Chocti and Birch Benders

My Sunday routine consists of going to the gym for an 8:30 am boot camp class, and then coming home to feed my dogs, and make a yummy breakfast for myself. I love having time on the weekends to actually cook breakfast. During the work week, I’m usually grabbing something from the fridge or making a quick smoothie in the morning. I’ve got a few go-to breakfast items, but I wanted to share 2 items that I’ve become addicted to over the last year. fullsizeoutput_a42Birch Benders Paleo Pancake and Waffle Mix by, Low-Carb, High Protein, High Fiber, Gluten-free, Low Glycemic, Prebiotic, Keto-Friendly, Made with Cassava, Coconut and Almond Flour, 42 Ounce 1-pack

First up is Birch Benders Pancake and Waffle Mix. It’s paleo, non-GMO, dairy free, gluten free, and grain free. That checks off a lot of boxes for folks who might have diet restrictions. It also has no added sugar, which is great if you love pancakes but are watching your sugar intake. With less than 1gram of sugar per serving, it has 7 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbohydrates, and 7 grams of protein for approximately 2-3 pancakes (1 serving).

You might be wondering about the taste. It’s definitely not the fluffy, light pancakes that you might be used to. They’re a bit heartier and have a nuttier flavor. Like most pancake mixes, they’re super easy to make. You just add water, mix, and cook over medium heat on a greased skillet.

IMG_1365.JPGChocti Chocolate Coffee Ghee Cacao Spread by 4th and Heart, 12 Ounce, Grass-fed, Lactose-free, Certified Paleo

You might also be wondering what that decadent looking chocolate sauce is that’s drizzled all over those pancakes. That’s the second item I wanted to share with you! It’s 4th and Heart’s Chocti, a chocolate ghee spread. Their chocolate spreads come in 3 flavors, Original, Coffee Guarana, and Passionfruit.

I originally tried ghee in January of this year, when I was doing a month of eating Whole 30 foods with a friend. 4th and Heart has a good explanation of what ghee is, if you’re interested. It’s basically butter without the milk solids and water. It maintains the good fats found in butter. Chocti is not Whole 30 compliant, so I waited until my Whole 30 was done to try this delicious spread.

It’s made from date syrup, chocolate (cacao, coconut sugar), vanilla bean ghee, coffee oil, and guarana seed powder. 1 tablespoon is 80 calories with 5 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein. It’s definitely something that I measure out when eating, because it is too easy to scoop it out and eat way too much at once. Think chocolate frosting in a jar!

I’ve eaten it with pancakes, used it as a frosting on desserts, and even put it in my coffee to add a chocolate flavor and some healthy fat. Let me know if you’ve tried these products, or if you have a specific breakfast routine for the weekend.

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