Choc Macanana Smoothie


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Liquid Cleanse. Two words that on their own are completely acceptable, even pleasant, but put those hands together and you have yourself a world of hurt. And it is only day one! Well actually I am being a bit dramatic. In general I find cleanses liberating, detoxifying, lightening and (funnily enough) cleansing! But of course they can be difficult and need a fair chunk of determination to get through. It is more of a psychological challenge than physical; because you know you can’t eat anything the mind plays tricks on you and tells you that you’re hungrier than you are. (Which is exactly the reason diets don’t work).Either way… by 3:30pm of Day #1 I felt faint, nauseous and panicky. I really felt I needed something hearty to keep my energy levels up enough to play with my 5 month old and pack our entire life into boxes. Enter the Choc Macanana Smoothie.

Also – for fun – whisper Choc Macanana in a deep tribal voice; doesn’t that sound like some mystical island legend? Can’t you imagine being around a campfire on the beach and Choc Macanana appearing with a fern headdress? Look, in my solids deprived brain I found that hilarious and have now been giggling for about 5 minutes. C’mon Em, pull yourself together!!! Anyway…

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A Little Word About Maca…

I will go into a lengthier post about Maca Powder later on but I just wanted to say that this is the one Superfood that I have felt instant and dramatic effects from. Maca comes in powder form and is made from a turnip-esque root vegetable of South America. The list of health benefits of Maca is too huge to list but the most common praise I had heard was it’s ability to balance hormones, give your energy levels a boost (your libido as well!) as well as giving you the most amazing glowing skin.

I had held off until a few weeks ago as I had heard from some that it can negatively affect anxiety levels – and considering mine were just starting to normalise I didn’t want to risk another surge. But in the end the pros outweighed the cons and I gave it a go. Even on the first day I took it I felt noticeably better which I have never experienced with a product before. Now after two weeks of 1 teaspoon a day I feel like a different person. My husband has commented on how much more positive I am, more patient. I have had a lot of comments on my skin. And – surprisingly – my anxiety management has improved again. I have since learned that Maca is renowned for it’s depression-busting skills too.

The point of this spiel is to recommend that you invest in some Maca if you have any of the ailments I mentioned. I use this product from Loving Earth and they deliver all over Australia. But hopefully you can find it in most good healthfood stores.

Prep time – 5 minutes; Serves 1

Ingredients

1 x banana

1 cup non-dairy milk (I used my homemade Cashew Milk using this recipe)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon maca powder

1 teaspoon raw cacao powder

Pinch of cinnamon

2 x dates

Method

Throw all ingredients in the blender.

Blend until smooth.

If you want to get fancy sprinkle on some cacao nibs.

What is your can’t-live-without ingredient and why?

Would love to hear in the comments…

Spectacular Superfood Slice (Paleo, Vegan, Raw)

PALEO – VEGAN – RAW – GLUTEN FREE

Preparation Time – 20 minutes; Fridge Time – 1 hour

Oh my!

Oh my!

Now I don’t want to blow my own trumpet here… actually screw that! – get me my trumpet, my trombone and even my flugelhorn god-dammit because this is my most successful clean living recipe yet!!! It is vegan, paleo and raw not to mention being chockablock full of superfoods. And while I am sure there are many recipes that boast the same credentials this one is so unbelievably tasty that you would never believe it was good for you! I would gladly serve this as a dessert option to the most devoted of junk food eating, sweet tooths. It is a perfect healthy alternative for the 3pm sugar rush or as an after-dinner treat. It is so indulgent that you only need the tiniest amount to satisfy yourself.

It's sweet.... its salty... its spectacular!

It’s sweet…. its salty… its spectacular!

Can you tell i’m proud of this one? I sound like i’m on an infomercial! “And if you make one slice today… i’ll send you these 3 attachments FREE!” So, while i’m selling it, here are the superfoods you’ll find within its chocolatey walls:

Goji Berries – filled with powerful antioxidants and other compounds that may help prevent cancer and other illnesses including heart disease. Also boosts the immune system and lowers cholesterol.

Raw Cacao – filled with iron, dietary fiber, calcium, zinc, potassium and antioxidants. Helps oxygenate the blood. A rich source of magnesium, which helps in balancing brain chemistry. It is also rich in sulfur, which builds strong nails and hair, and promotes beautiful skin.

Cacao Nibs – Refer to raw cacao benefits above.

Raw Cashews – decrease risk of heart disease, full of dietary fiber, good source of protein anf full of magnesium which promotes burly bones, nerve functioning and a natural heart rhythm!

Coconut Oil – contains lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid and has antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties. Therefore helps to maintain cholesterol levels, aids weight loss, increases immunity, helps proper digestion and metabolism and  provides relief for a host of diseases (including kidney problems and heart disease).

