No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

DSC_3804No bake cookies are extremely easy to make and gobble up. They are made from nuts, dates, goji berries, golden flaxseed, vanilla powder and 90% Lindt chocolate. All you need is a food processor, a round or square pan and a small scone cutter. Store them in a lunch box in the fridge or freezer. 90% Lindt chocolate can be purchased in Tesco, Ireland and Woolworths, South Africa. Alternatively you can use 70% or 85% but 90% is the nicest, silkiest richest chocolate ever made. For the recipe I used Medjool dates but pitted dates will work fine too. This recipe is gluten-free and grain free. A great healthy alternative to processed treats and oozing with health benefits, such as:

  • Goji berries are a great alternative to raisins or dried cranberries. They contain high levels of vitamin C which will benefit your skin, immune system and eyesight. These berries belong to the same family as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant.
  • Golden Flaxseed is an abundant source of EFA’s (essential fatty acids) Omega 3’s. They also contain vitamin E which is essential for radiant skin as it protects the skin from harmful free radicals. These little bombshells also contain B vitamins and are rich in potassium, manganese, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. These chewy seeds hold the cookies together and also work wonders for your digestion. 

What you will need:

1.5 cups Nut Mix (I used almonds, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts and cashews)

5-6 Medjool Dates, remove stones and chop

4 tbsp. Goji Berries, soak for 20 minutes before using

1 tbsp. Golden Flaxseed

1 tsp. Vanilla Powder

4-5 squares 90% Lindt Chocolate, break into small pieces

The Execution:

  • Soak dates and goji berries in warm water for 20 minutes before beginning the process.
  • In the food processor add nut mix, vanilla powder, soaked dates/ goji berries and golden flaxseed. Pulse the mixture until it has a crumb like consistency. If the mixture looks dry add 4 tbsp. warm water until it holds together. You may need to add more. I added 4 tbsp. and it worked perfectly.
  • Break in chocolate pieces and blitz the mixture until combined.
  • Scoop the mixture into a round or square pan and flatten until it is leveled. Press down firmly to ensure it sticks together. Pop in freezer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from freezer after 20 minutes, grab your scone cutter and cut out the cookies. As you can see from the image I used the smallest shape to make mini cookies. They will need to be stored in the fridge in an airtight container.

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Raw Banoffi

DSC_3521Raw Banoffi is a guilt free treat. The recipe is gluten-free, grain free and if you follow a dairy free eating regime just omit the greek yogurt and use coconut cream. Eat it as a weekly treat. Raw Banoffi is so easy to throw together and is abundant with health properties to help you in your quest to super eating. Benefits include:

  • Bananas: packed with vitamin B6, C, potassium, manganese. Bananas are a prebiotic source and this will help probiotics thrive and is helpful for vitamin B absorption. So, hello “Happy Gut”. I topped the sweet treat with greek yogurt which also contains beneficial probiotics to help with digestion.
  • Cinnamon: makes insulin more effective and will help with energy levels.
  • Ground Almonds: packed with vitamin E, B2, K, manganese, magnesium, omega 6, carotenoids, bioflavonoids and phytosterols.
  • Coconut oil: strengthens immune system, increases metabolism (aids in weight loss), improves digestion, boosts key mineral absorption (calcium and magnesium), antifungal and antibacterial properties, provides long-lasting energy and is great for skin and hair.

I used glass jars to serve individual portions but ramekins will work perfectly or you could use a small cheesecake tin. Use what is available. Also when layering the mixture in the jars I added raw cacao nibs and toasted flaked almonds.

What you will need to execute this dish:

Base:

2/3 cup Ground Almonds

2/3 cup Desiccated Coconut (unsweetened version)

4 tbsp. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, melted

1 tbsp. Organic Rice Syrup or Honey, melted

1 tsp. Vanilla Powder

½ tsp. Cinnamon

Banana Toffee Mix:

3 Banana’s

4 Medjool Dates, pitted

1 tsp. Vanilla Powder

½ tsp. Cinnamon Powder

The Method:

  • Base: In a large mixing bowl add ground almonds, desiccated coconut, coconut oil, rice syrup, vanilla powder and cinnamon, combine the mixture.
  • Banana Toffee Mixture: In a food processor add the banana’s, dates (pitted), vanilla powder and cinnamon, blitz until combined and smooth.
  • Layering: In the glass jars (this recipe makes 2) I layered the mixture. First I added the base mixture then banana toffee mixture on top followed by a layer of raw cacao nibs and toasted flaked almond, another base mixture layer, banana toffee mixture. To finish it off I added glenisk greek yogurt, sprinkled raw cacao powder and nibs on top.
  • Allow to set in the fridge for about 1 hour.

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Inspire Love

DSC_2824“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies”, (Aristotle).

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Treat yourself or significant others to homemade lustful love buns on Valentines, however, these beauties can be enjoyed all year round. Ignite the ecstasy of love and get baking in the kitchen.

