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.

COCOA & COCONUT MERINGUE COOKIES

  Simply Delicious

These cookies will melt in your tongue, they are chewy and something you definitely must try during this winter.

Ingredients for cookies:

  • 100 ml egg whites (approximately 3 eggs)
  • 50 grams castor sugar
  • 100 grams icing sugar
  • 100 grams coconut flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1  tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Ingredients for filling:

  • 100 ml condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 150 grams icing sugar

Instructions for cookies:

  1. In a bowl, mix the icing sugar, coconut flour, salt and cocoa powder.
  2. Sieve the flour mixture in a separate bowl to remove large bits of flour.
  3. In another bowl, pour your vanilla essence and food colouring to your egg whites.
  4. Use an electric mixer to whip the egg whites until they are frothy.
  5. Add castor sugar gradually and whip the eggs until the meringue reaches a soft peak stage. (this means that when you flip the bowl upside down, the meringue should not fall out).
  6. Gradually add the flour mixture to the meringue and use a spatula to fold the meringue.
  7. To know when your batter is ready it should have a “lava-like” consistency, forming a thick ribbon that slowly blends back into itself when drizzled from your spatula. A figure “8” test will tell you when the consistency is correct. The batter should drizzle off the spatula and form an eight. Stop immediately at this point.
  8. Pour the batter into a piping bag and pipe onto a sheet of parchment paper fixed to a baking sheet. You can use some batter as glue to hold the sheet steady. Also, pipe perpendicular to the surface and try to be consistent with the sizes.
  9.  Tap the tray several times to remove air bubbles. Allow to sit for 30-60 minutes.
  10.  Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
  11. Cool the cookies for 10 minutes.
  12. Pipe your filling onto the back of half the shells. Form a sandwich and enjoy!

Instructions for filling:

  1. In a bowl, mix the peanut butter and condensed milk until they are fully blended.
  2. Pour the icing sugar and use a spatula to mix the ingredients.
  3. Pour the filling into a piping bag.

Get your ingredients online from The Refillery SA online store.

CHOCOLATE FLAVOURED CINNAMON ROLLS

Truly Appetizing and a great way to start your day

Welcome to day 3 of celebrating all mothers and mothers to be from all over the globe! Today a great way to treat your mom would be to start the day with these gorgeous and tasty chocolate flavoured cinnamon rolls.

These rolls can be enjoyed with a drizzle of condensed milk as a glaze and topped up with some lovely vanilla ice-cream. I really enjoy having freshly baked (warm) cinnamon rolls with some cold vanilla ice cream. I love the contrast you get from eating something cold and hot at the same time. It is worth trying I tell you.

Oh, also enjoy these rolls with a cup of hot coffee, these will melt the cold away especially if you are in the cold climate.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 250 grams corn starch flour
  • 100 grams cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp xylitol sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 100 ml melted butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 50 grams milk chocolate drops
  • 1 cup milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
  2. Grease your baking tray with butter.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks, vanilla essence and butter together.
  4. In another bowl, mix the flours, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon powder and salt.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and mix well.
  6. Pour milk to the flour and knead the dough.
  7. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough and form a rectangle shape.
  8. Spread butter on top of the dough then sprinkle 1tsp of cinnamon powder.
  9. Sprinkle the chocolate drops on top of the dough and finish by drizzling maple syrup.
  10. Roll up the dough tightly and use a floss/knife to cut 8 equal rolls.
  11. Arrange the pieces in the baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy!

Get your ingredients online today from The Refillery SA online store.

HOW TO MAKE COCOA PANCAKES FROM SCRATCH

Recently, I have gone into the habit of wanting to make my own things at home rather than buy from stores or restaurants. I mean its a fun experience and you get to know how things work in the kitchen.

Moreover, you will save lots of money. I am sure you know that ingredients are cheap o purchase ,but the price they charge you for cooked food is unbelievably high. I would rather make my own and tweak it according to my taste buds.

Let’s jump over to the recipe then.

Ingredients:
  • 500 grams self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 30 ml canola oil
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 3 tbsp xylitol sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence.
  • 1 egg
Instructions:

1. Whisk flour, cocoa, sugar, and salt in bowl.

2. In separate bowl, whisk egg, vanilla extract, milk, and oil.

3. Make a center in the flour mixture, and add the milk mixture gradually. Stir gently to form a batter.

4. Heat non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Lightly grease bottom of pan with oil.

5. Drop batter using a tablespoon onto the pan. Cook pancakes until golden brown and cooked through, about 1 minute per side.

6. Transfer to plates. Repeat with remaining batter.

7. Drizzle with maple syrup and top with blueberries an strawberries.

8. Enjoy!

cocoa pancakes

THE BENEFITS OF GLUTEN FREE OATS

GLUTEN FREE OATS AND SOFT CITRUS PARFAIT
Gluten free parfait
YOUR HEALTH MATTERS

Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. In fact, oats have been the number one  breakfast food for many across the world, for about 130 years.

Most people love the taste of oats but to other’s demise they cannot enjoy oats due to gluten intolerance!

Good News!

There is a special type of oats called the gluten-free oats and these can be safely consumed by people who have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease.

So, what does gluten free mean?

