Gluten Free Chocolate Biscuits by Happy Tummies

 

Just as we have mentioned in the previous post, we understand how difficult it is to find safe food and snacks for kids with food allergies or food intolerance.

So here’s another healthy snack recipe for your little ones that is easy to put together at home!

Gluten Free Chocolate Biscuits recipe, specially contributed by Lisa from Happy Tummies.


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Ingredients:

½ cup (45g) desiccated coconut

½ cup (70g) sorghum

½ cup (60g) arrowroot starch

¼ cup (30g) cacao powder

1 tsp xanthan gum (or guar gum)

100g rapadura sugar (or sweetener of choice)

pinch of salt

40g coconut oil, solid (place in freezer for a few minutes if not solid)

3 tbsps (60mls) cold water from the fridge

 

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 170° C
  2. Line a tray with baking paper
  3. Grind together all dry ingredients in a food processor (if using a Thermomix grind on speed 9 for 10 secs)
  4. Add solid coconut oil and blitz for a few seconds until it resembles breadcrumbs (if using a Thermomix mix on speed 5 for 5 secs)
  5. Add cold water and mix again until thoroughly combined and nice and smooth (if using a Thermomix combine on speed 5 for 5 secs, scrape down and repeat if necessary)
  6. Bake for approximately 15 minutes until cooked
  7. Leave to cool on the tray (if you can…..)

 

For your free handy baking chart and something special from Happy Tummies, click here.

Honey Tahini Cashew Cookies

Valentine’s Day is not just for lovebirds, it’s the perfect time to show some appreciate to the many special ones in your life whether your parents, your friends, workmates or neighbours. Love is a universal desire and everyone wants to feel loved.

A sweet yet simple way to do so is to bake & share some cookies! Our friend Amy from The Holistic Ingredient shares a Honey Tahini Cashew Cookies which not only taste sensational but they’re actually good for you too.

What better way to show that special honey that I’m nuts about you! (corny I know but couldn’t help it)

Happy Valentine’s Day & Enjoy!

Honey Tahini Cashew Cookies

Cashew Cookies

Ingredients 
Makes 18

1 ½ cups cashew meal*

2/3 cup white sesame seeds

1/3 cup unhulled white tahini

¼ cup raw honey

1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground

¼ teaspoon sea salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 175 0 C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

In a large mixing bowl place cashew meal, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a small

mixing bowl combine tahini, raw honey, vanilla extract and coconut oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mix and use your hands to combine the dough. It should be slightly tacky to touch. Roll into balls of 2cm diameter.

Place the sesame seeds into a shallow dish. Roll balls in sesame seeds then place onto baking tray. Press down to 0.5 cm thickness.

Bake for 10 minutes. If you would like even crispier cookies flip and bake for a further 5 minutes. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

* To make cashew meal, simply blend raw cashews in a high-powered blender until it resembles course flour.

Smoked Salmon & Buckwheat Crepes Recipe – so frenchy, so chic

Crepes – a classic and very versatile French dish that can be enjoyed day or night, savoury or sweet, top with just about anything you can imagine.

Simply swapping regular flour with buckwheat flour makes the classic crepes feel a whole lot healthier and “gluteny”. We assure you it actually tastes better. Here we’ve paired the crepes with baked-on eggs and topped with smoked salmon and creme fraiche just to make it a little more fancy.

buckwheat crepesIngredients

150g (1 cup) Buckwheat Flour

10 eggs, 2 beaten, 8 whole

125ml (1/2 cup) milk

Smoked Salmon

Creme Fraiche

Instructions

  1. Place flour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a bowl and make a well in the centre.
  2. Pour in beaten eggs and milk. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Add 250ml water and whisk. Batter should be thin enough to just coat your finger. Add more water if needed.
  4. Cover and stand for 30 minutes.
  5. Heat a slightly greased heavy-based pan or crepe pan over medium heat.
  6. Pour in 60ml of batter, swirl pan to coat base.
  7. Crack an egg into the centre and cook for 3 minutes until egg is just set.
  8. Fold in sides of the crepe so that the egg is partly exposed.
  9. Top with smoked salmon and serve with micro-greens/side salad.

 

 

Surprising Health Benefits of Cucumber Water

Cucumber WaterThis summer has delivered many scorcher days across Australia, making so important to stay well hydrated. Make plain water taste better by adding some fresh fruits/veggies, so you’re likely to drink more H2O.

