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Paleo Raw Chocolate & Walnut Fudge Brownies

Raw Paleo Brownies  Raw Paleo Brownies

So I am a huge fan of really fudgy walnut filled brownies but I am also a huge fan of raw desserts. This recipe is a match made in heaven. This is your go-to on a rainy day, or maybe when you are PMS raging the house down… or maybe you just feel like you need a cuddle… or maybe you just feel a little naughty?! Who cares, these raw brownies will solve any of life’s little problems!

All you need for this is a bunch of ingredients and a decent food processor – it was meant to be, c’mon!

I know medjool dates can be a little pricey but do not sub for regular dates, the result will not be a nice fudgy brownie but rather a more crumbly one! You may however replace the cacao for cocoa but as you all know you will lose out nutritionally!

These raw brownies can be stored frozen for up to 6 weeks but I seriously doubt that any of you will have the will power to do so, so just store these bad boys in an airtight container in the fridge to keep them nice and firm. Don’t worry though these can be served at room temperature however I found these were most enjoyable when left out of the fridge for 10 minutes before serving!

Makes: 6-8 medium squares

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Setting Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted medjool dates packed
1 cup pecans (preferably activated)
3/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp raw almond butter
1 tbsp coconut cream
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/2 cup walnuts (preferably activated)

Method:

  1. Combine all of your ingredients except for the walnuts into the bowl of your food processor. Pulse a few times before processing until the mixture forms a smooth ball. Be sure to scrape down the sides frequently using a spatula to ensure that the ingredients mix process thoroughly.
  2. Pulse in your 1/2 cup of walnuts until you get a nice mix of walnut chunks.
  3. Grease and line a a suitable sized dish with greaseproof paper (I used a 19cm x 14cm 0.8L capacity Pyrex dish) be sure to leave enough excess so that you can lift the brownies out.
  4. Drop in your brownie mixture and be sure to press down firmly until evenly distributed.
  5. Place into the freezer for 1 hour until set.
  6. Remove from the freezer and use a knife or spatula to ease out the sides before tipping out the brownies. Cut the brownies into your desired size and then EAT!

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Raw Paleo Carrot Cake Squares

Raw Paleo Carrot Cake SquaresRaw Paleo Carrot Cake Squares

I have always been both heavily obsessed, and inspired by DAMY & Clean Eating With a Dirty Mind both pages literally make me lick the screen – no joke!!! Those two blogs will just blow your mind with the amazingly naughty yet delicious creations that they come up with. Before I had Anya I used to love making raw desserts – especially raw cheesecakes and I guess I wanted to perfect my own raw & Vegan dessert. I guess that’s why I came up with this gorgeous raw carrot cake.

This recipe calls for some rather juicy and succulent dried pineapple to be used in the base instead of just plain old medjool dates, and as much as I love medjool dates I do feel that they can end up overpowering the taste of most recipes rather than complimenting the overall flavours. The whole cake is packed full of flavour and juiciness – even the frosting stays solid enough to not melt off unlike most cashew cream cheese frostings I have tried out before. In fact I actually think that this is better than regular baked carrot cake!

This raw carrot cake is a total doddle to make, you actually can’t go wrong; all you need is a food processor, a small brownie tin (I used an 8.5″ x 6.5″ tin), some clean hands and maybe a little taste tester to help along the way. This recipe will also require you to soak your raisins in some orange juice and also your cashew nuts in a bowl of water (for the frosting) overnight. It is best to do the same with your pecans and walnuts too but they will need dehydrating before use which can be done by transferring onto a large baking tray and cooking in the oven on the lowest heat until sufficiently dry enough. The choice is yours!

Yields: Roughly 6-8 squares

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Setting Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

For the base:

1.5 carrots (peeled & chopped)
1 cup dried pineapple
1/2 (packed) cup pitted medjool dates
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1 tbsp coconut oil
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
3/4 cup pecans (activated)
3/4 cup walnuts (activated)
Juice 1/2 orange
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 carrot (peeled & finely shredded)

For the faux cream cheese frosting:

1.5 cups cashews (soaked overnight)
Juice 1 lemon
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut cream (solid part of a chilled can of coconut milk)
1/8 coconut oil
1/8 cup cacao butter (melted)
1/4 tsp vanilla powder (optional)

Optional toppings:

1/4 cup walnuts (crushed)
1/4  carrot (spiralized/shredded)

Method:

  1. The night before making place a can of coconut milk into the fridge and leave your raisins to soak in the orange juice overnight in an airtight container, be sure to store them in the fridge until needed. You will also need to soak your cashews in a bowl of water with 1 heaped tsp of Himalayan pink salt. Make sure that you cover them with enough water so that there is about an inch of water above the nuts. Cover with cling film and leave in a cool dry place overnight. In the morning drain and rinse your cashews thoroughly. Set aside until later.
  2. In the bowl of your food processor add all of the ingredients for your base except for your pecans, walnuts, and orange juice soaked raisins. Pulse the ingredients a few times before processing until smooth. Be sure to scrape down the sides frequently with a spatula to ensure that everything gets processed thoroughly.
  3. Add in the nuts and pulse until some of the nuts have processed smoothly and the rest have left small chunks.
  4. Stir in your orange juice soaked raisins and shredded carrot.
  5. Line a brownie or small cake tin (I used an 8.5″ x 6.5″ tin) with some greaseproof paper and transfer the mixture in. Using your hands ‘knuckle in’ the mixture until nice and even. Place into the freezer whilst you prepare your faux cream cheese frosting.
  6. Clean the bowl of your food processor and add in all of your ingredients for your frosting. Pulse a few times before processing and process until completely smooth. Make sure to scrape down the sides frequently in order keep your mix really smooth!
  7. Remove the base from the freezer and pour over your cream cheese frosting. Using a spatula spread out the frosting evenly. Sprinkle over your crushed walnuts and place the tin into the freezer, leaving to set for around an hour.
  8. Remove the tin from the freezer when set and carefully lever out the sides of the carrot cake using a large sharp knife. Cut into 6-8 large squares.
  9. Top each square with a small amount of spiralized/shredded carrot and tuck in!!!

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Paleo Black Sesame Banana Bread

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Nothing like a good old bit of Banana Bread right?! Wrong! You mean nothing like a good old bit of Georgie’s Banana Bread! I am not even ashamed to say that I have eaten half of this loaf already and that there is only a small slither of it left (in a good hiding place).

The kids and my significant other told me that this is even better than Banana Bread, that it is just too good to be true – I agree with them. This is perfection in a loaf. It is light and fluffy yet moist, it springs back when you give it a little poke and it’s flavours are intense but not over powering. This my friends is some rather sophisticated Banana Bread you got going on here.

Although I have stated that you will need a food processor you could make this by hand the traditional way but it won’t come out as smooth. You will also require a 9″ x 5″ loaf tin. If at anytime you find that the top of the loaf is browning too quickly cover the tin loosely with tin foil, shiny side facing upward, this will prevent it from burning.

The best part is that this is both gluten and nut free! This is one of my first bits of Paleo nut free baking and boy has it paid off. Just divine! It is great served with a cup of coffee or even a matcha latte!

Makes: 1 small loaf (10-12 slices)

Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes

Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients:

For the banana bread:

2 medium ripe bananas
2 eggs
100g raw unsalted grass-fed butter (or coconut oil)
100g coconut sugar
75g Sukrin Sesame Flour
75g tapioca flour
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the sugar ‘crust’:

2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp raw honey (melted)
1 tsp black sesame seeds

Method:

  1. Start by pre-heating your oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Line a 9″ x 5″ loaf tin with baking parchment and grease. Set aside until needed.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients for the banana bread into the bowl of your food processor and process until smooth. This will take no longer than 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer into the lined loaf tin and place into the oven. Cook the loaf until it is hot in the middle but a toothpick does not come out clean. You want your loaf to be on the verge of being ready.
  5. Remove the loaf from the oven and pour over and spread your sugar crust mix.
  6. Return the loaf to the oven until fully cooked – this time your toothpick should come out clean and hot to the touch.
  7. Remove the loaf from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes before carefully turning out and leaving to cool completely on a wire rack.

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Paleo Blood Orange & Cocoa Nib Marmalade

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Yeah this stuff is pretty darn special! As you can clearly see!

I have always had a thing for jams and marmalade. I used to absolutely love making jams but what I always had hated was the sheer amount of sugar that you had to put into the damn stuff! Not this marmalade, no siree – this marmalade uses only 1/3 of a cup of sugar to 6 oranges. Not too shabby.

