Vegan

Sunflower Seed Butter

February 27, 2018
sunflower seed butter sun dried tomato
Serves 2 Cups
Equipment
Blender
Prep time
30m

I learnt about the Fibonacci sequence in college. I read that the seeds of a sunflower, the spirals of a snail’s shell and even the scales of a pineapple are almost always arranged in this sequence. Math in nature! Amazing! So I was just reading about sunflowers, their seeds and uses on the internet. I came across sunflower seed butter and my interest was piqued! I straight away purchased a bag of raw and shelled sunflower seeds and we totally went wild experimenting with them.

First we simply munched on them because they were so yummy. Then I roasted them on a pan, with some ghee and salt. They literally vanished right in front of my eyes!

I had missed a vitamin dose of my son. The lady there told me to give him vitamin rich foods. If he is eating sunflower seeds, then I don’t have to worry about him getting vitamin deficiency 🙂

Sunflower seeds are a nutrient powerhouse. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids. Not only do they help control cell damage, improve metabolism but also have a calming effect on the mind and body.

I finally decided to make the sunbutter before we finish all the sunflower seeds. At our home, we love everything flavoured. So I decided to make sunflower seed butter with garlic and sunflower seed butter with sun dried tomatoes. You can add any herbs that you like.

Coconut Flour Carrot Balls

February 17, 2018
coconut flour carrot balls
Serves 8 medium sized balls
Prep time
45m

Ever since we came to Goa, I have seen the coconut being used in so many ways. Right from when it is taken down from the tree to the time it is consumed as sol kadhi or used in a fish curry. I am amazed by everything that it gives us. Coir, fresh/dried coconut meat, coconut milk and coconut flour. And it goes so well in all dishes, be it sweet or savoury! I have become a full fledged coconut fan.

I came to make these coconut flour carrot balls when my son refused to touch the carrot halwa that I had made. (Hubby and I loved it and devoured it.) We make it a point to make carrot halwa at least 2-3 times, when carrots are in season. It is almost a tradition. But this time I had to give it a tasty twist.

Instead of regular flours like semolina or bengal gram flour, I decided to use coconut flour because I am a coconut fan. (Did I mention that already? 🙂 ) And oh boy did it do its job! It added so much flavour to the already yummy and sweet carrots. My son was eating the mixture right from the mixing bowl! Mission accomplished! I didn’t even have to roll it into balls at that point, but did it anyway.

With these coconut flour carrot balls, I managed to not only feed him carrots but also dates, which he has a love hate relationship with. You can add more dried fruits, nuts and seeds to suit your palate. Its like a ball of nutrients all rolled together. They also make for a guilt-free post-meal dessert, or when you simply want something sweet to munch on. They are very soft and chewy and juicy.

coconut flour carrot balls

These coconut flour carrot balls also make for a good and healthy dessert at a party. You can make them in advance and serve with 2-3 different types of dips, like chocolate syrup, cheese fondue and white chocolate sauce. (I am already making a shopping list! 😉 )

Defatted, dehydrated coconut meat is used to make coconut flour. The resultant flour is low carb, high in healthy fats and high in protein. It has gained popularity over the past few years because of its gluten free nature and low glycemic index. Coconut flour is a good addition to the diets of people with Celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities and diabetics . You can read more about its benefits here.

Carob Apricot ‘Chocolate’ Bars

February 13, 2018
carob apricot bar
Serves 24 squares
Prep time
45m

I still cannot get over how yum these ‘chocolate’ bars turned out. Yum does not even begin to describe them. They were ‘d-i-v-i-n-e’. After all they are packed with the goodness of Carob, Sweet Apricot Kernels and Coconut Oil. You will be pleased to learn that these bars are dairy free, sugar free and gluten free. So lets say bye-bye to any sugar rush!

The star ingredient, carob powder, is rich in iron, calcium and other minerals. And dietary fibre. And natural sugar! It also has many traditional medicinal uses, like boosting metabolism in kids and improving heart function in adults.

I am a bit wary of giving my son ready made, packaged chocolates as they are full of sugar and chemicals. But he being a kid loves it and I don’t have the heart to say no to him every time he asks for one. That’s when I started thinking hard and fast and came up with these carob apricot ‘chocolate’ bars. They look just like store bought chocolate but are full of all the good stuff and contain NO chemicals! Win-win for all!

These chocolate bars also make for a good, healthy and different gift, during the festival season. The nutty, roasty, earthy flavour of carob was so tempting we could hardly keep our hands off the chocolates long enough to take pictures. Go ahead. Try this recipe and let us know how yours turned out!

