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Coconut Macaroons

After months of buying similar macaroons online that were quite expensive, I decided I wanted to made my own and this recipe is affordable and simple. These homemade coconut macaroons are sweet, moist and chewy on the inside and are made using no flour, no dairy and no grains. These macaroons can also be dipped in dark chocolate. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Coconut Macaroons Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 30 mins Recipe type: Snack Serves: 15 Ingredients 3 cups shredded coconut 4 free range egg whites ½ cup coconut sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract ¼ tsp salt Instructions Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with non stick paper. In a bowl, whisk the egg whites, coconut sugar, vanilla or almond extract and salt until…

Coconut Dream Pie

You don’t need to be a trend spotter to know coconuts are so hot right now.  We love using coconuts, whether it is Coconut Water or cooking with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Our appetite for nut and plant milks is on the up and we have a new “nut” on the block.  Move over almond milk! Vitasoy is one of the first major companies to bring Coconut Milk to Australian & New Zealand food lovers keen to try out new flavours.  This excites me as I love coconut anything so now that I have the option of using Vitasoy’s Coconut Milk in smoothies, chia seed puddings and in vegan treat making this my new pantry staple. Why coconut milk?  Vitasoy’s Coconut Milk is made from real coconut cream.  It is low in sugar and has at least 1/3 less calories than lite milk*, contains the goodness of calcium and…

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…

Organic Protein Powder

Organic Protein Powder by 180 Nutrition   Finding a high quality protein powder can be hard.  The market is saturated with powders that are full of artificial flavourings and preservatives, processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, soy, gluten and not to mention fillers.  It is surprising to see how many people choose to eat optimally but use a poor quality protein powder that contradicts their healthy diet. Beginning the day off with a breakfast rich in protein improves appetite control, regulates blood sugar levels and reduces unhealthy snacking throughout the day.  I usually begin my day off with a smoothie and I love adding protein powder to it.  A friend recommended 180 Nutrition, an Australian based brand that is new to the NZ market. Guy Lawrence and Stuart Cooke are the founders of 180 Nutrition.  Guy, a fitness trainer created this brand after researching protein powders on the market that his chronically…

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…

Cinnamon Banana Pancakes

Initially I wanted to make these pancakes flour less so experimented with a few ingredient combinations which all tasted delicious, however, the pancake mixture did not stick well so I often ended up with a mess in the pan.  For my 4th try at getting these right I thought I would add in some coconut flour to see if that would help – perfection! What I love about coconut flour is that it is gluten free, grain free, high in fibre and healthy fats.  It is made from the meat of coconuts, dried at a low temperature and turned into a fine powder. It absorbs a lot of liquid so you only need to use a little bit in recipes.  Due to the flour being highly absorbent I have used three eggs in this recipe to ensure everything stays moist. Makes approx 8 – 10 pancakes Ingredients:  3 organic free…

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…

Dairy Free Coconut Ice Cream

This simple ice cream recipe is perfect for the hot summer weather. It is dairy free, refined sugar free and vegan, an ethical choice and we think it tastes a lot better than standard ice cream. It is super creamy with a beautiful vanilla flavor and a hint of coconut. You would never notice that this recipe contains no dairy. Serve with your favorite fruit, or nuts for a crunchy texture. Ingredients 400 ml can of coconut milk, I used full fat. Place in fridge overnight then scoop out the solidified cream. 1 frozen banana 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence 5 medjool dates, chopped 4 ice cubes Pinch of salt Method 1. Chill the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight and freeze the banana with the skin off. 2. Place the solidified cream from the coconut milk, frozen banana, vanilla and chopped dates into the food processor and blend…

Summer Chia Pudding

This recipe is a twist on the classic chia seed pudding. You can eat this for breakfast but we think it’s perfect for dessert too. Mangos are now in season so take full advantage of this beautiful summer fruit. The coconut cream gives the pudding a rich creamy flavor and the chia seeds give it a lovely texture. You can add any fruit you want to this recipe but we love using strawberries and mangos as they are our favorite summer fruits. It is such a simple recipe and took literally five minutes to make. Serves 3 Ingredients 3/4 cup of coconut cream 1/4 cup of almond milk 3 tablespoons of chia seeds 3 tablespoons of desiccated coconut 1 teaspoon of coconut sugar or 1 tablespoon of melted raw honey 1 mango (sliced into cubes) 4 strawberries (chopped) Method Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well,…

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