Posts Tagged ‘cacao’

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HOT MACA CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE

October 26, 2012

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

This one is a very serious chocolate affair for cacao lovers. Not your regular breakfast smoothie, more for before going out for a whole day of vintage shopping as you need something super sustaining to keep you going while you look for berries.

 

 

For 1 hungry person :

1/4 cup hazelnuts (you can use almonds or even cashews)

1 cup pure water

2 ripe bananas

2 tbsp rolled oats

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp vanilla powder or 1 vanilla bean

1/2 tsp maca

pinch of crystal salt or sea salt

Start by making your hazelnut milk : blend the hazelnuts with the water, strain with a nutmilk bag or a very fine sieve. Rinse the blender.

Return the strained milk to the blender. Add the banana, oats, cacao powder, vanilla, maca and salt. Blend until perfectly smooth.

If you are the happy owner of a Vitamix or similar high speed blender, blend further, until the smoothies gets warm.

If you are the happy owner (:-) of a regular blender, pour the smoothie into a glass jar and gently warm it by putting the jar in a pan of boiling water.

Or you can just have it at room temperature too, it is just as good.

Note 1 : The smoothie might seem too liquid for you, but after warming it up the fibre in the oats does make the smoothie set. If you are having it at room temperature, you might want to add in an extra tablespoon of oats.

Note 2 : I personally find the 2 bananas do make the smoothie sweet enough, but you can sweeten it more with small amounts of your favourite sweetener. I would add tiny amounts at a time, taste and only add f necessary.

Enjoy and be rewarded with long lasting energy.

Keep smiling

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RAW CHOCOLATE CAROB CAKE LOW-GLYCAEMIC

September 28, 2012

Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

This an amazingly soft moist raw chocolate cake that is very low-glycaemic and will therefore not create havoc on your blood sugar levels. The actual cake only has 1 tablespoon xylitol, which has a very low glyceamic index of 7 (agave is 30 on average, honey and white sugar about 60). The icing is sweetened by the natural sweetness of the 2 types of carob. Also, the cake is made from seeds rather than nuts, which makes it lighter. And it is has adaptogens from the maca and the ashwaganda.

For the cake :

100g sesame seeds

50g dry chia seeds

25g dessicated coconut

50g raw cacao powder

50g raw carob powder

1 tbsp lucuma

1tbsp maca

1 tbsp ashwaganda

1 tbsp xylitol (or even better, yacon syrup and stevia both have a glycaemic index of zero)

1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla powder

1/2 cup olive oil

1 cup pure water

Grind the sesame seeds in a high speed blender or a coffee grinder. Set aside. Grind the chia seeds.

Combine the sesame seeds, chia seeds and all other dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Combine well,  rubbing the powder together between your hands, breaking all lumps. Do this until all the powders are thoroughly mixed. This process also allows you to work air into the mixture, which will in turn give a nice light aerated cake.

Add the olive oil and the water, and mix with a spoon. Transfer the cake mixture to a mould, and put it in the fridge to start setting.

For the icing :

100g coconut butter, melted

50g mesquite or raw peruvian carob powder

50g raw carob powder

Thoroughly mix the mesquite and the carob in a bowl. Add the melted coconut butter and mix. Pour this liquid icing on to the cake, and return it to the fridge for an hour or two to set further. You can also decorate the cake with fresh berries and dehydrated fruits.

Enjoy

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5 minutes salad

August 21, 2012

Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Sometimes we have a very precise idea of what we fancy for breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack … we might have decided to try that recipe a good friend gave us, or one from that excellent recipe book … but sometimes, we just have no idea. Yet, we have to come up with something.

On one of such mornings, right after our breakfast of green juice, I had to make ‘something’ for my partner to take with him for lunch. I started by washing some salad leaves, cutting them into bite-size pieces and throwing them into a bowl. Then I opened the fridge to see our jar of homemade kimchi / fermented vegetables (this particular batch had white cabbage, carrots, cucumber and leeks) say hello to me … 3 tablespoons of fermented veggies later I spotted the sprouting jars. The jar that was ready had a mix of quinoa, white radish and lentils.

With 2 minutes to go, I topped the bowl with some Goji berries, cacao nibs and hemp seeds. I kept dressing very simple (and very fast) : just some flax oil and some kelp powder. The salad already have enough complex flavours : the sourness and saltiness of the kimchi, the sweetness of the Goji berries, the wonderful slight bitterness of the cacao nibs, … I thouroughly mixed everything with my hands, and hey presto ! it was ready to pack. Oh, and at the very last minute I added a few black olives.

I had no idea of what the salad tasted like, but if not exactly delicious, at least he would have something healthy to eat …’  Around 1pm he sent me a text message saying that the salad was just amazing !!! I wished I had made enough for 2 … That evening he mentioned how much he had enjoyed the salad again, and I thought : ‘Oh, we might have a hit here …’

The next day I made the salad again, adding a few extras to take it to the next level. This is the improved recipe.

For 2 salad lovers in a hurry :

Salad greens (I used 1 lettuce and a handful of rocket, use any or your favourite)

Kimchi/fermented vegetables (Homemade or store-bought ; it is a pity to buy these, though, as they are so fun, easy and inexpensive to make). I will be posting a recipe soon, watch this space …

Sprouts (2 handfulls, any sprouts)

Wakame (or your favourite sea vegetable, to top on on those minerals – 5 to 10g of the dry sea vegetable to be rehydrated as per product instructions )

Goji berries (1 teaspoon, you don’t want to make the salad too sweet)

Cacao nibs (1 teaspoon)

Hemp seeds (1 teaspoon)

Flax oil (1 tablespoon)

Black olives (a dozen)

Ashwaganda (1 teaspoon – reputed adaptogen, also known as indian Ginseng)

Mushroom powder (1 teaspoon – Reishi, Cordyceps and Shiitake, to name but few, are used in traditional Chinese medecine for their exceptional immune boosting properties. We use store-bought exotic mushroom powders, and make our own from local mushroom. More on this coming soon …)

Kelp powder (1 teaspoon)

Chili flakes (just a sprinkle – optional, especially if you already used chili in your kimchi)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, throroughly mix with both hands … ta da

I am sure you have exciting 5-minutes recipes …

Keep Smiling

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