Rich & Creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding

From last night’s Leonardo Oscar triumph to today’s leap day, we have a lot to celebrate!

 Dairy-free desserts

Rich and decadent, this chocolate pudding is brilliant and comes with a twist: it’s based with creamy, anti-oxidant rich avocado… but no-one ever has to know!

As the next installment to the Jesse Lane E-book series comes the collaborative cookbook : Healthy Dairy Free Desserts. Do note that not all the recipes are gluten-free and may need to be adapted to suit your dietary needs, but it is filled with decadent goodies, including this quick and easy, creamy chocolate pudding.

Holistic Highlights

Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, allergen friendly, cacao-free option (for those who are sensitive), whole food based.

  • Avocados are loaded with healthy fats and fibre to slow the release of sugar into your bloodstream to keep you feeling energized after enjoying dessert.
  • It is dairy-free to avoid unwanted bloating and congestion.
  • White, refined sugar is swapped for its superfood counterpart: maple syrup containing the minerals manganese, zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.
  • Being a raw dessert, all nutrients are preserved and readily available.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding from Jesse Lane Wellness Cookbook Healthy Dairy Free Desserts

Creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding

ADVENTURE LEVEL: 2/5

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp milk alternative (either almond, coconut or brown rice)
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Combine all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend well until smooth and enjoy!

Switch Ups

  • Maple syrup -> Stevia for a sugar-free dessert (may need to add more dairy-free “milk” for consistency).
  • Cacao powder -> carob powder for those who are sensitive to chocolate.
  • Cayenne pepper for a spicy kick, my favourite!
  • Additional Toppings: Gogi berries, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, fresh berries, etc.

 Like this recipe? Jesse’s e-book features over 30 delicious desserts free of soy, dairy, white flour or processed sugar and you can check it out HERE.

Whether you are celebrating Leo’s well deserved win or are taking in every last moment of our extra day of the year, enjoy pudding this new recipe to the taste test!

Suzanne Eden

Valentines Day’s Salted Chocolate Banana Love Bites

With a day practically coated in chocolate.. what’s not to love!

 

love bites

Happy (post) Valentines day readers!

This day has always hit a bit of a “sweet spot” for me (I love it), and though every year is a little different there is always one thing guaranteed to be dished up on the menu: chocolate! Usually baked in the form of gluten-free, dairy-free molten lava cakes, this year I took a simpler, but equally indulgent approach…

These bites will make the perfect addition to your family day affairs being rich, salty, chocolaty, dangerously simple to make and entirely family approved from mom-on-the-run to teething toddler.

 

salted chocolate

 Holistic Highlights

Sunflower Seed Butter

  • You can also use a traditional almond butter here but I have a slight love affair with this seed butter. Be sure to purchase one that is pure (I used Nuts To You), with no additives, sugars etc. that sneak into many conventional brands. Only the good stuff!
  • Loaded with heart healthy fats, vitamin E (shown to significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks when abundant in the diet), and magnesium which regulates heart rhythms to prevent irregular heart beats.

Chocolate

  • I recommend Giddy Yoyo chocolate bars as these are raw, maintaining the nutrient value of the cacao bean. Chocolate should always be warmed in a double boiler (in a pan over a boiling pot of water) so that these nutrients are not exposed to direct contact with heat.
  • Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which is released in your brain when you fall in love and also stimulates the release of dopamine, the “feel good”, euphoric neurotransmitter.

Bananas

  • Use spotted bananas here as they will be sweeter, riper and more nutritious!
  • Rich in bromelain, bananas are known to boost male libido and due to their high potassium content, they are recognised for lowering blood pressure to reduce the risk of heart attacks.

valentines

Salted Chocolate Banana Love Bites

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Bananas
  • 1/3 Cup Almond or sunflower seed butter
  • 1 Bar of Giddy Yoyo chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Course sea salt

Directions

  • Slice bananas approximately 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
  • Spread a dollop of sunflower butter onto half the slices and lay flat on a baking sheet with wax paper.
  • Sprinkle a good dusting of cinnamon over top and sandwich with the other half of your sliced bananas.
  • Pop these into the freezer for 2-3 hours, or until solid.
  • Melt your chocolate slowly over a double boiler. Remove the bananas from the freezer and spoon, drizzle or dunk the chocolate to coat them, sprinkling the course salt overtop before the chocolate hardens (this will happen quickly).
  • Place back in the freezer for another 1-2 hours to harden back up. Remove from the freezer when you’re ready to take a bite!

Warning: the making of these love bites may be messy, libido inducing and may trigger excessive trips to the freezer for “just – one – more – bite.” 

Wishing you all a love-ly extended holiday,

Suzanne Eden

Superbowl Sunday’s Spicy Sweet Potato Fries With Smoked Paprika & Cilantro

In my house, the Superbowl is really just one grand excuse for epic food!

HEALTHY epic food, of course, and although I’m by no means a football fan, I’ll take any occasion for a gathering with friends. Whether this post serves your Superbowl needs or is coming in preparation for future events, these are your perfect feast-friendly fries.

Warning: sweet potatoes will spoil the joys of classic fries for you once and for all.

  • In this recipe, the otherwise deep-fried, greasy, starchy, russet potatoes (of which Americans are estimated to consume 11.2 million pounds of them as potato chips this day alone) have made way for flavourful wedges of sweet potatoes, oven baked to golden perfection.
  • The white,  inflammatory vinegar I once soaked (or rather drenched) my fries in as a child, has long since been replaced by its health boosting counterpart: apple cider vinegar and sugary ketchup is swapped for stone ground mustard or my personal favourite: guacamole! Americans are estimated to consume around 80 million  avocados today, enough to fill a 12-foot deep football field according to Men’s Health.

