29.12.14

2014 Highlights and 2015 Goals

2014 is just finishing and I felt the need to write a list of all the beautiful things that have happened this year in my life despite facing a few challenges. Life is sometimes bittersweet and I have to remind myself to focus on the happy times more than the more challenging times. Overall though 2014 was a good year for my husband and I. We did not achieve some of the things we had planned to in 2014 but hopefully they will happen in 2015.

2014

  • Starting the year celebrating with my husband's sister and family.
  • Going downsouth with my family.
  • Celebrating our first wedding anniversary in a beautiful part of the world.
  • Getting my bliss ball recipe featured on the Body Book website (created by Cameron Diaz!).
  • Spending Easter will Mick's family and friends.
  • Visiting Sydney for the first time.
  • Mick got a new full time job.
  • We moved house and are now living close to the beach.
  • I got mentioned in the newspaper.
  • I studied with IIN a health coaching course.
  • I did a blogging course run by the amazing Rachel MacDonald.
  • I won the Loving Earth #featurefoodie competition and got to develop 5 new recipes published in December on their website.
  • My blog and Instagram community has grown immensely.
  • I have met new people who I now count as close friends.
  • I have eaten delicious food.
  • I have got healthier and developed a healthy relationship with my body.
  • Through the hard & more difficult days I have grown and learned a bit more about myself.
  • I got to finish the year and spend Christmas and my 25th birthday with my family and my gorgeous sister Charlotte who I had not seen for 1.5 year.
  • I had my amazing husband by my side every day of the year to celebrate my joys, push myself and help me go through difficult times.
What a year it was! And overall it was a quiet year!That's the thing about writing down the things you are grateful for, or highlights of your year. By the end of it you realise how much love and good your life is filled with. So I encourage you to do the same. Get a pen and paper and write down all the little things that have happened last year. You might be surprised by the length of it!

2015

I am actually really excited for 2015! For me the new year almost coincide with my birthday (I turn 25 on the 28th of December) so I always fill like the new year is a new page where new goals can be achieved.

Some of my goals for 2015 are:
  • Buy a House! 
  • Travel to America (booked for March 2015! I am beyond excited!)
  • Spend more time with family and friends.
  • Change things up a little on my blog with some interviews, and more savoury/ wellness posts.
  • Blog some more.
  • Begin offering health coaching services once I graduate in February.
  • Set up a blogging/ food photography studio in new house.
  • Create an ebook of my recipes. YOU CAN BUY IT HERE!
  • Do more yoga.
  • Start meditating properly.
  • Grow my hair long.
  • Use more organic house and beauty products.
  • Go visit my family in France.

26.12.14

2014 Top Recipes

The year of 2014 is coming to an end and I have listed below the top healthy recipes on my blog this year for the number of visits. Not surprising 8/10 are healthy sweets and most have some chocolate too!



This recipe created in March is by far my most popular recipe. It had over 3700 views last year. Not bad for some little bliss balls!




I am pretty happy to see a savoury recipe as number 2! I didn't post many savoury recipes this year but that's one of my goal for 2015.




If you haven't made these yet I highly recommend you do! They are so good! Will be great to share with loved ones around Christmas too!



Can't wait for the orange season next year to make this lovely raw orange chocolate slice again!



Healthy Salted Caramel... enough said.



So good I would eat it everyday if I could! Even for breakfast!



Very proud of my healthy French Tarte Tatin. Can't wait for autumn to make some more!



A nice fruity change from the peanut butter cups!



A second savoury recipe! Surprised they are not number one though!




Just looking at them makes me want to eat them. 


I hope you have liked a few of my recipes this year! Thank you for coming to my blog many times last year and commenting/ making my recipes. I hope to create more delicious and healthy recipes next year. Maybe more savoury. Although who am I kidding?! They probably will be 70% chocolate recipes haha

Have a wonderful end of the year. Eat Well and enjoy your family and loved ones. I will be back in 2015 with some new posts! 

