Hazelnut Hot Chocolate (That is healthy!)

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Hazelnut Hot Chocolate 

This decadent hot chocolate is how I think all hot chocolate should be -thick and creamy enough to eat with a spoon, far more interesting than watered down powdered coco hot chocolate that is common. It is quick to whip up and rich in anti-oxidants while being refined sugar free and healthy enough to have for breakfast, a snack or dessert!

Serves: 2 (I placed both servings for photography purposes in my favourite hot chocolate mug but then I shared! :P) 

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 Tablespoons (8 tsps) cocoa poweder

Method 

In the Vitamix:

If you have a vitamix you can warm the mixture to perfect drinking temperature! Simply place all ingredients in the blender then turn on high for 90 seconds to 2 1/2 minutes or until warm (feel the sides of the blender and there will be some steam when you open the lid). *Please please put some ear plugs/ear mufflers on when you doing this to protect your ears if you do not have one of those plastic noise reducing covers for your vitamix*

Stovetop/blender method if you do not have a vitamix:

If you only have a regular blender I do not recommend burning it out trying to blend till warm. Instead place all ingredients in a saucepan and gently bring to a simmer. Then pop in a blender to combine 🙂

Enjoy ❤

Tips

*This should come out completely smooth. If you do not have a powerful blender you may be better off putting the hazelnuts in a food processor/blender separately to blend them into a fine powder before combining with the rest of the ingrideints

* If you prefer a more drinkable consistency add 1/2 to 1 cup more milk

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Coffee, Date and Walnut Loaf

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I wanted to make some kind of baked treat that was healthier than the average. I thought a banana bread would do the trick but pretty much every recipe I found not only included bananas but 1-2 cups of refined sugar! So I came up with my own using natural sugar from a wholefood – dates. They are not separated from their fibre and along with the choice of wholemeal flour rather than white flour this loaf doesn’t give you a sugar-spike like a lot of sweet treats will, making it a healthy breakfast or snack. Feel free to use decafe coffee if you are avoiding caffeine of course!

Coffee, Date and Walnut Loaf 

Makes: 1 loaf.
Preparation time: 10 minutes.
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes.

Ingredients

*1 3/4 cups wholemeal self raising flour
*1 cup medjool dates
*1 cup freshly brewed strong coffee
*1/4 cup coconut oil
*1/2 cup macadamia milk (could also use almond milk)
*1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
*1 tsp cinnamon
*1 tsp vanilla
*1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

Method 

1. Pour boiling water over the coffee then add a cup of pitted dates to the coffee. Let sit for at least 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, lightly oil and line a loaf pan and pre heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.
3. Sift the wholemeal flour, the bicarbonate of soda, and the cinnamon together.
4. Place the coffee and date mixture into a high speed blender and add the milk, coconut oil (gently melt over the stove if it is hard), and the vanilla essence to the blender. Blend on high until smoothly combined.
5. Combine the coffee mixture in the bowl with the flour mixture, folding gently until just combined.
6. Fold in the walnuts.
7. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin. Place in the oven and cook for between 30-40 minutes, until a skewer inserted has come out clean. Remove from oven. let sit for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Tip:
*To keep fresh, slice one piece as desired rather than the whole loaf at once and keep in an airtight container. It will last at least 2 days. If you wish to keep it for longer, slice and wrap each portion individually then place in the freezer.

Blueberry, Banana & Lavender Smoothie

Bluberry banana and lavender smoothie

A delicious a healthy smoothie that contains good sources of carbohydrates for energy (banana, date), protein (cashews), antioxidants to help prevent again and disease (blueberries), a healthy source of omega 3 (flaxseeds) and overall a good range of vitamins and minerals to fuel your body. Lavender really adds a sophisticated and unique touch to this smoothie, but is entirely optional – it will still be a tasty smoothie regardless! 

Blueberry, Banana and Lavender Smoothie 

serves: 1 large or 2 small
prep + make time: about 5 minutes

Ingredients 

* 1 1/2 cups almond milk
* 1 banana
* 1/4 cup cashews
* 1 medjool date
* 1 tsp vanilla
* 1/2 tsp dried lavender (optional)
* 1 tablespoon flaxmeal (optional)

Method 

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. (If you do not have a high speed blender you may wish to soak the cashews for 30 min+ first to soften them up).

Enjoy!