Niki’s Chicken Laksa Soup

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

laksaasoup

Hey guys!

Let me take you to Malaysia with my spicy and creamy chicken laksa soup. What I really love about this soup is the simple (and versatile) process but what you get back is a full on taste sensation. There are deep creamy notes from the coconut milk which compliments the punchy chilli and aromatic curry notes. You then get another level of zingy and fresh flavour from the lemongrass and coriander too, it’s just a moreish dish all round and is perfect for a dinner party or just a quick meal for yourself.

 

You can also swap out the chicken for portobello mushrooms (or other mushrooms for that meat like texture, for all you vegetarians/ vegans) or even a soft boiled egg for a lighter option as well. My chicken laksa soup is seriously good for you too as coconut milk is high in saturated fatty acids and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are both easily burned as fuel by the body (keto friendly). Chillies also add that warming touch as well and don’t worry if you don’t like it spicy, a little goes a long way and you can always deseed and clean the inner flesh of the chili with cold running water to numb the heat further. If this wasn’t enough to tickle your taste buds then the turmeric that’s used in the base is sure to sway you since it has great anti-inflammatory properties and helps diabetes management to name only a couple of benefits.

 

Ingredients:

 

(use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)

 

Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

 

For the laksa base:

 

1 red bird’s eye chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped or ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1 thumb sized piece of ginger, roughly chopped

The stalk of 1 lemongrass, bruised and coarsely chopped

3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon of turmeric powder

1 tablespoon of mild madras curry powder

3 shallots, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt

2 tablespoons of water (filtered)

 

For the soup:

 

2 medium sized organic and grass fed chicken breasts, chopped into bite sized chunks

1 handful of coriander, finely chopped

Some extra chopped red birds eye chilli for garnish

1 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 bay leaf

1 cup of water

1 tin of organic coconut milk

 

From your kitchen:

 

A chopping board

A wooden spoon

A sharp knife

A few bowls for serving

A couple of teaspoons and tablespoons for measuring

A silicone spatula

A large saucepan (iron skillet, non-toxic)

A large ladle

A food processor

 

Method:

 

Step 1:

 

To start, simply throw in all your laksa base ingredients into the food processor and blitz a few times until a smooth paste forms. The leave this to one side whilst you get on with the soup base.

 

Step 2:

 

The next step is to heat your coconut oil in your pan over a medium high heat and add in your bay leaf and laksa paste. Cook for a few minutes until the lovely aromas waft out into your kitchen and the mixture comes to a full boil. Add your chicken now and cook for a further 5 minutes.

 

Step 3:

 

Then, add in your coconut milk with water and then bring to the boil. Once this happens it’s time to turn the heat down to simmer and keep it covered for around 15 minutes and your laksa soup is thickened and your chicken is cooked through as well.

 

Step 4:

 

Before serving please check for seasoning and then garnish with your chopped chilli and coriander and serve immediately! You can even spoon some over some white rice for a substantial dinner for autumn or winter.

 

 

This light yet creamy soup is super nutritious and filling which can be enjoyed both hot or cold. You can also play around with the different kinds of protein like wild fish and other sustainably caught fish, the choices are endless! This soup also freezes very well and a little goes a long way, give my laksa soup a go and see how delicious and quick it is to make.

 

 

Happy Baking!

 

Niki

Recipe Creator

 

https://draxe.com/cayenne-pepper-benefits/

https://draxe.com/turmeric-benefits/

Niki’s Raw Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate Crispy Bites

nikibakes.co.uk, Sweet

crispysalted

Hey guys!

When I fancy a quick treat that doesn’t require too much time or effort, my salted caramel and dark chocolate crispy bites are just the ticket. Minimal ingredients are needed but with every bite there is a true taste sensation here, sweet and savory notes are being hit with every mouthful. This sweet treat is best had on workout days so your body can refuel again in the best possible way. My crispy bites are also free from refined sugar and you can control the level of sweetness by adding a little less maple syrup if you wish. What’s more, the dark chocolate also gives it that extra dimension of flavour as it complements the salted caramel beautifully.

 

Ingredients:

(use organic/natural ingredients where possible)

Makes around 20 crispy bites

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

 

For crispy squares:

6 cups of organic brown crispy rice

½ cup of organic smooth almond butter

½ cup of organic maple syrup

1 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt

3 tablespoons of coconut oil

 

For the raw salted caramel and dark chocolate glaze:

1 tablespoon of smooth almond butter

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

100g of organic dark chocolate (minimum 70%)

From your kitchen:

A large mixing bowl

A wooden spoon

A sharp knife

A few plates for serving

A couple of teaspoons and tablespoons for measuring

A silicone spatula

A deep brownie dish

A large saucepan

2 small saucepans

 

Method:

Step 1:

 

In your large saucepan, gently heat your smooth almond butter, maple syrup and coconut oil on a low heat. Use your silicone spatula or wooden spoon to mix it all together thoroughly. It will start to bubble up, don’t be alarmed but after 1 minute take it off the heat and continue to mix your lovely salted caramel filling.