Claire x



19.12.14

Raw Chocolate Christmas Cheesecake


This is my very festive but simple Raw Christmas Chocolate Cheesecake. It was featured on the Loving Earth website too. I wanted to create a healthy & delicious cake which would not only look good on the Christmas table but also be easy and quick to make. This cake ticks all those boxes! It can be made in 30 min and with only 2 layers even people starting with raw cake making can do this cake! Also because it is a raw cake you can make it now for Christmas and keep in the freezer for a few days - taking it out 30min before serving. Toppings can be changed to suit your taste/pantry!

This cake will for sure be served on my Christmas table from now on and I am thinking of adding a few cherries and maybe some chocolate sauce on top for another yum factor!

Raw Christmas Chocolate Cake

Time: 30min + freezing 30 min
Serves: 8-12

Ingredients:

BASE
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
CHOC LAYER
  • 3 cups of raw cashews soaked overnight or for 6 hours;
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 5 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut nectar or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • pinch of salt
TOPPING
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder dusted
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup goji berries
  • mint leaves
  • Also fruit & chocolate sauce would work well.

Instructions:
  1. Line a cake tin with plastic wrap.
  2. Blend in a food process all the ingredients for the base until it is a little sticky, you may need to scrape down the sides.
  3. Line the cake tin with the base layer -using your hands or the back of a spoon to even it out and compress it down. 
  4. Put this layer in the freezer will you make the next layer.
  5. Rinse your cashews well and process the cashews in the food processor (cleaned from the base) until they become finely chopped and creamy.
  6. Add in the coconut oil and sweetener of your choice and blend again. You can add more sweetener if it is not sweet enough for you.
  7. Add the vanilla, cacao powder and salt and keep blending (scraping from sides from time to time) until it is smooth for a good 5 minutes. 
  8. Spread the second layer evenly on top of the base layer and chill in the freezer for at least 30 min.
  9. Before serving dust the cake with cacao powder, sprinkle coconut and goji berries on the outside forming a circle to make it more festive. Lay mint leaves on top or on the outside.
  10.  Keeps well in the freezer, just take out 20- 30 minutes before serving to defrost a little.


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13.12.14

Stuffed Dates aka "Reindeer Poops"




I don't often post recipes for children but in the spirit of Christmas I am posting my first kiddy recipe! This "Reindeer Poop" recipe is suitable for people of all ages including adults and I am sure this recipe will bring a bit of fun at the Christmas table! This is probably the ugliest recipe I have ever made but it's reindeer poop so it's not supposed to be pretty hehe!

This is actually a very basic recipe of stuffed peanut butter dates covered in chocolate which could be made with the help of little ones to involve them in the making of this recipe. It only takes 10 min to whip up this recipe so it is a good one to make if having to bring a dish or sweet at a party at the last minute! 

"Reindeer Poops" Stuffed Dates
Makes 12, time 10 min

Ingredients:

  • 12 Medjol dates;
  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter;
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil;
  • 1 tbsp cacao;
  • 1 tsp cacao for dusting;
  • 1 tsp desiccated coconut for the snow;
Instructions:

  1. Slice the dates on one side with a knife;
  2. Remove the pips;
  3. Stuff them with 1/2 tsp of peanut butter each;
  4. Close the dates;
  5. Mix the coconut oil and cacao and dip each date in the chocolate mix;
  6. Put the plate of dipped stuffed date in the freezer for a few minutes until the chocolate is hard;
  7. Remove each date from the plate and serve into a different bowl (away from chocolate sauce spills)
  8. Dust with cacao and coconut to make "snow"
  9. Serve straight away or keep in the fridge.





10.12.14

Healthy Christmas Salad


This is my second recipe featured on the Loving Earth website. See it here: lovingearth.net/recipes/christmas-salad. They recommended I do sweets rather than savoury recipes as people tend to prefer sweets (No big surprise there!) But I decided to create a savoury healthy recipe for the festive season to balance all the sweet and chocolate that is going to be eaten at Christmas!

