Niki’s Eton Mess

2016, Healthy, Summer, Sweet

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Hey guys!

My Eton mess is a delightfully tasty and nutritious treat to enjoy this summer…dairy free and free from refined sugar, you’ll be loving how light you’ll feel afterwards! Strawberries are a very high antioxidant food and they’re bursting with vitamin c as well. The coconut milk that I have used in place of the traditional double cream is also rich in beneficial fat content and provides energy for the brain too along with being a natural antibiotic, too.

When I initially planned this dessert I was a little weary of the coconut milk and if it would work but it did because it’s so mellow and mimics the texture of double cream beautifully once whipped. So join me in giving my version a go, I am sure you will love how truly fun it is to make, you can get the kids involved too or for a group activity if throwing a dinner party, it’s a great ice breaker too as the guests can create their our Eton mess if an open bar is created, so laying out all three components with serving glasses and everyone just helping themselves. Xylitol is also used to create the meringue nests so it’s truly free from refined sugar as well, happy days!

To serve 4 you will need:

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

 

For the Strawberry Sauce:

A punnet of organic strawberries, hulled and halved (about 400g)

1 tablespoon of xylitol

2 tablespoons of filtered water

 

For the Cream:

1 can of organic coconut milk http://www.biona.co.uk/product-364-4.html

1 small carton/can of organic coconut cream (refrigerated overnight or for at least 2 hours beforehand)

1 tablespoon of organic maple syrup (refrigerated overnight or for at least 2 hours beforehand) http://www.meridianfoods.co.uk/Products/Other-ranges/Natural-Sweeteners/Organic/Maple-Syrup

For the Meringues:

4 egg whites (pasture raised)

2 tablespoons of xylitol http://www.totalsweet.co.uk/xylitol.php

 

From your kitchen:

An electric whisk or hand whisk

Three mixing bowls (one for each component of your Eton mess)

4 serving cups/tall glasses

A couple of tablespoons

A plastic spatula

A wooden spoon

A small saucepan

A baking sheet

A silicone baking sheet or baking parchment

 

First of all heat a small saucepan and tip in half the punnet of your strawberries. Heat them gently with your xylitol and water and let it simmer for about 5 minutes until a deliciously thick sauce forms, set aside to cool whilst you get your meringues ready.

I have purposefully prepared them at this stage to allow plenty of time for the sauce to cool down completely.  Preheat the oven to gas mark 3/180°C and whip up the egg whites until they’re double in volume, add in your xylitol bit by bit and you will see a smooth and glossy mixture coming together.

Take a tablespoon and spoon them out onto your baking sheet, making small round meringue shapes – try not to make them big as we want them to cook quickly and the smaller they are the quicker this will happen. Bake for about 10 minutes until the meringues have taken on a light golden colour and are soft and squidgy inside. Take them out of your oven and allow to cool completely.

Finally prepare your coconut cream (my favourite part!). Simply take your spatula and scoop out your coconut cream filling and your coconut milk (the top solid part only please, NOT the watery part!) and just gently whisk together with your maple syrup. The most deliciously firm and creamy cream forms guys, its magic! You are now ready to assemble your Eton mess! I particularly love to set out an open bar of all three parts of the Eton mess and let my guests help themselves, I really hope you enjoy this healthy sweet treat guys, best enjoyed in the cool summer evening.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read and try my recipes!

Happy Baking!

Niki

Recipe Developer

 

http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/why-local-fruit-is-the-best-fruit/#QvcxS6GEqHcztZJq.97

http://www.doctoroz.com/article/5-foods-starve-cancer

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinkadvice/11727259/The-nutritional-benefits-of-coconut.html

Niki’s Sweet Potato Brownies

2016, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Summer, Sweet

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Hey guys!

My mother always said that if the batter of your cake tastes like you can devour it in its raw state then you have got a winner…well she is certainly right with this number guys.

My sweet potato brownies are truly soft and squidgy…really chocolatey and just so good for you! They are light and heavenly as the only flour I have used here is just some ground almond flour and a few other gluten free and dairy free ingredients. You will be amazed when you see how quick and easy they are to make, the sweetness of the dates and maple syrup naturally complement the sweet potato base beautifully too.

What’s more, you can really be quite adventurous with the toppings after you are done with baking the brownies, to include ground ginger which has great anti-inflammatory properties and can aid with muscle soreness as well so it’s perfect to treat yourself to them after your workout. Bee pollen is also another one of my toppings used here and it’s great because it’s a wonderful energy enhancer as well as soothing your skin and boosting your immune system.

