Salted Caramel Bliss Balls

As much as I adore PB choc bliss balls, thought it was time to try something else! Whoever thought of bringing sweet and savoury flavours into one dish is a genius. I have taken that concept and put it into my bliss balls as they are fast becoming one of my favourite work snacks.

Bliss balls are super easy, jam packed full of deliciousness and will keep you full for your afternoon! These are dairy, gluten and refined sugar free!

Salted Caramel Bliss Balls (yielded 8 for me but will depend how big you roll them)

What you’re going to need

1 cup dates, chopped (soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes if not moist)

3/4 cup walnuts (soak in cold water for 30 minutes – optional)***

1/2 tablespoon rice malt syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

sprinkle cinnamon

cracked sea salt (to taste)

desiccated coconut for rolling

Method

  1. In a food processor, add of the ingredients except the coconut.
  2. Process until ingredients are well combined.
  3. On a plate, add a few spoons of desiccated coconut. Using gloves, a spoon or bare hands, roll the mixture into evenly sized bliss balls.
  4. Roll each ball through the coconut. Repeat until all the bliss ball mixture has been used.
  5. Store in the fridge/freezer and enjoy!

Salted Caramel Bliss Balls

*** The bliss balls will still turn out wonderfully without soaking the nuts prior to blending, but soaking them makes them so so creamy and perfect for these sweet treats!

Chocolate Muffins

I always get cravings for baked goods but I tend to avoid buying them from cafes and other places because I have no clue what’s in them. I also just love baking so baking something myself is much more satisfying. There was a bit of experimentation with these in getting the wet to dry ingredient ratio right. I feel pretty good about how they turned out!

So here we go, my chocolate muffins which I made dairy free because of bod and there’s no eggs either because we hadn’t done the groceries yet! Alas, subbed in apple sauce (random but great) to fill in for the eggs. Also mixed a bunch of dark chocolate through these for an extra chocolatey hit!

Chocolate Muffins (yields 6)

What you’re going to need

1 1/2 cups self raising flour

1/4 cup cacao powder

1/4 cup apple sauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup Nutellex (or any dairy free spread), melted

1/4 cup rice milk (or any other non dairy milk)

1/4 cup maple syrup

50 grams dairy free dark chocolate (70% and above), roughly chopped

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Grease a muffin tray with cooking spray.
  2. Sift the flour and cacao powder into a large bowl. Add all the other ingredients except the dark chocolate and mix well.
  3. Add in the chocolate and make sure it is evenly distributed through the mixture.
  4. Place even amounts in each muffin tin until all batter is used.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Cool on a wire rack and then store in a container until they all disappear!

 

Chocolate Muffins

Quinoa Granola

Oh my granola! It’s been so long since I got creative with granola recipes so I’m super excited to share this one with you!

This granola has the perfect balance of sweetness, spice and crunch! I have never baked quinoa before so was intrigued at how well it turned out. Matched up with some mixed nuts, oats and maple syrup creates a delicious crunchy topping for yoghurts, smoothie bowls or even in a bowl with some milk!

This recipe has only 6 ingredients! Less than 5 minutes to throw it altogether then another 15-20 minutes for baking! Dairy, oil and refined sugar free!

Quinoa Granola

What you’re going to need

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup raw, unsalted mixed nuts

1/4 cup uncooked quinoa

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup maple syrup

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius
  2. In a bowl, add all of the dry ingredients and make sure they are well coated with the spices.
  3. Add the maple syrup and mix again until all of the dry ingredients are coated.
  4. Spread on a lined baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes (check a few times during baking to ensure it’s not burning)
  5. Allow to cool entirely before storing in an airtight container

Quinoa Granola

Banana Raspberry Muffins

Bananas and raspberries are my two current fruit obsessions! I have recently started full time work so I am desperately trying to whip up stuff to take to work to avoid spending all my money on for the most part, mediocre pastries and desserts. So here were born these delectable banana and raspberry muffins!

It’s kind of freaky when you’re out at a canteen or smallish shop and you see packaged baked goods with over a week’s expiry on them. Who really knows the extra stuff they’re putting in to preserve them. Homemade is always best and even though we live in a such a crazy busy and sometimes overly hectic society, it’s always nice to take some time out to be more aware of the things you are consuming because at the end of the day, it will help your body perform so much better.

Okay so enough life inspo talk for today…onward to the recipe! This recipe only contains 7 ingredients! Most of them are standard pantry staples so hopefully you have everything you need to whip these up! Kept these dairy free because of bod so here we go!

