recipe

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

Açaí Bowl

Welcoming June with these delicious & refreshing tropical Αçaí Βowls…! Wild-harvested from the heart of the Amazon, açaí berries (pronounced “ah-sa-ee”), are considered to be one of the top ranked superfoods, due to their incredible antioxidant properties. This is basically the alternative South American recipe for a more special and interesting thick berry smoothie, enjoyed with a spoon and topped with a whole host of nutritious ingredients. And here’s where the real fun begins! The options for your toppings can be only limited by your own imagination!…
You find it crazy? Don’t be skeptical! This superfood açaí bowl will give you the absolute boost to get you going through the day. Just give it a try; I guess there must be a good reason for them becoming nowadays so trendy and gaining a notable popularity worldwide!!

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Prep time: 5′

Ingredients: (makes 1 bowl)

1 frozen banana
1 cup fresh strawberries
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsp of açaí berry powder

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Plus our toppings

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Açaí Berry Powder

Method: (suuuper easy!)
  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
  2. Pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl
  3. Top with desired ingredients
  4. Serve and Enjoy! 😀

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My toppings:
Chia seeds
Goji berries
Raspberries
Coconut
Banana
Kiwi, and…

I would highly recommend these #truly, #madly and “Cereously Healthy” organic cereals by Joice Foods.

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You can also double your ingredients for an extra large bowl! 😜

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Definitely more than a smoothie!

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xxx N

Love Cookies

Surprise your Valentine with the most tempting cookies in the whole world; butter cookies. It’s an extremely easy and yummy recipe so just try make some time for it.

As it’s February, the month of love, I decided to heart-shape them and decorate them with all of my love. 😋 So… Simple and cute butter cookies, all topped with royal icing. Couldn’t be better!

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Preparation time: 20’
Cook: 20’

Ingredients: (makes 45 mini or 22 large cookies)

220g butter, chilled
150g white sugar
270g all-purpose flour
50g custard powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

Here’s everything you’ll need . . . 

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Method:

1.  Put the butter and sugar in a food processor and pulse until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs

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2.  Add flour, custard powder, vanilla extract and the egg and mix thoroughly

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3.  On a lightly floured surface, bring the dough together and form it into 2 flat rounds

4.  Wrap in cling films and chill for 30’, while you preheat the oven to 160C

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5.  Now roll the dough rounds out on a floured surface and shape them with a cookie cutter. When ready, lay them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

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6.  Finally, bake at 160C for 20 minutes while you prepare the toppings!

For the Royal Icing you’ll need:

2 cups of powdered sugar
The whites of 2 eggs
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
And of course, some food colouring

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Don’t panic, it’s easy:

  • In a large bowl combine the egg whites and lemon juice and start mixing
  • Add powdered sugar gradually and mix until incorporated
  • And now just add some food colouring, if desired…

Ready!!!

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* These cookies are made with Love!  *

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A sweet way to say “I love you”!

 

 

 

 

Avocado Toast

To all the avocado lovers, here’s a really simple yet delicious recipe that can easily satisfy your hunger, no matter what time of the day it strikes. It might have gone mainstream these days but it still maintains its rich taste just like a simple & delicious buttered toast.

Representing the Avocado Toast with Poached Eggs! It’s technically just smashed avocado on crusty bread, but trust me, it really is worth it! You should make that toast count, just spice it up and enjoy it!

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Total time: 10′

Ingredients: (serves 2)

2 slices of toasted bread
2 eggs
1 avocado, smashed
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Red pepper flakes

What you’ll need . . .  

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Method:

1.  Scoop the avocado flesh into a small bowl

2.  Add the olive oil, lemon juice, salt & black pepper

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3.  Mash the mixture until it’s mixed well

4.  Add the red pepper flakes and continue mixing

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Avocado mixture: done!

5.  Toast the bread while you poach the eggs (the yolks should be runny)

6.  Spread the avocado mixture over the bread

7.  Place on top the runny poached eggs

8.  Sprinkle some red pepper flakes and of course ground black pepper on top!

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Cut in half and serve.

Bon appétit! 🙂

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On-the-go Healthy Energy Bars

Wondering what you should have for breakfast or for a quick pre and maybe post-workout snack? Or what you should do at a really tough “is it dinner time yet?” moment?!

