Quick and Easy Roasted Almond Chocolates

Quick and Easy Roasted Almond Chocolates

The moment my life changed.

I didn’t want to have that day procedure last week.
I didn’t believe I needed it.
The timing didn’t feel right.
There were so many reasons for my intuition screaming loud and clear to leave it be, to give it a miss.
But I didn’t listen.
I went against my instincts, I reluctantly checked myself into hospital. I followed the orders and I had it done.
I ended up with a punctured bowel.
I ended up in extreme pain, vomiting and diarrhoea that by midnight Thursday was so intense I had to leave the kids at home and get to emergency. They put me straight in. I still didn’t know what was wrong at this stage. I was sure I’d be home in a day or two.
I went to the ward Friday and had CT scans that showed the inflammation, infection and fluid. On Saturday I was so sick, my blood pressure among other things were very concerning, they called code and had me moved straight to ICU.
All Saturday we did bloods and spoke to numerous doctors until it was decided that there was no time to wait and I need to have my bowel partially removed and be fitted with a bag. It is major surgery.
I went to surgery. Parts of my bowel had died. I have a bag. I’m very sick and sore and weak but the care has been great and I just hope that each day gets easier.
My parents have flown back from their first ever far away holiday to Costa Rica to visit my brother as my mum couldn’t cope with being away through all of this.
They expect I’ll be in hospital for a few more days.
They expect to reverse the procedure in a few months.
They expect me to be extremely exhausted for the first 6 months and said to allow 12 months to get back to where I was at.
They expect that I may well have died if they didn’t act when they did.
I need to learn about using my bag and about ensuring I follow an adequate and bag friendly diet. That will come.
So that’s the story. I think.
Yes, I wished I listened to my instincts but I didn’t.
At the end of the day I’m alive and for that I’m grateful. I will go home. I will get better.
I have been blessed with exceptional caregivers that have helped me cope every single day. I will go home to exceptional caregivers who will help me cope with this change in my life’s direction.
But despite this, these early days are frightfully hard and aside from the pain, nausea and discomfort, I miss my babies and I miss the usual, I miss the everyday. I miss the goals I was kicking and the dreams I was focusing on. But in saying that I know this is temporary, that those goals and dreams don’t need to be forgotten.
My focus is now on recovery and part of that recovery is embracing the journey, the good and the bad of my life changing journey.

With love and gratitude,

Quick and Easy Roasted Almond Chocolates

  • 100 grams 85% dark chocolate, roughly broken
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey*
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted almonds
  1.  Melt the chocolate. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until it is all well combined. Spoon the mixture into the holes of a silicon muffin mould and place it into the fridge to set.
  2. Eat and enjoy.

Makes 10

*you can use rice malt syrup if you prefer.

**dry roasted almonds are readily available from the supermarket.

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Quick and Easy Roasted Almond Chocolates
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  • Lauren Jordan

    I’m so sorry to hear this! How devastating and difficult for you and your family 🙁

  • Karen Boucher

    Oh Bianca I’m so sorry to hear your hardship and horror of the past few days. My prayers and thoughts are with you for a speedy recovery. Xx

  • sue

    Oh Bianca
    I’m so sorry you’ve had to go through all that. I really feel for you and can relate in some small way to what you’re going through , how your life can be changed by health issues and that longing for the life you had before. But you’re right, your dreams and goals don’t have to be forgotten. Your health and recovery comes first and there will always be time to persue your goals when you are well. I know your babies will give you great strength and motivation to push through these hard months ahead. You will get through this and it sounds like you have an amazing support system. My thoughts and prayers are with you that you will recover sooner than expected. Big hugs

  • So sorry to read this, wishing you a speedy recovery

  • Tam

    Sending you so many healing and health recovering wishes. You are strong. You’ve got this. Love from another EDS Zebra Warrior Mumma! Xo

  • Angie Sparkles

    Dear Bianca….Oh I am so, so sorry to hear of this immense trauma you have been through. I can’t imagine how it must feel to have your life literally turned upside down…I am inspired by your always positive attitude and your determination to get to the other side of this challenge, stronger & wiser. Sending you support, love, strength and healing energy. I wish you a speedy recovery and much gentleness in the coming weeks and months. Take care of yourself lovely one x

