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place 1/2 cup cocoa butter on a stove top or over a double boiler in a heat-proof bowl. Add in 1/4 cup cacao powder and mix together until it makes a chocolate syrup consistency. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add in the eggs, egg yolk, and BochaSweet for a few minutes or until light and fluffy. Turn on your mixer on a low setting. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Next, slowly add in the chocolate syrup mixture until completely mixed.
  5. Add in the cocoa powder, almond flour, baking powder, and salt. Fold in the chopped almonds. (Optional: you can add in your choice of nuts, chocolate chips, or whatever you desire). Blend on medium speed in your mixture until a creamy batter forms.
  6. Pour the batter using a rubber spatula into a greased 9×9 baking dish (layer with parchment paper if you prefer). Bake for 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool for 30 minutes before cutting. You can place in the freezer for at least 15 minutes after brownies cool to make it easier to cut.

Makes: 12

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