Cranberry, Oat & Choc Chip Cookies

Cran, oat, choc chip cookiesI came up with these scrumptious cookies a little while ago when I felt like making cookies but wanted a change from the husbands favourite of Cranberry & Macadamia! I was dreaming of something more hearty and thicker, like a really filling cookie. Well I kept dreaming and was drawn to a favourite classic combo of oats, cranberries and choc chips. Couldn’t be more simple, yet hearty and everything I wanted in a big fat bite of cookie!

Rapadura is a perfect sweetener in these cookies. A, because it’s much less refined that a white sugar or brown sugar. And B, because it will help the cookie to, once again, spread more slowly in the oven with it’s more complex sugar cyrstals which break down slower in heat. And C, because it will help the dough to be that much drier- a wetter dough will spread more quickly!
Cran, Oat, & Choc Chip cookie

The creaming of the butter and sugar is really important too. The more air you can incorporate into the dough for these little gems the better! This air creates little bubbles, and when they enter the oven, the steam created causes the bubbles to expand and grow into super fluffy, puffy cookies!

They’ll look like little ant mounds when they come out of the oven so it’s really important to give them that gentle tap straight away so you end up with that perfect looking and textured cookie – crunchy on the outside, soft and oozing in the middle! Yumm!

I love the cinnamon hit in them! It’s so delicious! You could even use some pimento (Allspice) in them if you like too!

These cookies seriously take minutes to make, they are so ridiculously delicious and yummy for the whole family. So get in, whip up a batch and you won’t be disappointed! xx

Cranberry, Oat & Choc Chip Cookies
Yields 18
Scrumptious morsels of cookie deliciousness perfect for any snack, picnic, or teddy bear party!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 80g Rapadura Sugar
  2. 125g Organic Butter, softened
  3. 1 Organic Egg
  4. 1 tsp Vanilla Powder, Paste or Extract
  5. 125g Rolled Oats
  6. 2 tsp Cinnamon
  7. 1/2 tsp Bicarb Soda
  8. 110g Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  9. 50g Unsweetened Cranberries
  10. 30g Chocolate Chips (rapadura sweetened - I use Organic Times brand)
Instructions
  1. Place sugar into the Thermomix bowl and mill 20 Sec/Speed 9. Insert Butterfly.
  2. Add the butter and cream 1 Min/Speed 3.
  3. Add the egg and the vanilla and cream 20 Sec/Speed 3. Remove butterfly.
  4. Add the oats, cinnamon and bicarb and mix 20 Sec/Speed 2/Reverse.
  5. Add the flour and mix 15 Sec/Speed 2/Reverse or until just combined.
  6. Add the cranberries and choc chips and mix 5 Sec/Speed 2.5/Reverse.
  7. Place the cookie dough into the fridge for 45-60 Mins to firm. This is an important step to ensure your cookies don't spread. Soft things will spread more quickly than firm, so it's important to give them a little chill-out time in the fridge to firm.
  8. 20 minutes prior to getting your cookie dough out of the fridge, preheat your oven to 180°C and line to large baking trays with baking paper or get your silicone baking mat out.
  9. Once chilled, roll slightly heaped Tbsp sized portions of dough into a ball and place on the baking tray. Don't be tempted to squash them flat - they will spread more slowly in their ball shape.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are just turning golden brown.
  11. Remove from the oven and using a breakfast spoon, quickly and gently tap down these fluffy puffy mounds. This will give them the right finished look and also expose the oozing yummy chocolate!
  12. Cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container for up to 5 days....if they last that long! Let me assure you that they won't! 😉 Enjoy!
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Real Dark Chocolate Easter Crème Eggs

Easter Creme Eggs 3I know that you will have all been hoping and waiting for these delectable little Easter treats, but I’m sure that many of you have seen the story about little Mavi that I have shared through our Go Fund Me page. If you haven’t, my dearest friends, who I hold very close to my heart and are like family to me along with all their extended families, very suddenly lost their precious 2 1/2 year old son in a tragic farm accident last Tuesday 15th March in rural NSW. It has been such an incomprehensibly sad time for my dear friends, for their extended family and for us as friends. The pain that we are feeling is nothing compared to their grief…we are just with them in spirit through tears and many many prayers.
Maverick Here is a picture of our beautiful most treasured and loved beyond measure Mavi.
Setting up the Go Fund Me page has taken up a large amount of my time and I apologise for getting this to you a little later than usual. But losing a child would have to be one of the worst possible things to go through in life, and as a friend you just want to be there to help, in some kind of small way. We have been thoroughly amazed to see the support network that have rallied behind them to ease their burdens slightly by generously donating to their fund. Between it being aired on the local TV station later this week and their local bank running a fundraiser too, it’s been truly wonderful to see that Aussie spirit of lending a helping hand so evident! If you feel compelled to donate or share please please do so. You can donate easily on the site or scroll to the bottom to copy and paste the link to share. Thankyou thankyou thankyou!

