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Supercharged Cacao Porridge (w fresh Mulberries!)

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Supercharged Cacao Porridge (w fresh Mulberries!)

This delicious porridge is a step up from the plan old fashioned stuff you might be used to! Here I've stepped it up a notch, and incorporated cacao and chia seeds to take it to the next level. Not only that, but I was lucky enough to be able to pick some fresh mulberries off a friend's tree the other day! Summertime means mulberry season, yum! Use your favourite berries in this recipe to create a delicious flavour combination.

This porridge is creamy, satisfying, and great for your gut. Totally gluten-free and paleo, you're sure to have a great start to your day when you kick it off with a bowl of this delicious grub!

What you'll need:

  • 3 Tbsp Connect Foods Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 - 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Connect Foods Amaranth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp Connect Foods Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries of your choice
  • maple syrup (optional)

 

 

 

First, soak Connect Foods chia seeds in coconut milk and set aside.

Add Connect Foods amaranth to a heated pan, and gently toast the amaranth for a minute or two, stirring constantly, just until they start releasing their warm nutty scent. Then add water and bring to a simmering boil.

Just before the amaranth is done cooking, add in cacao powder and soaked chia seeds with coconut milk. allow to cook just a little while longer until completely done.

Pour into bowls and add your fresh berries, and a drizzle of maple syrup to reach desired sweetness.

Makes two servings

 

*Connect Foods Organic Products can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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Cacao Berry Protein Smoothie (recipe video!)

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Cacao Berry Protein Smoothie (recipe video!)

What a perfect pair for smoothies! Cacao and berries not only taste gorgeous together, but they're also both a great hit of antioxidants, to fight free radicals and stay heart-healthy.

This berry cacao smoothie is packed with nutrients, and you can also add the optional raw egg, for an extra hit of protein. (Remember the movie 'Rocky'?) It's an old school way of getting protein and if you're semi-vegan/veggie, it's much better for you than whey protein or other processed dairy protein powders.

Check out the recipe below!

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*Connect Foods Organic Products can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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Chocolate Crispy Cups w/ Amaranth (vegan & gluten-free)

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Chocolate Crispy Cups w/ Amaranth (vegan & gluten-free)

These crispy cups have a warm nutty flavour with heaps of light crispy texture, thanks to toasted amaranth. They'll remind you of a naughty candy bar you might buy at the serv-o, but they're totally free of nasties like preservatives, and they're totally vegan and gluten-free! (you can see our popped amaranth recipe by clicking here)

It's a tasty combination of delicious dark chocolate and light crispy bits, to give them not only some lightness, but an extra hit of protein as well!

What you'll need:

  • 6 Tbsp Connect Foods Amaranth
  • 200g cacao butter
  • 1/4 cup Connect Foods Cacao Powder
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup

Using 3 Tbsp Connect Foods Amaranth, follow the cooking directions from our Simple Popped Amaranth Recipe HERE

Set puffed/popped amaranth aside.

Using a double boiler, gently melt the cacao butter until it is liquid. Use a baking sifter to sift in cacao powder, so as to remove any clumps. Use a wire whisk to blend together. Add maple syrup until desired sweetness is reached, and coconut oil. Whisk to blend and remove from heat.

Using a chocolate mould, sprinkle a thick layer of amaranth into each cup. (I've found that silicone moulds are the best and easiest to pop finished chocolates out due to their flexibility)

Gently pour small amounts of melted chocolate into moulds, just enough to fill to the top of the amaranth layer. Place the mould into freezer and allow to set for about 15-20 minutes.

Pop them out and store in the fridge. Repeat with remaining chocolate and amaranth until all is used. Makes about 2 or 3 dozen little chocolates, depending on how thick you make them.

Enjoy these delicious crispy delights!

*Connect Foods Organic Cacao Powder and Amaranth can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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Get Creative for V-Day with Handmade Love-Bombs!

