We are rolling into week 4 of the better fitness and nutrition for Mrs LK. Summer was pretty much work, work, work and admittedly that meant that a few things needed to slide a little. However, having made the commitment to head back to the gym, I’m loving the challenges that are being presented. Food intake has a lot to do with my overall progression.
The recipe below has been making its way around social media of recent – so I’ve adapted it to suit me. If you have enjoyed watching the British Comedy, The Vicar of Dibley, you may be familiar with one of the characters, Letitia Cropley – she was famous for creating “interesting” combinations of ingredients. My family accuse me of being a lot like Letitia sometimes, but in the case of the slight modification to the original recipe, I think I’ve got it just right! I’ve added in chia seeds because of the protein content (make you feel fuller for longer) and Venui Ground Ginger because I LOVE ginger and of course it has so many healthy properties, and besides, it seemed like a good idea at the time. If you don’t want to add those two ingredients, I am sure your recipe will be just dandy – you can’t go wrong with this one.
The original recipes came from ArtandtheKitchen via the The Coconut Mamma (of course I LOVE her coconut insights).
Prep Time: 15 mins Set Time: 30 mins Makes about 12 squares
1 cup Lav Kokonas Virgin Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon of Venui Ground Ginger
4 tablespoons chia seeds
2 cups dessicated coconut
1/4 cup honey
8 squares of dark chocolate – be sure to use a 85% cocoa version, then there is NO guilt whatsoever
In a pot, gently warm the Virgin Coconut Oil until it is liquid*, add the Venui ground ginger, combine with a fork, so all the powder is well mixed in, then add coconut, honey and chia seeds. Mix well.
Line shallow baking dish with baking paper. (You can see in the photo that one version of the recipe, I used mini muffin pans – silicone – to make cute little cups; they pop easily out of the silicone moulds when ready). Press mixture firmly into baking dish. Freeze or refrigerate until well set. While the mixture is chilling, melt chocolate, then either drizzle over coconut mix if you want just a wee taste of chocolate or spread a thin layer over the coconut mixture. I think I used too much chocolate, hence the rather generous layer of choc on top.
Chill again then cut into squares if you have used a baking dish, or pop out of the mini muffin pan.
You can either store in the freezer for a firm bite but you will need to remove from the freezer 10 minutes or so, before you are ready for a snack – you don’t want to break a tooth! Alternatively, you can store these in the fridge for a softer “bite”. Your choice.
Another easy and tasty way of enjoying Virgin Coconut Oil.
* please, please, please – don’t use a microwave to heat the Lav Kokonas Virgin Coconut Oil – much kinder to use a pot.