I truly hope that you will take the opportunity to create these beautiful little treats with your children over the coming Easter holidays. Make these together, cuddle your children extra tight, and nourish their hearts, minds and bellies.

I pray you have a safe, healthy & happy Easter and I send much love from my family to yours. Gabrielle xx

*****************A little about the Chocolates*****************************

With chocolate made from scratch from real ingredients these Easter eggs are the perfect treat to pull out and enjoy with your families this Easter.

I have this long time dream of one day being able to visit one of the amazing chocolate making establishments around the world. Perhaps the Callebaut factory in Belgium (right now I send so much love to all those that have suffered enormously over there….just such a sad world!!!) or some of the amazing places where chocolate is made in Switzerland or over Europe.

But for now having a go at making my own will have to suffice. Of course some of the steps like refining the chocolate to improve the taste and texture (called ‘Conching’) are quite tricky to do at home.
But hey this chocolate is real, without being loaded with unneccesary chemicals, preservatives and loads of sugar. This chocolate is good for your body, and is completely guilt-free.

When you buy a block of chocolate from the shops you’ve probably noticed that it has 3 big ingredients. Cacao paste (aka cocoa paste, cocoa mass, cocoa liquor), Cacao butter or cocoa butter, and sugar. So here I’m using cacao paste from Maretai Organics and Cacao Butter to make a great homemade version without all the added nasties. Cacao paste already has cacao butter in it, which is the fat, so unlike other raw chocolate recipes I use less cacao butter in a recipe that uses cacao paste to begin with.

My chosen sweetener that I use here is Coconut Nectar. You can substitute with coconut palm sugar however the mouth feel of the coconut nectar is just that much smoother and the overall texture of the chocolate is just sensational!

Easter Creme Eggs 2For the filling of these eggs, I’ve used a product called Coconut Paste. It’s not coconut butter, it’s finer and runnier, yet super duper creamy, smooth and just incredible. I buy the Loving Earth , I think it’s the best out there! The filling is dairy free, almost like a light caramel or a condensed milk in texture and then once set in the eggs in the fridge it turns fudgey and delightful.

If you don’t want to join these eggs together, you can just place some filling in the prepared chocolate shells and then once set in the fridge cover with chocolate to set. Up to you.

As much as I think making the chocolate from scratch is a whole lot of fun, if you can’t source the products in time for easter just do them at a later point over the holidays or use a good quality dark or organic chocolate. Enjoy!

Real Dark Chocolate Easter Creme Eggs
Yields 16
Deliciously creamy guilt free healthy Creme Easter eggs.
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Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
35 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. Chocolate
  2. 150g Cacao Paste (I use Maretai Organics)
  3. 50g Cacao Butter
  4. 60g Coconut Flower Nectar or Coconut Palm Sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp Vanilla Powder
Creme Egg Filling
  1. 200g Coconut Paste (I use Loving Earth brand)
  2. 100g Coconut Nectar
  3. 100g Coconut Milk
  4. 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  5. Extra Coconut Paste for drizzling
Instructions
  1. To make the chocolate place the cacao paste & cacao butter into the Thermomix bowl and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9.
  2. Add the coconut nectar and vanilla and melt and mix 5 Mins/37°/Speed 2.
  3. Pour the chocolate into a bowl and set aside for about 5-10 minutes to thicken slightly.
  4. Dampen a small piece of paper towel and wipe out the easter egg moulds with a little macadamia or rice bran oil. This will help the chocolates to release easily and also to give them a nice gloss.
  5. Pour the chocolate into medium easter egg moulds and swirl around until coated. Place in the fridge to set for about 5-10 minutes before repeating this step 2-3 times to get a good layer of chocolate in each mould. You may like to do this with a small paint brush to make sure you are getting a really even thick coating. Using a pastry scraper or a ruler drag across the chocolate to ensure a clean edge everytime you add a layer.
  6. You will need a total of 32 chocolate egg halves, so you may need to do this several times depending on how many moulds you have.
  7. Whilst your chocolate is setting, make the creme filling. Place the coconut paste, the nectar, coconut milk & vanilla into the Thermomix and mix 10-15 Sec/Speed 3. Set aside until ready to use.
  8. Gently un-mould the egg halves, being careful not to over handle as the heat from your hands will melt the chocolate. Place a small spoonful of the filling into each of the halves, levelling them off at the top. Sit the halves on a tray and carefully place them into the fridge to set for about 20 minutes or until the filling has hardened.
  9. To stick the two edges together, heat a baking tray slightly then place the halves briefly onto the tray to heat, then gently push the edges together, running your finger around the entire edges to seal properly.
  10. Place back into the fridge to set firm. You can serve them at this point or you can drizzle with a little extra coconut paste for a decorative finish.
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Sourdough Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns 2These gorgeous hot cross buns are something you will want to pop on your cooking list this Easter! I shared photos of them with you all last easter but never got to popping the recipe up on my website!  So I though I had better do so!! These are just delicious especially with the Maple Cinnamon Butter! That’s a must! You must make that and serve it with them! It just makes them!

