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

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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.

Blueberry muffins | Healthy cakes #4

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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.

 

Coconut bonbons (Brazilian Bombom Prestígio) | Healthy treats #3

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How about a super special treat this weekend?

These Coconut Bonbons aren’t only charming and yummy, they are a perfectly healthy treat, packed with good fats, and no added sugar!

As you can see from the video recipe above, these bonbons look absolutely gorgeous and mouth-watering!

I like to make them for friends coming over for a visit (you know, that’s my way to impress 😜). Or maybe you can also give it away in a beautiful box as a nice homemade gift, or even just to treat yourself with that delicious dark chocolate shell filled with creamy coconut, YUM!

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup of coconut butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 150g of 86% dark chocolate, chopped
Directions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together coconut butter and coconut flakes. Reserve.
  2. Then, in a double boiler, melt ⅔ (100g) of the dark chocolate. Once melted, take it out of the heat and add the remaining chocolate, stirring constantly until everything is melted.
  3. Get your bonbon mold (you can use ice cubes mold too), and pour around 2 tablespoons of the melted chocolate in each cavity. Then move the mold gently around to cover all sides of the cavity with chocolate. Refrigerate for 5 minutes. ⏰
  4. Take it out of the fridge and add 1 teaspoon of our coconut filling to each bonbon. Next let’s cover with another tablespoon of melted dark chocolate, sealing its surface.
  5. Bring it back to the fridge and refrigerate for more 10 minutes. ⏰
  6. Now twist the mold to release the chocolates, which can also be done by gently turning it upside down and tapping them out of the mold.
  7. It’s DONE! 🎉

I do not know which part of this recipe I like the most … is it the superb presentation? Or is the amazing and delicate combination of chocolate and coconut?

Well, in any case, if you are looking for a healthy dessert to impress that does not take ages to prepare, this is THE recipe! 😁

Super healthy BANANA BREAD 🍌 without sugar | Healthy cakes #3

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Today I am bringing here one of my favourite recipes: Banana Bread without sugar and wheat flour.

The secret to get this banana bread done right is to use overripe bananas, yep those ones you are about to throw away.

They are important because they are super sweet and will give to this cake perfect sweetness, with no need to add any extra sugar.

And if you were not convinced just yet how amazing this bread is let me tell you that it is also gluten, dairy, and nut free!

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup of coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons of psyllium
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
Directions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix coconut flour, psyllium, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda.
  2. Meanwhile in another bowl, mix eggs, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Then add the mashed bananas and mix them well.
  3. As I mentioned above, make sure to use super ripe bananas for this recipe, this is what will make the result nicely sweet.
  4. Now, stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
  5. Grease a loaf pan, or use a silicone one if you prefer. Mine here is a 20cm one.
  6. Pour your batter into the loaf pan and bake it for 30 minutes at 160C (320F). ⏰
  7. It’s DONE! 🎉
    Let it cool down before serving.

Yeah, I know this is technically a bread – after all, the name is banana bread – but I consider it an excellent healthy cake option for those with some sort of food intolerance.

Coconut slices (Brazilian Cocada) | Healthy treats #2

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I’ve made these coconut slices thinking about a popular treat found in Brazil called Cocada (more info and pronunciation here).

The original version is basically fresh coconut flakes cooked with sugar (a truckload), but here I am bringing to you a low carb version!

Yep, you read it right, sugar-free and super delicious! One of my favourite healthy treat options, hands down.

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup of coconut butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (or any sweetener you like – optional, depending on your taste)
Directions
  1. In a bowl mix together coconut butter, coconut flakes and honey (remember, honey is optional).
  2. In case your coconut butter is too hard, just microwave it for a few seconds to soften a bit.
  3. Spread the resulting mixture on a baking sheet, creating a rectangular shape that should be roughly 1cm tall.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes ⏰ and then slice it into small square shapes to serve.
  5. It’s DONE! 🎉

Did you know? The word cocada is basically derived from the word coconut (in Portuguese just “coco”, the fruit), but added a suffix to indicate something made from coconut.
This treat is popular in many other Latin American countries, not only Brazil, such as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Chile.

Some traditional recipes might include eggs or even other fruits, to change the final colour of the sweet.
For example, guava can be added to the ingredients to create beautiful red coconut slices.