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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!

Wholemeal Blueberry Pancakes…Easy Like Sunday Morning!

Hey There!

Just a quick share on some delicious pancakes currently hanging out in my happy tummy. The only thing easier than making these pancakes is eating them, and maybe reading a good book in a hammock… yep that’s pretty easy too (and what i’ve been up to on this lovely Sunday morning).

Not the prettiest picture, but at the time of eating I had different priorities!

Not the prettiest picture, but at the time  I had different priorities!

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Tangy Gorgeous Juice to Beat the Heat!

Happy New Year!

Wow, has it been hot here in Brisbane. Temperatures hit 40°C yesterday and continue to remain hot until Tuesday, and today the city is blanketed in a thick smoke from the bush fires on nearby beautiful North Stradbroke Island. With no air conditioning in my house or car, it seemed like all weekend life circled around staying hydrated and sitting very very still. It was definitely a weekend for relaxation! Continue reading

Super Easy Vanilla, Quinoa and Nut Granola

gluten free granolaHey!

You know that moment you double take at the calendar thinking ‘Why did someone flip it to December already, what’s that about’? Until it dawns on you that it… is….. ACTUALLY…. December and you realise you’ve been writing the wrong month on everything for the past week . Okay, maybe that last one was just me 😉 Continue reading

Easy Quinoa and Kidney Bean Patties

IMG_4720Hello there!

I’ve officially fallen below my 1 post a week goal for the first time, shame on me! It’s been a bit of a hectic start to September but I’ve still got loads of posts I want to share so don’t lose faith in me yet 🙂

It can be hard to always keep on top of the things we know we ought to do when times get crazy. When it gets busy it becomes easier to fall out of active stress management mode (exercise, personal time, etc) an into passive stress relief mode (e.g. zone out on couch, indulge, etc). Continue reading

TGIF Sesame Dumplings with a Bean Sprout Salad

IMG_4588It’s Friday.

For me, it’s been the weekend since about 1 PM, when I made the completely selfish but unapologetic decision to ditch work after lunch. I parked myself at a sunny bistro table, indulged in a peppermint tea and decadent treat (almond cake topped with mascarpone, salted caramel-filling and fig and pear glaze), and spent a few hours dreaming big. Continue reading