…………………………….This blog officially has tumbleweed rolling around….

I do update a little more often on my yoga site (which also needs attention!) and every third post is  healthy recipe, with the emphasis on the simple.

 

I will try to add a few posts soon, and keep you updated on my 365 days without sugar or syrups. 24 days in and feeling great!

 

 

3rd Installment: Home-made Coconut Butter Creations

Technically this is the third installment as in “Part 1″ I shared two different things I did with it.

This is a brief teaser- I made THIS:

 

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Dreena Burton’s RAW LEMON-LIME CHEESECAKE WITH FRESH MANGO SAUCE. Yes, it IS as amazing as it sounds!

(Click the photo to visit her site)

I halved quantities…..The recipe is from one of her books and she gave me permission to share a few recipes from it, but this is one of her signature dessert\, and since she chose not to share the recipe on her Facebook page the other day, (she simply posted the photo and linked to the book) I think I had better leave you hanging! Go and buy her book! :)

 

In other (savoury) news, I have made a DEEE-licious WHITE bean dip, recipe soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We interrupt this Coconut Butter Fest for a Chia Pudding

I am happy to be the owner of a huge bag of chia seeds at the moment. They do not always feature in my store cupboard as they are not cheap but that said,  a little goes a VERY long way.

They are VERY filling, contain all the Essential Amino Acids (read- COMPLETE PROTEIN- HURRAY!) and are generally uber-nutritious, and versatile.

Left in liquid, the seeds soak up huge amounts of said liquid, rendering themselves into a slightly dubious-looking (but tasteless) gel, not unlike frogspawn. (I wish I could whisper that part)

So for example, you whizz up an orange with 3 frozen strawbs, leave a tablespoon of chia in it overnight (stir very well to avoid clumping) and in the morning you have a “set” pudding. Slice some bananas on top and  maybe a cheeky sprinkle of dessicated coconut and hey presto!

You can also leave them in water, and add the gel to your smoothies or oats for an extra protein punch.

But today I am directing you to Dreena Burtons CHCOLATE COCONUT CHIA PUDDING. Made in 2 minutes flat in the blender and – wait for it- IT PASSED THE CHILD TEST!!!! (Although I think they would appreciate a little extra sweetness in order to devour a whole bowl…..She adds chocolate chips- I am sure this would help also…just an inkling…)

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It is delicious, easy and very filling. I am still very full after a small bowl (+1 banana) over 3 hours ago and I have been exercising and all sorts.

So here it is: Follow this link!

Happy creating!

What I did with my home-made coconut butter: Part 1

Firstly friends, I should warn you.

That oozy dreamy butter that comes out of the processor, warm and inviting, goes ROCK hard when cold. That’s the first thing. Before working with it you will need to bring it to room temperature, cut off a portion  and then heat gently over a water (like you would when melting chocolate) until it becomes runnier.

Bear in mind that coconut butter contains both the OIL and the FLESH, and as such has an amazing natural sweetness. A while ago, when I discovered Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, I created some Bounty Bites (click here) using Extra Virgin coconut oil and dessicated coconut, but it occurred to me that this is basically almost the same. In fact it’s cheaper, and in addition, while it is a rich treat anyway , the Bounty Bar bites have more fat in because they contain the cold-pressed oil PLUS the fat within the dessicated coconut.

So, inspired by this post here that showcases some simple coconut delights , with NO sugar OR honey (Heather Pace, Raw Desserts Chef) I simply melted down the coconut butter and put into itsy-bitsy silicone cases. I played with a few flavours as she did….Lemon and coconut- HE-LLOOO! It tastes amazing, and with a pinch of dessicated coconut and a few bits of lemon zest on top, it looked the part too. (The actual coconut butter had zest and lemon juice in too) No photos sorry……

And today, I simply melted down the coconut butter, put them into a mould, leaving a small gap at the top, and with my last handful of cacao butter (sniff!) I whipped up some home-made chocolate (cacao butter, honey, cocoa powder) to go on top…which will obviously be the bottom when they are turned out.

The texture is crumblier (in a dreamy way) than the Bounty Bar bites, which are more, shall we say, silky.(Also dreamy)

I especially like these because they have no added sweetener in the coconut portion, and because they are way cheaper than buying coconut oil, bonus.

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They were truly delicious, and I will be sharing them with a good friend very soon, because they taste even better that way. :)

In part 2, I hope to make a miniature version of this: Raw Lemon-Lime Cheesecake with Fresh Mango sauce, we love you Dreena Burton.

Oh.My.Heaven: Home-made coconut butter

It’s no secret to you if you read this blog that I am in love with my mini chopper.

