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Healthy Salted Caramel Twix Bars

These home-made Twix Bars are a nutrient powerhouse!

Aside from being an easy, on the go snack, these nutrient powerhouses contain essential vitamins, minerals, protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Yes, they are super healthy and super delicious.  And they keep you full and satisfied for a long time.

The base of the twix is made with healthy oats, nuts and some maple syrup.

The caramel layer is made out of dates, some of the most impressive benefits of Medjool dates include their ability to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, aid bone strength, protect cognition, boost metabolism, ensure proper hormone production, optimize digestion and help with normal growth and development.
Medjool dates also contain notable levels of magnesium, manganese, copper and calcium, all of which are required to improve bone mineral density in the body. Even if blood tests show that you are not deficient in minerals, this could be because your body is extracting minerals from your bones, especially women are prone to calcium deficiency so adding essential minerals in every snack is an important health decision.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s make some Twix!
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🔪 Prep time : 15 minutes
⏰ Cooking time : 25 minutes
🍪 Makes : 16 Twix


INGREDIENTS:
BASE
• 1 cup cashew nuts, preferably soaked for a few hours
• 2 cups oats
• ½ Cup (pea) protein powder
• ¼ tsp. salt
• ¼ cup flax seeds
• ¼ cup coconut oil melted
• ¼ cup peanut butter,
• ½ cup maple syrup or agave syrup or a combo of both (I use 50/50)
CARAMEL
• 1 cup (heaped, well packed) pitted medjool dates
• ¼ tsp. instant coffee granules
• A few drops of natural caramel extract (optional)
• A few tablespoons of water
CHOCOLATE TOP
• ½ cup roughly chopped 80% dark chocolate
• 2 tsp. coconut oil
• Flaked sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Pre heat the oven to 350° F / 180° C
2. Drain the cashew nuts and pat dry.
3. Place all the dry ingredients in a high powered food processor and process until fine.
4. Transfer to a bowl.
5. Place the cashew nuts in the food processor and blend until smooth.
6. Place the dry ingredients back into the food processor.
7. Heat the peanut butter, syrup and coconut oil briefly in the microwave until just softened. Add to the rest of the ingredients.
8. Mix everything well.
9. Line a square 8” / 20 cm. baking pan with parchment paper
10. Place all the base ingredients in the baking pan and press down firmly.
11. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden on top and firm to the touch.
12. Remove from the oven and let cool on a rack in the pan.
Meanwhile make the caramel.
1. Place the dates in a sauce pan with a thick bottom to prevent burning and add the water.
2. Add the coffee granules
3. Cook slowly, stirring often to break down the dates completely. Add a little water if necessary.
4. This can take up to ten minutes depending on the dryness of the dates
5. Keep stirring until you have a thick paste. (that smells heavenly)
6. Add the caramel extract
7. Let cool completely.

When ready to assemble, spread the date caramel all over the cookie base, evenly.
Place in the refrigerator until firm and cooled. Or in the freezer if you are in a hurry
Melt the chocolate in 20 second intervals in the microwave until melted.
Spread evenly over the caramel and return to the fridge until set.
When you are ready to cut the Twix bars, make sure to immerse a sharp knife in hot water before cutting thru the chocolate or it will break unevenly. Cut into 16 squares.
Sprinkle over some flaked sea salt.
And I’m really wondering how long they will last in your home…..let me know, ok?

Enjoy!

Myra XO

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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Smoothies Galore

Since I post all my Smoothie Creations on Instagram on almost a daily bases, I thought I’d let you know about it and share some with you.

I am very passionate when it comes to making my healthy breakfast drinks, mostly smoothies and sometimes Smoothie Bowls. I try to make them as beautiful as I can and it has become a real sport for me.

I try to challenge myself to be as creative as I can be. Here are a few of my creations, they are tremendously beneficial to your health and will keep you full until lunch for sure.

Be sure to try at least one out, I’m telling you once you’re hooked, you’re hooked.

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Green:Spinach-Banana-Flax, White:Banana-Protein-Oat and Purple:Raspberry-Banana, each layer with soy milk and Stevia (2 servings)

    1. Blend 1 Cup Spinach, 1 banana, 1 tbsp Flax seeds with 1/2 – 1 cup  milk of choice.
    1. Blend  1 Banana, 2 tbsp Oats and 1 scoop vanilla protein with 1/2 – 1 cup milk of choice.
  1. Blend 1 cup frozen Raspberries, 1 Banana and 1/2 – 1 cup milk of choice.

