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IQS + Florentine Biscuits

IQS + Florentine Biscuits

 

Florentines.  As a child, no other biscuit made me feel more like a gown up than this one did.  Typically stuffed full of glace cherries, nuts, sugar and chocolate, they were my biscuit of choice when I wanted to impress (and I got to scoff all the leftovers).  Win/win.

 

When I said goodbye to the white stuff a few years ago, I also tearfully said au revoir to the super sweet florentine.

 

And then the angels sang. As inside the pages of the I Quit Sugar Chocolate Cookbook Volume II, this little Superfood Florentine recipe jumped out and waved it's little muscly arms at me.  Oh sweet Lord.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Raw Cacao + Iron

Raw Cacao + Iron

Did you know that raw organic cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron?

 

Did you also know that it contains more calcium than cow’s milk?

 

Say what?!

 

However, as the iron found in raw organic cacao is non-heme (as is all plant-based iron), you’ll body will get maximum benefit if you combine eating it with vitamin C.

Blackberries + Paris

 

Blackberries.  I've not found them to be so plump, sweet and berry like in flavour than the one's I enjoy when in France.

 

Big, juicy blackberries where the little pips get stuck in your teeth and the juice dribbles down your chin, staining your lips.

 

So what to do with the extra basic raw chocolate you've just made?

 

You don't need to be a rocket scientist to know where I'm going with this....yep, add in a blackberry!

Grains + Legumes

Grains + Legumes

So no grains and legumes, huh!

 

No problemo.  I've been off gluten for over a year now and kicked refined sugar to the curb over 2 years ago.  Grains and legumes.  Easy peasy.

 

And then I thought about it.

 

I thought about the brown rice I have cooked and frozen in my freezer for emergency meals.  I thought about the simple mid-week meal I often whip up of roasted pumpkin and chickpeas.  I thought about how I use white beans as a simple quick "mash" instead of cooking up potatoes. And I also thought about the lentil salads I loved, especially when using my favourite legume of all...du puy lentils.

 

Holy cow!  To say I'm now overwhelmed is an understatement.

HOW TO: Basic Raw Chocolate

HOW TO:  Basic Raw Chocolate

Chocoholic.  Nope, not me.

 

In my past life I was what you’d call a lolly-oholic.  I could inhale bags of jelly frogs and snakes in a heartbeat, and would you believe that I thought this was the healthier choice….because I wasn’t eating fat!  Jeez Louise!

 

Now in my current life, I’ve turned to chocolate.  But not just any chocolate.  You’ll find none of those sugar laden supermarket brands in my trolley.   No siree.  All you’ll find are 4 simple, no-fuss, organic ingredients: