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Raw Cacao & Berry Mousse

19 Aug

This week we are excited to have Emily from “Conscious Foodie” share this yummy, raw Mousse recipe with us. It is a simple recipe that only requires a couple of ingredients to create a delicious dessert in a snap. Dessert that is good for you – now that’s my idea of heaven 🙂

After you have tried her recipe out, be sure to check out Emily’s page for all things healthy, organic & wellness based, your sure to be in for a treat.

For a Vegan version of this yummy dessert simply swap the honey for Maple or Agave syrup to taste. So break out the cacao, avocado’s & berries & enjoy a yummy dessert tonight. 

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Choc Berry Mousse a’la Emily from Conscious Foodie

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder (can adjust depending on how rich you like it)
  • 2 teaspoons honey (can adjust depending on how sweet you like it)
  • Raspberries, blueberries (any berries you have) and shredded coconut to garnish

Method:
Blend the avocado, raw cacao powder and honey in a blender until shiny and smooth. Spoon mixture into a small tart tin and set in the fridge for a couple of hours. Sprinkle with berries and coconut. Enjoy! This mousse keeps for a couple of days in the fridge. Maybe double the mixture so you have extra, it’s pretty tasty!

 

emily_jane_full_resEmily is a Wellness Coach at Conscious Foodie. She recently wrote her first ebook, Transform Your Life in 8 Weeks, which is available as a free download just for you! Emily is on a mission to spread the word about natural wellness and health, nutritional wholefoods, clean organic living, a sustainable future, self love, gratitude and kindness. When she’s not writing you can find her juicing her greens, meditating, walking barefoot, sitting in the sun, drinking peppermint tea and making raw desserts.

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Decadent “Healthier” Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie

4 Mar

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This Brownie is so decadent, you won’t believe its healthy.

It is my new “favourite” naughty treat, one of these & a cup of peppermint tea & I am in heaven. Especially if my little one is asleep & I am curled up on the sofa watching trashy tv!! There you go  – thats my dirty little secret for today – its true kids after you go to bed Mama does have a party 🙂

I don’t know why but I am addicted to all things peanut butter & chocolate, they are the perfect marriage of ingredients, the saltiness of the peanut butter & the sweetness of the chocolate brownie, just elevates these brownies to the level of divine.

And while they are not necessarily healthy, they are definelty a healtheir treat. Un-like your store brought varieties that contain a host of nasties & non-food substances.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 125gm butter
  • 200gm sugar free cacao chips or sugar free chocolate chips
  • 2/3 c coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 c spelt
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c walnuts
  • 1 c sugar free cacao chips or sugar free chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees. Grease & line the base of a 19cm square pan.

Melt the butter, 200gms choc chips & coconut sugar in a saucepan on the stove top, once they have melted together leave the pan to cool for 10 minutes. Once your chocolate mixture is cool add in your eggs, vanilla extract & spelt, stir through to combine well. Add in the cup of choc chips & walnuts. Pour into the pan & smooth out the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes. The longer you cook it for the more cakey it will become, the less you cook it the more dense & fudgey it will be.

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So what are you waiting for put those kids to bed, break out the saucepans & get your chocolate happy on 🙂
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Peanut & cacao Bliss Balls

12 Jan
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I have a little confession to make , peanut butter & dark chocolate is my crack!!
I will take it anyway I can get it, ice cream, brownie, even straight from the jar. But these bliss balls are peanut & chocolate perfection, they are the perfect combination of peanut salty & dark chocolate, with just a hint of sweetness.
They are almost (dare I say it?) truffle-like because of the moisture from the activated nuts.
Best of all they can be made with whatever combination of nuts & seeds you have on hand, you could even add a little coconut sugar for a sweeter version. The recipe doubles as a raw brownie recipe if you press it into a pan & slice after chilling 🙂
However you make them, they keep well in the refrigerator & make a great on hand snack or lunch box filler. They seem to taste better the longer they sit, so try to ration them out 🙂
Peanut & Cacao Bliss Balls a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 1/2 c  activated cashew nuts
  • 1/2 c activated almonds
  • 1/2 c activated sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 c dates
  • 1/2 c oats
  • 2 T L.S.A (optional – I just had some in the pantry)
  • 3 T peanut butter
  • 1/3 c cacao powder
  • 1 t vanilla essence

Place your nuts & dates in the blender & blend on high until they form a paste. Add all other ingredients & blend on high again until oats have been blended down. Take your bliss ball paste & roll into balls, you can roll them in cacao powder or in coconut if you prefer, I like mine plain. Chill & then enjoy 🙂

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How to activate your nuts?

