CELEBRATING WOMEN: HEALTHY MUESLI BARS

   PREP TIME:10 min                      FREEZING TIME: 1-hour                        DIFFICULTY: Easy

Women around the globe are worth to be celebrated. And how do we do that? We create delicious recipes for them to enjoy:)

As we celebrate women this month, let us put health into perspective! A healthy woman is a happy woman (and vice versa).

I created this gorgeous no-bake snack, filled with chewy and sticky cherries and cherry syrup. Nothing can be more irresistible than this.

Let’s dive in to the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 300 g whole pitted dates
  • 250 g birches muesli
  • 100 g raisins
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 20 grams castor sugar
  • 1 tin black pitted cherry

Instructions:

  1. Soak the pitted dates and raisins in hot water for 5 minutes. Drain off the excess water.
  2. Take 100 grams of birchies muesli and use a food processor to pulverize them until you have fine flour. Set the flour aside in a bowl.
  3. In a food processor, pulse the soaked dates and raisins until they are smooth.
  4. Add the pitted dates, salt and 150 grams of birchies muesli to the muesli flour. Mix together until dough is formed.
  5. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and spread the dough into pan and smooth the top out evenly, pressing all the way into corners with your fingers.
  6. Place the pan in the freezer for 30 minutes (or longer) to set.
  7. In a pan, pour the black cherries and add sugar then bring to boil on medium heat. The pitted cherries texture should be like maple syrup texture.
  8. Remove the dough from the freezer and pour the cherries on top of the dough. Add nuts of your choice. Return the dough to set in the freezer for another 30 min.
  9. Slice into 8 thick bars or into small squares and serve immediately. Store leftovers in the freezer (or the fridge).

COCONUT & PECAN NUT HEALTH BARS

A Happy Women’s day to you!

PREP TIME:  30 min                       COOKING TIME: 45 min                DIFFICULTY: Medium

This month is the month to celebrate women around the world! I am very excited even though there isn’t much to do due to the lock down restrictions. Even in the midst of restrictions, we can still have a blast in our kitchens right?

So today, let’s have some quality time baking and cooking with other women around the world. Get your skype or zoom ready and start with this delicious recipe : coconut and pecan nut health bars.

Let’s jump in to the recipe!

Ingredients for Base:

  • 300 g coconut flour
  • 100 g castor sugar
  • 200 g salted butter (melted)
  • ½ tsp salt

Ingredients for filling:

  • 150 g yoghurt white chocolate drops
  • 30 g pecan nuts
  • 30 g hazel nits
  • 100 g coconut flakes
  • 100 g coconut flour
  • 1 can unsweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 100 g egg whites
  • 30 g castor sugar

Instructions for base:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line your baking tray with a baking sheet and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, pour melted butter and castor sugar then stir together.
  4. Add in coconut flour and salt, mixing until dough forms.
  5. Press the dough into the bottom of prepared pan in an even layer. Bake 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
  6. Set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes and reduce the oven heat to 150 degrees Celsius.

Instructions for filling:

  1. In a bowl, use an electric mix to beat the egg whites and vanilla essence until fluffy. Gradually add the sugar into the eggs until stiff peak forms.  (nothing should fall out when you put the bowl upside down)
  2. Mix coconut flour and condensed milk in another bowl until smooth.
  3. Add the batter into the whisked eggs and use a spatula to fold the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour the filling over cooled crust and sprinkle the coconut flakes.
  5. Place the pecan nuts and hazel nuts on top of the filling then bake for 30 minutes or until coconut is golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Slice into bars, drizzle with melted yoghurt chocolate drops and Enjoy!

Get your ingredients online from The Refillery Store.

FLUFFY COCOA CAKE

Simply delicious and fluffy

This winter, why not indulge in one of our best chocolate cake recipes. This fluffy chocolate cake is a must try comfort food this winter.

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams self-rising flour
  • 150 grams cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 100 ml canola oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 250 grams xylitol sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 200 ml milk
  • 150 ml water

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a bowl, pour the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and salt.
  3. Mix the ingredients
  4. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla essence, oil and milk until fully blended and frothy. (Use an electric mixer)
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and use a spatula to blend the batter until smooth and creamy
  6. Pour the batter into 2 medium size baking pans
  7. Bake for 30-50 minutes depending on the size of your baking pan.

