WIAW: Tis the season for treats

I know its not officially Christmas yet, but is anyone else starting to relax and enjoy more treat foods? I’m keeping a good balance with plenty of regular healthy meals but I’m definitely embracing a few more treats, especially when I’m enjoying making new creations in the kitchen, wait until you see my Chocolate Coconut Truffles!

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These are my eats and workout from yesterday. For breakfast I made a big bowl of mince pie porridge with apple and topped with a very large spoonful of crunchy peanut butter:

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I made the porridge with half a cup of oats, water and egg whites then added the naturally sweetened mince pie filling, chopped apple and finally the peanut butter butter. Definitely one of my favourite things about this time of year! I also had a black coffee with vanilla stevia:

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Then it was off to work, its really quiet as the office is officially closed until the New Year but I had a great meeting with a health coaching client and then started to feel hungry so I ate a giant sliced persimmon:

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A little later I warmed up some home made lentil, vegetable and chicken broth soup:

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I made this at the weekend with a random assortment of veg, red lentils and my home made chicken bone broth as a base. I was still hungry after I ate that so had a couple of these Vitamin D containing cherry yoghurts:

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I had received some vouchers to sample these for the blog, they taste lovely but as with most flavoured yoghurts they are a bit heavy on the sugar for me. My eyes had been a bit big for my belly as having both of these stuffed me! But they did keep me going well for my quick gym session. I’m having some early finishes this week so headed to the gym for 2.30.

This week I’m not doing any exercise classes so I’m popping to the gym for a 45 minute workout each day. On Monday I did lower body strength work so yesterday I did my upper body. I started with 10 minutes on the cross trainer then did the following exercises:

  • 20 chest presses with a bar, 8 full push ups, 20 full sit ups x 3 sets
  • 20 rows with bar, 10 lat machine pulls, 15 single arm shoulder presses on each arm x 3 sets
  • 15 hammer curls with each arm, 10 lateral raises, 20 tricep extensions x 3 sets

Then I finished up with 10 minutes on the step machine. My appetite was definitely back after the gym so I made a pumpkin peanut smoothie in a bowl:

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I blended up some tinned pumpkin, ice, peanut flour, almond milk, maca and vanilla stevia then topped with sea salt almonds and raisins, yum! Plus I had a couple of handfuls of raisins to snack on while I was making the smoothie.

After that I decided to get busy in the kitchen and make some chocolate coconut fudge! While I was making it I snacked on quite a bit of dark chocolate and a big spoonful of coconut cream. More on that in a mo…

Photo 18-12-2012 16 37 47Just looking at that makes me want to drive in head first ;-)

For dinner I stir fried some shredded brussels sprouts in coconut oil with a chopped up sweet potato I’d baked earlier and topped it with a fried egg and some pesto hummus:

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What a lovely meal, I’m making the most of brussels sprouts right now!

Then it was back to the chocolate and coconut milk fudge. Well I say fudge, half way though its chilling time I changed my mind and decided to see if it would work as truffles. I made some balls from the mixture and rolled them in raw cacao powder:

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A couple of these worked but I think the ratio of ingredients may need some tweeking as they were a bit soft, but here’s what I used to make these anyway:

Chocolate Coconut Milk Truffles (makes about 20 – 25 truffles)

  • Roughly one bar of dark chocolate (I used a mixture of leftovers from bars of Lindt, Montezuma’s and dark chocolate chips)
  • 1 can of full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • pinch of salt
  • few splashes of vanilla extract

Melt the chocolate and then combine with the coconut milk, coconut oil and other ingredients. Transfer to a cling film lined tray and freeze or refrigerate until solid for fudge (just chop into squares) or when the mixture is semi firm take a spoon to it and make some balls with the mix then roll them in cocoa powder or raw cacao powder. Refrigerate or freeze to harden up again. Eat a lot….

For those of you that have tried them, these really remind me of Booja Booja truffles with their silky smooth coconut scented texture. Heavenly! I snacked on about 3 or 4 of these babies for taste testing purposes of course ;-) Then I had some Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea:

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Yesterday I posted my recipe for Gingerbread cake and last week I was also making cookies, I just love getting creative in the kitchen for Christmas. Do you do much cooking or baking at this time of year? What is your favourite recipe to make?

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  • http://www.peachypalate.com Shel@PeachyPalate

    Persimmons are amazing at the moment, totally in love with them! Fudge sounds awesome, need to make something similar myself :)
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  • http://www.peaceloveandoats.com Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    I bake a lot this time of year if I have the time. Last year I was done with finals super early so I was home and baking! This year I’m not heading home until the 22nd, so I doubt I’ll be doing any baking!
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  • http://www.lot-o-choc.blogspot.com Lot-O-Choc

    all looks so good! im definitely making the most of brussel sprouts at the minute too :). love booja booja truffles as well! where did you get your sugar cookie sleigh ride tea from? yummm!
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    • Laura

      I got the tea from iHerb.com, I have to admit its worth ordering it in for, so lovely to end the day with!