The texture of this marmalade isn’t a solid jelly type that you would get it is a lot softer and more spreadable but it still tastes like marmalade and not any ordinary marmalade. Yes it is bittersweet but the flavour is just so much more than that – it is a fresh orange taste coupled with a complex chocolate flavour. It truly is beautiful. In a nutshell it smells and tastes like the best and freshest chocolate orange you could ever imagine.

This is perfect generously spread over some of my Paleo Granary Bread, Superfood Pancakes or even spooned over some coconut yogurt!

So, what an earth made me chuck some cocoa nibs into my marmalade mix? Quite simply I love anything chocolate orange but the wonderful folk over at Naturya supplied me with some of their exquisite products to get creative with and I have had these gorgeous nibs sat around getting nibbled on and sprinkled over everything and anything. All I will say is that there will be a lot more of the cocoa nib coming your way in the near future, but in a savoury form!

I have made the method for this recipe as simple as possible as real marmalade making is all faff, muslin cloths, you name it – it is just not for me, at least not when I am running a house full of children and animals. All you will require for this recipe is a stove top, a pan, a wooden spoon and something to store your marmalade in. Simples.

This recipe will require you to add in some orange rind, however if you aren’t a fan of the rind in marmalade simply zest 1 of the oranges before juicing.

Yields: Roughly 350g 

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20- 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Juice & pulp of 6 blood oranges (reserve the rind of 1/2 blood orange)
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup Naturya cocoa nibs
1 tsp tapioca flour dissolved into 1.5 tsp water

Method:

  1. Juice all of the oranges and save the pulp too – I find that this gives the marmalade that bit more of a fruity bite to it. Ensure that you save the rind of 1/2 of an orange.
  2. Cut the rind in half and slice thin strips lengthways, I definitely wouldn’t cut a strip any thicker than 5mm.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients (except for the tapioca flour) into a pan and place onto a medium heat. Bring the mix to the boil being sure to stir frequently to prevent burning.
  4. Once boiling reduce the heat and leave the mixture to simmer. Simmer until the majority of the liquid has reduced and it coats the back of your spoon well.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and pour in your tapioca flour thickener stirring vigorously. Return the pan to the heat and heat for 1 minute until thick.
  6. Pour the marmalade into a clean airtight jar and cover with a wax disc or cellophane lid before closing. Store in a cool dark place and use within one month.

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Paleo Salted Chocolate Orange Super Fudge

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Alright I will own up to this now – I am a super Himalayan pink salt fan. In fact I don’t think people eat enough salt, well at least the good stuff! Himalayan pink salt contains over 80 minerals and trace elements that all aid in getting your electrolyte balance regulated, lowers your blood pressure, improves your skin and even aids against muscle cramps.  I drink a glass of water with 1/2 teaspoon dissolved into it first thing in the morning (according to Dave Asprey this is great for adrenal fatigue). This concoction is also known as ‘sole’.

I love salted sweet things; salmiakki, salted caramel, you name it and I will probably eat it! So I guess this is what got me onto making this beautiful tasting fudge. I also love chocolate orange fudge too I thought why not give a go at salting it?! If this sounds a little too weird for your tastebuds then by all means feel free not to salt it but I think you will be missing out on a bit of a treat, and of course some of the great health benefits Himalayan pink salt totes – yes this is what I said to myself in my head whilst munching through half of the block, naturally.

The best thing about this is that it is super fast to make and the setting time is fairly minimal too. You don’t have to muck about making any condensed milk and all of your sugar comes from the medjool dates that you will use. If you are vegan I have placed in some substitutions for the raw grass-fed butter, but of course you will lose that traditional buttery fudge taste and end up with a slightly more coconutty one but I don’t think this is a bad thing and all, and you will probably find that it feels like an even cleaner treat doing so.

I used raw cacao solids instead of powder as I always prefer the texture – don’t forget that raw chocolate has a whole host of health benefits; from improving digestion to enhancing the libido (wit woo – insert your best winky emoji here people). It also aids cardiovascular function, neutralises free radicals due it its high antioxidant content, and contains a variety of vitamins and minerals.  So that is why I have called it a ‘Super Fudge’, not just because it is too darn tasty (although it really is).

So by eating this yes you may be indulging in a sugary treat but it contains a healthy dosage of good fats, antioxidants and vitamins and minerals! What could be better?!

