Jump Start Your Health with Elizabeth Johnson, RHN

Dairy-Free Sunbutter Chocolates – Just in Time for Easter!
Gluten-Free • Nut-Free • Soy-Free

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These are basically the healthy gluten free allergy friendly version of Reese’s Peanut butter treats. Because I think no one should have to go without chocolate, I wanted to make a gluten, soy, dairy, refined sugar and nut free treat! It’s only sweetened with a touch of raw honey so it’s all the pleasure without the guilty.

Some really important points you should know before trying this recipe are:

1. Make sure you make them on the small side. You want them to be a one bite size. Why? Because coconut oil is what holds them together and they melt quickly. You want to be able to eat one and put it back in the fridge.

2. Make sure the chocolate coating sauce cools a bit before dipping the sunbutter in it. I mention these below but they’re really important because or else this recipe can get messy!


  • 1 cup sunbutter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 TBSP raw cocoa, cocoa powder or carob powder
  • 2 TSP raw honey
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup raw cocoa, cocoa powder or carob powder
  • 1 TBSP raw honey


  1. In a small bowl mix together the sunbutter, melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, raw honey and sea salt.
  2. Line a baking sheet in parchment paper. Then using a teaspoon pour the sunbutter mixture into individual ovals. Leaving about 1/3 cup for garnish later.
  3. Put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile it’s time to create the chocolate. In a small sauce pan over low heat melt 1/2 cup coconut oil then whisk in 1/3 cup raw cacao and 1 tsp raw honey. Turn off heat and let cool to just above room temperature. Where it’s still melted, but not as hot.
  5. Remove the sunbutter mixture from the freezer and then dip the ovals into the chocolate coconut oil mixture, shake off excess and then add back onto the parchment paper. Do this one at a time until they’re all done. Be quick or they will begin to soften. Then add back to the freezer for 15 min. (Optional: you can repeat this step a second time if you want a thicker coating.
  6. Remove from freezer and then using a spoon or piping bag drizzle the 1/3 cup sunbutter mixture onto the chocolates. Sprinkle with sprinkles (optional) then freeze again for at least 15 minutes.
  7. Enjoy quickly because they will melt. Store in fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for a month.

Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic & Integrated HealthElizabeth has just assumed a position with Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic & Integrated Health and is looking for ward to supporting you in her capacity there as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

What is Registered Holistic Nutrition?

Holistic Nutrition is a natural approach to dietary health that uses evidence-based techniques to optimize nutrient status and diet. Instead of focusing on just one aspect of the person, or taking a one size fits all methodology, holistic nutrition evaluates the complete health history, emotional state, lifestyle habits and current diet habits of an individual to determine the root cause of his or her health.

What schooling does a Registered Holistic Nutritionist do?

Registered Holistic Nutritionist is a professional trained by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) to educate individuals and groups about the benefits of nutrition. After a 2 year program through a school of nutrition, students are required to complete 50 practicum hours and pass a board exam, which is the same across Canada.

Why come see a Holistic Nutritionist?

  • You’ll get an Individualized food plan based on YOU – your likes, dislikes, food intolerances, allergies, and or lifestyle.
  •  Stuck in a rut? You’ll get Inspiration, motivation, guidance. It’s like having a personalized food trainer.
  •  Get to the root cause of your sleep problems, low energy, skin issues, hormonal problems.
  •  Improve your digestion! Get your digestion on track and feel better.
  •  Learn strategies to develop a new relationship with food. When you learn how to eat better, your confidence, energy and well being often improves.
  •  A holistic nutritionist can teach you a holistic model of health by providing not only dietary guidance, but lifestyle suggestions too.
  •  No quick-fix fad or crash diets. Diets don’t work and are time-limited. Get healthy over time, weight loss will be a side effect, as well as glowing skin, better sleep and better digestion.

Holistic Nutrition can help support these areas:

  • Weight loss
  • Improving your overall nutrition
  • Chronic Health Disorders
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Chronic Pain
  • Women’s Health
  • Family and Pregnancy Support
  • Living with food allergies or intolerances
  • Celiac Disease management
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Hormonal Issues
  • Aging

 Are Holistic Nutritionists Covered On Benefits Programs?

It depends which company you use,  – more and more companies are starting to cover Holistic Nutritionists. If your benefits plan is under Greenshield or Manulife, may often should be covered; however, it’s typically under “Nutritional Counselling / Social Work / Counselling” and is not the same as being covered with a Registered Dietician or Registered Nutritionist. If your benefits plan is under Sunlife, Great West Life or Pacific Blue Cross, there is a chance it’s covered. Always call your provider to ensure your coverage.

Contact Elizabeth at Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic

204-4480 West Saanich Road  Victoria, B.C. V8Z 3E9
250.881.1806 | reception@islandnaturopathic.com 
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About Elizabeth

In 2006, when Elizabeth was 15, she developed digestive symptoms after a case of food poisoning while vacationing in Tampa Bay – a hot dog eaten during triple overtime.

For six more years, her health continued to decline, she lost weight and suffered from severe fatigue, anemia, nausea, vomiting, bloating, fainting spells, joint pain and hair loss. At that point, she was finally diagnosed with celiac disease.

In 2014, while her health improved on a gluten-free diet,  her diet of gluten-free processed cookies, pizzas and cakes wasn’t helping her health.

She continued to suffer with many of the same symptoms. After a bad viral infection that lead to viral encephalitis, she was also diagnosed with reactive arthritis. Elizabeth still struggles with ongoing nerve damage and pain on the right side of her body.

Elizabeth decided she had to get serious about restoring her health. She improved her diet, changed her mindset and enrolled in a Holistic Nutrition Diploma program. She discovered first hand how to provide her body with the nourishment it needed and her mind;  positive thoughts. It  transformed her life.

In 2016, Elizabeth graduated with a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition and started helping others!