Sourdough Bread – Something which I grew up on my whole childhood! We never bought bread – or very rarely! And even mum’s homemade ‘yeast’ bread was a treat in our household! These gorgeous hot cross buns still use the same sourdough culture that my mum had as a kid! It’s actually over 120 years old! No kidding! This is one seriously old culture! And the bread that results is proof that it really is amazing! You keep feeding the culture, perhaps once a week and it just keeps on living! Amazing stuff!

What I will say is that this is my version of mum’s sourdough! I’ve revamped it! Mum’s sourdough often came out quite dense, and largely because she made it with mostly rye flour, however I do quite a different rise process, and I believe it makes a big difference!

Obviously I have a pre-existing culture. Some of you may be lucky to have a culture too. If you don’t, there are recipes out there to start your own, (try sourdough.com for a good recipe) or you can sometimes find it in specialty cooking shops or health food stores.

This is the REAL deal sourdough! I mean, most of the sourdough that you buy in the supermarket has yeast added! Well I’m here to tell you that this has none, zilch, zero, zip! Just naturally occurring yeast from the culture! Often those sensitive to regular yeast breads can handle sourdough.

The bacteria in sourdough (Lactobacillus), along with the natural yeast from the fermentation, work hand in hand to predigest the grains. This helps to make the bread much more easily digestible. I love the fact that this is another way I can get good bacteria into my family!

Because the production of sourdough is lengthy, the proteins in the gluten are broken down far more than a typical loaf of bread, also aiding in digestion. We eat a diet low in wheat & gluten, however this sourdough as a treat suits us much better, as it’s much more gentle on the gut. 

Sourdough has an amazing way of preserving itself. The Acetic acid prevents molds from growing, so there’s no need to worry about it spoiling in the fermenting process.

Sourdough is also an incredible powerhouse of naturally occurring vitamins. With excess of 15 vitamins, it really is so much better than what you will find on any supermarket shelf.

hot Cross Buns proving

These buns are quite dense compared to what you are probably used to in a hot cross bun, however still farely aerated for a true sourdough baked in standard non-steaming ovens! Not quite a sandwich bread crumb,  but perfectly filling and satisfying!

They are best served straight from the oven or toasted with loads of butter lathered on top! Once you store them, it will become more dense, so best eaten within a day or 2 of baking!
Hot Cross Buns

Sourdough Chocolate Hot Cross Buns
Yields 16
A sourdough take on the traditional hot cross bun! Well worth the extra effort!
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
30 min
Preferment
  1. 100g Organic Bakers Flour
  2. 100g Filtered Water
  3. 60g Sourdough Culture
Bun Dough
  1. 30g Cranberries
  2. 30g Sultanas
  3. 100g Organic Dark Chocolate
  4. Above Preferment
  5. 200g Organic Bakers Flour
  6. 100g Organic White Spelt Flour
  7. 150ml Filtered Water
  8. 50g Rapadura Sugar
  9. 20g Raw Cacao Powder
  10. 1 tsp Cinnamon
  11. 1/2 tsp Allspice
  12. 1/2 Orange, zested
  13. 1/2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
Crosses
  1. 40g White Spelt Flour
  2. 50g Water
  3. 1/2 tsp olive oil or coconut oil
  4. pinch salt
  5. pinch cinnamon
Bun Glaze
  1. 2 Tbsp Rapadura or Coconut Sugar
  2. 2 Tbsp Water
Maple Cinnamon Butter
  1. 250g Organic Butter
  2. 40g Maple Syrup
  3. 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Place the preferment ingredients into a small bowl and mix to combine well. Cover tightly with cling wrap and leave to ferment 8-10 hours.
  2. Boil the kettle. Place the dried fruit into a small water, cover with boiling water and soak for 10 minutes to soften slightly. Drain, squeeze out excess water gently and set aside.
  3. Place the chocolate into the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9, then melt 2-3 Mins/50°/Speed 2.
  4. Add the preferment along with all the remaining ingredients and bring together 5 Sec/Speed 6, then Knead 2 Mins.
  5. Add the reserved dried fruit and Knead 1 Min further.
  6. Place the dough into a medium bowl, cover tightly with cling wrap and leave for 2-3 hours to prove. At 50 and 100 minute intervals perform a stretch and fold on the dough. (Basically this process just means to crab the ball of dough in your hand, stretch it right out without breaking it and fold it over. Do this process twice at each interval. This will help to strengthen the dough.)
  7. Divide the dough into 12-16 equal portions and roll into balls. To do this, with no flour on the bench, curve the palm of your hand into a ball and use this shape to roll your ball of dough into a round bun.
  8. Line a baking tray with baking paper and place all the buns onto the tray in a nice circular pattern fairly close together (just allowing a little space for them to grow). Spray the buns with olive oil spray to prevent them drying out, cover the tray with a larger bowl and set aside to prove for 2-3 hours.
  9. At this point you can place them into the refrigerator to slow ferment overnight for buns fresh for breakfast or you can preheat your oven to 220°C, 20 minutes prior to baking.
  10. To make the cross mixture combine all the ingredients in a small bowl with a spoon and place into a piping bag with a small nozzle or a snap lock bag, snipping a small hole in one corner. Pipe crosses neatly onto the buns.
  11. Place the buns into the preheated oven and bake for 10 mintues on 220°C then reduce the temperature to 180°C for a further 15-20 minutes.
  12. Whilst the buns are baking, make the glaze by placing the sugar and water into the Thermomix and cooking 2 Mins/100°/Speed 2.
  13. To make the cinnamon butter, place the ingredients into the Thermomix and mix 10-20 Sec/Speed 3-4. Set aside.
  14. Once the buns are cooked, take out of the oven and immediately brush with the glaze.
  15. Serve warm or toasted with the maple cinnamon butter.
Notes
  1. You can form into 12 buns or 16 more mini ones!
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Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Tarts (Gluten Free, Primal)

