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Susan Jane

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Sea Salt, Date & Cacao Halva

Apparently, women think about chocolate more then men. Some scientists think this is because eating cacao helps release a cavalry of dopamine in the female brain, the same substance released during orgasm. It’s even been suggested that when women eat chocolate, it affects activity in the cerebral hemisphere responsible for regulating sexual desire.

Only one way to find out …

 

 

Sea Salt, Date & Cacao Halva

 

3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
1 mug light tahini (circa 340g)
Up to 1/2 cup date syrup (125ml)
Good pinch of flaky sea salt
2 tablespoons carob powder (can be subbed with cocoa/cacao)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons raw cacao nibs

 

1. In a small saucepan, melt your coconut oil and date syrup together over a gentle flame.

2. Keeping the pan on a very low heat, add the remaining ingredients together, mushing with a fork. Ensure the oil is well mixed. Taste, and adjust with vanilla or sweetener. Work quickly, as the oil will begin to separate from the other ingredients as soon as it starts cooling. If this starts to happen, whack up the heat.

3. Line a small rectangular container (a little lunchbox perhaps?) with cling film so that it comes out over the sides. Transfer your gorgeous gooey gloss into the lined container and tickle with more cacao nibs and flaky salt (if you have any left).

4. Transfer to the freezer for 6 hours before indulging. Store it there too, as it melts quite quickly at room temperature.

We serve this in great big hunks and chards, alongside coffee and hygge (naturally).

 

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This recipe is from page 208  Tasty. Naughty. Healthy. Nice. cookbook my friends. One of 140 healthy-assed recipes to help turn your kitchen into a wholefood mecca. 

If you live in the States, you can nail 20% off both my cookbooks this month by using the code SUSANJANE20 at the checkout of my US publisher’s online store. Here’s hoping I lovebomb your kitchen! Namaste. xxx

 

 

 

Breakfast, Vegan &/or Raw

White Chocolate Porridge

Cacao sounds like a verb. Something you do to someone when they tamper with your temper.

Ka-Kow! It also sounds like a magical spell, which is exactly what cacao does to porridge.

Cacao butter is going to take your porridge to a whole new level – that’s why we call this recipe The Elevator.

Curiously, cacao butter is creamy and pale. If you close your eyes and smell it, you’d never guess it wasn’t chocolate. You see, cacao butter is responsible for All Things Chocolatey. That’s right. This ingredient owns you.

 

 

Like all butters, cacao fat is damn delicious and leaves your palate purring for more. But a little goes a long way. We now know that moderate amounts of good fats form an integral part of our health – avocados, unsalted nuts, olive oil, egg yolks. Cheap, bastardised fats in convenience products and confectionery, will often brutalize your waistline and your arteries.

Find the unadulterated raw form of cacao butter in health shops and Supervalu stores nationwide. It’s not housed in the refrigerated area – look instead for the superfood shelf made for savvy shoppers like you.

 

 

White chocolate porridge

Serves 1

 

1 tablespoons raw cacao butter, roughly shaved

120ml (1/2 cup) preferred form of milk

4 tablespoons oat flakes

Pinch of flaky sea salt

 

Pistachios and raw honey, to serve

 

 

I bet you have a particular way of cooking porridge, attentive to your own neuroses. Me too! This recipe will work, whichever way you choose to cook it.

For everyone else, I recommend bringing the cacao butter and your preferred milk to a gentle heat, below simmering point. Then add the oats, the flaky salt and cook for 5 minutes until the oats expand. Try not to let the pot boil, burning the taste of the milk.

Serve with great big globs of whipped or set honey and a cup of Early Grey.

 

 

Some crazy-ass news?

The US edition of my cookbook, Tasty.Naughty.Healthy.Nice, reached number 1 on Amazon for New Releases. #WTAF

As a result, Amazon have dropped the price in celebration. Here’s the link, should you fancy sending an American pal some Irish sunshine through the post this week! 

Namaste my friends. 

xx

 

 

Events

Beauty Heroes: skin food part 5

Sisters! I’m particularly giddy today.

I’ve become a cheer leader for a suite of incredibly strong, smart, deeply talented women; women who have started their own skincare brands born out of all-consuming love of nature and wizardry.

I want to help shout about these awe-inspiring brands. All natural, all organic, all small-scale farmers or producers; each of them deserves our attention and lovebombs.

The choices we make today, can help keep these wonderful green wizards stay in business. Heck, even thrive.

Fancy helping? Fancy looking amazing?!

Head on over to Beauty Heroes website, the mouthpiece for these brilliant alchemists and skincare specialists. I guarantee you will bounce higher than a caffeinated Smurf.

All of the products and brands within the Beauty Heroes family are formulated with the highest quality, organic and wild-harvested ingredients that have been ethically sourced by companies who care about your health and the health of our planet. 

“More joy. More love. More plants. More magic. Dear universe, I would like more of all of these things in my life.” – Laurel, of Laurel Whole Plant Organics.

What an amazing service to stumble upon, especially in a time when so many pseudo “natural” skincare products bombard our shelves. It’s a really cool educational tool as well as a go-to shopping source.

I’ve been hooked on it since 2016, and get such a fizz-rush knowing that my hard-earned cash is actually nourishing small, mindful, ethical companies instead of fueling mass-produced chemical gunk.

I’ll leave you with this nugget, who I follow on Instagram (Laurel is part of the Beauty Heroes tribe). Check. This. Out.

Namaste my friends.

x Susan Jane

What all goes into these precious powders?! Quite a bit actually: 🌿 1) In January, meet with farmer. Choose which plants they will grow and how much. 2) In March, seeds are planted. 3) By June, most plants are blooming and harvest begins. 4) In July, start receiving plants from our farms. Painstakingly dry them and handle them with minimal exposure to light and oxygen. The plants are stored in large Miron protective glass until we need them. 5) September, we have most of our plants in for the year. 6) To keep antioxidants at their peak, we make each powdered mask a couple times per month - and powder each plant by hand in house at the time the batch is made. 🌿 I have high standards for your products. You put your trust in me, and I take that seriously and do things as meticulously as I can. Xo laurel

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And finally, from the Department of Disclosure:

1.     I will only review small scale producers whose products I love and admire; whose work ethics amaze and astonish; and whose genius deserves a wider platform.

2. I do not receive payment or contra for the products that I review on my website. That ain’t my Feels.

As a Beauty Heroes ambassador, I receive their monthly discovery box in advance of its release, to trial-run the product as a member of their beauty council. There is no obligation to write about Beauty Heroes, in any form whatsoever, but I choose to do so from a place of love, deep respect, and incorrigible excitement.

3.     If I receive sample products to review for my site, you will be the first to know. Full disclosure. You are my friends. I have no intention to mess with your mind.