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.

Cauliflower bread | Low Carb Bread #9

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In case you are like me and LOVE cauliflower (and bread), this cauliflower bread is made for us! 🤗

It’s super delicate, light and fluffy, with only 3 grams of net carbs per slice, an awesome low carb bread option!

As I said above, this is a delicate bread, so I highly recommend you to toast it before serving or using as sandwich bread. Toasting will help to keep its shape.

Ingredients
  • 4 cups (575 grams) of cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 5 medium eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil and cover it with a baking sheet. I’m using a 20 cm one here.
  3. Next, add in the batter making the surface even.
  4. We will bake it in two stages, first bake it for 10 minutes in a preheated oven at 190C (374F). ⏰
  5. Then reduce the temperature to 180C (356F) and bake for more 50 minutes ⏰, or until risen, golden and cooked through.
  6. It’s DONE! 🎉 This is a very delicate bread so let it cool in the pan before removing from it.
    I also suggest toasting your slice before eating for the best taste and texture.

Loved this recipe? I have also published several other recipes of bread and many other recipes using cauliflower as the main ingredient.
And if you like video recipes, there is almost 100 of them available on my YouTube channel – Yum Nibbles!

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.

Cheese bread | Low Carb Breads #8

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I must admit that at first glance these Cheese bread buns might not look thaaat enticing, but oh boy, they are extremely delicious! Don’t judge a book by its cover! 😜

Each bite comes with the saltiness and crunchiness of cheese, which makes the idea of eating only one pretty much impossible. 🙂

But on the flip side you don’t need to feel guilty as each bun has only 3 grams of net carbs! Yes, another winner in the low carb bread world!

Ingredients
  • ½ cup of coconut flour
  • 5 tablespoons of psyllium husk
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 and ½ teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 4 eggs
  • 7/8 cup (a little less than a full cup) of boiling water
  • 2 cups of mozzarella, shredded
Directions
  1. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients making sure to mix them well.
  2. Then, add the eggs, vinegar and mix them until you have a thick dough.
  3. Now it’s time to add the boiling water, mixing everything until nicely combined and there is a dough consistency.
  4. Next, add the shredded mozzarella. Mix it until well combined.
  5. Split the dough into 8 equal balls and place them on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Bake them in a preheated oven at 180C (360F) for 40 minutes.
  6. It’s done! 🎉 They are perfect warm, fresh from the oven.