Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Raw vegan brownies

I just love a strong espresso and a brownie.  Coffee and chocolate go so perfectly together, to me an espresso and a brownie are the ultimate way to enjoy this classic combination, I love the intensity.

But what to do when this craving hits and you’re at home, and don’t have the ingredients to knock up a batch of brownies, or just can’t wait the couple of hours it would take?

But what to do when this craving hits and you’re at home, and don’t have the ingredients to knock up a batch of brownies, or just can’t wait the couple of hours it would take?

It sounds wrong, but you make raw vegan brownies.  It’s too simple and delicious to be true, but true it is.

All you need is ten minutes (even I can wait that long), and a few basic ingredients:

1 cup dates

1/2 cup walnuts or almonds

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup raw cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

And here’s what you do:

1. Blitz the nuts and coconut in a food processor, until almost ground. set aside

2. Now blitz the dates and vanilla until you have a sticky dough.

3. Add back in the nut mixture, blitz again.

4. Mould into a square dish so you have a patty.

5. Dust with cocoa powder if you so wish, cut into little squares and eat!

These are so much easier and quicker than actual brownies, and almost as delicious!  And you get to feel all smug and healthy, winner all round in my book!

 

 

Banana oatmeal cookies

You’ll love these babies – they’re totally good for you, delicious and so easy to put together.

The recipe is ever so slightly tweaked from the version on the clever Fuss Free cooking blog.  All you need is:

1 ripe banana

55 g Oats

40 g Chocolate chips (or raisins if you want to be super-healthy)

25 ml Low flavour oil (I used rice bran oil)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

(Makes around 8 small cookies)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, leave to sit so they combine nicely.  In the meantime pre-heat your oven to 150C and cover a baking tray in parchment paper.  Then place tablespoonfuls of the cookie mixture on the parchment sheet, they don’t expand much so size and shape them as you want them to turn out; place in the oven and leave for around 20 minutes, or until they turn a golden brown colour.

Leave to cool.  Then eat and enjoy!

Why are women scared of chocolate?

It makes me mad and sad at the same time when women beat themselves up over what they eat.  What a waste of brain space.

I’ve pretty much managed to overcome such thoughts myself and most days eat delicious food that makes me feel good – lots of healthy plant based food that leaves me energised and happy plus plenty of treats along the, because well life’s too short to miss out the treats.  Every now and again those unhealthy ‘if I go on a diet and lose weight, life will be better’ thoughts cross my mind.  I’ve learned to bat them away, because really I know that being a few pounds lighter won’t improve my relationships, get me a promotion, or make my a better person in any way.

I wish all women could break free from such thoughts, and sometimes I think it’s really not such a problem.  But then, I have an experience that gets me all mad again.  Yesterday I went to a meeting, with five other women, we all had to wait in reception around a coffee table filled with tea, coffee, soft drinks, a rather sad looking fruit bowl, and plate of very fancy  chocolate biscuits.  I arrived last, during a conversation about the biscuits, one of the women was saying ‘I wish I hadn’t eaten that biscuit, I don’t know why I did, but I only had soup for lunch, so thought it would be ok’.  Much agreement and sad looks came from the other women.  I pretended I hadn’t heard, sat myself down and exclaimed the beauty of the offering especially the biscuits, everyone looked at my like I was crazy!  Later during the meeting hunger struck and I reached forward and picked up a biscuit and got a sympathetic smile from my neighbour!  No harm came to me, I ate the damn thing (which was almost, but not quite, as good as it looked), felt less hungry. and went about my day, end of!  So why the sympathetic look?

Why?  Why do women have to beat themselves up over eating a biscuit?

Wouldn’t life be simpler, if we just listened to our hunger signals and ate what we wanted when we wanted it?  If that”s a fresh salad, great, if that’s a piece of chocolate, even better!

 

Strawberry sunshine

Something amazing happened today in London – summer began! I thought it would never happen, but the sun has been shining all day, the temperature is in the high twenties – and – it’s set to continue all week!  just look at the sun shining down on my balcony.

 

I couldn’t resist the chance to get a bit of clothes drying done too!

The sudden start of summer put me in the mood for strawberries, luckily my fridge was loaded up with such lovelies.

I breakfasted on strawberries.

My favourite muesli was hidden below the berries and bananas – a magic combo!

I snacked on strawberries.

These were so cute, so delicious and so easy to put together.  All you need is some ripe strawberries, dark chocolate and shredded coconut.

 

Melt the chocolate, being careful not burn it (like I did – twice!). Spread some shredded coconut out on a plate.  Swirl a berry around in the chocolate, roll it around in the coconut, place on a plate and repeat.  Rest them in the fridge for a hour or so to let the chocolate set.  Then enjoy!  They are great with coffee after a big dinner.