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Get Creative for V-Day with Handmade Love-Bombs!

All you need is love, right? Holidays can sometimes come with pressure to buy lavish gifts and spend heaps of coin, but you don't need that to show your love! These chocolate love bombs are the perfect way to show those you love how much you care about them, spending your time and energy to create something meaningful from your heart... now that's something money can't buy!

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What you'll need:

  • 2 Tbsp Connect Foods Organic Cacao Powder
  • 12 pitted dates
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
  • desiccated coconut 

Place dates, coconut oil, Connect Foods cacao powder and peanut butter into food processor, and blend until it resembles a paste. Add almonds and pulse until it reaches desired chunkiness. If the mixture is a bit dry, you can either add more coconut oil, or a little bit of maple syrup (depending on the sweetness you would like) 

Use a spoon to create tablespoon sized balls, rolling in your palms to create the shape, then roll them in desiccated coconut to coat them. Keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge. They can be stored for up to a week, but I doubt they'll last that long ;)

Give them to one of your sweethearts, mum & dad, friends... Pair them with a handmade card that really shows your love... Guaranteed the combo will be much more appreciated than store-bought gifts!

These are great to do with the kiddos as well! 

Happy lovehearts day everyone!

xx

 

 

*Connect Foods Organic Cacao Powder can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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Mocha Almond Fudge Smoothie

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Mocha Almond Fudge Smoothie

This one is rich, creamy, chocolatey and caffeinated! Great for mornings on the go, when you want something filling that will also pick you up.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup cold brew coffee (or 2 tsp instant coffee)
  • 2 Tbsp Connect Foods Cacao Powder
  • a few ice cubes

Blend ingredients together and enjoy!

 

*Connect Foods Organic Cacao Powder can be found at your nearest Woolworth's

 

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Happy Australia Day! Raw Lamingtons Recipe

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Happy Australia Day! Raw Lamingtons Recipe

This recipe came to me as a way of trying to turn one of my favourite classic Aussie treats into something that's not only delicious abut also actually pretty good for you! The cake layer is made of 3 parts gluten-free flours; coconut, almond, and amaranth. Meaning these little treats have tons of aminos and also complete proteins! They're paleo, and also feature a little twist; açaí! I used some frozen açaí mixed with other berries in the jam layer to create a new delicious flavour. Hope you enjoy them as much as my friends did!

What you'll need...

Cake layers:

  • 1 cup almonds meal
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/4 cup Connect Foods Amaranth
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)

Jam filling:

  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 packet frozen açaí pulp (we used Sambazon)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut nectar or honey
  • 3 tablespoons Connect Foods Chia Seeds

Coating:

  • 1/2 cup Connect Foods cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut nectar or honey
  • 2 cups desiccated coconut

Using a food processor, grind amaranth into powder to make a flour. This should come out to about 1 cup after grinding. Add amaranth to a large mixing bowl, along with other flours and stir to combine. Add in remaining liquid ingredients for cake layer. I like to use a combination of honey and coconut nectar, as honey is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and coconut nectar has 14 amino acids, making these natural sweeteners superfoods in and of themselves!

Create a base layer in a small cake pan, using half of the 'dough'. Place in freezer.

Blend together jam ingredients, and remove cake pan from freezer. Spread the jam mixture evenly over the first base layer, and then place back into the freezer for about 30-40 minutes. Once it is completely set and solid, remove, and add the second layer of 'dough' on top. Place back in the freezer for about an hour.

Make chocolate coating by blending together all remaining ingredients, except the desiccated coconut. Set aside.

Gently lift the cake out onto a wooden cutting board, then using a very sharp knife, slice evenly into squares. Coat each square in chocolate, then roll in desiccated coconut. Place squares in the fridge and allow to set completely before serving.

