Superfood Brownies

 

Yup, you read right… superfood brownies made with cacao! 😀 And even better, they are dairy free, refined sugar free and gluten free – YAY! 😀

 
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These brownies are so good, they are perfect to have in the house for when the sweet cravings hit. The chocolate topping works perfectly when cooled and gives them a fudge-y caramel-y taste and texture… yum! 😀

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Ingredients

Brownie Mix

  • 3/4 cup – melted coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup cacao powder
  • 6 tbsp. honey
  • 6 tbsp. sugar free caramel syrup
  • 1.5 tbsp. coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour

Chocolate Icing

  • 8 tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 3 tbsp. sugar free caramel syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5 tbsp. cacao powder

Directions

Brownie mix

  1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5 / 190 degrees
  2. Pop all the ingredients into a bowl in the order shown above mixing really well each time you add something
  3. Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases and pop in the oven for 25-30 mins or until firm to the touch (keep checking they aren’t burning)
  4. Take out of the oven and let cool before icing

Chocolate Icing 

  1. Pop all the ingredients in a bowl in the order shown above and mix well each time you add something
  2. Let the mixture thicken slightly by leaving it to stand for 10 mins or so
  3. Once the brownies have cooled, spoon the icing on top and decorate with whatever you like or just leave them plain. I used wafer daisies 🙂
  4. If the icing starts to melt a little, (they shouldn’t as the brownies should be cool enough) just pop them in the fridge

Prep time – 15 min | Baking time – 30 mins | Total = 45 mins

Enjoy lovelies 😀

With love, Tash ❤

 

Rocky Road Peanut Butter Pots

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I made rocky road yesterday and thought that it would probably be really nice made into a pot with a peanut butter surprise 😀 and I was not wrong!!! Sooo good! I’m off to make some more after I write this up for you guys! 😉

Ingredients 

Chocolate

  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. sugar free caramel syrup
  • 2 tbsp. sugar free butterscotch syrup
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla essence 

You can use more honey and maple syrup if you don’t have the other syrups but to get the caramel fudgy taste, the caramel and butterscotch work really well and I would recommend getting your hands on some 🙂

Rocky Road Bits – you can mix and match these and add whatever you like 🙂

  • 1-2 tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 1-2 tbsp. flaked almonds
  • 1-2 tbsp. raisins
  • 1-2 tbsp. glacier cherries
  • 1-2 tbsp. mini marshmallows (refined sugar in these)

I’ve put 1-2 tbsp. because it depends on how chunky you like your rocky road 😀

Peanut Butter 

  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter per pot (you could add more or less but it depends on the size of your pot and how much you love PB) 😉
    • I always use organic and sugar free pb…

Directions

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a pan or a cup and pop in a mixing bowl and let cool slightly
  2. Slowly add the cacao powder and mix in well
  3. Add all the other ingredients mixing well into a smooth creamy chocolate consistency. Sometimes you may need to add more cacao or more coconut oil to get the right silky texture but mixing for a good few minutes helps get the right consistency 😋
  4. Add your rocky road ingredients and mix well
  5. Pop some PB in the bottom of your pots
  6. Pour the mixture of rocky road over the top
  7. Pop in the fridge until hardened but still a little bit fudgy to the touch

Enjoy 😀

With love,

Tash ❤ x

Perfect Healthier Rocky Road

I’m always trying to improve my recipes and with this one being made regularly in my house, I have plenty of opportunity to master it 😀

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This recipe has mini marshmallows in it but that’s the only refined sugar you’ll find 😀 and of course, you can leave those out if you prefer 🙂

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These are so creamy and delicious you can’t tell that there isn’t any refined sugar (apart from the mini marshmallows) or dairy in them!

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Ingredients

Chocolate

  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. sugar free caramel syrup
  • 2 tbsp. sugar free butterscotch syrup
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla essence 

Rocky Road Bits – you can mix and match these and add whatever you like 🙂

  • 1-2 tbsp. cacao nibs
  • 1-2 tbsp. flaked almonds
  • 1-2 tbsp. raisins
  • 1-2 tbsp. glacier cherries
  • 1-2 tbsp. mini marshmallows (refined sugar in these)

I’ve put 1-2 tbsp. because it depends on how chunky you like your rocky road 😀

Directions

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a pan or a cup and pop in a mixing bowl and let cool slightly
  2. Slowly add the cacao powder and mix in well
  3. Add all the other ingredients mixing well into a smooth creamy chocolate consistency. Sometimes you may need to add more cacao or more coconut oil to get the right silky texture but a good few mins of stirring is needed to get a smooth and silky texture 😋
  4. Add your rocky road ingredients and mix well
  5. Pour into silicon dishes
  6. Pop into freezer for an hour or so. You can also just pop them in the fridge for a couple of hours if you prefer it slightly softer
  7. Once hardened, they can be taken out and kept in the fridge

