Instant Gratification Chocolate Mousse

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Ok so the title for this post is a little weird…but this really is instant gratification in so many ways! It takes barely 2 minutes to make (plus a little refrigeration), uses only a few ingredients and is genuinely good for you! That, and calling it ‘instant, sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan, clean chocolate mousse’ didn’t really work.

The secret ingredient is avocado, which seems weird in a dessert, but actually does a similar thing to what bananas do to smoothies. A blended avocado gives a velvet texture, a whole bunch of decent fats and a creamy taste to this pudding. Plus, it’s angelic just for the fact it’s a mousse without cream and sugar!

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy. This makes them ideal for meeting calorie intake and getting in some healthy fats without seriously increasing your carbohydrate intake. Monounsaturated fats are vital for glowing skin, strong hair and nails. They’re also an excellent source of fiber, B vitamins and folic acid, which women are often deficient in. So there literally is no reason not to make a massive vat of this mousse and eat it all guilt free!

For 2 mousses:

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 3-4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp 70% organic cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp 100% cacao, melted (optional – increase cocoa powder to your own preference, or use 70% dark chocolate instead)

You might want something to serve it with, I used hazelnuts and raspberries.

Method:

Squeeze the avocado flesh from their skins into a blender & blitz with all other ingredients, until smooth. Chill in the fridge for 40 mins or so and serve!

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Chocolate protein banana loaves

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Banana bread is one of life’s greatest comforts, but it can be far from wholesome. I bought these little loaf cases from Waitrose a while ago and have been wanting to use them for something I can snack on during those 3pm sugar cravings I know so well. No longer a straight-up carb party, I’ve added a whey/casein blend protein powder to this, to level the nutritional content a bit.

I’ve used hazelnuts, but walnuts or almonds would work well too, as would vanilla or banana whey. If you don’t care about the protein evaluate your priorities
substitute with flour instead. If you want to lower the fat content, leave the nuts & chocolate out altogether and switch the almond milk for water. Play around with it to suit your taste/macros.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 2 scoops of whey protein
  • 170g whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • 10g stevia
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 150ml almond milk
  • few squares 70% dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • Handful of chopped hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp Maca powder (optional for a superfood boost/slightly malted flavour)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C, 170C fan.

Mix all the dry ingredients together, except for the nuts and chocolate. Mix together the wet ingredients, including the bananas, then add them to the dry. The texture should be like a thick, stiff cake batter, that falls off a spoon when you tap it sharply.

Add the hazelnuts and chocolate and stir up together. Put into greased cases, as above, or a large greased loaf tin. I use coconut oil for a clean grease. Fill them very slightly past half way, as they’ll rise.

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Baking time depends on your oven and the size of the loaves. I baked mine for 30 mins, a larger cake will take 45-50. After 30 mins uninterrupted baking (do not open that door) insert a skewer or sharp knife and it should come out roughly clean. If it’s covered in uncooked cake batter, give it another 10 and check again. When they’re baked, leave to cool slightly on a wire rack.

Will keep in an air tight tin for 4-5 days.

Raw chocolate brownies

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As I’ve mentioned recently, I’ve become an advocate for eating clean and cutting down refined carbs and sugars which always send me on a crazed spiral of peaks and troughs. I feel much more alert and controlled so far, thanks to the lack of sugar but maaaaan do I want some cake!

I know a lot of other people have similar resolutions at the moment and are probably struggling for treats which are nutritious and delicious at the same time.

They do exist! These brownies are so fast, so good for you and so tasty. The recipe is by Madeleine Shaw (http://madeleineshaw.com/index.php/raw-chocolate-brownie/) an amazing nutritionist and the perfect advertisement for healthy eating; I mean she literally glows.

All the sugar is natural as it comes from dates and I also added a touch of Sweet Freedom, a great natural sugar syrup. Obviously it’s still sugar, but being realistic, I love the stuff and won’t give it up entirely. I just want it to be as natural and close to it’s raw state as possible. The recipe uses coconut oil which is something I’ve only recently discovered. The downside is it costs £6.99 for a pot from Sainsbury’s. The upsides are plentiful, you can eat loads of it, as it’s a similar nutritious fat to that you can get from avocados. It’s not processed and you can use it in so many dishes and bakes as it only has a subtle coconut flavour. Raw cocoa is quite hard to find, Wholefoods or health shops are your best bet. It’s a non-processed cocoa which isn’t heated under pressure, so retains the natural antioxidants and other nutritional benefits of cocoa. I guess you could use average cocoa too if you can’t get hold of any.

My favourite thing about these brownies is that you really do only need 1 or 2 to satisfy any chocolate or sugar cravings. Mine were insaaaane, I used to eat 3-4 chocolate bars a day, probably some cake or biscuits too. No, really. But these really nip that in the bud and give you a guilt-free energy release and tons of Omega 3. What’s not to love?!

Ingredients:

  • 100g Medjool dates
  • 150g crushed walnuts
  • 50 g of raw coconut oil
  • 50 g of raw cocoa powder
  • A tsp of Sweet Freedom

Method:

  1. In a blender, blend the walnuts until they are almost in a paste, then add the dates, Sweet Freedom and cocoa.
  2. Add the coconut oil and blend together. Transfer it using a spatula into a cake tin or baking dish and press down to desired thickness.
  3. Place the mixture in the freezer for half an hour then refrigerate until you need it!
  4. Decorate by dusting with cocoa

 

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A happy and healthy 2014

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Happy New Year gorgeous followers!

I haven’t posted in an absolute age, mostly because I feel a bit detached from Home Slice following my new year health drive.

I really like making new year resolutions and find them much easier to stick to than the half-baked thoughts I have about changing something during the rest of the year. Last year, I vowed to exercise more. I didn’t actually start until May (ahem) but I figure that’s most of the year, right..?! I’ve kept it up and am now a fully fledged gym and yoga devotee.

So back to 2014. It’s taken me since May to accept and embrace the fact that exercise only does so much for you without a clean diet. It’s not about losing weight, it’s about lifestyle. I want to be strong and healthy and feel like my best self, every day. Since my late teens, I’ve struggled with a variety of health problems (hypothyroidism, stomach ulcers, endometriosis to name a few…) and I want to know categorically, that I am looking after myself the best I can.

So this year, I resolved to clean up my diet, cut my sugar intake way down (it’s almost triple what it should be…) and try to eat wholefoods which look as much like the source they come from as possible. The philosophy of clean eating is just this; no refined carbs or sugar, no junk; just whole foods in their natural form. I’m going for an 80:20 approach, as I still absolutely love food and cooking and you’ve gotta treat yourself sometimes!

I’ve put clean recipes up on Home Slice before, but generally there’s a lot of baking, a lot of sugar and a lot of refined carbs, which doesn’t reaaaally sit right with my new habit. I was going to quit, or start a new blog, but I’ve worked hard on Home Slice so I’m just gonna change it up a little! More clean recipes, (but also the odd treat one!) and a few fitness/mindfulness posts too. The latter are both really important to me and a lot of my friends have questions about them, so I think it would be nice to add them to Home Slice.

I’m not sure if I need to change the name to reflect all of this…What do you guys think? Any comments are, as always, really helpful and gratefully received