Monthly Archives: February 2014

Choc-Chia-Coco Creamy Frozen Treats

photo (4)When I was a kid my favourite frozen treat was fudgsicles – a creamy frozen chocolate treat with a concoction of some 18 ingredients including your usual culprits like sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, salt and palm oil but also downright weird stuff like tricalcium phosphate, polysorbate 80, polysorbate 65 and carrageenan. Sounds delicious right? Hmmm, funny how i never read that part of the label back when i ate garbage food.

I avoid dairy and refined sugars as much as possible these days, and I am grateful that there are no fudgsicles on my home continent of Australia. It’s just a tad bit easier to maintain self control when they are some 15,000 km away!

I was experimenting with chia pudding in the blender when I got the idea to see how it would go freezing in my popsicle mould. The result beat my expectations – it was creamy without cream, sweet with minimal sugars and all around frickin amazing. Did I mention they are vegan and raw, without even meaning to be? Oh yea. This may just be my best invention in a while, give it a go!

Chocolate-Chia-Coconut Milk Healthy Fudgsiclesphoto (3)

  • 4 tbls chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2-3 tbls honey/agave/maple
  • 2tbls raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Add all the ingredients in a large seal-able container (I used a glass bottle) and shake well.
Re-shake every minute or so for 5 minutes to make sure the chia seeds don’t all clump together.
Let this mix soak in the fridge for at least 2 hours but ideally for longer (overnight is perfect).
Blitz content in a blender for a smooth consistency.
Pop into your popsicle moulds and freeze.
Eat. Ta-da!

I left a little gap at the top of my moulds and filled the gap with raw cacao nibs (YUM) and next time I think I might add these in the pop mix. You could add any mix-ins really, I want to try banana and nut butter as well!

Make these. Make these. JUST MAKE THEM AND EAT THEM, seriously!

-Angie xo

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OMG Coconut Oil GanachĂ©

So I’m busy making some sweet potato brownies for work tomorrow (will share recipe if they are a hit) and in the recipe it calls for an icing made entirely of coconut oil, dark chocolate and vanilla essence.

I popped the mixture the fridge after melting and as it cools it obviously starts to solidify – and then you whip it. It turns into this insanely fluffy, velvety ganachĂ©. It’s frickin’ amazing!photo (2)It’s got a nice sweetness and this will pair so good with the sweet potato brownies which are intensely chocolately but not overly sweet.

When I get a chance I am going to try and vary this recipe so its 100% raw by subbing in raw cacao and honey for the chocolate and maybe swapping 1/2 the coconut oil for coconut butter. But for now, this is more than delicious and a great way to make something healthier that anyone would love.

Coconut Oil Ganaché
1 cup high quality dark chocolate melts
1/3 cup coconut oil
Tbls vanilla extract

In a small pot melt the chocolate in the oil on low heat until just melted. Take off heat, mix in vanilla and let cool. When cooled to a semi solid (as it is summer I had to put it in the fridge for this to happen) beat until fluffy and top your favourite desert/cake. Make sure to only ice your desert when it is completely cooled (ideally refrigerated) to avoid the icing melting.

Enjoy!

– Angie

P.S. Shout out to my colleague Ivan and his fiancé Kristy for sharing this recipe with me!

What if failure was the key to success?

Howdy!

One of the things I have wanted to do in preparation for starting my own Personal Training business is start developing a library of one page guides that I can give to clients when they are facing common struggles/disappointments/barriers.

Today I created my first one which you can view by clicking here: What if failure was the key to success?

It’s a short lesson on why I believe people habitually fail and why this is actually a great opportunity to learn something about ourselves.

In the long run these will look sexy and professional but I am not letting myself enjoy the fun that is Photoshop (I kinda love it) until I get my study completed.  Did I mention I am not going on Facebook until I finish study either? Sometimes flexing your discipline muscle is required when you want something bad enough. Two assignments done this weekend, obviously its working!

Have a kick ass week!

-Angie