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4-Ingredient Easy “Peppermint Chocolate” Recipe (Paleo, GF, DF, V, AIP)

Peppermint Chocolate Recipe

Looking for a delicious chocolate alternative this Easter? Try out this Peppermint Chocolate recipe with just 4 essential ingredients. It’s also Paleo-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and autoimmune paleo-friendly!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cacao powder or carob powder
    *For AIP friendly version, choose carob powder
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 4-5 drops of doTerra peppermint essential oil
  • 3-4 tbsp. sweetener of choice (e.g. honey, maple syrup, rice malt syrup)
    *For a Vegan option choose rice malt syrup or maple syrup
  • Dash of salt (optional, though it tastes great!)
 

Instructions

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over very low heat
  2. Add in your sweetener of choice and stir to combine
  3. Add in the cacao powder or carob powder (for a smoother texture it is best to sift in first). Whisk the cacao powder until everything looks shiny
  4. Remove from heat, continue to whisk until it is completely smooth
  5. Add in peppermint essential oil. Give it a quick stir and taste (someone has to do it, right?). Adjust sweetness if needed
  6. Pour into chocolate moulds, or just into a flat baking tray and place in the freezer to set
  7.  Remove once set, break into pieces and serve!

Looking For More Delicious Chocolate Recipes?

Check out my previous recipes for:

Gut Healing Creamy Berry Smoothie

IQS Clean n Green Smoothies

Berry Smoothie Goodness

This lean, mean gut-healing concoction is one of my personal favourites! I love having a berry smoothie almost daily; as you can see from the ingredients list this is packed full of veggies and is a great way to heal your gut. Those berries definitely add a little natural sweetness and tartness!

Ingredients (Serves 1)

200-300mL of filtered water

1/2 avocado

1 handful organic baby spinach

1 small organic cucumber

100g of frozen organic berries of choice (about a cup). I love the “Oob” brand from Coles

2 tsp. pure stevia leaf powder (you can switch this out for another sweetener of choice, or none at all, whatever floats your boat really!)

2 tbsp. grass fed gelatin

1 tbsp. slippery elm powder

Contents of 1 probiotic capsule (I personally use the BioCeuticals Ultra Biotic 45 for general probiotic support, though there’s many similar high quality products on the market)

Instructions

Blend and enjoy! Yep, that simple.

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Nat x


Want More Great Advice to Help Heal Your Gut?

If you haven’t already received your FREE eBook, “The Perfect Digestion” solution, then lookout for the pop-up or banner.

I’ve also produced an amazing self-help guide on “Healing Digestive Discomfort”– this is the best resource on the market for beginning to diagnose and treat your own gut issues

Healing your gut has been extensively covered in our discussions on “The Holistic Nutritionists Podcast”.

I’ve written some in-depth articles in the past; you can search for these using the bar below, or try out this post on gut health.

I also have some delicious recipes for gummies, including Creamy Raspberry Probiotic Gummies and Choc Banana & Mint Gelatin Gummies!

And if you’re still totally stuck, then book in to see me! I offer personalised Skype consults for anybody, anywhere.

IQS Clean n Green Smoothies

Heal Your Gut with this Easy Choc Banana & Mint Gelatin Recipe

Heal Your Gut with this Easy Choc Banana & Mint Gelatin Recipe
Heal Your Gut with this Easy Choc Banana & Mint Gelatin Recipe!

Y’all know that gut health is my passion! It plays some part in assisting with every health condition, large or small. So taking every measure to heal your gut and support its optimal function is my natural recommendation!