Yields: 16 large blocks

Preparation Time: 10 minutes (plus 1 hour setting)

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

180g cacao solids
100g raw grass-fed butter (or sub for 25g coconut oil & 75g coconut manna)
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup plus 1/2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp lucuma (optional)
1 tbsp orange extract
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
13 medjool dates (pitted)

Method:

  1. Start by breaking down your cacao solids, you ca do this using a grating attachment with your food processor or just simply place in a ziplock back, push all of the air out, cover with a tea towel and go to town on it with a rolling pin – I mean really give it a solid beating, don’t be shy!
  2. Once your cacao is prepped, place into a medium sized heat proof bowl, with the butter, & coconut milk. Place over a bain marie on a low heat until full melted. Be sure to give this a stir every now and then too. You could melt this all in a saucepan but I feel that you are more likely to damage the beneficial properties of your raw cacao, so the choice is yours!
  3. Once melted remove from the heat and leave to cool until it is easy to handle. Pour into your food processor with the rest of your ingredients and pulse a few times before leaving to process for a good 5 minutes. Be sure to remove the lid and scrape down the sides every now and then.
  4. Grease and line a suitable sized dish with greaseproof paper (I used a 19cm x 14cm 0.8L capacity Pyrex dish) be sure to leave enough excess so that you can lift the fudge out. Pour in your fudge mix and smooth out using a spatula or palette knife. Leave to cool for 15 minutes.
  5. Place into your refrigerator for 45 minutes until fully set. Remove the fudge by carefully lifting the sides of the greaseproof paper, you may want to even gently pry and the sides of the dish using a palette knife.
  6. Once removed cut into large blocks, I cut them 6 cubes by 3 but just cut them to your preferred size!
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and consume within 1 week of making!

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Paleo Purple Potato, Parsnip & Parmesan Savoury Muffins

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I know what you’re thinking – savoury Muffins – weird right? Right! I too have never been able to get my head around the idea of a savoury muffin, it just seems ummm utterly repulsive! Well, after my muffin making escapades last week, and my children moaning about their Paleo school packed lunches being so boring I decided that I would try and make something a little more appealing and fun. So why not muffins? They’re super easy to make and packed full of nutrition. Turns out that these beauties are actually pretty tasty.

Unlike the majority of my baking recipes you will not find a speck of tapioca flour, but you will find quite a substantial amount of coconut flour. I decided to opt for coconut flour to keep these nice and moist and to give them an almost cakey edge – dry savoury muffins just for some reason seem like my worst nightmare. Being so moist also means that they are fast to devour so even if you have one of the slowest eaters in the household (like I do) you know that this is likely to not be left behind. I have also used some xanthan gum to help with moisture retention and some vitamin C to aid the ‘rise’ of these muffins to make you a beautiful muffin top.

Now if you can’t get hold of any purple potatoes, or want to stay away from those starchy beasts like I do then simply sub them for 1 small sweet potato. My kids, like all kids, however are carbofiends!

This recipe requires you to use a muffin tin or you could just use some large muffin case but I just prefer the simplicity of the tin and love the shape that it comes out in.

Yields: 8 medium sized muffins

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

2 small purple potatoes (finely grated)
1 large parsnip (finely grated)
1/2 cup Sukrin Almond Flour (I used this as it is fat reduced and thus less likely to burn)
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp milled chia seeds
1 tbsp caraway seeds
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp Vitamin C powder
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
80g raw Parmesan (grated)
50g raw grass-fed butter (melted)
2 eggs
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
100ml nut milk

Method:
  1. Start by finely grating your purple potato and parsnip. I used the small holed grater attachment (I totally just made the name of that blade up sorry) and it was done in a matter of seconds. Once grated squeeze out the excess moisture using your hands and place the dried mass into a large mixing bowl. Pour away your excess liquid as you won’t be needing this for anything!
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.
  3. Add all of your dry ingredients including the grated Parmesan and stir until the potato and parsnip is covered evenly.
  4. Melt your butter and pour over.
  5. In a separate bowl whisk together your eggs, olive oil and nut milk. Pour into your potato mix and stir until you have a nice smooth and thick batter.
  6. Lightly grease your muffin tin. Take a generous handful of the ‘batter’ and form into a ball. Pat it down into one of the indentations of the mufffin tin. You want it to be slightly higher than the indentation by about 0.5cm. Repeat until you have filled all of your indentations.
  7. Place the muffins into the oven until they are lightly golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean and hot to the touch. This will take around 15-20 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a couple of minutes before gently tipping out onto a wire rack. Leave to cool completely (or just dive in and eat away!).