Place your nuts & seeds in 2 cups filtered water with 1 t salt, leave out on the bench to activate for 6 hours & then place in the fridge until you use them (for a max of 48 hours). We only activate this batch for 6 hours as cashew nuts can become slimy if activated for too long, refrigerating after 6 hours stops this from happening.

Enjoy

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Creamy Banana, Chocolate & Peanut Butter Ice Blocks

28 Dec

iceblockAs the temperatures soar here in Australia we are constantly looking for ways to cool down.

What better way than a dip in the pool with a creamy, chocolate ice block in hand……..heavenly!!

These ice blocks are super creamy with their banana base, yummy hit of pure cacao & of course the addition of homemade peanut butter. Don’t taste the mixture before you start pouring into your ice block tray or you may find yourself guzzling the mix & those poor kidlets will miss out on their ice blocks 🙂

If your making “Adults Only” ice blocks (you lucky things you!) add a shot or two of espresso coffee & your ice blocks will kick into overdrive – trust me!!

If your a sneaky mum (hands up ladies) you can add a handful of kale, a little bit of spinach or some wheat grass juice to your ice blocks  to kick up the nutrition factor that little bit.

Here in Australia we have a brand of creamy milk ice blocks that we call Paddlepops our ice blocks taste just like them only better – if I do say so myself!

Creamy Banana, Chocolate & Peanut Ice Blocks a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2/3 c milk
  • 1 & a 1/2 banana’s
  • 1 T peanut butter
  • 1 T Honey
  • 1 T Cacao powder

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender & then pour into your ice block makers & freeze.

In about eight hours you will have yummy ice blocks that you will be fighting the kidlets for!

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Enjoy

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Sugar-Free Vegan Spelt Cacao Self Saucing Pudding

22 Sep
This chocolate Pudding is divine!!
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It is rich, chocolatey & decadent, yet still light & fluffy – the ultimate in dessert contradictions!
It is topped with thick & gooey chocolate sauce – which is just the way chocolate sauce should be!!
And all of this chocolate decadence is healthy!!
This entire pudding is sugar & dairy free.  The coconut oil & coconut kefir give the pudding a slight “coconut rough” taste &  mellow out the bitterness that you can sometimes get when using cacao.
This pudding is not for the faint hearted!! Or for the dieting!! But it is for all of those who love a good wholesome home-made chocolate pudding & are looking for a little chocolate comfort!
So what are you waiting for??
Make yourself some “chocolate comfort” in a bowl today.
 Sugar-free Vegan Spelt Cacao Self Saucing Pudding a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 1 c Spelt flour
  • 3 t baking powder (make your own)
  • 3 T cacao powder
  • 2 T water
  • 1/2 c dates
  • 2 sticks stevia
  • 80gm coconut oil
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 160ml coconut milk kefir (make as with dairy milk, just use coconut milk instead. It may need an additional 12 hours fermenting time. It can take 2 – 3 batches for your milk grains to adjust to the coconut milk, but even batches that do not ferment properly can still be used in cooking while your grains adjust to the coconut milk)

Chocolate Sauce

  • 2 T Cacao
  • 250ml water
  • 2 sticks stevia
  • 1 T Maple Syrup

Blend dates, coconut oil, stevia & coconut kefir in a food processor until smooth. Add the vanilla essence & cacao. Combine the spelt & baking powder, mixing in until all is combined to a thick batter consistency.

Heat your oven to 180 degrees. Place you pudding in the bottom of an oven proof dish or bowl. Sprinkle the 2T of cacao & 2 packets of stevia over the top of your pudding. Boil the kettle & pour over 250mls of hot water. Sprinkle the maple syrup over the top & bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer in the middle comes out clean.

