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raw halvah

7th February 2015

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raw halvah

Makes 20 -25 pieces.

Original recipe found here

Use raw organic nuts and seeds that have not been roasted.  When buying sesame seeds, purchase the tan ones as opposed to the white.  The white ones are hulled, and may even be bleached.  It’s the hull that keeps the oil inside from becoming rancid.

ingredients :

½ cup sesame seeds

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ tsp vanilla essence

¼ tsp cinnamon powder

tsp rock salt

3 Tbsp tahini

3 Tbsp thick honey

¼ cup pistachios, chopped

preparation :

Process the sesame and sunflower seeds in a high-speed blender or food processor until you have a coarse mixture.  It’s important not to over-grind, otherwise, the halvah will be too moist and affects the final result.

Pour the seed mixture into a medium bowl.  Add the cinnamon and salt and mix well. Combine the tahini, honey and vanilla.  Add this to the bowl and using your hands, mix well.  If the mixture is not sticking together, add an extra half tablespoon of honey.  Continue to mix well.

Add the pistachios until well incorporated. Form into your desired shapes by firmly pressing the mixture into a round tablespoon measure, flattening with a knife, and tapping them gently on a board until they pop out.  After the first one, dip the spoon into a bowl of sesame seeds. This leaves them with a flat bottom and a gently decorated sesame-seeded dome top. Perfect little bite-size pieces!

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chocolate-hazelnut truffles & pecan-cardamom date balls

17th December 2016

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These make a wonderfully healthy addition to bring along to a festive celebration or wrap them up in some recycled paper, a ribbon with a little bit of nature tucked in somewhere for a well-wisher or loved one.  They are always appreciated.  Some other ideas are this homemade raw halvah or zesty mango bliss balls or these chocolate covered caramels  Or an assortment of all three!

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chocolate – toasted hazelnut truffles

You could experiment with the different variations of these chocolate balls by adding orange or lemon zest, fresh mint, peppermint essence or even delicately salted.  For a smoother consistency, grind the nuts first, and then add the rest of the ingredients.

I like how toasting brings out the rich flavour in the nuts. If wanting to keep the truffles raw skip the toasting process.

Inspired by Donna’s Date Chocolate Balls & Green Kitchen Stories

Makes about 18 – 20 balls

ingredients :

15 largeMedjooll dates, pitted

50g dried unsweetened shredded coconut

100g toasted hazelnuts/almonds

1 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil

2 – 4 Tbsp cacao/carob powder

1 Tblsp water

1 tsp cinnamon powder

preparation :

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Place the hazelnuts on a tray and toast for 12 minutes, (until fragrant, careful not to burn them) roll in a clean tea towel to remove some of the skin.  The toasting brings out the warm rich hazelnut flavour.

Place all the ingredients for the chocolate-hazelnut truffles in a food processor, and pulse for about 1 minute or until the mixture comes together.  Take a small amount of the mixture and roll into small round balls.  If you are having trouble with the mixture coming together, place the dough in the  fridge for 15 minutes.  Rolls the balls in cocoa/carob powder, finely chopped toasted almond flakes or shredded coconut. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.  Or package them into a jar tied with ribbon or raffia for a holiday gift offering.

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pecan – cardamom spiced date balls

I love these bite size balls for their exotic taste!  If possible, grind your own cardamom as the taste is so much more fragrant, fresher and more intense.  An easy way to do this is place 3 tablespoons of cardamom pods in a high-speed blender or coffee grinder, and roughly grind. Use a strainer to sift the ground pods, discard the shells and grind the bigger chunks again to a finer powder.  

A recipe inspired by Anna

Makes 18 – 20

ingredients :

12 large medjool dates, pitted

50g dried cranberries/goji berries (if using goji berries roughly chop)

50g dried unsweetened shredded coconut

100g raw pecans/toasted almonds

1 Tblsp extra virgin coconut oil

2 Tblsp freshly ground cardamom

1 Tblsp water

1 tsp ginger powder/1 Tblsp grated fresh ginger

preparation :

Place all the ingredients for the pecan-cardamom truffles in a food processor, and pulse for about a minute or until the mixture comes together. Take a small amount of the mixture and roll into small round balls; half the size of a golf ball.  If you are having trouble with the mixture coming together, place the dough in the fridge for 15 minutes.  Rolls the balls in finely chopped toasted pecans or shredded coconut.  Place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.  Or package them into a jar tied with ribbon or raffia for a holiday gift offering.

