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review + cook // healthy (nearly paleo) chocolate brownie

My name is Kylie.  I LOVE chocolate.

I do not like milky chocolate.  It has to be GOOD chocolate.  Chocolate is generally sugar-laden yes?

No.

Not this chocolate.  Perfect for when you are smack bang in the middle of #nurseyschool and studying your head off.  OR when you are driving a million miles to and from Placement for said #nurseyschool, and you need a little ‘pickup”.  Or – when you just feel like a non-sugar added sugar hit!

A little while ago, the lovely folks at Well Naturally contacted me to see if I would care to sample their new range, cook up a little something something and share it with my good friends in the blogosphere.  Ummm. Let me think about it.  Receive chocolate. Cook with it.  Eat it. No brainer!

I received a delicious little package in the mail, filled with much goodness.

Well NAturally chocolate

My heart sang.  Immediately!

I was in full study mode at that time, so a few squares of chocolate were exactly what I needed.

Well Naturally (and I quote) “leaves out the undesirable ingredients, so you can enjoy more of the good stuff.  because unhealthy treats are so yesterday!”.

No added sugar chocolate bars AND cooking melts – WIN WIN.  Sweetened with stevia, there is no impact on blood sugar levels and zero calories.  Well done Well Naturally!

Go on – try some! (Look for it in all good supermarkets.)

No arguments from me.

I proceeded to study hard, and indulge in chocolate.  Win win. (for those playing along – I have three High Distinctions so far for this semester – woohoo!).

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Let’s just say – Dark Chocolate with a hint of peppermint was my favourite, followed very closely by the Acai berry!

I whipped up a little morning-tea whenever I feel like it, snack for myself, and proceeded to munch through it like crazy.  A delicious vaguely paleo chocolate brownie.  Full of no added sugars!  Oh – and it’ll make you “number two” like you never have before!

chocolate brownie with Well Naturally
Author: Kylie
Serves: 10 pieces
Ingredients
  • 100g [url href=”http://vitalitybrands.com/content/new-well-naturallyhttp://” target=”_blank” title=”Well NAturally Dark Chocolate Melts”]Well Naturally No Sugar Added dark chocolate melts[/url]
  • 2 cups nuts (I used almonds – you can use a mix!)
  • 12 pitted dates
  • 1 tbs chia
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • splash of water (enough to make the mixture ‘stick’ together)
Instructions
  1. Throw everything into the thermomix (or processor – whichever appliance you have)
  2. Whiz on high speed until the mix comes together (TMX sp9)
  3. Add water is needed – I usually find water is needed to bring the mix together.
  4. Press firmly into a slice tin.[img src=”http://kylieclark.com/blog/wp-content/myimages/Mornington-Peninsula-photographer-20120311-110.jpg” width=”900″ height=”334″ class=”aligncenter size-full” title=”Mornington-Peninsula-photographer-20120311-1.jpg”]
  5. NB – it doesn’t make a big thick slice – I don’t usually spread it across the whole tin, just enough so that the slice is about 1/2inch high
  6. Cool in fridge for 30 mins
  7. Seive cacao over the top
  8. Slice.[img src=”http://kylieclark.com/blog/wp-content/myimages/Mornington-Peninsula-photographer-20120311-24.jpg” width=”900″ height=”340″ class=”aligncenter size-full” title=”Mornington-Peninsula-photographer-20120311-2.jpg”]
  9. Enjoy
  10. [img src=”http://kylieclark.com/blog/wp-content/myimages/Mornington-Peninsula-photographer-20120311-32.jpg” width=”800″ height=”600″ class=”aligncenter size-full” title=”Mornington-Peninsula-photographer-20120311-3.jpg”]

Speaking of WIN WIN…….

Thanks to Well Naturally, I have TWO packs of chocolate to giveaway. You want one – truly.

Comment here on the blog, and tell me your favourite time to indulge in a spot of chocolate “no sugar added sugar” hit! 

(You have a week to get your entries in – please make me laugh!)

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8 Comments

  • Reply amy November 3, 2014 at 15:22

    Anytime is my favourite time 🙂 if I’m hungry it’s makes that time a favorite time, no need to schedule it in and as a bonus, waiting times are also reduced. But I reckon #nurseyschool in the coming month will be a good excuse for extra favorite time 😉

  • Reply Be November 8, 2014 at 20:44

    Around 7.30 – 8.00 when my kiddlets are all in bed I like to make a nice hot cup of tea and sit quietly alone and dip it into my cuppa, pure bliss

  • Reply karen November 8, 2014 at 21:59

    I love chocolate anytime, anywhere and anyway!!!! My favourite time to secretly indulge is about midnight when I’m deep in study or recorded episodes of BB. I break it into tiny pieces, so I have more (mind trick) and am always quite surprised when I reach for more and it’s all gone ????????

  • Reply Ness November 9, 2014 at 08:56

    Favourite time, now that is a tricky one, after all it is chocolate we are talking about! Dare I say it probably Easter Sunday after the ‘fluffy little bunny’ has visited. It is the one day of the year I will eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch & dinner with morning & afternoon tea thrown in too! The breakfast chocolate is the best & this is also something I allow my boys to do too. The 3 of us tuck right in as their Father looks on like we are absolutely mad, they on the other hand think it is FABULOUS!!

  • Reply lanne November 9, 2014 at 14:59

    Its chocolate. Any time is a good time. I can always tell where i am in a month due to my desire for chocolate. Ha these chocolates sound guilt free and lush.. And .. Good for cooking with. Perfect!

  • Reply Ellie November 9, 2014 at 15:32

    I enjoy my chocolate with a cup of tea around 8:00m after the kids have gone to bed, a little indulgence and some me time 🙂

  • Reply Clair November 9, 2014 at 15:58

    Pretty sure every time is a good time for any kind of chocolate LOL ! ????

  • Reply Melanie November 9, 2014 at 16:07

    Yum! Being nearly paleo myself I’m going to have to give these a try… Post lunch chocolate always hits the spot…

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