Simple & healthy choc-nut thick shake

If you are looking for a totally delicious and healthy snack or dessert idea or even as a substitute to your daily smoothie repertoire, look no further than this devine and simple choc-nut thick shake. It is just like a chocolate sundae but free of nasties and full of nutritious goodness for you and the entire family. You don’t need to feel guilty when you want a little sweet treat…. and you can even give it to the kids and they will never know it’s packed with healthy ingredients! WINNING MAMA!

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RECIPE (1 large or 2 small serves – easily double the recipe for the whole family)

Ingredients

1/2 Avocado

1/4 cup almonds

1 large frozen banana, chopped

1 cup almond milk

2 tbsp shredded coconut

1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)

1 tbsp raw cacao powder (more if you prefer strong chocolate flavour)

You may wish to garnish with extra cacao powder, shredded coconut, sliced almonds, chia seeds or anything else you like

Method

Place all ingredients in blender (except your toppings) and blend until smooth and creamy enough to drink.

Pour into glasses and garnish with preferred toppings and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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Fruit & Nut ‘Chocolate’ Recipe FitM.U.M Style!!

It’s no secret that I used to be a little bit of a chocoholic (before I went dairy free… more about that here). I thought my world was going to end when I had to give up regular chocolate, but what I didn’t know was that since finding Cacao and making my own chocolate, I have never looked back. I can’t even remember the last time I had any ‘normal’ store bought chocolate, it would have to be at least 6 months ago!

Looking for a little occasional sweet treat, myself and Irondad tried our hand at our own chocolate recipe. We have adapted it a bit along the way (usually each time we make it) so the quantities are a bit of a personal taste thing – I don’t claim to be a top chef. Feel free to play around with it and adapt it to your own taste (let me know if you find a winning combo!).

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Fruit & Nut ‘Chocolate’ Recipe

Ingredients

6 Tbsp (heaped) Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter

4 Tbsp (heaped) Organic Coconut Oil (very soft to runny)

4 Tbsp Rice Malt Syrup  (Alternatively you can use Honey or Maple Syrup, which ever you prefer)

2 1/2 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder

1 tsp Natural Vanilla Extract

Pinch of salt (I use Pink Himalayan Rock Salt)

1/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/3 cup diced dried apricots *

1/3 cup dried cranberries *

(*we like ours quite ‘fruity’ so you could add a little extra of both)

3/4 cup dry roasted almonds, roughly chopped

3/4 cup cashews, roughly chopped

(you could use any nuts you prefer – this amount makes it quite chunky)

shredded coconut flakes for sprinkling on top

Directions

Place all ingredients (except for the nuts) into a medium mixing bowl and mix until well combined. Then stir in the chopped nuts, this will make it quite thick.

Roughly chop the nuts

Roughly chop the nuts

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Mix until well combined

Pour mixture into a loaf tin (I use a silicon one and it pops straight out easily once frozen)

Sprinkle desired amount of shredded coconut over the top.

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Pour into silicon loaf tin

Place in the freezer to set. I leave it for a few hours as I like it really cold and firm. The longer you leave it in there the firmer it will become.

Once it’s ready I slice it into either cubes or slices depending on the size you want and then store it in an air tight container and leave in freezer as it melts very easily at room temperature.

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Cut into desired size pieces

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Enjoy with a nice cuppa

Enjoy and good luck not wanting to eat the whole batch in one sitting!

xx