Unrefined Living

maintaining a healthy balance of the mind, body, and plate


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Homemade Chocolate Ganache

If you are a chocolate lover (like me) and have unpredictable….well, ok maybe totally predictable….cravings and don’t want to eat the bad stuff, then you must have a few essentials on hand at all times.  Coconut oil (unrefined, preferably organic), raw cacao powder (unsweetened dutch processed will do but not as healthy), high quality dark chocolate chips (so no Hersheys!!), pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean, raw honey/pure maple/agave (agave being the least healthy of the three), and sea salt (so trash the regular table salt and ONLY ever use sea salt).

For this particular recipe, I didn’t actually use my cacao powder, just the dark chocolate chips.  However, you can use the powder, you will have to slightly modify the rest of the ingredients.

What you need:

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt

Melt the chips and coconut oil by either using a double boiler or microwave (30 second intervals stirring in between).  Stir well until mixture is creamy.  Then add in vanilla and sea salt.  Mix again and let sit for about 10 minutes to cool.  Try not to frost your treats (whatever they my be) until everything is cooled, otherwise you will have a drippy sloppy (yummy) mess!!!

Last time I made this I used it on zucchini muffins (notice the drippy drip!!).

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Sriracha Tahini Dressing

Add some spice to your salad or veggie burger with this sassy mix.  Recipe adapted from Keepin It Kind

photo-1What you will need:

  • ¼ cup tahini sauce
  • ¼ cup nut milk
  • 2-3 tablespoon Sriracha (if you don’t enjoy spice then use less)
  • lemon or lime juice (fresh or bottled will do)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • pinch of cayenne (optional)

Blend it up in a blender or shake it in a small mason jar.  It’s so good I want to top everything with it!  I recently used this dressing to top my Eggplant Crunch Burger.