Coconut Sugar

Cranberry Orange Granola Bars

19/03/2018
Cranberry Orange Granola Bar
Serves 8 bars
Equipment
Oven
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
20m

These chewy granola bars lean towards some elegant flavours with the help of fresh orange zest, cranberries, pistachios and cacao nibs.

You can use either regular unsalted butter or almond butter. I normally use organic honey, but for a vegan option, you can replace with equal amounts of palm sugar.

 

This recipe is brought to you courtesy www.kitchentherapy.in

Iced Carob Milk

11/03/2018
iced carob milk
Serves 1
Equipment
Blender
Prep time
5m

Here is how I ended up making this yummy, healthy iced carob milk. I had been trying to get on the wagon for the last 2 months, when I realized I desperately need a caffeine fix at 4 PM. I tried different things to help me fight off the sluggishness from caffeine withdrawal, but in vain. One day, I made a firm resolve in my mind and promptly took a nap from 3.45 PM to 4.30 PM. At least I didn’t have coffee.

Then I chanced upon carob. I read about all the benefits it offers and decided to give it a try. This iced carob milk was so flavourful that I forgot all about my need for coffee! I thought of topping it with some vanilla ice cream to complete the cold coffee look but decided against it. I had the same thing for the next 5 days and realized I am sleeping much better at night, because there is no residual caffeine in my system.

Carob has many health benefits like boosting metabolism and heart function. It is also rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. So a single serving of carob powder will give you a nutrition boost.

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!

Chia Tea Cake with Banana

23/01/2018
Serves 4
Prep time
40m
Cook Time
25m

The name of the recipe is ‘Chia Tea Cake with Banana’, and unlike other types of cakes, this will have a good effect on your health.

If your morning starts with a cup of tea or coffee, then you can accompany that cup of tea or coffee with this moist and crunchy cake.

 

Author Bio: Monica Henin, the author of this post is a food expert and a passionate cook. Her blogs and articles have been published on several reputed websites. Her work clearly depicts an in-depth knowledge of healthy recipes and food tips. Check out more about her work on www.addonkitchen.com.

Gluten free Cookies

19/03/2017
Serves 18 - 20 cookies
Equipment
Oven
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
10m

Whether you have a food intolerance such as celiac disease, or you’ve decided to cut gluten from your diet in order to live a healthier life like those who follow the paleo diet, everyone deserves a tasty cookie now and again!

This gluten free, low sugar cookie recipe shows that being free from traditional ingredients doesn’t mean free from flavor! These cookies are delicious and super healthy.

They sub in coconut sugar instead of refined sugar meaning they are lower in GI than those using traditional sweeteners and they use peanut butter rather than margarine, so they are packed with healthy fats. Also, they have an excellent 3.5 grams of protein per cookie, making them the perfect post workout treat!

Moreover, as these cookies are dairy free and paleo friendly, no matter what diet you follow, these are a little bit of sweetness that everyone can enjoy.

This recipe was brought to you courtesy www.healthambition.com

Raw Gingerbread Balls

17/01/2016
Raw ginger balls
Serves 18
Prep time
10m

This energy filled and gluten free recipe is so easy and quick to create. With its combination of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, it is an ideal recipe for the colder months for their ability to build up the immune system and fight off infections such as cold and flus that are often rampant in colder weather.

Dates are a great source of fiber and energy and many vitamins and minerals. Oats and buckwheat flour are super nutritious and are high in fibre and protein boosting digestion and weight loss. Not only will you enjoy a tasty snack but you will also reap the benefits of this nutrient packed recipe.