Monday, May 22, 2017

Healthy RAW "Snickers cheesecake"


Scrolling through Pinterest and pinning all of the recipes that call themselves healthy versions of naughty treats is a huge past time of mine. I saw a recipe for a 'Healthy Snickers' and decided to give it a go and make some little adjustments to make it my own. 



I'm not supposed to have dates, but I can have a few on a good day so this recipe was mostly created for my family and friends. More experimenting needs to happen for me to find a complete replacement for them so I can eat it all! 

Ingredients and measurements:

Bottom layer
  • 150g dates 
  • 150g pecans 
  • 1 tsp maple syrup 

"Cheese" layer

  • 300g soaked and drained cashews 
  • 1/2 tin of reduced fat coconut milk 
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract 
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
Caramel sauce 

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
Chocolate sauce

  • As much as I wanted *hides face 

Toppings

  • 2 handfuls of almonds (chopped into small pieces)
  • 2 handfuls of hazelnuts (chopped into small pieces)



Step 1 |

Blitz up your base layer ingredients. I like to do it in bursts so that you still have some good sized chunks in the mix. I like a variety and more of a wide range of sized pieces of nut. In a lined brownie tray, push the mixture down with your hands and pop in the fridge to set. I put this in the freezer to set quicker!


Step 2 |

Stir up your caramel sauce ingredients together until all has combined. Make sure to give it a good mix to ensure no separation occurs as I found this to happen the first time I trialed this. Also, taste it and add some more maple if it's not sweet enough. Once done you can set it aside making sure to stir it every now and again until you use it. 



Step 3 |

Throw all your "cheese" ingredients into your food processor and wiz until it's smooth as. I found this took quite a while as I hadn't soaked the cashews enough, and having lumps and bits in this section just isn't good. Again, depending on your taste this can be a bit too nutty, so maybe experimenting with some sweetner (whatever you normally like to use) to lighten the nutty taste. I personally love anything nutty so no additional things were put in for the one pictured. 

* Pictured below is halfway through the blitz, and you can clearly see some lumps.


Step 4 |

Take the base out of the fridge or freezer and poor the "cheese" topping on top. I like to make mine as smooth and even as possible, and use my cake icing tool for that but as you can it doesn't go completely smooth. 

The below pictures are showing the time when I didn't put it back in the fridge/freezer. this meant that the "cheese" topping 



Step 5 |

Sprinkle any topping you want. You could go for some chocolate chunks or stick with nuts like what I did. I went for a mixture of almonds and hazelnuts because they're my fav, and the mix of the two is honestly a taste sensation. 

To make it more "Snickers" kind of creation, I bought a bottle of some Sweet Freedom. You can of course you can make your own from scratch, but I saw this in the cupboard and thought I'd try it out. It's all natural and no horrible refined ingredients! 





This is honestly one of the nicest deserts I've made, and got some great feedback from friends and family. I already have something to want to experiment further with, and that's the base. I want to make it thicker and crunchier so am going to try out a vegan shortbread base and see how that goes. Of course i'll let you guys know how it goes!



So, if you're trying to eat healthier or going to a dinner party and want to take something with you that's a healthier alternative, then this is a great recipe for you. It's of course going to be high in fat (good fats) because of all the nuts and nut butter used, but when it's split into servings per person it's fine. I know some people are really scared of eating too much fat but it's all about balance. Don't forget that. 

Let me know what you think and whether you give it a go. I'm already excited to recreate this again this weekend for my sisters birthday, so make sure to follow me on Instagram to see my insta stories. Keep your recipe suggestions coming! More recipes are on the way for you!

Much love and have a fabulous week!

xoxo

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Candid seaside shot, goals and open mouth smiles | Life chit chat


Getting myself outside more is most definitely helping me in terms of how I'm feeling mentally. This year hasn't started off the best, so making myself go out and walk by myself or with family and friends is becoming a regular and positive thing. 


Since I spoke recently about my IBD story on here, I feel I've lifted a huge weight off my shoulders and can speak to you guys more openly about what struggles I go through with my condition. I was struggling with Colitis and my health last year and changed career from January which has made me more aware of fitness and my activity. Having been a dance teacher for years and going to a desk job, I've now become one of those who is obsessed with my daily steps and my daily movement. I'm tracking mine at the moment with my iPhone but am thinking of investing in either an iWatch or a FitBit to get a more accurate amount. It's good for everyone to get out and move but for a bowel condition, it's incredibly important to be moving and active.

Moving on to more of a blog focused chit chat.

Making goals and lists of things I want to achieve and do with my blog has been something I've done for years, and have started thinking more about the small goals to achieve now rather than large ones in the future. Putting pressure on myself when setting future goals started to take over and I was becoming obsessed to achieving them sooner than when I set them for. So, I'm now starting to set small daily/weekly goals which will eventually lead to the big future ones. I guess I lost myself recently having gone through a tough few months for numerous reasons, I was longing for something to make me feel good and worthy. Instead of the good feeling of achieving and making myself feel good about me, it was putting me down more and actually having the reverse affect on me. But recently, I've realised that small goals can give us just as much of that fuzzy feeling as the large goals, and I need to make a constant effort to remember that. 


One of my goals is to sort out my blog layout so get prepared for that but with that, I want to bring in an easy way of getting to all my different categories I cover on here. As I've said before, more food posts will be going up on here and have one for you this weekend (which is so delicious by the way) but also sharing my goals with you and what I've done to achieve them and the result I thought would be a great outlet for me, and great to share with you guys. 

I guess in a way this post has been a bit all over the place, but feel I needed to have a chit chat with you to get things out. Tomorrows a big day for me as I'm doing a reading at my nans funeral and felt that everything else in my head was making me feel an actual pressure on me, as well as having to deal with that part of my life. So thank you for listening to me if you've got to this and I do really appreciate every single one of you that find yourself here and read my posts and comment sharing your thoughts. 

Life is meant to challenge us, and if we didn't have those down times we wouldn't know what the up times are. Appreciate life, family, friends, health (and animals because if you didn't know I'm Dr Dolittle) and don't put too much pressure on yourself. Life is for living and not for worrying. 

Love you all

xoxo