Clean Chocolates & Candy

One of the simplest healthy swaps I made when moving to a wholefoods diet was swapping processed, store-bought chocolate to raw. Made with just 3 ingredients – raw cacao, coconut butter or oil and your sweetener of choice. This is my pimped version using lots of nutritious goodies to get your raw tastebuds watering!

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Raspberries and chocolate. Oh how I love you. On your own you’re pretty fine, but together you make mouth magic. I only think its fair to incorporate this amazing flavour combo into as many dishes as I can handle while raspberries are in season. So how to make them a great post-workout choice?

One of my favourite post-sweat sesh foods is oatmeal. Getting that essential carb to protein ratio of between 2:1 and 3:1 (depending on the intensity and duration of your workout) is important for maximising muscle repair and recovery. One cup of oats packs about 4g of fibre, nearly double the amount in a slice of whole-grain bread. This will help you feel full and satisfied, preventing binge eating (yay!) and poor food choices later on in the day.

So, lets bake oats with yummy stuff. Yes?

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I’m seriously loving gelatine (beef grass-fed) at the moment. It’s know to improve your overall health, but more specifically help heal the gut. Strong stomach? Read on…
It’s basically cooked collagen and comes form the bones, hides and connective tissues of animals. Gelatine makes up almost one-third of all the protein in the human body and when we don’t have enough, your joints, skin and gut suffers. It heals your gut lining by boosting acid production and restoring the mucosal lining. Gelatine can also help break down fats and proteins which will makes them easier for your body to absorb. On top of that, it helps to build lean muscle and boost metabolism.

These marshmallows are sweet, soft, light and fluffy with a good spongy texture. If you’re not into stevia (i know, I use it in nearly every recipe!) you can use maple syrup or any other liquid sweeter of choice. If you’re vegan or veggie, you can sub gelatine with agar-agar, but it lacks the gut health profile. Perfect sweet-treat fridge fodder that you’re very unlikely to overeat. Bonus.

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If you’ve ever indulged in a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, you’ll know quite how good the combo of sweet oranges and milky chocolate is. Addictive, in fact. As a Christmas tradition (and Easter, and probably most Fridays) I used to ‘tap and unwrap’ these babies and devour the lot in a few short days. Now i’m a little more conscious about ingredients and portion control, it’s time to re-invent another classic. If you use stevia to sweeten, these delicious chocolates have just 54 calories and 0.5g carbs each! They’re helpfully packed with healthy fats too – so it’s seriously unlikely you’ll manage to eat the whole tray. Then there’s magnesium – thanks to the cacao powder, which is great for exercise recovery (if you’re feeling that way inclined over the holidays) and also helps combat fatigue – which is definitely how I feel over the silly season.

Kick your sweet tooth with these amazingly chocolatey rounds, with sweet hints of orange that just melt in your mouth. Being raw so they’re so easy to make too!

I may have been partial to a Fry’s Turkish Delight bar or two in the past…there was something so tempting about that gooey rose centre. Turns out that was a gel of starch and sugar, coloured pink and filled with flavourings. Somehow not quite so appealing anymore. To get my rose + chocolate fix, it’s time to get in the kitchen. This one-bowl recipe is so simple and ready in under 40 minutes (including setting time) so you can kick back and enjoy a guilt-free substitute that’s sure to blow your {turkish} socks off.

The coconut oil base is fabulous for boosting your metabolism. It’s converted quickly by the body for fuel, rather than stored for later use. Chocolate that revs up your fat burning? You got it.

It’s cherry season in Aus, but for me that means hours at the sink with the new (and very unnecessary) kitchen gadget removing the pits. While fresh fruit is always best, it’s sometimes nice just to skip the hard labour and opt for the dried option instead. These delicious sour cherry bites are great when you just want something a little sweet to round off a dinner (or even breakfast, in my case) but you don’t want to devour a whole bowl of pud. This one’s for you, snacky sweet lovers… high protein, raw, gluten free: the perfect way to keep up that New Year’s resolution!

These tasty caramels come totally guilt-free. Tahini is simply ground sesame seeds – full of healthy fats and nutrients to nourish your body. Throw in some metabolism-boosting coconut oil, low GI Sweetner, high antioxidant cacao powder and an awesome superfood powder, and really this could be medicine. Right? Baobab powder has a delicious caramelised pear flavour. It’s high in fibre, vitamin C, potassium (great for workout recovery), and acts as a natural prebiotic. If you can’t lay your hands on any, there’s some handy substitutions available in the Tips section below.