Football fans: I may not share your love of the game but I do share in your devotion to guacamole!

superbowl sweet potato fries

I have experimented with a multitude of flavour combinations but this recipe has me hooked.

With smoked paprika, the bite of garlic, the kick of cayenne pepper, and the crunch of course sea salt, I admit that I’ve failed to try any other combination since. I can’t. And believe me, I have tried..

My hand will waiver momentarily over the dried thyme but misses and grasps the fragrant basil and oregano instead. I’ll aim for the rosemary in the cupboard but slip and land on the tin of smoked paprika. As I get bored easily and thoroughly enjoy the adventurous combinations cooked up in the kitchen, this remains the testament to how truly delicious this recipe is!

 

4 SWEET FACTS OF SWEET POTATOES

  • The stunning orange of this root vegetable comes from the carotenoid: beta-carotene known to boost the immune system, enhance vision (when converted to Vitamin A) and provides anti-cancer effects. A particularly handy defense for those of us who live in the cancer belt.
  • The anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin A contribute to glowing skin and help ward off acne promoting bacteria.
  • Both steaming and baking (as we do in this recipe) increases the bioavailability of beta-carotene so that your body can obtain more of this nutrient!
    • Tip: once peeled, oxidization causes the sweet potato to lose some of it’s nutrients, so you’ll want to pop the fries into the oven right away.
  • Adding coconut oil to this dish enhances the absorption of beta-carotene. Being a fat-soluable nutrient, it needs to be in the presence of fat to be properly absorbed.

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Medium sweet potatoes (Peeled if non-organic, washed with skins if organic)
  • 2 TBSPs melted coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 Himalayan sea salt (I use a mixture of course and fine)
  • 2 Tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Dried basil
  • Sprinkling (approx. 1/4 tsp) cayenne pepper *optional”
  • Dash of cracked black pepper
  • Cilantro to garnish *optional”

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Mix seasonings in a large bowl. (I leave the course sea salt for when they come fresh out of the oven)
  • Chop sweet potatoes evenly. For crisper fries, slice thinly, for more rustic wedges, cut into chunkier sections. What matters most is that they are all about the same size so that they will bake evenly.
  • Transfer into a glass pan (large enough so that they all lie flat), drizzle with oil and toss with the seasonings.
  • Bake 15 mins, remove from oven and flip them over with a spatula.
  • Pop them back into the oven for another 10-15 mins or until golden brown around the edges. For thick wedges; pierce one with a fork to ensure that the middle is soft and well cooked through. They may require more or less time depending on the size of your fries so keep an eye on them.
  • Remove, sprinkle with the sea salt, transfer into a bowl with cilantro to offset the spiciness of your fries and serve!

NOTES:

  • You will taste the difference between organic and non-organic sweet potatoes, try this yourself and see! But for your guests today, opt for organic as they offer the richest depths of flavour for these fries.

While my Superbowl party will find me with fellow alumni cast members for play rehearsals and meetings at my yoga studio, there will be no shortage of food in the kitchen (and packed as snacks for the evening).

Give these a try and share with me your favourite combinations so that maybe, just maybe, I will have a fighting chance of reaching for a new and enticing flavourful recipe.

Until then, enjoy every sweet bite of this sweet potato super-bowl! 🙂

Suzanne Eden

20 + 16 Holistic Swaps For A Healthier New Year

The path to optimum health can be effortless, instantaneous, and worthy of its own chapter in the “Optimal Wellness For Dummies” book in the series. This post is exactly that: a quick roundup of a few of my favourite swaps to implement through 2016. These are lifestyle choices that you can practically trade out without even thinking about it!

Ready? Set. GLOW:

swaps

BREAKFAST

Coffee -> Herbal tea / Teeccino

Fruit Juice -> Green juice

Cereal -> Steel cut oats

Fried eggs -> Poached eggs

Wheat toast -> Sprouted / Glutenfree toast

Peanut butter -> Pure almond butter


BAKING / DESSERT

Milk -> Coconut / Almond milk

Honey -> Heat stable maple syrup

Butter -> Coconut oil

1 Tsp Baking Powder -> 1/4 Tsp Baking soda + 1/2 tsp Apple cider vinegar

Candy -> Dark chocolate (70% or more, no dairy or soy) / berries

Ice cream -> Blended frozen banana

MEALS

Microwaves -> Ovens

Wheat pasta -> Brown rice pasta / Spaghetti squash / Zucchini noodles

Cream sauce -> Vegan pesto

Cheese -> Nut based “cheese” / nutritional yeast

Soy sauce -> Coconut aminos

Sugary sauces -> Spices

Wraps -> Collard / Lettuce wraps

Ketchup -> Tomatoes

Salad dressing -> Olive oil + Lemon juice + Himalayan salt

Mayo -> Stone ground mustard

DRINKS

Lattes -> Blended coconut Oil + Teeccino + Stevia (if desired)

Soda -> Kombucha

SNACKS

Chips -> Kale chips / Raw coconut chunks

Gum -> Fennel pods

Protein bars -> Nuts & Seeds

Gatorade -> Electrolyte elixir

LIFESTYLE

Non-organic -> Organic

T.V. -> Books

Movies -> Documentaries

Indoors -> Outdoors

Driving -> Biking

Emotional eating -> Meditating / Journaling

Plastic water bottles & Salad containers -> Glass mason jars

Perfume -> Essential oils

We have been talking all about detox’s and cleanses this past month but sometimes our smallest changes make the most significant impact. Becoming healthier really is as simple as this!

With a big dose of holistic life hacks,

Suzanne Eden