‘Expect The Unexpected’ Recipe Range My home made cows milk free chocolates in 20 minutes!

Aloha

Having read through countless recipe books, one thing that occurred to me was that ‘real life’ busy parents really are in need of quick tasty recipe’s with a short list of ingredients and lets face it..minimal washing up:)

My home made cows milk free chocolates can be made in 20 minutes. Better still these contain no refined sugars, oils or dairy and with first and foremost children in mind, there are no nasty cravings or crashing out after 1-2 pieces of chocolate. The health benefits of pure cacao (which I’ll go into more depth in a later blog) outweigh any brought chocolate. I can honestly say I’ve found my 3rd love and not gone back to ‘normal’ chocolate!

          Yvonne's own 'Expect The Unexpected'          Recipie Range
Yvonne’s own
‘Expect The Unexpected’
Recipe Range

The above picture was my first attempt..so If I, with a general attitude of loving a one bowl cook lol!..anyone can!!

Makes 12 pieces

60 g Cacao butter

3 Tablespoons of Cacao Powder

1 Dessert spoon of agave syrup/maple syrup/coconut nectar

Quarter of a pinch of fine salt

Method

For all you happy campers 🙂 you’ll know what I mean when I say to heat the cacao butter over a bain-marie. (in a glass bowl placed over a saucepan of boiling water) until melted.

Using a balloon whisk-whisk in the cacao powder followed by agave/maple or coconut nectar.

Add the salt and whisk well.

Pour mixture (which I’m sure will be smelling amazing) into moulds. I used rubber trays from the £1 shop. You could use silicone cake cases or even plastic ice cube trays.

Pop in the freezer for a minimum of 15 minutes or longer.

 

To store..though I’m hoping you’ll all be finding it too scrumptious! But ..you can wrap in cling film and store in the fridge/freezer to use as and when. I’ve used it grated as chocolate sprinkles over cakes and dairy free ice cream.

As always…I’m still playing around with ingredients, while I do not want to endorse huge salt content in children’s diet;  From my time spent in Australia ironically surrounded by salt (though not the edible kind) I am exploring the use of Murry river pink salt/himalayan rock salt for those who like myself are looking for trace minerals to aide in their little ones diets/mineral/vitamin absorption.

A lot of parents have given me feedback in that they themselves loved this chocolate, felt it being quite rich for little ones, though I can say my 4 yr old loves these! After 2 pieces..he’s happy 🙂 I am working on an almond/coconut milk version..so please do stay with me.

That’s it! Please don’t be scared to play around with the ingredients..fruit and nuts can be added pending on taste. Please do feel free to leave me a comment, I’m more than happy to answer any questions and would love to know how you and/or your little ones get on.

Enjoy!

x

Hello world! No cows milk by -Yvonne-

Aloha

As I find myself sitting here in my pj’s with cuppa (soya milk) tea typing. I think back to 18 months ago and what a journey of growth its been.

I guess from the title of my site, one would be assuming that I must be 100% against cows milk?

Since I realised and it was later confirmed that my little one had a cows protein intolerance. It is true, sure I disliked the pain and discomfort it had caused my little boy. Yes, I have found other sources of calcium and protein that hold more nutrition than cows milk. Yes, I am not a lover of mass milk production and what it does to a lot of animals and Yes, I would like to think that the milk in schools programme was primarily set up for our children’s health and not primarily for protecting the milk industry.

I can only speak in the ‘now moment’ and say at this present time in our house there is little cows milk is on the menu.

As I began to realise the task that lay before me in order to keep my little one safe (I have to add this was before any confirmation of diagnoses) I knew what I had to do. But I didn’t know where to start. The upset of seeing my little boy in so much discomfort and not knowing how I was going to make this better, the anger of countless visits to the doctor, the anxiety of not knowing.

I’m sure there are many of you who’ve sat up as I did, going through food labels, lists and more list of ingredients, with anxiety and fear  setting in.

For those of you who’ve experienced fear, you will know irrelevant whether you fight or flight, one thing you do experience is… energy.

For me, I’ve always been slow reader, yet I found I was reading a couple of hundred pages before bed. I was able to redirect that fear, that excess energy into reading, learning, finding alternative solutions, different ways to cook and learning to live a family lifestyle not revolving around cows milk.

My aim is to share my learning, I believe no parent or family should feel alone and for those of you who have entered on this journey, making lifestyle changes, I’d like you all to know that you’re all doing brilliantly.

I hope my site, offers you non judgemental time and space and what follows is of interest and support.

love to all

-Y-