Matcha & Coconut Bliss Balls

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Matcha tea is one my favourite food staples at the moment. It has many health benefits ranging from boosting the immune system, calming the mind, relaxing the body, increased energy and concentration. I can see why the Japanese love Matcha and why they add it to almost everything. I for one am always adding it into my smoothies and am always trying to think of new ways to add it into my snacks or meals.

Here is my latest creation, please do not be alarmed by the colour like my husband was! I assure you it tastes amazingly better than how it looks!

Ingredients

1 tsp Matcha powder
1 Tbsp Cacao nibs
1 Tbsp of Coconut oil
1 Cup of Shredded coconut
1 Cup of Walnuts
10 Medjool date’s

 

Add walnuts and shredded coconut into a blender, blend until you get a crumbly texture. Remove pips from medjool dates, then add them into the blender with matcha powder. Blend until mixture is blended. Add coconut oil and blend until mixed, then added in cacao nibs and blend for a couple of seconds. Roll into small balls. Store balls in the fridge, they will be ready to eat within 30 minutes, or you can eat them straight from the blender! Enjoy!

 

Makes  12, time required 10 minutes. 

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Matcha & Cacao Bliss Balls

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Bliss Balls


Matcha tea is a great energy booster, which is good for people like myself that have Chronic fatigue. I recently purchased some Matcha tea and have been stuck with ideas on adding it into my diet. I’ve tried Matcha lattes, teas and smoothies, but I wanted to get creative and find other ways to add it into my diet. I’m always mooning over instagram, looking at all the inspiration on there. I came across some matcha bliss balls creations and after seeing a number of creations I just had to get into the kitchen and create some of my own. When it comes to creating bliss balls, it’s all about using what you have in your cupboards. Keep testing and trying the mixture out until your happy. I’m in love with this creation, cacao powder is one of my favourite ingredients to use. Combine it in with Matcha tea and it is heaven! I hope you enjoy this creation as much as I do!

Ingredients

1/2 Cup cashews
10 Medjool dates
1/4 Cup Cacao powder
1 Tbsp Matcha
1 Tbsp Coconut oil
1 tsp Maple syrup
1 tsp Vanilla extract

Remove pips from dates and combine into a blender with cashews, cacao powder and matcha powder. Blend until mixed, then add maple syrup, vanilla extract and coconut oil. Blend until mixture is all mixed, then roll into small balls. Store balls in the fridge, they will be ready to eat within 30 minutes or you can eat them straight from the blender! Enjoy!

Optional: For an extra Matcha hit, roll balls in extra Matcha powder.

Makes 12- 14, time required 10 minutes.


Tuna & Sweet Potato Salad

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A delicious and easy meal for two or would make a great side dish.

Ingredients

1 Cup of Roasted Sweet Potato
½ Cup of Brown Rice
2 Tins 95g of Tuna in olive oil
½ Cup of Chopped Cucumber
1 Handful of Spinach
1 Handful of Rocket
1 Tbsp of Lemon juice
1 Tbsp of Coconut oil
½ Avocado
Cracked pepper

Set oven at 200 degrees Celsius. Line a tray with baking paper. Cut sweet potato into small pieces and place onto the tray with baking paper. Cover with coconut oil and cracked pepper. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked. In a saucepan boil water and add brown rice, boil until cooked. Wash rocket and spinach leaves and add into a serving bowl. Also add into the serving bowl chopped avocado, cucumber and tuna. Once sweet potato and brown rice are cooked add into the serving bowl. Add lemon juice to the bowl and mix all of the ingredients with a wooden spoon. Once ingredients are mixed in meal is ready to serve, add extra cracked pepper if needed. Enjoy!

Serves 2, time required 40 minutes.


Cinnamon Apples with Chia Pudding

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Now that the weather is getting cooler, our bodies crave warm food to nourish ourselves with. Although a chia pudding isn’t exactly warm, a topping of cooked cinnamon apples will do a fine job!

Ingredients

Chia Pudding
2 Tbsp of Chia Seeds
½ Cup of Coconut Milk
1 tsp of Rice Malt Syrup

Cinnamon Apples
1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
1 Green Apple
Cinnamon
Garnish with a Cinnamon stick.

There are two parts to this recipe. The first part is the Chia pudding which needs to be prepared and left overnight or at least 4 hours before hand to set.

In a bowl or glass, pour chia seeds, rice malt syrup and coconut milk. Stir until it is mixed well, then leave in the fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours.

After the chia seeds have set, slice a green apple into small wedge pieces. In a fry-pan heat coconut oil at a medium heat. Add apple pieces and sprinkle cinnamon over apples. Fry for 5 minutes or until apples are soft. Once the apples pieces are cooked add to the chia pudding. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, Enjoy!

Serves 1, Prep time 10 minutes + set time for chia pudding.


Bacon Zoodles

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Who hasn’t tried Zoodles aka Zucchini noodles? Oh my yum… they are amazing! Honestly you will be cheating on pasta if you try them, they are that delicious. But hey, they are healthy so I don’t see a problem!

Ingredients

1 Zucchini
1/2 of an Avocado
2 Pieces of Bacon
5 Cherry Tomatoes
1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
1 tsp of Chia seeds
1/2 a Lemon
Cracked pepper

Slice zucchini with your vegetable Spiralizer (I use a Veggetti). Cut bacon into small pieces, cook with coconut oil for 2 minutes. Add your zoodles to the the fry pan and cook for around 5 -7 minutes. Chop cherry tomatoes in half and add them into the fry pan, cook for a further 2 minutes or until everything is slightly browned. In a bowl add avocado, squeeze the juice of half a lemon, add chia seeds, season with pepper and mash together with a fork. Add in the ingredients from the fry pan, stir until it’s all mixed in. Enjoy!

Serves 1, time required 15 minutes.


Berry Cacao Smoothie

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This smoothie is very much inspired by Luke and Scott from “My Kitchen Rules”. You can find their smoothie in their “clean living” cookbook. I have just added and amended a few ingredients to suit what’s in my pantry. It does taste delicious, make sure you give it a go!

Ingredients

2 Bananas (peeled & chopped)
1 ½ Cup of Coconut water
½ Cup of Blueberries
½ Cup of Strawberries
2 Tbsp of Cacao nibs
2 Scoops of Amazonia Raw Protein (pea protein)
2 Medjool dates (remove pips)
4 Ice Cubes

Garnish, with frozen blueberries and a strawberry.

Combine all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smoothie has a smooth consistency, pour smoothie into glasses. Garnish by placing a 1cm slice in the bottom of a strawberry then slide onto the glass. Sprinkle frozen blueberries on top of smoothie. Enjoy!


Serves 2, time required 10 minutes.


Summer Strawberry Smoothie

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Summer strawberry is refreshing, smooth and sweet. A great refresher for summer!

Ingredients

1 Cup of Strawberries
1 Cup of Pineapple
1 Orange (peeled)
1 Banana (peeled)
1 Cup of Coconut Water
4 drops of Stevia
4 Ice cubes

Garnish
1 Strawberry

Chop strawberries, pineapple, orange & banana up into small pieces. Add all of the ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour smoothie into glasses. Slice a 1cm slit into the strawberry and slide it onto the glass to garnish. Enjoy!

Serves 2, time required 10 minutes.