Raw Gingerbread Balls

January 17, 2016
Raw ginger balls
Serves 18
Prep time
10m

This energy filled and gluten free recipe is so easy and quick to create. With its combination of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves, it is an ideal recipe for the colder months for their ability to build up the immune system and fight off infections such as cold and flus that are often rampant in colder weather.

Dates are a great source of fiber and energy and many vitamins and minerals. Oats and buckwheat flour are super nutritious and are high in fibre and protein boosting digestion and weight loss. Not only will you enjoy a tasty snack but you will also reap the benefits of this nutrient packed recipe.

No Bake Chocolate Macaroons

January 17, 2016
Macaroons
Serves 12
Prep time
30m

This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and grain-free. As the title implies it requires no baking and is a super healthy snack.
Made from chia seeds, cocount oil, cocoa powder and honey, it provides so many nutrients required for your daily diet. From the anti-oxidants sourced from Chia seeds to the antibacterial properties contained in coconut oil, this is a great recipe to boost your immune system. The banana, cocoa powder, dessicated coconut, honey and rock salt create a delicious sweet taste and also provides extra anti oxidants and minerals such as iron, potassium and zinc, crucial for a healthy heart and digestive system.

1/4 cup of honey is the guideline in the recipe as it creates a light sweetness but feel free to add more if needed depending on your personal taste.

Bulletproof Hot Cocoa

January 17, 2016
Bulletproof Hot Cocoa

This is a flavorful sugar-free creamy hot drink perfect for the mornings and is a fantastic alternative to coffee. Not only does cocoa powder mix easily with hot liquids for instant taste but it also contains many minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium which is essential for a healthy immune system. Cocoa powder provides a good source of anti-oxidants and fiber benefiting our digestive health.
The combination of coconut milk with the vanilla and cinnamon gives a lovely warm taste and cinnamon is a super spice that not only satisfies our tastebuds but is one of the healthiest spices around. It reduces risk of heart disease, lowers blood sugar levels and fights against inflammation. And these are only to name a few!

So whether you are looking for a healthy pick me up in the mornings or just to cosy up on the couch and relax, this is the recipe to see you through.

Banana Overnight Oats

January 17, 2016
Banana Overnight Oats
Serves 1
Prep time
10m

Overnight oats are a great alternative to oatmeal if you have less time in the mornings as you prepare them the night before. This allows you to simply grab them in the morning and add some extra fruit or nuts or increase the sweetness by drizzling with natural honey. You still reap the same benefits from the oatmeal with the only difference being that overnight Oats are fluffier, thicker and served cold. Oats are a wholesome and nutritious grain that should be included in your daily diet as they are packed with fibre and protein which are hugely beneficial for your digestive system and increasing energy levels. Bananas are full of potassium and help to fill up your belly in the morning and works well with the flavour of the greek yogurt.

The great thing about this recipe is that it is so simple and you can mix up the flavours creating a new taste every day by choosing different toppings and fruits as you go. As well as choosing gluten free oats, you can also keep the recipe dairy free by choosing a non-dairy milk of your choice.

Overnight Apple Bircher Museli

January 14, 2016
Apple Bircher muesli
Serves 6

This is a pre-prepared breakfast recipe that saves you time and effort in the mornings. It is made up of nuts, seeds, oats, fruit, orange juice and non dairy milk giving you a well rounded and healthy gluten-free breakfast. Oats are great soakage for the orange juice and coconut milk and provides a great source of fibre for digestive health and boosting energy. Sunflower seeds, apricot kernels and chia seeds deliver an excellent combination of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals neceesary for your immunity and digestive systems, improving your overall well-being. The dried blackcurrants and cranberries offer another powerhouse of nutrition and anti-oxidant elements, setting you up for your day. Of course, you can never go wrong by adding a dash of cinnamon for its delicious taste and building up your immunity.

Raw Chocolate Fudge Balls

January 14, 2016
Energy Balls
Serves 9
Prep time
30m

This recipe requires no baking and very little preparation time. It is a gluten free and sugar free recipe, with no added oil. These are essentially litte balls of energy made up of dates, chia seeds and cocoa powder. They are 100% nut free and full of nutrients. Dates are a great source of fiber, calcium and iron, as well as Chia seeds. Chia seeds are also rich in omega 3 fats that help to fight inflammation and are beneficial for brain health, as well as being a strong source of anti-oxidants. As both the dates and chia seeds are high in fiber, it is a great recipe to prevent constipation and weight gain. The cocoa powder provides protein and adds to the flavour, as well as the pinch of salt as they make up for the lack of fat in the recipe.