Welcome to my crazy world of real food cooking ...

Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. -- Michael Pollan

I wish I could take credit for that because I think it sums up how we should eat. Simply -- eat stuff that really is food, instead of stuff that is food like substance. The supermarket is almost entirely food-like-substances, and, my friends, you should probably never ever eat them.

Fortunately, there is a world of deliciousness out there, and it can all be had in a way that not only doesn't harm your health, but in a way that benefits you hugely.

I think it's important to eat stuff that satisfies you, that keeps your blood sugar stable, and that gives you stuff your body really needs to run optimally.

But baby, it's gotta taste good.

I really like getting experimental in the kitchen. I love cooking, I love layering flavours, and I love coming up with really super yummy food. I have very strong opinions about what constitutes food, and there are a lot of things I won't touch in the kitchen. Bottom line? Pretty much everything I make is ridiculously good for you even if it tastes decadent. Although there are occasional big fat cheats ... but even those stick to real food, my friends.

For food that is usual gluten free, usually free of cane sugar, usually super low on the glycemic index, full of protein, fiber, flavour, and excellent energy, join me and Alice down the rabbit hole.

Every recipe on this blog is my own original effort and idea, so please pass 'em on, giving credit where credit is due.

Many thanks, and come back often. I'm really glad you are here!


Friday, 22 April 2011

Candy! Healthy? Bet your ass :)

Call me crazy, but I've had a hankering to experiment with making some version of chocolate using vast quantities of raw cacao and coconut oil. Because coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, I thought we could come up with something quite beautiful. Raw cacao gives you this amazing chocolate hit that seems to affect users on a psychological level. I hoped it would be possible to make something delicious that would also be reasonably good for you.

I decided after making it with coconut oil to try also making it with coconut butter

1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup almond butter
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ceylon cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground vanilla
1/4 cup coconut nectar
1/4 cup raw cacao
2 tbsp coconut sugar

combine ingredients and press into a square silicone pan (8 x 8)
chill for 30 minutes then score
return to freezer to fully chill

divide into pieces, and store in an airtight container in the freezer

I scored this pan into 64 pieces (8 lines in each direction), and each person had one or two. Fantastic, and just enough to tantalize you, and give you a truly remarkable raw chocolate hit. Plus the almond butter will help keep blood sugar stable, although the sweeteners are very low on the glycemic index. Don't forget raw cacao is a superfood. I'm not a chocolate lover, but even I could get down and dirty with this fudge. Woowee.

Yes folks, you have it here: guilt free chocolate. Unless you eat the whole thing in one sitting.  I'm not saying I did. Just, you know, you probably don't want to. ;)

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