vegetarian

Coconut Flour Carrot Balls

17/02/2018
coconut flour carrot balls
Serves 8 medium sized balls
Prep time
45m

Ever since we came to Goa, I have seen the coconut being used in so many ways. Right from when it is taken down from the tree to the time it is consumed as sol kadhi or used in a fish curry. I am amazed by everything that it gives us. Coir, fresh/dried coconut meat, coconut milk and coconut flour. And it goes so well in all dishes, be it sweet or savoury! I have become a full fledged coconut fan.

I came to make these coconut flour carrot balls when my son refused to touch the carrot halwa that I had made. (Hubby and I loved it and devoured it.) We make it a point to make carrot halwa at least 2-3 times, when carrots are in season. It is almost a tradition. But this time I had to give it a tasty twist.

Instead of regular flours like semolina or bengal gram flour, I decided to use coconut flour because I am a coconut fan. (Did I mention that already? 🙂 ) And oh boy did it do its job! It added so much flavour to the already yummy and sweet carrots. My son was eating the mixture right from the mixing bowl! Mission accomplished! I didn’t even have to roll it into balls at that point, but did it anyway.

With these coconut flour carrot balls, I managed to not only feed him carrots but also dates, which he has a love hate relationship with. You can add more dried fruits, nuts and seeds to suit your palate. Its like a ball of nutrients all rolled together. They also make for a guilt-free post-meal dessert, or when you simply want something sweet to munch on. They are very soft and chewy and juicy.

coconut flour carrot balls

These coconut flour carrot balls also make for a good and healthy dessert at a party. You can make them in advance and serve with 2-3 different types of dips, like chocolate syrup, cheese fondue and white chocolate sauce. (I am already making a shopping list! 😉 )

Defatted, dehydrated coconut meat is used to make coconut flour. The resultant flour is low carb, high in healthy fats and high in protein. It has gained popularity over the past few years because of its gluten free nature and low glycemic index. Coconut flour is a good addition to the diets of people with Celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities and diabetics . You can read more about its benefits here.

Whey Protein Ice cream

15/02/2018
whey protein ice cream
Serves 4 Scoops
Equipment
Blender
Freezer
Prep time
45m

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Ice cream is the go to dessert in our home – rain, hail or shine! But the store bought flavours get monotonous after a while. Well, that happened and I decided to experiment with whey protein ice cream. I wanted to get some superfood goodness while also indulging my sweet tooth.

This recipe requires about 75 gram of whey protein powder, so you get approximately 59 gram of protein. That is if you eat all the ice cream in one sitting ;). If you are working out and want to have your protein in a different way, then this is the whey for you (see what I did there?!). If your kid is a picky eater, then just add his/her favorite fruits, nuts and seeds to this whey protein ice cream.

Since the whey protein powder I used is unflavoured, it doesn’t alter the original taste that the fruits render to this frozen dessert. Besides, it is free of any preservatives, fillers or thickeners. I was free to add any flavours that I could think of, but I decided to go with vanilla, because…baby steps! The ice cream turned out great. We managed to lick the blender clean after the ice cream went to the freezer to set.

Here I have tried whey protein ice cream with banana and whey protein ice cream with strawberries. You can try it with any fruits of your choice. We would love to hear how yours turned out 🙂 (Psst.. I am going to try chocolate ice cream next!)

Fun fact: It is said that it takes 50 licks to finish a single scoop of ice cream. Let’s go find out!

Carob Apricot ‘Chocolate’ Bars

13/02/2018
carob apricot bar
Serves 24 squares
Prep time
45m

I still cannot get over how yum these ‘chocolate’ bars turned out. Yum does not even begin to describe them. They were ‘d-i-v-i-n-e’. After all they are packed with the goodness of Carob, Sweet Apricot Kernels and Coconut Oil. You will be pleased to learn that these bars are dairy free, sugar free and gluten free. So lets say bye-bye to any sugar rush!

The star ingredient, carob powder, is rich in iron, calcium and other minerals. And dietary fibre. And natural sugar! It also has many traditional medicinal uses, like boosting metabolism in kids and improving heart function in adults.

I am a bit wary of giving my son ready made, packaged chocolates as they are full of sugar and chemicals. But he being a kid loves it and I don’t have the heart to say no to him every time he asks for one. That’s when I started thinking hard and fast and came up with these carob apricot ‘chocolate’ bars. They look just like store bought chocolate but are full of all the good stuff and contain NO chemicals! Win-win for all!

These chocolate bars also make for a good, healthy and different gift, during the festival season. The nutty, roasty, earthy flavour of carob was so tempting we could hardly keep our hands off the chocolates long enough to take pictures. Go ahead. Try this recipe and let us know how yours turned out!