 

All you will need for about 12 brownies are:

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

2 medium to large organic sweet potatoes

½ cup of organic ground almonds http://www.realfoods.co.uk/product/14656/organicalmondsground

10 organic medjool dates, pitted https://www.abelandcole.co.uk/datesmedjool200g

3 tablespoons of organic raw cacao powder http://www.bulletproof.com/chocolatepowdernetwt16oz

4 tablespoons of organic maple syrup http://www.meridianfoods.co.uk/Products/Otherranges/NaturalSweeteners/Organic/MapleSyrup

2 tablespoons of organic pip and nut almond butter http://www.pipandnut.com/

½ teaspoon of organic Himalayan salt https://www.abelandcole.co.uk/himalayanrosepinkfinesaltprofusion500g

 

From your kitchen:

1 silicone spatula

A food processor

A brownie tin lined with parchment paper

 

Start off by preheating the oven to 190°C or gas mark 5, peel your sweet potatoes and cut into small chunks. Boil them

for about 10 minutes or until they are tender. Allow to cool slightly before adding them to the food processor with the

pitted dates.

Pulse a few times and you will see an almost soft toffee-like consistency (yes, really) come together. Next, pop in the

rest of the ingredients and mix the combination well, pausing every now and again to scrape down the sides with your silicone spatula.

Pour into your line brown baking dish and bake for about 25-30 minutes, prick with a fork to make sure it’s cooked all the way through (the fork should come out clean) and allow it to cool for a further 15 minutes, please be patient on this last step as the brownies needs to really come together so don’t attempt to cut them into squares whilst warm otherwise they will fall apart.

 

Once they have cooled completely, cut into your desired size and top your sweet potato brownies however you desire. I have generously slathered on some green and black’s 85% dark chocolate along with a sprinkling of organic bee pollen, organic ground ginger and even some Himalayan salt for a deliciously intense chocolatey flavour. You can find out where to get these ingredients below along with some extra information on the benefits of ginger.

 

I can’t wait for you to cook these, please share and #nikibakes with your photos!

 

Happy Baking!

 

Niki

Recipe Developer

 

http://www.planetorganic.com/rawlivingbeepollen250g250g/14140/

 

http://www.greenandblacks.co.uk/ourrange/Bars/Dark85?p=2691&c1=1559#first

 

http://blog.doctoroz.com/ozexperts/herbofthemonthginger

 

Niki’s Dark Chocolate and Blueberry-Cream Squares

2016, Healthy, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Spring, Summer, Sweet

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Hey everyone!

Fancy an indulgent little sweet treat to usher in the summer?

Look no further than my Dark Chocolate and Blueberry-Cream Squares!

Blueberries are full of goodness guys; they help fight against cancer and contain an abundance of antioxidants, notably flavonoids.

The dark and rich raw cacao used in the chocolate layer is also a mood enhancer and helps maintain good heart health. Let me show you how easy and fun it is to make these dairy free squares guys, a great show stopper for a dinner party or to impress someone on a first date…read on…

All you need for about 16 squares is:

For the Blueberry Layer:

A punnet of organic blueberries

2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (Meridian is a great choice: http://www.meridianfoods.co.uk/Products/Other-ranges/Natural-Sweeteners/Organic/Maple-Syrup)

1 tablespoon of coconut cream (Biona is always my go to for coconut based products: http://www.biona.co.uk/product-272-4.html)

For the Coconut-Cream layer:

200ml of coconut cream

1 tablespoon of organic maple syrup

2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut

For the dark chocolate layer:

2 tablespoons of organic cacao powder (the raw chocolate company is a good choice)

2 tablespoons if maple syrup

3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil (pukka or Lucy bee is a great choice here guys)

From your kitchen:

A standard silicone cube tray

A whisk

A few teaspoons

2 mixing bowls

A food processor (Optional)

A small saucepan

A silicone spatula

A fork

Start off by creating your quick and delicious dark chocolate layer. In a small saucepan melt the coconut oil over a very low heat. Once completely melted, add your maple syrup and raw cacao powder and whisk thoroughly for about a minute. Once fully incorporated, spoon your dark chocolate mixture into the base of your moulds with a teaspoon.

