A Recipe for Raw Cacao Bliss // Not Your Sugar Babies Raw Cacao Fudge Balls

Posted on June 29, 2015 by Not Your Sugar Mamas | 0 Comments

It’s time to say sayonara to that pre-packed brownie mix full of chemically produced ingredients and preservatives. BYE GIRL.

These fudgey, chocolatey balls are intensely addictive, insanely easy to make, and super satisfying for sugar-affectionados, minus ANY added sugar! They’re all raw, totally vegan, dairy free, gluten free, with no refined sugars.

We swear these will be your new go-to.  

INGREDIENTS

> 1 cup dates, pits removed
> ½ cup nuts (We used a blend of raw almonds and cashews.)
> 2 tbsp of raw cacao
> ½ tsp of coconut oil
> ½ tsp of vanilla extract
> ⅛ tsp of sea salt
> ¼ c. unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped
> ½ of our Coconut Crunch Chocolate Bar, finely chopped

Yields 10 one inch balls.

PREPARATION

Blend all ingredients - except coconut flakes and NYSM chocolate - in food processor (we used a Magic Bullet) until a sticky dough forms. In a bowl, knead coconut flakes and chopped chocolate bar into the mixture. Roll into balls. And presto, finito!

Tip: We like to keep these babies in the freezer. The dates keeps them soft and the coolness makes these treats even more satisfying!

If you try this recipe, feel free to have a little fun and use your creativity! Try oats, sunflower seeds, bits of chopped dried mango or ginger. Take your favorite flavors and run with it. We’d love to hear what worked for you!

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A Recipe for Dad // Frozen Mocha-Coco Latte Pop!

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Not Your Sugar Mamas | 0 Comments

This magical frozen treat is the complete opposite of Breakfast in Bed. It's full of the things that make dads into superheros! 

Chocolate! BANG! Espresso! KAPOW! Cashews! BOOM!

Easy to make and free of refined sugar, dairy, and gluten, this treat is sure to get Dad movin' & groovin', zippin' & zoomin' all weekend long! 

INGREDIENTS

> 1.5 cups raw cashews
> 1/4 cup cacao butter (Do not substitute!)
> 4 shots of good espresso (We used Chillmark Coffee Co. Organic Espresso Roast. Alternatively, you could use 1/2 cup of coffee.) 
> 1 tsp fine espresso grind
> 1 tsp vanilla
> 1/2 cup maple syrup
> 1/4 cup olive oil
> 1/2 cup cacao nibs (optional)
> 2 oz raw chocolate (We used  Pure & Simple Chocolate Bar.)

PREPARATION

1. Soak the cashews in hot water for 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, melt cacao butter on low.
3. Make the 4 shots of espresso.
4. Combine cashews, cacao butter, espresso shots, vanilla, maple syrup, and olive oil in blender. Blend on high speed.
5. Mix in the 1 tsp of espresso grinds. If using cacao nibs mix in as well.
5. Pour into molds and freeze for 4-6 hours.
6. When ready to serve, melt Pure & Simple chocolate on low. Drizzle with spoon over the frozen coffee pops.
7. Enjoy your superhero strength!

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Loving Lately

Posted on March 25, 2015 by Not Your Sugar Mamas | 0 Comments

A couple new discoveries and a couple classics, here’s what we’re lovin’ lately!

BEAUTY: Essential oil as fragrance. High end perfumes can cost up to $60 per oz! Instead try an essential oil like Rose, Lavender, or Eucalyptus. A few drops on your your neck and wrists will last all day. It’s all natural and much less expensive than traditional perfume. Plus, essential oil scents are very soothing and relaxing. Available at your local health food store!

BOOK: “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. Marie Kondo, organization expert, shares her strategies on de-cluttering your home and how it will change your life. The premise is simple: keep only the things that spark joy!

NOT-SO-GUILTY PLEASURE: NYSM Ginger Pomegranate Chocolate. Not to toot our own horn but… actually, let’s toot it. This stuff is kind of blowing our minds it's so yummy. So many magical ingredients that will have you brain and body buzzing. We can't get enough!

NEW START-UP: Art of Organics is BirchBox NOT on steroids. All-natural beauty products delivered to your door with a monthly subscription. DREAMY. And founded by a woman? Even dreamier!

