December is the month of warm cookies, mulled wine, hot cocoa, quiet evenings, book reading, and family get togethers; well, more or less. With the summer temps sky rocketing here in Perth, mulled wine is more icy kombucha, warm cookies are pushed aside in favour of nice cream bowls, hot cocoa is replaced by refreshing smoothies. That being said, family and quiet time and books are a constant. And so is chocolate, in one form or another.
I put together this blog post for you to count the many ways I love chocolate and hopefully to inspire you to whip up a treat or two for your NY celebrations. Treat your friends and families with homemade goodness, nothing beats that. You get to choose what goes in, you get to pour love into every piece and you get to revel in their enjoyment. You get to create happiness and spread love and isn’t that the best way to wrap up a year and kick off a new one?
There are so many ways to make a healthier chocolate (without butter, sugar, milk and so on). You can use soaked cashews as a base, coconut oil, cocoa butter or even fresh avocado!
For me holidays are just another opportunity to put a healthier spin on traditional treats. Because I don’t take joy in indulging in foods that leave me bloated, on a sugar high, with mild indigestion and tired and sleepy. I want to eat, even have a full belly, but then I want to carry on and enjoy the rest of the day/evening and time spent with family. So I make food that I love, food that loves me back, food that leaves me energized and feeling happy and nourished.
Enough chit chat for now, let’s start the list of healthy homemade chocolate recipes!
Bites and pieces. Cookies, truffles and actual, real chocolate.
Dark chocolate quinoa cookies
Nutella raspberry slice
If you think making your chocolate is serious business, a tad too difficult or complicated, think again. Check out this video and then continue scrolling down.
If you’re feeling like a cake is needed
Choc cherry cheesecake
Chocolate mousse with a soft berry center, encased in berry chocolate, with chocolate soil elements.
Whichever treat you choose, I hope you will have a great NY!
Big love! And bigger hugs. xx
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All plant based whole foods.