2.3.15

The Yoga & Raw Chocolate Experience by Secret Urban Escape


So imagine my disappointment when I realised I couldn't make it to this event. I struggled with the fact I need a good stretch but at the same time, I needed the rest and to get myself organised for my Half Marathon the next day. My mind flickered to Christina, bubbly and beautiful...the energy of my Nike Training Classes I taught at Victoria Park; the perfect person to represent for us and share with us how the morning unfolded...

I can comfortably say chocolate is one of my favourite companions; 
‘For some there is therapy for the rest of us there is chocolate’ 
So you can imagine my excitement after getting an invite to a yoga and (raw) chocolate making experience with the gorgeous Laurella Fox-Pitt, in a secret converted archway location organised by ‘Secret Urban Escape’.
I arrived into this fantastic converted archway at Hoxton, bricks, spotlights and lined with lululemon yoga mats  (which I must say are my favourite brand for yoga mats- they have incredible grip and a wide variation of colours). I walked through a space which opened into this cosy seating area where a bunch of us were drinking warm ginger & lemon water and chatting, with the smell of indulgent cocoa saturating the air. 


We sat down snuggled with all the pillows and got some fantastic recipe tips from Laurella. She firstly and most importantly cleared all the myths about how ‘bad’ chocolate is. If prepared correctly chocolate has all our essential B vitamins and contains an incredible amount of antioxidants, making it (officially anti-aging!) and is also a super stimulant treat. So after the demonstration of how to create the ‘base’ of the chocolate we all got our own moulds and made our personal mixtures, adding superfoods to the raw chocolate base: goji berries, hemp seeds, maca, coconut and lacuma powder (which is made from subtropical fruit native to South America; it’s also high in B vitamins and antioxidants as well as adds a great sweet taste to your dishes).


As our chocolate treats set in the fridge we continued on with a 75 min Solar Prana Vinyasa Class, which after a hell of a week was an incredibly relaxing way to start my Saturday morning. Laurella’s class was not only challenging but the class left me feeling at peace and stretched out all the stress of the previous week, while listening to the fantastic background music she had prepared. If you are interested in trying out some of her classes, do check her out at at Yotopia who do fantastic deals for first timers as well as drop in rates. 



After the class we indulged in our yummy chocolate treats with the warm almond chai latte drinks as we mingled, all in the name of yoga and chocolate. Below is Laurella’s raw pure chocolate recipe; give it a go and share some pictures with us☺.


Simple Pure Chocolate

150g Cacao Butter
7 tbsp Cacao Powder
65g Coconut Palm Syrup

  • Melt Cacao butter in a bain marie, add cacao powder and syrup and whisk till smooth.
  • Add superfoods of your choice, goji berries, lucuma powder, maca, coconut, hemp seeds. 
  • Set in small shaped moulds or any container to make a slab and refrigerate or freeze depending on how quickly you need them.


Raw Brownies

1 cup pecans 
1 cup medjool Dates- add another ½ cup if you like them super sticky ☺
5 tbsp. Cacao powder
6 tbsp. desiccated coconut 
½ tsp Vanilla essence 
¼ tsp salt

  • Pulse Pecans till well crushed but not powdered (blending the pecans first releases all the oils 
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend till it begins to come together but isn’t buttery
  • Place in a baking tin or container of choice and freeze for 20 mins before adding icing and then another 20 to set fully or an hour in the fridge.


Chocolate Icing

½ cup Coconut Oil
½ Cup Cacao
¼ Rice Syrup / Coconut Palm Syrup
½ tsp Good Salt 
Vanilla (Optional)

  • Mel oil gently 
  • Add remaining ingredients 
  • Pour over brownie mixture and wait a seeming very long 20 mins before tucking in!

Laurella’s recommendation is to enjoy it with warm almond milk chai latte.
If you want to join us any future ‘secret’ events, join the mailing list for Secret Urban Escape. I was lucky enough to get chatting with the passionate and equally stunning Iris, a co-founder of Secret Urban Escape, who organise intimate events that include a workout session in an unusual location followed by a fun activity with the aim of displacing the usual mundane gym workout with a nice atmosphere and the opportunity to meet some interesting people in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Their next event is a Beats, Bites and BoxingYoga
There are many exciting and fun event that are fitness related; Even if you're hungover from Friday  night, working out on a Saturday morning can really set a good tone to your weekend.

Enjoy the chocolates ☺

Christina 

4 comments:

  1. OMG that event looked amazing! I made raw chocolate to give away as Christmas gifts this year and it turned out amazing, but cacao butter is so hard to find here and really expensive! Do you know of a good sub for it?

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    1. I don't think there is a good sub! I bought a packet in WholeFoods and I think it cost about a tenner. It made a decent sized bar and enough to do that all over again which makes it work out far cheaper than buying raw chocolate somewhere like Hotel Chocolat where you'd get the equivalent style with no added sugar / dairy etc.

      That's why "chocolate" pumped full of milk, sugar etc is actually so cheap!

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  2. chocolate and yoga?! what a fantastic day. great recipes to try out, too.

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    1. I know right?! I'm hoping there will be another one soon so I can indulge! haha! :)

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