CACAO VANILLA HALVA

Here's a little idea for you to get more cacao into your day as well as more calcium: Cacao Vanilla Halva!

About sesame

Sesame halva has long been hailed a beauty food in many European wellness clinics & for good reason! Lots of good fats, vitamins & minerals & so delicious & easy to make.

In my book I like to make it a little less traditional by topping it all up with the extra antioxidants & chocolatey goodness of raw cacao.

READ MORE: Model Chocolate book by Abigail

How to make a halva

To make halva, simply whiz raw sesame seeds in a coffee grinder or blender, placing into a bowl, add a little pure vanilla & raw honey to bind it into a sticky mass, not too much or it will be too sweet. Then simply halve the mixture & add raw cacao powder & a little maple syrup to one part. Layer the vanilla into a sealable glass dish & top it with the raw chocolate halva. DONE! An easy snack you can share with a friend & a pot of tea, or a satisfying raw dessert after a yummy green salad. I love it & it works wonders on my skin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CACAO VANILLA HALVA
An easy snack you can share with a friend & a pot of tea, or a satisfying raw dessert after a yummy green salad. I love it & it works wonders on my skin!

Author:
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • sesame seeds
  • a little pure vanilla
  • raw honey (not too much)
  • raw cacao powder
  • a little maple syrup

Instructions
  1. To make halva, simply whiz raw sesame seeds in a coffee grinder or blender.
  2. placing mixture into a bowl.
  3. add a little pure vanilla & raw honey to bind it into a sticky mass, not too much or it will be too sweet. Then simply halve the mixture & add raw cacao powder & a little maple syrup to one part.
  4. Layer the vanilla part into a sealable glass dish & top it with the raw chocolate halva.
  5. DONE!

LOVE 7 CHOCOLATE XX ABIGAIL

First published by Abigail O'Neill on organiceyourlife.com on June 24th 2012, updated in 2020


Abigail O'Neill's Model Chocolate book

5 recipes for chocolate lovers

Who doesn't love chocolate? Lonneke Engel and her fellow contributors shared their love of chocolate with you in these 5 recipes for chocolate lovers. 

First of all, did you know that Organice Your Life® contributor Abigail O'Neill even came out with a recipe book all about (raw) chocolate called "MODEL CHOCOLATE" ?

Model Chocolate

Whether it is Valentine's Day or not, here are 5 recipes for chocolate lovers you must try to make for the ones you love. (or just all for yourself!).

1. Chocolate Eco Block by Abigail O'Neill

Abigail O'Neill made this delicious piece of chocolate that should be a staple in your household!

Chocolate Eco Block recipe by Abigail O'Neill.

abi's chocolateee

2. Vegan black bean brownies by Lonneke Engel

This bean based vegan black bean brownie is delicious and a great snack for when you crave chocolate, or when you are just hungry! You might not even realize there are beans in it!

Vegan Black Bean Brownies recipe by Lonneke Engel

Black-Bean-Brownies-Lonneke-Engel

3. Healthy Brigadeiro by Carolina Fontaneti

Brazilian beauty Carolina Fontaneti tried to make a healthier version of the famous Brazilian Brigadeiros. Delicious!

Healthy Brigadeiro recipe by Carolina Fontaneti.

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4. Raw chocolate fondue by Abigail O'Neill

Many people like any ingredient just better if there is a layer of chocolate melted on top of it. Abigail O'Neill gives some tips to maken amazing chocolate fondue!

Raw Chocolate Fondue recipe by Abigail O'Neill

Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue

5. Frosty Fruity Chocolate by Abigail O'Neill

Another favorite by Model Chocolate Author Abigail O'Neill: Yummy fruits mixed with chocolate are always a good idea!

Frosty Fruity Chocolate recipe by Abigail O'Neill

Frosty Fruity Chocolate
Enjoy!

Love,

Team Organice Your Life®


Healthy Food: Ask and you shall receive

I've had crazy weeks in my life... 4am starts, 12am wraps, you know - all those glam 'life of a model' moments. Nothing I hate more than eating stuff that makes me feel lethargic, heavy and clogged. Unfortunately when working long hours or late sometimes models have to choose between skipping a meal or eat fatty, processed, or chemically treated food! Certainly not the ideal for a gorgeous figure and face that needs using again tomorrow, the day after, and hopefully the day after that.

Little collage of my green juice, quinoa salad, and lovely location of one of my shoots last week.

