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Coconut Butter Bars – Strawberry and Coconut

10 Oct

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To make coconut butter is as simple as making a nut butter.  Simply throw some raw dried shredded coconut into the food processor and blitz until you have a butter spread.  Or you can simply purchase a jar of it!  Coconut is one of my favourite superfoods as it has a low glycemic index, a high fibre content and contains lauric acid which has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.   It also improves nutrient absorption!   Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Lemon and Lime Cake (Coconut Flour)

22 Sep

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I initially made this cake with blending a lemon and lime together.  The cake was bitter and even the Chief Taster winced as he reached for another slice.  It was binned.   So, the next time I boiled the lemon and lime for an hour before using them in the recipe. This was much better and removed the bitter taste.   The sponge is so soft and moist.  I loved it!  Definitely a sponge recipe to play around with other flavours.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Blackberry, Lemon and Sour Cream Pound Cake (Coconut Flour)

14 Aug
Moist and delicious

Moist and delicious

I had some blackberries and sour cream left over in the fridge and thought that I could either (a) Eat them together in a bowl (b) Make a cake.   The Chief Taster’s choice won, so I decided that I would try a pound cake out of coconut flour and added some lemon to give the cake a bit more flavour.  It was delicious, moist and tasty.  You do not need a large piece (well, perhaps, depending upon how hungry you are!) as it is very filling.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

16 Jul

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I’ve been playing around with ice cream recipes that do not require an ice cream maker (although I now want one!) and a few no churn ice recipes seem to rely on condensed milk which is out for so many reasons!  This was the most simple recipe and the Chief Taster loved it so much I “had” to make it again the following weekend.   It’s also vegan and also great for anyone who is intolerant to dairy.  I made another ice cream with cream and yoghurt, but in all honesty, I preferred this one.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Pecan and Coconut Cookies (Flourless)

29 Jun

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I have been having a cookie baking spree with various nut butters much to the delight of the Chief Taster.  These are number 2 on his list (the peanut butter ones win apparently).   I’ve found that you can make a delicious gluten free cookie with nut butters and pecan nuts make a great cookie.  With the addition of dried coconut the cookie is delightfully chewy too.  It must be dried coconut as I tried this again with fresh coconut and it did not yield a decent cookie.   I just love that these are so simple to make and tasty to eat too!  Soft and chewy as a cookie should be!  Feel free to play around with the flavourings too!  Some orange rind would be tasty.

You can leave out the egg to make them vegan and they still yield a nice moist cookie.

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Cream Cheese Mousse with Berries

12 Jun
Creamy and delicious!

Creamy and delicious!

The Chief Taster ate this dish with a loud, “mmmm” and cleaned the glass dish it was served in with a loud clatter of his spoon.  It’s an easy dessert to make and I was just using up some cream cheese I had in the fridge.  This would make a great last minute dessert when you have hungry eyes staring at you with a sweet tooth!  You will need a blender of sorts for this though.  I used a hand blender. Yummy! Tell me more Diva…

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

23 May

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I have tried this recipe with using just peanuts and grinding my own butter, and also with a jar of peanut butter.  The version with the ground nuts wins hands down over the already made peanut butter which I suspect is due to the oils added to the jar.  The short story is make your own peanut butter.  It’s just so simple to make and delicious too.  Throw a couple of cups of peanuts into the food processor, blitz until you have a butter.  You can sweeten it to your own taste without any nasty additives thrown in.   These are currently the number 1 cookie recipe in our house.  What amazes me is just how easy they are to make.  Although I add high cocoa chocolate chips to the mixture, these cookies would be just as delicious without them and perhaps some added seasoning.  Cinnamon perhaps?

They are just lovely the next day and seem to firm up when left in the fridge, keeping their soft centre.  The joy of cookie baking using nut butters!  Gluten free and low carb goodness in cookie form!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

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