Nor will it have passed you unnoticed, if you read this blog that I love making home-made nut butters in it. I have made cashew, almond, peanut, pistachio, hazelnut (hello home-made Nutella!), Brazil, macadamia, sunflower seed. I think that pretty much has most of them covered!

The things to bear in mind when you make nut butters are the following:

  • The nuts must be dry.
  • You do NOT need to pre-roast your nuts before processing into butter.
  • However, pre-toasting them (in a non stick pan) makes the process quicker. This may be useful with almonds that tend to take a bit longer.
  • Toasting them gives a different flavour obviously. Raw almond butter is creamier, the roasted kind is -not suprisingly, “toastier” tasting.
  • All you need to do is food process them until they release their oils- that’s all!
  • I fibbed…sometimes you need to open up the mini chopper and give it a stir if it is stuck on the sides.
  • Add any liquid sweeteners (honey , maple etc) AT THE END or it will never work.
  • PS Unroasted sunflower seeds make a grey nut butter, but I have often said that grey foods need love too. :) (Hello chia! Hey mushrooms! )
  • If you are losing patience towards the end you can droozle in a small amount of a neutral tasting oil to get a slicker more spreadable butter.

I am so excited to announce (as per the title) that I have now done COCONUT BUTTER!!!!

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Simply throw in 200grams of dessicated coconut and whizz whizz whizz!  It took under 5 minutes!

Attention:

Go for UNsweetened desiccated coconut, free from preservatives. I noticed the organic version costs almost the same as the other kind, hurrah! Coconut is SO sweet, I cannot believe they sweeten it! Kind of like putting glucose syrups on dates….??!!

What is the difference between coconut butter and coconut oil?

I have often used coconut oil to make “alternative chocolate”, also known as green chocolate on here . :) I have not had any in my store cupboard for a little while.

Coconut butter contains the FLESH as well as the OIL. As such, it is SWEETER but also thicker. It may not work for making silky chocolate but I will be experimenting  with this shortly, watch this space!!

(I may take a while, so maybe, don’t sit and watch the space literally……but I promise I will return!)

What nut butter will you be making today??

Black bean pate (my own version this time) or…Brown foods need love too.

In my language, Brown food is chocolate. Brown food (chocolate) can be green, or beige, without actually being green-coloured, or beige-coloured. See this post for more details.

This dip is in fact, green, while at the same time being brown-coloured,  not to be confused with Brown Food.

Are you with me? Then let’s make some pate.

Dead easy, all you need is a mini chopper ,some cooked black beans, a lime, and a few store cupboard items…. You can cook a whole bag of beans in the slow cooker overnight and then drain them, and freeze them in bags for recipes.

Black bean Pate- SO very yummy.

  • 1.5 cups of cooked black beans
  • 6 sundried tomatoes, snipped up OR 2 TABLESPOONS OF TOMATO PUREE
  • 1T extra virgin olive oil (on reflection, this could be omitted for a fat-free dip, or increased for a silkier, more unctious dip)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 teaspoon onion granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Whizz until completely smooth and until the sun-drieds are fully incorporated and processed.

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I enjoy this with raw veggies. Here it is featured on a Green wrap (romaine lettuce) topped with a lime and coriander broccoli salsa.

For the salsa, just chop up any raw vegetables you can find, (broccoli, red pepper, celery) with as much red onion and tomato as you have available, a droozle of EVOO (extra virgin), lime juice and plenty of chopped coriander or your choice of herbs.

I enjoyed this twice this week with two different friends, followed in one instance by some (green) Brown Food.

Perfect.

Delicious black bean dip

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This is not my photo. (How did you know?) Neither is it my recipe. (see the pattern?) It comes from Two Peas and their Pod and I am posting it because I ate a very similar dip for lunch today, with raw vegetables, and it is absolutely DE-licious!

Black beans, whizzed with cumin, salt, smoked paprika…they also add lime juice and cilantro (coriander leaf) which in my book makes it perfect. Next time I shall add these. Mine also had some cooked quinoa whizzed in there, extra protein…although I wasn’t thinking of the protein, I was just using up endy-bits in the store cupboard.

When I have established a great recipe, I shall post it here.

Meanwhile, always remember,  grey foods need love too, and this tastes delicious.

A protein-packed healthy dips using cooked beans, a little healthy fat and herbs and spices. The opportunities for flavours are endless (just check out the hummous market!)

Invent yourself a healthy dip and feed-back. :)

 

That’s all we have time for today folks…..

Happy Thursday!

x

 

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