Lettuce Discuss … Super Delicious Vegan Chocolate Spread!

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Using 4 Healthy Vegan Items plus any natural flavoring of your choice!

Ingredients:   (Ingredient breakdown after recipe –to be fair!)

2 Bars of dark chocolate of your choice

½ Cup of Raw Organic Cane Sugar

½ Cup of Non Dairy Milk (we use Almond Milk)

2 Tablespoons of Dairy Free Butter.

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Step 1:

Use a large pot, fill ¾ with water -bring to a boil, reduce heat.

Step 2:

Use a glass bowl and place into the pot of boiling water, make sure no water gets into the bowl.

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Step 3:

Break up the chocolate bars and place into the bowl along with all other ingredients.

Slowly mix and combine all ingredients. The chocolate will start to melt.

Once all is mixed well. Turn stove off. Allow to cool for a few minutes.

At this time you can add natural flavoring…

Sea Salt

Hazelnut

Nutmeg

Cinnamon

Mint, or anything you wish.

Pour in glass jar (we recycle our old marinara sauce jars) and refrigerate. The Chocolate Spread will be liquefied that this time however, after refrigerated it will be a spreadable solid.

Great on Peanut Butter Toast!

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Almond Breeze (unsweetened) Almond milk. GOOD. This is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Calcium. To see full nutritional facts follow this link. Almond Breeze Unsweetened

Earth Balance soy Free Spread: GOOD. Dairy free alternative to Butter, Has a great taste and is soy free, lactose free, gluten free, Casein free, non GMO. Contains 10% Vitamin E for full nutritional facts follow this link. Earth Balance

Chocolate Bar: Good for you. GOOD. Cocoa Solids, cocoa butter , fat-reduced cocoa powder , raw cane sugar , vanilla extract . Cocoa solids are one of the richest sources of flavanol antioxidants. Oh yeah, cocoa is great for migraines, menstrual pains, and just tastes really good. No complaints over cocoa. For full nutritional facts follow link. Green & Blacks

Raw Cane Sugar: GOOD. Quick The cane is squeezed so the juice can come out, the juice is dirty so it is mixed with slake lime (a relative to chalk) this settles out the dirt. The juice is then evaporated to thicken the mixture. The mixture is boiled in a large pan until it is the right consistency to turn into crystals. The crystals are given a drying with hot air. This is the simplified version. There are no additives or chemicals. Raw sugar is the way to go.

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss … “That” Chocolate Spread!

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Before we became Vegan we both used to love this “Spread” Once we had a look inside the Ingredients…

We were amazed. Here is the break down and how they get the ingredient.

Sugar: NOT GOOD, Refined sugar is made from a processing and bleaching process, not bleach off the shelf but chemicals that react to make it white. Often Bone Char (taken from the bones of murdered cattle) is used in refining sugar. Unless you know where the sugar comes from it may not be Vegan. Know your food!

Unrefined beet sugar is perfect, no bone char is introduced anywhere near it as are turbinado sugar, organic evaporated cane juice, organic dehydrated cane juice, and organic cane sugar.

Palm Oil: NOT GOOD, Our old friend Palm Oil. Palm oil is worse in some instances than animal fats (not that I would ingest either) Palm Oil causes Hypertension, It is high in fat, it is a saturated fat, its high in cholesterol, it is also reported to block the receptors in the brain that shout out “I’m full, stop eating”. Palm Oil also causes inflammation that is linked to insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes)! It’s associated with obesity and other metabolic disorders. On a humanitarian level the planting of palms for palm oil is cutting back the natural environment for Orang Utans, if they could speak I would imagine they would hate palm oil too.

Hazelnuts: GOOD, some people are allergic to hazelnuts but they are generally good for you. They are rich in dietry fibre and folates, are a great source of energy, contain vitamin E, they are full of health promoting phyto chemicals. Pretty good and quite sweet too. We avoid them here because Hema is REALLY allergic so we have no cross contamination.

Cocoa: GOOD, Cocoa solids are one of the richest sources of flavanol antioxidants. Oh yeah, cocoa is great for migraines, menstrual pains, and just tastes really good. No complaints over cocoa.

Skim Milk: NOT GOOD, A study conducted by the University of Hawaii in 2007 suggested that drinking, using in cooking of low fat milk (skimmed) may increase the risk of low-grade prostate cancer tumors. Did you know that to get a cow to produce milk they first get it pregnant and then take the calf away so it keeps producing milk!

 Whey (milk): NOT GOOD, derived from milk see above.

 Lecithin (soy): NOT GOOD, see our blog on soy lecithin

Artificial Vanillin: NOT GOOD, artificial vanillin is made up from petroleum! Yep if you want some fuel (and I mean FOSSIL Fuels) eat nutella and other chemically derived spread! However, Organic Vanillin is good.

Next up: Our recipe for a Super Delicious Vegan Chocolate Spread!

Many Blessings!

Mako & Hema