Sunday, November 09, 2014

Lemon Pie Bites

With all this good food that I'm eating I do have to watch my waistline a bit, most people in Australia would have heard of Lola Berry by now. The young, blonde nutritionist that makes healthy food look and taste awesome.
I've had her 20/20 Diet Cookbook for a while, and have tried a few things. To be honest, I'm not very good when it comes to staying away from desserts, so when I found this recipe in her book I had to try it.
These tangy little balls are delicious and yet healthy. Win/win I think!
Lemon Pie Bites
150 g (1 ½ cups) almond meal*
45 g (½ cup) desiccated coconut
3 tablespoons maple syrup
juice of 3 lemons
zest of 1 lemon
1 vanilla pod, split and scraped
125 ml (½ cup) coconut oil, melted
pinch pink salt
60 g (1 cup) shredded coconut, for rolling*

Put all the ingredients (except the coconut for rolling) in a food processor and blitz for 30 seconds. 
Place a teaspoonful of the mixture into your palm and shape into a little ball. Roll in the shredded coconut and place on a plate. Repeat until you have used up all of the mixture. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes or until firm. Store in a plastic container in the fridge or freezer.
I used a Thermomix, so instead of using almond meal I just blitzed 150g of raw almonds, a bit cheaper than almond meal.
Rolling the bites is much easier with slightly damp hands. I actually used of mixture of shredded and desiccated coconut for rolling. 
Recipe taken from Lola Berry's 20/20 Diet Cookbook.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Vanilla Slice

Last weekend I might have gone to one of the strangest Hen's parties ever. The party itself was great, we went to Toast To The Coast in Geelong and enjoyed a lovely day of wine tasting and good food. However, the strange part was that my lovely friend, the bride, unfortunately couldn't come to her own Hen's Day as she was sick at home (she did come for breakfast the next day).
Vanilla Slice is one of her favourite sweet things to eat so of course it had to be on the menu. i have never made a Vanilla Slice before, it's another one of those things that we don't really have in Germany so I only discovered them when I came to Australia.