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Frozen Coconut Chantilly Raspberry ‘Bombs’

Coconut Chantilly Frozen Raspberry Bombs

For several years I taught cooking classes part time at a cookware shop that also offered a series called ‘cookbook’ classes. For these they sold a newly released cookbook along with a menu to teach the class, chosen straight from the book. These were my favourite classes to teach because I found by the end of the class (along with the pre-class reading) I felt like I knew the cookbook author quite well.

Coconut Chantilly Frozen Raspberry Bombs

Think of Jamie Oliver and his bright, vibrant, energetic colours or Ina Garten and her organized but warm and inviting recipes; the food always matches the personalities.

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Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Balls

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What I really wanted to make for you this week was peanut butter balls. Either a version of the creamy, sweet ones from your childhood, or the rich and perfect ones from The French Laundry cookbook. That was my jumping-off idea, and although the recipe I have created is indulgent in many ways, I could include close to zero of the ingredients from these original recipes and still keep it crushing-cancer appropriate.

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There is still chocolate, which we can all applaud for. Dark chocolate with 70% cacao or higher is a great source of antioxidants and magnesium, and is low in the other stuff, which includes sugar, cocoa butter and possibly other additives. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the lower percentage of other ingredients, which means the darker the chocolate the better, in the health department.

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Banana Bread with Dried Plums

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When we become more conscious of what food does to our body, especially when we are in search of wellness, we tend to cut out a lot of old favourites. Choosing a long and healthy life over your famous mac ’n’ cheese or coffee and muffin routine is an easy choice, right? For many, it is at first, but food also brings us comfort and conjures up fond memories, and it is hard to let this all go, long term. And then if we temporarily fall off the wagon, the guilt and visualization of the delicious buffet that you have just set up for your cancer cells, really doesn’t help anybody.

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For this reason, from time to time, I am going to include a healthier alternative to something we might be missing from our lives, to keep us from feeling the guilt, and to help us to create new, fond food memories. New soul food, if you will.

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