Healthy Christmas recipes

Four days ’til Christmas! I’m definitely getting very excited about the festive celebrations now! For me, Christmas time means family time. We eat way too much delicious food, spend quality time hanging out and create many lasting memories. There’s nothing more important in my … Continue reading

Raw coconut chocolate salted caramel slice

It’s been a week since I moved to Melbourne and I’ve finally settled into my own place. As I’m working in the CBD, it has been great exploring new cafes and have already found some that will become my go-to places for coffee and lunch during the week.

Green Press in Melbourne CBD. Emma Lauren Food.

Colourful salads from Green Press

If you haven’t already been to Green Press, do yourself a favour and go! It has an array of healthy vegan salads to choose from, changing almost daily. There is the option to add chicken, beef and falafels on top. They also offer some breakfast items and sweet treats, along with pressed juices.

I enjoyed this so much that I went back again on Thursday for lunch!

Almond milk latte from Madamimadam. Emma Lauren Food.

Almond milk latte from Madamimadam

Madamimadam is a cool cafe down one of the many side streets in the CBD. It was quite busy the morning I went so that is usually a good sign. They make their own cold pressed almond milk which tasted amazing in my latte. Will definitely be heading here when I need my caffeine fix for the day!

Pantry essentials. Emma Lauren Food.

Pantry essentials

Now that I’ve moved into my own place, I have already started stocking up my healthy pantry. To start with I’ve purchased almond milk, cacao powder, coconut nectar, buckwheat flour, buckwheat groats, coconut oil, almond butter, coconut yoghurt and Himalayan pink salt. I look forward to adding to this each week.

Raw coconut chocolate salted caramel slice. Emma Lauren Food.

Almond milk latte from Forest Green

Today, an early morning walk was on the cards as I wanted to explore the area I’ve moved to. I came across Forest Green, a nice cafe on High Street, and fortunately they stocked almond milk. So, I enjoyed a latte whilst reading the paper. I always like to have a look at the menu even if I’m not ordering food and Forest Green’s menu sounds really delicious so will have to go back for breakfast one morning.

Raw coconut chocolate salted caramel slice. Emma Lauren Food.

Choc-coco base

Since arriving in Melbourne, I was fortunate enough to stay with my good friend and her family until I found more permanent accommodation. As a thank you, I made dinner and dessert for them on Saturday evening. Dinner consisted of roasted pumpkin stuffed with moroccan spiced lamb and dessert was this indulgent slice.

Raw coconut chocolate salted caramel slice. Emma Lauren Food.

Smooth chocolate layer

I wanted the different layers to consist of different textures. The base was slightly chewy, the chocolate was smooth and the salted caramel had little bits of crunch to it.

Raw coconut chocolate salted caramel slice. Emma Lauren Food.

Chocolate layer

The chocolate was glossy in appearance and as it’s quite rich only a thin layer was needed. I used coconut oil as one of the ingredients as it sets quite quickly and is easy to cut through.

Raw coconut chocolate salted caramel slice. Emma Lauren Food.

Salted caramel…YUM!

The salted caramel really enhances the flavour of the slice and is very simple to make, only three ingredients needed.

Raw coconut chocolate salted caramel slice. Emma Lauren Food.

Final layer

This recipe purposely makes a small batch as now I’m living on my own I don’t have anyone to eat all these goodies. If you’d like to make more, just double or triple the ingredients.

Raw coconut chocolate salted caramel slice. Emma Lauren Food.

Indulgent squares

This slice will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to four days or in the freezer for up to two weeks.

Raw coconut chocolate salted caramel slice

Makes 6 slices

Ingredients:

Base
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, extra for decoration
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil
  • 2 TBSP cacao powder
  • 1 TBSP coconut nectar*
Chocolate
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 2 TBSP cacao powder
  • 1 TBSP coconut nectar*
Salted caramel
  • 1 TBSP almond butter
  • 1 tsp coconut nectar*
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Method:

  1. Line a small baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Mix base ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Press into prepared baking tin and should be about 1cm thick. Set in the freezer.
  4. Mix chocolate ingredients together and pour over base. Return to freezer.
  5. Mix salted caramel ingredients together and spread over chocolate. Set in the fridge.
  6. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Note: you can substitute the coconut nectar for honey, 100% pure maple syrup or rice malt syrup – may have to adjust quantities to suit your taste buds!

Raw coconut chocolate salted caramel slice. Emma Lauren Food.

Layers of goodness

These are not very thick but are quite rich so a little slice goes a long way.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed your Easter long weekend and have indulged in some healthy chocolate treats!

Emma Lauren Food: One year on…

I cannot believe it has been one year since I started Emma Lauren Food and what a year it’s been. Thank you all so much for your support and positivity over this time, it’s been overwhelming since the beginning and such an amazing experience.

Reflecting back on the recipes created this past year, I thought I’d share some of my personal favourites with you all:

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Raw fig raspberry pistachio cheesecake

Raw fig raspberry pistachio cheesecake: This is probably my favourite photo of the year; the vibrant colour combination of the berry pink and lime green really complement one another. It’s also been very popular as many of you have recreated this cheesecake and thoroughly enjoyed it with your family and friends – thank you for sharing these photos with me too!

Lorna Jane: Move Over Sugar eBook

Move Over Sugar: Lorna Jane eBook: This was a very proud moment for me as four of my original recipes were featured in Lorna Jane’s Move Over Sugar eBook. To be part of such an amazing eBook filled with healthy and delicious recipes is a real honour. I’ve since been featured in Lorna Jane’s 12 Days of #MNBXMAS with my Raw festive fruit tart which was also a ‘pinch me’ moment!

Chocolate for breakfast

Basic pancake batter: If you follow me on Instagram, you would know I rarely go one week without enjoying pancakes – quite often making them twice or three times a week! I love the variety of toppings that can be added to the basic pancakes to enhance their flavour and keep them exciting. This photo just really shows that having chocolate for breakfast isn’t all that bad for you!

Mango, macadamia and basil salad

Mango, macadamia and basil salad: This photo reminds me of summer in Australia – the vibrant colours really showcase just how fresh and healthy this salad is. When I see this photo it also brings back memories of the celebratory Christmas dinner I had with my university friends after we finished our final exams, definitely memories I will cherish forever.

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Raw vanilla and cacao hazelnut cake: I made this spectacular cake for my Mum’s birthday last year. What I loved most about it was not only how delicious it was, but the fact that my Oma (Dutch for Grandma) devoured it, and if my memory serves me right she actually went back for seconds! Knowing that a healthy cake was enjoyed by all generations was a really big tick in my books!

Superfood balls

Superfood balls: I absolutely love to snack throughout the day. It keeps my energy levels high and stabilises my blood sugar. These superfood balls are a filling yet nutritious ball that fills that in-between-main-meals void. I also love the bright specks of colour, especially from the red goji berries.

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Roasted vegetable quinoa salad: Last but not least, this was my very first blog post exactly one year ago. Over the past year I’ve often frequented this post as it reminds me of how much I have grown as a person and how this blog has developed over time. I still make a version of this salad every now and then, for old times sake.

I would like to thank you all so much for your continued support, without your positivity and feedback Emma Lauren Food would definitely not be what it is today. I am so excited for what the next year will bring and I can assure you there are a number of projects currently in the works that I cannot wait to share with you all!

Love,

Emma Lauren x

Emma Lauren