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Cakey Sweet Potato Brownies

Let’s have a chat about these Brownies, these super soft and cakey Brownies.

They’re so unbelievably good that I don’t even know where to start. I’m not kidding either, they taste like Chocolate Birthday cake, and that’s not even my own comment. Someone actually said that while eating one of these babies. Very soft and chocolaty and pure indulgence. But…the most amazing part is that they are fat free, and I made them sugar free too. I have made them at least 9 or 10 times the past month and we just can’t get enough of them. I honestly don’t know what magic happens when you put sweet potato mash in a brownie recipe but believe me, it’s real magic.
I microwave a medium sweet potato in the morning (after piercing it with a skewer a few times) and forget about it until I am ready to bake. You could even do this the night before. For a video click here.
Then you mash the peeled sweet potato and add it to the batter, instead of butter. If you don’t want to bake with Stevia you can omit the applesauce and Stevia and substitute it for 1/4 to 1/3 cup Maple syrup or regular sugar.

INGREDIENTS:

2 eggs
1/4 cup apple sauce * see note
1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
2 tsp. liquid Stevia extract * see note
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup small chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS


Pre heat the oven to 180C/350F
Line a square tin 20x20cm/8″x8″ with baking parchment and oil lightly.
Pierce the medium sized sweet potato a few times with a skewer and microwave on high for about 3 minutes, turn the potato over and microwave for 2 to 3 more minutes until soft.
I always place the potato on a folded paper kitchen towel.
Let cool completely, remove the skin and mash.
In a bowl beat the two eggs, add the yoghurt, the apple sauce, stevia, vanilla and mix until combined. Add the sweet potato mash and mix well. Now add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. You’ll notice the batter is quite thick, but spongy, this is good.
Pour batter into the prepared pan and place on a rack in the middle of the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes. Test with a wooden skewer to see if the brownies are done.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely before cutting into 9 squares.
These are best kept in the refrigerator if not eaten the same day. I have roughly calculated the calories in one square and they are about 100 calories each. Awesome right? If you make them with maple syrup or sugar they will be a bit more, but still very OK.

Enjoy!

  • NOTE: omit the applesauce and Stevia and substitute it for 1/4-1/3 cup Maple syrup.

Chocolate Truffle Salted Caramel Pie

Melt in your mouth, salty, caramel chocolate heaven

If you’re looking for an impressive dessert that has a wonderful balance of sweet and salty, then this is your recipe. Each component is relatively easy and it’s also a perfect recipe for assembling ahead of time.

Serves: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: ca. 20-30 minutes
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INGREDIENTS:

Crust;
• 1 C. whole oats, ground to flour
• 10 medium dates, stone removed
• 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa
• 1 tbsp coconut oil
Dark Caramel;
• 4 tbsp butter, or vegan butter
• 1/4 cup regular cream or coconut cream
• 1 cup packed coconut sugar
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Truffle Fudge filling
• 7 oz. / 200 gr. chopped dark chocolate
• 1 C. regular cream or coconut cream
• 1/2 C. Agave syrup (or more to taste)
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Extra
• Flaky sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

For the crust, place the oats in a food processor and grind to flour then add in the dates, cocoa and coconut oil. Pulse until you have a finely ground sticky mass.
Line a 8″/ 20 cm tart tin with a removable bottom, with parchment paper.
Press the crust filling into the tart tin, pressing firmly to get a solid crust. Place in the freezer while you prepare the rest.
For the caramel, In a sauce pan with a thick bottom, melt the butter and let it cook until it browns slightly and starts to smell like hazelnuts. Carefully add the cream, sugar and vanilla and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Remove from the heat.
Let the dark caramel cool for 15 minutes before spreading out over the crust. Return to the freezer.
For the Chocolate Truffle filling, Place chocolate in a glass bowl. In a saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the agave syrup. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk until completely smooth. Taste for sweetness, add more agave syrup if you like it sweeter.
Pour the chocolate over the caramel and freeze for a final 30 minutes, until just chilled and set. OR refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve. Before serving, sprinkle the top with Fleur De Sel or other flaky sea salt.

Enjoy!
Myra XO

Vanilla Layer Cake with fresh Strawberries and white chocolate whipped cream cheese frosting.

