Coconut Cream Puffs

A super easy to make, sugar free treat for all coconut lovers who don’t want an overly sweet indulgent mouthful of scrumptious heaven. This is a reworking of the classic profiterole recipe with a more healthy bias for the modern health conscious person (who has a love for the wonders of coconut).

A super easy to make, sugar free treat for all coconut lovers who don’t want an overly sweet indulgent mouthful of scrumptious heaven. This is a reworking of the classic profiterole recipe with a more healthy bias for the modern health conscious person (who has a love for the wonders of coconut).

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin coconut milk (not shaken)
  • ~125ml water
  • 50g butter
  • 75g raw organic coconut oil
  • 200g flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • Icing sugar (optional)

Method:

Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC.

Line 3 large baking trays with baking paper.

Open the unshaken tin of coconut milk and split out the thick creamy part from the watery part. Place the collected creamy part into a large bowl and the remaining watery part of the coconut milk pour into a measuring jug.

Add water to your measuring jug until you have a total of 250ml of the milk / water mixture.

Pick a medium sized heavy bottom cooking pot; add the milk / water mixture, butter and coconut oil. Cook on a medium heat and bring to a boil.

Once boiling reduce the heat to low, add the flour and stir vigorously (seriously vigorously) keep the pan over a low heat for about 1 minute whilst stirring or until the mixture forms a ball and comes off from the edges of the saucepan.

Remove from the heat and put aside to cool.

In the meantime prepare the filling by adding the desiccated coconut into the creamy part of the coconut milk and mix until well combined.

Once your puff mixture is nice and cool, beat in to the dough the eggs, one at the time.

You are aiming for fairly thick mixture…

Use a teaspoon to measure out your puffs… one full teaspoon of mixture equals one puff (you should ended up with around 24 puffs).

Spread them nicely on the lined baking sheets you prepared earlier and space them out evenly as they are going to grow.

In case your fretting because you only have one baking tray then rest assured so do I… I just bake mine one tray at a time in the middle of the oven. The dough will wait quite happily until it is time to create the puffs for tray number two and three.

Bake your puffs for 18-20 minutes at 200ºC.

Do not open the door to check on them as they are prone to simply collapse 🙁 you are looking for just turned golden in colour puffs.

Once baked, remove from the oven and move immediately onto a cooling rack.

Allow them to cool completely before filling.

To fill them simply cut them in half, thickly spread some coconut filling across the bottom half and pop the lid back on.

If desired, to make them look even more delectable sprinkle with icing sugar.

Enjoy!

I hope you will like them as much as we do.

A super easy to make, sugar free treat for all coconut lovers who don’t want an overly sweet indulgent mouthful of scrumptious heaven. This is a reworking of the classic profiterole recipe with a more healthy bias for the modern health conscious person (who has a love for the wonders of coconut).

A super easy to make, sugar free treat for all coconut lovers who don’t want an overly sweet indulgent mouthful of scrumptious heaven. This is a reworking of the classic profiterole recipe with a more healthy bias for the modern health conscious person (who has a love for the wonders of coconut).

*This recipe is an entry into the #Swearbyit challenge with Vita Coco. Find even more great coconut oil recipes and tips on using coconut oil at www.swearbyit.com

A super easy to make, sugar free treat for all coconut lovers who don’t want an overly sweet indulgent mouthful of scrumptious heaven. This is a reworking of the classic profiterole recipe with a more healthy bias for the modern health conscious person (who has a love for the wonders of coconut).

8 Fat Burners in Your Fridge & Pantry

Losing weight and burning fat is never easy. Most diets are all about saying ‘NO’ to things we love to eat (unless of course you, just like me, follow Thinking Slimmer and eat what you fancy, when you fancy it, simply by listening to your body)… but even then it’s good to know which foods can help us burn fat faster. Below you will find a list of 8 “fat burners” with expert explanation as to why and how they work.

Losing weight and burning fat is never easy. Most diets are all about saying ‘NO’ to things we love to eat (unless of course you, just like me, follow Thinking Slimmer and eat what you fancy, when you fancy it, simply by listening to your body)… but even then it’s good to know which foods can help us burn fat faster. Below you will find a list of 8 “fat burners” with expert explanation as to why and how they work.

Chilli
We all recognise that chilli helps us heat up, even making us break a sweat after consuming it. ‘This is called diet-induced thermogenesis. It is this process that is excellent for those who want to lose weight as it encourages our body to burn up calories rather than storing them. It is the active constituent capsaicin that creates the heat in our body from the food ingested. Studies have also shown that chilli may help to decrease your appetite too. More good news for those wanting to reduce their snacking between meals!’ explains nutritionist Elouise Bauskis.

