Recipe: Choc Raspberry Cupcakes

Choc Raspberry Cupcakes

Gluten, Dairy and Guilt Free!

Makes 12 cupcakes

Choc Cupcake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup of almond meal
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of almond or coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of frozen raspberries

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Grease a 12 holed cupcake tin.
  2. Place almond meal, coconut flour, coconut sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. Stir together and make a well in the middle.
  3. Melt coconut oil until liquid. To the milk, add vinegar and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour liquids (including eggs) into the well and combine until just combined.
  5. Add raspberries and fold through.
  6. Spoon mixture equally into cupcake tin.
  7. Place in oven on middle or lower shelf. Cook for about 25 minutes or until the tops bounce when you press lightly.
  8. Take it out of the oven. Let it cool completely before carefully lifting it out of the tin.
  9. Bon appetit!?li>

The adventurous might like to top the choc raspberry cupcakes with:

Avocado Chocolate Icing / Mousse Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 avocados, peeled and deseeded
  • 1/4 cup of cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder (optional)

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl. Blend with a spatula (or electric mixer) until smooth.
  2. Serve as icing on cake/cupcakes or mousse dip with fresh fruit. Freeze it to make ice cream or eat its goodness all by itself!
  3. Thanks to Chirotherapy for this great choc raspberry cupcakes recipe!

    You could also try these snack and dessert ideas: Cheesecake and Chocolate Brownies.

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Recipe: Kale Chips for the win!

Kale Chips: Undiscovered wonderland.

I only got on to these recently. Boy, I’m glad I did!

For those of you who barely know what kale is, let alone how you would make it into chips – here it is:
kale chips

What is Kale?

Kale is a vegetable with green or purple leaves, in which the central leaves do not form a head. It is considered to be close to wild cabbage. It’s in the same group of vegetables as broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and brussels sprouts. When baked or dehydrated, kale takes on a consistency similar to that of a potato chip. Curly kale varieties are usually preferred for chips. The chips can be seasoned with salt or other spices.

Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium. It has been found to contain a group of resins known as bile acid sequestrants, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and decrease absorption of dietary fat.

When you combine this healthy goodness with the texture of the chip – magic happens!

How to make kale chips

To make kale chips there are a few things to remember:

  • The kale leaves must be DRY.
  • Bake the kale at 170°C.
  • Cook the chips for 12 minutes.
  • Salt AFTER the kale chips are out of the oven.

Here’s what you need to make your own chips:

  • A bunch of kale
  • 1 tablespoon of avocado oil
  • Sea salt (or your favourite seasoning salt)

Here’s what to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  • Remove the leaves from the stems and wash the leaves well.
  • In small batches – spin the leaves dry in a salad spinner.
  • Toss the dry leaves with avocado oil and use your hands to distribute the oil evenly.
  • Line a baking sheet with baking paper and lie some of the leaves on top in a single layer.
  • Make sure the leaves are all flat and not folded over or they won’t crisp properly.
  • Pop the tray in the oven and after 12 minutes, your kale chips will be done!

Once the kale’s out of the oven, season the chips with some sea salt or your favourite seasoning salt.
Bon appetit!

DO NOT miss the deadline or your chips will be BITTER.

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Try this Paleo Banana Pancake Recipe

paleo banana pancake recipe

This Paleo Banana Pancake recipe is simple to make.

It’s also quick to prepare, nutritious and delicious.

Typically pancake mixes many ingredients. Most of them fail the “can you eat it by itself?” test. They have ingredients such as flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, caster sugar, eggs, milk and butter.
(For example check out . Have a look on the side panel of ready-made pancake mix next time you’re at the supermarket.

My recipe is way easier and better for you.

This Paleo Banana Pancake recipe has 3 or 4 ingredients. It can be ready in less than 10 minutes. It’s good for you and tastes fantastic.

To make about 6 pancakes the size of a bread plate you will need:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • a big pinch of cinnamon
  • salt to taste (optional)

  1. Mash the banana with a fork or potato masher
  2. Whisk the eggs until fluffy
  3. Combine the banana and eggs and mix well
  4. If using optional salt – add it now
  5. Poor the mixture into pan or hotplate (low/med)
  6. Sprinkle on the cinnamon
  7. Turn when the middle is starting to firm up (about 5 mins)

Add blueberries or strawberries as a garnish or side.

Enjoy the yummy goodness! Please also try delicious Paleo Chocolate Brownies!

Try delicious Paleo Chocolate Brownie Bites

Paleo Chocolate Brownie Balls

This delicious Paleo Chocolate brownie recipe is a version of the one I found on Paleogrubs.com.
Where they used walnuts only, I decided to use mixed nuts. You can get a 250g or 500g bag of almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans from the supermarket.

For a dessert or sweet snack this is hard to beat. This chocolate brownie mix is easy to make, delicious and nutritious. You know exactly what’s in it. There are no additives or preservatives. The nuts provide a good source of protein and healthy fats. The raw cacao is high in antioxidants. The only trouble you’ll have with these brownies is having them last long!

Ingredients

  • 250g of raw mixed nuts
  • 100g of pitted dates
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 of a cup of raw cacao powder
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Add nuts and salt to a blender or food processor. Mix until the nuts are finely ground.
  • Add the dates, vanilla, and cacao powder to the blender. Mix well until everything is combined.
  • With the blender still running, add a couple drops of water at a time to make the mixture stick together.
  • Using a spatula, transfer the mixture into a bowl. Using your hands, form small round balls, rolling in your palm.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

For other sweet deliciousness, please check out this Paleo Cheesecake recipe.