Niki’s Date and Cinnamon Squares

Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Sweet

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Hello Everyone!

Fancy an utterly moreish and fudge-like sweet treat? My Date and Cinnamon Squares are so soft, tasty yet easy to prepare with minimal ingredients involved. You can make them ahead of time and they’re naturally free from refined sugar as well as being dairy and gluten free.  These wonderful bites are packed full of nutrients and minerals from the dates (calcium and phosphorous) and almonds to include fibre, calcium and vitamin E. All you need to make these wondrous squares are:

 

Ingredients: 

 

(Makes roughly 16 squares) 

(use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)

300g of medjool dates, pitted and at room temperature

1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted

200g of walnuts

100g of almonds, roughly chopped  and 400g of ground almonds

1/4 cup of maple syrup

½ teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt

1 level teaspoon of ground cinnamon

 

From your kitchen:

 

A mixing bowl

A wooden spoon

A sharp knife

A food processor (optional – if you don’t have one you can use a rolling pin and bag to crush your nuts and a fork to mash up the medjool dates with the maple syrup)

A deep brownie dish

A silicone spatula

A couple of teaspoons for measuring

 

Method:

 

Step 1: 

For the base layer all you have to do is combine the ground and chopped almonds, coconut oil, ground cinnamon and Himalayan salt in your mixing bowl using a wooden spoon. Flatten the base layer with your silicone spatula and set to one side.

 

Step 2: 

To prepare your date filling, blitz (or mash with a fork) the dates and maple syrup together, this is much easier when the dates are at room temperature and are at their softest and pliable point. Using your spatula, spread your squidgy and smooth date filling evenly over your nutty base layer.

 

Step 3: 

Lastly, for your crumble topping you will only need to blitz up your walnuts until they resemble a course sand-like consistency and appearance. Sprinkle over the top with  an extra dusting of cinnamon if you like and refrigerate your squares for at least 2 hours or overnight.

 

 

Guys I do hope you give these a try, they are a real crowd pleaser and you will be pleasantly surprised at how sweet they taste, dates are truly nature’s natural sweetener whilst also reducing triglyceride levels. These squares are best enjoyed on workout days and preferably and the evening.

 

Happy Baking!

Niki

Recipe Creator

https://draxe.com/medjool-dates/

https://draxe.com/almonds-nutrition/

Niki’s Dark Chocolate-Nut Cookies

2015, Autumn, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Super Quick, Sweet

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Happy Sunday!

Settling down with your cup of tea/coffee? Why not have one of my cookies to go with? It is truly nourishing and tasty, what more could you ask for from a cookie?

All you need to make these simple treats are:
1 cup of almonds
150g good quality dark chocolate (80% and above only please)
1 tbsp of coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp of maple syrup or honey
1 cup of almond meal
½ cup of almond flour
Pinch of Himalayan salt

Preheat your oven to a medium heat and in a small saucepan mix together your maple syrup/honey and coconut oil until melted and combined well. Set aside and in a separate large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients and simply add the oil and honey/syrup (please don’t over mix as your cookies will become tough). Shape your cookies (makes about 12) and pop into your oven in the middle shelf and do NOT leave unattended as these are ready in no time at all, around 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. My cookies are full of vitamin E and antioxidants…give them a go today guys!

Happy Baking!
Niki
 

 

Nikis Dark Chocolate-Almond Slices

2015, Autumn, Christmas, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Super Quick, Sweet

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Hello there!

Warm, rich and enticing, dark chocolate is the ultimate superfood when it comes to sweet treats. Coupled with the wondrous almonds, this decadent slice is just right with a cup of hot tea any day of the week. All you need is:

100g of dark (72% minimum) chocolate, roughly chopped
1.5 cups of ground almonds
2 eggs
¼ cup of melted coconut oil
1.2 cup of coconut sugar
1 tablespoon of raw cocoa powder (or 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder)
½ cup of almond milk (if mixture is getting too thick)
1 teaspoon of baking powder

Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 (medium) and melt 70g of the dark chocolate, coconut oil and coconut sugar in a separate pan. Once cooled blend in the eggs one at a time and then simply fold in with the ground almonds and baking powder. Grease your pan generously with some more coconut oil and pop in the oven for no more than 15-20 minutes, it’s that quick! Decorate however you wish, I’ve simply drizzled my remaining chocolate on top and garnished with some almonds. Yummy!

