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Vegan Parmesan Flakes

October 14, 2017
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Do you do dairy

I don’t these days, mainly because I’m having way more foodie fun experimenting with yummy dairy-free creations like coconut yoghurts, nut milks and nut cheeses! Speaking of…during a delicious lunch with the delightful Julie Montagu (check out her page pronto if you haven’t already!) I enjoyed a wonderful ‘courgetti spaghetti’ dish adorned in the most perfect pine nut parmesan flakes I’d ever seen!
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Super Real Food Blueberry Smoothie

September 26, 2017
Putting my new @coconutbowls to the test, filling it with one of my fav b'fast smoothies I make when I feel like a sweet start to the day.
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Try this the next time you crave processed, crappy sweet stuff, it will satisfy you in the most health-supportive, poop-tastic way 
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I used wild blueberries, gifted to me by a friend who likes to forage for his food - they're slightly darker in colour which is why this smoothie looks a little grey.
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I heart berries SO much - they have many beautifying benefits for your skin, packed with antioxidant compounds that neutralize free radicals that cause skin cell damage & premature ageing. They're also loaded with vitamin C, crucial to a clear complexion.
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I've thrown in a little flaxseed for optimal pooping (you're welcome!) followed by some dandelion greens because they:
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✨provide 535% of the recommended daily value of vitamin K, one of the BEST sources of plant-based food that help strengthen bones & limit neuron damage in the brain.
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✨provide 112% of the daily minimum requirement of vitamin A, great for skin, mucus membranes & vision 
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✨are high in fiber, vitamin C, B6 + thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron (crucial for generating red blood cells), potassium (to help regulate heart rate & blood pressure), & manganese.
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'Nuff said? Got it!
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‍Berry Beautiful Smoothie (for 2)
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2 BIG handfuls dandelion greens (sub for any dark non-bitter lettuce)
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500ml/16oz coconut milk
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1 cup blueberries
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2 tbs ground flaxseed
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1-2 dried, unsulphured organic figs (sub for dates)
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1/4 cup dried, shredded coconut + extra for topping
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1 tbs cacao nibs or goji berries for topping
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Add into blender in the order above. Blitz & add extra water if you want a runnier smoothie.
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You can also add any fav herbal powders if this floats your boat. I often add a tablespoon of whatever @superfeast blend I have on hand - today it was their new JING magic which is an amazing support for the kidneys and adrenal glands.
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If you're looking to add more protein, nix the typical (boring, often overly processed) protein powders and try @kulikulifoods morninga powder which is such an amazing ingredient that won't cost you the earth

Putting my new coconut bowl to the test, filling it with one of my fav b’fast smoothies I make when I feel like a sweet start to the day. Try this the next time you crave processed, crappy sweet stuff, it will satisfy you in the most health-supportive, poop-tastic way 💩

I used wild blueberries, gifted to me by a friend who likes to forage for his food – they’re slightly darker in colour which is why this smoothie looks a little grey. I heart berries SO much – they have many beautifying benefits for your Continue Reading…

Sign up for the Best Self World Summit

September 25, 2017
OK, no more excuses!
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It’s time to stop bypassing YOU, to break through your blocks and to shift into your most vibrant self 
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You’re a part of my tribe for a reason and I want more for you - and me!
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Here’s the good news...
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My friends @bestselfmedia have created an online conference featuring 21 cutting-edge experts (including ME!‍) in the field of holistic health. We have come together with ONE goal in mind:
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To help you break through your blocks so you can live an unstoppable life 
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Throughout this summit, you'll hear about my (and other's) personal stories, stumbles and top tips to that I hope will support you to become your best self 
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Are you ready?
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Because the summit starts all TODAY! 
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So be sure to register now for FREE via the link in my profile.
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There’s no time like NOWmaste my friend, your best self awaits!
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Danielle

OK, no more excuses! It’s time to stop bypassing YOU, to break through your blocks and to shift into your most vibrant self. You’re a part of my tribe for a reason and I want more for you – and me! Here’s the good news…

My friends Best Self Magazine have created an online conference featuring 21 cutting-edge experts (including ME!👩🏼‍🍳) in the field of holistic health. We have come together with ONE goal in mind: to help you break through your blocks so you can live an unstoppable life. Throughout this summit, you’ll hear about my (and other’s) personal stories, stumbles and top tips to that I hope will support you to become your best self 🙏🏻

Are you ready? Because the summit starts all TODAY! So be sure to register now for FREE via this link. There’s no time like NOWmaste my friend, your best self awaits!

