St Valentine’s chilli-chocolate hearts recipe! (Raw Vegan & Palm-oil free)

You will need:

  • heartsheart-shaped silicone moulds (recipe makes approx 24 chocs, so you can use two trays, or one and a regular ice cube tray)
  • A bain marie(or saucepan of hot water and heat-proof bowl) to melt cacao butter in
  • a balloon whisk

* ensure these are all washed and dry, as water can cause the ingredients to separate

  • 1 tsp organic chilli powder
  • 100g raw cacao butter
  • 6 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2-4  tbsp agave nectar
  • pinch of sea salt (helps to bring out the sweetness)

Method:

1. Place the pan with around ½ inch of water over a low heat.

2. Chop the raw cacao butter into small pieces and place in the heat-proof bowl

3. Place the bowl over the water and gently melt the cacao butter

4. Once cacao butter has melted, Add the remaining  ingredients to the bowl and mix well with the balloon whisk.  I      would add the sweetener and chilli sparingly and adjust to taste.  Remember the spiciness will increase on cooling, so don’t over do it :)

5. Melt the ingredients, blend well with the balloon whisk, tasting as you go :)

6. When all is melted, mix again and taste to ensure  you have the right level of sweetness.  Remove from heat.

7.  The consistency should be runny and smooth. Pour/ spoon the mix into the moulds.

8.  Leave in the freezer for 15-20 minutes or in the fridge for around 2 hours.

9. Once made, store in the fridge or freezer until ready to be enjoyed.

* Notes: if you don’t like spice, you could replace with vanilla, orange, or peppermint essences. You could also sprinkle the tops with nuts, seeds, spices, citrus peels or even add liquors such as orange or coffee.

If are making these bad boys for yourself, I recommend doing as I did, putting a bit of extra chilli in to limit your consumption to one at a time ;)

If you would like to read more about the issue of palm oil (which is in most commercial chocolates) please take a look here

Or here.

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Calcium-rich breakfast/ biscuit bars

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Calcium-rich breakfast/ biscuit bars

You will need:

  • 2 small bananas
  • 180g/2 cups raw porridge oats (I bought mine from Raw Living EU. But you could also use ordinary or steel-cut oat flakes)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (again, I used raw, cold pressed, organic, whole tahini, but any nut butter would do)
  • 2 tablespoons mixed seeds, ground (I used hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and flaxseed)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped dried fruit, I used raisins ( I added them in to the food processor after grinding the seeds, I got distracted and let it process too long, it still worked fine but the raisins were more than chopped!) if you don’t have a processor, buy ground seeds and chop the dried fruit by hand.
  • 1  tablespoon freshly squeezed Lemon juice
  • Pinch of Pink Himalayan salt (This makes it more sweet)
  • A shallow (preferably square, tin) roughly 24/15cm/ 9×6 inch square container lined with cling film or plastic wrap. (Make sure this fits in your freezer).

This was a really easy recipe, so easy I managed to get in done in toddler-attention span time, with my two little helpers :)

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Raw chocolate treats I made this week…

These two recipes go together.

Basically I was making a fudge cake for a party, but I couldn’t get all the fudge out of the blender.

You could use a food processor, or, as I did, make a  rich raw chocolate for adults, and then add milk and 2 bananas to the remaining fudge, to create a chocolate mix for iced-lollies.

This is also good use of the walnut milk, which is a by-product of the cake recipe, great!

The lollies contain very little cacao, so work well as healthy treats for young children.

I was in a hurry so unfortunately no photo :( (except for the kids enjoying the lollies!)

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Recipe yields:

6-8 iced lollies

4-6 adult portions of fudge cake

 

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Chocolate-chip Cookie Dough Muffins

imageI love these muffins.

I have only ever made raw vegan desserts.  I find them, healthier, simpler and always tastier than any cooked alternative.  These muffins are no exception.

They are ever so simple to make and versatile (Scroll down for the recipe)!