Let them cool for a couple of minutes and then pour in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Whilst this is happening you can get on with your coconut layer. This couldn’t be simpler guys, just whizz or hand whisk the ingredients needed for the coconut cream layer and gently add them as the next layer in your silicone moulds. Freeze for another 5 minutes whilst you whisk or whizz up your blueberry layer (my favourite part!).

Simply blitz up your blueberries, coconut cream and maple syrup in a food processor (or mashing up with a fork works just as well). Layer that on top and freeze for a final 30 minutes or so.

You are now ready to enjoy them with your loved ones! They keep for about a week in the freezer, just allow a couple of minutes to thaw before enjoying them.

Please check out my links below for all the products I have mentioned.

Happy Baking Guys!

Niki

Recipe Creator

https://www.lucybee.co/

http://www.biona.co.uk/product-272-4.html

http://www.therawchocolatecompany.com/shop/make-your-own/cacao-powder-180g

Some useful articles:

https://www.onnit.com/academy/health-benefits-of-cocoa-an-ingredient-of-hemp-force/

https://www.onnit.com/academy/mct-fats-found-in-coconut-oil-boost-brain-function/

Niki’s Dark Chocolate and Avocado Pudding

2016, Healthy, Spring, Super Quick, Sweet

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Howdy folks!

Oh my dear readers…you are really going to love this one. Words just simply fail me when I describe how utterly creamy and thick my dark chocolate and avocado pudding is.

You will be making this dessert without any guilt as it’s super healthy on a regular basis once you see how easy it is. It took me a few attempts to get it to the right consistency but I’ve managed to get this down. I’m so happy to finally share the recipe with you. This pudding is dairy free, simple and has a wonderful texture from the avocados. I understand you may think the inclusion of avocado in a dessert is a little strange to add to desserts here guys, but please give it a go, you have nothing to lose.

Avocados are full of monounsaturated fat (about 2/3 of the fat is monounsaturated) and nutrients, especially potassium, B vitamins, 11 different carotenoids, and vitamin E

In South America peeled and halved avocados are sold on the street so the buyer can simply scatter the powdered sugar that’s provided at the stalls and literally eat them as a snack whilst on the go so it can hardly be strange to pop it in a dessert right? Okay good, I’m glad that’s cleared up…now to make 6 of these little beauties you will need:

 

Ingredients

 

½ teaspoon of fresh vanilla scraped from the vanilla pod or bulletproof vanilla mix (recommended link at the end of my post)

2 large and ripe organic avocados, flesh scooped out

6 tablespoons of coconut milk, unsweetened (Rude health is a great brand)

4 tablespoons of maple syrup

100 g of 85% organic dark chocolate (Green & Black’s is a wonderful choice) plus 50g for decoration

2 ½ tablespoons of cocoa powder (again Green & Black’s is an excellent choice here) ½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt (onnit is a great choice guys, link mentioned below)

 

Equipment

6 Ramekins

A food processor

A plastic spatula

A vegetable peeler (for the chocolate decorations)

 

Method

Melt your dark chocolate in a saucepan over a very low heat and set aside.

Stir in your maple syrup, vanilla paste, almond milk, salt and the cocoa until it’s all mixed together well.

In a food processor whizz the chocolate mixture with the avocado flesh until it is silky smooth and ultra thick.

Divide this mixture between 6 small serving ramekins, decorate with chocolate shavings (made with a veg peeler!) and chill for about 30 minutes…and finally, enjoy!

Gosh this pudding makes me want to go to Mexico right now, I can practically taste the avocado lollies and custards they make out there…who’s coming with me?

Happy Baking guys!

Niki

Recipe Creator

 

https://www.onnit.com/himalayan-salt/
https://www.bulletproofexec.com/the-many-things-avocados-do-for-you-plus-a-recipe/

 

Niki’s Raw Raspberry and Lemon Cheesecake Slices

2016, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Spring, Sweet

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Happy Hump Day everyone!

I want to help you transition into the sweet life the right way…do you want to feel guilty after every sweet treat? Bloated? Tired? Hungry for another bite even? I used to feel like this all the time after my desserts until I found the natural way to sweeten them up. Incorporating gluten, dairy and processed sugar free food into desserts really couldn’t be simpler, dare I say it even tastes better, you get that sweet hit but you feel satisfied yet light at the same time. I have used xylitol and maple syrup as my sweeteners here, both of which are natural, easily digestible in the body and come from sustainable plant sources. My creamy filling comes from coconut cream and soaked cashews….I can’t describe how velvety and smooth it is and paired with the crumbly almond flour and crushed pecan base, you’ll savour every bite guys.