This easy-peasy “Choc Banana & Mint” gelatin recipe is a great way to help heal your gut…and enjoy a delicious, guilt-free treat too 🙂

Ingredients

2 tbsp. gelatin
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup chopped ripe banana
1/2 cup coconut cream
2 drops doTerra Peppermint Essential oil
1-2 tbsp. honey, maple syrup or rice malt syrup (OPTIONAL – only if you have a sweet tooth; I usually leave this out)
1 tbsp. cacao powder (or you can use carob powder if you prefer)

Instructions

1. ‘Bloom’ the gelatin by mixing 1/3 cup cold water with 2 tbsp. gelatin. Set aside to rest
2. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine coconut cream, banana, cacao, sweetener of choice (if using) and peppermint
3. Stir and mash the banana until it softens significantly and all ingredients are well combined
4. Add in ‘bloomed’ gelatin, turn heat off and whisk with a fork until the gelatin dissolves
5. Using a stick blender, blend all of the ingredients in the saucepan until no lumps of chunks of banana remain (I literally just do it in the saucepan, I don’t bother transfering it to another bowl)
6. Pour into ice cube moulds or into a flat baking tray or container of choice and set aside in the fridge for an hour to set

Enjoy!

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Nat x


Want More Great Advice to Help Heal Your Gut?

If you haven’t already received your FREE eBook, “The Perfect Digestion” solution, then lookout for the pop-up or banner.

I’ve also produced an amazing self-help guide on “Healing Digestive Discomfort”– this is the best resource on the market for beginning to diagnose and treat your own gut issues

Healing your gut has been extensively covered in our discussions on “The Holistic Nutritionists Podcast”.

I’ve written some in-depth articles in the past; you can search for these using the bar below, or try out this post on gut health.

I also have another great recipe for Creamy Raspberry Probiotic Gummies!

And if you’re still totally stuck, then book in to see me! I offer personalised Skype consults for anybody, anywhere.

Gut Lovin' Pack

Creamy Raspberry Probiotic Gummies

Creamy Raspberry Probiotic Gummies
Creamy Raspberry Probiotic Gummies

Probiotic Gummies

These Creamy Raspberry Probiotic Gummies are SO easy to make and pack a punch of gut healing goodness. With the benefits of probiotics AND gelatin (a potent gut healer) your insides will be feeling rejuvenated in no time. Plus they are delicious!

Ingredients

¾ cup coconut milk kefir (you can also use goat milk kefir, regular kefir, or coconut cream. However the probiotic benefit comes from the ‘kefir’ part)
1 cup frozen raspberries
2 tablespoons of sweetener of choice (e.g. honey, maple syrup, or rice malt syrup…or 5-10 drops stevia…Omit the sweetener if you like…it will still work!)
¼ cup grass-fed gelatin

Instructions

1. Place kefir and raspberries in a blender and combine until smooth and creamy. Tip this mixture into a saucepan.
2. Add the sweetener of choice (optional) and gelatin, stirring to combine and allowing the gelatin to mix through. It should form a thick-ish paste.
3. Turn the temperature down to low and continue stirring until the mixture becomes thin. It will take about 5 minutes or so.
4. Pour the mixture into a shallow baking dish, or some silicone molds if you have them. Allow the mixture to set in the fridge. It will take about an hour or so.
5. Remove from the moulds or cut using a knife if you have used a baking dish.

Enjoy!

PS. Can you do me a quick favour? If you love what you see then please SHARE IT and  spread the probiotic gummies goodness around!

Nat x


Want More Great Advice to Help Heal Your Gut?

If you haven’t already received your FREE eBook, “The Perfect Digestion” solution, then lookout for the pop-up or banner.

I’ve also produced an amazing self-help guide on “Healing Digestive Discomfort”– this is the best resource on the market for beginning to diagnose and treat your own gut issues.

Healing your gut has been extensively covered in our discussions on “The Holistic Nutritionists Podcast”.

I’ve written some in-depth articles in the past; you can search for these using the bar below, or try out this post on gut health.

I also have another delicious Choc Banana & Mint Gelatin Recipe!

And if you’re still totally stuck, then book in to see me! I offer personalised Skype consults for anybody, anywhere.