Brown rice
This is a much better choice than white rice for many reasons. ‘Firstly, it is much more nutritious, as it hasn’t been as refined as white rice, and therefore maintains more of its fibre, protein and nutrients. On the glycaemic index of foods brown rice is a medium GL food, whereas white rice is a high GL. If you want to lose weight and for proper blood sugar balance generally, which will help you on many levels, you should ideally consume only low and medium GL foods daily.’ says Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading nutritionist, author of The Natural Health Bible for Women.

Quinoa
‘This is a fabulous substitute for rice or pasta. Quinoa is actually a seed, so lower in carbohydrates, higher in protein and it’s very nutritious with generous amounts of minerals. It’s also alkalising and it will be much more beneficial for balancing blood sugar levels as part of a meal. Balanced blood sugar levels will decrease fat storage.’ says Elouise.

Almonds
Almonds are high in essential nutrients especially the minerals and vitamins. They are also full of nourishing healthy fats as well as being high in protein. Fat and protein make you feel fuller for longer, which should encourage you to snack less. They also help to balance your blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, which is an essential part of healthy weight loss and management.’ explains Glenville.

Cinnamon
‘It can help weight management by helping to stabilise and normalise blood sugar levels, which can keep you fuller for longer, while reducing cravings for sweetness. It is also a digestive herb, gently warming your stomach, aiding in the breakdown of your food more efficiently.’ adds Elouise.

Green Tea
‘Green tea contains a wealth of antioxidants, the most powerful of them being EGCG, a substance that can boost metabolism. To put it most simply the nutrients found in green tea increase the levels of hormones that tell the fat cells to break down fat. This results in fat being released into the bloodstream making it available as energy.’ says Bauskis.

Coffee
‘Caffeine boosts your metabolism by up to 3-11%, which may aid in weight loss. It has also been shown to increase fat burning, by up to 10% in individuals who are obese, and 29% in those who are lean. This effect may decrease over time though as your body becomes used to the caffeine. The chlorogenic acid in coffee helps reduce glucose absorption. Coffee can also dramatically boost your physical performance, on average by 11-12%. By releasing fatty acids from the fat tissues for the body to use as ‘fuel’, and by increasing adrenaline levels in the blood, it makes our bodies ready for physical exertion. Coffee will increase your energy prior to a workout, whilst also strengthening endurance, which will enhance athletic performance.’ Elouise explains.

Eggs
They are one of the healthiest foods on the planet! ‘The yolk is super nutritious. It contains lecithin, nutrients and antioxidants, especially lutein and zeaxanthin. Eggs are full of good quality protein that is easy to assimilate. Plus they help you feel fuller for longer, which will encourage you to eat less. They have a positive effect on cholesterol levels, increasing our “good” HDL cholesterol whilst decreasing the “bad” LDL cholesterol.’ explains Glenville.

*Post based on press release. To find out more visit: www.nutricentre.com and www.marilynglenville.com

Dry Apples & Cinnamon Muffins

Quick and easy to make these dry apples & cinnamon muffins make for a perfect sugar free treat.

Quick and easy to make these dry apples & cinnamon muffins make for a perfect sugar free treat. Frankly when I entered my kitchen the other day I was all for baking with coffee. My mind was set for a coffee treat but once I started preparing my ingredients I came across a big bag of dried apples which my mum had lovingly prepared for me… suddenly the coffee was out the window and the apples were in. As they were dried apples I wasn’t really sure what to do with them so I settled for yet another sugar free muffins. It was a good choice. The muffins came out perfectly oozing with rich apple flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 200g dry apples; chopped
  • 50g raisings
  • 250ml strong tea
  • 140g flour
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs; beaten
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp vanilla essence

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C fan and prepare a 12 muffin tin by lining it with paper muffin cases or silicon ones.

In a medium sized cooking pot place your lovely chopped dry apples, add 250ml of freshly brewed tea (I used black vanilla tea) and bring it to a gentle simmer.

Cook on a low heat for about 5 minutes or until all the liquid has incorporated into the apples.

Put aside and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

Quick and easy to make these dry apples & cinnamon muffins make for a perfect sugar free treat. In the meantime, sift your flour and mix with the bicarbonate of soda.

Beat the eggs.

Now back to our apples…

Add the butter and stir until melted and mixed in.

Add the cinnamon and vanilla essence and stir well.

Finally fold in the flour and bicarbonate of soda mixture, add the eggs and raisings and mix until fully combined but try not to over mix it.

Use a table spoon and scoop one heaped tablespoon of mixture into each muffin casing.

Pop into earlier preheated oven and bake for 18-20minutes at 180C fan.

When the time is up, remove from the oven, remove from the baking tray and place on wire rack and allow them to cool completely.

Quick and easy to make these dry apples & cinnamon muffins make for a perfect sugar free treat. Quick and easy to make these dry apples & cinnamon muffins make for a perfect sugar free treat. Enjoy!

Weight Loss, The Human Brain & Social Programming

The human brain is an amazing thing, for example it can be used to “program” our thinking in order to help us achieve our goals… if we only let it!