Choc Raspb Tarts 2So I can’t really remember the first time I made these delightful tarts, however I do remember one of the most recent times when I made them! It was for my sons 3rd birthday last year! To set the scene a little, I decided to buy year passes to our local zoo, and take along a picnic lunch, a perfect simple birthday cake and these pretty little things!

Well that particular day turned out to be a scorching 30°C day! I got up early before it was that hot, baked a delicious flourless 2 tier chocolate cake, my old recipe that I used to do every week at the health retreat. I topped it with a beautiful dairy free chocolate ganache. Not realising how hot the day would be I poured it on, decorated it with all manner of adorable edible flowers, chocolate shards, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries! It looked a real picture!!….But if only I had one! In it went into the container…we packed up and off we went to the zoo. Off we went into the zoo to catch the croc show and low and behold what did I leave in the car, but the cake!!!!!!

Back to the car after only what seemed like 1/2 an hour and I grabbed that little darling, opened it’s lid….and what did I find??? A great big puddle of slidden, sloppy, melted, ganache drenched decadent deliciousness!!! And with that we sang Happy Birthday Z!! It almost seemed unbelievable, but I assure you there was no fixing that leaning tower of cake puddle! My dearest friends who know how perfectionistic I am, gave me an extra tight squeeze, helped me realise it wasn’t the end of the world…almost…and we just slapped it onto our plates…not it wasn’t even sliceable! What we ate was something delicious, despite its unfavourable looks!

That night I brought the remainder home, chucked it into the Thermomix and chopped it all up, then rolled it into balls and froze them. Oh my word, how a seemingly total disaster can be turned into pure delight. This was one of them! Fudgy, rich, and ultra delicious!
Choc Raspb Tarts
What did end up as pretty as a picture and a total hit were these awesome Choc Raspberry Tarts!!

It’s acutally the filling of the Paleo Chocolate Mango Tart with the base of the Lemon Tart combined with seasonal raspberries on top! Blueberries on top would be just as delish!

So here you are! Enjoy!

 

Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Tarts
Yields 18
Delicious healthy nutella-like filling topped with juicy sweet raspberries!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
40 min
Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
  1. 50g Coconut Palm Sugar
  2. 150g Almond Meal
  3. 50g Coconut Flour
  4. 30g Arrowroot
  5. 100g Organic Butter
  6. 1/2 Lemon, zested
  7. 1 Organic Egg, lightly beaten
Filling
  1. 60g Hazelnuts, roasted
  2. 80g Coconut Oil
  3. 80g Coconut Milk
  4. 120g Maple Syrup (approx. 5 Tbsp)
  5. 50g Raw Cacao Powder
  6. 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  7. pinch salt
  8. 250g Fresh Raspberries
Pastry
  1. Place the sugar into the Thermomix bowl and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9.
  2. Add the almond meal, coconut flour, arrowroot, butter and lemon zest to the bowl and blend 10 Sec/Speed 6.
  3. Add the egg and Knead 15 Sec.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap, flatten, and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
  5. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  6. Once the dough is chilled, roll out to 2-3mm thickness between 2 sheets of baking paper.
  7. Peel off the top sheet of baking paper, and using an 8cm round pastry cutter, cut 18 circles from the pastry. You may need to re-roll to get the 18 circles.
  8. Place the cut circles back into the fridge for 5 mins to firm slightly before pressing into 7cm fluted tart shells. Neatly trim the tops and if there are any tares, just use a little of the excess dough to carefully patch it, being careful to maintain an even thickness.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Remove from the oven, let sit in the moulds for 5-10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.* (They will feel very soft as soon as you take them out of the oven but as they cool, the base will harden. If the underside of the bases still feels a little damp once cool, you can turn them upside down and return to the oven for 5 or so minutes to dry out a little further.)
Filling
  1. If you need to roast the nuts, place onto a baking tray and roast for 10-15 minutes on 180°C. Let cool before using your hands to rub the nuts together to get rid of the skins.
  2. Place the hazelnuts into the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients and cook 2 Mins/50°/Speed 3.
  4. Pour the filling into the cooled tart shells and set in the fridge for 30 mins before topping each tart with 3 raspberries and returning to the fridge to set firm.
Notes
  1. *They will feel very soft as soon as you take them out of the oven but as they cool, the base will harden. If the underside of the bases still feels a little damp once cool, you can turn them upside down and return to the oven for 5 or so minutes to dry out a little further.
  2. *This is the same filling as I use in my Paleo Chocolate Mango Tart
  3. *This is the same base as I use in my Lemon Tart
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Orange Cinnamon & Coconut ‘Hot Cross Bun’ Chocolates

