Nougat Mocha Christmas Bites

Originally posted on 1000 lovely things:

It’s Friday party people – let the craze begin. This year is just crazy in terms of Christmas Parties. This weekend alone we’re invited to 6! ones. Some of course happen to be the same time so I have to decide where to go. Unfortunately I accepted both invitations :-o Maybe I can make up for my state of being unorganized by sending some Christmas Bites???

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Last week I started this little series with the one and only Fruity Gingerbread flavor – also known as “Printe” in Germany and Chocolate Hazelnut which taste a bit like Hanuta is going to come next week.

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Raw Carrot Cake for Christmas

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Hey Guys

With Christmas quite literally around the corner I thought I would share the carrot cake recipe I’ll be trying out, to make a well deserved treat.

I’m not a fan of store bought cakes that are full of sugar and artificial flavours, I prefer to bake myself and I particularly love raw recipes.

Christmas is often a time when we overindulge but its not the case with this raw carrot cake recipe bellow.

RAW CARROT CAKE WITH CASHEW CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

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Carrot Cake via One Green Planet

INGREDIENTS

Cashew frosting

  • 2 cups cashews, preferably soaked for a couple hours
  • 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons liquid coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • Water, as needed

Cake

  • 2 large carrots, peeled
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour or buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup dried pineapple (or more dates)
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

PREPARATION

  1. To make…

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Curry Leaves Chutney Powder

Curry Leaves Chutney Powder

Curry leaves are used in many dishes in India and neighbouring countries. Often used in curries, the leaves generally go by the name “curry leaves”, though they are also translated as “sweet neem leaves” in most Indian languages (as opposed to ordinary neem leaves which are bitter).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curry_Tree

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 sprigs of curry leaves
  • 1 tbs  split Bengal (chickpea) lentil
  • 1 tbs black gram lentil
  • 1 tbs grated coconut
  • 1 tsp of jaggery
  • ½ tsp of coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp of mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp of tamarind paste
  • 2 red chilies
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbs of oil

Method

  • Dry roast Bengal and black gram lentil till you get a good aroma
  • Take a pan and add one tablespoon of oil and fry coriander seeds, grated coconut, chilies, mustard seeds and curry leaves. Cool it.
  • Dry grind this with lentils. Add jaggery, salt and tamarind while grinding.
  • Serve it with hot rice or as a spread on the bread.

Dates Balls


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 12 dates, pitted
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a food processor, chop the almonds and walnuts until finely chopped and then add in the raisins, dates, cinnamon and vanilla. Blend up until combined and sticky.
  2. Make small balls and roll into coconut. Enjoy!

NOTES

*Store in air-tight container

Sunshine Smoothie

Originally posted on Peanut Butter & Ellie:

It’s a beautiful day to have a beautiful day. The sun is shining, the snow has melted, and there is not a cloud in the sky.

My body is stretched out from yoga this morning and I have a yummy smoothie to drink.

Yoga, smoothies, and sunshine make Ellie happy. 

This smoothie is basically a bunch of fruit and some greens (which you can’t tell are there! Yay for extra nutrients!). Sometimes the most basic of recipes taste the most delicious.  

Make this smoothie for yourself and you will not be disappointed. It will make your day that much better. Smoothies= happy day. So, if you make this smoothie, you’ll have a happy day. (Good logic, yes?). 

Enjoy!

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  • handful (about 1/4 cup) of frozen strawberries
  • handful of frozen blueberries
  • banana
  • orange
  • handful of pineapple
  • handful of spinach 
  • 4 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy! If using a Vitamix, you may…

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Pomegranate And Green Tea Smoothie

This smoothie is very healthy, and tastes great at the same time.  I love to make this smoothie for my breakfast. Try this yummy smoothie.  :)

Take ¾ cup chilled green tea. One cup of pomegranate juice, one banana, peeled and one cup of unsweetened almond milk.

Blend all the ingredients. Chill and serve this yummy smoothie.

Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting that regular green tea drinkers may have a lower risk of developing heart disease and certain types of cancer. Although green tea does not raise the metabolic rate enough to produce immediate weight loss, a green tea extract containing polyphenols and caffeine has been shown to induce thermogenesis and stimulate fat oxidation, boosting the metabolic rate 4% without increasing the heart rate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_tea

Despite pomegranates not having loads of nutrients compared to other fruits, pomegranate juice has antioxidants (and lots of them) and a good amount of health benefits.