Who doesn’t love bliss balls (protein balls, energy bites, you-name-it)? They are the perfect little snack to accommodate your afternoon coffee, to grab when you need to satisfy that sweet craving or simply provide you with little bit of extra energy when needed.
However, most of the bliss balls you get in cafes and shops are just jampacked with sugar and often other unnecessary ingredients too. To be clear, I’m not following a keto lifestyle or saying that all carbs are bad for us. But I do agree with the claim that we eat many more carbs than we need to. And it’s actually super easy to overdo it even with the healthy treats. Because most of them are based on dates or other dried fruits which are super high in carbs and will most likely leave you even hungrier than before. That’s why it’s always good to read labels. Or even better – make the goodies at home. Because there can’t be any easier treat to make at home than bliss balls. Try my Chocolate Cashew Bliss Balls (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan) and see it for yourself 🙂
It’s been almost one year since I posted a recipe for the Carrot Cake Porridge. Talking about chilly mornings and comfort foods. Well, here we are again. Slowly, but surely the winter is coming to the Gold Coast. And even though the weather is still absolutely stunning during the day, the mornings are getting a bit colder. And that means my body is craving all the comfort food. All the time… But that’s a different story. Anyway, I also have to wake up pretty early for my work and can’t really skip breakfast, so it needs to be something easy to digest. And I think porridge just ticks all the boxes. And this Indian Spiced Porridge (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan) is the bomb at the moment. No sugar, no gluten, just good things like seeds and coconut cream, beautiful warming spices and of course some veggies too. Because that wouldn’t be me if I didn’t try to sneak some veg into everything.
I know this is not exactly the most classic Easter recipe ever (like the Hot Cross Buns or Carrot Cake I shared earlier). But it’s definitely Easter inspired. And super easy. Which might be handy when you are in a need of snack during the holidays and don’t really want to rely on the empty calories from all the chocolate eggs. I mean, indulging with a bit of chocolate is not that bad. I’m definitely going to have some. But in case you like to munch on something healthier as well, these Carrot Cake Cookies (Paleo, Low Carb) are undoubtedly a good choice.
Pretty much every country which celebrates Easter has special Easter meals. In Czech there are several dishes and treats which are very typical for Easter. And every family would probably pick different one as their favourite. Meanwhile in Australia you can’t possibly not notice what everybody’s most favourite Easter treat is. Unless you don’t go shopping. Ever. Or you don’t have a TV. Or a radio. Honestly. Because hot cross buns are just about everywhere from early January. Oh, I know that Easter is usually in spring (autumn in Australia). But Australians love their hot cross buns so much that they simply replace the Christmas goodies with them in the shops at the beginning of the year.
However, I have to admit, they are really good. Especially toasted and smudged with butter. That’s one yummy treat. But you might be quite surprised if you read the ingredient list on a packet of classic supermarket hot cross buns. It has about one hundred items. Not many good ones. And that’s why I decided to make my own recipe for Hot Cross Buns (Paleo, Low Carb). Because I know that they contain only a few clean ingredients which are good for me, while still being super tasty.
With Halloween around the corner it’s all about pumpkin lately. And even though I’m not always following the mainstream, this time I don’t want to miss the wagon, because pumpkin is actually my favourite vegetable. It’s so versatile. You can have it just roasted as a perfect side to your meats, pureed for extra fanciness or use it in desserts for a perfect texture and natural sweetness. So here is my recipe for super easy Pumpkin Cocoa Pudding (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan).
Ok, this is definitely not a low carb recipe. But no one is perfect, right? And I still believe in the fact that fruit is better for us than some (artificial) sweeteners. In healthy amounts of course. I know that especially banana is super full of natural carbohydrates, so it’s not in my diet very often. But it also contains so many vitamins and minerals. And it’s nice to treat myself every now and then.
And that’s exactly what this Banana Bread (Paleo, Sugar-Free, Vegan) represents for me. Balance. Balance in my lifestyle when I’m not obsessed with every gram of sugar I eat and I enjoy some healthy treat when I feel like it. It’s my version of intuitive eating and food freedom. Because when I don’t forbid myself from eating anything, my choices are actually much better than if I have a feeling that something is not allowed (and therefore super tempting).
I know, beetroot brownies are nothing new. But have you actually ever try them? I found out that many of the recipes are just containing so many ingredients. And you could probably noticed that I like things as simple as possible. Minimum ingredients and minimal effort. That’s me. So I ditched few of the traditional ingredients and tried to create an easy, healthy and tasty version of the beetroot brownies myself. And after few attempts came up with these Beetroot Brownies which I’m finally very happy with. Because despite the fact that there is not any gluten, dairy or sugar included, they taste damn delicious. And don’t worry, no beetroot aftertaste. Just beautiful gooey chocolate goodness.
We are slowly getting into the winter season here in Queensland and the mornings are starting to be a bit chilly. I know I know, don’t get me wrong, it’s nothing in compare with winter in Europe. But it’s enough to put some warm socks on and definitely crave different foods in the morning. Something warming and comforting. Something easy to digest. And I think that porridge definitely advocate these foods. Unfortunately the classic porridge made of oats is not the best choice for some of us. But don’t worry, this Carrot Cake Porridge (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan) actually doesn’t contain any gluten, dairy or sugar and you can also skip the nuts, so it’s suitable for people with lots of different dietary needs.
I know, I said that I don’t like sweet breakfasts much. And it’s true. Most of the mornings you could spot me stuffing my face with eggs and vegetables (or simply just some leftovers). But sometimes I need a little taste switch. And a little break from the proteins. And that’s when a nice bowl of warm porridge comes in handy (it’s also great to make ahead and have on busy mornings). But as you’re probably guessing now, it’s a bit different than the porridge as we know it. There are no oats or any other grains. No sugar. No dairy either. There even might be one very unexpected ingredient. Yet it still has the same effect. So if you are looking for a breakfast inspiration which won’t mess with your eating style, you are in the right place. Read about the Chocolate Cashew Porridge (Paleo, Low Carb) bellow.
Happy Monday everyone! What about a little treat for surviving the first day of the week? I think we deserve it, right? And I know it’s been a wile since I posted a dessert recipe. Actually it’s been a while since I posted any recipe. But after applying for the Partner visa and waiting for the bridging visas to start I’m finally allowed to work here in Australia. And I am actually finally working! And it feels great to have a schedule back in my life. But with a work schedule I just need to make a system in my personal time. So sorry for those of you who are waiting for the new recipes. I promise to do better in the future and spend more time on the blog again and post more often.