Date and Walnut Bun with Coffee glaze plus a review of Natvia sweeteners

I am always on the look out for ways to decrease the sugar in my diet but also love to bake  – two things which don’t always see eye to eye. If you have been following my page for a while you will know that I am a big fan of using Natvia stevia in my baking and desserts, so I was only too happy to review of some of Natvia’s products for baking and a relatively new sweetener, Norbu. I have given my thoughts on these products and have also made a (really yummy) date and walnut bun with coffee glaze – all sugar free!

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Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

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Spending a bit of time in the kitchen means that I definitely have those epic recipe fails,especially when trying to make recipes healthier, pancakes don’t set, biscuits burn and sugar-free cake turns out bland and rubbery. Others you get right but have to spend a while perfecting. But this recipe wasn’t either one of those, it was one of those freak recipes that come along and somehow manage to turn out perfect first go. I’m not saying its never going to change, most of my recipes get adapted somewhere along the line but for now I am more than happy. Who knew healthy brownies could be so good. Just to be sure I tested them on my housemates and friends (anyone else want to be my guinea pig?) and they agreed these were pretty awesome.

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Chilled Earl Grey Chocolate Custard pots

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When you think about great flavour matches, what comes to mind? Strawberries and cream, lime and coconut, chocolate and mint, rum and raisin, peanut butter and just about anything… I want to introduce a new flavour pairing, chocolate and earl grey tea. It sounds a bit weird right? I must admit I was a bit skeptical about if it would work or not. Amazingly the floral notes from the earl grey tea give a whole new depth of flavour to the silky, dark chocolate custard and turns it into quite a sophisticated dessert. Admittedly, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea (pardon the pun) especially if you aren’t a fan of earl grey when it comes to your morning cuppa but if you’re up for something new this one is definitely for you.

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Tangy Lime Raw Cheesecake

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Who doesn’t love cheesecake? Especially when its raw and sugar free (and doesn’t actually contain any cheese!). I actually love raw cheesecakes way more than the traditional version, they are not as sickly sweet and rich but are still satisfyingly sweet and creamy.

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The best vegetarian lasagne

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Vegetarian Lasagne is something that is either amazing or really awful. Unfortunately the awful ones are almost always the ones you order in restaurants (and its usually the only vego dish on the menu too). Don’t worry, this one is one of the amazing ones, even meat loving lasagne eaters will love it.

I have used lentils and heaps of veg in a rich tomato sauce to still give the lasagne its lovely saucy texture and have added a layer of roasted pumpkin and spinach too to break it up. The usual heavy white sauce has been replaced with a sauce made from cauliflower and ricotta, you still get the creamy flavour but not so rich.

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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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