Vanilla Layer Cake with fresh Strawberries and white chocolate whipped cream cheese frosting.

Having a good homemade vanilla cake recipe in your repertoire will make life a lot easier for you. This particular cake is easy, light and full of vanilla flavor, so delicious and tender…and it’s pretty much the best vanilla cake recipe you’ll ever make!

So why not surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day with this delicious vanilla cake with fresh strawberries and the most fluffy white chocolate cheesecake filling you have ever tasted?
Having a good vanilla cake recipe is wonderful since you can always adapt the frosting or buttercream to adjust to your taste or mood. Making a cake from scratch is also very rewarding, just follow the steps in the recipe and before you know it… you’ve got yourself a home-made cake!
This cake is actually fairly easy to make and has the most incredible vanilla flavour, the secret to success is having all the ingredients at room temperature. Then letting the cake cool in the tin after baking, these are important steps.
The cake can also be made one day in advance and in fact I encourage you to do so, since that makes frosting even easier and there is less pressure for you.

The frosting is pure heaven, like white chocolate cheese cake but softer and spreadable.

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INGREDIENTS:


Cake:
2 ¾ cups / 350 gr. all purpose flour* (see note)
¼ cup / 35 gr. corn starch
2 tsp./ 10 gr baking powder
1 tsp./ 5 gr baking soda
½ tsp. / 2.5 gr. salt
1 cup / 225 gr. butter at room temperature
1 ½ / 300 gr. cups sugar
4 eggs at room temperature
3 tsp./ 15 ml. vanilla extract
1 cup / 225 ml. full fat (Greek) yoghurt
½ cup / 120 ml. milk of choice
½ cup / 110 gr. good quality strawberry jam
2 cups / 400 gr. fresh strawberries

White chocolate whipped cream cheese frosting:
4 oz. / 112 gr. white chocolate, chopped
1 ¾ cup / 420 gr. cream cheese at room temperature
1 ¾ cup / 420 ml. whipping cream
¼ cup / 30 gr. powdered sugar
2 tsp. / 10 ml. vanilla extract
1 tsp. / 5 gr. gelatin powder

 

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vanilla cake, strawberries white chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS:

For the cake:

Pre heat the oven to 175 C / 350 F.
Grease two 8”/20cm round baking tins, line them with parchment paper and grease lightly with some butter or oil.
Cream the butter and sugar together in a stand mixer until completely soft and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating until each egg is fully incorporated.
In another bowl combine all the dry ingredients.
Mix the yogurt with the milk in a jug.
Now set your mixer to the lowest speed and alternate adding flour and yoghurt mixture to the bowl with the butter and eggs, stirring after each addition. End with flour, stir to combine but try not to over-mix.
Divide the batter between the pans and place in the middle of the oven on a rack.
Bake for about 40 to 45 min or until a toothpick pierced in the center of the cake comes out clean and dry.
Remove from oven and leave to cool on a rack for at least 15 minutes  before removing the cakes from the baking tin.
Cool the cakes completely before frosting.

If you do make the cake a day in advance, leave them in the tins and cover very well with foil when completely cooled and place in a cool place or in your fridge overnight. Leaving the cake overnight in fridge makes frosting so much easier, this is a tip I actually got in baking school. 

For the white chocolate whipped cream cheese frosting;
Melt the white chocolate in the microwave, for 20 seconds at a time, stirring each time in between. I do this on the defrost setting of my microwave which is about 450 watt, white chocolate burns faster than regular chocolate so you have to be careful.
Meanwhile beat the cream cheese until completely smooth and soft in your mixer.
Start adding the whipping cream in a slow stream with the mixer running on a low setting. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and gelatin. Turn th speed to medium high and whip for about 4 to 5 minutes until nice and fluffy.

To assemble the cakes, cut each layer in half, spread three layers with strawberry jam, then about half a cup of frosting,  spread out carefully over the jam. Place another layer of cake on top and repeat. The top layer only has frosting and no jam.
Carefully spread more frosting all around the cake for a naked cake look.
Decorate with more strawberries and flowers on the top and around the cake.

