Ok, there seems to be a theme with this week’s post’s, and yes, they are currently all about food, and the things that I personally love to use for my little treats/snacks.
The reality of living like a caveman, and eating, nothing but chicken and broccoli just aren’t going to cut for 99% of the human race, let alone me. This is why we need to have the things that taste amazing, but utilise them well, in and around our training. All the while helping us to maintain a relatively sound, healthy diet, whilst also keeping our sanity.
Ever hear that saying ‘It’s all about moderation’? Yes, agreed, but some people take that a little bit too far, and believe that moderation is, a Bic Mac & fries, followed by my ‘healthy’, diet coke! This just isn’t going to cut it. Anyway, that’s a whole other rant that I will continue with on a completely different post. For now, onto the good stuff…..
Raw Chocolate Home Made Sexiness (or Chocolates)
- 100-150g of raw cocoa butter
- 6-8 heaped tea spoons of raw cocoa powder
- 2-3 table spoons of organic desiccated coconut
- 2-3 table spoons of coconut oil
- 2-3 table spoons of raw agave syrup
- Orange zest from 1 whole orange (less if you prefer)
- 2-3 Ice cube trays/molds
- First thing to do is boil a kettle full of water
- While the kettle is boiling, add 2-3 table spoons of coconut oil into a small glass, and then submerge the glass into the bowl of boiling water once the kettle has boiled
- Place cocoa butter into a glass bowl, and sit over a pan of hot boiled water, or low heat the pan of water to melt cocoa butter (a low heat is quicker, but too high a heat takes out the goodness from the raw cocoa butter)
- Once the cocoa butter has melted, take the glass bowl off the heat and allow to cool for a minute or so
- Add 1-2 heaped table spoons of cocoa powder at a time to the melted butter, don’t throw it all in there at once, it’s hard to get rid of the lumps, and you won’t know the exact consistency you require
- Stir in the powder until there are no lumps, and the mix is of a thick-ish consistency (use your own preference)
- Add 2-3 table spoons of agave syrup (this might take a couple of goes to see how they taste, I usually go for 2), and stir well, into the mix
- Add coconut oil and stir well, into the mix
- Add desiccated coconut, and stir
- Add orange zest, and stir
- Pour all contents from the bowl into a jug, or something that makes it easy to pour into the ice cube trays/molds
- Fill up ice cube trays, and then place in the freezer for 30-40 minutes
- Take from the freezer, and then leave them in the fridge ready to eat, and enjoy!
Depending on the ice cube trays/molds that you use, will of course depend on the amount of chocolates that you produce. I usually end up with around 30-35 pieces of chocolate that are about 1cm thick.
Another good option is to half the mix that you use, and try adding different ingredients. Flax seeds work well, dried raspberry pieces, maybe even peanut butter!? These are your chocolates, so do with them as you please. Just remember to keep the ingredients as natural as possible, and you are onto a winner.
The chocolates will be used for my days off/re-feed days, and used around my training sessions, usually adding one or two pieces in my post-workout meal to add a little sweetness.
Give these a try, they are simple to make, amazing to eat, and you are still getting something that tastes like it should be bad, but really isn’t all that bad after all.
Experiment, let me know how you get, and leave some feed back on how they taste.
Until next time…….
Keep training hard, keep moving well, and let’s stay fit & healthy for a very long time to come.