Enjoy these truly raw and vegan treats, and wishing you a very Happy Healthy Australia Day! 

xx

 

*Connect Foods Organic Products can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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Raw Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

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Raw Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

These brownies are sure to be a crowd pleaser! They're moist, dense, and delicious without any refined sugar, dairy and also completely gluten free and paleo! The fact that they're totally raw means no baking required, less steps and therefore will retain more of nutrients from the cacao!

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What you'll need:

  • 500g dates
  • 100g raw cashews
  • 1 cup + 1/2 cup Connect Foods Cacao Powder
  • 1 cup almond meal or LSA
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 125g cacao butter
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup honey or organic palm nectar / palm syrup
  • 1/4 cup almonds or walnuts 

Soak the dates and cashews in some warm water for about 10-15 minutes. Drain and rinse. Place in food processor and pulse until creamy and smooth. Add 1 cup Connect Foods Cacao Powder, LSA (or almond meal), and salt. Pulse until a sticky dough forms.

Line a large cake pan with wax paper. Press the dough into the pan, using another sheet of wax paper to keep it sticking to your fingers. Use a cookbook from your kitchen or other smooth surface to create an even layer. Place the pan in fridge to set.

For the ganache frosting, first melt cacao butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Add to blender with additional 1/4 cup almond meal, and sweetener of your choice (honey or palm nectar) to taste. Blend until smooth. Add more sweetener if desired.

Remove cake pan from the fridge, and spread frosting over the brownies. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Place in the freezer for 30-45 minutes.

Remove from freezer and gently lift from the cake pan, placing on a hard flat surface or cutting board. Cut into square slices.

Serve immediately or keep stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Enjoy!

 

*Connect Foods Organic Cacao Powder can be found at your nearest Woolworth's

 

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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These peanut butter cups are sure to bring joy to your friends and family! They're a super healthy take on classic peanut butter cups you can buy in the store, but without the processed sugar, preservatives and other nasties. Only the good delicious nut protein and chocolate nutrients!

What you'll need:

  • 250g cacao butter
  • 1 cup Connect Foods Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or organic palm syrup)
  • About 1/2 cup peanut butter (can also be substituted for almond butter)
  • Small paper cups for moulds

Using a double boiler, gently melt the cacao butter until it is liquid. Whisk in the sweetener of your choice, until it is completely mixed. Use a baking sifter to sift in cacao powder, so as to remove any clumps. Whisk again to blend completely.

Separate paper cups and arrange on a large baking tray. If they are very thin, use two or three cups stuck together to help them keep their form.

Use a creamer pourer to carefully add a small amount of the melted chocolate to the bottom of each cup, just enough to coat the bottom. Place tray in the freezer and allow the chocolate to set fully. Remove from freezer.

Using a small spoon and spatula (or your fingers!) carefully dollop a small amount of nut butter in the centre of the cup, leaving room on the sides for chocolate. Once the nut butter is in all the cups, use the remaining chocolate and pour over nut butter, covering completely.

Place the tray back in freezer and allow to set for about 20-30 minutes before serving. Makes about 36-48 cups, depending on size.

Keep stored in fridge or freezer. 

 

*Connect Foods Organic Cacao Powder can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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The Easiest Vegan Chocolate Pudding (NSA!)

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The Easiest Vegan Chocolate Pudding (NSA!)

This chocolate pudding is totally vegan, with no added sugar, and it's super simple and easy to make! All you need is your blender or a food processor.

What you'll need:

  • 2 large avocados
  • 5 large bananas
  • 1/4 cup Connect Foods Raw Cacao Powder

Place ingredients in blender and blend together until whipped and smooth. If you like it a little sweeter, you can add 1 Tbsp of maple syrup to kick it up a bit, depending on your tastbuds (everyone is different!). However, the sweetness of the bananas should be enough to make this a delicious simple treat.

Chill in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes before serving. Serve with a sprinkle of Connect Foods cacao nibs on top!