Hope you like the new improved recipe guys! This is definitely my new obsession! 😀

With love,

Tash ❤ x

Avocado, Chia, Baobab & Protein Smoothie Bowl

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I’ve come to the conclusion that if you want your smoothie bowl to be thick and creamy enough to pop other ingredients on top without losing them when they sink into the mixture, (can you tell this has been a long trial and error journey?!)  you need to add half an avocado 🙂 It’s the best thickening ingredient 😀 and it’s also DELICIOUS! 😉

Ingredients

(liquid measurements may vary depending on the size of your smoothie maker)

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 scoop protein powder – I used The Organic Protein Company protein
  • 1 tsp. baobab powder
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup almond milk

Directions

  1. Pop all the ingredients into your smoothie cup and blend using your smoothie maker
  2. Pour into a bowl
  3. Top with anything you like to give it some crunch 😀 I used granola, freeze-dried strawberries and desiccated coconut

Enjoy 😀

With love, Tash ❤ x

Skin care – My Favourite Vitamin C & Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum

As well as being a big foodie, I am also really into skin care, make up and all things girlie girl (and boy of course) 😀 I love sharing the things I find that really work with family and friends and thought I would also share them with you 😀

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The first thing I want to tell you about is this amazing serum that I’ve used for a couple of years now. It was recommended to me by my wonderful hairdresser (thanks Aleca) and I haven’t looked back since!

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It’s a vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serum that you wear under moisturiser to give your skin an extra anti-ageing boost.

Vitamin C

We all know the benefits of eating foods high in vitamin c but there are also many benefits to using it topically on your skin and I’ve listed the key ones below: –

  1. Vitamin C is the main ingredient of collagen and the production and metabolism of collagen is the key attribute to healthy, smooth, radiant and younger looking skin.
  2. Applying vitamin c to your skin protects it from free radicals due to its antioxidant function.
  3. Helps to protect it from sun damage as it strengthens the skin barrier and thickens the dermis (the thick layer of living tissue below the epidermis which forms the true skin, containing blood capillaries, nerve endings, sweat glands, hair follicles, and other structures).
  4. In high concentrations it can reduce the appearance of skin discoloration.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid also has many benefits when applied to the skin but the main one of interest to those of us trying to hold off the signs of ageing, is its unique ability to retain moisture. The more moisture we can keep in our skin, the longer we will hold those pesky wrinkles at bay.

Similar to vitamin c, hyaluronic acid also protects the skin from harmful UVB rays which can cause sunspots.

This Serum

Serums are usually thinner in consistency than a moisturiser and are able to penetrate deeper into the skin layers and the ingredients in this serum in particular seem to absorb quickly and really hydrate the skin without making it greasy, which is fab for my oily / combination skin.

Whilst I firmly believe that diet is the main ingredient to having great skin, a good skin care routine is also important.

Key info on this serum 😀

  • Where I bought it – Amazon
  • Cost –  £15.90 for a 60 ml bottle
  • Packaging – Comes in a cute glass bottle with both a pump and a dropper so you can choose which you prefer (I use the pump)
  • Scent – Smells slightly of oranges
  • Consistency – thin and watery in consistency and when applied to the skin, it soaks in immediately and my skin feels slightly tighter straight away but not in an unpleasant way
  • General skin appearance – I’ve noticed that my skin is a lot smoother in appearance since I started using this serum and have had a lot of compliments on my skin. My skin is clearer, has more of a glow and my complexion looks more balanced with less sun spots or marks (and I am Queen of the sun worshippers 😉 )
  • Anti-ageing – I am now 36 (yikes 😮 ) and I really do think that this serum has helped me keep wrinkles at bay. It’s hard to tell as I don’t know what my skin would be like without it but I know I haven’t got any wrinkles other than the fine lines everyone gets when they smile or frown… ok, ok… I get a big bum crack between my eyebrows when I frown – (full disclosure haha!)  but those are natural and the only way to get rid of them is botox (which I’d rather not resort to) or not to smile or frown and let’s face it (excuse the pun) – that ain’t ever gonna happen 😉
  • How long does it last? – Mine lasts me about 3-4 months as you only need 1-2 pumps of the product morning and night.

Full List of Ingredients (taken from Amazon)

Deionized Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Plant Based Hyaluronic Acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Car- bomer, Arginine, Ferulic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Sim- mondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, LArginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola Ext- ract), Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant Extract), Pelagonium Gravoleons (Geranium Extract), Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Extract).

This is my experience of this serum and I would definitely recommend trying it 🙂

With love, Tash