Chocolate covered dried fruit recipe on The Yoga Connection.

Just starting to realise that Christmas is getting close? Me too, and while it’s a lovely social time it also means more people dropping by for visits. I like to have little treats on hand that I can quickly pass around or alternatively use as a gift. Easy to make and enjoyed by everyone. Try different fruits and nuts, put in a jar, tie with a ribbon and you have a great gift on hand.

Chocolate covered dried fruit treats

6 dried dates

1/3 cup boiling water

½ cup coconut oil

2 Tbspn cocoa

1 tspn vanilla essence

Pinch of Himalayan salt

Add dried dates to boiling water and let soak for 30 minutes. When dates look plump, mix in a blender to a smooth paste. Add cocoa and stir through. Melt the coconut oil and add to date mixture. Stir through and add vanilla.

Take any dried fruit you like, apricots, banana, figs, dates and partially or fully cover in the chocolate mixture. Leave to set in the fridge for 1 hour and enjoy.


Coffee alternatives











I have always been a big fan of coffee. I love the smell, the taste and the ritual of it all. However I didn’t love what it was doing to my adrenals. It made me feel rushed all the time and a bit on edge but I couldn’t let it go because the love was deep. A few years ago I got a stomach bug and thought it would be a good time to take some time out from coffee and have a break for my kidneys and liver. I always said to myself that I would go back to it when I felt like I wanted some but the feeling never came back. Instead I have found a whole new world of coffee alternatives that I can enjoy. If you ever want to skip the latte one morning, why don’t you give one of these a go:

Herbal tea

Herbal teas are great because they come in a range of flavours and can be enjoyed hot or cold.


A mixture of black tea and spices. This delicious drink made with warm milk can have a bit of a spice kick but is also warm and satisfying.

Dandelion root

This is a great alternative to coffee because it has a real earthy taste and texture to it. It can be made like coffee with a dash of milk in it, has many health benefits and is not harsh on the liver.


Matcha is a green tea so it has all the health benefits including helping with detoxification and high levels of antioxidants. This drink can be made with warm milk (as above) and you can add a little sweetness.

Hot apple cider

Simply take apple cider vinegar, add hot water, some honey if required, and sip like tea. A wonderful intestinal flush and detoxifying way to start the day.

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