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 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 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