sugar-free

Recipe: Raw Glow Bars

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These are soooooo good!  I needed something to cut my serious chocolate habit.  My office has a chocolate biscuit genie somewhere, because our never ending Tim Tam supply is in full force!  Come 2pm all I can think about it my next chocolate hit.  Chocolate is my drug, it's ridiculous.  So I knew I had to make something super delicious to cut this hardcore habit.  And I did!  3 days in and I am only 1 Monte Carlo down #winning. My Raw Glow Bar recipe is:

Ingredients

Large handful of Medjool Dates (soaked for a couple of hours)

1 handful of Almond shaves

1 handful of crumbled bran

Chia seeds

Raw cacao (to taste)

1 handful of Buckwheat

1 handful of crushed cashews

Method

Soak your dates for an hour or 2.

Mix all dry ingredients together.

Blitz your dates (removing the seed).

Get your hands dirty!  Using your hands, mix and combine thoroughly.   Gradually add dry ingredients until your mix is even consistency.  You don't want it too dry or wet.

Set in a container in the fridge or freezer.  Then use a pizza cutter to cut into your bars.

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Recipe: Guilt Free Brownie Slice

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This slice has got to be my favourite that I have made.  It was actually meant to be a cashew cookie dough slice, but the cashew centre just wasn't working for me so I cut it and made this delicious slice instead.  A friend from work's reaction was the best "omg yum, it doesn't even taste healthy", a good one to trick your kids into eating :) All you need:

Base

1/2 cup rolled oats

10 medjool dates (soaked for an hour)

5 dried figs (soaked for an hour)

1/4 cup chia seeds (soaked for 15 minutes)

1/2 - 3/4 of cup shredded/desiccated coconut

1/4 cup of raw cacao powder

1/4 cup of almond meal

1 cup of cashews (soaked for an hour - 2 hours)

Vanilla Extract to taste (I use 2 Tbspns)

Chocolate Top

2 heaps Tbspns of coconut oil

2 Tbspns of rice malt syrup

1/3 cup of raw cacao powder

ground goji berries and coconut dusted on top

Method

Prepare your cashews, figs, dates and chia seeds for pre-soaking.

Chop and blitz your dates and figs.  Be sure that you have carefully removed all seeds.

Blitz your cashews and rolled oats, then add to your mixture dried fruit mixture.  Drain your chai seeds and add to the mix, also add your coconut and almond meals.

Once thoroughly combined, gradually add your raw cacao powder and vanilla extract.  These ingredients are added to taste, the sweeter you want them, the more you add.

Melt your coconut oil in a heatproof bowl and gradually add your raw cacao powder, stirring constantly.  Once combined, add your rice malt syrup and stir until smooth.

Pour your choc mix evenly over your brownie base and refrigerate to set.

Once your slice has set, you can decorate with ground nuts, seeds, berries, coconut.. anything you like :)

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Fallen Off The Bike? You can still ride it.

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"Just because you've fallen off the bike, doesn't mean you've forgotten how to ride it"  I can't remember whether it was my friend, Mel or I who come up with that little tidbit, but as soon as I heard it, I knew I had to write about just that. We all make new commitments to ourselves, and probably daily.  "I am going sugar free", "I am going to do 3 gym classes a week", "I will start getting more sleep" etc.  But how frequently are we giving up all too easily as soon as we slide a little?  We think that as soon as we waiver a little bit, that we have totally failed, so we may as well give up now.  We've become all or nothing.  Truth is, we're going to fall off the wagon every day, after all, it's how we learn.  The real skill is how we bounce back from our setbacks.  This is the gig.  It's really about a commitment to re-trying, time and time again and not beating ourselves up when we do slide.  Eating that one tim-tam doesn't mean that you've completely reverted back to your sugary days.  You probably used eat 3 a day, and now you're down to 1.  That's great (literally taken that one straight from my life..).

After committing to commitment, you will find that it will get easier and easier and you'll shorten the recovery time, each time.  You'll start to bounce back quicker and quicker.  You'll even start to enjoy the process as you'll know what to expect and you'll quickly learn that you can do it.  By appreciating the progress that you are making and realise that you are achieving far more than you realise.

It's not about being perfect, for we will never ever be perfect.  It's about our commitment to being better, doing more (or sometimes even less), to eating better, to sleeping longer, to being more active, to meditating regularly, to saying "I love you" or "I forgive you" to someone (and yourself!), ultimately it's about feeling better more often.

Let yourself off the hook and commit to doing better tomorrow, and the next day.

xSx

Recipe: Vegan Bounty Slice

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Everyone knows how obsessed with whole food shopping I am (The Source Bulk Foods, anyone.?!) especially making healthier alternatives to settle my major sweet tooth (everyone also knows how much I love chocolate).  I love this healthy bounty slice!  I made it for the first time over the weekend and it's a winner.  It's all the categories; vegan, paleo, sugar free*, gluten free and diary free.  A delicious treat for lunch boxes, after work snack, get togethers, picnics etc, plus it's super easy to make and fun for the kids (no cooking required). Ingredients (remember to use organic where possible)

Bounty Middle

1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 1.5 - 2 hours)

3 cups of shredded coconut

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup rice malt syrup

pinch of Himilayan rock salt

Choc Base

10 Medjool dates (pitted)

1 cup almond meal

1 1/1 cups shredded coconut

2 Tbs Rice Malt Syrup

2 Tbs Raw Cacao powder

2 Tbs ground Chia Seeds

pinch of Himilayan rock salt

Choc Top

1/4 Cup raw cacao powder

2/3 Cup Coconut oil

1/4 Cup Rice Malt Syrup

1 Tbs of vanilla extract

Method

Chop all of your dates (checking for and removing any pips) and place all of the base ingredients into a food processor.  Mix until all ingredients are sticky, almost dough like.

Firmly press the base into your lined pan, being careful to maintain an even consistency.  Place in the freezer while you make the Bounty filling.

Combine all of the Bounty Middle ingredients into your food processor and mix until even and sticky.

Firmly press the Bounty Middle mix onto your Choc Base.  If needed, use the back of a warm spoon to even your mix out.  Place back into freezer while you make your Choc Topping.

Melt your coconut oil and whisk in your rice malt syrup and cocao powder; being careful to keep the mixture even and smooth.

Lightly and evenly drizzle onto the top of  your Bounty Middle mix, getting to all the corners.  Freeze for an hour to set.

Sprinkle with some shredded coconut and enjoy!

Quick note for cooking with raw cocao powder;  Raw Cacao is the raw and unsweetened form of chocolate and therefore is rather bitter.  The rule of thumb is to use 1/3 less than you would if you were using sugared/processed Cocoa cooking powder.

*this recipe is processed sugar free.  Dates and Rice Malt Syrup are a healthier and more natural alternative to sugar.