Ingredients

1 cup cacao nibs
1 cup Young Living’s Organic Dried Wolfberries
1 cup hemp seeds
3/4 cup coconut butter
2 tablespoons Young Living’s Blue Agave
Dash of sea salt
Dash of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
2 drops of a Young Living Vitality essential oil of your choice (See recommended Vitality essential oils below)

Recommended Vitality essential oils: Lemon Vitality, Cinnamon Bark Vitality, Clove Vitality , Orange Vitality, Tangerine Vitality

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a food processor except for the cacao nibs and hemp seeds. Process until completely broken down into small pieces. Add the cacao nibs and hemp seeds into the process. The cacao nibs should break down to about half their size. The hemp seeds should be visible. Form into bite-sized balls with a small ice cream scoop, place on a baking sheet, and refrigerate until firm.

This recipe was originally featured in the January 2014 issue of the Essential Edge News.

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Ingredients
Cookies

1 cup almond flour
1 cup Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour
1 cup natural sweetener – I used Swerve
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
3 drops Jade Lemon Vitality Essential Oil
(option: 2 cups almond flour instead of 1 cup each einkorn and almond flour)

Frosting

1/2 cup confectioners/powdered sweetener Swerve has both granular and powdered confectioners)
3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 drops Jade Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

Other oil options: lemon, orange, tangerine, lime, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, peppermint, ginger

Instructions

Cookies
Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sweetener. Add eggs, vanilla extract and mix until combined. With the mixer running on low, slowly add baking powder, salt, einkorn and almond flour, beating well after each addition. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough into balls and place on baking sheet; flatten dough balls to form discs covering with plastic wrap and lightly pressing. Space cookies 2 inches apart.

Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack.

Frosting
Whisk together all frosting ingredients until smooth. Whisk in additional sweetener as necessary. When cookies are completely cool, spread frosting onto cookies using butter knife.

Serving size: 1 serving (Total recipe makes 16 servings)
Protein 3.65g, Fat 16.88g, Cals 170, Carbs 3.09g, Fiber 1.50g — NET CARBS: 1.59g

Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour

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Peppermint Chocolate Truffles
Makes 15-20

15 large pitted dates
1/2 cup dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup raw almonds or nuts of choice
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp cocoa powder
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 drops Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

Place almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add dates, process until finely ground. Mix remaining ingredients until it forms up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Press out on a sheet of wax or parchment paper into a long rectangle. With a knife divide in half, then cut into squares. Place the squares in the fridge for about an hour. Roll the squares with your hands forming into small round truffles. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, finely chopped almonds, shredded coconut or rolled oats. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.

Other Vitality Essential Oil Options: cinnamon, orange, peppermint, tangerine



Hot and Spicy Chocolate Truffles
Makes 15-20

15 large pitted dates
1/2 cup dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup raw almonds or nuts of choice
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3 drops Cinnamon Vitality essential oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Place almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add dates, process until finely ground. Mix remaining ingredients until it forms up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Press out on a sheet of wax or parchment paper into a long rectangle. With a knife divide in half, then cut into squares. Place the squares in the fridge for about an hour. Roll the squares with your hands forming into small round truffles. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, finely chopped almonds, shredded coconut or rolled oats. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.



Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles
Makes 15-20

15 large pitted dates
1/2 cup dried shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup raw almonds or nuts of choice
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp cocoa powder
Pinch of sea salt
2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil
2 drops Ginger essential oil
1 drop Clove essential oil
1 drop Nutmeg essential oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Place almonds in a food processor; process until finely ground. Add dates, process until finely ground. Mix remaining ingredients until it forms up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Press out on a sheet of wax or parchment paper into a long rectangle. With a knife divide in half, then cut into squares. Place the squares in the fridge for about an hour. Roll the squares with your hands forming into small round truffles. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, finely chopped almonds, shredded coconut or rolled oats. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.



If you’d like a bigger boost of protein, feel free to add a scoop of Pure Protein Complete or your favorite protein powder (preferably chocolate flavored), to the mix.



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Getting ready to go to Young Living Convention and then onward for our summer vacation. Traveling and sleeping in hotels is usually a challenge for me. I sleep better in my own bed. I guess it is partly the excitement of travel, new things learned at the Young Living Convention and a bed I am not used to. I have a hard time getting settled down for a good night’s sleep.


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I have a special evening tea I like to drink in the evening while reading or watching a bit of TV before bedtime.


Travel Time Relaxing Tea
1 Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea bag
2 drops Young Living Lavender Vitality Essential Oil
3 drops Young Living Tangerine Vitality Essential Oil


Steep tea bag in cup of hot water. Add Lavender and Tangerine essential oils. Enjoy with a good book.

During the summer months I always love to drink more iced tea. It’s so refreshing on a hot day. Here are a few recipe ideas to change things up a bit.


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Peppermint Iced Tea


4 decaffeinated green tea bags
1/4 c. Young Living Blue Agave
3 drops Young Living peppermint essential oil
3 limes


In the bottom of a 64-ounce pitcher, pour agave and peppermint essential oil. Pour hot water over top and stir. Add tea bags and steep until it has a dark caramel color. Quarter limes. Fill serving glasses with ice and squeeze one lime slice in each glass. Pour tea over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and serve.

Lemon Lime Iced Tea

Ingredients
2 black or green tea bags
32 ounces of boiling water
2 drops Lemon Vitality Essential Oil
2 drops Lime Vitality Essential Oil
2 tsp Young Living Blue Agave (Omit if you, like me, prefer unsweetened tea)

Directions
Steep tea in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add in Lemon and Lime essential oils. Add 2 teaspoons of Agave syrup if you desire sweetness. Stir and pour into ice filled glasses

Other Citrus Vitality Oils – Citrus Fresh, lime, grapefruit, jade lemon, orange, tangerine.


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Slique Essence is delicious added to Slique Tea. Have you tried Slique Tea Iced? It’s really delicious on it’s own but add some oils and you’ll have a real treat.


Slique Tea contains jade oolong tea leaves, sought after for their rich aroma and powerful antioxidant content. These leaves are handpicked from the high mountain regions of Taiwan, known for producing some of the world’s finest teas. All of these ingredients are enhanced with 100% pure therapeutic-grade Arabian frankincense powder, an exclusive ingredient from Young Living’s distillery in Salalah, Oman.

Citrus Slique Tea
2 Slique Tea bags
32 ounces of boiling water
3 drops Young Living Lemon Vitality essential oil
3 drops Orange Vitality essential oil


Directions
Steep tea in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add in Lemon and Lime essential oils. Add 2 teaspoons of Agave syrup if you desire sweetness. Stir and pour into ice filled glasses.


Other Citrus Vitality Oils – Citrus Fresh, lime, grapefruit, jade lemon, tangerine.


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