Photo Cred Lisa Yeeesss chocolate is good for you. Not that junk from the corner store... but delicious, rich, raw chocolate. Cacao is raw chocolate (pronounced ka-cow), it's been minimally processed and never heated above 110°. You can find it at most health food stores and some grocery stores. You want to make sure the English spelling is cacao, if it's cocoa it'll be cheaper. Trust me, you want the raw stuff with all the minerals, vitamins and antioxidants still intact. If this is your first time having raw chocolate, pace your damn self, it's a stimulant and a superfood so a little goes a long way. Broken Chocolate 1/2 cup cacao powder 3/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup unpasteurized honey 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt Chopped nuts, seeds, dried fruit OR coconut flakes (optional) Mix all ingredients together by hand, it'll be easier if coconut oil is in liquid form. Pour mixture onto a serving platter lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer for 30 to 45 minutes. Once solid you can break the chocolate into pieces. Coconut oil is only stable when cool so it's best to serve out of the fridge in warm weather and it will keep for 6 months to a year. Now you can make your own chocolate anytime you want and eat it without guilt. Less guilt more chocolate!

Photo Cred Lisa I made Cat's favourite raw pie for her birthday party! It's an easy no-bake pie that you can make with only a food processor, though a blender gets the strawberry filling extra creamy. The recipe makes two 9" pies, makes more sense to do two at a time as they freeze well and then you'll have them on hand to impress your peeps. Crust 3/4 cup raw almonds OR mix and match nuts/seeds OR pulp from nut milk 3/4 cup raw hazelnuts 1/2 cup coconut flour 10-12 large medjool dates, pitted In a food processor blend nuts and coconut flour well, add dates and process until the mixture becomes a stiff but pliable dough. The dates will incorporate easily if they're room temperature. Divide dough in half and press into the bottom of the pie tin and up the sides with your hands or a spatula. Pop the crusts into the freezer while you make the filling. Strawberry Filling 1 pint strawberries (OR 2 pints to decorate) 2 bananas 3/4 cup pine nuts OR sunflower seeds 1 tbsp organic vanilla 2 tbsp psyllium husk powder* 1/4 cup honey Blend all ingredients, except psyllium husk, until filling is smooth and creamy. Add psyllium powder and fully incorporate. Slowly pour filling into pie dishes, making sure not to over fill. Chill pies in fridge or freezer, once they've had about 30 mins to set you can decorate the top of the pies with sliced strawberries. *Psyllium husk powder can be found at your local health food store, it's used in this recipe to thicken the pie filling. If you don't have access to psyllium you can serve the pie frozen.