Chocolate pots

This delicious treat is gluten and dairy free, paleo, and full of good fats and antioxidants.

Cacao has loads of benefits including having loads of iron, magnesium and calcium. It’s also a natural mood enhancer because it contains anandamide a compound nicknamed the bliss molecule. It delivers the feel-good kick of chocolate without all that extra processed and refined sugar. Cacao can take a bit of getting used to, while it has the same scent of dark chocolate it’s quite bitter and needs to be balanced in recipes.chocolate pot for blog

 

The overripe banana is key to this recipe as most of the sweetness to counterbalance the cacao comes from the sugars in the fruit. If you can’t get your hands on a banana that’s past its best you may need to adjust the honey to account for it.

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

1 medium ripe avocado

1 overripe banana

1 tbsp of raw organic cacao nibs

2 tbsps of raw organic cacao powder

2 tbsps of honey

1 tsp of maca powder (optional)

50 ml of hazelnut milk

1 tbsp of chia seeds

 

Method

Chuck all the ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth. Taste and adjust: if it’s too bitter add honey, if too sweet or the banana flavour is too strong add a half a teaspoon of cacao whizz and repeat.

Once you’re happy with the flavour divide the mixture between 3 ramekin dishes and pop them into the fridge for a few hours.

 

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Grey-friar Gardens, our class trip.

I’m halfway through my first week in CCCU, and it has been pretty good so far.  Lectures are more or less the same stuff I was doing last year so I’m not worried yet.  Today my class went to Grey-Friar gardens in Canterbury to bond and to partly to get everyone to loosen up and start acting a bit more child like.  So we spent two hours or so running around this place trying to imagine how children would react.
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This is possibly the best keep off the grass sign I’ve ever seen;
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Inevitably we started climbing trees, because that’s what children do.IMG_1015 IMG_1013

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And I found a bumblebee…
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Canterbury

So it’s nearly the end of my first week here, and in spite of being rather uneventful I’ve been having a lot of fun exploring the medieval parts of the town, chilling out in the park, finding out where the good pubs are and wandering around the markets (there seems to be a different kind of market on everyday).

The Cathedral is pretty amazing and I’m hoping to get some photos of it soon but for now I’ll make do with one or two of the gates, and some other old buildings.

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So far my favorite part of the city is definitely the park and the walk way along the city walls, parts of which have been the since 270 A.D. (which is delightful to the history nerd in me).  Walking along here you have the park on one side, and the main road and industrial parts of the town on the other, which look like they should be miles away from each other. As well as that there is a fantastic view of the city and the Cathedral.

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