Monthly Archives: January 2013

Tangy Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars

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It can sometimes take a long time to come full circle on a promise.  Sometimes, it can take a full fifteen months before you make good and deliver … *whistles as she looks around aimlessly, avoiding eye contact with the computer screen*.  Remember those yummy Coconut & Lime Bars I posted in October 2011?  I mentioned then that I usually make two kinds. The kind I posted then and a more tangy version, where the lime is the star of the filling.  I kept meaning to post the tangy one … but … ummmm … *looks away again, whistling nervously*

So here I am, fifteen months have flown by, and we’re all of us a little older.  I’m still making lime and coconut bars from time to time, but am finally posting the recipe.    With a bit of luck on my side, I managed to get a few minutes to take some snapshots of said bars before they started to disappear.  Literally.  Two to three minutes :-/  They are popular in this household.  Which is rather flattering, I know, but it was also a little annoying today.   You see, I made them for me this time.  I have gone back to the beginning with a low FODMAP elimination diet as I have had some random flare ups and just wanted to know why.  Having an intolerance to fructose, fructans, and polyols is a harsh restriction on one’s diet (especially when one loves mangoes so much one uses the word in the name of her blog, right?).

Most of the time, I am happy to bake up a storm, knowing I can have a small amount and let others reap the benefit of my labours.  Today, I needed to bake a treat that I could enjoy, due to the frustration of having another food intol fail, despite adhering to strict elimination diet guidelines.  Well, I guess, I may just be reacting to something that others generally tolerate well.  Frustration is a good thing to work off in the kitchen and tomorrow is another day, so the upside of this story is that

WE HAVE LIME AND COCONUT CRUMBLE BARS!!!

These bars are very different to the standard sturdy citrus bar.  The crust is quite soft and thinner than your usual bar.  Much more like a soft pastry crust.  The filling is curd-like in texture and tangy with lime juice and zest.  You don’t have to top it all off with the coconut crumble but it adds another dimension and more texture to the bar, especially as the crust is so thin.  This is more a dessert than a snack bar … fabulous with a dollop of Greek yoghurt, crème fraîche, cream, or ice cream, or just on its own.

The coconut sugar gives the crumble and crust a lovely toffee-like flavour.  You don’t have to use coconut sugar.  If you prefer, this recipe works well with granulated white sugar for the crumble and crust, and icing sugar in the filling.  In truth, that is how this recipe began.  I just made the coconut sugar variation today … looking at the bars when cut, I was reminded of hazel eyes … all green and golden brown.

You can make the coconut crumble topping ahead of time.  Cover and refrigerate it until ready to use.

These bars are gluten-free and low FODMAP, except for anyone with a lactose intolerance, as butter is an ingredient of the crumble and crust layers.  I have suggested coconut butter as a substitute, or use whatever you love best in place of the butter.  They are also tree nut free.

I hope you enjoy these … despite the very very long wait!

Makes 12

Ingredients
Coconut Crumble
25 grams unsalted butter, softened*
15 grams coconut flour
25 grams granulated coconut sugar OR granulated white sugar

Crust
110 grams unsalted butter, softened*
75 grams granulated coconut sugar OR granulated white sugar
50 grams coconut flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

*If you are lactose intolerant, substitute coconut oil for the butter.  Make sure the coconut butter is solid at room temperature before using.

Lime Filling
235 grams whole eggs (about 5 x 50g in the shell)
125 grams icing sugar OR granulated coconut sugar
80 millilitres lime juice (about 4 limes)
4 grams lime zest, finely grated (from 4 limes)
30 grams coconut flour
green food colouring (optional)

Instructions
Coconut Crumble
Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.  Stir through the sugar until well combined.  If making ahead, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Crust
Line a 20cm square cake tin with silicone baking paper.  Use a shallow pan or one with removable sides for easier removal of the bars.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and the sugar is dissolved.  Add the coconut flour and salt, and mix until it comes together.  Press the dough into the base of the prepared tin.  Dust your fingers with coconut flour as the dough is soft and slightly sticky.  The crust layer will be quite fine.  You could roll it out but I have found it easier to press into the tin as the dough does not roll out easily as it is quite soft.  Chill for 20 to 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 180℃.

Bake the crust for about 10 minutes, until golden.  Remove from the oven.

