Desserts, RECIPES

No Bake Strawberry Shortcake

Being not baked, you have the full flavour of the strawberries !!! Healthy dessert and gluten free !

*Makes 16 squares

Ingredients

Crust

  • ¾ cup of raw cashews (not soaked)
  • ¼ cup of almond flour
  • pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 2 cups of raw cashew (soaked overnight)
  • ½ cup of canned coconut milk
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled,
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups small strawberries, halved

Neutral oil to grease an 8 x 8 pan

Instructions

Line an 8×8” pan with parchment paper and grease well with neutral oil. Set aside.

For the crust, add the cashews, almond flour, pitted dates, coconut oil and salt to a food processor and mix until it comes together. Press the dough evenly along the bottom of the prepared pan.

In a high-powered blender, combine all of the filling ingredients except for the strawberries and blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Pour the filling into the prepared pan over the crust. Smooth out the top and tap the pan hard against the counter to even the filling. Press the strawberry halves into the filling.

Place in the freezer to firm up for 3 hours before cutting. Thaw at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Store leftovers tightly wrapped in the freezer.

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Desserts, RECIPES

Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies *Gluten free

  • Makes 9 cookies, only 6 ingredients and done in 15 minutes !

Ingredients:

270 ml of chick peas (soaked overnight), cooked & drained or if you prefer and easier 1 can (540 ml) of chick peas (drained)
2 tbsp of vanilla
1/4 cup of agave
3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
1 tsp of baking powder
Pinch of salt

9 roasted peanut halves (optional)

Preheat oven at 350

Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Scoop with an ice cream scooper into balls, lay them on a silicone lined 17 x 12 baking tray, flatten to about 1/2 inch thick and top with a peanut (you may add a chocolate drizzlle if you wish or any other topping).

Bake for 10 minutes.

Let cool and enjoy !!!

*Can keep in the fridge up to 5 days

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Breakfast, Desserts, RECIPES

Banana Muffins in 20 minutes !

*Makes 12 muffins

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup + 2 tbsp of soya milk
3/4 tsp of apple cider vinegar
2 vegan eggs (2 tbsp of ground chia seeds + 6 tbsp of water, mix in a small bowl and let set for 5 minutes)
1 ripe mashed banana
1/3 cup of coconut sugar
1/4 cup of tahini
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp of baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

powdered sugar (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 12 muffin tin pan with paper muffin cups.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes add egg mixture, mashed banana, sugar and tahini. Whisk together until uniform.
  4. Add in flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and gently mix with a wooden spoon without overmixing so that you keep little chunks of the banana intact.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop, evenly divide your mixture into your muffin pan and then tap the tray to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

I sprinkled them with powdered sugar 🙂

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Breakfast, Desserts, RECIPES

Applesauce & Cinnamon Loaf

All you need is one large bowl, a 9 x 5 bread or loaf pan and a spatula !. Should you not have any spelt flour in the kitchen, no worries simply use all purpose flour. This simple to make and delicious recipe is sweetened with maple syrup ! Super moist ! Perfect as a snack or for breakfast 🙂

  • 2 cups of spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup of coarse oats
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened soya milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F

Dry ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix to combine.

Wet ingredients

In the same mixing bowl, add applesauce, maple syrup, milk and vanilla and mix until just combined. There is no need to overmix the batter.

Pour the batter into the pan and place in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes. The loaf is done when it’s golden brown on the outside and slightly moist on the inside.

Let cool on a rack before slicing

Ready to serve !

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Desserts, RECIPES

Lemon Custard Tarts

  • Makes 8 mini tarts
  • You will need 4 inch tins with the removable bottom

Ingredients

Tart Shell

  • 2 cups of almond flour
  • 4 tbsp of coconut oil (Melted)
  • 4 tbsp good grade maple syrup
  • pinch of salt

a little neutral oil (any vegetable oil) to brush tins

Lemon Curd Filling

  • 1 cup lemon juice (Approx 5 Lemons)
  • 1 can (400 ml) of full fat coconut milk at room temperature
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp agar agar powder 
  • pinch of ground turmeric for colouring

Instructions

  • Brush 8 x 4 inch tins with the vegetable oil.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the Tart Shells

  • Put all crust ingredients into a blender, and blend until sticky. Press the mixture in equal portions into each mini tart tin. Bake for 15 minutes. Set on a wire rack to cool. 

For the Filling

  • Pour the coconut milk into a sauce pan on low heat. As surface begins to steam, add in the cornstarch and agar-agar. Stir until completely dissolved. 
  • Add in maple syrup and lemon juice and simmer gently for approx 1 minute.
  • Pour mixture into cooled tart shells and refrigerate for 4 hours to set. I sprinkled the tartlets with lavender, but you can certainly decorate them with your favorite topping. Coconut shavings is an idea or blueberries 🙂

If you have leftover lemon custard it can be frozen for up to 1 year without quality changes. To thaw simply transfer to the fridge. After thawing, keep in the fridge no longer than 4 weeks. When you’ll use it, simply rewarm at low heat and whisk until dissolved.

Enjoy these delicious mini tarts

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