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Ferrero Rocher Truffle Balls

Ferrero Rochers are one of my favourite sweet treats so it was only was a matter of time until I decided to make a more wholesome version. This recipe is for 8 Ferrero Rocher Truffle Balls that are raw, indulgent and guilt free. The balls are sweetened with dates and maple syrup and the topping is made of coconut oil and cacao to sub out dairy. The centre has a smooth hazelnut like flavour that literally melts in your mouth. Whip up a batch of these Ferrero Rocher Balls and keep them in the freezer for when you are feeling peckish and needing a sweet treat. Ferrero Rocher Truffle Balls Save Print Prep time 15 mins Total time 15 mins Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 8 Ingredients 1 cup dates, pitted and soaked for 15 minutes in warm water before using ¾ cup hazelnuts (1/4 of these is used…

BEAUTY | April Essentials

It has been a while since I sat down and wrote a beauty post. Why so slack you ask? For the past 6 months I have been trialling and testing many skin care, personal care and cosmetic products. Cleansers, toners, sunscreens, moisturisers, serums, exfoliators, deodorants, nail polish, foundation, mascara, bronzer, blusher… you get the point. Before I go on I want to note that the products shown in beauty posts are products I have purchased myself, products always in my bathroom cupboard and products that have been sent to me. None of my beauty posts are sponsored; therefore you know my opinion is genuine. Some of the products I have used don’t make the cut, in fact some of them I didn’t even bother to try as they do not fit in with our ethics. As I approach 30 (2 months to go!) I am becoming a lot more interested…

Vegan Mud Cake with Cashew Icing

Everyone loves a good chocolate cake recipe so I thought I would experiment and make a chocolate cake that is vegan, therefore free of egg and dairy.  This cake is so beautifully moist, gooey and decadent. I have used the cashew icing recipe in a few of my previous desserts but I wanted to make a vibrant pink icing for Valentines Day. I initially tried using raspberries but the icing was lumpy and didn’t have a good consistency, I tried again using beetroot and it blended so well and the colour came out so beautiful. This delectable mud cake is the perfect dessert and it is unbelievably easy to make. I made this for Valentines Day but it would be a hit for any celebration. Cake Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups of unbleached all-purpose gluten free flour 1 cup of coconut oil, melted. 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil. 1.5 tsp of baking powder…

Coconut Ice

With the silly season just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to share a recipe that is delicious, easy to make, and can be taken to upcoming summer BBQ’s and parties.  I wanted to make a healthier version of the classic coconut ice recipe by replacing the original recipes refined sugar with coconut sugar and red food colouring with beetroot juice. The beetroot juice gives the slice a beautiful, vibrant pink colour. This is a chewy treat that is quick to make and super moreish. It is perfect for a sweet afternoon treat served with a herbal tea or wrapped up as a Christmas gift. * Vegan * Raw * Gluten Free * Dairy Free Ingredients 4 cups of desiccated coconut 1/2 cup of coconut sugar 1 small beetroot or 1 tsp of beetroot powder 400 grams of coconut milk 3/4 cup of coconut oil 1…

Cookie Dough Truffles

These cookie dough truffles are the perfect little snack to have when on the go.  I usually make a batch of these on a Sunday night to keep in the fridge to have for the following week. Whenever I feel like a sweet treat I will have one. There are only 5 ingredients needed to make these and they take around 5 minutes to make. * Raw * Vegan * Gluten free * Refined sugar free Ingredients 1.5 cups of raw cashew nuts 1.5 cups of pitted dates 1/4 cup of desiccated coconut 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (melted) 1/3 cup cacao nibs Directions 1. Place the cashews, dates, desiccated coconut, coconut oil and cacao nibs in a food processor and blend well. 2. Take mixture out of the food processor and place into a bowl. 3. Separate the mixture and roll into small balls. Repeat until all the mixture…