 

Step 2:

Next, add in your brown crispy rice, one cup at a time, making sure it’s all coated evenly, add your pink Himalayan salt as this stage too. Transfer to your deep square tin dish and let it rest whilst you make your super speedy raw salted caramel and dark chocolate glaze.

 

Step 3:

In your small saucepan, heat up all your smooth almond butter, maple syrup, salt and coconut oil in just the way you did with the coating but let it thicken, this process will take around a couple of minutes. Don’t be alarmed when is bubbles, sure make sure you are constantly mixing the sauce. Transfer to a small bowl to cool down whilst you melt your dark chocolate in another small pan – please do not take your eyes of it as it can burn very quickly!

 

Step 4:

Drizzle over your salted caramel and dark chocolate as desired and refrigerate for about 10-12 minutes. Cut into squares and enjoy these sweet treats with a nice cut hot green tea! Yum.

Happy Baking!

Niki

Recipe Creator

https://draxe.com/healthy-chocolate/

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/advantages-almond-butter-compared-peanut-butter-6541.html

Niki’s Broccoli Fritters and Rainbow Rice

2016, Healthy, International, Savoury, Summer, Super Quick

brocooli

Happy August everyone!

With the arrival of the Olympics this summer, I wanted to share one of my favourite picnic dishes. Packed full of colour and taste, my broccoli fritters and rainbow rice is sure to boost your mood and make you feel like you’re dancing in the streets of Rio. What I enjoy most about this recipe is that it’s fuss free and very easy to cook.

 

Of course, at the heart of this dish is the wonderful broccoli. This health hero is native to the Mediterranean – the name comes from the Italian name brocco and the Latin bracchium meaning arm, branch, or shoot. I love broccoli for its high vitamin C content and an unusually strong combination of vitamins A and K. It’s a good source of folate, calcium, iron and potassium, can boost DNA repair in cells and has antioxidant, antiviral and antibiotic properties.

Ingredients:

(use organic/natural ingredients where possible)

Makes 12-14 broccoli fritters

 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

 

For the broccoli fritters:

 

2 large organic broccolis, stalks and head, finely chopped or blitzed up

3 large spring onions, finely sliced

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 teaspoon of lemon zest

2 large eggs

10 tablespoons of almond flour

1 large handful of freshly chopped coriander and dill

1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt

3 tablespoons of ghee

A teaspoon of ground cumin, red chilli flakes and ground coriander

 

For the rainbow rice:

 

1 medium sized squash (butternut or pattipan are good choices)

½ organic red cabbage, finely shredded

½ broccoli, finely chopped

1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt

1 teaspoon of chilli flakes (optional)

1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil (Lucy B or Pukka are great choices)

 

From your kitchen:

 

A large mixing bowl

A wooden spoon

A sharp knife

A chopping board

A food processor (optional)

A few plates for serving

A couple of teaspoons and tablespoons for measuring

A silicone spatula

A large frying pan

A medium pan

A fork

A few sheets of kitchen towel

A slotted spatula

 

 

 

Method:

 

Step 1:

 

In your large mixing bowl, combine your finely chopped broccoli and the rest of the ingredients in one go. Mix with your wooden spoon until a lumpy batter forms.

 

Step 2:

 

Heat your ghee in your large frying pan over a medium high heat. Using two tablespoons, measure out your broccoli fritters and begin frying them (do not overcrowd the pan as this will lower the temperature and will soak up more oil!) for a couple of minutes or until golden brown. Using your slotted spatula transfer each fritter onto a plate which has been lined with a few sheets of kitchen paper, allow to cool slightly.

 

Step 3:

 

Next, heat some coconut oil in your medium pan and simply toss in all your vegetables for your rainbow rice. Turn the heat down, season and cook for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Serve immediately with your fritters and enjoy!

 

Happy Baking!

 

Niki

Recipe Creator

 

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

http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/kristin-kirkpatrick-ms-rd-ld/getting-most-out-broccoli

 

Niki’s Sweet Potato and Sage Gnocchi

2016, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury

sweetpotsgnocchi

Mamma Mia!

 

Gnocchi is a real treat all year round guys, this Italian dumpling is typically made from mashed potato, flour and semolina and eaten in much the same way as pasta. My spin on gnocchi is deliciously light and tasty as sweet potatoes replace the regular potato component and instead of flour I have used rice flour which makes gluten free, tender and tasty. Sage is thrown in right before the gnocchi is due to be served which further adds another dimension of freshness and flavour. Sage is great because it contains numerous health benefits such as being an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound. It also helps to balance hormones and to settle an upset stomach it’s a wonderful herb that is quote underrated. I’ve been growing it in my own garden for the past couple of years and must admit that I overlooked it until very recently, now I really appreciate it and can’t stop singing its praises.

