Thursday, July 7, 2011

Chocolate Sundae Sauce (refined-sugar-free)

Chocolate sauce. It's simple, doesn't come from a squeeze bottle, and will melt your heart in seconds... yes, it can do that.

This picture was taken in a late night moment of pure decadence. Yes, my husband and I know how to relax with style. We know best how to work hard, give long hours, and share ourselves to the point of exhaustion. Therefore, we decide that rest is a must!

We celebrate this moment with a quiet night of reminiscing, soft looks and bittersweet chocolate. Yes, the perfect dessert to make one's heart give in to the couch and sweatpants.

Enough is enough. You gotta give in. You gotta. Life is too much sometimes.

Turn down the lights. Talk quietly. Light a candle.

Enjoy a sunset. Drink a cup of honey-lemon tea. Share sweet smiles.

Trust me, you will feel better if you do. You can't run a million miles a minute and expect to be ok at the end of the day. You need to find time to rest. You need to find time to reconnect with yourself. Reconnect with your loves.

Don't let the machine run your heart and soul into the ground. You are a living and breathing piece of art. Don't sweat out all that you got and not replenish your basic, health, and breath. Find space. Create space.

You know that if you cannot find time to rest and be yourself that you are just doing too much. Say no. It may seem like that is impossible, but when you do and start to care for your needs that is when you start to make a difference. Being the best of who you are requires you to eat, sleep, rest and breathe too. You know this. I know this. But sometimes it just gets past us...

That is where this chocolate sauce comes into action. You may need some chocolate sauce to help you get to that place of rest and reconnecting. So, hopefully you have the 3 healthy ingredients in your pantry and ready to make over some of those fresh berries and dairy-free ice cream. If, not....then you should make it a point to start stocking your pantry with some cocoa, coconut oil and local honey! :) I'm just saying...

Eating healthy, or eating real doesn't mean you can't have a dessert here and there. I will be the first to tell you this. I think the healthiest people in the world are those that know how to love life, celebrate and have less stress in their life. So chocolate, wine, and good real food may be just what you need to make this stressed out life feel that much sweeter. All things in moderation of course ;)

Chocolate Sundae Sauce Recipe (dairy-free)
1/3 cup of local honey (or maple syrup)
1/3 cup of extra virgin coconut oil (or soy-free Earth Balance)
2 TB of cocoa powder (100% cacao)

Put all 3 ingredients in a sauce pan on low heat on the stovetop. Heat up and whisk till all is liquid and melted together. Then, whisk till it starts to bubble turn off heat and cool just a bit before serving. It will be EXTRA hot so be careful not to burn fingers or tongues. The cooler it gets the thicker it gets too. Pour over fresh fruit, homemade brownies, and vegan coconut ice cream. Pretty much the best stuff in the world.

It's easy. So, get your comfy clothes on, set up a movie or turn down the lights and make a decadent dessert of fresh strawberries and chocolate sauce...and if you really want to doll it up add some sugar-free coconut ice cream and make some GF/DF brownies to add to the bottom of this. Homemade brownies, or store-bought work the same way :)

Hope you find rest and peace today. Even if it is just a few moments at the end of the day...

Much love to you!

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