Feeling Lovely + {Chocolate Covered Strawberries Bread}

I think I'm going to get a little deep today.  The truth is, I don't feel particularly lovely lately...which makes it hard to accept love and kindness and compliments from others. In one ear, a big smirk, then out the other.  I've been all shapes and sizes along the way, and yet I struggle at all of them to truly love myself and my body. In those moments of struggle, I try to focus on the positive and think of 3 or 4 things I truly love about myself at that moment. Here goes:

I love...

  • that my body is healthy and my cholesterol is amazingly low - so much so that doctors marvel at my bloodwork and ask what it is that I eat every day.
  • that my eyelashes are super curly and long and I've never used an eyelash curler a day in my life.
  • that I created the cutest most lovely daughter, Babycakes.
  • that I am following my dreams and this cookbook is becoming a reality.

I encourage you to do the same activity on those days that you are overwhelmed and struggling to love yourself fully.  And then celebrate your loveliness with chocolate. :)

Introducing Chocolate Covered Strawberries Bread:

It's not just stunningly beautiful on the outside with sliced strawberries and drizzled chocolate, it's also packed with superfoods --- like kale, coconut oil, and dark chocolate. Lovely inside and out!

Perfect for Valentine's Day weekend, or any weekend for that matter. 

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Bread


Chocolate Covered Strawberries Bread


1⁄2 cup
Diced Kale (stems removed)
2 tablespoons
Coconut Oil
3⁄4 cups
Vanilla Almond Milk
8 tablespoons
Butter (one stick)
2 cups
Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (or sub whole wheat pastry flour)
4 tablespoons
Cocoa Powder
1 tablespoon
Baking Powder
1⁄2 teaspoon
Sea Salt
2⁄3 cups
Coconut Sugar (or sub light brown sugar)
3⁄4 cups
Diced Strawberries
1 cup
Dark Chocolate chips
Strawberries (to slice and lay on top of bread)
1⁄2 cup
Dark Chocolate chips (to put on top of the bread after it has baked)
1 teaspoon
Vanilla Almond Milk (to melt in with the chocolate to put on top)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt coconut oil over medium-low heat in a skillet. Add in diced kale and saute for approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently. It should not get brown at all.
  3. Combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips in a medium mixing bowl. Stir thoroughly. 
  4. Gently stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Use non-stick spray to coat a loaf pan. Then, pour in batter.  Top batter with thinly sliced strawberries. 
  6. Bake for 70 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Let cool for one hour before slicing.
  7. Melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 1 tsp vanilla almond milk over low heat. Then drizzle the chocolate mixture on top of cooled loaf.

Yields 1 Loaf