I am quite the chocolate connoisseur, or addict, however you would like to word it :-)

Raw cacao is a controversial raw food.  Some swear by it, some say it is a drug and you are better off having organic, cooked, dark chocolate.

This is my personal experience.  Raw cacao contains anandamide.  According to wikipedia, Anandamide, also known as N-arachidonoylethanolamine or AEA, is an endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter. The name is taken from the Sanskrit word ananda, which means ‘bliss’ or ‘delight’

Chocolate is the only food to contain anandamide.  This ‘bliss chemical’ sets of feelings similar to a workout high or falling in love.

The below excerpt is taken from a great article at Natural News:

Cacao is derived from Theobroma Cacao beans, which literally means “Food of the Gods”. Cacao contains over 300 compounds including: protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium. Magnesium helps to build strong bones and is a muscle relaxant associated with feelings of calmness. Cacao is also high in sulfur, which helps form strong nails and hair. (more…)

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Natural whitening toothpaste recipe

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If you eat a predominantly plant-based diet, two things are likely to happen.

1) You will be eating smaller meals more frequently.

As this food is typically lower in calories (per gram) than animal-based foods, you will, most likely, be eating a higher volume of food on a fruits and vegetable based diet, therefore regular brushing is even more necessary.

Your teeth will not be getting as long a break to repair between meals, so it is important to have good dental hygiene to avoid the wearing away of enamel or gums.

2) You will likely naturally become averse to the taste and feel of harsh chemicals in your mouth, or, more sensitive to them.

Therefore I have been making my own toothpaste for a while now and following a diligent dental routine (with regular dentist check-ups to confirm to me I am doing the right things). (more…)

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Tahini-Lemon-Honey Salad Dressing

tahini-honey-lemon-dip-2You can make this recipe even healthier by using organic and raw versions of all 3 ingredients, if you can find them.

This is great drizzled on a cool and crunchy salad of mild-tasting lettuce like iceberg, or even a soft salad, of red-oak leaf, lambs lettuce and round lettuce.

It can also be used as a sandwich (or toast) spread.  Or as dip, sprinkled with paprika and cold-pressed olive oil, with baked aubergine as per the photograph, yummy.

It is one of my two favourite dressings, and takes almost no time to prepare. (more…)

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Super Simple Salad Dressing

grated-beetroot-and-carrot-salad1I think that part of the appeal of tomato ketchup is the combination of vinegar and sweetness… After all, so many people like it who don’t even like tomatoes.  You could maybe try combining blended tomatoes with the below dressing, but we like it just as it is :)

I love the following raw dressing, on everything!  My daughter often asks for ‘just dressing’!   But I give it to her to dip a sweet or white potato into, better for her and tastier than chips and ketchup ;)

I would serve it on a grated salad of carrots, beetroots, turnip, turnip greens (the leaves) and cabbage.  Or any lettuce salad served with Enchiladas. (more…)

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Avocado Banana Pudding


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This is such a simple, versatile recipe. I have fed it to my twins regularly since they were 6 months old, in various forms. It is quite simply 1 ripe banana to 1 ripe avocado per person.

Then blend, food process or mash together. You could vary it in the following ways, there are surely others, but these are ones I have tried:

  • I add a mixed green powder, but spirulina is also good.  I make it for breakfast every weekend or school (summer) holiday morning.*
  • Add, carob (or cacao) to make a chocolate pudding.  (Freeze bananas the evening before or earlier, to make an ice cream pudding).
  • Add organic vanilla essence.
  • Omit the powders and add greek yoghurt to make it more filling (more…)

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Sweet like Chocolate, Fudge ‘Ice cream’ Lollies

imageChocolate-like Fudge Iced Lollies.

But better for children, chocolate and guilt free :-)

A pediatrician told me last week that 85% of the population of Malta is lactose intolerant.  Avocados, as opposed to milk, give this recipe it’s creaminess.

Avocados, I see as a superfood for children.  A great source of fat, calories, high in protein, dietary fiber, folate, vit C and K.

My daughter eats them straight but for my son I blend them with sweet foods such as fruit.

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