I've just come home from a fantastic wee pre Christmas break to New York with 3 of my lovely girls and we had a fabulous time! So now I'm in the mood for Christmas and will be posting lots of lovely, healthy, recipes to see you through the Festive Period and beyond......!
So I'm kicking off with this delicious Christmas Chocolate Crunch recipe.
This is a real family favourite at any time of year but is ideal to have in your freezer for any unexpected guests over Christmas! The cinnamon and mixed spice gives it a lovely festive flavour and its so easy to make.
This is a really useful recipe: make a batch, break it up and keep it in the freezer. It can be served straight from frozen! It may taste decadent, but the ingredients are all very nutritious!
Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants, oatcakes provide fibre, seeds and nuts provide protein, minerals and good fats. Goji berries boost the immune system and cinnamon is useful in controlling blood sugar. Coconut oil boosts metabolism and lowers the GI of any food it's cooked or eaten with so this is most definitely a treat you can eat guilt free!!
Here is the recipe, enjoy.....
200g (7oz) dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, broken into chunks
1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
125g (41/2oz) rough oatcakes
50g (2oz) goji berries ( soaked for 10 mins to soften, then dried)
50 (2oz) Brazil nuts, hazelnuts or walnuts, roughly chopped
50g (2oz) pumpkin seeds
2 tsp ground mixed spice
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1. Melt the chocolate and the coconut oil, stirring occasionally, in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water.
2. Put the oatcakes into a mixing bowl and crumble into small pieces. Stir in the goji berries, nuts, seeds and spices.
3. Stir the nut butter into the melted chocolate and mix until fairly smooth. Stir the chocolate mixture into the remaining ingredients, making sure the ingredients are evenly coated.
4. Spread the mixture over a baking sheet and put in the fridge or freezer to chill and harden. Break into shards or cut into rough pieces when set, ready to serve.
I just had to share this recipe I came across this week. It has to be the easiest chocolate dessert ever and its delicious and healthy so it certainly gets my vote!
It only has 2 ingredients, its dairy and sugar free ( apart from the sugar in the chocolate!) I used 70% dark chocolate with orange pieces but really any good quality chocolate would work well. The other ingredient is a can of coconut milk, buy one with at least 75% coconut. Some of them can be as low as 50% so don't buy them! All the supermarkets stock coconut milk these days and its an ingredient well worth having in your cupboard, its so versatile and its packed full of good fats with many health benefits.
This dessert is good enough to serve at a dinner party and can be decorated with raw cacao nibs, grated chocolate, chopped nuts or finely grated orange zest! I am confident that if you try it, it will become a firm favourite!
So here is the very simple recipe!
1 can of coconut milk (preferably chilled in the fridge for a few hours)
100g dark chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids.
Optional extras, a few drops of mint or orange extract.
1. Carefully open the can of chilled coconut milk and scoop the solid coconut cream into a glass bowl, you should get about a cup full. Be careful not to include any of the liquid. You can add it to your smoothie or soup!
2. Put some water in a pot and bring to the boil, then turn down to a gentle simmer. Place the glass bowl over the pot and stir until the coconut cream has melted.
3. Break the chocolate into pieces and add to the bowl with the coconut cream and stir until the mixture is smooth and the chocolate melted.
4. Pour into small glass dishes or ramekins and chill in the fridge for an hour or so until firm.
Makes 4 small portions
Decorate with raw cacao nibs, grated chocolate, chopped nuts or finely grated orange zest and enjoy guilt free!
........your health in your hands.........
🍃 Health educator🍃