Lime Filling
In the bowl of a mixer, whisk together the eggs and sugar (whichever one you use) until light.  Add the lime juice and zest, and the coconut flour.  Whisk until smooth.  The filling is quite fluid.  If you wish to add a little food colouring, do so now.  I don’t add it, but it’s a matter of preference.

Pour the filling over the crust as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Sprinkle the coconut crumble over the top as evenly as possible.

Return to the oven and bake for a further 12 to 15 minutes, until the filling is set.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.  You can cut the bars when cool but it is much easier to chill the bars before slicing.  Use a pallet knife to lift them gently off the base of the pan, as the crust is very soft.

Store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to five days.

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Macadamia & Wattle Seed Butter

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I have not posted anything in a couple of weeks and for this I apologise.  I have a number of things I would dearly love to bake, make, and post for you but life has again placed itself in my path.  But I will return to baking very soon.

As some of you know, I have attended some fantastic courses in making chocolates and pralines at the brilliant Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School in Melbourne.  I have had the time of my life and I have learned so much.  It’s been so great, I have signed up for some more classes!  If you would like to see some of the amazing chocolates and pralines we made, you can view them on the Facebook page.

But it has taken me away from baking and playing in my kitchen and posting new recipes.  Over recent weeks my father has been unwell and so I’ve been distracted by that too.  But I will be getting back to business as usual this week so there should be some posts coming through very soon.

I had some wonderful ideas for recipes to post for Australia Day, which is today.  Some wickedly good and some wickedly healthy too.  But as I’ve not had time to make them in time, I thought I should at least post up something to commemorate today.

Unlike some, I do not think of Australia Day as a commemoration of our early European (English) settlers arriving by ship over 200 years ago.  I think of it as a day to celebrate the coming together of Australians as a nation.  Strictly speaking, Australia became a nation on 1 January 1901 so this anniversary is a few weeks behind, but hey, what’s a few weeks between friends?

Like any nation, there are moments in our history of which we can be proud and moments that make us hang our heads in shame.  There are some who claim that those who migrated here from other parts of the world since the 1780s are not truly Australian, that only the indigenous people of our nation have the right to call themselves Australian.  I believe that all of us who call this beautiful country home have the right to call ourselves Australian, for even our indigenous Australians crossed over from other lands, albeit thousands of years ago.  We are essentially all migrants and yet all Australian, and all fortunate to live in such a beautiful country.   As is often said, we are all different but underneath it all, we are human and we are all the same.

It occurred to me earlier today that although the recipe I’m sharing is simple, and hardly even worth a blog post … it brings together two quintessentially Australian foods.   Macadamia nuts and wattle seeds.
Both foods are indigenous to Australia.  They are both amazingly delicious as well as being healthy.  Macadamia nuts are fully of healthy mono-unsaturated fats and nutrients while wattle seeds punch above their weight in protein and micronutrients.  Together they are nothing short of divine.

Whether you process the macadamias raw or lightly roasted is purely up to you, and a matter of personal taste.  I prefer to process them raw as the flavour is delicate and beautiful, and a pinch of sea salt really adds depth.

Anyone who has trawled through the recipes on this site will know that I love roasted wattle seeds.  That magical chocolate-hazelnut-coffee flavour they impart is sublime.   They are available online for those of you outside Australia.  If you cannot find them, you could substitute a little pure vanilla.  Use vanilla seeds or vanilla bean paste for the best flavour.

This literally takes only a few minutes to prepare.  It is the shizz on toast, on vegetables, on fish, on fruit, or eaten with a spoon.  It makes a fantastic alternative to butter, or other nut butters 🙂

Wishing you all a very Happy Australia Day.  I will see you all really soon with some new recipes!

Makes 1 x 250 gram jar

Ingredients
250 grams macadamias, raw and unsalted
1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons roasted and ground wattle seeds
sea salt q.b.

Directions
If you wish to roast the macadamias first, lightly roast them for 5 – 8 minutes at 180℃.  Keep an eye on them and move them about on the tray every couple of minutes.  Allow to cool completely before proceeding.  This step is optional and unnecessary but it’s a matter of personal preference for flavour.  I like to make my macadamia butter raw as I like the flavour.

Place the macadamias in the bowl of a food processor and process until it is processed to a smooth paste.  Add a generous pinch of sea salt, to taste.  Add the wattle seeds and pulse briefly to distribute.  Transfer the butter to a clean jar.

