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Vegan Cadbury Creme Eggs

I love Creme Eggs.

Like I LOVE them.
They’re gooey, sweet, messy and only hang around for a few weeks of the year.
Due to the high fat and sugar content I decided to create my own healthier version.
A standard Creme Egg has about 150 calories, 9 grams of fat & 24g carbs.
My version (although smaller in size) are 90 calories with 6 grams of fat & 8g carbs.
The following recipe makes 10 small eggs.
You will need:
1 block of dairy free dark chocolate
1/2 block dairy free white chocolate
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 drops yellow food colouring.



Melt the dark chocolate block in a bowl over some simmering water & once melted brush the chocolate into egg moulds of your choice. I bought these for $8 from Woolworths.
Refrigerate until firm- about 40 minutes.
While awaiting your chocolate to set you can begin making your ‘Creme’.
Repeat the melting of chocolate, this time with half a block of white chocolate & the tablespoon of coconut oil.
Once melted and thoroughly mixed pour a third of the mixture into a small bowl & mix with the two drops of food colouring. This will will be your ‘yolk’. 
Leave the rest of the mixture to be used as the egg ‘white’. Let these sit at room temperature.
Pop out your chocolate eggs, once hardened and use some of the left over chocolate to join them together. Leave a small hole either at the side or on one of the ends so the Creme can be inserted.
Refrigerate again until set.
Using a small knife-tip push about half a teaspoon of the ‘yolk’ into the small hole, followed by a teaspoon of the ‘white’. Seal with a dab of dark chocolate and return to the fridge until sealed.
Continue until all your eggs are completed.
Enjoy the eggs at room temperature, & they needn’t be refrigerated.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

These need only three ingredients and are quick and easy!

You will need- 
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp PB2*
60g dairy free chocolate chips

Melt the PB2 & Coconut Oil in a microwave dish or jug.
Place the mix into large or small patty pans- I did a few of each. You should be able to fit a tablespoon or so per two mini patty pans.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Heat the chocolate chips until melted.
Remove peanut butter bases from the fridge and dollop enough melted chocolate on top of each base.
Place in the fridge until hardened.
Peel off the patty pans & enjoy!
I added a pecan to a couple as I had no peanuts in the pantry.
This mixture should make 12-15 mini cups or about 4-6 large sizes.
The mini Peanut Butter Cups are 65 calories each with 5 grams of fat.

*PB2 is powdered peanut butter that can be mixed with water to make Peanut Butter. It’s much lower in calories than regular peanut butter. It’s only available online ( try iHerb.com) at this stage. You could use a standard peanut or nut butter for this recipe.

Dairy free chocolate chips can be purchased at Coles in the health food section.

I only used dairy free because I prefer to eat Vegan.

iHerb

Everyone is shopping online, for everything! Clothes, shoes, baby goods & foods.

I work in retail & I really should be doing the whole ‘supporting the economy’ but when prices are high for everything we are all trying to save a few bucks.
I adore shopping online for products that cannot be purchased in Australia or if they can be purchased here they are ridiculously priced, even taking into account shipping, the middle man & staff wages.
For health products I shop with iHerb or VitaCost. The latter does tend to take way too long to send to Australia which is why I always recommend iHerb.
Today I received my biggest haul of protein & food bars. These are perfect for before or after workouts but also as a quick meal or snack for busy periods.
See my post on Quest Bars, as today I’m enjoying the moorish Luna Bar.

As mentioned I work in retails, this is our busiest time of the year & does mean there’s sometimes no time for lunch breaks or it’s so under the pump that my calorie burn is high.

Today I’m enjoying a Luna Bar Asa quick snack as it’s a busy day an I need some extra energy. We don’t have a fridge at work so it can be hard to sometimes bring fresh foods and I don’t always want to spend money on food court meals that tend to be highly processed and high in salts and fats.
Luna Bars contain 70% organic ingredients and are high in calcium, folic acid, antioxidants A, C & E and 9 grams of fibre. They’re great as a treat and not to have daily as they do contain 13 grams of sugar. But calorie-wise they sit at about 180 which is almost on bar with a standard museli bar.

Calcium is important for bone growth and strength and also plays a part in regulating blood pressure. Vitamin D aids the aids the calcium absorption. Folic acid helps in cell development & Irons helps the transfer or oxygen to the muscles. 


