Tahini Oat with Chocolate Cookies

Tahini Oat with Chocolate Cookies
Tahini Oat with Chocolate Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are cookies that are better for your body, I don’t believe date heavy treats better than refined sugar choices. With Christmas over and people saying things like ‘time to be healthy again’I don’t believe Christmas or Christmas food is unhealthy. I don’t think treats made with large amounts of dates are a better choice. Diet food is even worse…

Cravings set in quite fast after Christmas different types of cravings, how we spend time thinking about these feelings cravings is much more important to me. Than the food that’s been thought of…in the circle of repeating thoughts low self esteem is somewhere in there, with holding on inside to stop or control feelings from being expressed.

I know now happiness is a choice and it comes from the inside out so in this confusion of food, feelings and cravings. Something like what I have made can be in the middle, while our internal life balances out. Enjoying low refined sugar sweetened food made from oats and not refined flour, I’ve used a some shop brought chocolate from a brand I like. Feeling bad about having cravings is a waste of time, that is why I learnt to make my own treats because its empowering…..

Recipe will follow…..

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Strawberry Choc Chew sweetened with Rice Syrup

My Strawberry Choc Chew
My Strawberry Choc Chew

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making peace with yourself requires treats you can enjoy, these are chewy, chocolaty and strawberry awesomeness. I didn’t measure at all, I looked at the dish I would set this in and used my gut feeling.

The base:
Gluten free organic oats — blitzed in a food processor to a fine texture
Brazil nuts organic and macadamia nuts add to the processor and blitzed
Cinnamon about a low teaspoon
Vanilla extract liquid a lot
Raw Cacao powder 3 good tablespoons
Mineral salt a pinch
Blitz all this together then add rice syrup and liquefied coconut oil, pause till a ball forms or little balls form. If not add more liquids. Line a dish and push the base mixture into it. Have a little taste and see if you need to add anything. Once in the fridge this will become more chocolaty.

I left mine for an hour.

Strawberry Choc IcingMelt Cacao fat
Add a little pinch of mineral salt
Vanilla a lot
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
add raw cacoa powder
Cashew butter
Stir the mix and taste
Add rice syrup if you need too for your taste – Poor on to your base – Pop back into the fridge. After 15 minutes, take your chew out and sprinkle bluckwheat goats and freeze dried strawberry powder.

Then pop back into the fridge to harden in about 20 to 30 minutes. Then Enjoy…:-)

The Recipe for Easter Sunday Flourless Chocolate Cake

200 grams good quality dark chocolate – I brought mine from Wholefoods.
150 grams of organic grass-fed butter (with salt) – room temperature

6 organic eggs – I brought the misshapen eggs from the Saturday mornings farmers market.

2 tablespoons of English honey
2 teaspoons of natural vanilla
2 tablespoons of cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 150 C
Lightly oil (I used coconut fat) on to the baking paper I lined the 20 cm cake tin with.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl, over hot water but not boiled. Once melted take off the hot water.

Put all eggs into a bowl and beat until light and creamy in colour.
Add the honey, vanilla and cinnamon with 2 large tablespoons of coconut flour.

Fold the two mixtures together, I used a butter knife to hold the eggs into the melted chocolate and butter. Pour into your lined baking tin.

Place into the oven and bake for 30 minutes until set and the cake bounces back to your soft touch. Cool down the cake when cold enjoy with friends and cups of tea and a good catch up.

Milks or Mylks

Choc Cherry Amazingness
Choc Cherry Amazingness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started experimenting with different milks about 8 years ago. One I really love is Sesame Milk, I do love the flavor. I like to make my own milks myself and my body doesn’t like almond milk, at all it makes me sick but my taste buds like the taste. Rather than fighting my cravings for sweet foods I’ve learnt to experiment with trying new foods for more nutrition to nourish my body.

I don’t buy different milks made by companies and sold in supermarkets or shops ever.

I only make what I need which is normally a serving for one and freeze any extra.

I try to chew my smoothies to start the digestion process too, chewing also helps me feel satisfied too.

This is the most delicious recipe if you like the taste of tahini.

In a blender

Add water I use about 1 ½ cup to start with
2x good dessert spoons of tahini paste (I like the pale or light tahini)
½ a cup of frozen cherries (without the stones inside) I buy these in season
1 good tablespoon of cacao powder
I squeeze of rice syrup (if you need extra sweetness)

Blend and check the consistency if too thick add more water. And enjoy a healthy choc, cherry smoothie that helps to balance out cravings.

Making My Pizza at Blogathon 2015 the Recipe

Me Cooking today at Icetank Kitchen
Me Cooking today at Icetank Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cheese

1 Cups cashews – soaked 2 hours in water

1 Lemon –  juiced (or 4 Tbsp)

3x Tbsp  Nutritional Yeast

1x tsp Sweet Paprika

Pinch x salt

Blend cashews, lemon juice and water in a high speed blender. Use a tamper if you have one. (if you don’t have a powerful blender, you may need to pulse and add slightly more water). Add the rest of the ingredients and blend to a cream. Taste and add salt or more paprika to your preference.

 

SAUCE

3x Medium Tomatoes

1 or 2  Sun-dried Tomatoes depending on the depth of flavor

(soaked for 1 hour in warm water and keep that water in case you need to add for a runnier sauce)

1/8 Red Onion

1 Garlic Clove

Dried Oregano

1 x tablespoon  Cup Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

3 x tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Blend into a sauce, check it’s to your liking. Then add or a just to your taste.

 

Crust – this makes enough for one serving

1/2 cup of oats – if you need gluten free oats

1/2 cup of sunflower seeds (in a bowl of water over night)

As much Oregano dried as you like

Chia, Hemp & Cold-Milled Linseeds From OTE Supperfoods

A little water

1x low teaspoon of baking soda

1x teaspoon of turmeric

salt and pepper

Begin by making oats / sunflower seeds with salt flour, running your oats through a food processor until a powder or flour. Add  to your flour all the other ingredients and blend it should go into a moist  dough. Use your water as much as needed for the mixture to form a ball of dough.

On cling film top and bottom, push into a pizza base shape and make 2 bases to a shape you like. Bake on baking paper on a low heat about 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Should be dry and holding together. Then assemble your pizza together.

Basil leaves, olives to go on the top.

Chocolate 101

……  Vanilla ……        Cinnamon …..    Quality Natural Salt…….Vanilla   …… Cinnamon …..Quality Natural Salt………

Why ?

These 3 ingredients are like best friends with raw cacao  they bring out the chocolateness and lifts the flavor. Without needing to add extra sweetness to soften the natural bitterness in the cacao.

Chocolate 101

I am a Fan of Sweetness

I Love Well Made Chocolates

I Love Well Made Food in General

I Am A Foodie and I Love to Share

Sugar and all things sweet, I have tried to give up sugar totally! I tried for 1 day, 1 month, 3 months and I managed 4 years. It was hard and it was easy and some days I wasn’t nice. In particular when I gave up cups of tea, honestly I was a better all round person with cups of tea in my life. I did this because I was iron deficient. I have learnt to create recipes with;

Local Honey

Rice Malt Syrup

Sweet Potatoes

Pumpkin I use in Chocolate Brownies

Coconut Sugar in my Chocolates

The “sweet taste” can trigger blood sugar swings and cause issues with the reward centre of the brain, creating addiction issues. Which is what I don’t like to experience, when I learnt fructose gets stored around my liver. Like a roll around my tummy, I could give up a lot of the different sugars. Just like that!  I also read this and this and I learnt sugars get stored on the face and tummy. I don’t like it when the appetite hormones switch on and I can’t stop eating sweet things. So I learnt what I do like and what I do want to happen in my taste buds and body.

Oh, Dates too! Which do you chose to enjoy

Raw Chocolate Truffles not rolled

Raw Chocolate Truffles not rolled
Raw Chocolate Truffles not rolled

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t measure the ingredients, I mixed into the size bowl I knew would make the amount I need.

Almond Butter with salt
2x heaped teaspoons of Raw Cacoa Powder
Vanilla
Cinnamon
Top tip: The salt, vanilla and cinnamon work together to lift the chocolate flavour
Rice Malt Syrup

Mix all together in your bowl. Then taste and add any extra ingredients so you get the taste you enjoy. Pop into the fridge for an hour.

This recipe is a good transition chocolate delight to support any positive changes into your life.

Chocolate 1 0 1

Fair trade Raw Cacao Powder
Fair trade Raw Cacao Powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
If I prefer to eat well to cherish my body so live peacefully in my mind. Rather than being affected by negatively because I love the taste of chocolate. I learnt how to make it as healthy as I can, interestingly my obsession with chocolate has disappeared! Odd right …. or empowering….

I knew years ago I would and could never give up chocolate. What I really needed to give up was the stinking thinking after eating it, as I could not live up to my own idealism in my own mind.
How did this go in my mind?
Agonizing
Irrational
Guilty

These feelings were distracting me from living in the present moment + I had started reading raw cocao has more than 300 nutritional compounds and is one of the richest sources of antioxidants of any food on the planet!
Magnesium and other essential minerals calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium and manganese
Polyphenols antioxidant rich flavonoids
Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C, E
Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat
Protein
Fiber

I wanted these in my body because I wanted to think and feel amazing!
This is part 1
Next part 2 my new understanding of Fats!