  • AnnaA

    I love Booja-Booja but they are pricey. I normally hate coconut but i’m still thinking about making your truffles! Do you think the coconut oil could be replaced with another oil?
    I love to make my own chestnut stuffing at Christmas and my own gravy. Who needs turkey!

    • Laura

      If you don’t have the coconut oil I would be tempted to just leave it out and use a bit more chocolate as that should help to harden it too :-)

  • http://paperbagblog.wordpress.com Christina

    Ooh the truffles look amazing! I love homemade truffles – I prefer them to shop bought, maybe because they are usually slightly softer and more gooey? I keep seeing different Christmassy teas by that company and they look so good! Are they an iHerb order or can I find them anywhere in the UK?
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    • Laura

      I don’t think I’ve heard of anywhere in the UK stocking them unless Wholefoods might get them? They are worth ordering in as they taste delicious – although have a look in TK Maxx as they have a different brand of Christmas teas

  • http://almostovernow.com Jess

    I need that pumpkin smoothie, stat. I wish I had some maca though – I stopped buying superfood powders but I kind of regret it now. Maca and Lucama were my favourites. Might I bug you for the recipe/ratios in that smoothie…mine are never that texture without using those awful gums! Then again, maybe it’s your amazing Vitamix that makes the smoothies so…err, smooth!

    God, those truffles look to die for as well. Certainly well worth the splurge!


  • http://www.saladandsequins.com/ Tamzin

    I am living festive oats too!! Truffles sound fab!!!
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  • http://chocolateandraspberries.blogspot.com Ffion @ Chocolate and Raspberries

    What a great day of eats! I’m still working all this week, which is a bit of a pain, as I am itching to do some baking, and I also have a busy weekend planned, and then Chistmas will be upon us so I’m not sure if I’ll have time, I’ll just have to see how I get on!
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    • Laura

      Hope you find some time to bake!

  • http://jessiebearwhatwillyou.wordpress.com Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear

    mmmm. Even if they didn’t turn out perfectly, those truffles look seriously delicious!
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  • http://www.celeryandcupcakes.com Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    Those truffles sound divine…yum!

  • http://everydaysapicnic.wordpress.com Sarah

    Mmm – I’m getting really hungry reading this post! I’m definitely enjoying a few treats. I’m trying not to go too overboard, but I think it’s worth just relaxing and not stressing about food at this time of year.
    Those truffles look delicious. I’m not a big baker, but I want to try a few things over the Christmas hols.
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    • Laura

      I totally agree that’s just the approach I’m trying to take although I have to admit I feel like I’ve gone a little overboard already!

  • http://www.adaisychaindream.blogspot.com daisychain

    I so want to try that tea, it looks and sounds amazing x
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  • http://runningcupcake.co.uk Maria @ runningcupcake

    Yum I love persimmons- I got some massive ones at Aldi this week- they are the size of giant oranges!
    That fudge looks lovely- something to try in the new year I think :)
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    • Laura

      I know I found some in Tesco and they were huge! They must be having a good season :-)

  • http://www.kabochafashionista.com Nicky @kabochafashionista

    Those truffles sound divine!! Maybe a bit more oil if you think they were too soft but I love melt in your mouth type truffles :) I’ve made loads of raw chocolates to take home with me for xmas and I’ll hopefully make some of your ginger bread cake when I get home for everyone to try! :)
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  • http://eating4balance.wordpress.com Eating 4 Balance

    Wow. All of your food looks perfect for this time of year. That porridge looks so creamy and amazing, and that fudge/truffles recipe looks so chocolaty and good.

    I can’t wait to get baking! Today I made a red velvet cake trifle for my mom to take to a teacher’s Christmas party at school. I’m ready to make a whole lot more though :)

    • Laura

      Oh red velvet cake sounds delicious!

  • Cryssy

    Yumm, your eats always look so delicous!! I will definitely try making those truffles and that bowl of oats looks so warm and comforting! Pumkin cranberry walnut bars and cookies are what I love to bake!!

    • Laura

      Mmm, I love anything with pumpkin and cranberry!

  • http://www.runningwithspoons.com Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    Those truffles sound fantastic! I definitely agree that this is the time of the year to go easy on yourself and enjoy a good amount of treats. I’m buckling down in my kitchen for some holiday baking this week and planning to enjoy all the fruits of my labor.

  • http://www.poweredbypeanutbutter.com Lauren (@poweredbypb)

    I’ve been making nut butters for xmas this morning, I’m going to make some raw chocolate, and chocolate bark tomorrow, and some cookies and raw truffles on friday! I always love doing that at this time of year.
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    • Laura

      Oh lovely, I’m glad you’ve reminded me about raw truffles I really fancy some as well!

  • http://juliegoeshealthy.blogspot.com Julie

    First time here! Gorgeous blog.

    • Laura

      Thank you glad you like it!

  • http://lilylipstick.blogspot.com LilyLipstick

    Those homemade truffles look amazing! x
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  • http://www.bitofthegoodstuff.com Sharon @ Bit of the Good Stuff

    Your truffles sound so scrumptious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I can’t wait to give them a try :) xx
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  • Anna @AnnaTheApple

    Ooh the truffles sounds lovely. I finally ordered that Celestial tea and it arrived today woohoo!
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