The human brain is an amazing thing, for example it can be used to “program” our thinking in order to let us achieve out goals… if we only let it!Unfortunately however, when it comes to weight loss we have been “programmed” for years by society and endless marketing to think that there can be no gain without an equal amount of pain which is let’s face it, a lot of crap.

On Saturday I had the huge pleasure of spending a few wonderful hours amongst the Slimpod stars of 2015. I’ve won the “Most Inspirational Blogger” category due to my complete changing of the way I see and blog about food. My journey with Slimpod has awarded me, so far, with just over 2 stone of weight loss but most of all it has allowed me to rediscover food in a way that I never would have thought about before. And no, I didn’t starve myself, I didn’t have to count calories or sins, I didn’t have a loooong list of foods I can’t eat or any other kind of restriction for that matter… so then how does it work?

Well, this is where we come to our mysterious and beautiful brain! Slimpod works on your subconscious and changes the way you think about food in general. And the result, well you start to have a dialogue with your body and it tells you that it doesn’t want that food, that it knows is bad for you or more simply, that 2 spoonful’s is enough. It is not a choice, in fact you don’t even realise it is happening until after the event or more likely it is when someone around you makes a comment. I personally don’t understand the science behind it but frankly I don’t care! For me and many others it works and that is all that matters!

I met some wonderful people on Saturday and they all have an incredible story to tell. They all lost a huge amount of weight but most of all they we all overcame our demons when it comes to food, being chocolate, cake, bread or cheese. We were all different and we all had different reasons for overeating and different “weak spots” but this is all in the past. We all feel happier and healthier now, we are lighter and it’s all because we gave Slimpod a try.

However, we all had one common story to tell… about those people around us who despite seeing our changes flatly refused to believe that such a change is possible without any sacrifice. This is so silly in my humble opinion!

It’s silly because for years we were told that diets have to equal some sort of restriction but this simple isn’t true!

I hardly ever watch TV but yesterday I happened to watch the Channel 4 programme called How to Lose Weight Well. One of the girls who was put on a crash diet said something which really sums up the general public’s opinion about weight loss “It’s not going to work because it’s not restrictive enough”. This statement really stuck with me as my own personal experience and the experience of others there on Saturday show that the statement is a prime example of total conditioned BS, sorry but there isn’t a different way of putting it.

People, think for yourself! Read about our majestic brain and what it can do for you. Don’t let society define your beliefs, give the unknown a go and put your trust in something you might not entirely understand and finally just start to think slimmer. It works. I am good physical proof of this, you can eat all you fancy and yet shed weight, and you can be slimmer, healthier and happier without conscience sacrifice, restrictions and will power! I say we all should start thinking slimmer!

Sugar & Wheat Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Muffins

Packed with fruit and nuts these sugar and wheat free muffins will provide a good nutritional start to any day.

Sugar & Wheat Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Muffins. Packed with fruit and nuts these sugar and wheat free muffins will provide a good nutritional start to any day. New year, new me… and yes, I am still on my journey to a healthier eating me. The main goal is to try and eliminate sugar, especially refined ones. These muffins do not contain any sugar or any sugar substitutes, they are simply sweetened by the dry fruits included in them, so all natural and much friendlier for our body. Despite not having a need for a wheat free diet I’ve decided to use a spelt flour to up the nutty flavour… the results are truly yummy!

Ingredients:

  • 100g dates; chopped
  • 75g raisins
  • 50g prunes; chopped
  • 50g pecans; chopped
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • 140g spelt flour
  • 2 eggs; beaten
  • 2tbsp coconut oil; rounded
  • 1 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4tsp salt

Sugar & Wheat Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Muffins. Packed with fruit and nuts these sugar and wheat free muffins will provide a good nutritional start to any day. Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C fan and prepare a 12 muffin tin by lining it with paper muffin cases or silicon ones.

In a medium size cooking pot place the dates, prunes and raisins (Whitworths dry fruit selection is perfect for baking), add coconut milk and bring it to a gentle simmer.

Cook on a low heat for about 5 minutes or until all milk has incorporated into the fruit.

Put aside and allow it to cool for a few minutes.

In a meantime, sift your flour and mix with bicarbonate of soda.

Beat the eggs.

Now back to our fruit…

Add two heaped table spoons of good quality raw virgin coconut oil and stir until melted and mixed in.

Add salt and vanilla essence and stir well.

Finally fold in the flour and bicarbonate of soda mixture, add the eggs and nuts and stir until fully combined but do not over mix it.

Use a table spoon and scoop one heaped tablespoon of mixture into each muffin casing.

Pop into earlier preheated oven and bake for 20-22 minutes at 180C fan.

When the time is up, remove from the oven, remove from baking tray and place on wire rack and allow them to cool completely.

Sugar & Wheat Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Muffins. Packed with fruit and nuts these sugar and wheat free muffins will provide a good nutritional start to any day. Enjoy!