I am so excited about this post! I have debated over and over again about the content of the blog I desired to write but I never saw recipes in my future! But this one is a must-share!
I was sitting at my mom's dining room table with her a week or so ago. She and I hadn't been able to spend much time together for quite a while (which is very strange for us!) because she'd been under the weather. As we sat and chatted she started telling me about all of the crazy symptoms she'd been dealing with. Fatigue, memory loss, inability to focus, an itchy rash spreading from her belly button down her thighs, and a full blown yeast infection to boot! I'd had no idea she was dealing with so much. Mom had gone to a local gynecologist for an explanation but was brushed off and told to go see her primary care physician. This was even though she had a severe feminine yeast infection!
A few days after this doctor barely spoke to her and dismissed her symptoms, my mom was absolutely miserable. She'd been dealing with these issues for almost 2 months at this point. My mom decided to take herself to an urgent care center and see if she could get any kind of answers or relief. Thankfully, the doctor at MedExpress took her concerns very seriously and was able to tell my mom in a short amount of time that he believed her to not only have a yeast infection, but a yeast overgrowth in her entire system! Between information the doctor gave her and her own research, my mom was able to see that ALL of the symptoms she'd been having lined up with the doctor's diagnosis perfectly! Of course, she'd been doing her own research before she got to see the doctor and even had an idea of what type of medication she needed to be put on. Before she had a chance to ask, the doctor prescribed the exact medication she'd been prepared to fight for if need be! However, medicine wasn't quite enough to completely take care of the situation.
Both at the doctor's urging, and through her own information gathering my mom realized that she needed to make a huge change in her diet and lifestyle! Have you ever baked with activated yeast? Its used in bread and other baked goods, especially those that rise before being baked. But how do you activate your yeast? You sprinkle it into sugar water. The sugar feeds the yeast and allows it to grow and work. Now, imagine an overgrowth of yeast (candida) in your body. Sugar feeds the yeast in your body as well! And carbohydrates like bread and potatoes break down in the body and are converted to sugar. In essence, my mom, who is not much of a sweets person at all, needed to cut white sugar, bread, potatoes and many other starches from her diet. Corn is a major cause of aggravation to a yeast overgrowth! Not only that, when I started reading about a "candida diet" to help her I found this blog at naturalon.com that offers an extensive list of foods that should be avoided. It also mentions foods that are good to eat.
Here's where we get to the recipe! Mom found out that if she could consume coconut oil (ALL HAIL our favorite super food!) it would actually aid in breaking holes in the walls of the candida cells and kill it. As soon as she mentioned eating coconut oil I thought "Fat Bombs!" I mentioned them to her and started searching for an easy recipe she could try. I was super excited when I came across blog.paleohacks.com and this recipe! There is also some good information in the blog about why fat bombs are a good thing to eat! I was even more excited when I read that fat bombs can help with cravings! I've just had my first postpartum cycle after having my youngest daughter 6 months ago. I was eating chocolate like it was my job! So anything to curb cravings would definitely be welcome!
I showed my mom the recipe and she said "I think I have all of that. Get up! We're making them now!" Off to the kitchen we went! It turned out we didn't have exactly what PaleoHacks' recipe called for and we wanted to tweak them a little anyways, so we ended up with out very own Almond Joy Fat Bomb recipe! And MAN, do they help with cravings! Its amazing! And, it is definitely a sure fire way to get some amazing coconut oil into your system! I can't wait to share this recipe with you!
Almond Joy Coconut Oil Fat Bombs
1/3 cup melted Coconut Oil
2Tbsp Agave Nectar (or Raw Honey)
2 Cups unsweetened shredded coconut
2-3Tbsp sliced almonds or almond slivers
4oz semi-sweet or dark chocolate
Wax or parchment paper <<-- (These are AWESOME because they're already cut into individual sheets!)
Blender or food processor
Microwave safe bowl or double boiler for melting chocolate
1. Combine oil, agave, almonds, and coconut in the blender or food processor. (We MUCH preferred the food processor and I LOVE this one from Hamilton Beach!)
**If you want more crunch you can process everything without the almonds and add them in later so they stay more whole**
2. Pulse until the mixture has a crumbly texture.
3. Use a teaspoon to remove small amounts of the mixture at a time and use your hands to roll into a ball... You could also use a second spoon to simply "drop" spoonfuls of the mixture onto your parchment paper.
4. Place bombs on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Let set in the freezer for 10 minutes.
5. Using a double boiler or very carefully in the microwave (chocolate burns fast!) melt the chocolate. Remove the bombs from the freezer and drizzle with chocolate. Let set in the freezer for 5 more minutes.
6. Enjoy! These will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge!
Let me know if you try these and how you like them! And, if you make your own variations, PLEASE leave them in the comments! I'd LOVE to try more recipes!!
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