Snacks

A healthy start to 2019

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I hope everyone had a fabulous festive season.  Now that we are all starting back into a normal routine it is a great time to start some healthy habits for 2019.

I am always here for all of your weight loss needs, I still offer the amazing HCG Homeopathic Diet and will be releasing a new program early in the year, which is very exciting.

Here is a little recipe that I have been enjoying over the summer – “icecream”without the guilt.  It is dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free and vegan friendly.  Also super easy and tastes amazing!!

BERRY ICECREAMberry icecream2

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (or rice malt syrup – vegan)
  • squeeze lime juice

METHOD

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor.  Blitz…

Scrape down the sides and blitz again.  Repeat process until a smooth icecream consistency has been achieved.

You can freeze unused portions to eat later – simply remove from freezer for about 15 minutes  to soften slightly.

 

Hemp Power Balls

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Hemp seeds are packed with essential fatty acids, are a great source of protein and contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals.  They are a great addition to any eating plan.Hemp power balls2

INGREDIENTS

  • 150g almond meal
  • 50g hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 4 fresh dates (pits removed)
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut for rolling

METHOD

Place all ingredients EXCEPT coconut in a food processor.

Blend until a sticky dough forms. If mixture is still crumbly add hot water, 1 tablespoon at a time until mixture becomes sticky.

Measure out 30g portions of the mixture and roll in desiccated coconut using wet hands to help the coconut stick.

Place balls in an airtight container and store in the freezer.

Makes around 12 balls.

 

Raw Cashew Slice

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A super quick slice that is gluten free, dairy free, grain free and vegan.  The onlydownfallis its a little bit addictive….

INGREDIENTSRaw cashew slice2

  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 150g dry roasted cashews
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 100g organic dairy free dark chocolate
  • Desiccated coconut for decoration

METHOD

Combine almond meal, cashews, coconut, cacao, vanilla, coconut oil & honey in a food processor.

Blitz until mixture comes together into a sticky dough.

Line the base of a 10cm x 20cm loaf pan with baking paper.

Spread mixture evenly over the base of pan.

In a glass bowl place the chopped dark chocolate. Microwave on high for 1 minutes and stir. Microwave on high for a further 30 seconds and stir. Repeat for a further 30 seconds if necessary.

Spread melted chocolate over the base and sprinkle with extra coconut.

Place in freezer for 30 minutes to set.

Cut into 10 pieces and store in the freezer or fridge until ready to serve.

Keto Bread Rolls

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These simple bread rolls tick all of the boxes. They are great for a range of dietary requirement as they are grain free, dairy free, vegan and keto friendly. keto rolls2

Who doesn’t love smashed avo on toast!

KETO BREAD ROLLS

  • 50g almond flour
  • 30g coconut flour
  • 30g flaxmeal
  • 25g psyllium husks
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 250ml boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

METHOD

Preheat oven to 160°C.

Combine almond flour, coconut flour, flaxmeal, psyllium husks, hemp seeds, salt & baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Mix well to combine all ingredients.

Place coconut oil in a bowl and pour over boiling water and stir to combine.

Pour water mixture over flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough if formed.

Divide mixture into 4 even portions.

Place each bread roll on a lined baking tray and flatten slightly.

Bake for 45 – 60 minutes or until rolls are crisp to touch.

SUITABLE TO FREEZE – wrap individually in cling wrap before placing in freezer

Peanut butter bliss balls

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Peanut butter bliss ballsThe best way to know what is in your snacks is to make them yourself.  No preservatives, no nasties – give these peanut butter bliss balls a try.

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 6 pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dessicated coconut

Place dates in boiling water and soak for 15 minutes.

Combine almond meal, dates, peanut butter, chia seeds and vanilla extract in a food processor and blitz to combine.

Roll into small ball and roll in coconut. (you can add a splash of water to your hands to help the coconut stick and press firmly onto the balls)

I like to store them in an airtight container in the freezer for a chewy texture.

Makes about 12 balls

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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Who would know that this moist chocolate cake is full of zucchini, free from grain, gluten, dairy and refined sugar!  Its a win, win situation..Zucchini Chocolate cake2

CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI CAKE

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • ¼ cup raw cacao
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon guar gum
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup rice malt syrup

ICING

  • 200g dark chocolate (dairy free if possible)
  • 100g coconut cream

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C.
  2. Grate the zucchini into a food processor.
  3. Add the cacao, coconut flour, baking powder, guar gum, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Then add coconut oil, rice malt syrup, eggs, milk and vanilla paste.
  5. Blend until combined, scrape down the sides and then blend again until smooth.
  6. Spoon mixture into a small loaf tin lined with baking paper.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes or until firm in the centre.
  8. Remove from tin and allow to cool slightly before icing.

TO MAKE ICING

  1. Chop dark chocolate into small chunks and place in a glass bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for 30 seconds then remove and stir. Continue to microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring inbetween until melted.
  3. Add the coconut cream to the melted chocolate and whisk with a small hand whisk until well combined and smooth.
  4. Pour icing over the cooled cake.
  5. Slice and serve. Freezes well if sliced individually and wrapped in cling wrap (if you haven’t eating it all first!!)

Macadamia Cookies

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There is nothing better than a cookie with your cuppa in the morning.  Here is a lovely Macadamia Cookie that is grain, dairy and refined sugar free.  A little indulgence that your body will thank you for.Macadamia Cookies2

Macadamia Cookies

  • 1 cup blanched almond meal
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup rice malt syrup (or maple syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon boiling water
  • Pinch salt

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 120 degrees C.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine almond meal, coconut, macadamia nuts and salt.  Mix until combined.
  3. Combine coconut oil and rice malt syrup in a small saucepan and melt over a gently heat.
  4. Pour boiling water over baking powder in a small dish and add to the melted oil & syrup.
  5. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon to combine.
  6. Line a baking tray with baking paper and using a tablespoon measure portions, roll into balls and place onto tray.
  7. Place tray in fridge for about 15 minutes before cooking.
  8. Cook for 15 minutes, remove from oven and flatten slightly.  Place back in the oven and cook for a further 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden.
  9. Allow to cool on tray.  Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 12 cookies.