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10689768_10152294049256570_2262379357179480596_nHello! and welcome back to my world of sweet treats, desserts and of course…chocolate!
It’s been a while that I have posted a recipe or a story around creating desserts but I guess life sometimes has other plans and you shall not question or disturb them :-)

I am still in Bali, I did have some challenging weeks and I am finally getting back into my flow of creating and experimenting.
I immediately feel grounded, “safe” and a sense of home when I am in the kitchen and I can play with familiar as well as new ingredients.
Being on the road and travelling not only gives me inspiration and curiosity to explore more about myself, people and the food world but can also be distracting and disconnecting from your passion if you are not doing it on a regular basis.

10647106_10153659597792588_6869877648312935151_nIt was definitely a great experience to be detached from everything for a while that I would “normally” do (not that I would have ever had a “normal” schedule anyways) but you know, the little things that give you some kind of control or regularity. Everything was pretty much new every day, like the waves and the mood of people…an ongoing change that also helped me to accept that I am not the same person every day but that I am evolving and sometimes “falling back” into old behaviours that I thought I let go of but nope…here they were…right in front of me and not making an attempt to disappear anytime soon.
Being okay with this and not judging myself AND the people around me, knowing that we are all in the same boat, looking for some kind of belonging, peace, happiness and sometimes pure survival.
I also realised how much I have inside me and naturally want to give and share with people around me.
It just makes me happy to be surrounded with nature, good people, the ocean and … well, yeah…chocolate!

I won’t hold you off any longer…
Check out my new recipe below!
Its made with 100% regional balinese ingredients (cacao, peanuts, cashews, coconut oil, palm sugar & spices) so enjoy this yummy treat (i love it frozen!!!) and feel free to share it with your friends!

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Salty Peanutbutter – Chocolate Squares with dirty Maca Chai filling

For the crust:
250 g organic peanut or plain cookies (optional: vegan/GF)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
good pinch of salt

Put the cookies in a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs
Transfer into a bowl, add the salt and coconut oil and combine with your hands until fully coated (if the mixture is too dry add more coconut oil)

Press the crumb mix into a cake or square dish lined with plastic wrap. Freeze.

Peanutbutter layer:
1/2 cup plain, smooth peanutbutter
1/3 cup soaked cashews
1.5 – 2 cups dirty maca chai mix (see below!)
1/2 cup (or less) palm or coconut sugar to taste
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
salt

Heat up 2 cups of coffee and infuse with chai spices, vanilla and maca powder.
Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
Blend 1.5 cups of the chai mix with the rest of the ingredients except the coconut oil until smooth.
Add more liquid if needed and sweeten to taste.
With the motor running, slowly pour in the coconut oil until fully incorporated.

Pour over the crust and freeze until completely hardened before you top with the last layer.

Chocolate layer:

100 g good quality dark chocolate (70% or more)
1/4 cup soymilk
1/4 cup strong coffee
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
pinch of salt

Heat up the soy milk with the coffee.
In a separate bowl break the chocolate into small pieces.
Pour the hot liquids over the chocolate and let it sit for 3 minutes.
Add salt and coconut oil and stir to combine.

Pour over peanut filling and freeze or chill in the fridge for a few hours until ready to cut into squares.

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