My Choco-Coco Smoothie

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Want a healthy chocolate smoothie?

There’s a gorgeous little cafe not far from us that has the most amazing cacao and date smoothie on the menu.  Mr nearly three and I can’t help ourselves.  We can’t talk as we sip down our smoothies watching the waves crash on the shore.  Hubby just laughs at us.

We salivate!!

Afterwards, we play chasey on the sand… And giggle.

 

So what do you do?

We do what we do best.  We come home and recreate our very own.

Trust me, you’ll love it!  It’s a favourite in our house.

 

Sare’s Choco-Coco Smoothie

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  • 1 1/2 frozen bananas
  • 2-3 medjool dates (de-pipped)
  • 1 heaped tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 heaped tbsp protein powder
  • 2 heaped tbsp coconut yoghurt OR 1/3 cup 100% pure coconut cream and 1/2 tsp probiotic powder 
  • 1 tsp chia seed
  • 1/2 tsp bee pollen
  • 1/2 tsp gubinge powder (natural source of vitamin c)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 400ml almond milk

Blend and drink. Yum!

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My delectably delicious and utterly luxurious body butter

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I can’t wait to share my homemade recipe with you!!!  Think of everything fabulous for skin and voila!!!  Here it is in one little jar!

body butter 2This body butter is packed full with sooooo many nutrients.  The raw products are not cheap initially to buy but I believe that if you buy in bulk, the quantities you are able to make each batch and the beautiful skin you get after use make the cost worth it.

I am currently just over seven months pregnant and I have used this body butter everyday, both morning and night, on my belly since 6 weeks. Touching wood, to date I am stretch mark free.

Ingredients

Makes enough to fill a 500 gm jar 

  • 125gms cocoa butter
  • 50gms coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp jojoba oil
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp macadamia oil
  • 2 tbsp rose hip oil
  • 1 tbsp vitamin e liquid
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 6 drops mandarin oil

(NB I have kept essential oil blends to a small amount and limited oils due to pregnancy but feel free to add what you’d like!! Just remember, the butter will have a slight chocolatey smell due to the cocoa butter.)

On low heat, gently melt cocoa butter and coconut oil together. Do not heat any more than required. Remove from stove and leave to cool until just over room temperature. Mix together in a bowl with other ingredients.  Pour into jar immediately and place in refrigerator to cool whilst still well mixed for a few hours. Remove from fridge and let warm to room temperature. Then use…use…and use some more!!! Cover yourself in this luxurious body butter!!! 

In colder temperatures you will find that the butter will be quite firm.  It will soften when rubbed between your fingers.  In hot climates, you may need to slightly change the ratio of cocoa butter to coconut oil to stop it going runny.  Just add a little more cocoa butter to the mix.

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This butter seems to have a shelf life of close to a year if not more in your bathroom.  I haven’t left it lying ’round long enough to find it go off.  I can’t get enough of it!  

Hope you love as much as me!!

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Nitrate-free Corned Beef Silverside

The verdict is in!  The organic beef brisket/silverside that I corned at home a few weeks ago without nitrates was voted by ALL that tasted it as “the best corned meat they have EVER tasted!”

With winter rearing its head here in Australia, we are all turning to yummy, bone-warming meals to warm our souls.  My mother used to do a mean Corned Beef so this is always a favourite in our house.  Previously, we have bought the raw store-corned nitrate loaded version, but after how easy and how yummy it is to do yourself at home, NEVER again will I cook a store bought version.

Picture-14-Modern-Gas-FireplacesNitrate is a preservative found in many meat products including bacon, salami and many smallgoods.  It is considered carcinogenic and has been linked to cancer.  What better reason to avoid it at all cost!

Here’s the recipe I adapted from another who had apparently originally adapted it from Alton Brown’s Good Eats.  It will take at least 10 days in the fridge to fully corn and you can freeze in the brine once done.

Corning your meat

  • 2-2.5kg organically reared beef brisket/silverside
  • 2 litres water
  • 1 cup himalayan rock salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 tsp allspice powder
  • 12 juniper berries
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

Place the water into a large stockpot along with all the dry ingredients. Cook over high heat until the salt and sugar have dissolved. At this point it smells beautiful!

Take brine mixture off the stove and leave to cool to room temperature.

Once it has cooled, place the meat in a zip top bag or large glass container with lid and add the brine.  Seal and lay flat, cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 10 days.   Check daily to make sure the beef is completely submerged and flip over to stir the brine.

Cooking your Corned Meat 10 days later

  • 2 white onions, whole and peeled
  • 3large carrots, peeled and cut in large chunks
  • 2-3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 10 cloves

After at least 10 days, rinse the meat and place into a slow cooker or a pot just large enough to hold the meat.  Add the above ingredients and cover with water.