How I prepare for photo shoots

I usually pack an enormous fridge bag full of healthy food like dehydrated snacks, green juices, organic salad vege's and fresh fruits, bottles of my 'Supergorgeous Almond Mylk' and plenty of raw chocolate options for snacking, such as my raw cacao protein bars (from the book), goji berries and cacao beans, and a nice big slab of raw chocolate. It lasts a few days usually.. This time, unfortunately I ran out.

That one time I ran out of healthy snacks

I was driving 4 hours homeward bound, late at night with only a few hours sleep from the night before and soo tired. I was wishing I had some delicious SOMETHING to keep me awake and there was no organic coffee, or organic anything at the service stations... So I asked for something crazy! I wanted a Chia Latte but without the 'powder' they make it on which is full of sugar, flavorings and other evil things... but they couldn't get their head round that one, so I asked for a 'Earl Grey' (delicious tealeaves infused with Bergamot) Latte with a big pinch of cinnamon and a spoonful of honey and, made on non GM soy (lucky they had this!). It was the best of a bad bunch and ended up tasting delicious! I drank it with the last of  my healthy snacks, my dehydrated cacao cookies and felt very thankful.

My delish raw cacao cookies, makes for perfect travel food ;)

Boost Juice on my way home

On another big drive home I was fortunate enough to have access to a Boost Juice bar (a juice bar chain all over Australia) where I custom ordered a beetroot, pineapple, lemon and ginger juice and asked them to create a frappe with it adding in frozen mango, and green tea powder and it was PERFECT!

Organic farmers market tomatoes made a yummy energizing snack!  

Ask and you shall receive

I'm writing this post to encourage you to be bold! Go ahead, ask for crazy things to suit your needs! Even in places that you think won't have any healthy food that you could eat. The more we do this, the more people will realize the need to have healthier, raw, GF/ DF/ SF, organic, non-GM etc options available in places where now there is only fast food as an option.

Love Abigail O'Neill xxx

First published on November 28th 2012, updated in 2019

 

 


Raw Chocolate Fondue

It is always time to celebrate, for instance with a delicious raw chocolate fondue!

[threecol_one]CELEBRATE:
*Love
*Life
*Connections
*Acceptance
*Beauty
*Antioxidants (LOL - seriously)
[/threecol_one] [threecol_one]REFRESH:
*Time out - recreation
*Hydrotherapy
*Massage - touch
*Nature
*Film, music or art
*Lovemaking (if applicable)
[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]RENEW:
*Commitments/vows
*Faith in yourself and others
*Your body, mind, soul[/threecol_one_last]

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Abigail in her 'Garden of Eden'

Below is a fondue idea from my book Model Chocolate which I love to enjoy during a big essential oil bath with my husband, sharing a pot of green tea if it's cold or a spicy exotic herbal/fruity drink such as 'Celtica' mmm!

Celtica
Celtica
Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue
Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue

Suitable for all kinds of love; take the opportunity to share a healthy raw chocolate experience with your single friends or couple besties, love of your life or soulmate.

RAW CHOCOLATE FONDUE idea

Fruit suggestions ~
Mango, cut into chunks
Strawberries, halved
Starfruit, sliced into stars
Fresh nectarines, pitted, quartered
Cherries, grapes or lychees, whole
Banana, sliced

OR any seasonal organic fruits of your choice - express yourself!

Fondue Dipping Chocolate

I love a plain raw chocolate recipe such as my Classic Dark (in the book) for dipping, or simply use any of your favourite raw chocolate recipes!

Prepare raw chocolate of your choice. While cacao or coconut butters are melting you can start chopping your favourite fresh fruits and making up a beautifully arranged platter. Place a couple of small forks on the side. Finish mixing up chocolate and serve in a small bowl at the centre of the fruit plate. No need to keep warm. Enjoy! The raw chocolate should thicken naturally as it stands depending on the weather. <3

Enjoy!

xxx Abigail


Chocolate Shake

Chocolate shake

For the kids sweet tooth here is a delicious chocolate shake, and adults will enjoy this too! 

Chocolate shake
A delicious chocolate shake for any time of the day!

Author:
Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: shake

Ingredients
  • 1 organic frozen banana
  • A few ice cubes
  • 1 table spoon of Maca powder
  • 1 table spoon of raw chocolate nibs
  • 1 table spoon of chocolate sun warrior protein powder
  • Vanilla bean
  • 1 table spoon of organic agave
  • 1 cup of hemp milk

Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients and the shake is done.