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Paleo Blueberry Pancake Muffins

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Yup and just when you thought breakfast (and a Paleo Pancake Day) couldn’t be much fun – BAM! I throw these crazy bad boys in your face!

This takes all of the faff out of making pancakes, is relatively low in sugar and is a complete breakfast in well ummm a muffin? puffin? no that’s a bird… well some sort of muffin and pancake hybrid anyway. The texture is very similar to a pancake but slightly more airy and muffin like. If you have made my Paleo Superfood Pancakes before then you will be familiar with most of the ingredients within this recipe.

Not only are these a great on-the-go brekkie they are also great for workout fuel and recovery! Splendid!

To create a beautiful muffin top (the only time when a muffin top seems to be socially acceptable) like in my pictures you will want to add 1/4 tsp of Vitamin C to the batter, although I have noted this down as being optional it really does gives a brilliant rise. But don’t worry they will still rise although probably not as spectacularly. I have also noted down using milled chia seeds, this is just my personal preference as it creates a really smooth texture to the muffins but if you have just some regular ones they won’t change the mix too much.

This recipe will require you to possess a muffin tin… obviously.

Makes: 7 medium sized muffins

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large banana
1/4 cup coconut sugar (or 2 tbsp raw honey/maple syrup)
4 eggs
1 cup tapioca flour
2 tbsp almond flour
2 tbsp milled chia seeds
2 tbsp raw grass-fed butter or coconut oil
1.5 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp Vitamin C (optional but gives a great rise!)
1/4 tsp vanilla powder (optional but delicious)
50ml almond milk (or 50:50 coconut milk:water)
3/4 cup blueberries (packed)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Combine your banana, coconut sugar and eggs into a food processor or mash by hand until a smooth puree.
  3. Process in the rest of your ingredients except for the blueberries until smooth. If you aren’t using a food processor then just whisk in the dry ingredients. Also pre melt your butter or coconut oil and then gradually add in your nut milk bit by bit to escape any nasty lumps.
  4. Stir in your fresh or frozen blueberries. Leave the mix aside to rest for a few minutes. It will thicken up slightly due to your chia seeds.
  5. Lightly grease your muffin tin. Spoon in enough mixture to fully fill each indentation. That was roughly around 1/4 cup and 1 tbsp for me.
  6. Place into the oven and bake until fluffy and golden brown all over. They should be firm to the touch and bounce back. To make sure they are fully cooked place a knife into the middle and it should come out very hot to the touch and clean. This will take anywhere between 15-20 minutes but always keep an eye on them as everyone’s ovens differ!
  7. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes before gently tipping out of the tray and leaving to cool on a wire rack- MUFFINS!!!

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If Haribo made Paleo Gummy Foam Chews…

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So firstly I would just like to apologise for the rubbish photos – I think that they just don’t do these little sweets any justice at all.

As some of you probably already know (especially my Instagram followers) I have been trying to perfect some Paleo licorice. The black aniseed kind but also some raspberry ones too. In the midst of all of this experimenting I managed to create some amazing sweeties – they are reminiscent of  the flavour of a raspberry Chewit but the texture steers toward a foam gummy (think the white bottom part of a Haribo heart) although with a little more chew. I guess a tad like nougat actually.

I couldn’t think of what to call these so you can call them by your own pet name if you’d like. For now they are pretty much just Paleo Raspberry Foam Gummies haha!

Now mine were cut into little bite size pieces but I wish that I had rolled the mix out and cut them into little hearts. It would have been amazing for Valentine’s Day. I think what will be coming soon to you all is a chocolate bar version of this so keep your eyes peeled!

I am yet to be able to afford some grass-fed gelatine so unfortunately I am using the icky sheet stuff for now. But anyways here you go – onto the fun stuff, but just to warn you you will need a handheld electric whisk of somesort and this is very sticky business!

