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Recap + Raw Chocolate

Posted Oct 09 2012 10:00pm

Sit back and relax for a lovely recap of the last week and a great recipe for raw chocolate if you are a raw foodie. I thought this would be a great chance to fill you all in on how Optimising October is going. Right now I am not feeling the energetic buzz I was hoping for however I am blaming this on self infliction over the weekend and daylight savings stealing an hour from me.

But I digress, so the first week was difficult to get started, slow at times, but I’ve definitely done some things I am proud of and I know I have to start somewhere, so here is letting you know some of my favourites from the past week.

My green smoothie I was excited for, I know all the health benefits included in these and definitely want to start introducing them to my diet, such an easy way to get a hit of some extra greeny goodness for myself.

Lots of meditation this week, I wanted to start out slow, to see where I am coming from to succinctly know where to go. This is something else I really want to begin to include in my life more, moments of peace and pause, this was a great start to a hopeful continuation of meditative moments.

My gratitude jar. This has already become a daily habit, at the end of each night I sit down and write 3 things that I am grateful for. I enjoy reminiscing on the day gone by and am realising no matter what happens there is always a reason to be happy or thankful. One day it was because I had the exact change in my purse and car to rent 3 movies. Yep was a highlight for me.

Gratitude Jar

Having my first ever raw chocolate experiment I was so excited to give this a try, seeing how I could combine chocolate with healthy seemed perplexing. It was interesting to see what ingredients combined to make a healthy alternative to this much-loved snack or guilty pleasure. The taste was a bit strong for me, I think my taste buds are still used to my current diet, perhaps if I was a raw foodie it would have tasted differently. I definitely loved making the recipe below from here , and if you want any more great raw chocolate ideas definitely head over there to check it out.

That was what I was loving from the first week, now what I am looking forward to this week is to get dry brushing – I want to slowly integrate this into my shower routine, being one with nature, and treating myself. I am enjoying this challenge and have it hanging next to my dresser table so I can tick off my accomplishments each day.

Now for the long anticipated recipe …

Double Chocolate Brownies 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ground walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sultana + 1/2 cup medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons lucuma powder
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tblsp desiccated coconut

For the Icing

  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 pitted medjool dates
  • 1 tblsp raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Using a food processor: place ground nuts, cacao, lucuma, salt and vanilla extract. Process until mixed.
  2. Leave food processor on and slowly feed through dates one at a time until a dough forms.
  3. Turn off the food processor and with a spoon, mix in additional chopped walnuts and sultanas.
  4. Lightly dust the base of a rectangular non-stick pan with the desiccated coconut.
  5. Press the dough tightly into the pan using a spoon to form a brownie.

For the icing:

  1. Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth **
  2. Pour or spoon icing onto brownies and place in the fridge or freezer to set for an hour

**Note that the icing will turn quite hard when cold so if not using right away, leave out at room temperature (only for a few hours though, any longer and store in the fridge but let soften before using).


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