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp spirulina powder
  • 150 grams butter
  • 200 grams icing sugar

Directions:

  1. Beat the butter with an electric mixer until soft and fluffy.
  2. Add spirulina powder and gradually add the icing sugar to the butter whilst mixing the butter with an electronic mixer.
  3. Once fully blended, store icing in the refrigerator.

Get your ingredients online from The Refillery SA online store.

FUDGY OATMEAL BROWNIES

PREP TIME: 10 min BAKING TIME: 30 min DIFFICULTY: easy

These Fudgy Oatmeal Brownies are so rich and indulgent. Made with Oat flour and dates as a replacement for sugar, these must be on your list of comfy dessert treats this winter!

These oatmeal brownies have been on my recipes to try list for a long time now. I love how the weather has turned out to be here in Cape Town, the weather has been complimenting the food I make lately ~ comfy food that you can indulge in with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

WHY OATMEAL?

I love how oats make you feel full before you even finish a bowl of oats.

As many people are now vying for healthier options in order to boost their immune system, I wanted to make something along those lines of boosting your immune system as well as enjoying the food you are eating.

Here are a few benefits of using oatmeal as a main ingredient in your baking:

  • Oats are rich in antioxidants ~ good for skin
  • Oats lower cholesterol levels
  • Oats aid in regulating blood sugar levels
  • Oats contain powerful soluble fiber ~ good for gut health
  • Oats aid in weight management ~ they fill you up quickly and you won’t be hungry for a couple of hours.

Now let’s jump in to the recipe below:

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 200 grams pitted dates
  • 80 grams melted butter
  • 1 ½ cup oat flour
  • ½ t baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • 6 T cocoa powder
  • 1 T vanilla essence

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Soak the dates in hot water for 5 minutes.
  3. In a food processor, blend the dates until smooth.
  4. In a bowl, use an electric mixer to whisk the eggs, butter and vanilla essence until frothy.
  5. In a larger bowl, add the dates, flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder.
  6. Pour the egg mixture to the flour and use a spatula to blend all ingredients until smooth and glossy.
  7. Line your baking tray with a parchment paper.
  8. Pour the mixture into the tray and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  9. Cool the brownies for 10 minutes before serving.
  10. Decorate the brownies with some caramel treat. Enjoy!

MORINGA BUNDT CAKE

This Moringa Bundt Cake is the most flavorful and delightful cake for winter! Moist, tender yet buttery, it’s simply scrumptious and a delight to the human eye.

This Moringa bundt cake is your next step to a good immune system. The idea of adding moringa powder to my food was an absolute no, until I discovered the miraculous benefits that this powder carries.

It is no joke how I am seeing people changing their eating habits and how they endeavour to improve their immune system due to the COVID 19 situation. As a matter of fact, this recipe is also a part of elevating your immune system to fight off disease and stay fit.

What makes moringa good for you?

Moringa is well known for its medicinal properties and health benefits. It has anti-fungal, antiviral, anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Some benefits of Moringa powder are:

  1. Protecting and nourishing skin and hair
  2. Protecting the liver
  3. Preventing and treating cancer
  4. Treating stomach complaints
  5. Fighting against bacterial diseases

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 T vanilla essence
  • 250 ml milk
  • 200 g salted butter melted
  • 2 T moringa powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 200 g castor sugar
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 500 g cake wheat flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius
  2. In a large bowl, pour the eggs, essence, milk, butter and moringa powder. Use an electric mix to whisk the ingredients until fully mixed and frothy.
  3. Add the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder to the egg mixture.
  4. Use a spatula to blend the ingredients until the batter is smooth.
  5. Spray your bundt pan with baking grease and lightly powder it with some flour to ensure that the cake does not stick to the pan.
  6. Pour the cake batter into the bundt pan and bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes before you glaze it.

Ingredients for glaze:

  • 50 ml unsweetened condensed milk
  • 100 gram icing sugar
  • 2 T peanut butter

Instructions for glaze:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a bowl and use a spatula to combine them until smooth and creamy.