Espresso Truffles

I have just returned home after a few weeks with my parents in the beautiful South West where I spent most of my time cooking, reading, walking on the beach and playing in the garden. My parents enjoyed many coffee breaks throughout the day and I became quite the barista. Although I don’t drink coffee I enjoy the taste and smell so I put my skills to good use and whipped up these delicious morsels!

Packed full with beneficial fats and minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc these make the perfect healthy treat. Brazil nuts can of course be substituted with a different nut but I like the flavour and oily (the good kind) texture the brazil nuts give. Maca is a root vegetable from Peru which is high in many vitamins and minerals as well as being a great energy booster. This makes these treats a REAL pick-me-up for when you’re feeling deflated, which to be honest happens to most of us during winter.

Anyway, tomorrow I’m off to the sunny island of Bali to escape the winter chill and hopefully come back bursting with inspiration for new recipes.

Espresso Truffles

Makes ~20 medium sized balls

Ingredients

1/2 C raw brazil nuts

1/4 C desiccated coconut

1/4 C rolled oats

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp raw maca powder

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

10 fresh medjool dates, pitted

1 shot of strong espresso

2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil

Method

In a food processor blend the brazil nuts, desiccated coconut and rolled oats until ground. Add the cacao and cinnamon and give it another quick blitz. Then add the dates, espresso and coconut oil processing until all the ingredients come together.

Roll heaped tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place in a tupperware lined with baking paper. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Keep leftovers stored in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze for 1 month.

Enjoy!

P.S Don’t gobble too many of these before bed time otherwise you might have a sleepless night like I did!

P.P.S This post was meant to be published before my tropical holiday however I had technical difficulties! I am now back after a week of glorious sunshine and will have some Indonesian inspired recipes for you all very soon. X

 

Baked mushroom and tofu spring rolls

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Amazingly I have now been on holidays for two weeks and am only now getting around to posting a recipe! Time has just been flying by with lots of cooking, beach walks, running, picking citrus, playing with the chookies and exploring the beautiful south west where my parents live. So here I am with a new recipe that is quick enough to be whipped up by all of you on holidays as well as those who are not so lucky.

Lately I have been feeling a little tropical and craving asian inspired food, even though on average its only been about 12 degrees! Think fruity smoothies with lime and coconut, fresh herb salads, fried brown rice, gado gado and these spring rolls.ย The fabulous thing about these is that they are baked not fried, which creates a much healthier snack without compromising on flavour or texture. The outside doesn’t achieve the same colouring but it is still crisp to the bite and the filling remains beautifully steamed inside. We enjoyed these for lunch along with the suggested add ins and all three of us were completely satisfied.

Feel free to get creative with the filling and add in other asian vegetables depending with what you have available. Fresh capsicum and thai basil would be great additions.

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Baked mushroom and tofu spring rolls

Serves 3 as a meal or 6 as a snack

Ingredientsย 

  • 2 T sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • a thumb sized piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 250g button mushrooms
  • 1 whole dried chilli, finely chopped
  • 100g firm tofu, crumbled
  • 1 C green cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1 C purple cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1/4 C chopped coriander
  • 2 T tamari
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 50g brown rice vermicelli noodles, cooked according to packet directions
  • 1 packet (~20) round rice paper sheets
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil

To serve

  • Peanut sauce, recipe follows
  • Tamari
  • Lime wedges
  • Coriander, purple cabbage and carrot
  • Broccolini, steamed

Method

  1. To make the mushroom filling, heat the sesame oil in a large frypan then add the spring onions, garlic and ginger and stir fry for a couple of minutes or until fragrant and beginning to colour. Add the mushrooms and chilli and continue to stir fry for 5 minutes. Then add the tofu, half the cabbage, the coriander and continuing to cook for another 5 minutes. Stir through the tamari and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius. Prepare a bowl with lukewarm water to dip the rice paper sheets in, place a damp tea towel on your work surface and line a large baking tray with baking paper. When the mushroom mixture is ready, soak the rice paper for 30 seconds then place on the damp tea towel and load up with the mushroom filling, noodles, carrot and both types of cabbage. Roll up from the end closes to you folding the sides in as you go, (follow directions on rice paper packet). Place on the prepared tray and continue until all the filling is used.
  3. Brush the prepared rolls with the EVOO and place in the preheat oven for 15 minutes. Turn and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Serve immediately withe the suggested sauces and vegetables.

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Peanut dipping sauce

  • 1/3 C natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp tamari
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tsp hot chilli sauce

 

Methodย 

Simply combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add in 1-2 tbsp just built water to thin to your desired consistency.

Enjoy, and hopefully I can transform those of you suffering in the winter chill to a sunnier place with these flavours.