This is super easy and one of my all time favourite yummy treats! My basic raspberry brownie recipe is lower GI and lower in cocoa than most standard recipes, because it is designed for people who are sensitive to sugar, gluten and dark chocolate (i.e. me!). I have played around with this recipe many times in my kitchen, so some easy swap-ins and ideas can be found at the bottom of the recipe. Find my other recipes here...
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup of coconut flour
1/3 cup of your choice of sweetness* (dependent on taste and health needs)
1/4 cup of dark cocoa powder**
1/4 cup of desiccated coconut**
1 cup of raspberries
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon ('ceylon' preferably)
1/2 tsp pink salt
1/4 tsp cardamom powder (optional)
Melt raspberries if frozen. 'Gently' melt together coconut oil with cocoa powder and your choice of sweetness*. Stir in the melted raspberries and desiccated coconut, remove from heat and leave to cool. In a bowl, gently whisk together eggs, salt, vanilla, cinnamon and cardamom. Stir the cocoa raspberry mixture into the eggs mixture. Then gently whisk in the flour a spoonful at a time, forming a smooth batter. Line a square dish with grease proof paper and pour in the mixture. ***Bake at 170°C for 20-25 minutes or until the centre is firm enough. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before slicing.
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A Heart Meditation just for you...
A) Find a quiet space. Switch off for a moment, close your eyes, take five slow deep breaths and move your focus from your head to your heart. Place your hand on your heart if that helps you focus on it. Relax your shoulders and relax your belly. Then while focusing on your heart, slowly breath in and out. Imagine or feel as though you are gently breathing in and out through your heart.... (This part A may be used on it's own while sitting or walking, to create a sense of calm whenever needed.)
Whenever possible, continue your gentle heart breathing for a minute or so until the heart and mind are feeling much lighter....
B) As you breath slowly through your heart. To the best of your ability, feel a genuine sense of love or appreciation for something or someone. Focus on the feelings of love or appreciation, letting it expand and flow from your heart. You may allow these feelings to flow to other areas of your body, loving and healing your cells from the inside out. Feel the love. Feel your heart smile. Let your face smile. Stay there a while. Luxuriate and enjoy these feelings of love.
C) When you are feeling amazing, bathed in love and appreciation, you may then bring to mind someone or something that you would like to send your loving energy to. Or alternatively you may ask your heart a question and wait for an answer from your heart's wisdom. You choose.
Aim for at least 5-10 minutes of heart breathing or meditation daily for best results.
Never meditate while driving or operating machinery.
Inspired by meditations available at https://www.greggbraden.com/ and https://www.heartmath.com/
One of the most fundamental pieces of heart wisdom that I have learned and continue to implement in my own life is this: More self-compassion, forgiveness and loving-appreciation is fundamental to a well mind and a healthier, happier you. A you that is more open to giving and receiving love and compassion. A heart and mind that is stronger and more resilient through life's up's and downs. TRY IT and see what unfolds for you...
I am here to support you on this journey of self-health discovery, educating and empowering you to create an internal and external environment where your body, mind, heart and soul can perform at its best for YOU (if you so choose!). Get in touch here...
Love & blessings,