Hot Cross Bun Chocolates

I just had to do something really chocolatey for Easter!! I can’t help myself creating! I wonder if there is some name for that problem! haha

These are really simple to make! You will need my Coconut Butter for these!

Hot Cross Bun Chocolates 2

And it’s a bit kitch with the crosses but how cute! Dont’ they just look adorable!

All grain free, dairy free and refined sugar free! Enjoy!

Orange Cinnamon & Coconut 'Hot Cross Bun' Chocolates
Yields 14
These are a cheeky little chocolate take off of a Hot Cross Bun! With lovely Cinnamon & Orange Easter flavours that are sure to delight! You'll need my Coconut Butter to make these!
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Chocolates
  1. 200g Coconut Butter
  2. 3 Tbsp Coconut Cream
  3. 2 tsp Maple Syrup
  4. 20g Orange Juice
  5. 1 tsp Orange Zest
  6. 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  7. 100g Organic Dark Chocolate (70%)
Crosses
  1. 50g Coconut Butter
  2. 2 tsp Maple Syrup
  3. 3 Tbsp Coconut Cream
Instructions
  1. To make the chocolates place all the ingredients except for the chocolate into the mixing bowl and mix 10 Sec/Speed 4.
  2. Place into the fridge for 30 mins -1 hour to chill. Once chilled sufficiently, roll the mix into 14 even small bit sized balls.
  3. Break the chocolate into small pieces and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9. Then melt the chocolate 2 Mins/50°/Speed 2, scraping down the sides of the bowl closer to the finish time.
  4. Pour into a shallow bowl and dip the chocolates one at a time into the chocolate to thoroughly coat, before placing onto a baking paper lined rack or tray to set. You can place them in the fridge to set a bit quicker.
  5. Once the chocolates are set, place the coconut butter, maple and coconut cream into the Thermomix and mix 10 Sec/Speed 3-4.
  6. Place into a piping bag fitted with a plain nozzle and pipe little crosses on the chocolates. Place back into the fridge to completely set, then transfer into an airtight container.
Notes
  1. I couldn't find all my piping bags when I made these, so I popped the icing into a little glad bag and cut a little hole off one corner and used that to pipe the crosses! Little more rustic but still works a treat!
  2. Don't forget you'll need my Coconut Butter to make these!
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Easter Egg Icecream Cakes – Chocolate, Date & Ginger Cake & Coconut Ginger Icecream

Easter Egg Icecream Cakes plate up
I came up with these little beauties a few weeks ago! I’d had some silicone easter egg moulds in the cupboard for a long time and I suddenly looked at them and just knew I needed to create some beautiful thing with them!!

Icecream Cakes 3

My mind started wandering and I went through many different options! Suddenly my mind flicked to icecream and I had a massive lightbulb moment of something Icecream Cake!! I got busy in my kitchen creating and what I came up with was delicious! I was/am thrilled!

Ice Cream Cakes lighter

I wanted to make them grain free, paleo, dairy free, refined sugar free, yet full of love and Easter cheer! Of course the obvious flavour at Easter is chocolate so I wanted to have a hint of that, but also something to lighten it up a little! So that’s why I’ve gone with the coconut icecream, and those warm flavours of ginger and chocolate to compliment!Easter Egg Icecream Cake close up

You can drizzle them with some raw chocolate or organic dark chocolate for a little extra decadence!

