I have to say that has got to be the best sounding blog title I've heard! A free nourishing recipe ebook AND a recipe for raw organic chocolate (also nourishing)?! That's a double whammy if I ever heard one!
Let's start with the chocolate first (priorities!) In case you missed it, we just all survived the chocolate heavy weekend of Easter. I swear I have never seen so many foil wrapped chocolate bunnies and eggs in the fresh fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket before - they seemed to be breeding rapidly. Since going sugar free, I don't like the taste of milk chocolate and only eat at least 70% dark and preferably 85% dark chocolate. I normally choose Green & Blacks organic or Lindt. But my favourite is pure raw organic cacao homemade chocolates which are so much more nourishing for you and so simple to make.
Now I know a lot of people are madly throwing leftover Easter chocolates in the bin, eating lots of cleansing healthy food and madly exercising after an indulgent weekend, but you still need this chocolate recipe, trust me. For future reference. You won't be feeling guilty next Easter (or whenever) or in a sugar coma now that you have this easy recipe. Not only is this chocolate raw and organic, but it's dairy free, gluten free and can be sugar free too. Tick, tick, tick!
Plus there is something very satisfying about making anything yourself from scratch. (I adore making things from scratch.) The recipe is pretty flexible, especially with the level of sweetness and flavours. Play and experiment!
Raw Organic Nourishing Chocolate
115g Loving Earth raw organic cacao butter
100g Loving Earth raw organic cacao powder
6-10 scoops* of Nirvana organic stevia powder
1 tsp pure vanilla powder or organic extract
1-2 tsp raw organic honey (omit for sugar free)
~ Chocolate moulds (I found silicon love heart ones for $1.50 at the Reject Shop!)
Nuts - almonds, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, walnuts, pistachios etc...
Nut butter - peanut, almond, hazelnut etc...
Dried fruit - cranberries, sour cherries, apricots, mango etc...
Ground spices - chili, cinnamon, ginger etc...
Place the cacao butter in a bain marie or in a glass bowl over a pot of gently boiling water, warm until melted. Please don't microwave it.
Take a few tablespoons of the melted cacao butter and pour into another bowl, add the raw cacao, vanilla powder and stevia and stir until smooth. (Combining it with a little cacao butter first means you don't end up with lumps and can get a nice, silky smooth mixture.)
Add the remaining melted cacao butter and stir until combined.
Now you have some options of included any of the additions to your chocolates. Pour a little chocolate into each mould and allow to firm up a bit then add in your nuts, dried fruit etc... and spoon remaining chocolate to cover and fill each mould. Or you can obviously just make pure chocolates.
Place in the fridge until the chocolate sets. Pop out of the moulds and store in an air tight container in the fridge.
Enjoy your chocolate and maybe try some chocolate meditation!
Free Recipe ebook - A Nourishing Taste
Ok now that we have the chocolately deliciousness out of the way - you'll have to excuse me blabbing on a bit because I'm so excited to announce my first recipe ebook is finally finished and out floating around this wonderland called the internet where you can download your very own copy...for free. It's called 'A Nourishing Taste' and it's exactly that. A taste of different types of some of my recipes to give you an idea of my food philosophy, recipes and what my future ebooks will be like (which I'm already planning and working on now.)
It's been more work than I originally thought, so I do apologise that it has taken me literally months to get this out to you. I suppose if I wasn't working full time, running a business part time, completing a management course via correspondence and doing all the rest of bits and pieces life involves; I could have gotten it done a bit faster! Then again, I'm such a perfectionist it's likely it still would have taken that long. Still I enjoyed every part of it so am excited to get stuck into the next ones....
If you haven't already registered and downloaded your copy, then please do so below. For everyone who pre-registered, I am releasing a second bonus ebook very shortly too - and if you register within the next week or so, you can get a copy of it too! You can also share this link here with your friends, family or anyone who you think might benefit from some nourishing, healthy recipe ideas. Plus you will also stay up to date with the future ebooks coming out on the mailing list (I promise to not spam you ever or send unrelated information to you don't worry.)