Happy Baking!

Niki

Niki’s Carrot, Almond and Coconut Cupcakes

2015, Autumn, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Sweet

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Hey guys!
I want to carry on welcoming my favourite season with my gluten free Carrot, Almond and coconut cupcakes. These healthy sweet treats will satisfy you and leave you wanting more. Yes, this is up there with my other delectable treats guys, I know you will love it because the cinnamon and carrot combo is comforting since it can take you back to comforting memories however the contemporary twist of coconut flour and almond flakes really bring it to life and make it more healthy for the present. All you need is:
2 grated carrots
1 cup of coconut flour
½ cup of almond flakes
½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
2 eggs and 1 egg white
½ cup of coconut oil
Pinch of Himalayan salt
¼ cup of honey or maple syrup
½ cup of almond/coconut milk

Have your oven preheated to a medium/moderate temperature and cream your coconut oil, maple syrup or honey and your eggs in a bowl. Alternate with your coconut flour and almond/coconut milk until your mixture is nice and thick. Finally, fold you carrot, almond flakes, cinnamon powder and Himalayan salt (make sure you do not over mix on this step!) and spread evenly between your cupcake cases.

I have chosen to decorate them with some toasted desiccated coconut, almond flakes and carrot slivers but this is totally up to you.

Happy Baking guys!

Niki

Niki’s Tropical Cake

2015, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Spring, Summer, Sweet

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Aloha!
Yes. Let me surround you with coconuts…blueberries and pineapples! Okay…so we may not be by the beach exactly but this doesn’t mean you can’t inject some exotic flavours into your cuisine. This gorgeous weather has set me up for my light and gluten-free tropical cake. Bursting with flavours and just the right amount of sweetness, you will love the crumb-like coconut flour texture of the cake coupled with the juicy and soft pineapples and blueberries. All you need is:

1 handful of blueberries
½ a pineapple, sliced into rings (please don’t use canned pineapple if it can be helped!)
1 cup of coconut flour
½ cup of ground almonds
½ tsp of Himalayan salt
1 tsp gluten free baking powder
2 eggs
3 egg whites
¼ cup of almond/rice/coconut milk
¼ cup of coconut oil
¼ cup of honey OR stevia

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Have your oven preheated to gas mark 3 and firstly place your pineapple rings and blueberries at the bottom of your baking dish. Next, combine your coconut flour, almonds, salt, baking powder, eggs, coconut oil and honey/stevia together with an electric beater (or a strong hand will do) for about five minutes. Thin out your batter slightly with your desired milk and scoop out delicately onto your pineapples and blueberries.
After 25-30 minutes, turn out your cake (so much fun! Okay…and a little bit of anxiety) and watch your family and friends’ eyes glaze over as they see your wonderful creation! If you fancy being really extravagant, serve with some chilled coconut cream on a really hot day!

Yummy!

Happy Baking and enjoy those rays!

Niki

Niki’s Energy Bites

2015, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Super Quick, Sweet

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Summer. Longer days and plenty of sunshine, what’s not to love? Sometimes we may feel like we need that extra boost to enjoy the day more…no need to head for an ice-cream though, try my energy balls instead. They are perfect on the go and provide that pick me up without the heaviness or richness that even a chilled desert can sometimes bring us. All you need for 20 small energy balls are:
½ cup dessicated coconut
½ cup of pitted dates
½ cup of almonds
¼ cup of sunflower and pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Simply blitz in a food processer and form whatever small shapes you like for your energy bites. Delicious and healthy!

Happy Baking!
Niki