Healthy ‘No-bake’ Chocolate Slice

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This yummy recipe is vegan and also free from dairy, gluten & refined sugar πŸ™‚

You will need:

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  • 180 grams of almonds (or almond meal)
  • 8 medjool dates
  • 50 grams of coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder*
  • 40 grams chocolate chips*
  • 30 grams goji berries

*In this recipe I used β€˜Cocoa Ceps’ powder, which is actually a drinking powder that contains Cordyceps & Reishi (basically mushrooms with health benefits!) However, any good-quality cocoa or cacao powder will get the job done.

http://www.iherb.com/Madre-Labs-CocoCeps-Instant-Organic-Ganoderma-Dark-Cocoa-7-93-oz-225-g/23648#p=1&oos=1&disc=0&lc=en-US&w=cocoa%20ceps&rc=4&sr=null&ic=1

*I highly recommend the Enjoy Life β€˜Mini-chips’, which are Dairy, nut and soy free (also vegan)

http://www.iherb.com/Enjoy-Life-Foods-Mini-Chips-Semi-Sweet-Chocolate-10-oz-283-g/32772#p=1&oos=1&disc=0&lc=en-US&w=enjoy%20life%20chocolate&rc=545&sr=null&ic=3

Grind the almonds in a blender or food processor until fine.

Add the dates, coconut oil and cocoa powder and mix together well, either manually or using a food processor. I find it easy to use my hands (clean of course ;-)) so that the dates are distributed evenly throughout the mixture.

Next up, add the chocolate chips and goji berries to the mixture and stir until well-combined

Press the mixture into a tin lined with baking paper and pop into the freezer for about an hour, or until the slice becomes solid.

Remove the slice from the tin and cut into pieces.

ENJOY!

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What the mixture should look like before it gets pressed into the tin

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What the slice should look like after it gets pressed into the tin πŸ˜›

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Healthy Christmas Choc-Chip Cookies!

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Give this a thought for a moment- how sick do you think Santa must be of those ‘mainstream’ cookies full of unhealthy and just plain nasty ingredients? Don’t you think he’d appreciate a change for once?

Well I guarantee that Santa and anyone who gets these cookies will be super impressed to discover that they are dairy and gluten-free, healthy and FREAKING DELICIOUS!

The secret ingredient here is macadamia nuts, which give these cookies a beautiful buttery taste and crunchy texture πŸ˜‰

What you will need:

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  • 2 cups of gluten-free plain flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (I bought this awesome variety from iherb that also has stevia!)
  • 100 grams macadamia nuts
  • 50 grams coconut butter (I haven’t tried but I’m sure coconut oil could be used as a replacement)
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I LOVE the Enjoy Life Foods mini-chips which you can get from iherb)
  • 2 eggs (yes I know there are 3 in the picture, but you will only need 2 :-P)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch himalayan or celtic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

First of all, preheat the oven to 180Β°C or approx. 356Β°F

Next up, line a baking tray with baking paper

Grind the macadamia nuts using a blender or grinder or food processor (anything that works basically). I actually think it’s nice if there are a few chunky bits left over, but you want the majority of it to be finely ground, as this will give a lovely buttery texture.

Combine all the ingredients together and mix well with a spoon or fork (or even your fingers, providing they are clean of course!)

separate the mixture into little balls and press down onto the baking tray. Mine looked a little like this before they went in:

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Then, put them in the oven and bake for approx. 20 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden-brown and the smell is making you salivate!

Leave to cool and then ENJOY!! πŸ˜€

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Summer Juice Recipe

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While our friends over on the opposite side of the globe are trying to get all warm and cozy as the cold winter weather hits on, folks in Australia are sweltering in the heat!

During the warmer weather, juices are perfect option to hydrate and give the body the nutrients it needs to get through the day. This particular juice is PACKED full of awesome ingredients that are sure to give you a lift any time you need it.

What you will need:

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  • 1 medium sized beetroot
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1/2 apple (I personally prefer Granny Smith variety)
  • 1-2 Kale leaves

Chop these ingredients up and add them to the juicer.