Enjoy !
Myra XO

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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

perfect chocolate chip cookies

There’s a new cookie in town!
These chocolate chip cookies are perfectly soft, chewy, and just all around pretty darn delicious. You’ll never need another cookie recipe again! I’ve made them with Spelt flour and coconut sugar and without butter, does that make them healthy? Let’s say YES.
But really, no. It just doesn’t make them as super unhealthy as regular store-bought cookies. And seriously if you’re gonna be a little naughty, ya better do it right. RIGHT?
And although these do still have some sugar, it’s half of the usual amount. And boy, are they good!  So what are you waiting for go make ’em TODAY!

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TIPS & NOTES!
1. Coconut oil is super healthy!
2. Coconut sugar makes the cookies even chewier and there are also some health benefits in coconut sugar. Coconut sugar contains a fiber known as inulin which helps slow glucose absorption. Coconut sugar also contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc and phytonutrients.
3. Chill the dough for one hour before baking to prevent the cookies from spreading too much.

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Makes 20
INGREDIENTS:
• 1/4 cup coconut oil, soft-at room temperature
• 1/4 cup baking margarine, soft-at room temperature
• 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. coconut sugar, tightly packed
• 1 tsp. liquid stevia or more coconut sugar
• 1 large egg (room temperature )
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. spelt flour
• 2 teaspoons cornstarch
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

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INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Combine coconut oil and margarine with the sugars in a large bowl. Stir very well.
2. Add egg and stir well.
3. Stir in vanilla extract. Set aside.
4. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt.
5. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients — stir well so that all the flour is absorbed.
6. Stir in chocolate chips.
7. Place dough in refrigerator and chill for 30-60 minutes.
8. Pre-heat oven to 177° C / 350° F and prepare cookie sheets by lining with parchment paper.
9. Scoop dough by rounded 1 1/2 Tablespoon onto prepared cookie sheets, placing at least 2″ apart.
10. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, cookies may still seem slightly soft in the centers, that is OK, they will cook completely on the cookie sheets. Don’t over-bake or your cookies will be too hard.
11. If desired, gently press additional chocolate chips into the tops of the warm cookies.
12. Allow to cool completely. I like to eat them cold from the fridge, they get extra chewy.
Enjoy!
Myra XO

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Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

A classic chocolate cupcake, delicious, moist, soft, super easy, super chocolaty and pretty much fool proof.

Prep time : 30 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Makes : 12 cup cakes

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INGREDIENTS:

• 2 large eggs or 3 medium at room temperature
• 1 cup light brown sugar
• 1/3 cup melted butter
• 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
• ¼ cup yoghurt
• ¼ cup milk
• ¾ Cup all purpose flour
• ¼ cup cocoa powder
• ½ tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp. baking soda
• A good pinch of salt

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Pre heat the oven to 375° F / 175° C
2. Line a muffin tin (12 hole ) with liners
3. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
4. In another bowl beat the eggs and sugar together until well mixed, add the melted butter and vanilla.
5. Mix the yoghurt with the milk.
6. Pour half of the egg mixture into the flour mixture and some of the yoghurt mix, stir to combine. Repeat. Gently mix everything together without over beating.
7. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, only halfway!
8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
9. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a rack before frosting.

Chocolate Cupcakes

CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
• ½ cup cream cheese at room temperature
• ½ cup butter at room temperature
• ¼ cup cocoa powder
• ½ cup powder sugar, sifted
• 2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
INSTRUCTIONS:
Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted, set aside so it can cool a bit.
Beat the cream cheese and butter together until completely smooth, add the cocoa and powdered sugar, whisk until fully incorporated.
Add the vanilla.
When the melted chocolate is no longer warm add to the butter mix. Beat until well mixed.
Using a piping bag and a star tip, frost the cupcakes. I keep mine in the fridge on warm days and also if you don’t eat them all at once, best to keep them refrigerated.
Let them sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before eating, to bring out the best chocolaty flavor.

Enjoy!
Myra XO

Chocolate Cupcakes

vegan chocolate mocha pie

Vegan Chocolate Mocha Pie

vegan chocolate mocha pie

In for a treat? Guilt free? Let me just go ahead and answer that for you, Yes please…

All things Healthy + Goodness+ Silky deliciousness = Vegan Chocolate Mocha Pie

Math couldn’t get any simpler .

