No-Bake Nutella Brownies

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It’s great when a recipe comes together by chance! I was supposed to make some homemade Nutella but I added the cacao powder too early, meaning it wouldn’t turn into a chocolatey spread! However I used my imagination, added a few more ingredients and a delicious brownie was born. The pictures don’t do this recipe justice, they are lovely and gooey with a subtle hint of roasted hazelnuts. This is a clean treat that tastes really indulgent but you won’t have to feel guilty about this one. I also added protein, making the brownies a good pre/post workout treat.

Ingredients:

    • 1 cup hazelnuts, roasted
    • 3 Tbsp raw cacao
    • 1/3 cup dates
    • 1/3 gluten free oats
    • 1 scoop vanilla protein (If you are using plain protein, add some vanilla pod/extract)
    • 1/2 cup water

Method:

1. After roasting the hazelnuts, transfer them to a clean tea towel, and wrap the top tightly over the nuts. Roll around on your counter and the friction with remove the skin from the nuts.

2. Add the hazelnuts, cacao and half the dates to the bowl of your food processor. (Add the water a little at a time as you may not need it all) Let the mix run for about 5-10 minutes until the oils are released from the hazelnuts. Add the remaining dates, oats and protein and mix for another 3-4 minutes. Press the mix, and if it sticks together its ready.

3. Roll out some parchment paper in a rectangular oven dish. Scoop out the mixture, and spread it out pressing down at all times with a spatula. Smooth it out and decorate with some extra hazelnuts. Place in the freezer to set.

4. Remove after no less than 1 hour and cut into even squares. Store in the fridge.

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Protein Hot Chocolate

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Sometimes in life it’s just too cold to drink a smoothie or a protein shake! Well, if you’re in Ireland anyway! The last few weeks have been insane and anyone that knows me, will know how much I dislike the freezing weather! I’m always joking with my mam, that I was definitely born in the wrong climate and I should be living somewhere hot!! But when these wishes can’t be granted the next best thing is a big mug of hot chocolate!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 200ml almond milk
  • 2 tbs raw cacao
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 scoop vanilla/plain protein
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Method:

1. In a pot over a medium heat add the coconut cream, almond milk, cacao, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. Mix well to combine and when it starts to foam, remove from the heat.

2. Allow to cool slightly and transfer to a blender, add the scoop of protein and blend for 30 seconds. Serve immediately.

** Tips:

  • Add 1tsp maple syrup if you wish to sweeten.
  • Add 1-2 squares of dark chocolate to the pot for that extra YUM factor.

Spiced Apple Oats

IMG_9095This is a really simple recipe for oats and will warm the belly on an icy morning. I came up with the idea as I am off sugar and needed to jazz up my oats without using honey or maple syrup. Another idea for this recipe would be to bake the oats as this flavour combination would be delicious baked!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 green apple peeled and chopped
  • 200ml almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • some frozen berries for topping

Method:

1. In a pot over a medium heat; add the apple and a cup of water. Cook for about 10 minutes until the apple softens and using a fork, mash it up.

2. In a second (larger) pot add the oats, spices and almond milk (Give it a stir) and add in the apple mix. Cook over a medium heat until the oats are ready.

3. Transfer to a bowl and cover with your favourite toppings.

Sign up for the “You’re Sweet enough” Sugar Detox!

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Hi guys,

I hope you’ve had your last piece of chocolate or used up the last of the honey because the plan is ready!

There are many reasons for joining this group, and even more benefits for your health. So whether or not you want to lose weight, enhance your fitness levels or just give your body a cleanse then this detox is for you – and the best part is that you don’t have to do it alone! Your sugar-free army is here to help 🙂

We have spent the last week putting together a manual for your detox. This includes the many reasons to give up sugar, tips to help stay off the white stuff, a meal plan and a small collection of recipes to help you out if you are stuck. There will also be a Facebook group set up where we can share articles, information, recipes and daily struggles, and for any extra help there’s always the Primal Piggy page so don’t be shy!

I only ask one thing of you guys! There have been a lot of late nights and hard work put into creating this plan, and as it’s my first time doing something like this I’m going to share it with you at no cost, but I would ask that you donate some money to a charity, homeless person or just some random act of kindness to pay it forward 🙂

To get started and sign up just add your name, email and short comment in the box below, the manual will be emailed to you.

You’re Sweet enough as you are…

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Sugar has always been my weakness, even if I gave up all the refined crap, I’d still over do the natural sugars. Even as a teenager I had the willpower to become Vegetarian and continued with this for 10 years! Now sugar on the other hand, I’ve gone 5 days without the hard stuff and I feel like I want to bang my head off a wall, it’s not right. There are so many health issues that can grow out of over consuming sugar, these include PMS, Menstrual pains, Insomnia, Mood swings, Low energy levels and if you are having trouble losing weight around your belly, yep you guessed it…Sugar!

If you feel you are over consuming sugar and wanna detox your body then why not join myself and sidekick Nicola McGillicuddy’s 4 week sugar free detox? This will mainly be a “Support Group” where we will share recipes, helpful articles and of course what you can and cannot consume. If people are interested we may even have a meet up in a suitable cafe/restaurant and will set up a Facebook group where we can all communicate and share our daily struggle/success stories.

If you have any questions regarding the detox, please comment below! It will probably take us about a week to set everything up, but Myself and Nicola will be starting our plan on Tuesday so please pray for us!!

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Confessions of a Chocoholic Part 1.

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So my sugar detox was going well all week- I knew it would prove difficult when I went with my boyfriend on a 2 day break to Co. Galway and not to mention coming home in time for Easter, but I was determined to stay strong and I did until we discovered a small cafe selling handmade Irish fudge, I tried to stay strong but when the lady working there asked me if I wanted to taste any, that was it! I ended up getting 4 large chunks: Mint Chocolate/Orange Chocolate/Vanilla Chocolate & Caramel Chocolate- Yep Chocolate Galore!!! The chocolate monster inside me was very happy!! This fudge is unbelievable, if I was going to fail I am happy that it was with this delightful goodness, I managed to make it last over the whole weekend, But I’m happy its finally all gone so I can now get back on track.

I’ll say goodbye to the Chocolate Monster for now!!!

Sugar is a Drug!

I fully admit I am a sugarholic, I go through phases of eating chocolate most days and often crave sweet foods. In January I took on a Paleo challenge for 31days, the 1st 10days were based on the whole30 diet I didnt consume sugar of any kind real or artificial No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. I knew it would be tough but I needed to know how my body reacted when I removed this substance.

IT WAS HELL……. it really took effect on Day 2: Headaches, Moodswings, poor energy, cravings -What you expect from a smoker who has quit after 30 years!! I’m still apologising to my other half for my temporary psychotic episode lol!!

But it did pass and I started to feel the benefits, I had more energy, my skin was glowing, I dropped some pounds and I generally felt healthier. I’m still really shocked how giving up Sugar affected me so much and really thought me a lesson, In society today we are allowing ourselves and our children to become addicted to this substance causing obesity everywhere we look. We really are a nation hooked on Sugar & most people dont seem to care or realise that they are fully addicted to it.

When I finished my detox I started to eat chocolate again in moderation and then before I knew it I was eating chocolate every second day. It angered me that here I was again craving sugar everyday… so from yesterday I decided to give up sugar again, I wont go as strict this time, but will ease myself back in!

Follow my Journey here to see how I get on 🙂 🙂