Peanut slices (Brazilian Paçoca) | Healthy treats #1

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Peanut slices are a popular treat in Brazil 🇧🇷, where in the local language they are called Paçoca (pronunciation here).

It is traditionally made of crushed (or ground) peanuts and tons of sugar.
But of course, I would not be publishing the recipe here on my blog if it was just the regular recipe, right?

Which means I managed to create sugar-free peanut slices!
So now you can have it as a super healthy treat, much lower in carbs and equally delicious!

Brazilians out there wondering if this is as good as the sugary thing we have there, I can totally say this is MUCH BETTER. 😋

Words from a former paçoca junkie. 🙈

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup of coconut butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup of peanut butter, unsweetened
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (or any sweetener you like, this is also optional)
Directions
  1. In a bowl mix together coconut butter, peanut butter, salt and honey (like I said above, honey is optional, depending on your taste).
  2. In case your coconut butter is too hard to mix, just microwave it for a few seconds to soften a bit.
  3. Spread mixture on a baking sheet, creating a rectangular shape and making it 1cm tall. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. ⏰
  4. Then, slice it into small square shapes to serve.
  5. It’s done!

Trivia time! The word paçoca is originated from a local indigenous language and its closest meaning is “to crumble” or “to grind”.

There is no direct translation of the term to English, but commonly acceptable variations for the name of this treat are: Brazilian peanut slices, Brazilian peanut candy squares, Brazilian paçoca, or Brazilian paçoquita (a famous brand).

How to make coconut butter

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Coconut butter is incredibly easy to make, you just need dried and unsweetened coconut flakes and a food processor (or a very powerful blender).

I love it so much! ❤️

Spread on toast, added to a smoothie, mixed with peanut butter for an energy ball, added to a yummy cake frost. As you can see, the sky is the limit! 🙂

Ingredients
  • 500 grams of dried coconut flakes, unsweetened
Directions
  1. In a food processor (or a very powerful blender) add the coconut flakes.
    You must use dry coconut, either shredded or flakes. Fresh coconut will not work.
  2. Blend it for 15 to 20 minutes, or until you get a smooth and thick liquid.
  3. Pour the butter into a glass jar and let it rest at room temperature, until it has a solid but spreadable consistency.
  4. Cover the jar with a lid and store it also at room temperature.
  5. It’s done! 🎉 There is no need to refrigerate coconut butter.

Tip: It is normal for coconut butter to get quite hard on a cold day, especially around winter.
I recommend you to microwave it, or put on a double boiler, to soften things a bit before serving.

Did you know? Scientific research is still a bit sparse in this area, but it is commonly accepted that coconut butter (or oil) is an interesting natural beauty product for skin care. Typical applications include as a skin moisturizer, lip balm, and even shaving cream. But of course, before spreading coconut all over your body, make sure to test on a small area to make sure it does not trigger any allergic reactions.

Brazilian Cheese Puffs (Gluten free) | aka Brazilian Cheese Bread

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Let’s learn a classic Brazilian recipe today, Brazilian Cheese Puffs (or you can also say Cheese Breads)!

These little cheesy balls are called pão de queijo (pronunciation here) and are a typical snack served for breakfast or teatime in Brazil. 🇧🇷

To keep all its cheesiness and delight your family and guests, serve them fresh from the oven. You can also freeze them (after baked) and just pop in the oven for 15 minutes before serving.

Just remember they are highly addictive and you won’t be able to eat just one! 😜

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup of olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • ⅔ cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup of parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 and ½ cups of tapioca flour (cassava)
Directions
  1. In a blender add olive oil, milk, egg, salt, and parmesan cheese. Then mix until well combined.
  2. Once combined, add the tapioca flour in three steps (½ cup each) until all of the tapioca flour has been added.
  3. Mix well on high, scraping down the sides of the blender so that everything is nicely blended.
  4. Grease a mini muffin tin and pour the batter in, leaving some space unfilled as they will raise considerably.
  5. Bake them at 200C (400F) for 20 minutes or until they are light golden brown.
  6. It’s done! 🎉

Did you know? The brazilian cuisine has a variety of dishes and snacks; some of them very popular in a particular region of the country, while completely uncommon in other parts.
Cheese Puffs, for example, are more frequently found in the Eastern Central area of the country, mainly in the state of Minas Gerais and its capital, Belo Horizonte.

Flourless dark chocolate cookies | Healthy cookies #1

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I simply love these Flourless Dark Chocolate Cookies ❤️.

They are super rich in flavour, chocolaty, crunchy on the outside and moist inside, more like a brownie texture. The perfect healthy cookies for an afternoon tea treat!

These cookies are also super quick to make, in a few minutes you wipe everything up and will be popping them in the oven to bake. In seconds your entire house will smell like chocolate (not sugar, by the way, because we are using dark chocolate here). 😊

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup of dark chocolate (86%), chopped (optional, but recommended)
Directions
  1. In a stand mixer beat together coconut sugar and coconut oil.
  2. Then add egg and mix until well combined.
  3. Next add, cocoa powder, baking soda, and a pinch of salt. Then using a spatula, mix well all ingredients.
  4. Now it’s time to add the chopped dark chocolate. This step is optional but I can totally recommend doing it; it gives a nicer gooey texture to this cookie.
  5. Split the dough into small balls and place them on a baking tray covered with parchment paper.
  6. Bake it for 15 minutes at 180C (350F).
  7. It’s done. Let it cool down before serving.

Did you know? Cookies are understood to have been created more than 1,300 years ago – 7th century A.D – in the region of the planet then called Persia (today Iran). Pretty much every single country on Earth has at least one recipe that is popular for a particular date or cause, such as the Anzac Biscuits here in Australia.

Chocolate and peanut butter muffins | Healthy cakes #1

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I truly believe I’ve finally unlocked the Awesome Gluten Free Muffin achievement with this recipe. What a winner! 🏆

These Chocolate and Peanut butter muffins are super fluffy and moist as a cake should be.

They are also dairy free and packed with fibre and good stuff. Perfect for those days you need a treat or just want to have a healthy cake option with your cup of coffee! 🙂

Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup of sesame seeds
  • 6 medium eggs
  • ½ cup of coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup of honey (or any sweetener you like)
  • ⅓ cup of coconut flour
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of psyllium husks
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened peanut butter
Directions
  1. In a food processor add the sesame seeds and mix for 4 minutes.
  2. Then, add eggs, coconut oil, honey and mix them for more 5 minutes.
  3. Next, let’s add the coconut flour, baking powder, psyllium husks, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix just enough to incorporate all ingredients.
  4. Grease your muffin tin and pour the batter in, filling only half of it.
  5. We are going to use peanut butter as a delicious filling, so add 1 teaspoon of peanut butter to each and cover with the remaining batter.
  6. Preheat oven at 180C (350F) and bake it for 30 minutes.
  7. It’s done! 🎉

Tip #1: for a lower carb version, replace honey with an artificial sweetener of your choice.

Tip #2: be aware that many supermarket brands of peanut butter usually include unwelcome ingredients in their composition such as salt, a sweetener such as sugar, and an emulsifier or vegetable oil. As usual the list of ingredients is your friend, make sure to read it carefully.