Let me explain something before you get all judgemental about tofu  . There’s tofu and then there’s silk tofu. Silk tofu as the descriptions states is smooth and silky and does NOT have that chalky texture that plain tofu might have. (I don’t think so, but I’ve heard this description before) Mixed into a dessert for instance it becomes a smooth silky mass that can absorb any flavour you add to it, it is quite tasteless on its own but adding, nuts, chocolate or fruit can transform it into flavour heaven.

Since in this recipe I am not using chocolate chips because I want to keep it all natural, I’ve added the cashews to compensate for the lack of fat , which adds even more creaminess to the pie.

It honestly is a Chocolate Dream come true.

The crust is oats, dates, cocoa and coconut oil, simple, healthy and pretty straightforward. You could, some other day perhaps only make the crust recipe and roll it into small balls and serve as is, like Bliss Balls
(just sayin’) .

So put on that apron and let’s get cracking.

Oh , one last thing. Cut into wedges and freeze left overs. Yessssss….

vegan chocolate mocha pie

 


  Prep Time: 15 min. Plus chilling

  Cooking Time :5 minutes

 Serves : 8


INGREDIENTS:

CRUST;

  • 1 C. whole oats, ground to flour
  • 10 medium soft dates, stone removed
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil

FILLING

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened plain almond milk.
  • 2 tablespoons agar-agar flakes or 2 teaspoons agar-agar powder.
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder.
  • 1 (12-ounce) / 340 gr. package silken tofu, drained
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts, soaked for 4 hours and drained.
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or more to taste if you like it extra sweet)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract.
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt.
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INSTRUCTIONS:

Line a 8″/ 20 cm. cake tin or pie pan with parchment paper. To prepare the crust, combine all the ingredients in a food processor and process until completely fine,   it will be sticky . Transfer the mixture to the lined pan and use your hands to press the dough evenly up the sides of the pan, creating a crust about 1/4-inch thick. The dough is very sticky, so I recommend getting your hands wet with water to help press out the crust.  Place the pan in the freezer to set while you prepare the filling.

Heat the almond milk in a sauce pan and dissolve the agar agar flakes or powder over low heat. As soon as it starts to boil, reduce the heat. Stir well to combine and remove from the heat and allow to cool just slightly (as it will set very fast). Alternatively follow the package instructions of the agar agar.

Drain de cashew nuts and place in the food processor and process until smooth, add tofu, espresso powder, maple syrup, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and salt. Process until completely smooth. Add the agar agar mixture and stir to combine very well.

Pour the filling into the prepared crust. Smooth out the top and place in the refrigerator to set for at least four hours and preferably overnight.

Decorate with (coconut ) whipped cream or fruit if you like, or like these fabulous fake roses 😉

Enjoy !

Myra XO

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the best healthy coffee walnut brownies

The Best Healthy Coffee Walnut Brownies

Prep Time : 5 mins
Cook Time : 25 mins
Total Time : 30 mins

Servings: 16

Ingredients:

• 250 gr. Black Beans, drained
• 1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
• 2 tsp. Instant Coffee granules
• 2 L. Eggs, room temperature
• 1/2 C. Cocoa
• 1/2 C. Gluten free Flour or All purpose
• 1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
• 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
• 1/4 C. unsweetened apple sauce
• 1/4 C. Canola or neutral oil
• 1 1/2 tsp. Liquid Stevia Extract
• 2 tbsp. Maple Syrup
• 1/3 C. Chocolate Chips, plus extra for sprinkling on top
• 1/3 C. Walnuts, roughly chopped, plus extra for sprinkling on top

the best healthy coffee walnut brownies
Instructions:

Pre heat oven to 180 C / 350 F.
Line a square 20 cm / 8 ” baking tin with parchment paper.
In a food processor add all the ingredients except the chocolate chips and walnuts.
Blend for a few minutes until completely smooth.
Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts and pour into the prepared baking tin.
Sprinkle with more chocolate chips and some extra walnuts.
Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake for about 22 to 25 minutes.
You can insert a wooden skewer to test if they are done, it should come out dry.
Remove from oven and let cool for at least 20 minutes in the tin.
Remove from the tin and let cool completely on a rack before cutting, the colder the better you can cut them.
Will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days

Enjoy!