Ice Cream Cakes iced

I hope you enjoy them as much as we will be this weekend! Happy Easter

Easter Egg Icecream Cakes
Serves 12
Dairy-free, grain-free, sugar-free Easter Egg shaped Icecream Cakes! Something a little different for your easter spread!
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Coconut & Ginger Icecream
  1. 400ml Coconut Cream
  2. 400ml Coconut Milk
  3. 80g Coconut Sugar
  4. 4 Organic Egg Yolks
  5. 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  6. 20g Glace Ginger
Chocolate Date & Ginger Cakes
  1. 100g Dates
  2. 2 tsp Baking Soda
  3. 80g Almond Meal
  4. 60g Arrowroot
  5. 20g Coconut Flour
  6. 20g Cacao Powder
  7. 2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
  8. 4 Large Organic Eggs
  9. 100g Coconut Oil
  10. 60ml Coconut Milk
  11. 40g Glace Ginger
Icecream
  1. Place the coconut cream and milk, along with coconut sugar, eggs and vanilla into the Thermomix and cook 8 Mins/90°/Speed 4.
  2. The mixture should be thickened slightly (enough to coat the back of a spoon). Pour into a bowl and place over an icebath to coo,l before placing the mixture into a a shallow container. Cover and place into the freezer for 3-4 hours or until firm but not completely frozen.
  3. Place the ginger into the bowl and chop 5 Sec/Speed 5. Set aside.
  4. Remove from the freezer and cut into small cubes. Place into the mixing bowl and blend for about 20 Sec/Speed 9. Scrape down the sides add the reserved ginger and whip a further 10 Sec/Speed 4.
  5. Spray out 2 x 6 hole (1/3 cup capacity) silicone Easter Egg moulds with coconut or olive oil then pour the icecream into the moulds and freeze for a further 1-2 hours or until firm. Remove from the moulds once frozen and place into a suitable container and place back in the freezer until ready to serve.
  6. Wash out the moulds to bake the cakes in.
Cakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Place the ginger into the mixing bowl and chop 5 Sec/Speed 5. Set aside.
  3. To make the cakes, place the dates into a small bowl covered with boiling water and add 1 tsp of the baking soda. Leave to soften for 5 minutes.
  4. Place the flours, 1 tsp baking soda, cacao powder, sugar, eggs, coconut oil and coconut milk into the mixing bowl. Mix 10 Sec/Speed 6. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Drain the dates of the excess water and place into the mixing bowl. Process a further 10 Sec/Speed 6.
  6. Add the ginger and process 5 Sec/Speed 6/Reverse.
  7. Place 2 x 6 hole silicone easter eggs moulds onto a large baking tray. Spray the moulds with coconut or olive oil spray. Pour the batter evenly into the 12 easter eggs moulds (1/3 cup capacity each).
  8. Bake the cakes at 160°C for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
  9. Once cooked, leave to cool in the moulds for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once the cakes are cooled, slice off the uneven edge so you end up with a flat surface and a 1/2 egg shape from the mould. Reserve those pieces for crumbling onto the plates.
  11. To assemble the cakes, crumble the reserved bits of cake onto plates and top with 1/2 icecream egg, flat side up. Then place 1/2 a cake egg on top of the icecream. You can serve as is or pour over a little organic melted chocolate (if not strictly Paleo) or homemade chocolate.
  12. I like both options! You really see the pretty pattern on the cakes without the melted chocolate, but having the melted chocolate also is very yummy!! So up to you!
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Hazelnut & Cacao Nib Bliss Balls

imageThis beautiful bliss ball recipe came about recently when I was going to make my Paleo Chocolate Mango Tart. I had planned to make a batch of bliss balls that day also. The filling for the tart was sitting in the Thermomix and upon a second glance I all of a sudden had a ‘uh huh’ moment! This would make the perfect start to some delightful bliss balls! Yummo! So the whole tart went immediately out the window! Well thankfully, not really! I added a few more things to the mix and by golly it was delicious!

I add a few medjool dates and almond meal, along with the cacao nibs which add a gorgeous crunch to each bite, and a lovely bitterness!image

For the bliss balls I’ve reduced the maple syrup a little to 80g instead of 120g in the tart filling, as I like them to be more of an energy pick me up rather than an actual treat! I’m not a big sweet tooth, so I don’t mind it a little richer. It’s up to you.

You can also add in a protein powder to give them an extra protein kick for a post workout snack or for busy mums and breastfeeding mums! They are a little more fudgey with the protein powder. Try both and see which you prefer.

I then roll them in roasted hazelnuts! I love hazelnuts with chocolate or carob. (You can definitely use carob powder for these too!) They are just so good with the extra crunch on the outside! You could leave them with no coating or use coconut perhaps.

Hazelnut & Cacao Nib Bliss Balls
Yields 50
Crunchy, nutty, creamy bliss balls! Almost a little Ferrero rocher like!
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Ingredients
  1. 140g Roasted Hazelnuts
  2. 80g Coconut Oil
  3. 80g Coconut Milk
  4. 80g Maple Syrup
  5. 50g Raw Cacao Powder
  6. 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  7. pinch salt
  8. 200g Almond Meal
  9. 4 Medjool Dates
  10. 40g Cacao Nibs
  11. 100g Protein Powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. To make the filling, place 60g of the hazelnuts into the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9.
  2. Add the oil, milk, maple, cacao powder, vanilla, salt and dates and cook 2 Mins/50°/Speed 3.
  3. Add the almond meal & cacao nibs (& protein powder if using) and process 10 Sec/Speed 4-5/Reverse.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill. Once chilled the mixture will be much easier to roll.
  5. Place the remaining 80g hazelnuts into the Thermomix and chop 15-20 Sec/Speed 4.
  6. Place into a shallow bowl for rolling. Take small spoonfuls of the chilled mixture and roll into balls. Finish by rolling in the hazelnut crumbs and refrigerate until firm.
Notes
  1. My original version didn't have protein powder in them, however you can add it if you want to boost the protein content. They are a little more fudgey in texture with the protein!
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Paleo Pumpkin & Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

