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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…

Apple and Elderflower Iced Tea

Apple and Elderflower Iced Tea Iced tea has proven to be one of the healthiest drinks available. Not only does it revive you on a hot day, but also adds nutrients to keep you healthy. Improving health is a multifaceted process. Many of us are already aware of the steps which one needs to take to maintain a healthy life like quit smoking, keeping a check on the level of alcohol consumed, avoiding fried food, and including a lot of fruits and veggies in our everyday diet. But most of us did not know the fact that drinking a glass of iced tea during the day can take care of most of our problems. Iced tea is rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that keep a check on calories consumed during the day. Not only does it refresh your mind but also improves your health, especially if you are addicted…

The Importance of Gut Health

Probiotics are the naturally occurring good bacteria that are found in our gut. These bacteria play a considerable important role in our health. The human gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is one of the most complex ecosystems known, there are over 100 trillion friendly bacteria found in the gut, this is over 10 times the amount of cells found in the human body. Around 60-80% of our immune system is actually found in our gut and 90% of our neurotransmitters are produced there! This really puts things into perspective when it comes to the importance of gut health. When there is an imbalance with our friendly gut bacteria, also known as dysbiosis, there are going to be problems within our gastrointestinal and immune system. When someone has an imbalance in their gut bacteria they may be more likely to suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea, chronic fatigue, bloating, stomach…

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…

Mini Eggplant Pizzas

This is an easy recipe to make for dinner served alongside a salad or it can be served as an appetiser for a party.  You can add extra vegetables to the pizzas or leave out the cheese for a vegan option. Recipe makes approximately 12 mini pizzas. Ingredients 1 eggplant 1 chili, diced finely (optional) 1/4 cup of pesto 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese 2 tomatoes 1 bunch of fresh basil Salt & pepper Extra Virgin Olive Oil to drizzle over pizzas. Directions 1. Preheat oven to Fan Bake 180C. Line an oven tray with baking paper. 2. Slice the eggplant into 1cm thick slices and place onto the baking tray. 3. Spread pesto on each eggplant slice and sprinkle with parmesan. 4. Chop up the tomato into small cubes and dice the chili finely.  Place ingredients evenly onto the eggplants slices. 5. Top each slice with a basil…

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…

Cauliflower Pizza Base

A few months ago I posted a recipe for a gluten free pizza base which is a staple in my household. After making this pizza almost every week I thought it was time to try a new recipe. I have been experimenting with this cauliflower pizza base, which needed to be altered a few times before sharing but I have finally perfected it. If you are like me and love the taste of pizza but struggle to enjoy it due to the additives, gluten and heavy dough causing havoc in your body then this healthy twist will go down a treat. The sesame seeds give it a crunchy and chewy texture and the garlic and pesto add a flavorsome kick.  The cauliflower is hard to taste in this pizza base which makes it a great option for fussy children who do not like the taste of vegetables. Get creative…

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