  • Hilary Acheson

    Bianca, I am sorry to hear of this. As a bag mumma of 10 years now, it takes some getting used to (well, a lot of getting used to) but it does get easier. I hope they can reverse the procedure sooner rather than later for you but in the meantime take the time… the time to grieve, time to recover, and time to build strength for your future, which you now have thanks to your surgery. xx

  • Paula Wiseman

    So sorry. What an ordeal, and a lot to manage. I am thinking of you and sending all the best healing and comforting thoughts to you and your family. You will get through this! From another mother xox

  • Megan Parker

    Bianca, i am thinking of you and your family. What a rotten situation for you. I am hoping this week has seen improvements in your pain xx

  • Carolyn Floyd

    Oh Bianca! That is such an unfortunate thing to happen, really feeling for you. My thoughts and hugs are winging their way to you now. Hope your recovery is speedy and successful in all aspects.

  • Ros

    Bianca, sending you love and healing vibrations for a super speedy recovery using all that amazing food you have. Make sure to always put yourself first – we need you to get better. Much love. xxx

  • Danielle

    Wow, so so much love to your gorgeous Bianca. Wishing you a seriously miraculous and speedy recover. Lots of healing vibes your way x

  • Becky Pizzilli

    Oh my goodness, I feel sad that this has happened to you. Sending healing thoughts your way & I hope you can soon return to your kids. Big hugs xx

  • jimjammer

    Hi Bianca,
    Im not usually a commenter, i read and follow most posts but happily watch on from the sidelines. After reading your story today, I felt compelled to write and give back to you as you are always giving to your readers/followers. I just wanted to say that i am sorry that happened to you and I hope you dont beat yourself up about it. I hope that your recovery is quick and you are well taken care of. And lastly, hats off to you for taking it in your stride, bringing positivity in and still being here for your us, your community.
    Lots of love and strength from me to you.
    Angela x

  • Kylie Baker

    Oh wow so sorry to hear this happened to you but so glad you are ok. Sending hugs and healing vibes your way Bianca. Just keep taking small steps each day xox

  • Oh Bianca I’m so sorry to hear about this! How horrible for you. I’m glad you’ve got great support and such a positive attitude. I wish you well with your recovery and will send you all the good vibes xx

  • Nina Beerling

    Hi Bianca, so sorry to hear what happened, how aweful for you on so many levels. I wish you loads of strength to get through everyday. Take care of yourself and allow yourself the time to recover as much as you need, after all you are the most important person in your life. Big hugs. Nina xx

  • Naeidra Deery

    Oh Bianca, bless you. I’m so sorry to hear what you have been through. I have never commented on one of your recipes before but I cook so many of your amazing recipes and am so grateful for what you do!! I was compelled to write and to probably echo what many people have said. I wish you an amazing recovery and that your progress exceeds all of the doctors’ expectations! I am sending you much love xo

  • Charmaine Savy

    I’m so shocked and sorry to hear that this has happened to you Bianca- thank God you survived! I wish you speedy healing and hope you are carried by the love and support around you. X

  • Beth_l

    Wishing you lots of love and support as you recuperate, and for you to heal well and as soon as possible. With so much going on and adjustments to life, I hope you find sweet moments in amongst the salty ones xx

  • Wendy Smith

    Oh Bianca – goodness. What a trauma for your body. I am sending you lots of love and healing vibrations. You have an incredible mindset and that will get you through this and to a better version of your already wonderful self. Be very very kind to yourself and know the world is on your side – we are with you and miss you. Take your time to heal – your bright bubbly self will be back! xxxx

  • Wendywoo

    Dear Bianca, I am so, so sorry and totally shocked . What a horrific experience you’ve been through. Sorry ,I’m too stunned to write anything more, but I’m holding you in my heart and crossing my fingers you’ll soon feel brighter and healthier. take care, look after yourself first and foremost, and we’ll all still be waiting for you when you’re well enough. Much love from across the seas xx

  • Dear Bianca, So sorry to hear you have been so unwell 🙁 Hope you feel better very soon xxx

  • Yosh Cat

    Dear Bianca, so sorry to hear. Get well soon!

  • Andreya

    Dear Bianca I’m so sorry to hear this. Take care of yourself. Hope You will recover soon dear. bless you