Summer cool down


Summer has certainly arrived in this part of NZ!  We are having sunny, hot days followed by warm evenings and the requests for ice-creams and/or ice-blocks is ongoing.  Since last week’s post encouraged us not to give up on any of our favourites I thought you may enjoy this delicious (and super healthy), slightly adapted ice-block recipe from the amazing Emma Galloway in her book My darling Lemon Thyme.


The Ice-Block Munchers!

I am loving Emma’s approach to eating which is focused on whole foods and, as a mother of children with allergies, packed with easy recipes which are 100% vegetarian and gluten free! It is so worth the money if you are keen to improve your nutrition as many of her recipes are also dairy free and sugar free.  Although there are so many great recipes to choose from in her book this one for her Chocolate Chills has been my favourite over the past few weeks.

These ice-blocks are so simple and yet so yum that you will be wanting them all Summer long to cool down. 🙂  This is my adapted version which is similar to Emma’s recipe ,you can find the original in her book My Darling Lemon Thyme., and perfect for summer parties and treats for the kids.

DF, GF, Sugar-Free Chocolate Chills.

  • 1 Cup chopped raw cashews
  • 1 Cup pitted dried dates
  • 1/4 Cup Cacao powder
  • 1 Cup coconut milk

Soak the nuts and dates in cold water for at least 6 hours in 2 separate bowls.

Drain both and save the juice from the dates.

Blend the nuts, dates, cacao and coconut milk until smooth adding the juice from the dates to sweeten if needed. They are actually pretty sweet already.

Spoon into ice-block moulds, banging on the bench a little to clear any air bubbles, and freeze.


Hope this finds you enjoying tasty (and healthy) treats wherever you are in the world.




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