Danielle 

 

Best Broccoli Soup! Easy, Affordable, Delicious

September 22, 2017
Happy first day of Fall 
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This easy peasy broccoli soup would have to be one of my all-time favourite fall recipes to make when Friday rocks around and the hunger pangs start to kick in 
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A private client of mine fills one-half of her freezer with this soup during the colder months! She takes it to work to reheat during days she has no time to prep lunch, + she also adds my plant-based 'meat'balls to it during nights when she has no time to cook.
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It's been a BIG couple of weeks for @benjaminshinestudio and I  All super rewarding, uplifting and exciting stuff, but also slightly exhausting...
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Which is why I just cooked up a big ol' batch of this green goodness to see us through the many days and nights ahead when all we want is optimal nourishment and deliciousness minus all effort.
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I'll add in extra bits and pieces every now and then to change things up - different gluten-free, gut-friendly pastas, grass-fed/pasture-raised proteins, sauteed tofu or tempeh and even just more veggies (steamed, chunky broccoli or pumpkin tastes SO good, as does spiralised veggies noodles like daikon or zucchini!).
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However you choose to enjoy this dish, rest assure it's filled with lots of great plant protein and essential nutrients for your beautiful body which much be nourished daily to support your longterm wellness.
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YOU NEED:
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1/4 - 1/2 cup organic coconut cream. 1/2 cup = nice n' creamy
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1 large garlic clove, minced 10 mins before to increase health benefits
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1 large leek, chopped
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2 medium heads of broccoli including the ends, chopped
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4 cups vegetable stock or bone broth
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2 tbs extra virgin olive oil for sauteeing
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YOU DO:
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✨Saute garlic and leek in a saucepan in oil until leek softens. Add chopped broccoli and stock/bone broth. Cover and simmer for about 30 mins until broccoli is tender.
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✨Carefully transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth.
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✨Taste and adjust consistency or seasoning if needed, then reheat if necessary to serve immediately, or freeze in BPA-free plastic containers (leaving about an inch at the top to allow for liquid expansion) for 3-6 months.
Happy first day of Fall! This easy peasy broccoli soup would have to be one of my all-time favourite fall recipes to make when Friday rocks around and the hunger pangs start to kick in. A private client of mine fills one-half of her freezer with this soup during the colder months! She takes it to work to reheat during days she has no time to prep lunch, + she also adds my plant-based ‘meat’balls to it during nights when she has no time to cook.

It’s been a BIG couple of weeks for mt beloved and I – all super rewarding, uplifting and exciting stuff, but also slightly exhausting… Which is why I just Continue Reading…

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Healthy Soda made with REAL Food

September 17, 2017
Did you know one can of orange soda 'Fanta' houses:
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23g of processed sugar (the crappy, chemically-treated type of sugar)
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Stuff called: 'Natural Orange Flavourings with Other Natural Flavourings' ❓
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Acesulfame K - an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gum, alcohol, candy & sweet yogurts. Its main chemical component, 'methylene chloride' may cause nausea, mood disorders, possibly some types of cancer, impaired liver & kidney function, eyesight issues & even perhaps autism.
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Aspartame - a cheap, dangerous sweetener used in more than 6,000 food & drink products + over 500 prescription & over-the-counter drugs. Recently found to have carcinogenic (AKA dangerous & potentially deadly) effects, aspartame is now undergoing further investigation due to the fact it may also impair memory performance & increase oxidative stress in the brain.
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'A source of Phenylalanine' - an ingredient that may be very dangerous to anyone consuming aspartame (). Basically, too much Phenylalanine in the body = neurotoxicity which means it can excite the neurons in your brain to the point of cellular death.
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I could go on & on, but you get the dismal picture...
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I remain utterly disgusted with the company choosing to make & sell this low-grade, unhealthy chemical bomb.
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I offer you (& any children in your life!) this healthier, yummier alternative:
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✨REAL GOOD ORANGE SODA✨
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You need:
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4 medium carrots, skin on, chopped
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1 cup filtered water
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1 tbs organic date or maple syrup
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Juice from 1 x fresh lemon
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1/4 inch piece fresh ginger
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1 x bottle of carbonated water
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You do:
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Add carrots, ginger & filtered water in a blender & blitz until everything is well combined.
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Blend for at least 2 mins before straining into a glass jug using a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer.
Squeeze pulp to ensure every drop of juice is extracted.
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Add strained juice back into (a well-rinsed) blender. Add lemon juice & date/maple syrup, blend on high to combine. .
Refrigerate for 30 mins to chill, then pour into a glass, stopping halfway. Fill the other half with carbonated water & serve!
Did you know one can of orange soda ‘Fanta’ houses:

