Pink Himalayan Salt & Cacao Nib GIVEAWAY & Recipe for Mocha Frappuccinos (Dairy-free, Sugar-free)

Today, I’m very excited to launch a fantastic giveaway! My good friends over at Elements for Life have given me ten of their Pink Himalayan Salt and Cacao Nib Grinders to give away to you, my lovely readers 😀

It makes me so happy when I get to give away products that I love myself. This blogging gig has some seriously great perks! 😀

The Pink Himalayan Salt is sourced from the foothills of the Himalayas, where it was deposited by primal seas millions of years ago. It is totally pure and packed with trace minerals. I use the salt to season savoury meals and to add a touch of saltiness to my raw chocolate barks.

Himalayan Pink Salt

The cacao nibs are sourced from Peruvian cacao beans. Once the beans have been dried, they are crushed and the papery skins removed, leaving the cacao nibs. Since they aren’t roasted, the cacao nibs retain all the goodness found in cacao beans.  They contain a serious amount of nutrients, including lots of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and amino acids.  To find out more about their nutrient content, check out my ‘Wonders of Raw Chocolate‘ post.

Cacao Nibs

I like to sprinkle cacao nibs on my porridge,  banana pancakes, chocolate ‘cashew’ cheese cakes, yoghurts, parfaits, chocolate energy milkshakes, chocolate banana icecream and mocha coffees.  If you like very dark chocolate, you’ll love cacao nibs!

Another great feature of this giveaway is that the two products come packaged in their own glass bottles with plastic grinder tops, which have two settings – coarse and fine. I’ve never had a manual grinder that’s had adjustable settings so I’m loving this feature. It saves me having to get out my electric grinder when I want fine nibs for sprinkling on drinks.

Grinder Lid 500

In addition to my Coffee Frappuccinos, another drink I’m loving at the moment is home-made Mocha Frappuccinos / Frappés.  The coffee shop versions are way too sugary for my liking. They seriously make me nauseous and the feeling lasts for hours 🙁 Instead, I much prefer my home-made version. It’s very simple to make and you can adjust the sweetness to suit your individual tastes. As an added bonus, they’re far cheaper to make yourself. ‘M’ loves them too!

Mocha Frappuccino Dairy Free Sugar Free copy

For a Mocha Frappuccino, I simply use my Coffee Frappuccino recipe and add a tablespoon of cacao powder per person.  While the recipe will work fine with regular cocoa powder, I prefer to use raw cacao powder as I find the taste superior, plus it adds more lovely nutrients 🙂

Just in case you’d like to try it too, here’s how I make it:

Dairy Free Sugar Free Mocha Frappuccino copy



Elements for Life are selling these refillable grinders for £2.75 and £2.95, which I think is a great price considering that they come pre-filled with 100g of the Pink Himalayan salt and cacao nibs, respectively.

However, five of my lucky readers are going to bag themselves one each of the grinders for FREE! 

There are three ways to enter the giveaway:

  1. Leave me a comment below. Anything will do, but I’d love to find out a bit more about you! Are you already a fan of Pink Himalayan salt or cacao nibs, or have you yet to try them? Have you tried any new drinks lately that you’re loving?
  2. Share this giveaway on Facebook by clicking on the ‘Like’ button at the bottom of this post, then leave me a comment below to let me know you have done so.
  3. Share this giveaway on Twitter with something like “I’ve entered the @GoodStuffSharon @MakeRawChoc Pink Himalayan Salt & Cacao Nib Giveaway”, then leave me a comment below to let me know you have done so.

If you enter all three ways, you’ll triple your chances of winning.

Sorry international readers but this giveaway has to be UK only due to the postage costs.

The closing date is Thursday 1st August 2013 at midnight GMT. After this date, 5 lucky winners will be chosen at random.

Good luck everyone! xx

Frappuccino (Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Low Calorie)

It’s been a scorcher of a week here in Bath, which has given me a great excuse to indulge in one of my all-time favourite iced drinks… home-made frappuccinos 🙂

Dairy Free Frappuccino 400

I adore iced coffee drinks but find I can’t tolerate the ones served in coffee houses.  Even when they’re made with soya milk I find that they leave me feeling queasy.  I’m guessing it’s their high sugar content that’s the culprit.

The great thing about making your own frappuccinos is that you can adjust the coffee and sweetener levels so that they suit your taste buds perfectly.  As an added bonus, you’ll also save a small fortune.  A coffee house frapp will set you back around £3, compared to less than 50p for the home-made version!

I don’t have an espresso machine, so I use my cafetiere (French Press) instead.

Cafetiere 400

A pot of strong coffee is brewed and left on the side to cool.  When cold, the coffee is poured into a large silicone ice cube tray and placed in the freezer overnight.   Any leftover coffee gets stored in a jug in the refrigerator, then used to refill the ice cube tray the following day.

To make a frappuccino, seven coffee ice cubes (about a cup’s worth) are placed in the blender along with a cup of soya milk.  I pulse it a few times to break up the ice, then blend on high speed until the ice cubes are completely incorporated.  A little sweetener is added (I use about a teaspoon of maple syrup), then a couple more pulses to combine and it’s ready to serve.

Philips Blender 500

As I pour the frappuccino into the glass it separates into these two wonderful layers… cool milky coffee on the bottom, with an ice-cream-like topping. It is totally lush!

Frappuccino - Dairy Free - Vegan 500 1 copy


Here’s a printable version of the recipe:

Products I used in this recipe:
Alpro UHT Soya Milk
Original Maple Syrup
Bar Originale Large 32-Hole Silicone Ice Tray with Hard Plastic Carry Case (N.B. this is the 3rd silicone ice cube tray that’s warped in my dishwasher. In future, I’ll always wash my silicone trays by hand, even if they say “dishwasher safe”!
Bodum 1928 Chambord Coffee Maker Stainless Steel 8 Cup 1.0lt
Philips Blender with Pulse and Ice Crush

I hope you enjoy this frappuccino as much as we do!

Have a great weekend everyone xx

What’s your favourite cooling drink?  As well as the frapp, I’m loving lime-based drinks at the moment. They’re so refreshing! 

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