Chai Chocolate Rounds with Candied Ginger

I just really love chai flavors. It’s probably one of the reasons why Indian cuisine is one of my favorites. And you know what I love more than chai? Chocolate!!!! Combining the two was really a no brainer. So here you are friends, my latest chocolate creation, just in time for Valentines Day. Because if you love yourself or someone else, you surely want whats best, and what is better than home made refined sugar free chocolate? I rarely turn down chocolate, even the higher quality store bought one with sugar in it, but if given the choice, I will always go for a home made nutritionally beneficial option.

These little chocolates are so easy to make. I used silicone cupcake molds, but you could use actual chocolate molds, or even an ice cube tray. Just don’t fill that one up to the top unless you want a really thick chocolate!

If chai isn’t your thing, you can always play around with the flavors! Creativity is welcome here 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • 100 g. of cacao butter
  • 1/8 cup coconut butter
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp clove powder
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • dash of himalayan sea salt
  • 2 TBS agave
  • 2-3 TSBP thinly chopped candied ginger (optional, for a pure refined sugar free option) I have made these chocolates with freshly grated ginger and that was tasty also!

Steps:

  • put all ingredients except ginger in a double boiler, or a bowl over a hot pot of water
  • whisk together until all melted and well combined
  • pour in molds, add a few pieces of ginger per mold, and freeze until hard
  • depending on size of molds they can be done in a little as 30 minutes!!!
  • keep in fridge or freezer until ready to eat

 

For some of my other Valentines Inspired recipes click here:

Fudge Balls:

https://anaboreal.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/cherry-cacao-fudge-balls/

Raspberry Ice Cream:

https://anaboreal.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/vegan-raspberry-ice-cream-with-peanut-butter-chocolate/

Pistachio Delight and Nutella Divine:

https://anaboreal.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/pistachio-delight-and-nutella-divine/

Gianduja Chocolates:

https://anaboreal.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/gianduja-chocolate/

 

Maman’s Happy Start Breakfast

Having two kids around, it’s important I take care of myself to keep up with them and the plethora of housework, cooking, running around, and random other things a stay at home finds herself doing. Starting the day off right makes a world of a difference to me. While there are days when I really enjoy sharing in almond buttered toast with my daughter or eating half of my sons super delicious fruit and nut oatmeal, those do not leave me feeling as happy as this chia seed concoction I find myself craving. Not only does this make me feel great but it is so quick to put together! Chia seeds are amazing on so many levels and I try to incorporate them in mine and my family’s diet as often as possible.

ImageIngredients:

  • 2 TBS ground chia seeds
  • 4 TBS water
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup berries
  • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts
  • homemade almond milk, or any milk of your choice
  • dash of cinnamon

Steps:

  • soak the chia seeds in water for about 10 minutes (that’s usually when I put my kids breakfast together) so they get that gelatinous texture.
  • top it off with banana and fresh berries, or any fruit of choice really, and the chopped walnuts
  • pour milk over the top, wrinkle cinnamon and enjoy!

(If using whole chia seeds, I recommend soaking them overnight to get that gelatinous texture.)

I like to mix everything up as to incorporate all the flavors. This breakfast leaves me feeling energized and full for quite some time thanks to the chia, banana and nuts. My one year old is actually quite a fan of this breakfast too, but I sometimes find myself having a hard time sharing as I want it all to myself 😉 This makes for a delicious snack too!