Gluten free means that food does not contain gluten. Gluten means “glue” in Latin and is a protein that’s mainly found in wheat, rye, and barley. It helps things like pizza dough and pasta keep their structure, and for most of us, eating it is no big deal. But that’s not the case for everyone.

Gluten affects people with celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which gluten causes the body to attack the small intestine. This results in lots of bloating, abdominal pain, chronic diarrhoea, weight loss, and fatigue.

So, what are the benefits of Gluten-Free Oats?
Gluten free oatmeal
  1. Gluten free oats are high in a soluble fiber called beta-glucan. Beta-glucan helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, promotes healthy gut bacteria and increases feelings of fullness.
  2. Gluten free oats aid in lowering the risk of heart disease by reducing both total and LDL cholesterol and protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation.
  3. Oatmeal helps you to lose weight by making you feel satiated. It does this by slowing down the emptying of the stomach and increasing production of the satiety hormone PYY.
  4. Oatmeal has long been used to help treat dry and itchy skin. It may help relieve symptoms of various skin conditions, including eczema. If you want to have the best skin, its best to include oats in your diet.
  5. Oatmeal protects against diabetes. The soluble fibre in oats does not contribute to  blood sugar spikes that can put you at risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. If you already have diabetes (either type 1 or type 2) soluble fibre can help keep your condition under control.
  6. Gluten free oats boost your immune system. One specific type of fibre found in oats is beta-glucan. This type of fibre helps your immune cells find and get to sites of infection quicker as it raises your immune system’s response.
  7. Oats contain many powerful antioxidants, including avenanthramides. These compounds may help reduce blood pressure and provide other benefits. They are also nutritious as they are rich in carbs and fiber, but also higher in protein and fat than most other grains. They are very high in many vitamins and minerals.
Gluten free oats parfait and oatmeal
INGREDIENTS:
  • 100 grams gluten free oats
  • 250 ml water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 50 ml full cream
  • 200 grams plain yoghurt
  • 3 soft citruses
  • 20 ml honey
  • 3 strawberries
  • Mint leaves
  • 10 grams almonds
  • 5 grams chia seeds
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. On a stove, put the water and salt into a pot and bring to boil.
  2. Add the gluten free oats and stir occasionally for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add some cream for more thickness and flavour.
  4. Remove the cooked oats from the stove and cool for 10 minutes.
  5. In a bowl layer the oats at the bottom followed by soft citrus, yoghurt, mint leaves, more oats and soft citrus.
  6. At the top of the parfait, glaze with honey and sprinkle some chia seeds.
  7. Decorate with strawberries and almonds.

At the end of the day, oats are among the healthiest foods you can eat. Enjoy!

Prep & cooking time: 30 min

Gluten free oats

All thanks to The Refillery SA for the amazing ingredients!

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THE BEST ENERGY SMOOTHIE FOR BREAKFAST

BANANA & GOJI BERRY DETOX SMOOTHIE

Edenairs banana & goji berry smoothie

LET’S KEEP IT HEALTHY!

Do you feel tired in the morning? Do you struggle waking up, especially now that it’s winter? You are not alone! I feel the same, in fact many people have episodes of laziness during winter mornings. Imagine it’s six o’clock but it still looks dark, and your blankets feel warm, but you need to go to work: in that cold piercing air.

No worries!

Start off your day with a delicious breakfast such as this Banana & Goji berry smoothie. It  will keep you awake for the rest of the day and you will be surprised at how much energy you will have in carrying out your daily tasks and how much concentration you will have during meetings or school.

BANANAS:

Bananas are packed with carbohydrates that your body can use for instant energy; this explains the high energy levels you will experience. They are also full of potassium which acts as an electrolyte and promotes circulatory health, helps with blood flow, prevents high blood pressure and helps reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by regulating circulation. Bananas contain amino acids that prevent mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression but rather aids in releasing the ‘happy hormone’. So, regularly consuming bananas can increase your energy, prevent fatigue and enhance your mood in the morning.

GOJI BERRIES:

Banana & Goji berry detox smoothie

Who doesn’t want to look young and radiant?

No one wants wrinkles or fine lines. If you are one of those people who are looking to prevent premature aging, boost your immune system (if you easily catch a cold) or want to prevent cancer; then the goji berry must be on your superfoods list!

Why?

Goji berries are an excellent source of antioxidants that protect you against free radicals (harmful molecules that can damage your cells). The antioxidants in goji berries help fight aging by preventing free radicals from damaging collagen in the skin. Moreover, studies show that goji berry extract helps in delaying the aging process in cells. They also contain anti-cancer properties, aid in improved energy and feelings of overall well-being.

Banana & Goji Berry detox smoothie

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Banana
  • 300 grams vanilla yoghurt
  • 10 grams goji berries
  • 10 grams chia seeds
  • 3 ice blocks
  • 200 ml water
  • Mint leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Put the banana, vanilla yoghurt, goji berries, chia seeds, mint leaves, ice and water into a high-speed blender.
  2. Blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy: if you want more thickness just add more yoghurt.
  3. Pour the smoothie in a bowl, jar or cup.
  4. Sprinkle some mint leaves and goji berries for decoration purposes. You can even add some raspberries for colour and more flavour.
  5. Add a slice of brown bread topped with banana and raspberries.

Enjoy!

All thanks to The Refillery SA for the ingredients https://therefillery.co.za/

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