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…:-)

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On Reflection 2014

At the end of 2013 searched for a word to base my whole 2014 around, this word was ‘Action’. To many sentences in my head ended with” I can’t do that …………..” This had to go…… As I sat thinking “what do I want to do”?

IIN Course which included me Being Health Coached

B School by Marie Forleo

Transformational Breathing Practice

Peace Love and Purpose by Jess Ainscough (my idol)

Lifestyle Transformational Guide by Jess Ainscough (my respect is high for this lady)

Went Sugar Free on the Sarah Wilson Programme for 2 Months

Juice Fasts and other Loving Nutritious New Recipes, Nutritiously Taste Food Testing (serous effort)

Learning How to Ferment Food

Worked Full Time and Stretched Myself with Professional and Personal Development

Developing my Yoga Practice

Developing my Raw Chocolate and Healthy Dessert Making

Developing my Blog and how this is going to Grow

Guest Blogging

Meeting New People and Making New Friends

Feeling Happy

I learnt “Pleasure is Primal and dessert should be too” my life was to long without pleasure and I was under too much pressure to please others. Now this has gone considerably this has opened up space for the things, I want in my life.

Then I crushed from my high-energy whirlwind with adrenal fatigue which stopped me in my tracks then put me in hospital, I was still going through the grieving process from earlier in the year. This give me time to think, if everything on the outside of us is a reflection of our internal state. I had fried myself……..I had totally lost contact with myself.

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.

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!

Delightful Raspberry Mousse

My delightful Raspberry Mousse

It is a beautiful bank holiday day here in London ! The sun is shining and it is glorious outside and I am going walking in the park with someone I love talking too. But I will be buying more raspberries to make more Raspberry mousse today, as I ate most of it last night……

I used my gut instincts with the measurements, by picking a bowl and thinking how much will I want to eat. Remember this recipe is good for you and I have mainly eaten and do eat a high vegetable diet. What this means to me is, at lunch and dinner my plate will be half covered in vegetables some raw and some cooked. Then protein and carbohydrate.

Chia seeds – soaked into a gel I did this with home-made almond milk or you can use water for about 10 to 15 minutes then start stirring, until all liquids are soaked up. Taste the chia seeds to see if they are soft, if not add more liquid and keep stirring. I use 3 tablespoons of chia then ¾ of a cup of almond milk.

Raw English honey – as I live in London – if you live in the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand try to use honey from your country to build your immunity in your tummy 70% lives here.
If you can find a local bee farmer, we have them in London. I find this so amazing !

Tahini a lot I buy the light one
Organic raspberries
2 x good teaspoons of raw cocoa powder – this makes the mousse dark red and lifts the mousse
Some cinnamon

Mix in your ingredients until smoothie and taste. The mousse should be a dark red colour with the raspberries, tahini and a hint of chocolate coming through. If you place it in the fridge for about an hour it will taste even better.

Raw Chocolate Strawberries

My Raw Chocolate Strawberries
My Raw Chocolate Strawberries

This weekend at the Farmers market there was new season asparagus and strawberries, it was amazing to see some new season fruit and vegetables in on the stalls.  Especially as I had  stopped by my favourite cafe on the way to the farmers market  and there was a queue outside the door which meant I needed to take away food and drinks if I wanted anything to eat.

 

Saturday's Farmers Market
Saturday’s Farmers Market

Green Cardamon Truffles

To me a home cook green cardamon is compellingly strong, yet delicate sweet, powerful flavour with an almost eucalyptus freshness. That is yummy with cacao and desserts in general, cardamom is one of the world’s ancient spices. To me it could not be more modern and the flavour is different on my taste buds which is lovely.

Green Cardamon Truffles

For the soft filling
1 and 1/2 cup coconut oil, gently melted
3/4 cup coconut palm sugar, powdered
3/4 cup cacao powder
Vanilla extract liquid
½ a teaspoon of cinnamon
1 and a ½ teaspoons of green cardamom – as I love this taste I put a bit more – please taste so you find this pleasant tasting
pinch Himalayan salt

Once the coconut oil is melted, stir in very thing until smooth and all the lumps are gone. Taste and check this is to your liking. Place into a square dish lined with cling film and place into the fridge until set firm. The longer you leave it, the better the taste becomes. Then cut into squares or any shape you like.

While this was setting make a basic raw chocolate recipe like my basic recipe and dip each of your green cardamon truffles, then place on baking paper. Once all done pop into your fridge until set.

Green Cardamon Truffles
Green Cardamon Truffles

 

 

 

 

Then get ready and enjoy them. I will place some of these in the freezer to keep them longer.

Mulberries ! Then there is Raw Chocolate covered Mulberries ……….

“Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown” Chinese Proverb
“Patience is power; with time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown” Chinese Proverb

As a child I sang with my friends: “here we go around the mulberry bush” thousands of times but no one told us or said we can eat these ! and they are amazing, in my opinion absolutely amazing ! About two years ago I started hearing about the health benefits but then I could not find where to buy them. Problem was my taste buds were curious !

