CHOCOLATE SELF SAUCING PUDDING – THE WHOLE FOODS VERSION

IMG_2520 This doesn’t taste like health food, and I’m not going to pretend it’s an all the time food. It’s a chocolate pudding so of course not, however it uses great whole foods ingredients and can easily be adapted to suit a variety of diets. There is no refined sugar and you could probably make it vegan by using an egg substitute (I haven’t done this yet). And it tastes like comfort food, because it’s a chocolate self saucing pudding and there are few other desserts as comforting as that. It also passed the boyfriend, family and house mate test. Gooey chocolate sauce, a chocolate sponge with hints of coconut. Sold? You should be.

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CHOCOLATE AND BERRY MUFFINS

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I have a problem. I really like baked goods. Especially in the afternoon, anything sweet really, although fruit just hasn’t been cutting it lately. I need more. But when I eat too much processed food and sugar I sleep really badly; then I’m tired; and then I want more sugar in the afternoon to stay awake. It’s a sugary, circular battlefield. To solve this ‘problem’ (really I’m using that term in a pretty fast and loose way – my problem is on the pathetic side!) I’m trying to find low fructose, whole food solutions that are free of refined sugar to stop this cruel circle. Saving lives over here, solving world problems and the like haha.

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‘ICE CREAM’ SANDWICHES

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I am sitting on my bed with the sun streaming through the window eating ‘off cuts’ of these while I write this. Well if I’m being honest I actually finished eating while I waited for my computer to start up….

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ALMOND AND OAT COCONUT BLISS BALLS

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I love snacking and have a serious sweet tooth so these are an afternoon life saver for me! I created them to use up the last of the coconut butter I made a couple of weeks ago. And they are delicious. They are sweetened with dates, I only use 4 in the whole recipe as too many kills my tummy. If you can’t tolerate them at all you could easily replace with maple or rice malt syrup. Just add by the tablespoon until the mixture sticks together…. I’d start with 2Tbs.

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BANANA BREAD

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This is so delicious. I made this a month or so ago but sometimes I dream about it. It fills the house with such a delicious smell. And slathered in peanut or almond butter – or just plain butter – it is ridiculous. This also passed the boyfriend test and he is both a lover of sweet things and banana bread so I feel that speaks volumes.

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YOGHURT AND BERRY BUNDT CAKE

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This cake tastes as delicious as it looks. it’s not overly sweet and the berries on top of the cake go a little bit jam like and tacky. You don’t have to bake it in a bundt tin (see note at bottom) I just like that this tin gives you more crunchy cake crumb around each piece.

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CHOCOLATE DATE AND ALMOND BLISS BALLS

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These could be called chocolate, date, almond, coconut bliss balls as they are rather coconutty too. But then I would just be listing ALL the ingredients. Well almost. Super simple to make and a delicious snack. For whatever reason they taste better after they’ve rested in the fridge for a bit. I don’t know how long this phenomenon occurs for though as they only lasted 2 days in my house!

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CARAMEL AND ALMOND TORTE RECIPE

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I love baking. And cakes. I often go through cookbooks looking for inspiration and for recipes that I can adapt, and make a little bit healthier by removing refined sugars and flour and adding ingredients that have a little more nutritional value. That way I can eat more cake.

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