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

Healthy Fall Granola

Granola

You are probably wondering why I posted a picture of my cereal. In a jar. (In the midst of the fall and halloween decorations) Well, first of all: it isn’t just your ordinary, plain cereal. Nop, it’s awesome and healthy, home made granola. Second of all: it tastes amazeballs, so I had to share my recipe.

Since yesterday night the wintertime officially kicked off (I bet you all loved the extra hour of sleep today) it just became all the little harder to wake up in the morning. With it still being dang dark outside AND too cold to leave the warm soft blanket… If you are anything like me, you might find yourself rushing through the morning to make it in time for the workday :).  I know a lot of you don’t take time to eat breakfast on those kind of mornings or might even skip the whole thing. Bad! You should always do breakfast. It’s a kickstart for your day and it gets your metabolism up and running to burn off those calories you eat during the rest of the day. And also, eating a banana or an apple on the go or some crackers isn’t really a lovely way to start the day, right? Soooo, luckily for you I just prepared the best on the go breakfast that you can make in big batches on a lazy, maybe rainy, sunday afternoon. I eat it with greek yoghurt and some fresh fruit and we’ve got ourselves some breakfast perfection. Quick and healthy, you have to admit those two words sound too good to be true right?

You’ll need (*)

  • 3 cups (240g) Quaker Oats
  • 1 cup (120g) sliced almonds
  • 1 cup (140g) chopped cashews (or pecans, walnuts, peanuts,… you can use your favorite nuts here)
  • 2 tsp flax seeds (preferably grounded)
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 2tsp water
  • 1tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 cup (28g) apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup (50g) agave nectar (or honey)

Directions:

First you mix all dry ingredients together: oats, sliced almonds, cashews, flax seeds and cinnamon. Use a big bowl, or else you’ll end up like me with 10 dirty bowls on the counter because all the ingredients didn’t fit. Kitchen queen: not so much. 🙂 On a side note: some of you might not know ‘flax seeds’ (Lijnzaad in dutch). It looks like dark brown sesame seeds. They are  a superfood and I was told they are most beneficial when grounded. Well, I can tell you these little bastards aren’t all that easy to ground! Or mash. I bought mine on the market. Still looking like seeds. I only half succeeded grounding them. (so I’ll get half the benefits? :)) Off course now I found out you can buy them grounded in a health store. So next time: I’m going grounded!

Then mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl. Water, vanila, apple sauce and agave (or honey). Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture until they are well incorporated. Now, normally you should spread a thin layer on a baking sheet. But since we only own a small oven that does this turning thing while baking, I had to use a oven tray and I had a huge layer… I can reassure you guys: it does the same magic! 🙂 Bake the whole lot at 160°C (300°F) for 18 minutes, then stir and flip the whole lot and bake for another 18 minutes.

Once baked, you can add whatever you want. If you like to add some dried fruit, raisins or maybe some coconut flakes? I’m going to stick to my good old Greek Yoghurt (0% fat) and fresh berries (and maybe some goji berries :)).

(*) about the calories:

The total batch will make about 3090 kcal (fat: 153, carbs: 304, protein: 79). The whole lot weighs 650 grams. I plan on making one serving about 50 grams which is 240 kcal. But, you can choose the amount you prefer. But now you have some guidelines to calculate :). If you are a calorie counter off course.

Bon appetit!

xo, Kirsten