HAIR // Julia’s Beauty Essentials

Welcome to part 2 of my beauty blog post series –  this post will cover the products I use on my hair.  If you missed the first post I wrote last week about face skin care you can read it here. My absolute favourite indulgence is going and getting a blow wave, it’s all part of my scheduled “me time”… that helps me justify the cost! A fresh blow wave makes me feel like a million dollars, I would choose one over a pair of new shoes any day! I have been dying my hair for years and years and have been every shade possible.  Black, brown, orange, red, white, yellow (oops) and blonde.  If you regularly dye your hair you will know that trims and treatments help keep the health of your hair in good shape.  Diet also plays a big part as ultimately what you eat becomes part of…

Apple and Carrot Cake

This is a recipe for a quick and easy apple and carrot cake that will melt in your mouth.  The cake is gluten free, grain free and refined sugar free. It uses cinnamon, coconut sugar and honey to naturally sweeten it, and the apple makes the cake moist and light. This cake tastes delicious on its own, or you can add the cream cheese icing on top which complements the carrot nicely. I made this cake for a dinner party and it went down a treat! Ingredients: Base 2 carrots, grated 2 apples 2 cups of  gluten free flour 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted 3 large organic eggs 3/4 cup of raw honey, melted 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar 3 teaspoons of vanilla essence 2 teaspoons of cinnamon 1 teaspoon of baking soda 1 teaspoon of baking powder Pinch of himalayan salt 1 cup of walnuts (to decorate) Topping…

Banoffee Pie

Calling all Banoffee Pie fans out there, this recipe is truly divine. The combination of dried nuts, dates, banana, avocado, cacao and peanut butter make a beautiful guilt free dessert. The traditional banoffee pie is full of refined sugar and contains dairy, this recipe is refined sugar free, gluten free and vegan. This banoffee pie is creamy and chocolatey and has a hint of peanut butter. This indulgent recipe is perfect for a dinner party. Make this pie using a 20cm pie dish or alternatively you can use mini cake trays. Ingredients Base 1 cup of  walnuts or raw cashew nuts 1 cup of raw almonds 1.5 cups of pitted dates 1/4 cup of cacao nibs (optional) Filling 2 bananas 1 avocado 1/4 cup of raw cacao powder 1/2 cup of cacao nibs (optional) 1/4 cup of raw maple syrup or 1/4 cup of coconut sugar 1 cup of peanut…

Peanut Butter and Cacao Brownie

Chocolate and peanut butter are two foods that taste incredible when combined.  These decadent, chewy peanut butter and cacao brownies are the perfect guilt free comfort food. The peanut butter makes the brownie creamy and rich and the cacao nibs gives it a crunchy texture. This is such a simple recipe to follow and can be easily adapted by adding nuts, shredded coconut, dried fruit and white chocolate bits. I served my brownies with plain yogurt and they also taste great eaten on their own, they are moist so do not worry if you do not have yoghurt. *Gluten Free Ingredients 2 eggs 3/4 cup of peanut butter. I used 100% NUTZ Crunchy Peanut Butter 1/2 cup plain yogurt 3/4 cup of coconut sugar 1/2 cup oats 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1/4 cup of cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips 3/4 cup of raw cacao powder or cocoa powder 1 teaspoon of…

Avocado and Coconut Smoothie

This green smoothie contains three of my favorite high quality fats which are Avocado, Coconut Oil and Peanut Butter. Fat is one of the three basic macronutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) that your body needs to survive. It has many special roles from providing superior long lasting energy to supporting the development of hormones. Fat is needed for protecting vital organs, it’s also required for assimilating the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Your cell membranes are made from fat.  The right balance of healthy fat allows your body to create strong but flexible cell membranes that can receive nutrients and excrete wastes efficiently. Certain high quality fats are also able to reduce cholesterol levels and aid in detoxification. The avocado gives it a fluffy and creamy texture without having to use any dairy. I sprinkled some desiccated coconut over the top of the smoothie. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 Avocado…

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