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!

SUPER FOOD ICE-CREAM

Only made from 5 ingredients. Try this delicious ice cream recipe at your home.

I know that you are running out of snacks during this lock down. You probably don’t have much ice cream left for dessert. I have good news for you. Today, you can make your own super delicious healthy ice cream with only 5 ingredients. You do not need a churning machine. No, all you need are bowls, spatulas and a whisk.:)

I promise you will love and enjoy this recipe. Be creative this season and learn to make healthy snacks at home. Time is on your side and you get to use that time to have fun with your kids and spouse.

Give it a try!

Ingredients:
  • 250 ml condensed milk
  • 250-gram whipped cream
  • 50-gram baobab powder
  • 15 grams spirulina powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mix the condensed milk and whipped cream until fully blended.
  2. Add baobab powder, spirulina and vanilla essence to the cream.
  3. Fold the cream with a spatula until fully blended.
  4. Refrigerate in a lunchbox for 4 Hours.
  5. Enjoy with chia seed pudding!

Chia seed Pudding Ingredients:

  • 100 grams chia seeds
  • 200 ml milk

Chia seed pudding directions:

  1. Mix the chia seeds and milk in bowl.
  2. Seal the bowl with a cling wrap
  3. Refrigerate for 3 hours
  4. Enjoy with ice cream

Get your ingredients online from The Refillery SA during this lock down and stay safe.

VALENTINE’S CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

One of the best dessert meals for Valentine’s is this no-bake chocolate & beets truffle.

I know that most people love to do really easy, no-bake desserts that require minimal ingredients. So I decided to develop an easy, no-bake healthy dessert that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Here’s why you’re going to love these Chocolate Beetroot Truffles.

No baking required! All you need to do is cook the beetroots otherwise no actual cooking is required. You could make it even easier to buy pre-cooked beets. The food processor and freezer do all of the hard work.

8 main ingredients. 10 including salt and zest, but we don’t count salt or zest, so just 8 main ingredients.

Wholesome. These truffles taste just as indulgent as any truffle, but they are good for you, especially if you use dark chocolate with a high cacao content.

Allergen Friendly. These truffles are gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free so anyone can enjoy them!

Fudgy. The combination of dates, cooked beets, and cacao powder make these sticky, gooey and fudgy. They melt in your mouth, not even joking.

Indulgent. Even though they’re made with wholesome ingredients, they taste magniglorious. And because they’re so rich, just a small serving will satisfy all your dessert cravings!

Ingredients:
  • 200 grams dry pitted dates
  • 100 grams beetroot
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 30 grams oat flour
  • 20 grams protein powder
  • 30 grams cocoa powder
  • 50 grams chocolate icing
  • 40 grams butter
  • Orange zest
Instructions:
  1. In a small pot, boil peeled beetroot for 15 minutes.
  2. In a bowl , put the dates and add water. Microwave them for 1 minute
  3. In a blender, put the dates, sliced beetroot, vanilla essence and some water. Blend until thick and sticky.
  4. You can make your own oat flour by blending rolled oats until smooth.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the oat flour, protein powder and salt. Add the date caramel to the bowl and mix until a sticky dough is formed.
  6. Freeze the dough for 1 hour.
  7. To make the chocolate icing, beat the butter for 2 minutes with a mixer until smooth and fluffy.
  8. Add the chocolate icing to the butter and fold well with a spatula until fully blended.
  9. Remove the dough from the freezer and use a scoop to form truffle balls.
  10. Cover the truffles with chocolate icing and sprinkle orange zest on them.
  11. Enjoy!
PREP TIME: 75 MINUTES

5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD INCLUDE COCOA IN YOUR DIET

WINTER COCOA OATMEAL PARFAIT

SILENCE THE COLD

Make your winter full of goodness every time you wake in the morning!

Are you a fan of desserts? Imagine having a dessert for breakfast. Goodness me, I bet you will wake up with all the energy you have got (despite the cold) only for that bite of goodness to fill your belly with wonders. This wonderful cocoa oatmeal parfait will keep you & your family warm and happy this winter! Your kids will be motivated to go to school since they look forward to that delicious breakfast, you will experience improved focus and energy.

Winter parfait
Winter parfait

Let’s explore the benefits of having cocoa in oatmeal.

  1. Cocoa lowers high blood pressure– when you consume cocoa, there are more positive changes in the systolic and diastolic blood pressure compared to when you consume black and green tea.  This helps in maintaining a healthy circulatory system.
  2. Cocoa is packed with antioxidants– According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, cocoa exhibits higher antioxidant activity than black tea, green tea, and red wine.  The zinc present in cocoa helps protect you against oxidative stress, which is a major cause behind accelerated ageing.  If you want to keep ageing at bay, you better start having cocoa oatmeal for breakfast.
  3. Cocoa improves brain health- Doyou want your child to perform brilliantly at school? Then you have found your aid. Cocoa contains a high number of flavonoids which are known to maintain a healthy brain and have a positive effect on learning and memory functions.
  4. Cocoa relieves bronchial asthma- Are you suffering from asthma or shortness of breath? Do not worry, cocoa contains xanthine and theophylline, which aid in relaxing bronchial spasms and opening constricted bronchial tubes. You will breathe well in no time.
  5. Cocoa makes your skin beautiful- Consuming cocoa helps in decreasing the effects of UV-induced erythema and reducing skin roughness as well as scaling.  Do you want skin elasticity? Cocoa is shown to enhance skin elasticity, hydration, and density.
Winter parfait

Nutritional value of Cocoa~ According to the USDA, cocoa is rich in minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium. It also contains vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and vitamin B6, E, and K. It is also a good source of zinc, iron, and sodium while providing the body with energy, carbohydrates, protein, and dietary fibres. It contains 0 cholesterol.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of chocolate oats with cocoa
  • 2 cups of full cream milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 100 grams raspberries
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • Mint leaves
  • 200 grams strawberry yoghurt

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a pot, pour the milk & salt and bring to boil.
  2. Add the chocolate & cocoa oats and stir continuously for 5 minutes
  3. Once the oats are thick and creamy, cool the oats for 10 minutes
  4. In a cup or bowl layer the oats first, followed by fresh strawberries, strawberry yoghurt and raspberries until you build a beautiful parfait.
  5. Sprinkle some chia seeds and mint leaves.

Enjoy!

Winter parfait

All thanks to The Refillery SA for the best quality ingredients!

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