Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Chocolate Nut Covered Truffles - raw vegan

How could I not do something wicked for Easter treats (that's not really wicked ;-) ) and not share it. This is an adapted version of the Elegant Raw Chocolates I did a few years ago. They are quite easy to make and the results are well worth he effort. The secret to good raw chocolate is good quality ingredients. I've use the chocolate paste and butter that I get from Raw Pleasure. It's much easier to get now than it used to be but if you live somewhere that doesn't have a shop that carries this sort of ingredients then don't worry as I've put links on the ingredients to the shop I get them from. They're very good and get stuff out almost immediately so you could have it before Easter if you're quick. Maybe I should have told them I was doing this post to warn them. Actually I'll do that when I've finished. 

I'll keep this post short and sweet and get straight to the point. Head down to the recipe and have at a go at these. They would be amazing piped over a roasted Hazelnut which was what I really wanted to do but ran out of time getting them. These are walnut and almond. I also filled a few dates with an almond and covered them! Verdict! Yum! ;-) 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Choc Chip Easter Buns - Gluten free, Dairy free with a Grain Free and Vegan option

With Easter upon us there's no better reason to bake up a batch of something healthy that resembles an Easter Bun! Take into account the fact that one of the 2 people most likely to enjoy this creation has no time for lumps that are made from fruit in any baked item!! Be it dried or fresh. Follow that up with a quick peek in the fridge which revealed a half bag of chocolate buttons, (left overs from Christmas) that has somehow survived the after dinner cravings of my main man. Yes, he has been sneaking the cooking chocolate! Now that's desperate I tell you! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Banana Muffins with Anzac Crunch - Paleo and Dairy free

I know Easter comes before Anzac Day but I'm a bit out of sorts this week so I decided my blog might as well stick with my Karma! I have something I'm working on for Waffle Day as well. Apparently that's this Saturday but I've seen lots of stuff on social media already, maybe it goes for the whole week.

Anyway who can't resist a good Banana Muffin, topped with a splash of sweet, crunchiness you can't go wrong. There are pretty simple to make and the Anzac Crunch is great by itself. I've used this recipe I did a few weeks ago. I've been an a real crispy, sweet, crunchy, streusel binge lately, they're on and in everything.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bio Pro Chocolate Caramel Stars – Raw vegan Protein Cookies

I am not supposed to be here posting a recipe for you guys and my online cookbook but I am. I really like it here in the morning chatting away like a crazy women to who know's. I mean, I may just be chatting away to myself some days with the crazy creations I come up with and I'm brave enough to post. I never post anything that I don't like! (don't ask my why I said that... derr, I'm crazy but not that bad!) but it seems that there are a lot of  people out there that are looking for healthy alternatives and if my little recipes help just one person then my day has been made!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Almond Crunch Cookies 1 & 2, super crisp and crunchy or firm, soft and chewy! - sugar free, vegan and Paleo

A little tanned around the edges but I've addressed that in the recipe! They still taste yummo and the crunch is perfect! 

Take 2 for these little babies!! I made them for the first time on Monday but I didn't get them perfect. They tasted great and kept well in the fridge (must have been ok as they boys have eaten them all) but when they were out they were way too soft. This batch is super crunchy (almost too crunchy but that's what happens when you leave them in the oven for too long!) but I will make it clear in the recipe how to avoid that ;-) These are almost an 'I quite sugar' cookie. (my condolences to those that are following such a diet) as I used rice syrup instead of honey or maple syrup but both would be just as good and to tell you the truth the nutritional benefits of the almonds and cinnamon compliment the healthy sweetness you get from natural sweeteners such as coconut sugar, honey and maple syrup that it really doesn't matter. It's not like cookies are the main staple of your diet, there just a little snack or treat to help get you through the day and lets be honest they do contain a fair amount of good nutrition which is a bonus. For a fructose free version of this cookie check out the notes I've added below the recipe for substitutes.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Apricot Almond Granola - chewy, crunchy and moorish!

I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I have so much on my plate I just feel overwhelmed. It's putting me on the edge and really testing my immune system. Thank goodness I live and eat healthy or I think I'd be a mess. Making just about all of our meals as well as everyday staples and treats definitely helps to keep us healthy and on top of the busy lives we have created for ourselves. Does anyone remember watching Towards 2000 and the beginning of the home computer era. We used to think we'd have nothing to do because it would all be done for us!! We wish, we've created a monster! It's getting worse, not better. I yearn for the days of shops closing Saturday lunch time and not reopening until Monday. TV only coming on at 5 in the afternoon then the station closing down at about 10-11. No internet, phones on the wall or on the side table in the hallway. Family get togethers, picnics, outings on the weekend being the norm. No shops, cafe's or restaurants involved. Maybe I'm old fashioned but the truth is I really do miss those days and they will never return. Our children now communicate with their friends from their bedrooms. It's pretty sad really. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chocolate Caramel Valentines Hearts with a Chocolate Coconut Streusel - raw vegan, Paleo option

Think raw avocado chocolate mousse, fudgy caramel, crunchy almonds and cinnamon, and a biscuity base! with No nuts!  No seeds! Low fat! Just metabolism boosting coconut! 

I don't know what I'm doing wrong but life it just out of control at the moment. I can't keep up with all the things I want and need to do. I feel like I need to start getting out of bed at 3 in the morning to get on top of it all. It's all great stuff, it's not like any of it is boring and mundane, it's just a bit overwhelming. Maybe I take on too much! Oh well, I feel it will all pay off in the end and I know I will be glad I pushed myself through it all. We have so many exciting plans for this year now that all the kids are independent. It's a really exciting time in our lives and I'm so proud of what my kids are doing and have become. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Banana Caramel Fudge Tart - raw vegan, 15 minutes, 6 ingredients.

I had a moment of frustration last week and what better way to cure and clear my brain of 'stuff that doesn't matter' because lets face there's always an answer to everything and it's never the end! Because if it's not OK, then it's not the end! And you know what I walked away from it, thought the worst and was happy with that scenario then I sleep on it and in the morning I had a solution. Everything happens for a reason and I think I've come up with a much better plan and it's going to be beneficial for not only me, but for someone else as well and that makes me feel even better. The more I give the more I get. I like that.

So in that moment of clearing my head and getting into my Zen zone I came up with the little creation. I've been a bit obsessed with creating recipes that are vegan, (cos that's my passion) gluten free, (because I really believe the less you eat of that stuff the better you will feel even if you don't think your intolerant or allergic to it) and nut and seed free because I am hearing about so many people that can't eat them either. I don't want these peeps to miss out on good healthy tasty food and lets face it this is a decadent cake that's good for anyone. Made with fairly standard pantry staples it's something you could whip up in an instant, stick it in the fridge and voila, you have a dessert, snack, treat or just a plain old late night indulgence that's easy to digest, guilt free and won't leave you feeling like a frustrated sloth the next day wishing you'd just gone to bed and not been tempted by anything that resembled cake, cookies, ice cream, tarts, bavarians, fudge, blissballs, gooey overnight oats, caramel or butterscotch! This little baby is going to make you feel amazing, while at the same time alleviating that impulsive desire for something sweet to finish of the day! So read on, cos I'm about to share the quick and easy recipe with you.