You may have noticed (or not!) that things have been a little quiet in the Hungry Cub kitchen lately. Recipes have been a bit slower in churning out over the past few months for a variety of reasons.
The good news, however, is that we’re excited to be expecting baby cub #2 to join our house early next year 😀 !!!
It’s been a bit of a rough ride. As several of you already know; we’ve had four miscarriages over the years which have all taken their toll emotionally and physically – and left a kind of pain that never really goes away no matter what happens down the track.
But it was absolute delight to us that this little baby is snug and staying safe. My current pregnancy has not been without it’s challenges, this baby was diagnosed with a rare condition several weeks ago along with large indications of a further health condition. Heartbreakingly we were advised to expect the worst. Thankfully family and friends surrounded us in love, care, kindness, and many many prayers.
A couple of weeks later, when we met with the experts for further investigation and presentation of ‘options’; we, and they, were astounded to see that all evidence of both conditions have completely resolved. It would be hard to believe if we didn’t have the images from the previous scans with us! Even the consultants are surprised by the ‘unexplainable’ speed and extent of the turnaround.
It’s hard to explain the kind of mindset that this ends us in. We journeyed from tender guarded beginnings, through excitement broken by heartache, then unexpected miraculous joy, to where now, after several years, we can open ourselves to the anticipation of holding a brand new baby of our own… It’s hard to wrap our heads around.
What I assuredly know is that I’m humbled by the undefinable power of God – through comfort, miraculous deeds, or a beautiful mix of both; He’s always a calm amidst the chaos. I’m grateful for community of family and friends – who are worth much much more than gold. And, without a doubt, I absolutely can’t wait to greet our bundle and welcome them into this family I love.
SO… with all of that entwined between several months of morning sickness, and certain food aversions. I’ve been giving myself a creative break. But now the appetite and inventive ideas are flooding back!
It seems fitting to begin by adding to the list of my ‘top hits’; the Triple Layer Slices (check out Chocolate/Caramel & Chocolate/Hazelnut). Thus behold one of my favourite flavour combinations; chocolate and coconut…
Mix, make, share with your fellow chocolate/coconut lovers, and enjoy xx
Chocolate & Coconut Triple Layer Slice (this makes about 15 little squares of delight)
1 cup desiccated coconut
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
4 tbsp almond or cashew butter
2 tbsp thick coconut cream
1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1&1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1&1/2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
Grease a loaf pan with a light smear of coconut oil and line across the bottom and the two long sides with baking paper.
For making the base: Mix together the coconut and cocoa in a medium sized bowl. In a small saucepan, gently heat the coconut oil, maple syrup, and nut butter over a low-medium heat until runny/melted and well combined. Pour this over the coconut mixture and stir to combine. Tip into the prepared loaf tin and press down evenly and firmly against the base. Place in the fridge while you prepare the next layer.
For the coconut layer: In a small saucepan, heat the coconut cream, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract until melted. Pour in the desiccated coconut and stir to mix through evenly. Press this over the base layer in the loaf tin and return to the fridge to chill while you make the final layer 🙂
For the chocolate topping: Heat the coconut oil in a small saucepan over a low-medium heat until melted. Remove from the heat and quickly whisk in the cocoa and maple syrup. Whisk until smooth. Pour this over the coconut layer and allow to sit and firm up for a bit before returning the loaf pan to the fridge until completely set (allow about 2 hours).
Chop into your desired portion sizes and enjoy with friends and family 🙂