Carrot Cake Bites

Carrot Cake Bites

Carrot Cake Bites – A healthy snack with a vegetable included. These carrot cake bites are full of essential omega fats as well.

Leading up to Easter, I love making Carrot Cake.. These little raw bites are great as a snack for morning or afternoon tea, or as a little extra after lunch and dinner. Using a little rice malt syrup, ensures you have a low fructose snack as well, which is a great option for those cutting out sugar from their diet.

(gf, df, paelo, vegan, refined sugar free)

1 cup desiccated coconut
4 Tbsp. ground golden linseed
1 cup grated carrot (2 medium carrots)
1 cup walnuts
¾ tsp ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp. rice malt syrup
1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
2 Tbsp nut butter (see note)

Place coconut, ground linseed, grated carrot, walnuts and cinnamon in a food processor.

Process until walnuts are finely chopped. Add in the rice malt syrup, coconut oil and nut butter. Process until well combined, scraping down the sides as you go.

Roll into balls. Store in fridge.
​Use within 7 days.
Enjoy ….

Makes 12-14.

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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

This chocolate avocado mousse is a wonderfully healthy dessert, full of goodness. Your skin will love it. This is one of Inge’s favourite desserts, which she woofs down so quickly. It is also a fantastic recipe for packaging into little containers for school lunch boxes. A great alternative to yoghurt, and it is dairy free!

Ingredients for Chocolate Avocado Mousse:

2 medium/large avocados
4-5 large medjool dates
Juice 1/2 lemon (approx 1 Tbsp)
5 good Tbsp cacao powder
1/2 tsp vanilla paste or extract
1/4 cup almond milk (or coconut milk), add more if you would like a thinner consistency
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1-2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional, but does make it a little sweeter to taste)

Method:

Add roughly chopped avocados and dates along with lemon juice to processor. Process until well combined, add in cacao powder and vanilla. Process until you have a fairly smooth paste, add in remaining ingredients and blitz to make a beautiful creamy consistency.
Beautiful served with fresh berries and or coconut yoghurt/ice-cream. Or just by itself! Enjoy x

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Coco Nutty Bar

Coco Nutty Bar

Coco Nutty Bar

Our Coco Nutty Bar is a proper indulgent treat, one to be savoured when you have a quiet moment or two to sit down. When we fall in love our brains produce a chemical called phenylethylamine (PEA), which in turn signals the brain to release endorphins that will make us feel good. Good quality dark chocolate and cacao contains PEA, so your brain can release all those good endorphins and mimic the effects of falling in love. Fall in love with our Coco Nutty Bars!

Ingredients

 

Base

 

140g cacao macaroons (or vanilla)

40g coconut oil (melted)

Fine coconut (optional – if needed)

Crush the macaroons into a small bowl and add in the coconut oil. If the mixture is very wet.. add in ¼ cup of fine coconut. Mix together well. Press into 8 moulds.

Topping

 

100g roasted almond butter

40g coconut oil (melted)

40g maple syrup (or honey)

80g chopped roasted almonds

Raw chocolate

100g cacao butter

50g cacao powder

60g  maple syrup

Method

 

Place all ingredients together (except the chocolate) in a small bowl and mix together well. Spoon over your macaroon base evenly dividing between the 8 moulds.

Place in the freezer to set.

Meanwhile make you raw chocolate. Over a medium heat warm the cacao butter until melted. Once completely melted whisk in the cacao powder and maple syrup. Remove from the heat and use within a few minutes. 

Once the bars are solid, remove from the moulds and dip into your melted chocolate. Allow to set and then re-dip in for a 2nd coat (silicone tipped tongs are ideal for doing this). I like to use all the chocolate so I have a good layer over the top.

Place back into the freezer until ready to serve and to allow the chocolate to completely set. Keep in fridge or freezer.

ENJOY!

 

Variation – You could also spread into a small loaf tin  or double the recipe and use a square tin to make it more like a slice. Delish!