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Gearing Up for RENEWAL in 2015 with Homemade SHRUBS & SCRUBS!!!

Posted on December 30, 2014 by Erika Davies | 1 Comment

     January is just days away and we're positively giddy!  We promise its not just all the delicious raw chocolate we eat- but anticipation and excitement in looking forward to the freedom of renewal that comes with the turn of a brand new year!  This month we're taking this crisp opportunity to focus on self care, detoxification and shedding what no longer serves us.  Re-assessment, re-alignment, and re-setting of intentions that reflect our most current state of well-being, allow for a major mind/body update.  New goals provide momentum, enthusiasm, and confidence in an active pursuit of our highest ideals in 2015.
     January is a fantastic time to dig deep.  Patience and compassionate self inquiry can provide us with so much clarity and insight, and, help to identify opportunities for growth and personal development.  With some light house cleaning, organization, and heart-based internal dialogue, its amazing how much space we can find in old familiar environments.  A little consolidation goes a L O N G way!  Once we're aware of what we've got to work with- reclaiming the space and filling it with love and fresh perspective is a joy in itself.
     Our mixologist Nathalie prepared to kick off her new year by sauntering into the kitchen and indulging in a little soul-food plant-medicine and DIY body care!  Below you'll find recipes to slough off what is no longer useful from the inside out.  Whether you're drawn to the warm and satisfying or fresh and invigorating, she's got you covered. So here's to you in 2015! Get mixing, keep breathing.  Countdown to renewal starts N O W! 
winter shrubs
     Shrubs, aka 'drinking vinegars', are sweetened, vinegar-based syrups originating from medicinal cordials of the 15th century. This American version has its origins in 17th century England where vinegar was used instead of citrus juice to preserve berries and other fruit for the off-season. Because of their acidity, shrubs are well-suited as an apertif or used in cocktails as an alternative to bitters.  Our favorite way to enjoy them is simply mixed with a splash of sparking water!
     In her recipes, Nathalie used apple cider vinegar- rich in enzymes and potassium, it supports a healthy immune system by promoting digestion and balancing pH.
Ingredients:
2 C Strawberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 C Honey
6 Star Anise
1/2 C Water
and 1 C Apple Cider Vinegar (reserved)

To Make: Combine all ingredients except apple cider vinegar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Once a simmer is reached, lower heat and continue to simmer for an additional 10 mins.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Pour mixture into a quart-sized glass jar and add 1 C of cider vinegar.  Shake and let sit at room temperature for 2 days.  To use, simply strain the mixture and enjoy!

 

Ingredients:
Juice of 2 Lemons (rinds reserved for later use)
1 large knob of Ginger, sliced thinly
3/4 C Honey
1 C Apple Cider Vinegar
To make: No simmering necessary for these next two recipes!  Simply mix all ingredients in a quart-sized glass jar.  Let sit at room temperature for two days, strain and enjoy.
Ingredients:
4 small Apples, cored and puled in a food processor
1 C Cranberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 C Honey
1 C Honey
To make: Again, no simmering necessary!  Mix all ingredients in a quart-sized glass jar.  Let sit at room temperature for two days, strain and enjoy.
     What cleansing initiative would be complete without a daily self massage?  Many of us already know that our skin is the largest organ of our body, but did you know that our skin and lymph system are responsible for removing up to one pound of waste material from our bodies per day!?!!  As part of your daily or weekly self-care routine- use these scrubs to slough off dead skin cells, promote circulation and lymphatic drainage, and increase your appreciation and acceptance of your innately perfect and beautiful body!  Your tissues will respond to your love and affection.
     Winter is notorious for drying out the skin, dulling it and weighing you down. New year-new you! Now is the perfect time to nurture your Self inside and out, and reveal the warmth and brilliance of your natural complexion!
Mix together the following ingredients and slather on!
INVIGORATING PEPPERMINT MOCHA BODY SCRUB:
1 C Coconut Palm Sugar
1/2 C Coffee Grounds
3 T Raw Cacao
1/2 tsp. Peppermint Essential Oil
1/2 C Almond Oil
WARMING CINNAMON CLOVE BODY SCRUB:
1 C Coconut Palm Sugar
1 T Ground Cinnamon
1/2 T Ground Cloves
1/2 C Almond Oil

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