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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

 

 

Sweetened condensed milk sorbet (light ice cream)

milk , thyroid, fast metabolism, dairy, sugar

Did you know that sugar is actually a powerful metabolic food that feeds every cell in your body? The biggest problem though, is that we all eat it incorrectly, then blame the sugar for being bad for us. Anyway, that’s a thought bubble for another post!

So for those who still allow a little sugar in your life, here is a super easy vanilla ice cream that easily trumps store bought chemical-filled options, and tastes amazing!

The original recipes all over the internet made this with heavy cream, which they whipped up then added the SwCM but they had a lot of comments proclaiming it to be too rich and sickly.

Now anyone who follows the Dr Ray Peat theories of nutrition, knows that he advocates for lots of milk a day to ensure you get your RDA of calcium and to achieve this and not be overweight, he recommends low fat or skim milk.

I couldn’t actually find a milk sorbet recipe that did this except for this one, which used water!

So I thought if water can taste good, then low fat milk can do it too. And so it does – spectacularly.

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So here’s the recipe, let’s get cooking:-

Sweetened condensed milk sorbet (Light ice cream)

What’s in it…

1 x 400g can sweetened condensed milk – reduced fat

3 cups milk – low fat (2%) pasture fed

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp salt

How you do it…

In a saucepan, add the milk, vanilla and salt. Start to heat the mixture on medium heat stirring a couple of times.

Then slowly pour in your sweetened condensed milk and keep stirring until the mix heats to simmering.

Take off the heat.

Now if you have an ice cream maker – by all means put it in that.

However if you don’t, then pour into a long flat lunchbox or plastic container – as the flatter you can make the mix, the quicker it freezes and then it’s easier to scoop out.

If the container is too tall, it will still work, but be more difficult.

If you can, mix it a couple of times as it is freezing. (If you forget or can’t be bothered then don’t worry about it too much.)

After freezing for 4 hours or overnight, leave on the bench for about 5 mins then scoop and serve.

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Now it does have a few ice crystals in it, but I don’t mind this as it still tastes amaze-balls and I’m just happy to be having my scoop of ice cream every day!

However if you hate it, here is a solution….

Another trick I tried in my 3rd batch of making this, I left the frozen batch out on the bench for about half an hour and it started to melt. So I thought I would see what happened if I put it all in a food processor and give it a bit of a whiz and then freeze it again. Well, it just came out even smoother with no ice crystals in it. So if you or your family are fussy about that, then that’s how you do it.

Ideally if you were a super whiz in the kitchen and had time, you might like to make your own SwCM, so you know where the milk came from and even make it with honey if you wanted – that won’t be me any time soon – but just in case it’s you, here is a link to a recipe.

So the sky’s the limit once you get the basic vanilla down – I’m thinking maybe Choc Chip with PB fudge or Mango Ripple? Oh my!

Enjoy and feed those healthy hormones with sugar and nutrients!

 

Kristy x

Kayla Itsines – BBG – thinning hair & stretch marks

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So interestingly, after my last blog post – Does low carb dieting making your hair fall out? – all over the news in the same week, there was this confession from workout queen Kayla Itsines:-

“My natural hair is actually super short. I have genetically really thin hair,” she wrote, adding that her grandmother and her mom have thin hair as well, and that there is a family history of female pattern baldness. “I can see my hair getting thinner and thinner the older I get.” See articles below.

Health.comTeenVogue.com; Cosmopolitan; FoxNews.com

And in most of these similar stories, the reason given for it is Female Pattern Baldness that runs in her family. The message of being happy and proud no matter what your issue is commendable. (I learned long ago that worrying what other people think is a waste of a happy life.)

So far so good.

However then in another two articles, there is a mention of hypothyroidism….

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Does Low Carb/Keto eating make your hair fall out?

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So I went to a new hairdresser last week, my last one is great but is a 40 min drive away and in Brisbane traffic, it ends up being an hour and a half round trip! The new one is 5 mins away, so it was worth a shot.

However I’m always a bit apprehensive trying a new one as you get to know your hairdressers, they become like friends – so it’s always… Will you like them? Will they like you? Do they do a good job? Do you like the salon and the rest of the crew? Does it all smell like chemicals in there? Do they leave you alone or talk too much? Does it cost 4 times more than you thought it would?

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‘Nutella’ Cheesecake (nut free)

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As I’ve mentioned before, I am moving away from cakes and slices being made of all nuts because…

  1. They’re hard to digest
  2. They’re full of polyunsaturated fats, which we now know when eaten in excess, mess with a cell’s ability to process sugar (read more here.)

Potential cause of diabetes anyone?

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

coconut, coconut butter, dates, prunes, healthy snack, dessert

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

sweet potato, frosting, icing, healthy, party food

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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Banana Buzz Smoothie (hint, hint – coffee!)

 

SmoothiebananacoffeeSo I’m back from Cherry Blossom gazing in Japan and wow(!) what an amazing place that is for a number of different reasons. Will elaborate more in a coming post but for now, I just wanted to show you my latest breakfast-on-the-run creation.

With both more fruit and coffee coming back into my life, start the day with a Ka –BANGO!

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Making slim your lifestyle

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Image by www.adrianalfordphotography.com

So I was chatting to a social media follower, let’s call her Betty and we got to talking after she commented on one of my posts where the theme was ‘I walk because I hate running.’

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Potato Shortbread Cookies (Gluten free, 4 ingredients)

potato starch, shortbread, coconut, gluten free, 4 ingredients

Since I’ve discovered that heating nut flours like almond flour etc actually increases the oxidisation of PUFAs (poly unsaturated fatty acids) in them and kind of makes them toxic (eek!), you can understand why I’m not so keen to continue making up recipes with these nutty flours in it.

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