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.

Sesame Seed Bread | Low Carb Breads #3

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This Sesame Seed Bread recipe is incredibly versatile and perfect for those looking for a nut free low carb bread. It has a neutral flavour so you can use my recipe as a base for your creativity! Just add cheese, nuts, seeds or even some garlic and onion powder. Yummy!

I’ve managed to cut my loaf into 15 slices, leaving each slice with 1.3 grams of net carbs. Super cool result for a low carb bread, right?

Ingredients
  • 6 medium eggs
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 2/3 cup of sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup of coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of psyllium
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
Directions
  1. In a food processor add the sesame seeds and mix for 4 minutes.
  2. Then, add eggs and coconut oil and mix them for more 5 minutes.
  3. Next, let’s add the coconut flour, baking powder, psyllium husks, and salt. Mix just enough to incorporate all ingredients.
  4. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil and cover it with a baking sheet. I used a 20cm one here. 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. It’s done! 🎉

Out there: The Boathouse – Balmoral Beach

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Every now and then a new type of blog post will appear around here: this time is Out there, and it will be about restaurants reviews – where you can find great and tasty real food.

As a start, I’ve decided to take Lu with me to have a delicious breakfast at The Boathouse in Balmoral Beach, Sydney.

The Boathouse, Balmoral Beach - restaurant front view
The Boathouse, Balmoral Beach – shot of the seating area

In case you are around Balmoral Beach and need something to fill your belly, The Boathouse brings you not only an outstanding view, but also very nice and healthy options to eat.

The Boathouse, Balmoral Beach - breakfast dishes
The Boathouse, Balmoral Beach – breakfast dishes

There are many different options for breakfast. We’ve decided to go with something dairy free to add more variety to our lives and also because their coconut yogurt is out of this world :D. Check this out:

  • Flat white as always – not dairy free, but perfect as it should be.
  • Market fruit plate with an extra of coconut and chia yogurt – full of fresh and yummy fruits + that creamy coconut yogurt with blueberries and chia, a very good dairy and wheat free option.
  • Boathouse muesli with coconut yogurt and coconut milk – not grain free, but in case you can afford it once in a while, this is a very good option. Musli was sweet enough and crunchy to perfection.

Of course, after all this fruit feast, take an extra time to walk around the shore and enjoy Balmoral Beach. Ah! Don’t forget to bring your swimmers for some great sea bathing afterwards!

Balmoral Beach
Balmoral Beach

 

The BoatHouse – Balmoral Beach
2 The Esplanade Balmoral Beach, NSW 2088
+61 2 9974 5440

Decadent Chocolate Lava Cake #glutenfree #nutfree

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Calm down, take a deep breath, count to 10… and you’re ready to be amazed. 🙂 Yes, this gluten free lava cake is amazing!

OK, now imagine a delicious chocolate lava cake, with that gooey centre, straight from the oven. However, you think this is too simple, you want more! Then you pour a smooth chocolate ganache on it. Next, add some fresh strawberries. To finish, you decide to dip a delicious banana popsicle in its centre.

Yes, my dear, this video is explicitly enticing; don’t tell me I haven’t warned you. 😛

Ingredients
  • Lava Cake
    • 150g of dark chocolate (90%)
    • 1 tablespoon of butter
    • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional, or any other sweetener you like)
    • 2 eggs
  • Ganache
  • Ice cream
    • 100g of raw frozen bananas
    • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
Directions
  1. Lava cake (previous video recipe here)
    1. Preheat oven to 150C (302F).
    2. In a bowl put together the chocolate, butter and honey. Melt them in a double boiler or using a microwave (be careful to not burn the chocolate).
    3. After melting and mixing everything together, bring it out from the double boiler and add the eggs.
    4. Mix until everything is well combined.
    5. Grease two small ramekins with butter and add some cocoa powder to it.
    6. Place the batter into the ramekins and bake it for 6 min (approximately).
    7. Each cake must be firm on the outside but still have that delicious and gooey centre. Maybe you will need to do some testing to find the right time of your oven.
  2. Ganache
    1. Pour the pure cream in a saucepan and bring it to boil.
    2. Turn off the fire and then add the chocolate.
    3. Mix everything together until the chocolate melts and the ganache gets a shine and smooth look.
  3. Ice cream (video recipe here)
    1. Mix all together (fruit you chose + yogurt) using a food processor.
    2. Add the mixture to a popsicle mold and freeze it for about 3 hours.
    3. Unmold them when completely set.
  4. Assembling
    1. Get the lava cake straight from the oven.
    2. Pour some ganache on it.
    3. Next place the popsicle and some strawberries.
    4. Done! Time to dive into it! Enjoy as a special treat. 🙂

Brazilian-style Chicken Pie #lowcarb #glutenfree

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This chicken pie is super popular in Brazil, we call it “blender pie”, as the idea is simply stuff all the batter ingredients into a blender jar and it’s done. Like magic! 😀

The filling might vary, sausage (hotdog) with tomato sauce, minced beef, or even vegetarian, but chicken is the star! Give it a try, it’s very easy to make and you don’t need to stick with my filling suggestion, try to create your favourite version!

Ingredients
  • Pie Batter
    • 4 eggs
    • 3 tablespoons of yogurt
    • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
    • 2 tablespoons of flaxseed
    • 1 tablespoon of psyllium
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
    • 20ml of olive oil
  • Chicken filling
    • 100g of cream cheese (optional)
    • 300g of shredded chicken, sautéed with chopped onion and already seasoned.
Directions
  1. Pie batter
    1. In a bowl mix all ingredients together.
    2. Reserve.
  2. Shredded chicken
    1. Prepare your chicken the way you like the most. Here at home we usually boil it.
    2. After that, shred the chicken and then, in a fry pan, sauté it with olive oil, chopped onion, garlic, salt and black pepper.
  3. Assembling the pie
    1. Preheat oven to 160C (320F).
    2. Grease a cake pan with coconut oil (or butter) and pour some coconut flour on it. Here we are going to use a silicon one.
    3. Place half of your batter into it.
    4. Add the shredded chicken and put some spoons of cream cheese over it.
    5. Place the remaining batter. You’ll end up having 3 layers: batter, filling and batter.
    6. Bake it for 40 min or until it gets golden brown.
    7. Enjoy!