Healthy & Creamy Hot Chocolate

The January cold calls for hot chocolate and cuddles!

I’m a total chocolate lover and I am totally in love with this recipe! I like how I can enjoy a creamy hot chocolate that’s fulfilling but still healthy! With as secret ingredient.. Maca powder! It gives you an extra health kick as well as lots of energy! Which means, more energy to get back in the snow for a snowball fight!

 

Ingredients

 

Method

  1. Simply place all the ingredients together in a blender and mix.
  2. Now transfer the chocolate mixture into a saucepan and heat it up.
  3. Ready to serve! If you are feeling extra naughty whip up some coconut cream or shave some dark chocolate on top!

Enjoy!

 

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Pasta Rosa (Pink pasta)

When you thought pasta couldn’t be any more dreamy – let me introduce you to Pasta Rosa! I absolutely love making this pasta as it’s healthy, delicious and it’s the perfect way to impress any pasta lover! It’s extremely easy to make too, all you need is a pan to boil your pasta and a blender for the sauce – which means you’ve got this impressive dish whipped up in no time! I sometimes like to make a little extra sauce to then keep in an airtight container in the fridge. It’s great the next day for a different type of pasta (like penne) or even as a dip or spread.

 

Ingredients

  • 3 medium beetroots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • Splash of red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Pinch oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh basil
  • 80 grams spaghetti

 

Method

  1.  Peel and cut the onion, beetroot, garlic and tomatoes into small pieces.
  2. Once everything is chopped place the onion, beetroot, garlic and tomatoes in a food processor. Then add a splash of red wine vinegar, pinch of oregano, a splash of olive oil and season with some salt and pepper, now blend until smooth.
  3.  When your sauce is done boil some water with salt for your spaghetti and prepare as instructed on the package.
  4. Once your spaghetti is done and drained place the spaghetti back into the pan and add your pink sauce – mix well.
  5. Grab a hand full of fresh basil and cut them into long strips (julienne).
  6. Place your Pink Pasta on a plate and finish off by sprinkling over the fresh basil, a little splash of olive oil and a little more salt and pepper if it needs it!

 

Buon appetito!

 

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Home-made Sweet Almond Milk

I love this almond milk as its so creamy and nutty! I use it for baking, I add a splash in my coffee or I love to simply pour it over my Home-made Granola! Its even delicious just by itself, I always finish a big glass of it straight after I finished making it!

Almond milk is extremely healthy and its full of amazing vitamins. But its very hard to get a delicious and healthy almond milk in shops as its usually full of sugars and hardly any almonds have been used to make it. This is why its so good to make your own batch! Plus, its easy!

Ingredients

 

Makes one bottle

 

  • 2 large cups raw organic almonds
  • 8 cups water plus more for soaking
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 4 unpitted dates
  • Tiny pinch sea salt

 

Method

 

  1. Soak the almonds for at least 12 hours in a large bowl of water  with a pinch of sea salt. The longer you leave the almonds to soak, the creamier your milk will become!
  2. Drain the soaking water and rinse the almonds well.
  3. Place all the almonds in a blender and add the water, vanilla powder and dates.
  4. Blend this for about 2-3 minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy! (Make sure you aren’t filling up your blender to the top as the almond mixture will expand so make sure it does not overflow)
  5. When blended pour the almond mixture into a large bowl through a cheesecloth.
  6. Once you have drained all the almond milk you have the almond flour left over – which you can dry in the oven and use it to bake something else delicious with!
  7. Pour your almond milk into a glass jar and make sure to close the lid when keeping it refrigerated!

 

 

 

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Sweet Matcha Smoothie

 

This green smoothie is the sweetest green smoothie you will ever taste! I love having it for breakfast as it’s absolutely delicious, refreshing and full of vitamins. The banana, dates and matcha in this smoothie will give you lots of energy which is perfect to start the day with! I also use spinach which is extremely low in calories and its full of vitamins and iron. Also adding a tablespoon of chia seeds will give you a boost of protein as a finishing touch! Healthy, sweet and yum! WIN WIN!

 

 

Ingredients

 

  • Splash almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 unpitted dates
  • 2 hand fuls frozen spinach
  • 1 teaspoon Matcha powder
  • Tablespoon chia seeds

 

Method

 

  1. Apart from the chia seeds place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add some extra almond milk if you think its a little too thick.
  2. Pour your smoothie into a glass and top it off with a tablespoon of chia seeds.

 

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Nutty Quinoa Porridge

Quinoa doesn’t only make a great lunch or dinner, its also an amazing breakfast! This quinoa porridge gives you an amazing energy boost to make sure you get your day started in the best way you possible can! It’s full of protein and fiber and it has a slow energy release, making you also feel full for longer!

On top of all this, it tastes absolutely amazing! Win win! It has a deliciously creamy texture and the crunchy nuts give it lots of flavour! The best way to start an energetic day with a smile!

 

Ingredients

 

  • 50 grams quinoa
  • 150 ml almond milk
  • tablespoon agave syrup
  • tablespoon rasped coconut
  • small hand full cashews
  • tablespoon almond butter
  • small handful fresh strawberries

 

Method

 

  1. Combine the milk and quinoa in a saucepan and bring to a boil – stir it once in a while. Then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 15 minutes until most of the milk has been absorbed.
  2. Stir in the agave syrup and pour the mixture into a bowl.
  3. Sprinkle the rasped coconut and add a spoonful of almond butter on top.
  4. Break the cashews into smaller pieces and cut the strawberries into small slices, add these as a finishing touch!

 

 

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Special ‘Power Smoothie Bowls’ flash book – FREE Giveaway!

 

Wherever I go I have always been the biggest smoothie bowl lover. Somehow I always manage to find myself an Acai bowl but if not I just make my own! Lately my obsession has become a lifestyle and I now have lots of different smoothie bowl recipes I love to make daily for myself and for everyone around me!

Just for you guys I have decided to make a special selection which are released in the form of an online flash cookbook! Here you’ll be able to read about my favourite smoothie bowls, including the ultimate ‘Nutty Chocolate Dream’ bowl – trust me, you’ll want to know all about this one!

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