Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse • NO AVOCADO | Healthy treats #4

Posted on

 

This Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse is that kind of healthy treat that takes you only a feel minutes to whip up.

The only extra work here is actually having to wait for the coconut cream to chill overnight.
But let’s be honest that this is extra work for your fridge, right? 😁

On the absolute plus side, this recipe is absolutely delicious!

Not even the fussiest of the eaters would think this chocolate mousse is dairy free.
And you can totally adapt it to a vegan version by replacing honey with coconut sugar, that works just as fine. Perfection!

Ingredients
  • 2 cans of coconut cream, chilled overnight
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • ½ cup of cocoa powder
  • A pinch of salt
Directions
  1. Open the coconut cream cans and scoop out only the solid coconut cream into a mixing bowl. Whip it until soft and creamy. Reserve 4 tablespoons of it for later.
  2. Tip: you can use the remaining water in the cans for cooking or smoothies
  3. Add honey, cocoa powder, and salt, mixing until well combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into 2 serving bowls and keep refrigerated until serving time.
  5. It’s DONE! 🎉
    Serve it with one tablespoon of that cream we previously reserved, and garnish with grated dark chocolate.

It’s very common to find recipes of chocolate mousse that use avocado as the base ingredient.

I decided to shake things up a bit and create this version that uses coconut cream as the base instead!

Try it by yourself and you’ll be surprised by how amazing it tastes!

Tip: to make a version of this chocolate mousse that is even more low carb, replace honey with an artificial sweetener of your choice.

Alla Scala Gelateria • Rome (best pistachio gelato ever!)

Posted on
Gelateria Alla Scala - entrance.
Gelateria Alla Scala – entrance.

Just between us, ok?
Hubby is kind of a gelato crazy; this is his favourite sweet treat ever.🍦

So imagine the situation, Europe, summer, 33C (91F) on the street…

Back at home, during summer, I often make those frozen bananas ice creams at home, keeping things clean and healthier.

However, we’re in Rome, Italy, gelatos couldn’t be missed. 😀

Strolling around the Trastevere area, our gelato option for that day was Alla Scala Gelateria.
Which might be hard to notice due to its tiny door lost in the middle of those super charming Romanian alleys.

My order

Gladly they don’t offer too many options, so it was super easy to make our choices. 😜
I’m always in trouble when there are too many flavours to pick. It’s so hard to decide! This time we got:

  • Mine: Pistachio and cremino.
  • Hubby: Tiramisu and cheesecake.
Pistachio and cremino.
Pistachio and cremino.
Tiramisu and cheese cake.
Tiramisu and cheesecake.

Dear Lord, what was that pistachio gelato?!
Seriously, the best pistachio gelato I’ve ever had, and I’m saying it with some authority as I tried pistachio gelato in many other places before, including during this trip.

Cremino was very good too, it is made of vanilla, melted white chocolate, and raspberry. I tried a bit of hubby’s choices and they were equally good.

The gelato itself was super creamy, smooth, light and had a good amount of sugar (wasn’t too sweet, what is good!).

The verdict

Totally a must! Despite having just a few flavours, they are top-notch quality, packed with flavours and extremely delicious. Servings are generous and prices just right. LOVED!!! ❤️

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/syMk847LgM72


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Rome.

Flaxseed crackers | Low Carb Crackers #2

Posted on

I like to alternate between this recipe of flaxseed crackers and my sesame seed crackers for breakfast. 🙂

It’s always good to have a choice for breakfast; and it means I can also easily add more variety to my diet.

For this recipe, I used LSA meal which is a mix of linseeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds.
In case you don’t find it, you can make it yourself by mixing three equal parts of these 3 ingredients.

Ingredients
  • 1 and ¼ cups of LSA meal (a mix of linseeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds)
  • ½ cup of flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of psyllium husk
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 eggs
  • salt to taste
Directions
  1. Mix together the LSA meal, flax seeds, psyllium husk, water, eggs, and salt.
  2. Line a parchment paper on a baking tray and spread out the mixture over it.
  3. Preheat oven at 170C (340F) and bake it for 20 minutes. ⏰
  4. Then, take them out of the oven and carefully cut the crackers to the size and shape you prefer.
  5. Lower the heat to 140°C (280°F) and bake it for more 1 hour. ⏰
  6. It’s DONE! 🎉
    Let them cool before removing from the baking tray.