Myra XO

Chocolate Granola, only 6 Ingredients

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This fantastic Granola is chocolatey and super crunchy. It has very little fat and very little sweetener. All natural, all healthy, ’cause that’s what we’re doing this month. Are you with me?

…and ONLY 6 INGREDIENTS.

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INGREDIENTS;

  • 4 Cups whole rolled oats
  • 1 Cup large Coconut flakes
  • 1/2 Cup whole almonds
  • 1/3 Cup honey
  • 1/4 Cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 Cup cacao powder

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METHOD:

Pre heat the oven to 160 C / 320 F

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients.
Layer a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the granola mix out evenly over the baking sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Toss the granola around at least 4 times during cooking time making sure it toasts evenly all over.
After 30 minutes. Take out the tray and leave to cool completely before storing away in a large Mason jar or similar.
Will keep for about three to four weeks.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

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Triple Chocolate Donuts

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…..chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

Ok, what I mean here is , there’s dark cocoa powder in the batter, dark chocolate chips in the batter and dark chocolate frosting on top. I mean, seriously, right?

Since I have this donut pan I never ever buy donuts from the store anymore. In fact I would take on a bet to see who is quicker, me baking a few donuts or you getting them at the store. Anyone up for the challenge? No, this really is such an easy recipe and very fast.  I’m talking 5 minutes mixing, 9 minutes baking. Done.

While they cool, I make the frosting which is also very easy . And as soon as they are cool enough, after about 15 minutes, we frost them, so yummy.

chocolate donuts

Makes 8 donuts

Ingredients;

  • 1 C. All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Cacao Powder
  • 1/3 C. sugar of choice
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/2 C. buttermilk (or mix plain yoghurt and milk 50/50)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter

Frosting;

  • 3 oz. dark Chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 – 2  tbsp. freshly brewed hot coffee (or hot water)

Method;

Pre heat oven to 375° F

Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in an other.

Mix the wet in to the dry. DO NOT over beat.

Spoon the batter into the cavities of the pan.

Place on rack in the middle of the oven and bake for 9 – 10 minutes.

In my oven it is exactly 9 minutes. But insert wooden skewer to test to be sure. Every oven is a bit different.

Transfer to a rack to cool.

Meanwhile make the frosting by melting the chocolate and butter in the microwave at 20 second intervals until melted, stirring in between. Add the hot coffee and honey, stir.

Let cool a little bit and frost the donuts.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

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Not quite what you were looking for? How about Tartelettes aux Ganache

Raw Chocolate with Berries and Nuts

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Making your own chocolate is probably one of the easiest thing to make in the whole wide world. And the good part is….it’s actually good for you. Obviously in moderation because fat is still  fat no matter how healthy, but at least you don’t have to feel guilty when indulging. I have used maple syrup to sweeten it and coconut oil instead of cocoa butter. And I thought since the holiday season is coming up it might come in handy to have some healthier options on hand.

So here we go, pretty straight forward and you can add anything you like, nuts, seeds and dried fruits of choice.

Makes 1 large bar 

Ingredients;

  • 1 C. Organic Grade A Dark Maple Syrup
  • 1 C. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 C. Organic Cacao Powder, Raw plus 2 tbsp.
  • 1/2 tsp. Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Dried fruits and nuts

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Method;

Melt the coconut oil by putting it in a glass bowl and placing in a hot water bath. Or melt it simply by leaving it at room temperature or near an oven or heater.

Add the cocoa powder , maple syrup and vanilla extract. Beat very well to combine.

Get a plastic container and lightly oil it, I use a Tupperware dish because it’s flexible and I can just flip out the chocolate when it has set.

So place the mixture in the Tupperware container and sprinkle with whatever nuts and berries you have chosen. Leaf in the fridge to set overnight or if you’re in a hurry put it in the freezer for about an hour.

When ready to serve or eat, flip out the chocolate and break into large pieces for serving.

You have to store this chocolate in the fridge because it will melt at room temperature.

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Not quite what you’re looking for? How about these healthy  Bounty Bars

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