Rocky Road is an all-time classic and favorite amongst many, so you can imagine how thrilled we were when talented nutritionist Monica sent through her healthy (and superfood dense) take on this ol’ goodie with us! Monica is just about to launch her new book: Balance by Monica (head to her Insta for info on where to purchase!) which is all about, you guessed it, balance and features really healthy, nutrient dense recipes as well as some good old ‘treats’ to be made in moderation. Monica’s kindly sharing this exclusive sneak peak and first recipe with the YZL community. We love Monica’s philosophy which centres around balance – so aligned with our philosophy at YZL and we love that this book celebrates that, scroll down to the bottom of the recipe and you can find a little info from Monica.
400g 70% dark chocolate
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
3 heaped tbsp crunchy peanut butter
1/2 cup goji berries
1/2 cup pistachios (or any other nuts)
1/2 cup almonds (or any other nuts)
1/4 cup crushed peanuts
1 tsp sea salt
Grease a 18x28x3cm deep baking tray with butter and line with baking paper. Set aside.
Half fill a small saucepan with water and bring to the boil.
Roughly chop chocolate and place into a glass bowl with coconut oil, honey and peanut butter.
Reduce water to a simmer and place glass bowl over the saucepan,
making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
Gently stir the ingredients until they are melted and smooth. Set aside.
Combine goji berries, pistachios and almonds into a large mixing bowl.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl and fold through dry ingredients until well combined.
Pour mixture into prepared tray and sprinkle with crushed peanuts and sea salt.
Place in the freezer for at least 3 hours or overnight before slicing.
‘Balance’ has been written in a way that completely reflects my view on health, food and life. Unlike many other cookbooks, ‘Balance’ isn’t comprised solely of healthy or unhealthy recipes. I decided to make it a mixture of both, as a way of portraying who I am, and how I cook and eat. Most of the recipes found in this book use wholesome and nutritious ingredients, and are ones that I make and eat most of the time, while the others are filled with butter, sugar and fat, and are ones that I enjoy in moderation.
All of the recipes I have chosen to share hold a very special place in my heart. They are all dishes that have a story behind them, and are ones that I enjoy making for my boyfriend, my friends, my family, my work colleagues, and many other people in my life. I didn’t want this book to encourage making and eating ‘healthy’ meals on your own. I wanted it to advocate enjoying food with others while making beautiful memories.
As well as a nutritionist, I am also a primary school teacher and personal trainer, so I am naturally inclined to want to help others learn and achieve their goals. Amongst the recipes in this book are a number of information pages that I have written to educate others on the science behind food, and provide tips and tricks for balanced living.
– My 10 Anti-Diet Principles
– 27 Recipes for the Body
– 16 Recipes for the Soul
– 24 Information Pages about Balanced Eating and Living
– A Whole Lot of Love ♡