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Chocolate Caramel Chews

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By the time you read this I will be in the wilds of Iceland, just spellbound by my surroundings and marveling how great it is to be alive.

Leading up to the trip, I’d been trying a few new slices and fudges, but I either managed to eat it all before taking a picture, or misplaced the recipe.

Just a little distracted by the impending adventure no doubt!

So in the meantime, here is one delicious chewy bite, where I managed to keep it all together.

The right amount of sugar carefully balanced with nutrients is back in my diet, so there is none better than medjool dates to deliver a sugar hit packed with nutrients.

While I’ve tried the raw brownies before, made with dates and cacao powder, I was never impressed with the gooey texture when it was supposed to be chewy. Just because it’s healthier, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste or texture.

So in this recipe, there is an extra step to make those dates super chewy and taste divine.

Recipe adapted from My Heart Beets.

Chocolate Caramel Chews

What’s in it…

Chocolate Part

Make a batch of Chocolate Tweets and leave it cooling on the stove.

 

Caramel filling

10 medjool dates

1 TBS grass fed ghee

¼ tsp fine Himalayan rock salt

How to do it…

Chop dates. Sauté in a non-stick frying pan with ghee and salt for approx 5 min on medium heat. The dates should break down a little.

Take off heat and allow to cool a bit as it gets super hot.

In between some parchment paper, spread the date mix out and fold the paper on top. Press flat with your hands and the bottom of a glass. (Or rolling pin if you like.)

Pop in the fridge for a bit while you organise the chocolate.ChocolateCaramelChewsflat

On a tray with another sheet of parchment paper, pour half the chocolate.

Pop in the fridge for 5 minutes.

Pull out of the fridge both the semi set chocolate and flat date centre. Peel off the paper and put the slab of dates on top of the semi set chocolate, then pour the rest of the chocolate on top.

Back in the fridge for 2 or more hours

When set, cut into squares or press out shapes with stainless cookie cutters.

Notes – you could use butter instead of the ghee, however have you tried ghee before? Someone described it as butterier than butter and that’s pretty accurate. It’s amazeballs. (Put it in the chocolate too if you have it!)

This is the one I use.

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So I tried a different method with the caramel too, in that I whizzed the dates in the food processor before I cooked them, I thought that would remove the occasional woody bits in the dates that are a bit hard to chew. But it completely destroyed the structure and whatever it is in the dates that made them chewy – so forget that experiment, it made the recipe worse not better.

You can also make them thicker than I did however, they do get a bit tougher to chew, so be mindful if cooking for little kiddies.

Can’t wait to make them again when I’m back.

As they say in Iceland – þar til næst!

Kristy x

 

 

White Choc Fruity Bites & FYI on Teeth Remineralisation & Phytic Acid

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So since I’ve been eating a little more along the Dr Ray Peat principles, read what that is here. I’ve found that drinking sweetened tea or coffee with honey and not rinsing between, has affected my teeth. A bit of sensitivity and lingering dull pain here and there.

Cut straight to the end – I’ve fixed it – however it started me looking into the remineralisation of teeth.

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Chocolate Sweet Potato Frosting

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Full confession: this was not my idea.

I first heard about it on Mummy Made it and because I am currently zoned in on all things icing and frosting at the moment to zshush up my creations, I thought I would explore further.

Google reveals that quite a few knew about this about 5 years ago and I’m late to the party! Better late than never right?

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Is ‘Coconut Body Milk by Eco by Sonya’ the only low PUFA natural skincare in the world?

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Quick quiz….

What is a PUFA?  –  Why is it a problem?  –  How does it relate to my skin and aging?

Ok, PUFAs are Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids and despite many a traditional dietitian still espousing that it’s the healthier oil – think nut oil, seed oil, grain oil – like sunflower, canola, rice bran – others like Biologist Dr Ray Peat say that due to its unstable nature – ie: easily breaks down in heat and light – it actually may be toxic and inflammatory and cause a whole host of issues like this:-

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DIY Healthy Chocolate Chips

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Every time I was in my local health store, I would look at the packets of healthy choc chips longingly, thinking of all the yummy treats to which I could add them – like my ice cream, brownies, slices, even biscuits.

But at $24 a pop for a little packet, that seemed a little indulgent to me – I want healthy ingredients, but that’s a bit ridiculous. And the non-healthy ones were not at option.

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The switch from very Low Carb/Keto to Pro Metabolic eating.

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Ok, so I’ve mentioned a few times now that I have changed how I am eating.

The reason:

…my holy grail – low sugar and low carb – stopped working for me and the weight started to pile back on!

Oh no!

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What I’ve learned… was mostly wrong!

happyny2017It’s been an eye opening last 6 months for me on the healthy food front!

I’ve discovered a whole different angle of nutrition based on nourishing, healing and nurturing your body. It supports healthy hormones, regulates your blood sugar, encourages repair and rejuvenation and is basically everything you need for a super healthy body, fast metabolism and easy weight loss/maintenance.

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Christmas Round Up

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Not sure what it is about December but as soon as it hits, the panic sets in!

I always feel like I have more time than I do to get things organised and it freaks me out when I realise I don’t! How about you?

One year, I’d love to go away for all of December and January and just skip it. Bask on a beach maybe?

As you can imagine, I haven’t been adding to the stress by trying to create new treats – the imagination is still running wild with new options I want to try, but I’m being kind to myself.

So I thought I would leave you with a few suggestions on nibbles and sweets from my past recipe pursuits, that may work for our hot weather Chrissy and keep everyone healthy at the same time.

And even better, at the end of my list, Sonia from Natural New Age Mum has compiled a fantastic resource of Christmas wholefood recipes from other healthy writers – lots of great ideas there. Totally saved me the work and more stress! Cheers Sonia!

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Starters & Snacks

Cheesy Chips

Olive & Feta Party Sticks

Tahini Dip with Celery

Avocado Dip

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Slices & sweet treats

Cherry & Orange Festive Slice

Healthy White Christmas

Coconut Snaps

Gummies – Coffee, Lemon, Coconut Cream & Lemon

Vanilla Coconut Bliss Ice-Cream

Lemoni Slice

A great wholefood Christmas resource:

http://naturalnewagemum.com/a-healthy-wholefood-christmas/

I think I’ll be trying a few of these myself!

 

Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday break where ever you venture.

Wishing you fun, love, laughter and, of course – amazing health.

Jingle bells,

 

Kristy x

(Thanks to www.adrianalfordphotography.com for the images!)

Cherry Orange Festive Slice

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Image by www.adrianalfordphotography.com

So this slice started out as something a little different.

I had just whacked together a few things in my pantry and fridge and was expecting to work miracles again without too much effort. Unfortunately this time… not so lucky.

My taste testers said “yeah it’s ok, but a bit bland.” And I had to agree. Not sweet enough or flavoursome at all really. It was kind of like my White Christmas Slice but no where near as good.

So luckily with these melt and mix type creations, you can melt it down again and add more things. So that’s what I did.

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Raw ‘Coconut Butter’ Bounty Cookies

coconut butter, paleo, raw diet, healthy, ketoAfter I nixed the peanut butter for peanut powder – less damaging unsaturated fat – I ventured to try Coconut Butter. So that’s not the oil but just the coconut meat mixed together to make a kind of butter.

So brought the jar home from my local health shop and was excited to try it. Open it up and… it is as hard as a rock! What the…

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