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!

Raw chocolate truffels

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These super delicious truffels are really good for you. The dates provide you with plenty of vitamins and minerals. They are good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Also containing essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. And vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K. The nuts are high in protein, packed with heart-healthy fats  and minerals like iron and zinc. I use raw cocoa for even more health benefits, since I use it in it’s raw uncooked state the antioxidant level is much higher than in processed cocoa.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted nuts, mixed
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup raw cocoa
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • shredded coconut for rolling in.

Instructions: 

Blend all the ingredients in the food processor. Adding a splash of water if it appears to be too dry. Then roll in to bite size balls and roll into shredded coconut.

You could add things like dried cranberries, or goji berries if you like.

Enjoy!

Myra XO