 

Happy World Chocolate Day!

 

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Energy Truffles

Energy Truffles

These Energy Truffles are fantastic to have on hand. Be imaginative, and alter some of the proportions of seeds/nuts to what you have on hand. I tend to make most of mine with the second recipe using dried dates as it is cheaper. These truffles are fantastic for nourishing your skin, hair and nails as they are full of vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients for Energy Truffles:

1 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup pumpkin sees
1/2 cup cashew nuts or almonds (or mixture)
2 Tbsp Sesame seeds
2 Tbsp ground linseed
6 large medjool dates
1 cup desiccated coconut
4 Tbsp cacao powder
2 large Tbsp coconut oil
8 Tbsp filtered water
1 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup (optional)

Method:

Place first 4 ingredients into food processor and pulse, then add ground linseed and medjool dates, process until dates and seeds finely chopped, then add in the coconut and cacao powder, process briefly before adding in the oil and water.

Makes approx 22-24 energy truffles.

Optional – if allergy to nuts, could replace with extra sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds.

Enjoy and be nourished!

Variation (using dried dates) – 
1 1/4 cups sunflower seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup almonds or walnuts
1/2 cup cashew nuts
2 Tbsp whole linseed
1 1/4 cups dried dates
2 Tbsp coconut oil
5 Tbsp cacao powder
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 Tbsp psyllium husk or chia seed
1/3-1/2 cup filtered water

Process first five ingredients in food processor until dates well combined with nuts/seeds. Add in remaining ingredients apart from water and process until well combined. Then add in water, until mixture comes together. You may need to use your fingers to ensure well combined.

Makes approx 30 energy truffles. ENJOY

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Festive Chocolate Bark

Festive Chocolate Bark

This festive chocolate bark is a raw chocolate which nourishes you. You can alter the cacao powder amount according to preference, the recipe below is a guide. It is great for making chocolate for children as well. Add some currants and seeds and you have little chocolate bars that will not leave them with a sugar-rush like conventional chocolate does. My daughter calls this “chocolate that is good for you”

Ingredients for Festive Chocolate Bark:

100 gm raw cacao butter
20 gm raw coconut oil
50 gm raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
55 gm maple syrup (you could also use raw honey)
Pinch cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla powder (or vanilla paste)
1/3 cup dried mulberries
1/2 cup cashew nuts
2 Tbsp goji berries

Using a double boiler melt cacao butter and coconut oil. When melted whisk in cacao powder, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla. Gently whisk until smooth. Allow to sit for a couple of minutes then add in mulberries and cashew nuts. Mix gently and then tip onto baking paper to set. Sprinkle goji berries on top. Allow to set and then break into pieces.

Enjoy …

NOTE – If you do not have a double boiler, which I didn’t have for years, then use a bowl over a pot of hot water.

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Fig and Almond Salami

Fig and Almond Salami

Fig and almond salami: Figs are another one of those powerhouse foods. They add sweetness to a recipe and are high in fibre, as well as vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, sodium, potassium and chloride. Combined with almonds, and some beneficial spices this is a fantastic healthy snack to have on hand. This recipe uses a few basic ingredients and can be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks or more (if not demolished sooner!)

Fig and Almond Salami Recipe

13 large figs
1/2 heaped cup almonds (+ extra 1/4 cup)
1 Tbsp cacao
1/2 tsp gr cinnamon
1/4 tsp gr cardamon
1/4 tsp gr ginger
1/2 tsp vanilla paste

Process all of the ingredients together (except the extra 1/4 cup almonds) in your food processor. The mixture will gradually come together. The add in 1/4 cup almonds and process briefly.
Remove mixture from the processor and place half on a piece of baking paper – mould into a salami shape and wrap in the baking paper twisting the both ends. Repeat with second half of mixture. Store in the refrigerator.
ENJOY.

Lovely served on its own with a cup of herbal tea or to accompany a cheese platter.

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