23g of processed sugar (the crappy, chemically-treated type of sugar)

Stuff called: ‘Natural Orange Flavourings with Other Natural Flavourings’ 
Acesulfame K – an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gum, alcohol, candy & sweet yoghurts. Its main chemical component, ‘methylene chloride’ may cause nausea, mood disorders, possibly some types of cancer, impaired liver & kidney function, eyesight issues & even perhaps autism.

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Perfect Papaya Treat

September 13, 2017
First morning in LA after a day of traveling, uber-ing & sorting out an air bnb - I'm a creature who favors homes over hotels because: kitchen!! ‍
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If you caught my insta stories, the first thing I did after arriving in LA was head straight to the closest grocer to stock up on REAL foods & ingredients 
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One of the many delicious real foods I found was this fresh, sweet-smelling, juicy papaya which I am enjoying for breakfast, paired with a few generous squishes of fresh lime juice & a sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon 
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I love papaya for SO many reasons, here are a few of the main ones:
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It contains an enzyme called 'papain', an incredibly powerful digestive aid.
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Papaya can greatly reduce inflammation in your body, easing pain caused by diseases like arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma, etc
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Ladies: unripe papaya juice helps to contract muscle fibers of your womb! This means it can support regular menstrual flow.
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And on that note, papain in unripe papaya juice is also extremely beneficial to the development of  natural gastric juice in your body which helps to combat things like excess mucus in the stomach, dyspepsia & intestinal irritation.
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It's rich in antioxidants that prevent oxidation of cholesterol build-up in your arteries - a fantastic aid if you have blood pressure issues.
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Papaya's juice contains an incredibly high amount of Vitamin A which can reduce lung inflammation.
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Best way to enjoy it?
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FRESH!
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Chop or scoop straight from it's skin (which is also magical! Use on burns, stings, cuts and other wounds).
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Just don't forget to add a dash of lime juice when you're chowing down, it truly enhances its flavours & powers! ⚡️
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Oh!! And be sure to keep the little black seeds - post coming soon to explain why, you won't want to miss this!
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Happy Wednesday x

First morning in LA after a day of traveling, uber-ing & sorting out an air bnb – I’m a creature who favors homes over hotels because: kitchen!! If you caught my insta stories, the first thing I did after arriving in LA was head straight to the closest grocer to stock up on REAL foods & ingredients 👌🏻

