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.

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.

SORGHUM CUPCAKES AND PUMPKIN SEEDS

There is a whole lot of things that one can use sorghum flour for. In the previous post, I made some pancakes. Today this cupcake recipe will blow your mind away. Sorghum has never been this good.

If you are intolerant to gluten, then start celebrating.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 Cup Sorghum Flour
  • 1 Cup self rising flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 100 ml canola oil
  • ½ cup xylitol sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50 grams pumpkin seeds
METHOD:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius
  2. Line the wells of a muffin pan with papers and crease the insides of the papers
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla essence and canola oil
  4. In another bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin seeds
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and mix well until smooth.
  6. Scoop the batter into the muffin papers. Sprinkle the top with pumpkin seeds
  7. Bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
  8. Remove the muffins from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes.

CARAMEL ICING

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp caramel essence
  • 50 grams diced pecan nuts
Method:
  1. Beat the softened butter over medium speed with an electric mixture until soft and creamy.
  2. Gradually add the icing sugar to the butter until fully blended.
  3. Once the butter and sugar have mixed well, add the caramel essence and mix it into the mixture.
  4. Decorate your cupcakes with the frosting and sprinkle pecan nuts over the icing. Enjoy!

Get these lovely ingredients online from The Refillery SA.

THE BEST & HEALTHIEST POTATO CURRY SALAD

LET’S GET SPICY

Put a smile on the face of your family with this gorgeous, nutritious and delicious potato curry salad.

Do you have neighbors whom when they cook you smell something wonderful? It makes you hungry and you wish they invited you for dinner. Now, imagine opening your oven and being greeted by an aroma of well grilled thyme and potatoes infused with all sorts of spices that rev up your appetite! If you have children who lose their appetite during dinner time, this salad will make them want to eat more. Problem solved.

The best thing about this salad is that even though it smells appetizing when you eat it ,you get full really quickly.

The main Star spice of this dish is the cut chilly spice. Below are a few benefits.

  1. Weight Loss- According researchers at Harvard University, cut chillies contain capsaicin which is known to promote weight loss by reducing appetite and increase fat burning.
  2. Fights Inflammation- The substance called capsaicin has been studied to be an effective treatment arthritis and diabetes.
  3. Improves Heart Health- Chillies can impact your health by helping to boost circulation and also act as a thinner to help protect against strokes. Therefore, consuming food with chillies every day is all you need to do to enjoy the multiple and important health benefits they have to offer.

INGREDIENTS: Serves 4.

  • 640 grams of potatoes
  • 2 tsp cut chillies
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • 100 grams mushrooms
  • Thyme
  • Red pepper
  • Green pepper
  • Spring Onions
  • Olive oil
  • 1 Lemon
  • Vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven at 150 degrees Celsius for 10-15 minutes
  2. In a pan, sauté the mushrooms until golden
  3. Cut the potatoes into cubes or halves ( do not remove the skin)
  4. Cut the garlic and cherry tomatoes
  5. Mix the spices in a bowl
  6. Pour some olive oil into the spices and rub them onto the cut potatoes
  7. Grease your baking tray and put your potatoes, garlic and cherry tomatoes
  8. Grill the potatoes for 30 minutes
  9. Remove tray from oven and let it cool for 5 min

10. Mix the grilled potatoes, mushrooms and pepper

11. Squeeze some lemon juice and sprinkle your potatoes with vinegar

ENJOY!

Prep and cooking time: 50 minutes.

All thanks to The Refillery SA for the best spices ever!

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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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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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GREEN SMOOTHIE FOR PERFECT HEALTH

THE SPIRULINA & STRASPBERRY (strawberry-raspberry)- MINT DETOX SMOOTHIE

LET’S GET GREEN EVERYBODY!

Have you ever wondered how green smoothies taste? Many people have a misconception about green smoothies. They think green smoothies taste terrible and tend to gulp down the smoothie very fast without having a taste of it.

Today, say goodbye to the idea of ‘greens taste terrible’ and try this mouthwatering spirulina & straspberry detox smoothie. Very green but sweet and packed with nutrients that will take your health to the next level!

Spirulina Powder:

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that dates to the 16th century and it originates from Mexico. This powder is a superfood due to its astounding nutritional content and health benefits. Vegetarians use this powder as a dietary supplement for protein and vitamins.

There are numerous health benefits of incorporating this powder into your diet. It aids with weight loss due to its low-calorie content. When you consume spirulina, you tend to lose appetite which leads to weight loss. From today, make spirulina your best friend and see those pounds drop really fast.

Spirulina aids in digestion, manages diabetes symptoms, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. For those with a slow metabolism and struggle to lose weight, say goodbye to your problems! Spirulina is known to boost and fire up your metabolism. Take this smoothie in the morning, and you will be full energy for the rest of the day! Want to be productive and feel rejuvenated? Then the spirulina and straspberry-mint detox smoothie is a must in your morning routine.

Why Straspberry?

Well my little sister inspired me to shorten the name of the detox. Instead of ‘the spirulina-strawberry- raspberry & mint detox smoothie,’ I decided to shorten it to ‘the spirulina & straspberry-mint detox smoothie’ because both the strawberry and raspberry are berries that belong to the same family.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 20 grams strawberries
  • 10 grams raw almonds
  • 20 grams raspberries
  • 300 grams vanilla yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of moringa powder
  • 3 ice blocks
  • 200 ml water
  • Mint leaves

Instructions:

  1. Put the yoghurt, strawberries, raw almonds, raspberries, spirulina, moringa, ice blocks, water and mint leaves in a high-speed blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy, if the smoothie is too thick, add some water bit by bit until you reach the level of creaminess you want.
  3. Pour in a jar, glass or bowl
  4. Sprinkle some mint leaves, raspberries and raw almonds on top for a crunchy-chewy texture.
  5. Enjoy!

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

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