Ah the rich smells from the kitchen today sent me back in time to when I was little. It had me wrapped up in my childhood …. cold winter days just before Christmas when I would bake all sorts of wonderful creations. I think this magical memory will stay with me all day! How wonderful.
Today I made Christmas Spice Biscuits, using all the traditional spices – you might feel you have been transported to another country. So lovely!
The recipe is based on a classic one and uses both white and brown sugar – I altered this and changed the sugar to all coconut sugar. I also used a combination of milk and baking soda (bicarb) instead of eggs (EGG FREE). However the standout for this recipe is the use of white pepper!
If you are like me when you finish a BIG WORK OUT, such as a VERY long walk, or big swim you can feel totally drained. This happens to me when I have sweated ( NOT glow rather real sweat) and been active for more then 2 hours. I find my body starts to slow down and I feel drained. This can be an issue if you need to carry on with what your are doing.
I am currently training for an annual charity walk taking place at the end of July. I know from my training and past walks I feel better and preform better when I am hydrated correctly. This goes beyond just water, its also important to replace lost electrolytes. After a bit of research and testing what’s on the market, I turned to coconut water – which is effective at replenishing fluids and electrolytes after exercise. It is comparable to other sports beverages.
The only issue I have with coconut water is its sweet/slightly sour taste which I don’t care for. However, I do like how quickly I recover when I drink it. So I enhance my coconut water by adding fresh lemon juice – to help with the sweet taste, a pinch of sea salt – to help with the sour taste, and 1/4 tsp. of magnesium power – to help my muscle recovery.
I found my perfect electrolyte drink!
I started with coconut water, add the juice of a lemon and a 1/4 tsp of magnesium powder.
I am talking a yummy, creamy, full of chocolate goodness Mousse. But this one is a bit different, along with rich dark chocolate I added fresh oranges, dates, cinnamon, vanilla and AVOCADO. The result is the most wonderful whole mouth feel decadent wonder. This recipe does not contain egg, sugar, or dairy. Its a whole plant based healthy bomb that just happens to tick all the lovely things about mousse.
Loaded with the good stuff! More Potassium than Bananas.
Using a food processor or high speed blender, this dessert can be yours in 3 minutes. The only real planning is to ensure you have ripe avocados. To help the blending process, I do soak the dates in the juice of the oranges for about 10 to 15 minutes or up to an hour.
Oh what a winner of a dessert!
I am talking a yummy, creamy, full of chocolate goodness Mousse. But this one is a bit different, along with rich dark chocolate I added fresh oranges, dates, cinnamon, vanilla and AVOCADO.
4-8 Medjool Dates (type of date), pitted - SEE NOTE
2 large ripe avocados
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Zest and juice of two oranges
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
1/2 cup raw cacao
pinch of sea salt
Make it like so....
Make it like so….
1. Add the pitted dates to orange juice and allow to soak for 15 minutes or up to an hour.
2. Combine all the ingredients in a good powerful high-speed blender starting with the soaked dates along with the orange juice, followed by the avocado, cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa and sea salt.
3. Blend for about 30 seconds until smooth and creamy.
4. Add a splash of water to make a lighter mousse. Taste and adjust if needed.
5. Spoon into a bowl and allow to set in the fridge.
This recipe is loaded with the good stuff:
Fat and potassium from the Avocados
Vitamin C from the Oranges
Iron and other minerals from the Dates
Magnesium and iron from the Raw Cacao
A NOTE ON THE NUMBER OF DATES: If you like less sweet, start with 4 dates. If you are looking for a sweeter mousse add up to 8 dates. Please keep in mind you are also using fresh squeezed orange juice and it can be very sweet also.
Chamoy (Sweet – Salt – Lime –Chili) for Fresh Fruit or Vegetables
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
What a great way to enhance the flavor of fresh fruit/vegetables. The lime juice brings out the natural sweetness and the sweet-salt adds a refreshing note and brings out all the natural juices of the fruit and or vegetables. In Mexico this spice mix is called Chamoy and its very popular.
Fresh fruit or vegetables sliced into long wedges
1 whole cucumbers 1 or 2 whole carrots
1 whole Mangoes 1 pineapple
Sweet/ Salt mixture
1 ½ tsp ground chili ( mild or hot)
2 tsp sea salt
1 tablespoon grated lime zest
75 g coconut sugar (or use white sugar if you don’t have coconut)
Plus fresh limes
Make it like so....
Select which fruits and vegetables you want. This can be a single item, or a mixed plate where vegetables and fruits are mixed together. Slice into long wedges.
Combine the sweet salt ingredients together and store in a airtight container.
When ready to serve, sprinkle fresh lime juice over the sliced items. Once done, sprinkle over the sweet salt mixture as a dusting.
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (for blending)
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
2 cloves garlic
1 cup roughly chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
Make it like so....
Preheat oven to 200 C (350 F). Toss seeds with 2 tablespoons of avocado oil and salt then spread out in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Roast until seeds are puffed and fragrant, 10 to 15 minutes, then set aside to let cool. BE CAREFUL CHECK ON THEM OFTEN.
Combine seeds in a food processor with ¼ to ½ cup water, lemon juice, garlic, coriander (cilantro) and 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Pulse until mixture forms a coarse paste then season with salt and pepper. Cover and chill until ready to use.
*** For roasting at high heat, olive oil is not the best choice. Instead I like to use raw organic avocado oil. If you don’t have this or can’t find it please use coconut oil.
Healthful facts about pumpkin and sunflower seeds; they are a great source of:
Additionally, sunflower seeds are a good source of vitamin B6
These cookies are great for morning or afternoon tea as well as pre and post workouts. They have apples and almonds for that great hit good fats, fiber, and protein. Just what you need for fuel before or after a workout or just because!
2 medium red (or green) apples, chopped with skin left on
2 cups raw almonds
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
115 g (4 scoops) of Vanilla Protein Powder of choice
1 teaspoon sea salt
Make it like so....
Preheat oven to 180C.
Prep baking tray with little oil or use baking paper
Combine all ingredients except eggs in food processor. Pulse until pieces are small, yet still chunky.
Combine mixture with eggs in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
Shape mixture into cookies, I use a tablespoon of mixture, and flatten them out a bit.
Bake in preheated oven for 30- 35 minutes.
Remove and allow to cool.
These are very filling cookies, two cookies equals a serving.
I would store these little gems in your freezer to keep them fresh for longer. They don’t have preservatives and go soft quickly.