Banana Raspberry Muffins (yields 6)

What you’re going to need

1 cup self raising flour

1/4 cup non dairy milk (rice, oat, soy)

2 tablespoons Nuttelex (or other non dairy butter substitute)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

2 overripe bananas, mashed

1/3 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
  2. In a bowl, sift the flour and then mix in the sugar.
  3. Combine all wet ingredients (egg, butter, milk) in a small bowl. Pour in with the dry ingredients and add mashed bananas.
  4. Mix well and ensure mix is completely uniform before adding raspberries.
  5. In a muffin tray (sprayed with cooking spray or use patty pans), add even amounts of mixture into each spot. (I like my muffin quite big but you could spread the mix to make 8-10 smaller muffins)
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave in the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

Banana Raspberry Muffins

Chocolate Pancakes with Peanut Butter

Here we go again… chocolate and peanut butter. It will take a lot for me to give up this addiction so glad to say it’s here to stay!

When the pancake cravings strike, you really just have to get on top of it and so I chose to change up my go to pancake recipe by adding cacao powder to make them chocolate.

These measurements below are a rough guide. I have a tendency to forgot to measure my ingredients when I am making things but with this mixture, it’s important to have an equal balance of wet and dry ingredients. You don’t want the batter to be super runny or super thick.

You will notice that there is both self raising flour and baking powder in this recipe. I wanted to give the mixture as much lift factor as possible without using eggs (I normally make really small quantities and so an egg would overpower the batter).

These are conveniently dairy free and egg free!

Okay here I present to you…

Chocolate Pancakes with Peanut Butter (yields 6)

What you’re going to need

1/2 cup self raising flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder (or a “pinch”)

1 tablespoon cacao powder

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1/2 cup non dairy milk (rice, oat, almond)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

peanut butter (I used Pic’s Crunchy PB for these)

Method

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and cacao into a bowl
  2. Add the wet ingredients and whisk until mixture is well combined without any lumps.
  3. Allow mixture to sit for a few minutes before heating up a flat pan on a medium heat.
  4. Place even amounts of batter onto the pan. Flip when you see the top is covered in bubbles.
  5. Serve in a stack with peanut butter in between each layer!
  6. Top with some dairy free chocolate (optional)

 

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Strawberry and Cream Cups

As a big fan of dessert, I always make sure there is something delectable either in my fridge or freezer for me to devour straight after dinner.

The whole lactose intolerance thing unfortunately deters me from eating ice cream at home (which sucks because I used to eat it all the time). Alas, everything coconut has become my new favourite dairy substitute for creating desserts and so led to today’s creation.

Desserts for me don’t have to be super sweet to be enjoyable. This dessert I find is just the right balance of sweet, creamy and a bit of tartness from the strawberries. This recipe requires just 5 ingredients and about 15 minutes of your time (plus freezing time)

Once again, silicone moulds are the way to go with this kind of food preparation just for ease of removal!

Strawberry and Cream Cups (yields 6)

What you’re going to need

Strawberry Layer

6 strawberries, pureed

1 teaspoon maple syrup

Cream Layer

1/2 cup coconut cream

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

  1. Place your silicone moulds on a tray that will fit in the freezer. Mix the pureed strawberries and maple syrup together in a bowl. Pour even amounts into each mould then place the tray in the freezer.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the coconut cream, oil and vanilla extract until well combined.
  3. Check the strawberry layer in the freezer. If slightly firm to the touch, remove the tray and pour even amounts of cream into each mould.
  4. Place tray back in the freezer until cream has completely set. (1-2 hours)
  5. When ready to eat, pull out of the freezer for about 10-15 minutes before consuming.

Strawberry and Cream Cups

PB Chocolate Dessert Cups

Peanut butter and chocolate. A continued match made in heaven that will never get old. I wanted to make cups again with these ingredients because they taste so damn good! I also wanted to try make a more doughy consistency for the middle as opposed to just scooping some PB in there (obviously that would taste awesome too but creativity is always fun)

My new workshopped recipe is here to make them much more simpler and so you can get them in your mouth twice as quick! I also jampacked some other goodies in there too for added healthy fats and fibre.

These only contain 4 ingredients!!! Simple is always best in my eyes as no one really wants to drown in a recipe that has a million ingredients. If I can make it with less, I will and so hopefully you’re inspired enough to try make these for yourselves! 100% dairy free and vegan friendly.

PB Chocolate Dessert Cups (yields 4)

What you’re going to need 

1/3 cup almonds

1/3 cup rolled oats

2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

6-8 squares 85% Lindt Dark Chocolate (if you want it sweeter but still dairy free go for 70% Lindt)

Method

  1. Prepare 4 silicone moulds on a tray that will fit in your freezer
  2. In a pulse blender, add the almonds and oats. Blend until a coarse meal is formed. Add the peanut butter. Pulse again until mixture forms a crumb which when pressed between fingers will stick together
  3. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl using your preferred method. Using a spatula, spread the chocolate on the bottom and on the sides of the silicone moulds. Repeat for all 4 then place in the freezer.
  4. After about 10 minutes or once chocolate has set, add equal parts of the PB mixture to each cup. Press down gently until even.
  5. Pour the rest of the chocolate over the PB mixture to make a top for the cups then place in the freezer again until set.
  6. Remove from moulds once chocolate has completely set.
  7. Store in the fridge or freezer it’s completely up to you!

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