*Connect Foods Organic Cacao Powder can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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Superfood Energy Chocolate Bars

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Superfood Energy Chocolate Bars

These superfood bars are really yummy and great for a powerup before some big physical activity! Packed with protein in the nuts, and seeds, antioxidants and texture from the chewy goji berries, bee pollen energy, and it's all tied together with some yummy raw chocolate!

What you'll need:

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  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup goji berries
  • 1/2 cup almonds or brazil nuts (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup bee pollen
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)

For raw chocolate base:

  • 250g cacao butter
  • 1 cup Connect Foods cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (can also use palm syrup)

Using a double boiler, gently melt the cacao butter until it is liquid. Whisk in the sweetener of your choice, until it is completely mixed. Use a baking sifter to sift in cacao powder, so as to remove any clumps. Whisk again to blend completely.

Place some wax paper in the bottom on a large baking sheet, and pour in chocolate mixture. Place in the refrigerator or freezer.

In a large bowl, stir together all the ingredients for the top layer with a large wooden spoon.

Keep an eye on your chocolate and remove from the cold when it is almost set. The chocolate should be firm, yet melt to your finger when it is touched. Spread the seed mixture gently with a spatula over the chocolate. Use another piece of wax paper over the top, and gently press the mixture so that it is evenly. Use a cookbook from your kitchen to get it really flat and even!

Place in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

Remove from freezer. Lift the tray out with wax paper, remove the top layer of wax paper, and cut into squares on your counter or cutting board.

Keep stored in the fridge or freezer, depending on how crunchy you like your chocolate!

Makes about 16-20 large squares. 

*Connect Foods Organic Cacao Powder can be found at your nearest Woolworths

 

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Anti-Inflammatory Chocolate Chai Milkshake

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Anti-Inflammatory Chocolate Chai Milkshake

Adding fresh or ground turmeric to your smoothies can be greatly beneficial to your health! This creamy milkshake is not only satisfying and delicious, but packed with anti-inflammory and anti-cancer properties. Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound clinically proven to help fight off cancer cells. When combined with cacao and a few other spices, the flavours will blend nicely on your palate to give you an immune system boost.

What you'll need:

  • One frozen banana
  • 1 tsp Connect Foods Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder (or one small knuckle, grated)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger (or 1 tsp grated fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • handful of ice

Blend together ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Top with a sprinkle of Connect Foods Cacao Nibs for a bit of crunch and texture.

Enjoy! 

 

 

*Connect Foods Cacao Powder & Nibs can be found at your nearest Woolworth's

 

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Coconut Tahini Filled Raw Chocolate Truffles

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Coconut Tahini Filled Raw Chocolate Truffles

These creamy morsels are sure to bring some holiday delight! Crispy chocolate on the outside, and sweet coconut tahini on the inside. All you need is a double boiler or mini slow cooker and a chocolate mould.

Ingredients:

  • 250g of cacao butter
  • 1/2 cup Connect Foods Cacao Powder
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp coconut paste

Bring some water to boil in the kettle. Using a double boiler (or just two metal bowls that fit nested inside one another), place cacao butter in the smaller bowl, and pour boiling water in the larger bowl. Use a small whisk to stir the cacao butter as it melts slowly. This steaming method will help ensure that the chocolate does not burn and gets to an even consistency. As the water cools, simply pour it out and add more hot water.

When the cacao butter has melted, add maple syrup and coconut oil and stir well just until mixed. Using a sifter, or metal strainer, shake in sifted Connect Foods Cacao Powder (so as to remove any clumps), while stirring cacao butter mixture with a whisk. 

Pour a small amount of melted chocolate into your chocolate mould, just enough to coat the bottom of each space. Place mould in the freezer for a few minutes until it hardens.

While the base is hardening, mix together tahini, honey and coconut paste in a small bowl. Take the mould out of the freezer. Take small pinches of the sweet coconut paste mixture in between your fingers and make a little ball to place in each mould. Pour a bit more chocolate, just enough to cover the filling completely.

