Baking, Chocolate, Dessert, Snacks, Treats

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

I know it’s been a thousand months since I’ve written a blog post but this year has been insane and sometimes I just can’t do everything. So I’m going to give my best shot at making this posting thing a regular affair, but please don’t hold it against me if I don’t always follow through.

I feel constantly busy at the moment and when I’m constantly busy I am not very good at planning to eat, which doesn’t mean I go rouge and fall into eating ‘bad’ stuff, but it kind of means I pick, instead of eating proper meals, or I don’t really eat – which isn’t super ideal as then I can’t concentrate properly and I feel like a grumpy troll. So I’ve decided recently if I can’t organise myself enough (at the moment) to have proper meals, I at least need to have some good energising snacks that I can grab on the run at work. One of my go-to’s will always be the most delicious banana and pecan loaf – yum – but a week or so ago now I decided to mix up my usual bliss ball concoction and combine my favourite delights of chocolate and peanut butter … need I say more?!

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Baking, Dessert, Snacks, Treats

Banana and Pecan Loaf

I love banana cake, banana bread, banana smoothies, banana ice cream. Huge fan. And a while ago a good friend of mine told me about a great recipe by the talented Real Food Pledge for the most excellent banana and pecan loaf, and although I can’t claim it as my own (although as it’s so good I wish I could!!), I wanted to share it with you guys. It’s 100% clean eating and 200% delish so give it a whirl! It’s also fail proof which is a massive bonus.

This loaf is a great snack and it freezes well. I like to make it on the weekend, slice it up then freeze pieces to take to work during the week; such a good treat during the day.

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Baking, Chocolate, Dessert, Treats

Sweet Georgia holy yums …

Did someone say salted caramel? Say no more. I’m in! My love for savoury/salty-sweet things began a few years ago when I was lucky enough to live in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. I LOVED IT THERE!!!

I spent a year in Galway, and amongst other things it was a year filled with meeting some of the most delightful and amazing people, a lot of rain (of course), hilarity, adventures, owning a bike painted like a cow – aka the ‘cow-cycle’, Guinness (I grew to like it!), cobbled streets, living an extremely carefree lifestyle and drinking an extreme amount of of tea. Some of my fondest memories come from Ireland – if you ever have the opportunity to visit, you most definitely should.

My life in Ireland was born whilst I was living in Paris. I was 21 and had arrived in France with a one-way ticket and not a lot of money. After living in Paris I wasn’t ready to move back to NZ, so after chatting with and Irish friend in France, and google image searching Cork and Galway, I decided that Galway looked pretty quaint and Irishy, so I went. That makes me sound like an extremely relaxed person and like I do things randomly on a whim – I actually don’t usually, although sometimes I wish I did. I must have been slightly mad at the time (not unlikely) and so my solo Irish adventure began.

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Baking, Chocolate, Dessert, Snacks, Treats

Snickers Slice and Photography … need I say more?

Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend some time with some very good and extremely talented friends of mine who also happen to be crazy good wedding photographers, check them out here: Tim Kelly Photography. Recently I purchased a new fancy-pants camera (a Canon 100D) partly because I like taking photos and wanted a decent camera, and partly so I could take some high quality food photos so not to blind you with shoddy images whilst you peruse my blog. The only flaw in my grand camera purchasing plan was that camera skills were extremely limited – thank god for auto mode. I LOVE my camera. It is relatively small and sleek, buuuuut unfortunately I wasn’t quite making the most of its whizz-bang functionalities.

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Baking, Snacks, Treats

Bliss Balls

I’m a snacker. It is fun and yum and also when I’m bored it seems like a good idea (probably isn’t). I wouldn’t go as far to say that I am a ‘grazer’, but professional snacker – count me in. There is however a good way forward in the snacking department – which I have not always utilised. A few years ago my snacks would be any of the following: packaged museli bars, crackers, sugar-free this and that, low fat this and that, fruit flavoured yoghurts, cheese (mmm cheeeeese. I haven’t given this up!), fruit and carrots (still regulars), scroggin, chips, the occasional biscuit, although thankfully these are not my fav etc … you get the general picture, and it has only been through the process of research, education, listening to my body, trying new things and understanding what all the crap is in the food I was eating, that I have in more recent years distanced myself from these things and have embraced the ‘real’ food option. Now I’m not saying you need to go all ninja-like and cull the above (and others) but if you want to eat less processed food then starting with almost anything packaged and giving it the flick is a good way to roll. Now there are some exceptions for example, raw nuts that come in a packet, full fat plain yoghurt, cheeses etc. Just check out the label and if there is a whole lot of stuff listed in the ingredients list that you can’t pronounce, then it probably isn’t a bad idea to steer clear of it. Or at least have a go anyway, slow and steady.

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Baking, Chocolate, Treats

J’aime le chocolat

I like love chocolate. It is one of the world’s greatest pleasures. A few years ago I lived in Paris and I distinctly remember eating some of the most incredible chocolate from chocolatiers and deciding that I would never again eat processed, commercial chocolate, I would only treat myself to the ‘real’ stuff, that love and time had gone into. Well that resolution lasted all of a few months I think but over the past year I have made a conscious effort to buy less highly processed chocolate, and make more of my own. I know, make your own!! That’s what I thought, and no it’s not by melting chocolate buttons and remoulding them. I’m no saint, every now and then I fall into a packet of m&ms or a bar of Whittakers (yum) – who doesn’t?!– but on the whole, I try to make my own raw chocolate. It’s delicious, ‘real’ and lacks the processed, sugarfied nature of a lot of store bought stuff.

The recipe below is an adaptation from one off the Whole Pantry app – which actually no longer exists. You can make raw chocolate out of cacao butter as well, but I use coconut oil as I think it’s just as good and is a wee bit cheaper.

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