 

Chocolate Shake RecipeChocolate Shake

Chocolate shake for the whole family!

Kids will love this chocolate shake and it's easy to sneak in some extra protein by adding the chocolate protein powder.

Teresa Lourenco

Updated in 2019


Strawberry-Nibbed Smoothie

HI LOVES! ITS BEEN AGES & I'M JUST A LITTLE HIGH ON CACAO LOVE RIGHT NOW WITH ALL THE FUN WE'VE HAD SHOOTING FOR MY BOOK (Model Chocolate) (BTS pic - it's all that cacao) ... TO SHARE THE LOVE HERE'S A SPUNKY LITTLE SMOOTHIE THAT'S SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS EASY & DEF NOT  SENSIBLE THAT YOU CAN USE >>> NOW. MMM (THIS SHOULD SOO BE IN MY BOOK!) MAKETH ONE SO CONTAGIOUSLY GLEEFUL! :D

 

Ingredients:

1 young green coconut, water & pulp

1 handful of raw cashews

1 heaped cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup water

1 tablespoon cacao nibs (oooohhhllaalaa)

1 tablespoon chia seeds

In the blender - cream cashews & frozen strawberries with coconut water, add everything else, BLEND until smooth. SOO YUM. Only beware - you may get the happies while taking in this EXTREME beauty food. Makes two medium or one big smoothie.

Tip: this smoothie is excellent for people wanting to avoid excess sugars, a lovely treat if you're on an anti-candida diet. Low glycemic, hydrating goodness.

LOVE & CHOCOLATE! XXX ABIGAIL


RAW CHOCOLATE LOVE

Hi loves! Hope you're having a wonderful day :)

I'm so very busy right now working on my first cookbook ~ MODEL CHOCOLATE ~ which is getting closer by the moment! My chocolate brings you more energy, love & beauty with every supergorgeous bite! There are over 50 (more like 60) recipes in it ranging from breakfasts to desserts & even a couple of beauty treatments using raw cacao. In just over a month we'll be shooting the cover & I'll share sneak peaks here via Organic Your Life! Stay tuned...

For now though, I want to share with you a few raw chocolate tips you can do oh-so-easily which will enhance your:

Life  - this oldest living lady a chocoholic? woo!

Beauty - antioxidants second to none on the face of the earth

Love - watch this awesome inspiring  informative video by lord Cacao Wolfe

Health - extra raw cacao nutrition info

Happiness - anything that tastes this good & this good (bravo Val) & is every bit as good for you as it tastes makes you happy inside!! With those two recipes alone you can throw a little chocolate party! MMMMM.

Stock up on goodies:

Raw cacao powder, raw cacao nibs, raw cacao beans, creamed coconut, coconut oil, organic essential oils like peppermint, orange, lavender. Spices like cayenne & cinnamon, dried fruits such as blueberries, mango, incaberries. Organic fresh & frozen fruits & superfruits! Sweeteners such as raw honey, raw agave, maple syrup, coconut sugar. Organic nuts & seeds. Superpowders such as mesquite, lucuma, maqui berry, hemp protien, acai berry, maca. SOO GOOD.

Now you can do anything...!

Try:

Adding raw cacao, coconut oil, shavings of creamed coconut, cacao nibs, spices to nuts & seeds or organic fruits in your day. You can make simple fresh fruits exciting by adding yogurt & raw cacao nibs on top. You could add a sprinkling of raw cacao powder over a bowl of oatmeal before drizzling on honey & cinnamon. Rolling medjool dates in superpowders, mentioned above, & fill with raw cacao nibs or powder mixed with hazelnut butter. Snacking on cacao beans & goji berries is a favourite of many healthy people worldwide & for good reasons :)

Replace hot chocolate drinks with raw cacao hot chocolate. Don't scald it, place almond milk over raw cacao powder first, froth it with spices if you like & sweetener - then pour over the boiling water.

You can add cacao nibs or raw cacao powder into smoothies. I have a supersmoothie recipe in my book which is pretty much just young green coconut water with blueberries, cacao & any choice of superpowders/foods you like! It can taste scrumptious or earthy & medicinal depending on your combinations or needs on the day. A smoothie a day to keep the doctor away!

