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Raw Food: Healthy Millionaires ShortbreadRegular readers might remember that I have declared March my month without meat, when I am experimenting with being vegetarian (almost vegan) to see if I feel even healthier. However, just because I am trying to live a clean and healthy lifestyle, it doesn’t mean I don’t like some sweet treats, hence I have been trying to reinvent some favourites using simple, raw, healthy ingredients. My latest invention is the raw millionaires shortbread.

“Biscuit” Base

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dates
  • 3/4 cup almonds (preferably soaked for 12 hours and then rinsed)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

Grind all ingredients in a blender until the mixture is sticky and has the consistency of crushed digestive biscuits (similar to a traditional cheesecake base). Grease a dish with coconut oil and then press the mixture into the dish, packing it tight.

“Caramel” Layer

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup light tahini
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

Method:

Blend all ingredients until smooth and then pour over the “Biscuit” base. Put dish in freezer for around 15-20 minutes to allow the “caramel” to set.

Chocolate Layer

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp raw cacao
  • 2 tsp maca powder
  • 2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Method:

Simply put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand. The mixture starts to set quite quickly, so it is a good idea to put the bowl inside a larger bowl filled with hot water to keep it soft. Once your “caramel” has set, pour the chocolate on top spreading it evenly and then return your shortbread to the freezer to set. Once the chocolate is hard, remove your Healthy Millionaires Shortbread from the freezer, but in to squares and serve!

2013 Miles in 2013 – Sponsor Me!

The first person to commit to sponsoring my 2013 mile challenge has committed to 1p per mile (£20.13 in total) and this got me thinking. I am hoping that as many as possible of those reading this will commit to do the same and the best thing is, if each person does this on a “pay as you go” type approach all you will need to part with is approx £2 just after each pay day. In January I completed 205.9 miles and in February I completed a further 200.9 miles. If you can please spare £4.07 to help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust it will be greatly appreciated.

The easiest way to give your sponsorship is to visit my Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/2012-AYearWithoutBeer-CF.

2013 Miles in 2013 – The rules

The rules for my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge are quite simple:

  1. All miles must be completely self powered (no motors, sails, etc)
  2. I must be able to evidence all miles, either via GPS or with a picture of any static gym equipment

To complete my 2013 miles I will be running, cycling, rowing and who knows, I might even try a few other self powered methods along the way.