These little tiny treats are a true surprise if you like a little light delicious, succulent fragrant delights in your mouth that are chewy chewy.

I have a massively sweet tooth which I am sensitive about because with this I have an appetite for food that can feel endless. I have been this way for the long time, I just can not help it. People, including my family, always commented on my endless hunger. So this became even worse inside my mind and crushed me a lot. It is horrible to be hungry again and wanting more.

I learnt that dark, green leafy vegetables are a big help with this, which I will write more about, please watch out for these posts on my blog. The other big revelation for me was learning to add beautiful foods into my daily meals. Like mulberries, I wish someone had have told me about them earlier, as I said before.

If I had thought of this before, I would have saved myself a lot of pain, hurt and negative thoughts and feelings of missing out. By the way I did all this to myself in my mind…… heartbreaking…… none of these thoughts were self loving or self accepting or looking for why I felt this way.

With patience and time, finding these little treats has really lifted the heaviness of my sweet tooth. I can eat them enjoy the mulberries and love the goodness coming into my body and taste buds. The two brands I buy are Neal’s yard which are sold by weight and The Raw Choc Company, this week I am very busy working and studying at Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I am currently doing B school. So my time was tight so I brought my treats for the week, because honestly this is the best I could do !!
So when I am eating and loving my mulberries, they are loving me back by:

Supporting my body to block sugar as Dr Oz said helps with diabetes and cholesterol
High amount of fibre, protein and antioxidants.
Even iron and vitamin C plus other minerals essential for vibrant health

Cravings

Don't let the confusion divert you from the signs
Don’t let the confusion divert you from the signs within

When life stops being all dreams and butterflies, we are offered signs or cravings. These cravings can work for us if we remain on our own side.

Have you ever thought: ‘if only I could find a friendly, fun, local exercise class with an engaging instructor’ ? In London, this is like trying to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. This too is a craving, a quiet craving and, in some people, a subtle, quiet voice – a little louder around New Year and Easter, but more like a nag …. drag. Still a Craving…..

My craving for my regular exercise class has never gone away, so I have now found my pot of gold. This craving this is a positive one and maybe it is not fully recognized, but still a journey. Of putting ourselves out of our internal comfort and letting life surprise us.
A louder craving chocolate desserts treats, little tiny petit fours or large cupcakes all covered in icing, Craving now this is definitely not a perfect or easy journey. Once I realised an excessive amount of too much of these treats leave me feeling very very unwell and not at all happy. So I said to myself I am never going to eat this stuff again … ….Oh dear until well the rest is history. Then I said yes, I am absolutely not going to have these treats again, ever, ever. Yes, I believed these statements to myself, now at peace with my discussion 15 or more years later. I know my mistake and it was not thinking I could give up these treats, more how can I transform my treats into delicious healthy delights? That are so cute and yummy.

So when I walk down the street now I am a free women, there is no chocolate bar or treat calling my name. Now I am at peace with my lifestyle choice of not eating sugar, how did I get this far? By learning how to make my own and learning about natural sweeteners like, different honeys, stevia, coconut sugar and sometimes maple syrup. Learning all about healthy fats and most interestingly that good fats does not have to make me fat.

My desserts raw chocolate mousse, I make healthy cookies, ice cream of all flavours, oh most importantly I learnt how to make my own chocolate, this has been truly empowering to me. I also make my chocolates as gifts and give them to my friends, which they seem to love and appreciate greatly. Which is awesome for me to see and feel, my friends gratitude it is like a extra gift back to me. Also the most important gift from learning how to make my own chocolate, is when it is raw and not heat treated and loaded with sugar. My craving or my body signs are I believe asking for a very high antioxidant flavanoids, sulfur and magnesium to nourish my body. I refer to this as natural intelligence so enjoy a little.

Please try this beautiful recipe !

Raw chocolate mousse
Makes about 3 cups of mousse or serves 4

Ingredients

⅔ Cup (42g) cacao powder tip: substitute with carob powder or mix the two
1¼ Cups Avocado, (approx. 2 small / medium size avocados if you can only find large size that is fine too) just add a little more cacao powder
⅓ Cup (82g) Coconut Oil
1 Piece (4g) Vanilla Bean or extract a good teaspoon
1 tsp (2g) Ground Cinnamon
⅓ Cup (110g) Maple Syrup
Pinch of High Mineral Raw Salt
¾ Cup Filtered Water start with a bit less water and a just as needed

Place all ingredients into a high speed blender (wet ingredients in first) and blend until smooth and well incorporated. Taste but note the taste gets even better after it’s been sitting in the fridge, check for sweetness.
Pour straight into dessert glasses and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Storage: This pudding stores well in an airtight sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

This is an amazing breakfast with a hot drink.

Enjoy this delicious chocolatey treat !