Niki’s Nutty Granola

2016, Autumn, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Super Quick, Sweet

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Hey guys,

Autumn is well and truly upon us and if you are like me you may want something a little sweet to have in the evenings, after dinner or a snack in the day on workout days. I warn you now, my nutty granola is seriosuly addicitive. It’s delicous, light and crunchy and also packed full of vitmains and nutrients. You really can’t go wrong here  and what’s more, you can be quite versatile with this granola. I like to heat some almond milk and have my granola on top, espcially when the chilly mornings roll in but you can have it on its own or as a topping for coconut ice cream (as my brother kindly pointed out) for eaxmple, the options are endless. All you need to make my nutty and grain free granola is:

 

Ingredients:

(Makes roughly 10 standard bowl servings) 

(use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)

 

1.5 cups of almonds

¼ cup of pumpkin seeds

¼ cup of sunflower seeds

¼ cup of cashew nuts

¼ of hazelnuts

¼ cup of Brazil nuts

20g of chia seeds

½ cup of desiccated coconut

1/4 cup of coconut oil

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 rolling pin

A baking tray

A silicone spatula

A couple of teaspoons for measuring

A small saucepan

1 standard cup

A couple of jars for storing

A plastic bag, for bashing the nuts in

 

 

Method:

 

Step 1: 

Preheat your oven to gas mark 3 or 275°F. Heat your saucepan over a gentle low heat and melt the coconut oil and maple syrup together, set aside to cool.

 

Step 2: 

Combine all your nuts in a plastic bag and use a rolling bin to bash them into rough and small bite size pieces. Add them to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle over your salt and cinnamon, mix together with your wooden spoon.

 

Step 3: 

Pour your granola mixture evenly on your baking tray, use your silicone spatuala to aid this. Bake your granola in the middle shelf of your oven for 15-20 minutes and strring it every so often so its browned evenly. Once its nice and golden, leave it to cool before decanting to your jars.

My delcious granola will keep for up to two weeks in a cool dry place so is perfect for making big batches ahead of time. I really hope you give this a go and see how striaghtforward it is. Bursting with mood enhancing properties from the brazil nuts and vitamin e from the almonds, every mouthful is good for you…and tastes bloody brillaint too!

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Happy Baking!

Niki

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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 Raw Lemon Bars

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

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Hello everyone!
Stimulating metabolism and stabilizing blood pressure the humble lemon is a truly remarkable fruit. Apart from its deliciously uplifting and zingy flavour, lemons can be a perfect show stopper as a main ingredient. My raw lemon bars will be a firm favourite in your household because it is created with healthy and wholesome elements such as pecans and cashews, coconuts, dates and lemons of course! I like to call them raw since traditional lemon bars are not only baked but are full of artificial flavourings, flour and refined sugar. Mine are fresh, gluten-free and hassle-free. Happy days!

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All you need is:

For the lovely crunchy base:
½ cup of pecans
¼ cup of melted coconut oil
1 cup desiccated coconut
5 dates, pitted

For the creamy filling:
¼ cup of organic honey or maple syrup (I use honey personally)
¼ cup of lemon juice (freshly squeezed please!)
¾ cup of soaked cashews, drained and rinsed well

Topping:
Coconut flour for dusting
Simply line your square brownie tin with some greaseproof paper and whizz up all your ingredients for your base. Flatten evenly using the palm of your hand. Next, blitz up all your delicious bits for your creamy filling and watch those cashews become smooth and creamy (this part always astonishes me!) using a spatula, spread evenly on top and place in the freezer for a minimum of 6 hours. I know this may seem like a very long time but trust me; it is so worth the wait. Once the time has passed, sprinkle your coconut flour on top and you’re ready to go! You will see that they are light yet still rich and oh so tasty!

Happy Baking!

Niki