Over the weekend it has been one big mega rain storm with howling winds. So we got a gang together and played our first game of lawn bowls, a very mature game where you roll balls (a bit like curling without the broom) and try and get it closest to the jack. It requires a fair bit of concentration and a steady lunge as well as motivation from your skip who is a team member at the other end cheering you on!. My friend Anna and I took the prize for the two best shots of the match, no talent involved just pure fluke and then proceeded to bowl the rest into the gutter. Next weekend I might have to take a little tray of finger sandwiches, biscuits and some tea, because it would be rude not too!
This morning I woke up to a a lot of excited whoops from the other side of the bed about the first snow that had fallen overnight. And low and beyond I opened the curtains and there was a big white blanket covering Wanaka which is apparently not that common, so we lit the fire, had a steaming bowl of hot cinnamon porridge and then danced on the sofa. It turns out all my living in snowy places still has not taught me to wear sturdy shoes in the snow and I wiped out big time…twice, just trying to navigate my way down the drive, then sat in the snow giggling A LOT, while surrounded by my exploded box of raw chocolates and a wet hiney.
These little treats are inspired by these awesome similar ones that I ate in Soul Foods…my new Wanaka spiritual home, full of organicness, juices and raw galore. I managed to wangle a vague recipe out of the owner so heres my first delicious attempt.
Makes 24 mini bites1 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup sliced banana 1/4 cup medjool dates 1/2 cup buckwheat groats 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 2 tbsp raw honey 1/2 cup coconut oil 3 tbsp cacao butter 3/4 cup cacao powder Crunchy sea salt
Get out your mixer and using the blade whizz up the banana and dates so they are smooth
Add the buckwheat and pulse until the groats have broken up a bit.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until it all comes together
Press the mix down into either cupcake trays or a square dish that will fit all the mix in snuggly and stick it in the fridge.
Make yourself a bain marie, no naughty water touching the glass bowl on top
Add your coconut oil, cacao butter and honey to the bowl and let it all melt
Once melted stir in the cacao powder and stir in a pinch on salt, when smooth spoon it onto the top of your peanut mix
Sprinkle on a bit of crunchy sea salt and some coconut flakes.
Chill in the fridge for an hour until the chocolate has set
Snack away, and share them with your friends wahoooo
Photos Jase Hancox CoLab Creative