Planning on eating a bit more than usual at Christmas?? (I am too - don't worry!) well this salad will help to balance out your Christmas lunch. This beautiful festive Christmas Kale Salad would not only look great on the table but will also bring a nice dose of health and nutrients on your plate. Be sure to load half your plate with this salad and you won't have to fill as bad the next day!

This salad is also perfect to take to BBQs all summer long -  not just for Christmas day.

Healthy Kale Christmas Salad
Time: 20 min, serves 4.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale (better if organic);
  • 1/2 cup watermelon diced;
  • 1/2 cup feta (or cashew cheese drizzled if vegan);
  • 1/4 cup pecans;
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds;
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut;
  • 2 tbsp olive oil;
  • salt & pepper;
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar;

Instructions:
  1. Wash and remove the leaves from the kale stalks.
  2. Cut the kale leaves finely and massage in a bowl with 2 tbsp olive oil with your fingers to soften.
  3. Cut and add the diced watermelon, feta (or cashew cheese).
  4. Next mix in the nuts and seeds and dress with apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper and mix all together.
  5. Sprinkle over the coconut at the end.






7.12.14

"Cherry Ripe" Bliss Balls

cherry ripe bliss balls
I am so happy to finally be able to share with you my first recipe featured on the Loving Earth website. See it here.

I only found out about Cherry Ripe when coming to Australia 6 years ago (I know!) I loved them straight away but being health conscious I can't remember the last time I ate one. My healthy Cherry Ripe inspired bliss balls will satisfy I hope your Cherry Ripe cravings! I believe they taste even better than the real thing. These bliss balls are also very easy to make (once you get dried cherries! that's the hard part!)

You can get dried cherries from health food shops (better to buy organic) and Kakulas in Perth. I have not tried them with fresh or frozen cherries. But I don't think it would work.

bliss ball recipe

Cherry Ripe Bliss Balls

time: 15 min - serves: 24 balls

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Activated Almonds
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut +1/3 cup more to roll the balls at the end
  • 1 cup dried sour cherries (organic is better- from a health food shop)
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
Instructions:
  1. Blend the almonds and coconut in a food processor;
  2. Add in the dates & dried cherries and blend until chopped finely and starts sticking together (stop and with a spoon remove what is sticking on the side to mix it all well)
  3. Add in the coconut oil and cacao powder and mix again.
  4. With your hands roll the bliss balls using around 1 tbsp and roll in the coconut. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for longer.

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2.12.14

Raw Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups


My favourite naughty chocolate bar is a Bounty bar. I loooove the combination of coconut and chocolate! (If you know me well enough you will know I adore coconut and chocolate and hate mint and chocolate together!)

Well on the weekend I was going to make traditional healthy peanut butter cups and thought why not use my coconut butter instead! And oh my! I am so glad I tried this! So quick and I actually prefer the coconut butter to the peanut butter ones! And it tastes like a Bounty bar! Just a lot healthier and more nutritious. 

Coconut oil and coconut butter are actually really good for you for lots of different health reasons. (Read more on this here). I use coconut oil in smoothies, add 1 tsp in cup of teas and coffees and bake with it. I find it helps me to get a flatter stomach, keeps sugar cravings away, gives me a boost of energy & it keeps me fuller for longer. I love coconut oil and have recently brought a jar to work. 

To make these coconut butter cups I have used coconut butter bought in a health food shop. 

So next time you crave a Bounty Bar - make my raw chocolate coconut butter cups!


Raw Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups
Makes 12- time: 10 min + freezing time

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of coconut oil;
2 tbsp cacao;
1/4 cup coconut nectar or honey;
1/4 cup coconut butter;
1 tbsp desiccated coconut;
pinch of salt;

Instructions:
1. Mix the melted coconut oil with the cacao, coconut nectar and a pinch of salt.
2. Put 1 tsp of the chocolate mixture in the little moulds.
3. Add 1 small tsp of coconut butter in each mould;
4. Cover with 1 more tsp of the chocolate mixture;
5 Finish off with desiccated coconut on each of the coconut butter cups;
6. Put in the freezer for 1 hour and keep in the fridge afterwards.




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