Raw cacao truffles/ Truffes de cacao cru

This is my last recipe before christmas and believe me those raw truffles are very tasty, it can be a nice homemade present too.

I have decided this year I would me making my own chocolates and not buy any of industrial sweets during the festive season.

These raw chocolate balls are made with three ingredients only. Simple, healthy and wholesome. I would recommend using organic or natural dates with no added sugar or syrup to ensure the raw balls do not become too sweet and too sticky.

 

Cette recette sera la dernière jusque noël et croyez moi ces petites truffes aux chocolat sont un vrai délice.

J’ai decidé cette année de ne pas acheter de chocolats industriels mais de les faire moi meme, surtout pendant cette periode de fêtes. 

Juste 3 ingrédients pour réaliser ces truffes aux chocolat, simples et délicieuses. Déposer les truffes dans un bocal en verre pour un cadeau fait maison 

Je recommende d’utiliser des dattes de bonne qualité, sans sucre ajouté ou de sirop pour être sur que ça ne sois pas trop sucré

 

 

Raw chocolate truffles
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of pecan nuts
  2. 2 cups of medjool dates
  3. 3 to 4 TBS of raw cacao + extra for the coating
  4. Cinamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the pecan nuts in a food processor. Process until finely ground
  2. Add the medjool dates little by little and process again for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the cacao, process again.
  4. You can add a pinch of salt and cinamon if you wish
  5. Process until you get a dough.
  6. Once you get a dough scoop one spoon and roll it into a ball.
  7. Make the balls and roll it into raw cacao
  8. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes or the fridge for 2 hours
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Truffes de chocolat cru
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tasse de noix de pecans
  2. 2 tasse de dattes (medjool de préférence)
  3. 3 à 4 C a S de cacao cru
  4. Pinch de canelle (facultatif)
Instructions
  1. Déposer les noix de pecans dans un robot (utiliser la lame S). Mixer pour obtenir une texture poudreuse.
  2. Ajouter les dattes petit à petit et continuer à mixé.
  3. Ajouter le cacao cru et mixer encore pendant 2 minutes jusqu'à ce que le tout soit homogène et se Tienne ensemble.
  4. Former des boules avec une cuillère a soupe.
  5. Recouvrir les boules de cacao cru.
  6. Deposer dans le frigo pendant 2 heures ou 30 minutes dans le freezer
  7. Et voila xxx
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Raw vegan almond & zaatar cheese / Fromage cru vegan aux amandes et zaatar

Christmas is around the corner and what a better time to think about a few health recipes to add to all the goodies you will be having. I know it’s not really the time of the year when low-fat dishes are on our mind, but if you are a little concerned with the calorie intake, you can easily swap a few dishes with healthier options. 

I am sharing a beautiful tasty and yummy recipe for a raw vegan almond & zaatar cheese spread. It is rich in protein but low in fat and is simply delicious on crackers, sourdough bread or baguette. 

 

Les fêtes arrivent à grand pas et c’est le bon moment de penser à des recettes saine et facile à réaliser.
Aujourd’hui je vous propose un fromage cru et vegan aux amandes et zaatar, riche en protéines et faible en gras,  délicieux avec du pain ou des crackers. 

 

 

 

 

Raw vegan almond & zaatar cheese
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of almonds (soaked, drained & skin removed)
  2. 1/4 cup of water
  3. 2 TBS of olive oil
  4. 2 TBS of nutritional yeast
  5. 3 TBS of lemon juice
  6. 1 TS of agar agar + 2 TS of water
  7. 1 TS of zaatar (feel free to add more for a stronger taste)
  8. 1 garlic clove
  9. Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Soak the almond for 2 hours in hot water, remove the skin. It takes a little time but it is easy.
  2. Place the almonds, garlic,nutritional yeat, lemon juice, zaatar, olive oil, and the salt in a food processor.
  3. Process until smooth
  4. In a small saucepan, add the agar agar and water, stir for 15 seconds, pour the mixture in the food processor. Process again for 1 to 2 minutes
  5. Place a little of olive oil in a ramekins, depending on the size you might need 2 or 3 ramekin.
  6. Pour the mixture and place in the fridge for 2 hours.
  7. Unmold the cheese and place on a plate.
  8. Serve with raw crackers, raw veggies, baguette
Notes
  1. Nutritional yeast is available at Organic food cafe.
  2. I have seen it at lulu supermarket too for about 30 aed
  3. It can be kept for up to two weeks in the fridge and only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and 2 hours to set.
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Fromage cru vegan aux amandes et zaatar
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 tasse d'amandes (trempé, peau retirer)
  2. 1/4 tasse d'eau
  3. 2 C a S d'huile d'olive
  4. 2 C a S de levure maltée
  5. 3 C a S de jus de citron
  6. 1 gousse d'ail
  7. 1 C a S de zaatar
  8. 1 C a C d'agar agar + 2 C a c d'eau
  9. Sel, poivre
Instructions
  1. Faire tremper les amandes dans un bol rempli d’eau chaude pendant 2h.
  2. Retirer la peau ( ça prend un peu de temps mais reste facile).
  3. Déposer les amandes, la levure maltée, citron, zaatar, huile d’olive et le sel dans le robot ( utiliser la lame S).
  4. Mélanger le tout pendant 1 minute.
  5. La préparation doit être lisse et homogène.
  6. Dans une petite casserole ajouter l'agar agar avec l’eau, mélanger pendant 15 secondes.
  7. Verser le liquide dans le robot et faire tourner pendant 1 a 2 minutes.
  8. Préparer 2 à 3 ramequins et déposer un peu d’huile d’olive ( le fromage se démoulera plus facilement)
  9. Remplir les ramequins de fromage , déposer dans le frigo et laisser refroidir pendant 2 heures.
  10. Démouler les fromages dans une belle assiette.
Notes
  1. Si vous ne trouvez pas de zaatar, les herbes comme le thym, le romarin ou herbes de provence seront très bien.
  2. Les fromages se gardent 1 semaine au frais
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Introduction to Raw food workshop Level 1