During the baking your pudding will float up & the water will turn into a thick & gooey chocolate sauce that will be hidden under the pudding.

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This recipe can also be made non-vegan substituting the coconut oil for butter & the coconut kefir for dairy kefir. I have tried it both ways & it tastes delicious, either way.

Go forth & enjoy some “chocolate comfort”

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Creamy Cacao Ice Cream

18 Aug

We love chocolate in this house………. we will take it anyway we can get it.

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But add it to some cream & freeze it & we are in heaven.

This recipe makes an ultra-rich, smooth, creamy ice cream that is very decadent. Small scoops only 🙂

It is a very dark chocolate (the Lindt 75% bar of ice creams, if you will!). If you like you chocolate more on the  milk chocolate (cadbury) side of things simply adjust the amount of cacao chips you put in to make a more mild creamy ice cream.

We love to add 3 – 4 tablespoons of peanut butter to this ice cream in the last few churns to make our own knock off version of Baskin & Robbins Peanut Butter Chocolate ice cream, without all the sugar & chemicals 🙂 but still packed full of flavour.

This recipe is not one of my healthier recipes, BUT it is healthier than most store brought ice creams which are aerated with chemicals & have a shelf life of 2 years +, I kid you not!! I have no idea what you put in ice cream to make it last 2 years but I am pretty sure I don’t want to eat it or feed it to my child. This ice cream made with organic ingredients & raw dairy products is simply a better healthier option without skimping on flavour or decadence.

Cacao Ice Cream a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 350ml milk
  • 300ml cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 T coconut sugar
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2/3 c cacao chips or cacao butter

Place the first five ingredients in the top of a double boiler & gently heat while constantly whisking (like you would a custard). Once the mix has thickened to the stage where it coats the back of a spoon add the cacao chips & stir in until melted. Let your chocolate mix cool (try not to eat too much of it – you are trying to make ice cream after all) & then place your mix in your ice cream maker for the magic to happen.

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Trust me! you will love this ice cream, perhaps it’s not too healthy – but everyone needs a treat every now & again 🙂

Go on treat yourself

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Chocolate Orange Chick Pea cake – Gluten Free

16 Jul

I visited the “Kitchen” section of this blog today & I think I can see a theme here.

Raspberry Frozen yoghurt ice cream, Spiced banana Chocolate chip blondie, Caramelised chick pea fudge, Chocolate fudge, Spelt raspberry tea cake ……………

Lots of fudge recipes, lots of cake recipes & a couple of food recipes thrown in for good measure.

Anyone reading this blog would think all we do is sit around eating dessert all day, but I can assure you that is not true!! We eat our vegetables before we have our dessert 😉

One of the hardest things I have found (as a natural-born sweet tooth) in trying to eat healthy is finding healthy substitutes that will satisfy my sweet tooth. Little after dinner treats that hit the spot, little things that taste good that you can pack in lunch boxes, treats you can keep on hand for when the evil “Cadbury” is calling your name.

This is one of those very treats that we keep in our arsenal. My “little one” loves these little cakes & even her little friends at playgroup want to share her lunch when she takes these yummy little cakes along. I of course never let on that they might be “healthy”, that is a Mama’s secret after all…….

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Chocolate Orange Chick Pea Cake a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

  • 425gm cooked cooled chick peas (or canned if you prefer)
  • 2/3 c fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 4 eggs
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • 1/2 c coconut sugar
  • 2/3 c cacoa powder
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t bicarb soda
  • 1 T vanilla extract

Combine top 3 ingredients in a blender & blend till smooth. Stir in the rest of the ingredients gently. Pour mix into a well greased & floured pan as this mixture is very sticky. The mixture looks very wet, sort of like a smoothie consistency but don’t worry it will all be fine in the end. Bake at 170 degrees for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let the cakes completely cool before taking them out of the pan as otherwise they will crack.

This cake tastes better on the second day, the flavours seem to develop more & it seems more rich & chocolatey on the second day.

Enjoy your cake & eat it too

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