Yields: Roughly 325g

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup water
2.5 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup freeze dried raspberry powder
1/2 tsp beetroot powder
1/4 tsp malic acid (optional but gives a great sour boost)
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
6 leaves gelatine
1.5 cups tapioca flour (plus 1/4 cup for dusting)
1/4 tsp xanthan gum

Method:

  1. Firstly soak your leaves of gelatine in some cold water.
  2. In a medium sized pan combine your coconut sugar, coconut milk and water. Place on a high heat and bring to a boil stirring frequently. Boil for 1 minute then reduce the heat and leave on a steady rolling boil for roughly 5-6 minutes until the mixture starts turning into somewhat of a thick syrup.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in your coconut oil. Mix well until the oil has fully melted and combined into the mixture.
  4. Sift in your raspberry powder and mix well. Then add your beetroot powder, malic acid and Himalayan pink salt. Mix well until fully combined.
  5. Squeeze the water from your gelatine leaves and mix into the hot mixture until fully dissolved.
  6. Now stir in your 1.5 cups of tapioca flour and xanthan gum. Scrape any excess from your spoon and using an electric hand whisk (on it’s lowest speed setting) begin to whisk until smooth. The mixture will begin to become very thick and sticky quite quickly so as soon as it is combine stop whisking. You will want to whizz off as much of the excess from the whisks as possible!
  7. On a work surface sift half of the remaining tapioca flour and scrape out your mixture on top of it. Sieve the remaining half on top. Leave to cool for about 3 minutes.
  8. Divide the mixture into 2″ chunks and roll into 0.5-1cm wide tubular rolls. Cut into 1″ sized pieces and cut off the ends of each of your rolls for a neater mix. You will need to work fairly fast with this mixture as it starts to becomes harder to manipulate when it cools. Repeat the process until all of the mixture is gone. You can knead smaller pieces into larger ones just be sure that they aren’t covered in too much tapioca flour or they will not roll smoothly. If you wish to roll out as one large sheet and using small shape cutters cut into whatever shape you like.
  9. Once all of you mixture has been used up chill in the freezer for 1 hour in an open container. Remove and leave uncovered for 30 minutes. Then you can place an airtight lid on to keep them fresh. Although I haven’t tested to see the quality of these over time I think you can leave these for around 1 week if stored in a cool dry place.
  10. I hope you enjoy them and be inventive! Try different fruit powders or even dip into chocolate!

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Paleo Valentines Raw White Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

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Uhhh yup! Yes… JUST YES!!! Just in time for Valentine’s Day why not make your loved one some of these beauties?!

These truffles are just so silky smooth, not overly sweet and have a beautfiul raspberry tang to them – absolutely in love with these! They just so happen to be super easy to make as well as being beyond delicious! Oh and want to know something even better? These truffles aren’t that bad for you at all. Not one bit! (Ok maybe just a wee bit but that’s it I promise).

I hope you enjoy making these for that special someone (or yourself!)

Makes: Roughly 15 truffles

Preparation Time: 30 minutes (plus upto 4 hours chilling time)

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

For the truffles:

75g cacao butter
1/3 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp raw honey (or maple syrup)
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
1/8 cup freeze dried raspberry powder
1/4 cup tapioca flour

For the raspberry dusting:

1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup coconut sugar (or maple sugar for a brighter colour)
1/8 cup freeze dried raspberry powder

Method:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the truffles except for the raspberry powder & tapioca flour (and not the ingredients for the dusting of course) in a heatproof bowl. Place over a bain marie on a low heat.
  2. Whisk the ingredients frequently until completely melted. Once melted add in your raspberry powder and whisk until fully distributed. You may want to sift in your raspberry powder if it contains seeds, I however love to take the wholesome approach when it comes to my filled centres!
  3. Remove the bowl from the heat and set to one side for 10-15 minutes until it has cooled down sufficiently. Then whisk in your tapioca flour until smooth.
  4. Give the ingredients a whisk once more then cover and chill until firm (around 2-3 hours). You may want to check on the mixture periodically as sometimes cacao butter likes to separate out but it’s nothing a quick whisk won’t fix!
  5. Next combine all of your dusting ingredients into a food processor and process until the consistency of icing sugar. You may want to do this for a few minutes. I use the milling attachment on my Nutribullet and it takes less than a minute!
  6. Next remove the mixture and take a melon baller scooping out rounds, alternatively take about 1 heaped teaspoon of the mixture per truffle and shape into balls using well oiled hands (if necessary). I like to use coconut oil as I find this doesn’t affect the flavour much and it is a great hand treatment too!
  7. Pour your dusting into a shallow ball and roll each truffle immediately after shaping in the dusting untill fully coated. Lightly shake off any excess. Leave to chill on a sheet of greaseproof paper for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove the truffles and repeat the dusting process. You may want to reshape them into ball shapes if they have fallen slightly flat!
  9. Leave to chill on a sheet of greaseproof paper in an airtight container and consume within 3 days. If you are wanting to keep them for longer freeze for upto a month but be sure to defrost them overnight in the fridge!