Add Stevia to each mixture to sweeten. Hold your jar or glass tilted and fill with the different layers.

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Brown: Chocolate Chia Pudding-Stevia, Purple: Berries-Banana-Stevia-Soy milk, Pink: Raspberry-Banana-Pomegranite nice cream (1 serving)

    1. Soak overnight 1/4 Cup Chia seeds & 1 -2 tsp. cocoa with 1 cup  milk of choice.
    1. Blend  1 Banana, 1 tbsp Oats, 1 scoop vanilla protein with 1 cup Berries add  1/2 – 1 cup milk of choice.
  1. Blend 1 cup frozen Raspberries, 1 Banana, 3 tbsp Poms seeds and 1/4 cup milk of choice.

Add Stevia to each mixture to sweeten. I have poured some melted chocolate over the rim of the jar and let it set in the fridge for half an hour.

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White: Skyr yoghurt, or yoghurt of choice

Purple: Berries-Banana-Stevia-Soy milk, Pink: Raspberry-Banana-Soy milk

    1. Blend  1 Banana, 1 tbsp Oats, 1 scoop vanilla protein with 1 cup Berries and 1 cooked beet,  add  1/2 – 1 cup milk of choice.
  1. Blend 1 cup frozen Raspberries, 1 Banana, and 1/4 cup milk of choice.

Add Stevia to each mixture to sweeten.

Layer the yoghurt and the coloured smoothie layers like above.

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White: Soy Yogurt, Purple: Blueberry-Flax-Banana-Protein-Soy Milk (2 servings)

Mix 1 cup Yogurt with some Stevia and divide between two cute bottles.

Blend 1 cup Blueberries, 1 banana, 1 tbsp Flax seeds, 1 scoop vanilla protein and some milk of choice. Pour over the Yogurt.

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White: Coconut milk Chia pudding , Green: Spinach-Banana  Soy Milk & Protein, Pink: Raspberry-Strawberry-Banana Smoothie (1 serving)

    • Soak overnight 1/4 Cup Chia seeds & some Stevia  with 1 cup  coconut milk .
    • Blend  1 Banana, 1 tbsp Oats, 1 scoop vanilla protein with 1 cup Spinach add  1/2 – 1 cup milk of choice and some Stevia.
  • Blend 1/2 cup frozen Raspberries, 1/2 cup Strawberries, 1/2 Banana and 1/4 cup milk of choice with some Stevia.

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Pear, Lemon, Banana, Stevia & Spinach with Almond milk (3 servings)

  • Blend 2 peeled pears (core removed), 2 tbsp. flax seeds, 1  1/2  cups spinach, 1 banana, juice of 1 lemon, stevia with 1 cup almond milk .

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P.S. Use any kind of milk you like and swap Spinach for Kale, Stevia for Xylitol etc…

…and always use cracked Flax seeds for better absorption.

Enjoy

Myra Xo

Sunrise Smoothie

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When I come back from the market with bags full of beautiful fruits and vegetables, I feel very blessed and lucky to have all that produce within reach. As though I’d just won the lottery I am smiling as I enter my home. Anticipating the joy of unpacking all my treasures and displaying them in beautiful bowls, in the kitchen, in the dinning room and even in the living room. Looking at all that fruit and veg inspires me to cook and eat as healthy as possible. Creating new dishes every .

Ingredients;

Bottom layer.

1/2 Mango, peeled and diced, some extra Mango to make spears for decorating

1/4 C. Spinach

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1 C. milk of choice

1 tsp. Maca

1 tsp. Lucuma

Top Layer

1 tbsp. of Goji berries, plus some more for decorating.

1/2 C. Strawberries

Some Chia seeds for sprinkling on top.

A little bit of Yoghurt for decorating

Method;

Blend the ingredients for the bottom layer first and put them in a beautiful tall glass. Add a little water if it’s too thick for your liking.

Rinse your blender  and add the ingredients for the top layer. Blend.

Carefully spoon over the Mango Banana layer.

Decorate with some extra Goji berries, chia seeds, Mango spears and flowers.

Drink immediately, and feel the energy flow. Enjoy!