In a pot, bring to the boil over low heat and simmer for 3 hours until the meat is fork tender.

In a slow cooker, set to low and leave for 7-8 hours.

Remove from the pot and thinly slice across the grain.  In our house we serve it with the onions, carrots, white sauce, mashed potato and peas.  Yummo!

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Rasberry Frozen Yoghurt

TLT-raspberry-froyo-HCI am not one to waste food.  So when we are going away and I see half a litre of beautiful homemade Greek yoghurt in the fridge, it is time to make some frozen yoghurt!  This little recipe is one I made up and it is soooooo easy.  Just three ingredients….

  • Greek yoghurt (I used 1/2 litre)
  • Rasberries or any kind of berries (I had half a packet left of frozen Organic berries – If not organic, make sure you rinse well as frozen berries are covered in toxic chemicals)
  • Agave Syrup to taste (I added about two tablespoons for the amount of yoghurt I had)

Now I am lucky enough to be able to add these three ingredients into an ice cream maker and then let it do it’s magic.  If you are not so lucky, mix ingredients well with a hand blender then freeze until nearly frozen.  Blend again and then put back into the freezer until you are ready to serve.  Yum!  The yoghurt freezes hard so you may need to leave on the bench for a few minutes to thaw before you serve.  Enjoy! ♥

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My Cacao Coconut Bliss Balls

rawdatetreats_1264Looking for a yummy, healthy, sweet treat with none of those sugar spikes.  A treat that is good for you and a treat that can help rid your body of cellulite.  Well… look no further.  The best news is that you can make them at home in less than 10 minutes!

My Cacao Balls

  • 1 1/5 cups pitted dried dates
  • 1/2 cup STRONG green tea
  • 4 tbsp LSA
  • 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 handful sultanas
  • 2 tbsp dark agave syrup (to taste)
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp raw organic coconut oil (to desired consistency)
  • 1 dash vanilla extract
  • 1 cup organic unsweetened shredded coconut

Soak the dates in the green tea for 5 minutes or so.  Then in a food processor add the dates to the rest of the ingredients (minus the coconut oil and the shredded coconut).  Whir with chopping blade.  Once chopped, use the remaining green tea and the coconut oil to moisten the mixture till you reach the desired consistency to be able to roll into balls with your hands.  If too moist, slowly add more coconut flour.  Taking a teaspoon full of mixture at a time, roll into balls and then coat with organic shredded coconut.  Refrigerate for an hour to harden the balls.  Balls can then be kept in the fridge or at room temperature in a sealed container.  Your choice!

coconut-rum-ballsYou will find my cacao balls delicious and just the right sweetener to keep those sugar cravings at bay.  Packed with fibre, loaded with raw coconut and it’s health benefits, gluten free, with green tea antioxidants and low GI, I find these balls eliminate my refined sugar intake and help strip my body of cellulite.  And the best thing is, one or two can really satisfy!

I’d love to hear what you think! ♥

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My Choc Mint ice cream… dairy and sugar free….and delicious!

Okay…..As promised here’s my recipe for a dairy and sugar free Choc Mint Ice Cream that is really yummy!  It has been stinking hot here again in Perth today, so I thought I’d surprise my hubby with a yummy thai chicken salad followed by Choc Mint ice cream for dessert.  What a nice cooling way to end the day……P1010430 Okay…Okay…I’ll get straight to the ice cream!  Just had to set the scene, that’s all!!

Choc Mint ice cream

  • 1 cup of coconut cream
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 hefty bunch of mint, spearmint, peppermint, choc mint…..Whatever you have in your garden
  • 1 handful of spinach leaves (minus the stalks)
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A few drops of peppermint oil to taste!
  • 200gm of dark mint chocolate

I wizzed all the ingredients except for the chocolate together in a blender until totally combined.  You want all the leaves to have disappeared into your mixture.  Then place the mix into your ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions. P1010428 I then crushed the chocolate into chips in my food processor and added to the ice cream mix when it was really cold but not yet frozen.  Any earlier and the choc chips will melt. 

Then, unfortunately, you need to sit back and wait for the rest to happen….

You could also make this recipe by blending, then freezing till nearly frozen, blend again, freeze and continue to mix this way until totally creamy and not icey.  My mix turned out a dirty green colour which I find quite rustic, but for a bright green I can’t think of any other way other than adding green food colouring…. something I would prefer to do without.mint-choc-chip-ice-cream2

And wha….la!!!!!!!!!!!  Done.

PS Hubby LOVED it! So will yours.  The spinach is our little secret!

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