So today I went to Tesco’s for the weekly food shop and nostalgia got me picking up the Reese’s puffs and looking at the ingredients. The amount of crap that these contain is ridiculous!! What horrified me even more is the disclaimer on the side. “May have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children”. How could you possibly give your child something for breakfast that comes with a health warning? My Juice+, Bacon and eggs don’t come with a health warning and they set me up for the whole day. Whats the answer though? maybe a heavy taxation on junk foods and a complete ban on all of it’s advertising would do the trick.
Chocolate is a super food FACT! Well that’s as long as you use the purest natural ingredients and don’t contaminate it with crap like the corporate food manufacturers do.
Raw Cacao contains high amounts of antioxidant super-nutrients known as flavonoids. These flavonoids have been shown to have an-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties, which in theory reduces the risk of heart decease. Also the coconut oil I use in my recipe will help boost your metabolism and subsequently help you to DROP FAT! Another property of Coconut Oil is that it will help ease stomach bloating and effects from Irritable bowel Syndrome.
In recent years my cravings for chocolate have grown stronger but most off the shelf dark chocolates high in cocoa solids (lindt 90%, Tesco 85%) are too bitter to enjoy properly. Until know I’ve struggled to find a decent recipe for chocolate, but last night I played around with the ingredients in my cupboards and came up with this little beauty
3/4 Cup Raw Cacao Powder
1 Cup Coconut Oil
1/5 Cup Dessicated Coconut
1/2 Cup Manuka Honey
1/4 Cup Cacao Nibs
Melt your cup of Coconut oil and dd to blender with all the other ingredients.
Blend for 30 seconds (so everything is mixed but there are still crunchy bit’s of the cacao nibs left.
Pour into a backing tray and set in the freezer. That’s it!
You will have to keep in the fridge or the freezer constantly as the coconut oilmelts at a low temperature and you will just end up with a soggy mess. It haven’t worked out how to keep it in solid form without using any artificial additives yet…but I will.
Everyone loves a fudgey chocolate brownie, and you can’t deny how moorish they are. Once you get the taste for chocolate you can keep eating until your hearts (or stomachs) content.
My take on the brownie will keep you satisfied and healthy. The chocolate chip Cacao nibs and Cacao powder help release endorphins which boost your mood and give you that Chocolate’esque high, and the Manuka honey has huge antibacterial properties to help fight things like colds and sore throats. WIN WIN!
2 cups Almond flour (ground almonds)
1/2 cup Coconut oil melted
1/2 cup Manuka honey
1/3 cup cacao nibs
4 Egg whites
1 Tsp baking powder
1/4 cup Cacao powder
pre heat the oven to 160c
Place the Almond flour, Egg whites, Manuka honey, Cacao powder and Coconut oil into the food processor and blend until smooth.
Then add the baking powder and cacao nibs and gently pulse until mixed
Pre grease your baking tray using cacao butter or coconut oil and pour your brownie mixture in.
Proceed to lick bowl dry like the child you are at heart!
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until you can run a knife through the top without leaving any mixture on it