photoI’m soooooo excited!!! After countless experiments I finally present to you my humble Paleo Pumpkin & Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I have tried so many different things! A multitude of flours, sweeteners & fats! At one stage I had what my nieces and nephews termed a “Moofie”! A cross between a cookie and a muffin! I almost ran with that as they were delicious, but not 100% what I was looking for! I was looking for a crispy, golden, crunchy PALEO cookie! What I will say is that they will go softer once they are stored, but they are still deliciously beautiful! Just eat them fresh on the day of baking if you want that beautiful crispy texture!

I tried many different prototypes with almond meal but it wasn’t until I had an epic light bulb moment and decided to try them with almond butter. It came about because I was thinking of adding walnut butter to the mix for flavour! I suddenly realised nut butter might be the secret! Roasted almond butter. And oh, you can’t imagine the joy when I pulled out perfectly ‘normal’ looking cookies out of the oven! They were golden, and looked crispy! I just about dove in right there to try them! Once they had cooled sufficiently so I wouldn’t get burnt,  I snatched one right then and there!….Wow! Something magical had happened! The almond butter had done it! I was so elated! After all my attempts with many complex ratios and multiple ingredients, I ended up with a delightful cookie from the simplest of ingredients! There is really not much to these cookies at all! I am ridiculously excited to share this beautiful recipe with you! I’ve added no extra oils to the cookies. It rely’s completely on that from the almond butter. Because the almonds are roasted, this also helps to release even more of those beautiful oils from the nuts, which is why no other oil is needed.

To make you own almond butter, just place about 450-500g roasted almonds in the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9. Scrape down the sides and process for about 1 minute/Speed 8 or until a beautiful butter consistency is achieved!

As I love to do, I wanted vegetables in them, in particular pumpkin, firstly because I think its a perfect match (chocolate & pumpkin), and to increase the nutritional benefit! I mean, if I’m going to give these to my family, I will still always want a treat to be of some benefit! Hiding a vegetable in a cookie so that no one will ever know is perfect! My little boy just loves them! I still talk about the fact that even good treats we need to balance with lots of vegetables and proteins etc, and I try to teach him the difference between a bought cookie and one that mummy makes! Mummy’s have a healthier sweetener, and a small amount at that, and nuts that will make him strong etc!

I’ve used about 100g pumpkin puree in this recipe. You can actually increase the pumpkin to 200g with no problems. They are just a little more crunchy with 100g, whereas with 200g they are a little more moist in the middle! Completely up to you! If you have a whole lot of pumpkin to use, go the whole 200g! I just steamed the pumpkin in the Thermomix for about 15 minutes/Varoma/Speed 2, then pureed for about 5 Sec/Speed. I steamed about 300g. Depending on the pumpkin it will probably reduce by 1/3.

The walnuts just make them! After all, pumpkin and walnuts is such a beautiful marriage. But you could use whatever nut you fancy!

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we are!

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Paleo Pumpkin & Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 28
A deliciously moist, subtly spicy pumpkin cookie!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 120g Coconut Palm Sugar
  2. 450g Roasted Almond Butter
  3. 2 Organic Eggs
  4. 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  5. 1/8 tsp Allspice
  6. 1 tsp Bicarb Soda
  7. 100g Pumpkin Puree
  8. 50g Chocolate Chips (naturally sweetened, dairy free)
  9. 50g Walnuts (roughly chopped)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line large baking trays with baking paper or lay your oven Thermomat on a tray.
  2. Place the sugar into the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9.
  3. Add the almond butter, the eggs, spices, bicarb, & pumpkin and mix 10 Sec/Speed 5.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and walnuts and mix a further 10 Sec/Speed 5.
  5. Once combined, place Tbsp sized amounts onto your baking sheet. Flatten out a little with your fingers to form a more flattened disc.
  6. Place into the hot oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and whilst warm top with a few extra chocolate chips if you desire.
  8. Let cool on the trays for 5-10 minutes, before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Store in an airtight container.
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Paleo Chocolate Mango Tart

Paleo Chocolate Mang TartThis delightful chocolate tart came about a few weeks ago when I realised I was about to walk out the door empty handed to a meeting where all involved were meant to be bringing a bite to eat!

I had an abundance of ripe mangoes in my fruit bowl fresh from the property of the health retreat we work on!…..Bowen mangoes and all! Massive, juicy, sweet, full of flavour!  My husband knows how much I love mangoes, so he picked me a couple of huge bags of them! I was very excited!  