 

Containing more vitamin c than oranges, raspberries are packed full of potassium, calcium and vitamin a. Did you know that in the Philippines if you hang a raspberry came from the outside of your house, evil spirits are supposed to be deterred? It’s a seriously powerful fruit and with the help of the lemon, it cuts through the richness of my coconut cream filling beautifully.

 

Soaked cashews nuts also make a strong feature in my raspberry and lemon cheesecake slices. Aside from giving an ultra smoothness and thickness to your filling, soaked nuts are very good for your health long term as they help with the absorption of nutrients to your body and removes all toxins that could be harbouring in the nuts themselves.

 

All you need is:

 

For 8 slices you will need:

 

For the raspberry layer:

 

1 punnet of raspberries plus a few extra for decoration

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

 

For the coconut cream layer:

 

2/3 of a can of coconut cream (not the watery part)

3 tablespoons of maple syrup

2 level tablespoons of xylitol

The juice of a lemon

200g of soaked cashews (overnight or at least 2 hours beforehand)

2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted

 

For the crumbly nutty base:

 

200g of pecans, soaked (overnight or at least 2 hours beforehand) and dried and chopped roughly

1 teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt

2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted plus extra for greasing

The zest of 1 lemon

 

In your round deep tin, lightly grease the base and sides of your dish and set aside. In a food processor combine all your base ingredients and pulse a few times. Using your hands, press your filling tightly down and even it out the best you can with the palm of your hand. Place in the fridge whilst you start your coconut cream layer.

 

Clean the bowl of your food processor and cream all the contents needed for your delicious middle layer (this will take a good few pulses before you get a smooth consistency so please stick with it). Pour half the mixture gently over your cheesecake base and place in the freezer for a further 20 minutes.

 

Finally blitz the remaining half of your creamy mixture with your raspberries and maple syrup, top your cheesecake up with the final layer and place in the freezer for at least one hour before serving. Use a knife that’s been placed in a cup of boiling water to help cut your slices evenly and garnish with your fruit, simple and delicious!

 

Happy Baking!

 

Niki

Recipe Creator

 

Niki’s Neapolitan Ice Cream Slices

2016, Healthy, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Spring, Sweet

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Ciao ciao!
Fancy a little dolce treat? This classic cosmopolitan slice featured in every gelateria in Milan and I wanted to share my version of it with you. Can you believe that I even managed to make it gluten and dairy free? Don’t worry though, taste is not compromised here and dare I say it’s even easier to make than the original version. My Neapolitan ice cream slices contain maple syrup which is super good for you as it contains numerous antioxidants and thus preferable over normal processed sugar. Also, instead of cream I have used coconut cream which improves your immunity and provides you with energy. Happy days.

All you need is:
For the coconut cream layer:

160ml of coconut cream
2 tablespoons of maple syrup

For the strawberry layer:

160ml coconut cream
3 strawberries, crushed
2 tablespoons of maple syrup

For the chocolate layer:

2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Simply whisk the selected ingredients in a bowl thoroughly and pop into the freezer for 30 minute intervals before you start to make the next layer. I really hope you enjoy it guys and make sure you share your creation on my Facebook page- I would love to see it and share it!
www.facebook.com/nikibakes

Happy baking!
Niki

Niki’s Chia Pudding

2016, Healthy, Spring, Sweet

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Hey guys,
My super easy chia puddings are packed full of goodness and protein from the chia seeds. The consistency is thick and cream yet there’s no dairy in sight. What’s more, there are only 4 ingredients in this pudding and it’s free from refined sugar, all you need is:

4 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 cup of almond/oat or rice milk
2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey
A handful of mixed berries (be as adventurous as you wish here)

Simply take 4 little pots or two small bowls and place them on a baking tray so it will be easier to pop into the fridge. In a bowl pour in your milk and add your chia seeds. Mix thoroughly until the chia seeds have been completely immersed in the milk. Then add in your maple syrup and spoon into your little bowls. Pop into the fridge for a couple of hours until set and then decorate with your fruit. For the one pictured above I simple mashed two blackberries together with a fork for the sauce and garnished with blueberries and a cheeky drizzle of maple syrup. I hope you enjoy it guys.
Happy Baking!
Niki