There's many great recipes available on the internet using raw cacao so have a play. Its worth the effort in all its blessedness... BUT if you are superbusy & want to buy chocolate instead PLEASE PLEASE choose only to buy fairtrade (refuse to support child slavery) for the rest of your life. I'd rather never taste chocolate again than buy chocolate that ruins a childs life. Remember too, buy chocolate that is what I call 'fairtrade by birth'. This means the company has always been fairtrade, rather than just slapping on a logo to keep up with the changing trends.

LOVE & CHOCOLATE

Abigail

 

 


Raw Chocolate Brownies

RAW CHOCOLATE BROWNIES LOVE!!!... ♥♥♥

When you want to show someone some love, what better way to revolutionise yourself & the world you live in with these supereasy, superYUM organic brownies! RAW & so highly satisfying & nutritious you can even have them for breaky :D

TO MAKE:

1.5 cups organic raw walnuts

1.5 cups organic fresh medjool dates, pitted

3/4 cup raw cacao powder

1 teaspoon natural vanilla

Pinch himalayan pink salt or 3 squirts 'Cea' spray (as I did!)...

Pure raw cacao nibs for sprinkling!

Simply WHIZ your walnuts in a food-processor until fine (about 1 minute) add pitted dates, salt & vanilla, whizzz again until quite fine & starting to bind. Add cacao powder, one more whiz & you're done! You want it the mixture to be slightly dough-like but still crumbly. Press into a glass storage dish & refrigerate! That's it. If you'd like a chewier texture you can pop them into the freezer for a while before serving. Another nice touch would be to melt a little 'creamed coconut' & make white crosses on them especially for Easter, or even some desiccated coconut would do it.  

These delish raw brownies have the texture of a rich buttery brownie you'd expect to be highly unhealthful only... IT's SUPERFOOD! Love to hear how you go making this. Take I-phone pics & feel welcome to share them to my Chocolate Book Page :) This recipe is just for you OYL readers, so you won't find it in the book. Just an extra one I had laying around!

LOVE & CHOCOLATE X♥X ABIGAIL

 


Tisano (Cacao) Tea

SOO HAPPY right now :) soo amazed & elated at life, good people in this world & CACAO TEA. Well it doesn't take much to make a girl happy does it??? Just a little chocolate here or there, a flower or two (cacao flowers even better!). If you've read any of my posts, checked out my facebook page or twitter, you'd know that I'm pretty madly passionate about FOOD. Even more so, presently, about  CHOCOLATE! Not just any old chocolate will do though, I'm very specific. Fussy in fact! It must be organic for a start, fairtrade is also absolutely essential; as I won't indulge my chocolate fancies upon produce that directly causes children or families harm. Another thing, I ADORE raw chocolate. Raw chocolate is my current obsession. It's made from the purest form of 'chocolate', called CACAO. Packed with up to 360% more antioxidants times than regular cocoa (not to mention other nutrients) & containing less caffeine & with it's rich (yet mild at times, depending) chocolate flavour, it's superfood & what I consider to be the finest indulgence at the same time! Imagine my surprise & utmost delight when I received a parcel direct from NY this afternoon & opened it to find a new cacao product! I'm soo happy with it I will always keep it on my tea shelves from this day on (lol, read the tweets, I couldn't stop raving & taking phone pics)... & to think, that this special, unique chocolate product is made entirely from the raw cacao HUSKS. Well done Tisano Tea, on a beautiful product, & thank-you from the bottom of my heart, ever gorgeous Valentina! LOVE & CHOCOLATE XXX ABIGAIL


MODEL CHOCOLATE

HI BELOVED OYL READERS :D

My supergorgeous raw chocolate book is here!

 MODEL CHOCOLATE ~ BRINGING YOU MORE ENERGY, LOVE & BEAUTY WITH EVERY SUPER- GORGEOUS BITE ♥

There are over 50 recipes ranging from breakfasts to desserts with everything in between. Stuff like my Jaffa Chocolate Pie, to varied chocolate blocks, miscellaneous things like chocolate syrup, a very special herbal tea, a beauty mask & bath, lots of art, stunning images & best of all... 90% of the recipes I've created are SUGAR FREE, DAIRY FREE, completely natural, GLUTEN FREE! There are NUT FREE CHOCOLATES too! Everything has been thought of, and I just cant wait to share all the chocolate love with you.

You can find the book HERE!

LOVE & CHOCOLATE XXX ABIGAIL

First updated on December 28th 2011, updated in 2019