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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…

Creamy Chocolate Mousse

Lib and I first made this recipe a few years ago with the inclusion of peanut butter.  It’s hard to believe that the main ingredient is avocado! The mousse is a perfect substitute for traditional dairy mousse, it is so creamy, thick and rich in chocolate flavour.  A great topping for cakes instead of frosting, spoon onto slices of banana or have by itself after dinner. This recipe we have not used a lot of cacao as it can be quite biter and everyone has a different taste preference, so adjust with extra rice malt (any liquid sweeter will do) or add extra cacao if you like its strong taste. Serves 2-4 Ingredients 2 ripe avocados ½ cup coconut cream ¼ cup cacao powder ¼ cup rice malt syrup 1 pinch of salt Method Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth and creamy. Serve straight away…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Fruit Whip featuring Yonanas machine

After hearing lots of talk about a Yonana machine I decided to purchase one and have to say I’m pretty happy I did. For anyone who is unsure of what a Yonana is, it is a machine that makes it possible for vegans, any one who is dairy free or lactose intolerant and those of us who are more health conscious to enjoy frozen desserts similar to ice cream/sorbet/frozen yoghurt.  All you need is frozen fruit as a base, along with your favourite topping, mine is dark chocolate and pistachios.  Other fruits that process well through this machine are frozen berries, peaches, apricots, mangoes apples and cranberries. This is an excellent way to make healthy treats for your family, especially children as they are able to help – the machine is that simple.  In my opinion it tastes a lot better than  processed ice cream and it’s guilt free. For…

Gourmet Banana Pops

During Summer there is nothing better then enjoying a frozen treat on a hot day and even better if it is guilt free.  These banana pops are super easy to put together and a great recipe to make with little ones to teach them that you can have healthy frozen treats (see you later super market ice cream on a stick!). If you want to keep these dairy free and low in sugar make the banana pops with our vegan chocolate dip recipe.  If you prefer to keep it simple and low prep buy some dark chocolate and melt to use as the chocolate coating.  We used 70% cocoa dark chocolate and also white chocolate as we ran out of cacao powder.  The topping over the chocolate is made from nuts, seeds and dried fruit.  It looks beautiful and adds a yummy crunch which is a great contrast to the…

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