Gut Lovin' Pack

Sweet Potato Wedges With Tangy Macadamia Aioli

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Ingredients:

For the sweet potato…

1 large orange sweet potato

1 large purple or white sweet potato

2 tbsp. olive oil

Salt & Pepper to season

For the Tangy Aioli

2 free range egg yolks

1 lemon, juiced

1/2 tsp. gluten free dijon mustard (optional- it does still work without it!)

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

3/4-1 cup macadamia oil

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC and line 2 baking trays with baking paper
  2. Cut the sweet potato into wedges and spread out on the baking paper
  3. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil
  4. Allow to cook for 30-35 minutes, or until slightly crunchy (you may need to adjust this time slightly based on your oven- I’ve cooked them at a friends house on the same temp and it took less time!)
  5. Meanwhile, crack egg yolks into a deep mixing bowl
  6. Add lemon juice, salt, pepper and mustard
  7. Using a stick blender, combine these ingredients
  8. SLOWLY, very SLOWLY start to add the oil about 1 tbsp. at a time. Continue adding and mixing with your blender until all oil has run out. If you have used 3/4 cup of oil and the mixture is still too runny, try adding a bit more and stir well.
    TIP: as you get closer to the end of the oil, you can add more oil at a time (i.e. closer to 4 tbsp.)
    TIP 2: I have also seen this done in a blender- give it a go!
  9. Set aioli aside and serve with your sweet potato fries once they have cooked!

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Quick & Easy Tahini Lemon Dressing

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup hulled tahini

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1/4 lemon, juiced

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
  2. Enjoy on veggies, meat, chicken, seafood or drizzled over some nori/seaweed sheets

 

Gut Healing Green Goodness Smoothie

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Ingredients:

1 cup water or almond milk (both work, just slightly different taste)

1 small kiwi fruit, cut into chunks (tip: kiwis are one of the lowest fructose (sugar) fruits and are rich in antioxidants)

1 handful baby spinach

1/4 Avocado

1/2 medium cucumber, chopped roughly

2-3 tbsp. grass fed gelatin

4-5 ice cubes (optional)

 

Method:

  1. Prepare all veggies and kiwi as specified.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until no chunks of green stuff are left!
  3. Enjoy!!

 

Better than Nesquik Healthy Chocolate Milk

Do you guys remember Nesquik? Sugary, cold, delicious cup of joy that your Mum would offer you when you were being a pest?

Maybe that was just me…

Anyway, since I am not a big fan of processed sugary food, I decided to recreate a much healthier, lower sugar beverage for my boyfriend to offer me when I am being a pain in the butt (this happens often).

Give it a go and let me know what you think!

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Ingredients:

1 tbsp. cacao powder

3-4 tbsp. boiling water

200mL Unsweetened Almond milk or Coconut Milk

200mL Coconut water

2-3 ice cubes

Method:

  1. Place cacao powder and boiling water in a cup or glass of choice, stir until cacao powder is dissolved.
  2. Add in ice cubes, coconut water and nut milk.
  3. Stir well and enjoy!

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Spicy prawns with beetroot and goats milk feta salad

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Ingredients:

For the salad…

1/2 cup goats milk feta cheese, crumbled

2 cups rocket

5 small beetroots, peeled, boiled and sliced into cubes

1 large tomato, cut into chunks

For the dressing…

Simply combine 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar with 3 tbsp. of olive oil and shake together in a jar- dressing made!

For the prawns…

2 tbsp. coconut oil for frying

2 tbsp. red thai curry paste

1kg of prawns, deveined and peeled (or you could buy them having this done for you already!)

Salt and pepper to season

Method:

  1. Prepare all salad ingredients as specified, keeping the feta out until the end
  2. Heat coconut oil in a medium fry pan and add the thai curry paste until and allow to cook until the pan is sizzling with curry bits starting to attack you (be careful, its hot!)
  3. Add in prawns and cook for 3-4 minutes or until prawns are pink and cooked through
  4. Remove from heat and plate up. Adding the salad and dressing as desired
  5. Crumble the feta over the top, season with salt and pepper and voila! you’re ready to be nourished

 

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