I had to make something delicious to honour these beautiful possessions! I immediately dreamed up this gorgeous tart and got busily to work in my kitchen! After an amazingly successful quick stint in the kitchen, this emerged! I did a little happy dance!

The crust was a tiny bit thick, so when I’ve made it since, I’ve rolled it to about 3mm and its perfect!

The chocolate filling is very rich, but the mango just lightens it up beautifully! I absolutely love fruit on desserts so this is definitely up my alley!

I feel good about my little boy eating this…perhaps even a little slice for breakfast would be ok!

You could play around with the fruit…it would be equally delightful with any berries!

Paleo Chocolate Mango Tart
Serves 8
A delightfully dairy free, grain free, chocolatey, fruity tart!
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BASE
  1. 230g Almonds
  2. 160g Brazil Nuts
  3. 1 Egg
  4. 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  5. 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  6. 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  7. pinch salt
FILLING
  1. 100g Hazelnuts, roasted
  2. 80g Coconut Oil
  3. 80g Coconut Milk
  4. 120g Maple Syrup (approx. 5 Tbsp)
  5. 50g Raw Cacao Powder
  6. 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  7. pinch salt
TOPPING
  1. 3 Large Mangoes, sliced thinly
CRUST
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly spray a 26cm round tart shell with oil spray.
  2. Place the almonds and the brazils into the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and process 5-10 Sec/Speed 5 or until the mixture comes together.
  4. Turn the mixture out onto a sheet of baking paper and roughly bring together to form a ball. Place another sheet of baking paper on top and flatten. Using a rolling pin, roll the mixture out to approximately 3mm thickness. Roll in different directions, to ensure even thickness.
  5. Gently peel off the top sheet of baking paper. Lift up the crust, by the bottom sheet of baking paper and gently flip the crust side over a rolling pin. Place it over the tart shell evenly and gradually roll the rolling pin away, easing the crust into the shell.
  6. Peel off the baking paper and if you have any broken spots you can easily patch it with your hands, and a little left over crust if necessary.
  7. Trim the edges neatly, then place a round of baking paper over the base followed by baking beads. Blind bake for 10 minutes. Remove the beads and bake for a further 10 mins. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
FILLING
  1. To make the filling, place 60g of the hazelnuts into the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients and cook 2 Mins/50°/Speed 3.
  3. Using a knife, chop the remaining 40g hazelnuts in halves. (You can do this in the Thermomix, however I prefer to have this quite precise, as it's really nice biting into the whole chunks of hazelnuts.) Add to the Thermomix and mix 5 Sec/Speed 2/Reverse.
  4. Pour the filling into the cooled tart shell and set in the fridge for 1 hr or so until firm.
  5. Top decoratively with the sliced mango and serve.
Notes
  1. Cook Time: 22 Minutes
  2. Refrigeration Time: 1 Hour
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Superfood Christmas Rocky Road

© Rocky Road 1Super delicious, fluffy, nutty, chocolatey mess thats so traditional at Christmas time!

Well how about that with a healthy spin on it? One of the things this Rocky Road is enriched with is Maca powder that has vitamins, energy boosting properties, benefits for the skin, helps to increase energy, and helps with womens & mens health & reproductive health. 

Another great superfood is chia seeds. Being high in nutrients, antioxidants, protein and Omega 3 fatty acids, I love to throw them into treats when I can!

Then the Marshmallows are filled with liquid chlorophyll and beetroot! How wonderful! Natural colouring at it’s best! No numbers needed! 

I use Organic (70%) Dark Chocolate in the Rocky Road. You can do it with Cacao Butter, but it will have a low melt temperature.

I toast the coconut chips just in the oven on a baking tray for a few minutes on 180. It adds a really rich, nutty flavour. 

Once again, my freeze-dried berries come into play! The raspberries help to cut through the sweet of the chocolate and give a nice tart effect!   © Rocky Road 2  Perhaps you could enjoy this delicious treat with a glass of your favourite milk!  

Healthy Christmas Rocky Road
Yields 24
A delicious superfood Rocky Road!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 300g Organic Dark Chocolate (70%), broken into 3-4cm pieces.
  2. 40g Organic Butter
  3. 200g Marshmallows
  4. 100g Mixed Nuts (I used roasted Almonds & Macadamias)
  5. 20g Cranberries (unsweetend)
  6. 1tsp Maca Powder
  7. 10g Chia Seeds
  8. 35g Toasted Coconut Chips
  9. 5g Freeze-dried Raspberries
Instructions
  1. Place the chocolate into the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9.
  2. Add the butter then mix and melt 4 Mins/50º/Speed 3.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix gently 1-3 Sec/Speed 2/Reverse.
  4. Place into a baking paper lined rectangle slice tray and place into the fridge to set. Cut into squares and serve.
Notes
  1. Here is my healthy Marshmallows recipe.
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