Today I want to talk about the magic avocado. Gosh I love these guys. They are my fave for sure. And to make life even more awesome my mother in law has a huge tree full of them. I know … so amazing . So this winter there have been a lot of meals with these little gems in. From desserts like chocolate mousse, good old avo on toast , guacamole with bean chilli and nachos .Sometimes just sprinkle of salt and pepper and a spoon (:
Along with all this avocados are a e great source of healthy fats which helps keep your cholesterol levels already in the healthy range, and help lower your risk for heart disease. They are also a great source of fibre and high in Vitamin K, Folate and have more than double the potassium of bananas (did not know that)!
Avocado chocolate Mousse
1 Ripe Avocado
1/4 Cup Raw Cacao Powder
4 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup
4 Tbsp Almond Milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
This weeks interview is with the beautiful and inspiring Pixie Bennett. I know Pixie from high school, she was a few grades above me, I also, as I’m sure a few of you know her for her sweet and beautiful voice.
Over the years I noticed a lot of inspiring pictures and recipes of food by Pixie on her Facebook. I was transitioning to a more healthy lifestyle myself and am always looking for like-minded people and inspiration and pixie is definitely just that! Pixie is busy studying to become a raw food teacher, so exciting, so keep a look out for courses and retreats with her! So without further delay let’s get to it.
I have only recently jumped on this smoothie bowl bandwagon, I first saw them looking so delicious and exciting on some of my favorite blogs I follow. But I still thought why not just drink it? A smoothie bowl is so fun though once you try it, I like to make my smoothie thicker so its easier to eat with a spoon and add all kinds of fun and delicious toppings for extra texture.
Dates oh dates oh how I love you! And it hasn’t always been that way. I remember thinking when I was on the processed sugar train, I can’t wait for the day where I find dates delicious and sweet! And the day has come my friends! I LOVE dates. Especially Medjool dates, they are soft chewy and toffee like, and did I say sweet!
Dates are such a great alternative to your usual refined sugar, they are great for cooking and raw desserts, or just on there own! Yum. So as I always do I’m going to give you a bit of info on the amazing health benefits of dates and why you should definitely add them to your diet!
Yes you read it right, easter eggs that are healthy! No refined sugar, addites preservative or dairy just plain good ingredients.
If you havn’t noticed by now I love my sweet treats, most of my posts are healthy treats. I love playing around with recipes and trying to recreate the “normal” store bought treats we all so fondly remember.
Today I am keeping it short and sweet for you. Im not usually one to celebrate Easter but this year decided to join in the easter spirit and make these delicious eggs, make for your kids and family and friends this easter. Instead of the regular sugar filled ones that will send your kids on a sugar high which then leads to tantrums and mood swings and not a very happy child (;
One of my best memories from childhood are all the sweet treats my mom made , sweet fudge, marshmellows melted on marie biscuits, and rice crispy treats!
Whenever we had bake sales at school we had rice crispy treats filled with refined sugar of course, oh but I loved them, the sweetness with the sticky crunch from the marshmallows. Since starting this health journey I have missed these. So I set out on a mission to make a healthy version. What to replace with marshmallows…mmmm I tried with the amazing almond butter and they turned out so great, I ate most of them , whoops(;
These are so good, and perfect for a hot summers day around the pool. And kids will love them too, a great alternative to your usual store bought ice-creams that are filled with preservatives, artificial colorants and sugar! Whats also great is they are so easy! I promise. (;
Anyone that knows me , knows that I love to snack. All the time…. So these little balls of joy are just perfect for me. I love to have a healthy sweet treat in the evenings and these are delicious, quick and easy.
Why Carob? Carob is a powerful superfood, it is a reddish-brown edible pod grown on the Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua). Carob powder is an extremely versatile superfood product that posseses a wonderfully sweet flavour and can be used as a healthly alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Its chocolate like taste means that it can be used in the same way as organic cacao powder. It is dried using extremely low temperatures, organic carob powder has amazing nutrients, including Vitamins ( A, B1,B2 ,B3 and D), minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and potassium) antioxidants, fibre and protein. Carob is also high calcium and iron. Carob beans, are dried and ground into organic carob powder that can be used as an alternative to organic cacao powder as it does not contain caffeine.
1/2 cup macadamias
3/4 cup cashews
2Tbls Coconut oil
1 Cup dates
2Tblsp Carob Powder
1/2 cup of Goiji berries
sprinkle of Hemp seeds
1/2 Cup Dehydrated buckwheat (optional)
Melt coconut oil in a pot add chopped dates until they slighty soften.
Add the nuts, dates and oil to blender and blend until smooth(can have some chuncky nuts if you like). Put into mixing bowl , add goijis, carob, hemp seeds and buckwheat and mix until well combined. Roll into balls and set in the fridge!
Enjoy with a cup of peppermint tea and your favourite song! (O: Yum!
Healthy, quick, sugar and dairy free!!!
I came up with these because I make alot of almond milk and wanted to use the pulp, and I love biscuits! So I freeze the pulp until I have no more containers left (; and then dehydrate the almond pulp, blend or process until it’s smooth and volià …. you have almond flour. We all need a biscuit every now and then to brighten the day right?(:
These are super easy, delish and quick. Im all about things being quick and easy ,and they have no nasties, so there is no guilt involved(; I love to snack all day long, and these are great for a little something sweet.
Makes: 15 crunchies Time: 20-25 minutes
1/4 Cup almond pulp (or flour)
1 Cup Oats
1 Cup Pecans- Coarsley chopped
1/2 tspn Baking Soda
1/2 tspn Cinnamon
1/4 tspn Salt
4 Tbls Coconut Oil
5 Mejool Dates
1/3 cup Honey or Maple syrup
1 tspn Vanilla extract
6 Tbls Almond Milk or of choice
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Blend half of oats and half of pecans together then mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl adding the blended oats and pecans.
Melt the coconut oil then place all the wet ingredients into a high speed blender along with the melted coconut oil and blend until a paste is formed. Then add the paste into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix well. Make a small ball in your hand place onto a baking tray and press into a cookie shape. Or you can place the whole mix into a crunchie or cake pan and cut into squares.
Place in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let them cool and then dive right in along with a glass of almond milk. (;