We highly recommend simply adding cucumber & mint. This is not only adds super refreshing flavour, cucumbers are chock full of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, calcium, vitamin K and potassium. That means you could be reaping benefits like great skin just by adding some slices to your water. If it sounds easy, that’s because it is.

So what’s so great about cucumber water? Here are 4 surprising healthy benefits of cucumber water:

  1. Weight Loss benefits :

 Cucumbers act as a natural diuretic helping you get rid of that excess water and bloating. Not only that, but cucumber water makes plain water taste better, so you’re likely to drink more H2O. Water is an important factor in preventing constipation, which can cause swelling in the abdomen and add on a few extra pounds. Also, sufficient water intake helps your body’s natural detoxificationprocesses, which makes it function more efficiently, thereby facilitating weight loss.

 

2. Detoxing Properties

Use cucumber water during a detox program. It contains antioxidants that will help battle free radicals, and helps the body flush out built-up toxins thanks to its hydrating effect. Detoxing the body doesn’t have to be a drastic 1 time event, you can cultivate healthy every day habits to help your body stay clean with daily attention to the foods that you’re taking in, as well as avoiding foods that are known as being toxic to the body. This sort of regular maintenance keeps you feeling great all year long.

3. Healthy Skin: 

To give your skin even more cucumber benefits, you can wash your face with cucumber water. It refreshes the skin, closes pores and helps prevent oiliness. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make your own cucumber cleanser with this recipe from The Times of India .The silica and antioxidants help your skin stay clear and supple. Wash your face with cucumber water in addition to your usual acne routine to reduce redness.

4. Strong Muscles

The same silica in cucumbers that helps the skin, also helps your muscle tissues healthy. It’s a great choice if you’ve added a strength training regimen such as barre or pilates workouts to your lifestyle, or if you want to make sure that your muscles have all of the nutrients needed to function at their best. A daily glass of cucumber water makes a great contribution to the overall health of your muscles, and your body in general.

 

 

3 Healthy Post-Workout Smoothie Recipes

After a good work-out when you just can’t be bothered to cook up a elaborate meal, smoothies are the perfect option for a instant nutrient pack meal.

Make-Ahead-Frozen-Fruit-Smoothies

The best part about being on the smoothie wagon is that you can prep 1 week’s worth of smoothies in under 1 hour! Simply cut up the fruits & veg, pop them into jars and freeze. When you’re ready to enjoy, just add liquid (no need to defrost) & blend.

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3 Healthy Post-Workout Smoothie Recipes

health_profileKim Ong, founder of power blender – Spectablend shares 3 Sweet Smoothie Recipes that would make for a easy post workout meal. These recipes provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidant without bogging down your digestive system.

 

Reward yourself after a hard workout with some sweet yet healthy recipes.

Consume protein within an hour after exercise to fuel muscle growth. It’s called protein timing, and the idea behind it is this: Resistance training increases amino acid delivery to muscles as well as absorption. Therefore, the sooner you consume protein post-exercise, the bigger the stimulation in muscle protein synthesis. 

Recipe #1: Power Green Smoothie

Green SmoothieIngredients

  • Frozen banana
  • Fresh spinach
  • Fresh mint
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Linseeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut water
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein

 

Method

  1. Blend all ingredients in your blender until smooth, serve and enjoy.

Recipe #2: Banana-Choc Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of organic pure coconut water
  • ½ cup of organic coconut milk
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp of acai powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 frozen ripe banana

Method

  1. Blend all ingredients in your blender until smooth, serve and enjoy.

Recipe #3: Raw Chocolate Berry Cream Pie

Spectablend Raw Chocolate Cream Pie

Ok, Recipe 3 is technically not a smoothie but who can resist the sound of Raw Chocolate Berry Cream Pie! It follows the same easy prep-ahead and pop everything into a blender method.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of frozen berries
  • 2 bananas
  • 3/4 cup salted cashews
  • 5 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt (if cashew nuts are not salted)
  • Dessicated coconut
  • Frozen raspberries

 Method

  1. Add all ingredients into your blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into a pie pan. Smooth out with the back of a spoon.
  3. Cover and place in freezer. Freeze overnight to firm up so that it can be sliced perfectly.
  4. This raw chocolate cream pie recipe should always be kept in the freezer as it will get soggy if in the fridge.
  5. When you serve, top with dessicated coconut and raspberries.

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