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Raw, (almost) Vegan and Paleo-friendly Chocolate Fudge

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I know! Too many hip words in this post’s subject. But this Amazing Chocolate Fudge is Raw, almost Vegan (if you eat honey), and Paleo-friendly (again if you eat honey). I swear to neither of these diets, but I for sure like to experiment with both raw and vegan food. The Paleo Diet kind of intimidates me, and since it includes so much animal protein, I feel that I couldn’t live by it. But that said, I have also read plenty about the Paleo Diet, and it does make a lot of sense – for some people – but as I said, not for me. It’s all about listen to your own body, and feel what is best for you. And who decides that you have to choose one kind of diet, and swear by it every day and every meal? I’m a flexitarian, eating what I believe that my body needs at the moment. Right now, it’s a lot of raw and vegan food, but if and when I wake up one morning and crave egg, fish or chicken, I’ll eat it (I haven’t eaten red meat since I was 15 years old and I honestly never crave that kind of food). Don’t be too rigid about what you’re eating and not. Listen to your sweet body, and be nice to it! It does everything it can to never fail you.

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But anyhow, where were we? Chocolate Fudge! This one is so easy to make, and freaking healthy (if you don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting, as someone did…oops!).

Chocolate Fudge

1 cup Coconut Oil

1/4 cup Coconut Milk
(canned, and not light version!)

1/2 cup Raw Cacao Powder

1/4 cup Raw Honey

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
(or even better, Vanilla Beans!)

Optional: Sea Salt

1. Whisk Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk together until glossy and thick (~ 5 min).

2. Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix until everything is smooth and fully combined.

3. Lay a sheet of parchment paper inside a bread pan, and pour the chocolate mixture into it.

4. Freeze for 20-30 min.

5. Cut in pieces. Enjoy!

If you get any leftovers; store it in an airtight container in the freezer.

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Post-Workout Smoothie

My husband and I started this Saturday with a hardcore spinning class. You know, this kind of I-have-never-sweated-this-much-in-my-whole-life-hardcore-class. Afterwards he stated that he had to have a chocolate protein shake and cinnamon buns (!?). I asked if I could make him a smoothie instead, and if he stilled craved these things, I promised him he could have them afterwards.

And this is what I gave him:

Post-Workout Chocolate Smoothie
Makes 2 servings

1 Banana
1-2 tbl spoons Raw Cacao powder
2 tbl spoons Nutritional Yeast
A handful of Raw Almonds
A dash of Raw Honey
A dash of Cinnamon
Almond milk (or the milk you prefer)

Pulse, blend, serve!

It was such a success that he neither craved his artificial protein shake nor the cinnamon buns afterwards. And I’m sorry, I don’t have a picture this time. The smoothie was gone within 10 seconds.

If I would have made it just for me, I would probably switch the nutritional yeast with hemp protein but I didn’t wanna scare my husband away from healthy alternatives with the strong taste of hemp. Dates are also a good source of post-workout carbohydrates but we didn’t have anyone at home.

And lastly, a little bit about Nutritional Yeast. As usual, it’s always a discussion about how good things are for you, and Nutritional Yeast is not an exception. But as we use to say in Sweden: Everything with moderation (lagom är bäst).

This is some of the benefits of Nutritional Yeast (called Bjäst in Sweden):

- Vegetarian source of B12: 1 tbls provides you with your daily need of B12. It’s a good source of many B-vitamins, eg Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pyridoxine (B6) and Folic Acid (B9). Some, but not all are fortified with B12.

- High in amino acids/protein: 2 tbls contains 9 grams of protein (1 large egg contains approximate 6g).

- High in fibers (and gluten free): Fills you up, promote digestion and regular bowel movement and helps regulate your blood sugar.

- Natural source of Folic Acid: Important for women who are or are trying to become pregnant to prevent spina bifida and other birth defects.
(source: MindBodyGreen)

Use it in smoothies, bake your veggies in it, toss it on popcorn or on your morning cereal/porridge. What else?

That’s all for today.