The Best raw chocolate recipe

I always wanted to be able to make chocolate myself at home, imagine that, never running out of  chocolate again! These raw chocolates are almost as good as the real thing (if not possibly better) and are perfect if you are a Pana chocolate lover like myself. Its expensive to buy the cacao butter but definitely worth it if you can afford to splurge (and ends up cheaper in the end than always buying raw  Pana chocolate from the shops).

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Raspberry, lime and coconut cheesecake slice

 

 

If there is one combination I love its coconut and lime. Add summer raspberries into the mix and you have summer on a plate. This recipe is great because it looks a bit complicated and time consuming but really its super easy, all you need is a food processor or high speed blender.

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Breakfast Bliss Balls

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Bliss balls are so good, bliss-full in fact. But most bliss balls are made with heaps of dates or coconut oil and while they are deliciously indulgent, they are better left for dessert rather than a sustaining snack. My friend Tara and I wanted to create a bliss ball that was wholesome and contained lots of protein and complex carbs so that they could be eaten as a good on-the-go snack or even for breakfast. This is the result.

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The ultimate healthy chocolate fudge brownie – three ways

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Who doesn’t love brownies, super sweet and fudgey they are the ultimate indulgence. Brownies are great to have every once in a while but not to eat regularly (anyone else ever feel slightly nauseous from so much sugar?).

So to satisfy my chocolate brownie craving I have been on the hunt for the ultimate “healthified” chocolate brownie recipe. Some have been great, some ok and some utterly terrible. The criteria: must be lower in sugar and not too high in fat, must be high fibre and not use white flours and above all had to be delicious. And then I found this one.

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Choc fudge cupcakes

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Soft, fluffy, fudgey, chocolatey cupcakes, sounds good right? what if I told you they were lower fat and sugar free? And gluten free too? With choc-chips! And yep and they still taste pretty awesome.

The secret here is using kidney beans. They remove the need for flour and give the cake a lovely moist and fudgey texture. At first when i heard about using kidney beans in cakes I was really weirded out but they work so well, I was definitely converted….

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Strawberries and cream chia pudding

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The simplest and most delicious chia pudding that doesn’t actually contain any cream. This is a great chia pudding to start with if you have never had it before.  All you have to do is soak the chia seeds in enough almond milk and let them do the rest of the work.

I love having chia pudding as an easy snack (take it with you in a jar if you need) or adding oats to it and serving with fruit and yoghurt for breakfast.

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Choc mint cheesecake

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Let me introduce you to a cheese cake that is going to blow your mind. Are you ready? it doesn’t actually contain any cheese or even any dairy. In fact, this cheesecake is completely free from any animal products so it is vegan friendly and is gluten free too.

Its amazing how soaking and blending cashews turns them into a smooth and creamy cheesecake filling that even the most dedicated cheesecake eaters will love.  …

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Cherry choc ice cream

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For me, the arrival of cherry season always signals that Christmas is coming. It wouldn’t be an Australian Christmas without a big bowl of fresh, crisp red cherries on the table.

We are lucky enough to be able to grow our own cherries which means we always have heaps extra to eat, cook and give away during December. I wanted to create an ice cream with cherries and chocolate  that was a little bit healthier but still smooth and creamy and that was dairy and egg free so everyone could enjoy it.

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Citrus, almond and ricotta cake (sugar free)

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Sugar free cake sounds kind of terrible doesn’t it? It conjures up ideas of bran laden bricks of cake made by crazy hippies don’t you think? I know I have made some pretty terrible ones in the past as I pursued the idea of the perfect healthy cake.

I have some good news though, this one is amazing. You have the tanginess from the citrus, the crumbliness from the almond meal and the lovely moistness from the ricotta, and a secret weapon. Nativa. Natvia is a brand of stevia made especially for baking (so it won’t turn bitter or lose its sweetness) that you can use cup for cup for sugar. I’m definitely a fan and once you have tried this cake I’m sure you will be too.

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