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Raspberry Cheesecake Parfait

As you may already know, skipping a dessert might not always be good for your health as there are plenty of reasons we all crave for it; the point is to find the right way to replace all the unhealthy ingredients with natural alternatives that can nourish both your body and mind.
Time to present these top-listed jars full of deliciousness! A healthier and no-bake version of your favourite dessert, extra low in fat that maintains the magical “cheesecake feeling”.
In less than 15 minutes you’ll have this “red and white beauty” ready to enjoy with no guilt! Cause a light snack during the day can instantly change your mood and boost up your energy! 😎

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Total time: 15′

Ingredients: (serves 4)

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 cup 0% thick greek yogurt
1/2 cup 0% cream cheese
1 cup granola (low fat & sugarfree)
8 brazilian nuts
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp honey

2 tsp salt

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Method: (Super easy..!)

1.  Blend the granola and add the crumbs to the bottom of the jar (use a spoon to pack it down firmly)

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2.  For the cheesy mixture, add in to a food processor the yogurt, nuts, lemon, honey and salt and blend till smooth; then place it over the crumbs

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3.  Finally, compress the raspberries and top them at the last layer of the jar

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* Garnish with all kinds of berries; blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries etc., some fresh leaves of mint and coconut chips! *

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Lighter; but still tastes like the real thing!

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Enjoy! 😉

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XX Niki

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Blueberry Banana Bread

Already tired of eating every single day your typical and in fact basic whole wheat bread? Spice up your life with this alternative “bread” recipe that’s filled with fresh blueberries and, trust me, you won’t be disappointed! The replacement of oil to bananas allows you to cut back on the fat and enjoy your snack with no guilt! Keep in mind that it’s naturally sweetened with fruit and honey but the moist is still there due to the consistency of juicy blueberries. Perfect for an energy-filled breakfast or even for a light and on-the-go snack during the day. Give it a try; delicious but in the same time healthy and super-easy to make..! 😉

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Prep time: 5′
Cook time: 40′

Ingredients: (makes a loaf)

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 bananas (mashed)
1/2 cup wild blueberries
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp nonfat Greek yogurt
1 egg (optional)
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt

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Method:

  1.  Preheat the oven to 160°C
  2.  In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt
  3.  In a separate bowl whisk together the egg and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  4.  Stir in the mashed bananas, yogurt and honey
  5.  Add your new mixture in the flour-bowl and stir until incorporated
  6.  Gently fold the blueberries into the batter, and the mixture is now ready!

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7.  Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 160°C for 40′

*Fingers crossed*

😇

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Bon Appétit!

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P.S. Serve with frozen blueberries on the side!

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XX Niki

Peanut Butter Energy Bites

No bake & really easy to make! In less than 10 minutes of preparation these delicious and guilt-free energy bites are gonna give you the right boost to keep you going through the day. The best energy-filled snack for you to have before your workout session or even for your breakfast. Good for a quick snack and undoubtedly the best cure for your late night cravings. Don’t forget that healthy snacks like these should always be included into your daily eating habits.

They might taste more like a dessert but keep in mind that they’re loaded with protein, fiber and lots of healthy fats. Are you ready to get away from your everyday snacking routine and try something… different? 😉

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Ingredients: (makes about 25 bites)

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes (optional)

2 tbsp honey

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Method: (suuuper easy!)

1.  Combine all 5 ingredients into a medium bowl

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  2.  Stir until they’re thoroughly mixed

  3.  Cover and let freeze for 10’ so that they’re easier to roll (optional)

  4.  Start rolling..!!

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Bon Appétit…!!😎

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You can store them in your refrigerator for up to a week!

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🌸🌸🌸

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XX Niki

Coconut Black Rice Pudding

I have to admit it. I’m not a big fan of rice pudding, but when it comes to a coconut-included recipe I just can’t resist.
Some days ago I was out for brunch so I decided to have a Black Rice Pudding dish which I was told that is a traditional Thai dessert, also known as “kao neow dahm”. I had NO idea what that meant, but the thing is that it was truly delicious and in fact it inspired me to make my own recipe at home.
Super easy, gluten-free and veeeery coconut-ty! Great for a quick and healthy breakfast, brunch or even a dessert. Creamy, sweet & fruity. It will surely amaze you and give you a rush of good energy…!

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Cook time: 20′

Ingredients: (serves 4)
1 cup black rice
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp brown sugar (optional)
1 pinch of salt

Fruits, nuts and seeds to accompany your pudding: mango, passion fruit, pomegranate, banana, strawberries, pineapple, coconut flakes, goji berries

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Method:

1.  Place rice in a medium saucepan and mix with coconut milk, sugar, salt and the indicated amount of water
2. Boil until the rice is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed
3. Add the maple syrup and stir
4. Remove from heat and set aside while you prepare your toppings

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*Top it with some chopped fruit and a sprinkle of nuts to increase the amount of protein.

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5.  Place the pudding into a bowl and cover it with your desired toppings

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6.  Serve and pour over a small amount of warmed coconut milk and maple syrup

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Almost ready…!

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  7.  Take a spoon, stir and get ready to ENJOY!!

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XX Niki