For more information visit

http://www.lunabar.com

Raspberry & White Chocolate Cupcakes

wanted to make something sweet for the weekend, and I hadn’t baked cupcakes in a while.
I prefer I play around with recipes and hope they turn out well.
I made these gluten free.
You will need:
1.5 cups gluten free self raising flour 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup powdered stevia
1/2 block dairy free white chocolate, chopped
1 cup mixed berries ( I used mainly raspberries)
2 tbs Natvia icing sugar

I used Sweet William brand dairy free chocolate, Almond Breeze almond milk and the berries I used from frozen.
Combine all ingredients, reserving about a quarter of the chocolate, and place in patty pans and bake at 180 degrees for 20 minutes. 
Once cooled melt the remaining dairy free chocolate with a tablespoon of almond milk & two tablespoons icing mixture. Top each cupcake with a dollop of icing, a few extra berries & any chocolate shavings. 

These came out moist & almost a cross between a muffin and cupcake. 
Refrigerate these but leave to sit out of the fridge for about 20 minutes before consuming.

Healthier Option Lollies

These took no time to make but I’m still not 100% sold on the results. 

Wee Man in the other hand could not get enough of them.

You will need 6 oranges, juiced, 2 large carrots, juiced. About 400ml in total.

Heat a quarter of the juices in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of rice malt syrup & 3 tablespoons of gelatine of your choice. I used 
Vege Set as it’s Vegetarian.

Using a whisk blend mixture until all gelatine & syrup had dissolved, do not boil. Return the heated mix back to the rest of the juice & briskly mix.
Pour the juice into flat trays or dishes. Keep it 1-2 centimetres thick. I used regular silver serving trays. 
Chill in the fridge for about 2-3 hours.
Then remove & use a knife to cut into squares or use a cookie cutter. I used the tip of my icing set to create circles.
These are about 1.5 calories each, no fat, contain fruit & vegetable. I made about 200 piece from this recipe.

Quest? Over the rest?

And the last thing you want to do is throw that hard work away by eating other nutrition bars or meal replacement bars that are little more than thinly disguised candy.’ 
From the Quest website. 

Yes this is a pretty true statement.
A lot of protein bars are filled with lots of processed sugars & high carb contents.
Quest Bars are high fibre, low carb & contain only a few ingredients. A few many less than most protein bars.
Lo Han Guo is a plant found in China, this is used to add sweetness, as is stevia, sucralose & erythritol. 
The latter proven, to not upset even the most sensitive of stomachs. 
Not all these sweeteners are used in all bars.
Quest uses nut butters for their chewiness which also means even more protein & no trans fat!
Whey isolate delivers protein to your body, helping to
-increased muscle mass
-aid in the loss of body fat
-enhance immune function
– helps absorption of amino acids
Each bar is high in fibre, and aids in digestive health, feelings of fullness & general well-being. 

The purpose of protein is to maintain muscles, fluids & organs in the body. High activity requires more protein or the bars can be used between meals. 
Don’t over do it though. 

Unless you want to gain weight, stick to a protein bar as a snack or after exercise; after all they are filled with extra calories, so are suitable if you wish to bulk up. 

When using for weight loss, enjoy as a snack on a calorie controlled diet & before and/or after exercise.

These bars have become hugely popular in Australia & can currently be purchased from Go Vita or GNC. They are very expensive though, over $3.50 a bar or up to $40 a box. 
I recommend ordering straight from the USA through iherb.com. A box of Quest Bars cost about $26 plus $8 shipping although, trust me, you’ll get your discount on shipping (minimum $60 purchase I believe) once you peruse all their other health products. 

My recommendations are Chocolate Brownie & Apple Pie. 

Zap them in the microwave for even more amazing taste! 

Mexican Bites

Made these 87 calorie bites with only a few ingredients and they turned out delicious and cooked in about 20 minutes.  

The recipe could easily to altered to include chicken or vegan meats & is easily made into a gluten or dairy free version.
Start by cutting out circles in your choice of wrap or pita bread– I used a can of food- and place in a cupcake tin.
In a separate bowl mix 1 egg & 2 heaped tablespoons of salsa or salsa and bean mix. I used a variety made by Edgell. 
Add to the mix 1 piece of shortcut bacon. Combine and spoon onto the pita rounds. 

Top each bite with a small slice of cheese or grate some on top.

Bake at 180 degrees celsius for 20 minutes. I made 4 bites with this recipe.