 

My sweet potato gnocchi is one of my more weekend type dishes to try (when you generally have more time on your hands), it doesn’t take 20 minutes but this is the sort of dish that will really impress and you can get your family and friends involved in the preparation process too, it’s really fun! I would suggest having this dish post-workout to really help with repairing your muscles and the comforting good sugars that the sweet potatoes will release into your bloodstream.

 

 

Total time: 1 hour

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

 

To serve 4 you will need:

For the sweet potato gnocchi:

3 medium sized organic sweet potatoes, chopped and boiled/steamed and allowed to cool

5 tablespoons of rice flour (and some extra for dusting and rolling out your gnocchi)

2 teaspoons of Himalayan salt

1 teaspoon of red chilli flakes

2 pastured egg yolks

 

For the Sage Sauce:

2 tablespoons of melted butter – http://www.kerrygold.co.uk/

2 tablespoons of freshly chopped sage

1 teaspoon of chilli flakes (optional)

½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt

 

From your kitchen:

A fork

2 pans (one for your sauce and one for poaching the gnocchi)

A wooden spoon

A plastic spatula

A knife

A few plates for letting your gnocchi rest

A few metal spoons

A bowl

A slotted spoon

A serving dish

 

Method:

 

Step 1: Bring your large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. While you wait for the water to heat, make your sweet potato gnocchi. All you need to do is take your fork and mash up your sweet potato and seasoning. Next, add in your egg yolks bit by bit and mix. Mix in your rice flour gradually until it comes together to form a beautiful dough.

 

Step 2: Transfer your dough to a floured work surface and roll out your gnocchi into long snakes. Take your knife and cut 1inch pieces to create your tender gnocchi pieces and set aside on a plate. This process can be quite therapeutic; before you know it you will have a mini mountain of gnocchi. It’s now ready to be cooked.

 

Step 3: Drop the sweet potato gnocchi pieces into the boiling water and allow them to cook until they float to the surface. Remove the floating pieces with a slotted spoon, and keep warm in a serving dish.

 

Step 4: Making the sage butter sauce could not be any simpler or faster. It has such a satisfying smell too. All you need to do it melt you butter over a medium-low heat until the butter starts to bubble slightly. Add in your seasoning and chopped sage and cook for a couple of minutes.

 

Step 5: Lastly, add in your chopped sage and give your sweet potato gnocchi a good toss in the man, making sure every delicious piece is covered in your sauce. Serve immediately with a lovely garden salad.

 

Buon Appetito!

 

Niki

Recipe Creator

https://draxe.com/essential-oils-for-hormones/ – here is a link for sage and the benefits for hormonal health

 

 

 

 

 

Niki’s Eton Mess

2016, Healthy, Summer, Sweet

etonmess

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

blueeee

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

chocavo

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

raww

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 Mini Lahmacun

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

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Selam!

My wonderful readers I do hope you are having a truly restful Sunday evening. Having spent a year in Istanbul I had the great fortune of being exposed to the beautifully cosmopolitan city and all the delicious food it had to offer. One of my favourite savoury dishes out there was the legendary lahmacun. It’s essentially a Turkish pizza but I can assure you the flavours are bold and super tasty. My take on it is rather different I must say as its missing cheese and the wheat base but I hope you give it a try, once you try a lahmacun there’s just no going back!

 

For approx 10 mini lahmacuns you will need:

 

For the base:

1 small cauliflower- processed finely to resemble fine sand in a food processor and wrapped up in a tea towel (wring out that moisture!)

1 pastured egg

1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper

1 teaspoon of doves farm cornflour

1 teaspoon of ground cumin and turmeric

1 spring onion, finely chopped

 

For the delicious lamb topping:

250g of finely minced grass fed lamb

1 teaspoon of chilli flakes (Turkish pul biber would be ideal but not necessary)

1 tablespoon of finely chopped coriander

1 teaspoon of ground coriander

1 teaspoon of Himalayan salt and cracked black pepper

1 teaspoon of ground cumin and turmeric

1 teaspoon of avocado/extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves crushed

 

Simply preheat your oven to a medium high heat and mix all your ingredients for the cauliflower base in a bowl. Shape your cauliflower bases into ½ inch thin discs and place gently onto your baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes. Whilst that’s happening, cook your lamb mince with the olive oil and the seasoning in a frying pan, use a wooden spoon to really pulverise the lamb as much as possible. Once the cauliflower bases have had those 10 minutes, bring them out and take a teaspoon to measure the lamb mince topping. Spoon into the middle of the cauliflower bases and pop back into the oven to cook for a final 15 minutes. Serve warm with a light salad….afiyet olsun!

 

Happy Baking!

 

Niki