 

Introduction to raw food level 1 

A workshop designed for those new to the concept of raw food, who would like to change their way of eating. Discover raw cooking techniques, what to store in your kitchen pantry.

Learn how to make healthy and easy recipes, sprout pulses, dehydrate fruit & veg and make your own crackers.

The workshop includes preparation of dishes, making them, tastings, going through nutritional topics, shopping list, and equipment basics. 

A  workshop folder with recipes and all topics covered will give you the confidence to start introducing more raw food into your daily life.

All products used are vegan, organic and where possible locally sourced.

For bookings please send me a message via the blog or at marilyndefer@gmail.com

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Vegan banana pancakes & raw chia/berries jam

I am finally posting the recipe of my 5 ingredients vegan banana pancakes along with my favorite raw jam. The jam is delicious and packed with good things. It can be store for 10 days in the fridge.

So easy and healthy it is a winner at home.

Marilyne xx

 

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Vegan banana pancakes & raw chia /berries jam
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of gluten free flour
  2. 1 1/2 cup of almond/rice or oat milk
  3. 1/2 ts of baking powder
  4. Pinch of salt
  5. 2 to 3 bananas
Raw chia/berries jam
  1. 1 cup of berries ( raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)
  2. 2 tbs of blackstrap molasses
  3. 1 to 2 tbs of chia seeds
  4. 1ts of lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place the bananas and the almond milk in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Place the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, pour the flour mixture into the banana mixture.
  3. Preheat a pan with a little coconut or canola oil, pour 3 to 4 tbs of batter on the pan.
  4. Cook for 3 minutes or until the pancakes are golden on both sides.
Raw chia jam
  1. Blend the berries, lemon juice & the molasses in a small chopper or food processor, process until well combined.
  2. Place the mixture in a bowl , add the chia seeds and leave it in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours.
Notes
  1. The jam can be kept up to 10 days in the fridge
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Prenatal massage workshop

Two months ago I participated in a prenatal massage workshop in Abu Dhabi taught by Vandana.  She is a very nice lady, Vandana is a qualified, committed and intuitive Holistic Therapist who believes that the body is fully capable of healing itself. Her expertise in Holism includes Angelic Reiki, foot and facial reflexology, prenatal reflexology, Indian head massage/trainer. Vandana is running regular workshops on various topics such as: Learning to communicate with angels, Prenatal massages techniques, Head massage, Organic & Natural personal skin care and faciaIs. She is a contributing author to the ‘Empowerment Manual’ published by Visionary Insight Press USA; currently available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites.

 

I first met her towards the end of my pregnancy when I took a few reflexology sessions with her. It was the first time I had reflexology treatments, I felt very good and after the sessions, feeling very light and peaceful.  She is truly amazing so when she proposed this workshop I didn’t hesitate and signed up for the course.

 

The course started in the morning with two trainees and two lovely pregnant ladies acting as our practice clients for the course. Vandana taught us how to massage the back, neck, head, hands and feet. It wasn’t easy at first to learn everything and feel confident. Even if I am used to give massages to my friends and family – especially to my son, I felt a little clumsy at the beginning but as the course progressed, I felt more confident.  I am always happy to learn new things, so the experience was rewarding.  

 

As a newly certified Doula, I am interested in all things related to pregnancy and well-being. A prenatal massage can be beneficial throughout the pregnancy, during labour and after the birth. The massage can be done to relieve the pain or tiredness felt during pregnancy, but also when feeling a little tense. It can also help improve blood circulation, mood, get a better sleep, decrease the level of stress hormones, help with relaxation and relieve tension and joint pains. Sometimes, especially towards the end of the pregnancy, feet and hands can become tired, doing a lymphatic massage can help reduce edema and giving a nice feeling of lightness. During the labour, massaging the back and using breathing technique can be a drug-free alternative choice for pain management. The massage techniques are easy to understand and can be taught to the partner. It can be a good idea to have the partner practicing these massage techniques regularly so when the time comes the technique are well-known.

