Fresh Berry Coulis

coulis berries and honey

This is a great way of using up berries if they have become a little old and soft as they waited to be used in your morning bowl of yoghurt, fruit and nuts, but you kept deciding to have eggs and spinach for breakfast instead. Like I did.

In this easy recipe, the¬†berries’ natural sweetness is amplified by adding a couple of tablespoons of honey. The mint leaves lend a cooling freshness that enlivens the tastebuds.¬†Berries are absolutely brimming with phytonutrients and antioxidants, working to reduce inflammation in your body and also nourish and restore your cells to optimum health.

Use berries of your choice. Any mixture or ratio of varieties of berries will be delicious and health-edifying! Frozen berries are, of course, just as acceptable. I promise this coulis will give you and your loved ones a skip in your step and a smile on your face.

Fresh Berry Coulis

2 cups of berries of your choice

1 1/2 tablespoons of honey

5 or so medium mint leaves, torn

Combine all ingredients in a blender and serve with cakes, or ice-cream, or both!

 

Apple Walnut Cake

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I’m excited to tell you that I will be posting some health-edifying recipes on the Wilder and Hunt website. Wilder and Hunt are an amazing clean food store in Auckland. They sell beautiful grain and sugar free products, including juices, smoothies, sweet treats, sandwiches, and take home dinners. Be sure to check them out!

Today I share with you my Apple Walnut Cake recipe. This is a wholesome and nourishing cake that will satisfy taste buds, and energise body and mind. Find the recipe here.

Peanut butter and blueberry muffins

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My goodness me, these are such easy and deliciously satisfying muffins. They are flourless and yet soft and fluffy. They are nutrient dense and only contain goodness! The perfect morning or afternoon tea snack to keep you fuelled and energised. Or even a yummy breakfast when you aren’t otherwise prepared.

I am going to freeze these. Freezing is very practical with muffins – they stay fresh for longer, and you can simply pull one out as you pack your lunch in the morning, ready to devour by afternoon tea time. Perfect!

Dr Libby’s Nut Butter and Blueberry Muffins

1C nut butter (I used peanut butter)
2 bananas
2 eggs
1t apple cider vinegar
1/2t baking soda
3/4C blueberries

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a muffin tray with coconut oil.

Blend the nut butter, bananas and vinegar together in a food processor.

When smooth, add the eggs and baking soda and blend again until just combined.

Gently stir through the blueberries. Using a serving spoon, scoop large portions of batter into each muffin mould.

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and place on a wire rack to cool.

Yum! These are my new favourite muffins!

Have a lovely weekend everyone,

E xx

Healthy Scrumptious Chocolate

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Here is a recipe for the most delicious chocolate you have ever had. And it’s so good for you!

This recipe is credited to beautiful Eleanor Ozich from Petite Kitchen. She has an incredible blog full of inspiring clean eating recipes and photography that you should check out. This recipe is based on her the best but butter chocolate, with a few additions.

This amazing chocolate has no artificial additives, preservatives or unhealthy fats. It’s high in minerals and vitamins and fast energy making it a guilt-free indulgence and a perfect energy lifter. It’s so GOOD for you! I keep a container in the freezer for when I need a little energy kick mid-afternoon or before a work out, or simply for that melt-in-your-mouth comfort and indulgence.

Coconut oil and cacao are the main ingredients. Coconut oil, primarily made of medium chain triglycerides, is quickly metabolised by the liver for use as energy. So, as a pre-workout snack it supplies your body with instant (and good quality) energy to perform well while using fat as it’s fuel. That means this fat is less likely to be stored as body fat. Cacao (raw cocoa) is high in vitamins, minerals and fibre, and it also contains theobromine, a natural, non-addictive stimulant that has been used to alleviate depression.

So it’s a happy chocolate too!

Try your own versions by adding different extras. Here I have added cinnamon and coconut flakes, but you could also try goji berries and pumpkin seeds for more of an ‘energy bar’, or nuts and sultanas for a ‘Black Forrest’ version. If you love chilli chocolate, add a few chilli flakes and a squeeze of lime juice.

Peanut Butter and Coconut Chocolate

1C coconut oil
1/2C Ceres organic peanut butter
1/3C honey
1/2C raw cacao powder
Pinch sea salt
1t vanilla
1t cinnamon
Handful coconut flakes, to garnish

In a small pot, gently melt the oil, peanut butter, and honey together, stirring constantly. Add the cacao, salt, vanilla and cinnamon and whisk to combine.

Line a small cookie tray (10x20cm) with baking paper. Pour mixture into the tray and spread thinly and evenly. Lastly, sprinkle coconut flakes over the chocolate.

Pop into the freezer to harden – 1 to 2 hours. Remove from freezer and cut into squares.

Store in a plastic container in the fridge or freezer.

Spiced Summer Paleo Bread

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It’s a gorgeous summer’s afternoon, perfect for a picnic beneath the trees.

This morning I planned to do just that, so I whipped up a loaf of Spiced Summer Paleo Bread for the occasion. This bread is incredibly versatile. It is not crumbly like many of the alternative gluten-free recipes out there. Slice it thinly and cover with a slab of coconut oil and organic peanut butter. Toast a few slices for breakfast and munch it covered in avocado, tomato and olive oil. Even use it to mop up the tasty dregs if a summer soup!

This loaf is packed with nutritional value. Bananas, high in potassium, are used here to add moisture and subtle sweetness. Almond meal, gluten-free, is full of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Ground linseed adds precious omega-3 fatty acids. Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and pumpkin seeds… Where do I begin with those little gems?!

A rich source of magnesium, zinc, omega-3, antioxidants, fibre, pumpkin seeds support growth and repair, reduce oxidation and inflammation, and support a healthy heart and liver! They also contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which converts into serotonin, and then into melatonin – the sleep hormone. Simply put, eating pumpkin seeds can assist you in getting a restful night’s sleep. Read about their benefits and more here.

So many reasons to enjoy eating this healthy bread!

Recipe

350g almond meal
3T ground linseed
1.5t mixed spice
1t ground ginger
1t cinnamon
1t baking soda
6 eggs
1t vanilla
3 medium bananas
Pumpkin seeds to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius and grease a loaf tin with coconut oil.

Add all ingredients, apart from sunflower seeds, into a food processor and blend until well combined.

Pour into tin, sprinkle with seeds, and pop into the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the top is golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Simple and delicious!

Chocolate super mousse

Here I present you with a chocolatey, smooth and satisfying treat. However, it is a treat you can enjoy every day and know you are blessing your body!

This recipe can be enjoyed as a smoothie (slacken with added water to preferred consistency), or it can be savoured as a tasty dessert mousse, sure to satisfy even the sceptics out there (you know who I’m talking about!).

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You need:

1 large avocado
2 ripe or frozen bananas
Big handful pumpkin seeds
1C blueberries and strawberries
1t vanilla bean extract
2T honey
3T cocoa
1 large cup water, or to taste

Put all ingredients apart from honey and water into food processor and blend until the consistency is smooth. Taste and add honey to sweeten to taste, and water to reach desired consistency. Pour into a glass to drink as a smoothie or into a dessert glass to enjoy as mousse!