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Amazeballs

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Amazeballs

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OH MY! These amazeballs are just ah-amazing! Make them in large quantities and store them in the fridge for a few weeks. If you are like me and can't have them around because you end up eating'em all, freeze them and unfreeze from time to time. 

In this recipe I made the balls with nuts and cacao and then dusted them in different coatings for a variety of flavors. Sesame seeds for an interesting mix of sweet and salty, pistachio for it's great color and taste, coconut because it is a must-have, and one of my favorites - matcha - which has a distinct and particular green tea taste. Try one or all! 

Enjoy as a mid morning snack, afternoon pick-me-up or as cute after-dinner delights. 

amazeballs


ingredients

1 c hazelnuts
1/2 c cashews
1/2 c shredded coconut
10 dates
2 tbs cacao powder
2 tbs chia seeds
2 tbs coconut oil
1 tbs maple syrup (optional)
Pinch of salt

Dusting options:

  • Matcha powder
  • Pistachio slivers
  • Shredded coconut
  • Gomasio (sesame seeds with salt)

instructions

1.Throw the cashews, hazelnuts and shredded coconut into the food processor and pulse until it turns to a coarse flour, about 10-15 seconds. With the machine on, add the dates one by one. 

2. Then add the remaining ingredients and blitz for about 30 seconds.

3. Grab a tablespoon worth of the dough and roll it into a ball. Place on a plate. Repeat until all the dough is used up.

4. Now place your selected dusting option in a small bowl, and roll a ball in the dusting until it is evenly coated. Place the ball back on the plate. Repeat with as many balls as you want.

5. Place plate in the fridge for about 30 min so they firm up. Then store them in the fridge for weeks.

From left to right: Gomasio, Matcha, Shredded coconut, pistachio.

From left to right: Gomasio, Matcha, Shredded coconut, pistachio.

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Raw Berry Cake

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Raw Berry Cake

Spring is around the corner and with it warmer days! After this long and brutal winter here in NYC I though of sharing something more springy like this raw berry cake. 

This cake is a real crowdpleaser because it looks beautiful and tastes even better! Anyone who eats it will love you for making it :)

Making it is really easy too, you basically blend the ingredients and layer them onto a round silicone cake pan, or a springform pan with removable bottom. It's very satisfying to see it come together. 

You can serve it as a cake, or alternatively you could cut it either into bars or smaller cubes to enjoy as bite-sized treats. Amazing either way!

RAW BERRY CAKE

makes 10 slices


INGREDIENTS

Base:
1 c walnuts
1 c shredded coconut
8 medjool dates, pitted
Pinch of sea salt

Filling:
4 c cashews, soaked and drained
Juice of 2 lemons
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 c honey
1/2 c coconut oil
1 1/4  c water
1/2 c fresh raspberries
1/2 c fresh blueberries
1 c frozen raspberries

You will also need:
food processor
blender
9.5" /24 cm round cake pan


Best kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Grease a round silicone cake pan with coconut oil, making sure you do the bottom and the sides.

2. Throw the walnuts and coconut into the food processor and blitz until ground, about 1 minute. Then add the dates 1 by 1 and blitz until it becomes doughy, another minute. 

3. Transfer the base mix to the greased pan and using your hands flatten the dough evenly along the bottom creating a uniform and compact layer. Place in the freezer while you prepare the filling.

4. Throw the cashews, lemons juice, salt, water, honey and coconut oil into the blender and blend until creamy and no lumps remain.

5. Transfer 4 cups of this cashew batter into a big bowl. Add the fresh blueberries and fresh raspberries and stir them softly into the batter so they don't brake. This is your second layer. Remove the base from the freezer and pour this mix into the cake mould, forming a new layer. Return it to the freezer for at least 2 hours so its sets firmly. ** The more the layer freezes, the clearer the division between the layers. 

6. Meanwhile blend the remaining cashew batter with the frozen raspberries. This will be the pink layer. Once the middle layer is fully set, add this last layer to the cake and using a spatula spread it all along the top. Sprinkle shredded coconut along the top. Freeze again for another hour.

7. Once it is nicely set and firm, carefully pushing from the bottom release the cake out of the silicone and place it on a plate, ready to be cut and served.


 

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Banana Cinnamon Granola

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Banana Cinnamon Granola

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This is the perfect fall recipe for granola. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and 40 to bake. Naturally sweetened with banana and dates and a hint of warming cinnamon, it doesn't need added sweeteners (unless you want it sweeter). In this recipe I used only nuts and superfoods and left out the inflammatory grains typically found granola, so its great for those in a grain-free and sugar-free lifestyles.

I like to eat it with almond milk as a healthy and tasty breakfast; with a cup of plain greek yogurt topped with berries; as a topping to a chia pudding; or simply on its own as a very satisfying snack. The yield of this recipe is not so big, since my equipment and kitchen are small I can't make big amounts, but you can increase the amounts to make bigger batches that can last for months stored in air tight containers. Its a simple, healthy and filling recipe, and I know you will love it!

BANANA CINNAMON GRANOLA RECIPE


PREP TIME: 10 MIN

COOK TIME: 40 MIN

TOTAL TIME: 50 MIN


ingredients

1/2 c almonds, roughly chopped

1/2 c pecans, roughly chopped

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tbs chia seeds

1/3 c unsweetened shredded coconut

1 banana

5 medjool dates, pitted

seeds of 1 vanilla bean

3 tbs coconut oil

1 tbs almond milk

pinch of sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Pre-heat oven at 350F/175C.

2. In big bowl mix all your dry ingredients: almonds, pecans, cinnamon, chia seeds and shredded coconut.

3. Throw all the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy.

4. Add the wet paste to the dry ingredients in the same bowl and mix thoroughly until everything is well coated. 

5. Line a baking dish with parchment paper and grease it with a touch of coconut oil. Spread the mixture evenly on the dish.

6. Bake at 350F/175C for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, give it a stir to avoid big clumps, and return to the oven. Bake for another 20 minutes, until golden brown. When its done it may still be wet and sticky but thats normal. As you let it cool it will become crunchy. 

* Store it in an airtight container for months!


❤  Eat with almond milk (or any other nut milk).

❤  Eat with plain greek yogurt, topped with berries.

❤  Add it as a topping to a chia pudding.

❤  Enjoy it simply as a healthy snack. Pack it in little single serving bags and its the perfect on the go snack.


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