Healthy chocolate bonbons

Healthy Chocolate Bonbons

I eat a piece of chocolate every single day.

Every evening I treat myself to a petite dessert to go along with my cup of tea. Now, we could start an entire discussion whether or not it’s healthy habit, or if it is good or bad thing to do and so on…

But I can tell you this much: that one piece does not make me gain any weight. (Neither does it make me lose any pounds though, for those ‘dark chocolate is healthy’ believers out there.)

I does, however, make me insanely happy and satisfied ánd it gives me instant chocolate gratification. It’s a little something to look forward too after a day of devoted healthy eating. My naughty moment if you want to put it like that. And it’s what keeps me going. Because let’s be honest, we need to let loose from time to time. And that’s why I don’t believe in diets. Being restrictive is good for nothing. Just eat. But eat healthy! And be a goodie two shoes 80% of the time and a bad ass chick 20% of the time. Food wise I mean. Obvi. You know, the boring old 80-20 rule.

So, I might not have to point out that my piece of chocolate is a ‘healthy’ one. Read: it’s dark (at least 70% cacao, ladies. Say buh-bye to the milk chocolate!). It’s with raw cacao. It’s dairy free (vegan if you like). You won’t find any processed sugar inside, neither will it contain any  preservatives. And it may or may not contain some superfoods along the way (bonus).

For those of you wondering where to find a chocolate that meets all the requirements as listed above… meet: Lovechock. The yummiest and healthiest chocolate option out there! Found in every so called organic/bio/nature shop for you to grab and enjoy. Moderation is key, though. Don’t eat the whole dang bar. Eat one piece (or two, on days when needed). Slowly.

But, if it’s absolutely impossible for you to find a Lovechock bar in a store near you, I have a plan B. Little more effort than buying it and only opening the wrapper when craving a chocolate. But as good and healthy as the store bought version.

Make your own dark chocolate bonbons with this easy peasy recipe:

You’ll need

  • 4 tbsp raw cacao
  • 15g raw cacao nibs
  • 5 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk (note: not coconut creme)
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • 1 (or 2) tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch of pink Himalaya salt

Directions

Heat the coconut oil in a small pan.

When the coconut oil is melted add all other ingredients and stir well until you get a chocolate batter.

Add the mixture to an ice cube mold an put in the freezer for two hours (or overnight).

Enjoy one – guilt-free – with a cup of tea or coffee.

Bon appetit!

Xo, Kirsten

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King crab and quinoa quickie

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Whenever you’re in hurry, or, Whenever you’re like “I don’t feel like cooking, but I have to eat something and we I’m so not in the mood for eating out and paying way to much for a whole lot of crap…” This will be your recipe!

When I don’t feel much for cooking but – nonetheless – still feel much for eating, a lot, I’ll usually grab some leftovers from the fridge and mix up some sort of a salad. Or ramble them together in an egg and eggwhite omelette. Easy and healthy dinner options. (Or I may eat breakfast for dinner. Sometimes it happens.)

Something else to consider – whenever you know a busy week is ahead –  is to always cook a bit more quinoa or rice then you’re planning to eat. Because the leftover portion makes a great base for a salad the next day. Proof found below. And you can keep it for ages in an airtight container in your fridge. Tupperware whores for the win!

We always have a huge collections of seeds and nuts in our cabinets. As do we have endless rows with cans of fish and salad proof veggies in the fridge. This time I bought something a bit more out of the ordinary: canned king crab and I decided to combine it with whatever was leftover in our fridge. Enters a King Crab salad that belongs on a Michelin star menu. 😉

You’ll need (serves 2)

  • A can of king crab (tuna or salmon will work too)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Baby cucumber
  • A zucchini (or another leftover vegetable)
  • 140g quinoa
  • Red onion
  • 2 tbsp of pumpkin seeds
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

Cook the quinoa (unless it’s a leftover portion from the day before) as stated on the package.

Slice the zucchini and grill them on a high heat for a few minutes on each side.

Now add all ingredients to a big bowl and mingle until everything is a hot king crab mess.

And you’re done. Serve while cold.

Bon appetite!

Xo, Kirsten

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The yummiest coconut pancakes

Coconut Pancakes

For any of you that know me – or for any of you that follow this blog on the reg – it’s not a secret: I love a pancake for breakfast from time to time. (If you’re curious about previous pancake recipes check them over here and over there)

My fondest childhood memories are the ones containing the smell of pancakes. On lazy sunday mornings, when I was stumbling down the stairs to the kitchen area in search of breakfast, usually, I would find my mom or dad flipping pancakes (so profesh) and adding new ones to the stack next to the kitchen counter. For me to eat. Like, sunday morning perfection.

A given was that whenever I hosted a sleepover for my 9 year old besties there would always be a pancake fest in the a.m. with a billion of unhealthy toppings to choose from. Gimme that Nutella

The pancake mornings at my place were famous amongst my girlfriends back in the day. Obvi. Actually, they remained famous throughout my teens too, because we would still be treated with a good old pancake galore in the a.m. after our first 17 year old selves attempted the whole ‘going out’ thing with a petite sleepover afterwards. Like, acting all grown up woman at night – with a little too much make up on BTW, and a lot of fashion faux pas – but we would always turn back into pancake craving little girls in the morning.

Needless to say I still crave pancakes on sunday mornings. Especially on the rainy ones. Only, nowadays I have to prep and flip them myself. And, also nowadays, they’re not all that guilt free when I eat them. My mind turns into to one big alarm bell yelling: NOT SO HEALTHY LADY! FATTY, FATTY, FAT, FAT!

So, when I decide to make my own pancake stack I want them to be as healthy as posb. Without them tasting like a cardboard cracker. I want them to taste exactly like the real fat-ass deal. Or maybe even better. High standards much?

I’ve tried many varieties, swapping every ingredient in there for a healthy brother. Some of them worked, some of them didn’t (stay away from the buckwheat. Really. Don’t even bother). But this one is the bomb.com. My absolute winner, all time favorite. The yummiest. Like, you won’t know what you’re tasting and you’ll never ever want the real bad-ass deal again. It’s that good.

Hey, if I had any kids I would give them these instead of the boring old school unhealthy variety.

Yeah.

Eat that.

You’ll need (serves one, about 

  • 50g whole grain spelt flour
  • 1 egg
  • 125ml of coconut milk (not the creme! the actual milk. Like 40kcal for 100ml)
  • 1 tbsp coconut butter, melted
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of stevia
  • a splash of sparkling water
  • toppings. Go wild. Fruit, maple syrup, stevia, banana, chocolate spread, honey,…

Directions

Add the flour to a bowl. Make a well in the middle and add the egg.

Grab a beater and beat the egg together with the flour while slowly adding the milk.

Add some sparkling water, the melted coconut butter (so it’s oil), salt and some stevia. Whisk through the batter.

Add a large pan on a high heat.

Now add a big spoon of batter to your pan. Move your pan until a thin layer of batter covers the entire bottom of the pan.

Wait until bubbles appear on the batter. It’s time to flip. You can go profesh and flip the pancake in the air OR you can go safe and use a spatula. Like I usually do. 😉

If you want your finished pancakes to stay hot while you prep the rest here’s a tip: Boil some water and add to a large pot. Put a plate on top and move your pancakes on the plate. Cover with another plate or with the lit and your pancakes will stay super hot.

Eat with loads of maple syrup and stevia. Or whatever you want.

Bon appetit,

Xo, Kirsten

Coconut Pancakes