Mango and Raspberry ICE CREAM! • Healthy treats #6

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This mango and raspberry ice cream is simply delicious!

Well, first things first, mangoes and raspberries are a perfect combination, not only in flavour but also in colour!

Watch the video above and look how gorgeous this ice cream looks once it’s ready!

A perfect healthy treat for this summer, that your family and friends will definitely love. ❤

Ingredients
  • 4 cups (600 grams) of mangoes, chopped and frozen
  • 1 cup (250ml) of plain yogurt (I used my favourite: Chobani)
  • 2 cups (210 grams) of raspberries, frozen
  • Juice of ½ lemon
Directions
  1. In saucepan, let’s put the raspberries and lemon juice on low heat until you get a jam-like texture.
  2. Let it cool down before using on the assembly step.
  3. Next, in a food processor add mangoes and coconut cream. Mix until everything is well combined and you get a super smooth and creamy mixture.
  4. Pour the mango mixture and raspberry jam in an ice cream container, alternating layers as you go.
  5. For maximum presentation, use a knife to swirl to create some sort of marble effect.
  6. Let it set in the freezer for one hour. ⏰
  7. IT’S DONE! 🎉

Summer is just upon us (at least here in the Southern hemisphere), so nothing better than a healthy ice cream, right?

What is also great about this ice cream is that it is not only delicious, it’s also visually quite nice!
The contrast between the vivid red and the lively yellow are truly mouth-watering!

Banana and peanut butter ice cream • Healthy treats #5

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Looking for a healthy ice cream alternative?

You may already know that frozen banana ice cream is the perfect base for a healthy ice cream, right?

So how about a delicious twist?
That’s why I’ve decided to bring here a combination that I simply LOVE:

Banana and peanut butter ice cream 😍

Ingredients-wise, this healthy treat is basically made only with a combination of overripe bananas and peanut butter.

For the peanut butter, here I used a crunchy version (I like to find pieces of peanut in my ice cream), but you can use the smooth one.
Now for the bananas remember to use overripe ones, as it will be the natural sweetener of our ice cream.

Perfect for those super hot summer days! ☀️

Ingredients
  • 4 (~550 grams) overripe bananas, chopped and frozen
  • 1 cup (250ml) of coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup (130g) of peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
Directions
  1. In a food processor add bananas, coconut cream, and peanut butter.
  2. Mix until everything is well combined and you get a super smooth and creamy mixture.
  3. Pour the mixture in an ice cream container and let it set in the freezer for one hour. ⏰
  4. IT’S DONE! 🎉

Another fantastic part of this recipe is that kids will love it.

You know it can be challenging for conscious parents to find a healthy dessert to serve their kids.
With this banana and peanut butter ice cream the problem is solved.

You have just found the perfect healthy ice cream! 🙂

Two sizes – The best tiramisu in Rome!?

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Two Sizes - entrance.
Two Sizes – entrance.

This apparently timid store next to Piazza Navona holds guaranteed food satisfaction behind its door.

Two Sizes is the place to go for an authentic Italian dessert.
It offers a good variety of homemade Italian creations, including the famous Tiramisu.

Just by passing by on the street you can see them displayed in front of the store. 😁

My order

There you will find the traditional Tiramisu (mascarpone and coffee) and also other flavours, such as pistachio, peanut butter and caramel.
All of them served exclusively in two sizes (hehehe).

As a pistachio fan that I am, I’ve decided to get a small one to try.
Look how cute it was:

Pistachio tiramisu.
Pistachio tiramisu.

I have only two words for this: MIND BLOWING.

… sorry, I can’t even keep writing any longer, my mind is to busy remembering this beauty …

It was my favourite Tiramisu EVAR!!!

And I’m not saying that just because of the pistachio, this entire little piece of heaven was super creamy, smooth and extremely light.

The verdict

It was a shame I didn’t get the big one, seriously.

I just didn’t order another one because you know … all those “eating too much while on holidays” thoughts immediately came to me.
So I had to step on the brakes a bit.

I considered eating again on a subsequent day, but unfortunately, I didn’t happen to be around this place a second time. 😭

So please, in case you decide to go (and I highly recommend you to do so), get the larger size, OK? #noregrests

Exact location: maps.google.com/maps/Wy2DWfKoB8B2


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

Coconut and Chocolate Birthday Cake | HAPPY B-DAY TO US | 2 years!

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This is a very special month for us, as you can see; our channel is turning 2! Yep, two years of amazing recipes.

And to celebrate with you – who else, right? – we’ve decided to make one of my favourite cakes: Coconut and Chocolate Birthday Cake. In Brazil this is a very popular cake, usually called Prestígio cake, same name as a famous chocolate bar (similar to Boost).