Place the mould back in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. You want them hard enough to be able to pop them right out while they're frozen. Silicone moulds make this even easier.

Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

*Connect Foods Cacao Powder can be found at your nearest Woolworth's

 

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Berry Grounding Super Shake

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Berry Grounding Super Shake

This super smoothie is sure to set you off on the right foot, full of antioxidants, and energising nutrients. It's filling enough to keep you satisfied, but won't leave you feeling bloated or overfilled. This recipe also utilises the use of your leftover Connect Foods Amaranth you may have made for tea the day before... It's a natural hit of vegan protein that is a great replacement for processed protein powders.

If you're looking for something hearty that feels like a meal, this smoothie could be your new go-to! You can also try it using your fav protein powder, if cooked amaranth isn't handy in the fridge.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tsp Connect Foods Cacao Powder
  • 1 tsp Connect Foods Maca Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Connect Foods Cacao Nibs
  • 1/4 cup cooked Connect Foods Amaranth (or 1 scoop of your fav. protein powder)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 2-3 dates
  • 1 cup coconut water

Blend up and sprinkle with a few extra nibs and Connect Foods Chia Seeds for some extra satisfaction! 

 

 

*Connect Foods Organic products can be found at your nearest Woolworth's

 

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Chocolate Cinnamon Sensation Smoothie

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Chocolate Cinnamon Sensation Smoothie

This chocolate smoothie recipe is sure to get your tastebuds dancing with delight! With a hint of cinnamon, this supercharged mix is so packed with nutrients, it is sure to make anyone forget that it's healthy chocolate! Cinnamon is a great addition to any chocolate creation when you are looking to change things up a bit, and it also has great anti-cancer properties! 

Not only is it loaded with antioxidants like polyphenols, but cinnamon has also been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease. In those with Type 2 Diabetes, taking just one gram per day has great beneficial effects on blood markers as well!

It can actually help to lower blood sugar and is a great replacement for sugar in certain recipes. So for those looking to cut back on their sugar intake and have sensitivities, it's a great healing herb. Give this smoothie a spin this weekend as a delicious way to add this beneficial spice to your diet!

What you'll need: 

  • 1 banana (can be replaced with avocado for those with sugar sensitivity) 
  • 1 tsp. Connect Foods Maca Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Connect Foods Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • Nut milk of your choice

Blend with or without ice and enjoy! 

 

*Connect Foods Organic Cacao & Maca Powder can be found at your nearest Woolworth's

 

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Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie for Women's Health (and men too!)

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Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie for Women's Health (and men too!)

This smoothie is geared toward the ladies, yet is delicious and nutritious for everyone! Not only are they high in vitamins and fibre, raspberries are also rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. These are all incredibly beneficial factors to strengthening the immune system, effectively aiding in fighting disease.

For women, raspberries and using the leaf in teas has been proven to help regulate menstrual cycles and decrease excessively heavy menstrual flows. For lactating mothers, tea or fruit will also help increase milk production.

They also have a high concentration of ellagic acid, a compound that has been known to stop the growth of cancer cells and aid cancer prevention.

This recipe has great fats, heaps of antioxidants, and also includes Connect Foods organic cacao powder. Those chocolate cravings once a month aren't for nothing! Cacao is high in magnesium and iron, which also helps aid in easing menstruation frustration.

Put these two amazing flavours together and you have yourself a super smoothie that creates ease in the body and supports so many functions. Enjoy these flavours as your body enjoys the benefits!

  • 1 punnet fresh raspberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 Tablespoon of coconut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Connect Foods cacao powder
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup greek yoghurt (or non-dairy coconut yogurt)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • some ice

Makes 2 servings

 

Blend together and top with a few extra raspberries and Connect Foods cacao nibs for a little extra added crunch! 

xx Ashley

*Connect Foods Organic Cacao Powder & Nibs can be found at your nearest Woolworth's

 

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