Like I briefly mentioned above, it’s very easy to prepare LSA meal at home, in case you can’t find it already prepared.

Just get three equal parts of linseeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds and grind them down to a fine form, mixing them together after the grinding is done.

Depending on your taste or texture preference, you can also grind them down to a coarse form; either way you will have your very own homemade LSA meal! 🙂

Emma – Pizzeria con cucina • Rome (restaurant review)

Posted on
Emma – Pizzeria con cucina, entrance.
Emma – Pizzeria con cucina, entrance.

In September this year, I had the opportunity to make a long-time-dream come true: Hubby and I packed our bags to spend a 3.5-week long holiday travelling around Europe!
Obviously, I’ll publish here all places I eat and visited, so stay tuned. :D.

Our first stop in Europe was Italy, more specifically in Rome.

Of course, our food choice to kick-off our holidays was pizza!
Emma pizzeria was super close to our accommodation and had amazing reviews online, which sounded like a good option.

Lucky us! This place was wonderful, giving us an awesome start and a good idea of what was coming next. 😁

My order

Romanian pizza was one of the items I had long-added to my foods-to-try list.

I really wanted to check what the famous crunchy and super thin pizza disc was all about. So we decided to order:

  • Mine: Quattro stagioni – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
  • Hubby: Margherita Red Cow – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).
Quattro stagioni - tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
Quattro stagioni – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, organic artichokes, champignon mushrooms, ham, organic egg, and olives.
Margherita Red Cow - tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).
Margherita Red Cow – tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and red cow parmesan (30 months old).

Indeed, the crust was super thin and crunchy, and also super yum!

And what about the flavour, you may be asking!?

Mine was good but nothing special…

However, Hubby’s choice was SPOT-ON.

Oh my, that red cow parmesan was simply out of this world!

It was so remarkable, so punchy, totally putting this Margherita pizza on another level…
Seriously, you need to try this.

The verdict

It’s a great restaurant, with many other dishes available and a good variety of pizza flavours.
Staff is polite and friendly, no issues ordering things in English as well. I loved their service.

I wouldn’t say you should visit Rome only to try this restaurant, but if you happen to be around and keen to have an authentic Romanian pizza, make sure to order a Margherita Red Cow pizza!
That’s a true winner! 🏆

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/jiFg6DnGCfu

More information: www.emmapizzeria.com


You can check more posts here on the blog about my holidays in Europe and also everything I published about Italy or Rome.

Blueberry muffins | Healthy cakes #4

Posted on

I know the struggle…
You changed your diet but sometimes you really miss those delicious blueberry muffins, don’t you?

But fear not, I created this recipe especially for you!

This recipe is a cool variation of my vanilla muffins.
A super healthy cake, equally fluffy, moist, dairy, gluten and nut free, packed with fibre and good stuff.

The list of adjectives to describe it is endless. 😝

I find them fantastic for an afternoon tea, a to-go snack, or even a breakfast treat.
It’s also perfect for the kids’ lunchbox.

Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup of sesame seeds
  • 6 medium eggs
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • ½ cup of coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup of honey (or any sweetener you like)
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup of coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon of psyllium husks
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
Directions
  1. In a food processor add the sesame seeds and mix for 4 minutes.
  2. Then, add eggs, coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract and mix them for more 5 minutes.
  3. Next, add the coconut flour, baking powder, psyllium husks, and salt. Mix just enough to incorporate all ingredients.
  4. Finally, add blueberries and stir gently using a spoon.
  5. Pour the batter into greased muffin tins, leaving some space at the top as they raise well.
  6. Preheat oven at 180C (350F) and bake it for 30 minutes. ⏰
  7. It’s DONE! 🎉

Tip: to make a version of these muffins that is even more low carb, replace honey with an artificial sweetener of your choice.