Of course, I’ve managed to create it in a guilty-free version. 😀 Amazing, I know!

The cake and coconut filling are gluten free, nut free and dairy free, with a minimum of honey to give it just a bit of sweetness. For the frosting, I got better results using pure cream, but this is totally replaceable with coconut cream for a dairy free version.

So, how about you making it for your next birthday too? Your guests will love it, for sure!

Ingredients
  • Cake
    • 6 medium eggs
    • ½ cup of coconut oil, melted
    • ⅓ cup of honey (or any sweetener you like)
    • ⅔ cup of sesame seeds (or sesame seed flour)
    • ⅓ cup of coconut flour
    • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon of psyllium husks
    • A pinch of salt
  • Coconut filling
    • 1 cup of coconut milk (or any milk you like)
    • ½ cup of coconut flakes, unsweetened
    • ¼ cup of honey (or any sweetener you like)
  • Chocolate Ganache frosting
    • 340 grams of 85% dark chocolate
    • 1 cup of pure cream
Directions
  1. Cake
    1. In a food processor add eggs, coconut oil, and honey. Mix them for about 5 minutes.
    2. Next, add the sesame seeds and mix for more 4 minutes.
    3. Then, add the coconut flour, baking powder, psyllium husks, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix just enough to incorporate all ingredients.
    4. Grease a cake tin (I’m using one with 16cm of diameter) with coconut oil and cover it with a baking sheet. Then, add in the batter.
    5. Preheat oven at 180C (350F) and bake it for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
    6. Reserve, letting it cool completely before assembling the cake.
  2. Coconut filling
    1. Add all ingredients in a saucepan and cook it in low heat, stirring always until it gets a thicker consistency.
    2. Reserve and let it cool completely before filling the cake.
  3. Chocolate Ganache frosting
    1. Pour the pure cream in a saucepan and heat it until small bubbles start to form around the pan.
    2. Turn off the heat, add the chocolate and honey. Let it rest for 1 minute.
    3. Mix well until the chocolate melts and you have a smooth mixture.
    4. Pop into the fridge and let it there until is completely cool.
    5. Once cooled, whip up using a stand mixer and reserve.
  4. Assembling the cake
    1. Slice the cake into 3 layers.
    2. Put the bottom layer in a serving dish and spread over it half of the coconut filling.
    3. Next, put the second layer of cake on top of them and spread the other half of filling. Finish by topping with the third layer of cake.
    4. Now, spread the chocolate ganache all over the cake. Here I wanted to create something fancier so I used my piping bag, but you can simply spread everything using a spatula.
    5. It’s done!

Out there: Cocowhip | Sydney

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Cocowip original (plain)
Cocowhip original flavour (plain)

Have you heard about Cocowhip? It seems like this is the new healthy trend this summer here in Sydney.
It is vegan, refined sugar-free and according to their website: this refreshing cream is “loaded with bio-fermented freeze dried coconut water powder providing the equivalent of over 10 cups of Yoghurt!“.

Before trying it I did a bit more research on their website and they say in each 100 grams of the original flavour, you will find 16.1g of carbs, 0.1g protein and 3.7g of fat. However, I’ve found the ingredients list a bit disappointing and not that real food-ish as you can see below:

Ingredients:
Coconut Water, Vegan Premix (Cocowhip Coconut Powder, Corn Starch [Non GMO], Natural Sweetener [Xylitol], Coconut Sugar, Inulin, Guar Gum, Carob Bean Gum, Vegan Mono-diglycerides), Coconut Probiotic (Bio-fermented Coconut Powder, Freeze Dried Coconut Water, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Plant Arum).

I understand they need some of these ingredients to get the creamy consistency, like corn starch and guar gum. But I don’t know why they decided to use 3 types of sugar?! There is xylitol, coconut sugar, inulin and I’m not even counting the natural sweetness of coconut water.

Anyways, I’ve decided to take the risk and tried some. Below I have the original one with mango swirl, and hubby got also the original version with gluten free caramel slices and chocolate syrup.

Cocowip with mango and Cocowip with gluten free caramel slices
Cocowhip with mango and Cocowhip with gluten free caramel slices

The ice cream is very, very light, and you can feel it’s not as sweet as a regular ice cream (which is great, but why all those sweeteners?). I found it very refreshing as well, and a nice option for any vegan friends out there. However, it’s not something out of this world, of course, better than regular ice cream but maybe it works better as part of a dish as I saw some cafes doing.

As far as I could understand, they sell the ice cream to cafes and restaurants, and then they make their own creations. These two I had at Heart & Soul Organic Chai Cafe, at Cronulla beach. You can check their website for more locations: www.cocowhip.com.au