Niki’s Raw Bounty Squares

2016, Easter, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Spring, Sweet

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Hello my dear readers and happy Wednesday,
Today I would like to share with you one of my all time favourite sweets but with a healthy twist. This sweet treat is packed with antioxidants and the superfood that has captivated all of our hearts: coconut. This superfood is truly a winner in many ways, from aiding digestion to being a good fat; I cannot recommend using it enough in your cooking. All you need to make about 20 small squares is:

1.5 cups of coconut flour
2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
½ cup of coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons of maple syrup

For the chocolate topping:
3 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
¼ cup of coconut oil
Extra desiccated coconut for decoration

Line your square brownie dish (or deep dish) with greaseproof paper and set aside. In a large bowl missing in the coconut flour, desiccated coconut, coconut oil and maple syrup with a metal spoon until it comes together this will take a minute or two. Pop in the freezer for around 20 minutes. Five minutes before you are due to take out your coconut filling, heat a small pan and melt the coconut oil. Once completely melted, whisk in your maple syrup and cacao powder until a smooth glossy covering comes together. Set aside to cool for a moment and bring out your coconut filling from the freezer. Pour generously over the top and scatter over your desiccated coconut in whatever design you wish. Freeze again for a further 15 minutes and then cut into desired size. Finally…devour them!

Happy baking and thanks for reading!

Niki x

Niki’s Ginger Scones

2016, Healthy, Sweet

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Happy March my lovely readers!
Okay it may not feel like spring is coming anytime soon but my ginger scones is perfect to warm you right up along with giving you that zingy feeling too. It is simple, free from refined sugar and gluten free! Here’s how:
All you need for about 12 scones is:

¼ cup of unsalted butter
1.5 cups of rice flour
¼ cup of gluten free plain flour
Pinch of Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
½ cup of coconut sugar
5 pieces of crystallized ginger, chopped up finely
1 egg yolk
½ cup of almond milk

Preheat your oven to gas mark 3 or 130ºC and line your sheet pan with greaseproof paper, set aside. In a large mixing bowl simply combine the two types of flour, salt and baking powder with a fork so it is evenly distributed. Next, rub in the butter using your thumb and fingers and after about a couple of minutes it should resemble a sort wet sand like consistency. Sprinkle in your sugar and pour in your milk. Combine well until a nice dough forms. If it’s too wet in consistency just go ahead and add some more flour until it comes together or add more milk if it’s looking too dry. Dust your tabletop with some of the rice flour and roll out your scone mixture. Cut into desired shape and brush the top of your scones with the beaten egg yolk. Pop into the oven and watch them rise into these beautiful and light little treats. They will be ready after about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Happy Baking guys!

Niki

Niki’s Blood Orange and Pomegranate Cake

2016, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Spring, Super Quick, Sweet

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Hello my lovely readers,

To warm yourselves up this winter and really up your vitamin c, my blood orange and pomegranate cake is just the ticket. I could literally eat five blood oranges in one go and it wouldn’t be enough, they are so delightfully sweet and sour and they lift my cake right up. When you take a bite, your body will feel that rush of vitamin c flooding your body whilst also luxuriating in the slightly sweet and light base of the cake. It couldn’t be simpler but it’s a true show stopped so I cannot recommend it enough for dinner parties and special events. All you need is:

3 blood oranges, peeled and sliced (1/2 inch thick)

1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds

1/2 cup of almond milk 

1/4 cup of olive oil plus extra or greasing

2 eggs 

1/4 cup of maple syrup 

3 tablespoons of coconut sugar 

1 cup of almond flour 

1 teaspoon of baking powder 

1/4 cup of dedicated coconut 

Simply preheat your oven to gas Mark 3 and lightly grease the bottom of your cake tin with some olive oil. Lay your sliced blood oranges side by side until there are hardly any gaps and the whole of your cake tin is lined nicely with your tangy fruit. Scatter over the pomegranate seeds into any small spaces you can find in between the blood oranges. Beat together your oil, maple syrup and coconut sugar for a couple of minutes until the mixture is nicely mixed in together. Add in your eggs, one by one and continue to mix in until well incorporated. Finally, fold in your almond flour an desiccated coconut and alternate with the almond milk to stop  your cake batter from getting too clumpy. Spoon out gently onto your cake and pop into the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes, checking on it halfway through. You’ll know when the cake is ready as it turns beautifully golden brown and will be slightly springy to the touch. Let it cool for a further 10 minutes before turning it out onto your serving dish. Your cake is now ready! 

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Happy Baking! 

Niki