Himalayan Pink Salt – Other than being pretty this salt is a natural, chemical free alternative to table salt containing 84 essential minerals. Himalayan salt has no additives and can alleviate the symptoms of a variety of conditions

If you need any more convincing than that I give up!

The perfect amount of gooeyness and crunch

The perfect amount of gooeyness and crunch

Ingredients

(Aim for as many organic ingredients as possible and try get cold-pressed coconut oil)

Fudgy base

    • 2 cups raw cashews
    • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
    • 260g medjool dates (pitted)
    • 100g goji berries
    • 1 cup raw cacao powder
    • ½ cup maple syrup
    • ½ teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt (I used a whole teaspoon because I love the combination of salt and chocolate but if you are trepidatious add it bit by bit and taste the mix as you do. Remember, the ganache icing will be sweet so it will balance that out!)

Ganache Icing

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (try get cold pressed for ultimate health benefits)
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • Generouse pinch of Himalayan sea salt

Optional Toppings

  • Raw cacao nibs
  • Goji Berries

Method

Fudgy base

  1. Place cashews in the bowl of food processor and grind until very finely ground (be careful to not over process the nuts into butter
  2. Add the shredded coconut and process until well combined and fine in texture.
  3. Add the pitted dates and goji berries and process until a soft paste forms.
  4. Add the cacao powder – process again.
  5. Finally add the maple syrup and the salt and process to combine until you have a nice creamy texture!
  6. Press firmly into a dish lined with baking paper.
  7. Place in fridge while making the ganache topping.

Ganache Icing

  1. In the food processor, blend together maple syrup and coconut oil until well combined.
  2. Add in cacao powder and a pinch of salt and process until smooth.
  3. Pour over fudge base and spread out evenly over the top.
  4. Sprinkle with cacao nibs and goji’s and return to fridge to set and firm for at least one hour.
  5. Cut into squares and serve the fudge cold. Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

These will keep in the fridge for up to 2 months (though I doubt they will remain uneaten that long!) and you can also freeze them if needed.

ENJOY!

Perfect healthy snack food for kids!

Perfect healthy snack food for kids!

Raw Fruit and Nut Chocolate

Vegan – Sugar Free – Gluten Free – Paleo

 Preparation – 10 mins; Freezing time – 1 hour

Makes a massive block! 

Insanely yummy!

And just like that… my life will never be the same again! Everyday, bang on 2pm, I find myself with an all-consuming urge to seek and destroy all chocolate products within a 5km radius. Instead of denying myself though I wanted to try and make my own healthy version. Then I was reading a post on the Wellness Warrior’s blog where she provided a super simple chocolate recipe with just 5 nutritious ingredients and 6 easy steps. Surely it can’t be so simple? Well… IT IS. This is the best stuff I have ever made and both my husband and I took stashes into the office to experiment on our colleagues. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Woot woot! This will only take you a few minutes and is so deliciously indulgent that I can guarantee you will be hooked as well!

Where To Buy

If you can do a regular shop at a health food store or one that allows the bulk purchase of things like grains and flours then you will find all the ingredients you need in the one place. It’s also great for you to take your own container and go plastic free! Otherwise you can check out these alternatives…

  • Dates, Almonds and Maple Syrup – can all be found at supermarkets and grocery stores.
  • Coconut Oil – I have recently heard that Coconut Oil is available in supermarkets  in the Asian food section.
  • Raw Cacao Powder – I have only seen this at health food stores or bulk style shops.

Ingredients

  • 110 grams raw almonds
  • 170 grams coconut oil (try cold pressed, virgin if possible)
  • 4 tablespoons raw cacao
  • A handful of medjool dates, chopped (I will use more next time… probably 15. But I LOVE dates at the moment).
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (make sure it’s 100% pure – not just flavored syrup)

Method

1)   Line a baking tray with baking paper or alfoil and place in the freezer to chill.

2)   Grind almonds in a blender / food processor until they are finely chopped (not quite a powder though).


3)   If your coconut oil is solid, gently warm in a saucepan until it is all liquid (do not boil!).

4)   Remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients; almonds, raw cacao, dates and maple syrup.

5)   Pour the mixture onto your tray and spread it out evenly then put into the freezer until it has set. This won’t even take an hour!

6)   Chop the chocolate into chunks or rough squares. For Christmas pressies I am going to try and set the chocolate using cookie cutters shapes too!

NOTE: You’ll need to keep this stuff in the freezer between snacks. That is if you can hold out on the nom nom nom…

NOTE: That is a pregnant belly… not a chocolate belly!!!