Shake-Em-Up, Shake Em-Down Bars!

P1040369With ingredients of cacao nibs, golden berries and raw chocolate, these bars will make you want to shake-em-up and shake-em-down! I’ve not tried cacao nibs before this and after trying it, immediately thought “This shouldn’t be legal!” The energy you get from nibs is instant and sustaining. Plus, they’re super healthy for you.

There’s lots of recipes online for raw chocolate bars, power bars, snack bars, but they have too much nuts and too many power foods. Also, my constitution wants less nut protein as it bogs me down. This recipe happened in 15 minutes in my kitchen without any thought. Those are the best. It also follows the dictum, “less is more” and boy, oh boy, SO much more. 

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These products are now available in Taiwan, not just Taipei, but throughout the island. Just when you thought living here, couldn’t get any better 🙂

Recipe:

2 cups oat flour (PS: if you don’t have a flour mill, just blend)

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup honey/ maple syrup

1/2 cup chopped almonds (see? just a constituent, not the base)

1/4 cup raw cacao nibs

1/4 cup chopped golden berries (amazing!)

Mix everything in a bowl until you have a dough. Taste. If you need more of anything listed above, add it. If it’s too dry, add more oil. 

Once you have your dough ready,press it into a container using the base of your palm. Flatten with a spatula. I used my oven tray, lined with parchment/ aluminum/ plastic wrap. Let it set for a few hours in the fridge, then take it out, and cut into bars.

Chocolate Coating

Since raw cacao butter is not yet available in Taiwan, make a simple ganache dipping as follows:

1/4 cup coconut oil (GOOD fat!)

1/4 cup honey

1/2 – 1 cup of raw cacao powder (this is available in Taiwan and please don’t cut corners, get this. It’s good.)

Whisk all three together in a bowl, dunk the bars in, let the excess chocolate drip off, lay on parchment paper on a plate or tray and chill. Once set, transfer to a tupperware container and store in the fridge.

Note, ganache is less stable than chocolate made from butter so the bars will melt if left out at room temp.

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Key ingredients

Taiwan distributors of raw, organic goods: https://www.facebook.com/WConceptInt

 

 

 

Blueberries and Cream “Kefir”

P1030240I’m actually smiling as I write this. Well no. I was smiling a few minutes ago. Now I’m just feeling like a trussed turkey in this heat. But the reason I was smiling is because I was sipping on this fantastic blended fruit tonic called Blueberries and Cream “Kefir”. It looks like a heavy smoothie but it has the lightest of textures and belly-feel. I can’t really handle milkshakes and smoothies. I’m too, uh, delicate 😉 So thus use of a non-dairy nut mylk is perfect for my kapha dosha constitution. Also, berries are constituted as an astringent, dry fruit which is also perfect for kapha types.

I found this gorgeous recipe from Meredith Baird, partner to Matthew Kenney, King of all raw foodists. In her description, Baird says about blueberries that they improve memory and stabilize the nervous system. They are also low in calories and sugar. The addition of probiotics gives it an extra digestive boost. She closes by saying that this is  a great smoothie to give to kids before school.

Before we go further, the question is, “What is kefir?” Very simply, kefir is a fermented drink made up of yeasts and bacteria, packed with nutrients and vitamins and good for your belly garden. The reason why kefir is in inverted commas ”   “, is because this smoothie simply has the probiotic powder and not the actual kefir.

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This is the dairy-free probiotic powder I use which can easily be bought at any organic store.

 

Here’s the recipe:

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1 banana

1 probiotic satchet

2 cups of your favorite nut mylk

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Soak 1 cup of almonds overnight then blend with 2 cups of water on high speed. Place a nut mylk bag in a measuring jug then pour the mylk out. Squeeze the excess liquid out through the bag. This is your nut mylk. Use the pulp to make cookies or dry to use as flour.

Blend the berries, probiotic, banana and mylk until smooth.

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