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Cooking With Jackfruit

September 2, 2017
After a delightful afternoon spent with @julie.montagu and her AMAZING superfood creations we demo'd on facebook live yesterday (did you tune in?) I was feeling inspired to create something new!
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Which is why I ventured to Chinatown lastnight to pick up two cans of jackfruit, one the most versatile fruits I know! 
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I love playing with this ingredient (pictured 'in the raw' if you swipe left above) because there are so many sweet and savoury things you can create with it 
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If you've never tried jackfruit, the time is NOW! 
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Need more reasons to give it a go? Sure! Jackfruit is SO wonderful because it's:
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✨High in fibre
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✨Low in fat
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✨Contains potassium, calcium & iron
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✨Great for digestion
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✨Eco-friendly - often used in place of animal meat.
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Convinced?
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GREAT! Now Make this and enjoy 
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MISO ROASTED JACKFRUIT
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✔️2 x 20oz cans young jackfruit, water (not syrup!)
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✔️2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
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✔️1 teaspoon garlic powder
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✔️1 teaspoon cumin
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✔️Pinch salt
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✔️1/2 cup vegetable broth (or water)
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✔️1 tablespoon sweet miso paste (soy or chickpea)
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✔️2 tablespoons tamari (or coconut aminos)
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You do:
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✔️Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Line a baking tray. Drain & rinse jackfruit. Cut or break into smaller pieces - I like to pull the pieces apart with my fingers.
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✔️Add oil & jackfruit to a large frying pan & heat. Add broth & simmer, covered, for 10 minutes until jackfruit softens & can be easily mashed with a fork.
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✔️Once mashed, add miso paste, spices, tamari & salt. Combine well, then transfer to a baking tray, spread in an even layer, then pop in the oven to roast - this should take about 10-20 minutes depending upon your oven, watch closely & be sure to shuffle pieces around every 5-8 minutes to roast evenly.
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TIP: you'll know it's ready when the jackfruit darkens in colour & a few strands get start to burn - this is perfect!
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Remove from oven & enjoy 'as is', with soup, or eat alongside some sauteed broccoli, kale & cauliflower topped with some toasted pumpkin or sesame seeds

After a delightful afternoon spent with Julie Montagu and her AMAZING superfood creations we demo’d during our fun facebook live yesterday (did you tune in?) I was feeling inspired to create something new! Which is why I ventured to Chinatown last night to pick up two cans of jackfruit, one the most versatile fruits I know! 

 

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I love playing with this ingredient (pictured ‘in the raw’ if you swipe left above) because there are so many sweet and savoury Continue Reading…

No-Churn Plant-Based Ice Cream

August 19, 2017
RECIPE BELOW 
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You scream, I scream, we all scream for (no churn, plant-based) ice cream!
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Am I right? ‍♀️
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If you're thinking "yes, yes YES!" then here's one I created for YOU for when temperatures hit an all-time HIGH & you need to keep your cool in a healthy, happy way
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I love this version so much because you can make it without an expensive churner + it's creamy & flavorful without fake flavours, preservatives, additives or colourings 
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Now...with every sweet treat I create & share, bookmark this in your 'every now & then sweet treat' folder vs enjoying it as an 'ice cream/cake for breakfast' kinda situation 
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Although it's filled with real, health-supportive ingredients, it houses lots of healthy fat + real, natural sugars - best factored into a diet filled with non-starchy veg FIRST + a sensible portion of plant &/or organic grass-fed/wild-caught/pasture-raised animal protein - whatever floats your boat!
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No Churn Choc Coco Ice Cream
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You need:
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✨2 x 400g/14oz cans coconut cream, left in fridge overnight
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✨1 cup cacao powder
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✨3/4 cup pitted, organic dates, soaked in boiling water for 15 mins (drain & keep water)
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✨1 cup unlsulphered desiccated coconut
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✨1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
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OPTIONAL:
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4 x probiotic capsules - use powder, discard the capsules
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1/2 - 1 cup soy-free choc chips, cacao nibs or unsulphered dried fruit
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1/2 cup crushed nuts - soak at least 4 hours & fold in at the end
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You do:
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Place a large mixing bowl (preferably a stainless steel one) in the freezer to chill.
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Blitz dates in food processor, adding 1 tablespoon at a time of its soaking water until you make a thickened paste.
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Remove coconut cream & bowl from fridge. Scoop JUST thickened cream into bowl - save liquid for smoothies, etc. Using electric beaters (or stand mixer) whip until smooth & creamy.
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Add cacao, milk & date paste. Whip until completely combined.
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Transfer to freezer-safe container, freeze o/night. Remove at least 25 minutes before serving. Run an ice cream scoop under boiling hot water before scooping.

You scream, I scream, we all scream for (no churn, plant-based) ice cream!

Am I right? ‍♀️

If you’re thinking “yes, yes YES!” then here’s one I created for YOU for when temperatures hit an all-time HIGH & you need to keep your cool in a healthy, happy way  I love this version so much because you can make it without an expensive

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