  • 1-2 bananas (depending on how you like it. I used 1 and a half)
  • handful of baby spinach leaves
  • 1-2 teaspoons of any nice-tasting superfood mix (I used both Amazing Grass Goji & Acai and Vital Greens. I highly recommend them both)

Mix these ingredients together with the juice in a blender. Pour in a glass and add ice if you wish.

Health benefits: this juice contains potassium, calcium, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and K. It may assist in preventing cancer and detoxifying the body’s organs

Super refreshing, delicious and filling- this juice is perfect for those hot summer days when you’re craving a slushie but don’t want to cave in to temptation! Give it a go and let me know what you think πŸ˜‰

Healthy Goji Chocolate Cake

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Healthy chocolate cake?! Say what?! “No. You’re kidding me” I hear you say. But no, I assure you I am not. This chocolate cake is free from gluten and refined sugars, and tastes pretty darn good in my opinion! It also boasts an impressive list of nutritious ingredients that will make you feel good after eating it rather than that feeling of “I really shouldn’t have had that”- we all know that one!

Some of these ingredients may be a bit more hard to come by compared to the regular ‘eggs, sugar, butter and flour’ recipes, but if you shop around you should be able to find them soon enough πŸ˜‰

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup gluten-free self-raising flour mix (or you can use a plain flour mix and add appropriate quantities of baking powder)
  • 2 eggs (preferably organic)
  • 1/3 cup organic natural yoghurt
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup apricot kernel oil (I haven’t tried substituting this for any other oil, but another oil such as coconut may work just as well)
  • 1/3 cup goji berries
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of water
  • pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together. Depending on the consistency of the mixture, you may need to add either 1 or 2 tablespoons of water. This is roughly what the batter should look like before you put it into the tins:

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The cake tin I used was 8.5 inches long, 4.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches deep

Bake for 160 degrees Celsius (320 Fahrenheit) for approximately 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean

Okay…now you’re about to be blown away as I unveil the ingredients of the icing. Please, just give this a chance and don’t run away screaming!

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Yep…you are seeing correctly- avocado. But trust me, you won’t be able to taste it. All it does (apart from giving you a wonderful dose of nutrients) is add a beautifully rich, ganache-like texture.

Don’t forget, you’ll need to wait until the cake cools before you ice it!

  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1 medium-sized banana
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of stevia (my stevia has a tiny spoon inside that measures the sweetness of approx. 1 teaspoon of sugar. I just used one of these. A little goes a long way!)
  • Optional: some goji berries for sprinkling on top!

Mix and mash together until well combined. Spread over the cake. Voila! You have healthy chocolate cake! Not so bad after all, is it? Hehe. πŸ˜›

I must admit to being a little over-eager when creating recipes. I don’t usually test them twice; I just write the quantities down as I go along and then get online and post it! So please, if you do try this out and have any comments or suggestions, PLEASE let me know!

Have a happy, healthy day πŸ™‚

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Homemade Dry Shampoo

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Some mornings I just don’t have time to wash my hair…either that, or I just can’t be bothered!

When I switched to using all-natural products, one thing that I really missed was dry shampoo. I used to use the Batiste brand. It was so simple- just spray, wait a moment, comb it through and BAM! Beautiful, non-greasy hair in an instant!

I missed it so much that I decided to create my own, which I based on several recipes I found online. For me, this is the perfect solution. It is 100% natural, works as quickly and effectively as the chemical variety, and also smells great! What else could you ask for in a dry shampoo? πŸ˜‰

You will need:

  • 1/4 cup corn flour/starch (preferably organic)
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • Few drops of essential oil (rosemary for brunettes, chamomile for blondes)
  • A sifter container (I purchased mine at Spotlight)

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Mix the dry ingredients together and then add the essential oil. Pop it in the jar and screw on the lid. Done!

Things to note

  • For those with really fair hair, it might be a good idea to lower the amount of cacao. The opposite goes for those with darker hair
  • Make sure you comb the powder through very thoroughly- you don’t want little specks to be still visible!
  • If irritation occurs, try substituting the corn starch for rice flour
  • I find this mixture is also great at adding texture to the hair

Please give this a go and tell me what you think. I hope this saves you some time on those mornings when all you want to do is press the ‘snooze’ button on your alarm…oh wait, that’s every morning? Oh well, join the club! πŸ˜€