I am a self-confessed food-aholic.
I love and am totally addicted to good food. Cooking. Eating out. Traveling and letting my tummy guide my explorations; from Michelin star restaurants to road-side sticks on plastic crates – I love it all.
Nowadays, I practice ahimsa. Which is the Sanskrit word for Non-harm. That means I eat consciously. For now, I’m a vegetarian. I choose to not consume dairy or gluten becuase that makes me feel better. What I do may not suit you and your lifestyle. But one this is hard to argue with – chocolate is amazing. Since choosing to be dairy free I’ve experimented with many dairy recipes. And love sharing my sucesses, so read on if you’re keen to learn about cacao and for my Vegan Chocolate Mousse recipe.
I believe in eating to nourish. Although sometimes I over nourish – especially at this time of year!
The fuel we give our bodies ultimately gives us the energy we need to perform physically and mentally.
What is all this who-ha about superfoods – what exactly are they?
Superfoods are just that – foods that contain significantly higher quantities of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other health-boosting, anti-aging, disease-fighting goodness. Some are everyday whole foods that you’ll likely be eating already (broccoli, blueberries, chia). Others are more exotic and grown in the rainforests of Peru.
My favourite, cacao….
BENEFITS OF CACAO
- The highest source of plant-based iron. If you’re on a plant-based diet and looking for iron, look no further. Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g. Beef and lamb are at 2.5mg, and spinach at 3.6mg per 100g.
- 40x more antioxidants than blueberries – that’s a bucket load of free radical fighting goodness.
- A Natural Mood Elevator and Anti-Depressant. Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with feeling happy! And can even alleviate depression. It also contains theobromine – a substance like caffeine. A natural, healthy, delicious (and legal) way to get your buzz on. I’m not arguing with that.
Here is my favourite Vegan Chocolate Pudding – you can make this at Christmas adding a few goji’s or mint on top for a splash of colour. It literally takes 5 mins to blend, taste and pop in the fridge. This is refined sugar-free and 100% fuss-free. Enjoy.
VEGAN CHOCOLATE MOUSE
I love love love making this recipe. It literally takes five minutes to blend. And even non-vegans love it. I take it to family gatherings and make it in replace of ice cream on the weekend. It’s dagerously good and super easy – so you’ve been warned if you become addicted like I am.
- ½ – 1 ripe avocado (depends on size)
- 2 ripe bananas
- ½ can of coconut cream (shake it up)
- ¼ cup cacao powder more if you like it super chocolatey
- 1 tbs of Macca Powder if you’d like some extra superfoody caramelly goodness.
- This superfood is great to balance hormones (both males and females) and is a natural energy booster too. Not to mention it just tastes amazing! Here is somemore details on this superfood if you’re interested: https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/11/21/maca-powder-benefits-nutrition-and-uses_a_23284913/
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Dates or Maple Syrup are optional if you like it a little sweeter. Good for vegan chocolate mouse virgins or the sweet tooths amongst you.
- Pop all the liquid into the blender first
- Then cacao
- Then add the banana and avocado.
- Taste before you pour it out into your serving vessel. You may need a little more sweetness or fluffiness.
- Add to a big bowl, (or a few little dessert glasses – this should make three or four) and place in the fridge for at least one hour to set. Two hours is ideal but not necessary.
- If it’s too sloppy once you’ve finished blending option to add chia seeds or psyllium husks to bulk it up – I suggest two tablespoons. You’ll need to allow about 20 mins for it to work its magic and do this step as soon as you pop it into the fridge, don’t worry it wont change the flavour just firm up your texture.