12 days of Christmas tasty food count down

IMG_3906Over the next 12 days, I’ll share a whole load of my Christmas favourites. Today is chocolate avocado truffles and the recipe is below. Make these and pop them in the fridge to munch on but before we get to the recipe………I was at a Christmas party today and a lady told me that she missed my Moozlers posts and that made me a little bit sad. I have tonnes to say to you guys but I’ve been a little bit lost. I started Moozlers right after I left the law for the third and final time. By then, I had been practising law for 20 years. I’d worked myself right up to partner level, leaving the partnership to take subsequent jobs as an associate just doing the work (I thought I might prefer the less stressful role). I realize now that I took those subsequent jobs because I was lost and didn’t know what to do with myself. When I eventually left, I still didn’t really know what to do with myself although I knew I had a dream of doing my own thing. I didn’t really know what my own thing was but I figured that if started something, I’d work it out. I started Moozlers. I stuck up those recipes thinking that was it but it really wasn’t. I’m so much more than recipes. Sure, I can cook but I don’t want to be a chef and some days I feel like I just go through the motions with the recipes. Quinn (my 6 year old) always tells me that if I was on Masterchef, I’d win but you know, I so wouldn’t because my heart wouldn’t be in it. I don’t have the desire to learn all of the little intricacies that chefs learn. I’m a home cook; a good one but that’s as good as it’s going to get. I realized though that what I had mastered was the art of cooking healthy, simple tasty food and being organized about it.

I am so much more than a home cook. I’ve been a full time working mum for years. I’ve worked out how to achieve some level of balance between work and play and kids. I’ve worked out how to eat a healthy diet (and I use that term in the loose sense namely, “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats” (dictionary definition) not in  the food deprivation aim of losing weight sense. I’ve worked out what to eat when I want it and without judgment. Let’s see how I deal with that one given my current raining for a Master’s figure competition in the middle of next year. I’ve worked out that I hate cardio and I won’t do it. I’ve worked out what forms of exercise keep me fit and healthy and muscly. I love having muscles and I know I can get them by eating loads of carbs (yes, carbs). I’ve worked out how to manage my stress. I’ve learnt how practicing gratitude can make you a much happier and healthier individual. I’ve learnt how to let people and things go when they don’t serve me well. I’ve learnt that I want to have people in life and I’ve identified the kind of people I want in my life. I’ve learnt that collaboration is the name of the game. I’ve learnt that when you face fear head on and dismiss it, the world is your oyster.

Going forward I’m going to share all of this stuff with you. I reckon that I am happier, healthier and fitter than I have been in years and I want to help you guys get there too and if you’re already there, hell share your knowledge! Going forward, Moozlers is going to be an information page.

Last year I saw a lot of people making chocolate pudding with avocado and I have to say, it didn’t float my boat but it got me thinking and ta da, I made truffles instead. These are really creamy and you’d never know there was avocado in them. I like using dark chocolate but I’ve found that kids prefer a semi-sweet. They’re a little bit sickly with milk chocolate so proceed with caution there.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe medium avocado
  • 200g of dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • Cocoa powder, crushed nuts or shredded coconut to coat (optional)

Method

  1. Mash the avocado until smooth and mix through the syrup and vanilla.
  2. Melt 100g of chocolate and combine thoroughly with the avocado mixture.
  3. Pour the mixture into a lined loaf tin and leave in the fridge to set (these takes about 2 hours).
  4. Remove the mixture from the fridge and use your hands to roll spoonfuls of the mixture into balls. The mixture will make 10 – 12 balls.
  5. Place the balls into a container lined with parchment paper and freeze for about 30 minutes.
  6. Melt the remaining 100g of chocolate.
  7. Remove the balls from the freezer and dip them in melted chocolate one at a time and then roll in a coating and set aside. You can leave them with just a chocolate coating if you like.
  8. When done, return the balls to the fridge to set and then enjoy.

These should keep for 3 or 4 days.

Very yum!

 

 

 

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