If you’ve only got 10 extra minutes, then try make your own healthy snacks that will keep you going through the day. Low in calories and yet so tempting!

Quick & easy to make!!

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Total time: 30′

Ingredients: (makes about 10-12 bars)

3 tablespoons of honey
4 tablespoons of cereal (mixed)
1 tbsp dried cranberries
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp chopped pistachios
1 tbsp walnuts (roughly chopped)
1 tbsp raw almonds (chopped)
1 tbsp chocolate drops

Ready…? Go!

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The ingredients

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C
  2. Line the baking pan with parchment paper
  3. In a medium bowl combine all of the ingredients except for the honey

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4. Warm the honey and pour it over the dry ingredients; mix well to combine

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5. Press the mixture firmly and place it into the oven

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6. Bake for about 20 minutes

7. When ready, let it cool for some time and cut equally into 12 bars

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Finally, these delicious guilt-free snacks are ready to be enjoyed for the entire week!

Grab & Go, Grab & Go . . . !

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DO-NUT worry!

I was out with my sister the day before, drinking coffee and eating those typical cute donut pans. When I came back home I decided to give it a try; and whoop! Here we are! Delicious, baked and quite easy to make! DO-NUT worry! On weekends we don’t count calories 😉

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Ingredients: (makes 2 dozen medium donuts)

3 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk (better warmed)
3/4 cup melted butter
4 eggs
1tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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The ingredients

It’s the easiest way cause you won’t need to deep-fry them or use any machine for the dough. Let’s go!

Method:

Bowl 1: Add your flour, yeast and and salt; mix well
Bowl 2: Whisk together milk, eggs, honey, butter and vanilla extract

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Bowl 1 & Bowl 2

Mix the two bowls together with a spatula until you form a dough

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Getting closer… Dough ready!

Cover tightly with a cling film and a towel and let it stand in a room temperature for 2 to 3 hours. You’re gonna see it rise!
Then place it in the fridge overnight for about 12 hours

(next day)

Roll it out on a flour surface and shape the dough using a donut cutter (alternatively use a knife).
When ready, lay them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Finally, bake at 190C for 15 minutes while you prepare the toppings!

Topping Ideas:

VANILLA GLAZE
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk

PINK GLAZE
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk
1 small drop pink food colouring

CHOCOLATE GLAZE
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons cocoa powder

OR top them with sugar, powdered sugar, cinnamon, honey, peanut butter, jam etc. As you can see, donut toppings can only be limited by your imagination!

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Our Pink & Chocolate Glaze

……….yuuumm……

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Chocolate glazed

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Pink glazed

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ENJOY!!! 😍😎🍩

 

 

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles are the simplest of candy to make; cream cheese, biscuits and time is all it takes to create something extremely delicious. Trust me, you’re gonna fall for them. To begin with, you will only need about 10 minutes to make these elegant and heavenly tasty truffle bites.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 packets of chocolate biscuits
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

METHOD:

  1. Blend the biscuits so thoroughly till they become one
  2. In a medium sized bowl bring the heavy whipping cream and the biscuits and mix them together with a spoon (use your hands if possible, for a quicker and easier result)
  3. Once the mixture is ready shape them into small balls
  4. Then roll them in cocoa powder or chocolate truffle and place them on the top of an aluminum foil
  5. Now place the balls in the refrigerator for about 2 to 3 hours till they set

Follow me step by step 🙂

The ingredients

The ingredients

Start blending the biscuits

Start blending the biscuits

Place the biscuit crumbs into a medium sized bowl

Place the biscuit crumbs into a medium sized bowl

Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly

Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly

Mixture ready; shape them into balls

Mixture ready; shape into balls

Ready? Start rolling!

Ready? Start rolling!

* A tip for coconut lovers(!!!): mix the truffle and the cocoa powder with coconut crumbs. Delicious…!!

When finished, place them on an aluminum foil. Off to the fridge (~2.5h)

When finished, place them on an aluminum foil. Off to the fridge (~2.5h)

GUESS WHAT?! Bon Appétit!

GUESS WHAT?! Bon Appétit! ❤

Oh, and believe me; they’re gonna look so tempting on your coffee table!
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