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Paleo Matcha Green Tea Mochi filled with a Chocolate Ganache

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Who here loves mochi?!!! I have always had a deep interest in Japanese culture and cuisine (expect to see some more Japanese recipes for 2015) so I just couldn’t resist creating my very own version of mochi, but I had to go the whole hog and opt for a YoSushi! style chocolate ganache filled mochi.

I absolutely loved these but sadly they do not keep, they dry out – you must consume these as soon as they have been made! f you don’t do not be tempted to put these into the fridge, store them at room temperature and give them a quick steam, and I mean a really quick one (30 seconds to 1 minute).

I tried 2 different methods of making my mochi; one by using a bain-marie and the other just by chucking it all into a pan. Both methods yielded a similar textured mochi and so I have gone for the easier and quicker method in my write up. I am going to be working on these for quite a while until I get my perfect mochi – I’m thinking I will give it a go with some xanthan or guar gum to see if this helps to retain the moisture and stretch. Fingers crossed! But don’t worry when you make these and eat them straight away they really are like the real thing!

I used 2 teaspoons of matcha green tea but if you’re new to it or don’t like things too bitter then just use 1 teaspoon. As it is getting cooked you don’t need to worry about using any high grade matcha. Look around for some specifically made for cooking. You can often find these in Chinese supermarket chains.

You’ll probably notice that my mochi were quite thick, you don’t have to do this you can make the dough thinner and make a more chocolatey filled mochi but I was trying to be all sensible and whatnot!

I have made a more authentic mochi in the past using  lots of coconut sugar however this time I wanted to make something a bit healthier that I could indulge in on the weekends now that I am following the Bulletproof Diet! It’s a great way of getting some resistance starch into your diet and feeding your gut bacteria. To read more about resistant starch check out this link on Mark’s Daily Apple.

I hope you enjoy these chewy balls of chocolatey goodness as much as I do!

Makes: 10 medium mochi

Preparation Time: 15 minutes (plus 1 hour setting time)

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Mochi:

2 cups tapioca flour
3/4 water
1/2 cup raw honey (or maple syrup)
1-2 tsp matcha

For the Chocolate Ganache:

100g good quality dark chocolate (85% cocoa solids plus – I used 90%)
100ml coconut milk
1 tbsp raw honey (or maple syrup)
1/4 tsp vanilla powder or 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. First make your ganache. Combine all of your ingredients for the ganache into a heatproof bowl and place over a bain marie, on a low heat. Heat until all of the ingredients have melted and begin to thicken.
  2. Remove from the heat and place into an airtight container. Leave to cool completely and until solid. Don’t put this in the fridge just leave it for around an hour and it will set enough to scoop out a fairly solid chunk.
  3. Start your mochi dough once the ganache has set. Combine all of the ingredients into a medium sized heavy bottomed pan on a low heat. Whisk the ingredients thoroughly and heat until warm. Be sure to whisk frequently!
  4. Once you start to feel a bit of resistance in the pan immediately remove it from the heat. Grab an electric handheld mixer and mix on a medium speed. Mix for about 2 minutes. Leave for a minute and then mix for another minute – repeat this process twice.
  5. By now you should have an incredibly sticky dough. To test if it is ready pinch a small piece off between your fingers, press into some tapioca flour and if you can just about roll the dough off of your fingers then it is ready.
  6. Dust a work surface lightly with some tapioca flour. Scrape out the dough onto the surface.
  7. Begin to knead the dough as you would bread – fold in the corners and press away the dough from your body, turn over and repeat. Keep doing this until you have a nice stretchy dough.
  8. Roll into a sausage and divide into 10 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  9. Take a ball and make an indentation with your thumb in the middle. Shape into almost a bowl shape making the ‘rim’ thinner than the base. Take about 1/2 tbsp of ganache and shape into a ball like shape. Place into the centre of your mochi ‘bowl’.
  10. Fold one set of oppostie edges over and then the other and pinch together firmly. Place mochi onto the surface with the sealed side down. Lightly dust with the tapioca flour and using both hands turn the mochi around into an even circular shape. Repeat until all mochi are filled and shaped.
  11. It is recommended that you consume these immediately to enjoy them at their best but if you are not eating immediately store in an airtight container at room temperature. To serve steam them briefly to regain some of the elasticity and chewiness but for no more than 1 minute.

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