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.

Flaxseed crackers | Low Carb Crackers #2

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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! 🙂

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.

 

Zucchini and ricotta lasagna • Healthy meals #1

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What I love the most about this zucchini and ricotta lasagna is that you can play with this recipe and create super yummy variations.

Sometimes I skip the ricotta and use mozzarella; sometimes I just use tomato sauce (without beef) to make a vegetarian version.
As the saying goes: the sky is the limit. 🙂

Also, this is usually my weekend special dish.
I don’t know why but lasagna always sounds to me as a perfect Sunday lunch option. 😆

And in case you are thinking “but I’ve had zucchini lasagna before, it’s always soggy and full of water!”, stop thinking and read my recipe!
I will show you how to prepare it the right way; soggy zucchini lasagna never again!

Ingredients
  • 3 medium zucchinis, sliced
  • 500 grams of minced beef
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 2 cups of tomato sauce
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup of parmesan cheese, grated
Directions
  1. First, place your zucchini slices in a food container and sprinkle some salt over them making sure all the slices are coated with salt.
  2. Be careful to not salt them too much. Let them rest for 30 minutes. ⏰
    This will make the zucchinis release all their water, resulting in a non-soggy lasagne. 🙂 #nowyouknow
  3. Meanwhile, add minced beef in a frying pan and cook it for 10 minutes. Then add, onions and garlic, and cook for more 5 minutes.
    Next, add the tomato sauce, season with salt and black pepper, and let it simmer for another 5 minutes. Reserve.
  4. Now, let’s assemble this beauty!
    Start by creating a layer of beef and tomato sauce, then add a layer of zucchini, and finally a layer of ricotta cheese.
  5. Repeat it until you get a final layer of ricotta cheese. Finish with a layer of grated parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake it for 40 minutes at 180C (356F). ⏰
  7. It’s DONE! 🎉
    Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Did you know? Zucchini (or courgette, for the British) is a well-known green vegetable … but it can also happen to be golden-yellow! A variety produced in the Netherlands has a distinctive colour and it is appropriately called golden zucchini. 🙂

Sesame seed crackers | Low Carb Crackers #1

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I always have some of these Sesame seed crackers in my pantry. 🙂

They are perfect for a quick-and-easy breakfast or snack.
I even know people that like to have them for lunch too.

These crackers taste super neutral and you can spread anything you like over them.
I personally like mine with butter or avocado.

They are also gluten and nut free!
And you can make it dairy free as well, just skip the cheese from the recipe below (texture-wise it won’t make a big difference).

Ingredients
  • 1 and ¼ cups of sesame seeds
  • ½ cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese (optional if you want to make a dairy free version)
  • 1 tablespoon of psyllium husk
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 eggs
  • salt to taste
Directions
  1. Mix together all the ingredients: sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, parmesan cheese, psyllium husk, water, eggs, and salt.
  2. Line a parchment paper on a baking tray and spread out the resulting mixture over it.
  3. Preheat oven at 170°C (340°F) and bake it for 20 minutes. ⏰
  4. Then, briefly take them out of the oven and carefully cut the crackers in the shape you like.
  5. Lower the heat to 140°C (280°F) and bake it for another 40 minutes. ⏰
  6. It’s DONE! 🎉
    Let them cool before removing from the baking tray.

Did you know? Crackers are so versatile that is incredibly hard to pinpoint their real origin.
Many cuisines around the world have at least a few variations or recipes that pose as crackers.