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This recipe is gluten-free made from a blend of coconut flour and almond meal. I used whipped cream on top but you can change it around to suit your dietary requirements. The beautiful dried rose petals were sourced from a flower shop in Morningside Shopping Centre called “Cottage Flowers”.

Ingredients

½ cup Coconut Flour & Ground Almonds

1 tablespoon Arrowroot Powder (gives the buns a light, fluffy texture, used in gluten-free cooking/baking)

Pinch Pink Rock Salt

½ teaspoon Baking Soda

1 tablespoon Vanilla Powder or Essence

4 Free Range Eggs

½ cup Rice Malt Syrup or Raw Honey

½ cup Mixed Fresh Berries (I used Raspberries, Blackberries & Blueberries, use what is available to you)

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Method

Preheat oven 180. Allow 20-25 minutes in the oven.

In a mixing bowl add dry ingredients flour blend, arrowroot powder, salt, vanilla powder and baking soda. In a separate bowl eggs and rice syrup, mix well. Combine both mixtures and add in fresh berries.

Fill buns cases half way. Pop in the oven – insert a toothpick in the middle of the bun; if the toothpick comes out clean the buns are ready.

Once baked, allow to cool. Smother in whipped cream and devour!

DSC_2839“Throw your dreams into space like a kite and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country”, (Anais Nin).

 

From Batter to Cookie

Homemade Rustic Coconut Cookies

Dying for a nice cookie the other day I decided to bake these rustic delights. Rustic because they are not cut perfect but who cares when they tasted luscious. To complement these heavenly creations I mustered up a hot ginger cocoa made from coconut milk (1 cup coconut milk, ½ teaspoon ginger powder, 2 tablespoons organic cocoa powder, pinch of vanilla powder, 1 teaspoon rice syrup; heat in a saucepan).

The recipe is gluten-free and only uses a natural form of sugar, rice syrup. The coconut flour is rich in dietary fibre and protein. How could you resist?

Ingredients

1 cup Coconut Flour

½ cup Desiccated Coconut

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Ginger

½ teaspoon Cardamom

2 ½ Pecans, Almonds, Walnuts

1 tablespoon Chia Seeds

Pinch Vanilla Powder

Pinch Himalayan Rock Salt

¼ teaspoon Baking Soda

2 tablespoon Rice Syrup (you can adjust this to cater for your sweet buds)

¼ cup Coconut Oil

6 Free Range Eggs (this will moisten the batter up as coconut flour can be dry)

Method

Preheat the oven 180c.

Chop nuts, you can pop them in a bag and bash them with a rolling-pin or break them up with your hands.

In a large mixing bowl add all dry ingredients and combine.

In a separate bowl mix whisk eggs, oil, rice syrup and pour into the dry mixture.

Mix all ingredients. The batter should be thick and moist.

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Scoop batter onto the tray. Smooth out the mixture with your spatula ½ inch thick. Place in the oven at 180c for  25-30 minutes until golden brown.

Remove grease proof paper, cool on a wire rack, cut into squares or triangles.

Eat Real, Great Feel!

 

Avo Serious?

Chocco Chilli Avocado Rawsert

Sugar Cravings have met their match. This mousse or pudding is guaranteed to kick the chocolate craving. It has a lovely creamy texture and packed with the health benefits of avocado and cocoa. This recipe is versatile; you can add your favourite flavours. You can also choose how bitter or sweet you would like it. It can be enjoyed as an afternoon or evening “Rawsert” (raw desert).

Avocados are a superfood, packed with disease fighting a antioxidants Vitamins that are present in avocados are B, K and E. They contain healthy fats, insoluble and soluble fiber. Cocoa is derived from the cocoa bean. It is a mood enhancer and has the ability to produce endorphins which make us happy. Therefore, you can only be happy eating this rawsert. Cocoa powder can also lower high blood pressure and deliver essential minerals like calcium and potassium. Enjoy and Be Happy!

Ingredients

2 ripe medium Avocados

2 tablespoons Cacoa Powder or Carob

¼ teaspoon Vanilla Powder/Essence

¼ teaspoon Cinnamon

2-3 teaspoon Organic Rice Syrup (alternative honey or coconut sugar 1:1)

1 teaspoon Coconut Butter

1 tablespoon Chia Seeds

2 tablespoon Filtered Water/Almond Milk/Coconut Milk

Sprinkle Chilli Flakes

Method

Pop all ingredients in the food processor, add 2 tablespoons filtered water/liquid and blitz till combined.

Scoop into ramekins and chill in the fridge.

Serve with Strawberries or Blueberries.

Alternatives

You can alternate any flavours you like ginger powder, nutmeg, aniseed, lavender, cardamom. You can mix in a tablespoon of Greek yogurt or add coconut flakes. Tease your taste buds!

Eat Real, Great Feel!