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chocolate covered ‘caramels’

20th December 2015

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The rain has been heavy and relentless these last days.  The air thick with mist & fog, so much so I cannot see the vegetable garden from where I sit.  No choice but to stay inside, to go inside.  It feels like an offering, one where everything must slow down.  A reminder to appreciate and be thankful for all these blessings which tend to pass by.

A few photos taken a while back, on drier sunnier days

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These are a lovely gift to give to family & friends for the holiday season, just wrap them up in some recycled paper, a ribbon with a little bit of nature tucked in somewhere.  Some other ideas are this homemade raw halvah & zesty mango bliss balls.  Or an assortment of all three!

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chocolate covered ‘caramels’

Makes 14 bite-sized balls

Recipe inspired by ‘Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen’

These are a really special indulgent sweet, a favourite with my husband.  

Once set, the texture is a lovely chocolate crunch on the outside with a soft gooey caramel on the inside. And no nasty sugars or additives. To speed up the process, you could easily melt down your favourite chocolate bar.

The original recipe used 2 tablespoons of Lucama powder (a dried, sweet fruit packed with nutrients and goodness) into the caramel.  A great way to add a superfood to your diet. 

for the caramel bites

100g Medjool dates, pitted – about 7 large dates (can use regular dates, but keep in mind soaking time will be longer)

4 Tbsp coconut butter

for the dark vanilla chocolate

25g cocoa butter

15g cacao powder

2½ Tbsp coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

chopped toasted almonds & coconut for garnish

preparation:

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.

Soak the dates for at least an hour in filtered water.

Drain the dates and blend with the coconut butter.  Use a hand blender/immersion blender as this seems to work best.  You will have to scrape down the bowl and blade as you blend.  Place the mixture in the freezer for 15 minutes to thicken a little before rolling.

After fifteen minutes, take the caramel mixture from the freezer.  Using a heaped teaspoon of the mixture, roll into a small ball about half the size of a golf ball.

Place the balls on the lined tray and place in the freezer for half an hour (This will make the chocolate dipping easier).

Prepare the vanilla chocolate dipping sauce.  Put an inch or two of water in a small saucepan and bring to a faint simmer.  Place another small non-reactive bowl (glass works well) on top so that it sits over the water, but is not touching the bottom of the saucepan.  ‘Shave’ the cocoa butter with a sharp knife and place into the bowl (shaving the coconut butter will make it easier to melt).  Add the coconut sugar to the bowl and stir to combine.  When the cocoa butter has melted,  sift in the cocoa powder, drizzle in the vanilla essence and whisk until completely smooth.  Remove from the stove, cool the chocolate mixture ever so slightly, keeping it runny, but not too runny for dipping.

Dip the caramel balls into the chocolate mixture.  I find using a fork helps scoop them out of the chocolate and to place them back onto the tray. Sprinkle with chopped almonds or coconut and repeat with the remaining caramel mixture.  Place in the fridge to set for half an hour.  Once the caramel balls have set, keep them in a sealed container in the fridge.

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tahini cookies

29th August 2009

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This is a new recipe, so quick to make, and so buttery melt in your mouth delicious.  If you are a big fan of halva, these are the cookies for you!  On arriving back from Australia, my husband kept raving about these biscuits that our good friends, Lior and Noa had given him to ease the absence of myself, Yasmin and Elijah.  So having heard how delicious they were, I had to get hold of the recipe which was given so generously…thank you, Noa!.

These are the kind of biscuits that melt in your mouth but surprise you with a nice, nutty crunch from the almond. Their crumbly lightness is instantly addictive.  Great biscuits to make with children as the batter is not messy, but smooth and clean to roll into balls.  The original recipe had just white flour, but I used 2 cups of white and one cup of wholemeal flour.  Next time, I think I might experiment with half and half.  I also used brown sugar.  Make sure you bake until golden as they have a bit more of a firmness to them.

tahini cookies

Makes approx 40 biscuits

ingredients :

200g soft butter

1 cup light brown sugar

1 cup raw tahini

3 cups white flour

1 Tblsp baking powder

whole almonds, approx 40

preparation :

Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius.  Line flat baking/biscuit trays with baker’s paper.

In a large bowl, using an electric beater, mix together the butter and sugar until well combined.  Add the tahini and combine well.  In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder and add this to the butter, sugar and tahini mixture.  Combine well, and that’s your biscuit dough done.  Using your hands, form small balls of the dough and place each 5cm apart onto the prepared baking trays.  Place one almond on each ball and gently press down to flatten them.  Bake for about 15 mins or until golden.  Allow to cool and enjoy.

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