 

Doing this workshop was very useful and has helped me to understand how to help my clients feel better during the pregnancy and how simple massage technique can have a big impact on your body and mind, help to feel more relaxed and release tensions. I also recognize that if it is an option, it is good to get the partner involved and learn some of the techniques.

 

I am looking forward practicing those massage techniques on my clients in the near future, so get in touch if you are interested.

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Rawmantic chocolate fondue

Valentine’s day is nearly upon us ♥

Time to get ready for a Rawmantic snack.

The chocolate fondue is made of smooth avocado, raw cacao, oat milk and maple sirup.

It will take  5 minutes to make and it is a delicious treat for littles one too 

 

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Rawmantic chocolate fondue
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 big avocado or 2 smalls
  2. 1/4 cup of maple sirup
  3. 1/2 cup of nut milk
  4. 4 tbs of raw cacao
  5. 1 ts of vanilla nectar
  6. 1 tbs of coconut oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a small high speed blender.
  2. You might need to add more milk or more sirup according to your taste.
  3. Place any fruits of your choice on a nice plate.
  4. Et voila dip the fruits in the chocolate fondue and enjoy
Notes
  1. The fondue will last 4 days in the fridge
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Raw food workshop february 2016

A big thank you to Anne – Sophie, Lila, Nirmala, Samidha, Monika, Helena, Leah and Cynthia for coming to my raw food workshop last week.

I truly enjoyed meeting great people, the good vibes and learning new things.

Watch this spacce for my next workshop: Food & pack lunches for kids… Sometimes in March 

Marilyne xx

 

 

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Raw cardamom, coco & choco bliss balls

Happy new year everyone!

January is usually the month of detox after all the celebrations over Christmas and new year, so today I am sharing this recipe: raw cardamom, coco & choco bliss balls’.
Easy to make and to store, those raw balls are delicious.  
 
Enjoy xx
 
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Raw cardamom, coco & choco bliss balls
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of roasted hazelnuts
  2. 10 cardamom seeds (add more for a stronger test)
  3. 1/4 cup of raw cacao
  4. 1 cup of dates
  5. 1/2 cup of dessicated coconut + 1/4 cup for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place the roasted hazelnuts in a food processor.
  2. Add the cardamon seeds, dates, raw cacao & dessicated coconut.
  3. Process until you get a dough.
  4. Make the balls and roll it into the dessicated coconut.
  5. Place the balls in the fridge for 2 hours or freezer for 30 minutes
Notes
  1. You can keep the balls in the air container up to 1 week
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Beetroot smoothie bowl

One of my favorite smoothie bowl with spirulina, that i will share with you very soon. Check the color of the bowl! it is amazing ♥ 

Once you have done the smoothie just grab anything you want: any fruits, nuts, seeds, dried fruits and play around with the colors and have fun.

The constancy of the smoothie will needs to be a little thick so you can add topping nicely.

Marilyne xx

 

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Beetroot smoothie bowl
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 mango
  2. 2 bananas
  3. 1/2 beetroot or 2 tbs of beetroot powder
  4. 2 tbs of flaxseeds
  5. coconut water or water
Instructions
  1. Place the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth
  2. Place the smmothie in a bowl. Add any topping and enjoy
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Vegan mini cupcakes & avocado/ chocolate frosting

My daughter turned one last Saturday. I cannot believe how fast time went by. 
To celebrate this big day I wanted to make something easy, healthy that everyone of course could eat, especially Mia.  So here we go: Vegan mini  Cupcake & Avocado/ Chocolate Frosting. 
 
These cupcakes are light and so yummy : 
 
 
 
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Vegan mini cupcakes & avocado/ chocolate frosting
Serves 16
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup of wholemeal flour
  2. 1/2 cup of melted cold press coconut oil (or olive oil )
  3. 1 tbs of baking powder
  4. 1/2 ts of vanilla powder
  5. 1/2 cup of maple sirup
  6. 3/4 cup of almond milk (or any nut milk)
  7. Avocado/ chocolate frosting
  8. 1 avocado
  9. 100g of melted chocolate or 1/2 cup of raw cacao ( I use green and black )
  10. 3 tbs of maple sirup ( add more if needed)
Mini cupcakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 240 degrees
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, vanilla powder
  3. Add the melted coconut oil, maple sirup, almond milk,
  4. Stir well
  5. Place the mixture into a mini cupcake tray
  6. Bake for 20 minutes
  7. Let it cool down while preparing the frosting.
  8. To make the avocado/ chocolate frosting
  9. Simply place the avocado, melted chocolate and maple sirup in a small blender. Blend until smooth
Cupcake assembly
  1. Place the frosting on the cupcakes using a spoon or a decorating tip.
  2. Eat immediately
Notes
  1. This time i use some melted dark chocolate from Green & Black but some raw cacao or carob powder will have a nice taste too. I made 16 mini cupcakes from the mixture but had only one cupcake tray so i made it in 2 times.
  2. If you wish to eat the cupcake later, place the frosting in the fridge and assemble last minute.
  3. I hope you will enjoy as much as we all did.
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