Stored in the refrigerator, it will keep for a long time.  I doubt that will be necessary though 😉

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Lupin Protein Bread

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Anyone who follows Chocolate Chilli Mango on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram …

wait!  hey, that’s a great idea … do it!  🙂

But, yes, if you do, you will have noticed a steady stream of photos about all the fantastic chocolates I’ve made in my chocolates and pralines classes over recent weeks.  I’ve had a blast, but I’ll leave all the gushing about chocster heaven for another time … or the Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram (see??? do it!)

Spending all day slaving over a tank of chocolate, sometimes several, making fillings, molding and dipping does not make you crave chocolate.  It leaves you seriously hungry for some substantial healthy fare.   So I’m still eating healthy and making my protein breads every few days.   I was so taken by the success of making muffins with lupin flour and I’m still getting requests for low carb baking that I thought, why not a full on, no holds barred, take no prisoners lupin bread?   Would it work?  Would it be better than those wimpy attempts at adding lupin flour to wheat bread you can buy in the supermarket?

Would it also be gluten-free?  Yeast free?  With no added vegetable oils or icky ingredients?

Would it be high in dietary fibre?  High in protein?  Low in fat just as a bonus?

Could I possibly make it delicious?

Is brilliant too strong a word?  I’d be going for genius but hey, let’s be humble.  This is brilliant!

The lupini bean is a legume and has been identified as a potential allergen, as are peanuts and other legumes.  If you have a peanut or legume allergy, you might want to exercise caution.  However, if you are OK with lupini beans and lupin flour, this bread is fantastic.

It’s got a light open texture and a lovely sweet nutty flavour.  The colour is amazing, almost as golden as polenta!  I used egg whites in the recipe, but if you use whole organic free-range eggs, you might want to don a pair of sunglasses before slicing into this yummy loaf.

This bread is fantastic with both sweet and savoury foods.  I’m currently enjoying it with cheese, both hard and soft cheeses, including ricotta and cottage cheese and sharp grana padano.  It is delicious topped with butter, nut butters, jams, yoghurt and fresh fruit, salad and chicken, mustard, salmon, grilled vegetables, bacon, eggs, anything.

As I’d just opened a fresh pack of hemp seeds, I threw a few in to the loaf.  OK, now we’re tipping the scales into genius territory … it works.  It is sensational to be honest.  I’m guessing you could use chia, pumpkin, flax, or any seeds you like and it would work.  Just for extra goodness and some texture and flavour.

If you are low-carbing, and I know many of you are in your quest to lose body fat in 2013 (don’t cave, it’s only January!), then this bread could be for you.

I hope you enjoy it.  I’m loving it.

Seriously, I’m never buying bread again.  It’s just too easy and delicious to make a gluten-free loaf full of goodness at home.

Go ahead, make this bread!

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Makes 1 loaf  (21cm x 10cm loaf tin)

Ingredients
315 grams egg whites (or 6 large eggs)
110 grams lupin flour (I use this one)
35 grams unflavoured whey protein isolate (I used Professional Whey NZ WPI or substitute whey concentrate, or rice protein)
15 grams coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Optional Additions:
20 grams hulled hemp seeds or substitute about two tablespoons of chia, flax, pumpkin, or sesame seeds, or whatever you like.

*If you prefer to make this bread without protein powders added, simply omit the whey protein from the recipe.  Substitute an extra 35 grams of lupin flour or 12 grams of coconut flour instead.

Directions
Preheat the oven to 180℃.

Grease a loaf tin lightly with coconut oil spray (or PAM) or line the tin with silicone paper, if not using a silicon mold.

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix or whisk together until blended and the batter is smooth.   The batter will be fairly thin but the whey and coconut flour will absorb a great deal of moisture during baking.

Transfer to the prepared loaf tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until risen and golden and a skewer, inserted into the centre, comes out clean.  Do not over bake this bread or the loaf will dry out.

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.  Store, well wrapped, in a freezer bag in the fridge or freezer.  It will last for up to a week, stored in the refrigerator.  It will last longer if you slice it and store, wrapped, in the freezer.

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Macronutrient Profile
I have included macros for both the plain and hemp seed versions, with all macros based on the ingredients as stated.

I used egg whites for this recipe, but obviously whole eggs will work extremely well.  Whole eggs would also provide a host of more micronutrients and make this bread even more golden, if that is possible!

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Plain Version

with Hemp Seeds

with Hemp Seeds

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Apricot Almond Low Carb Muffins

Apricot Almond LC Muffins_6062_wm_1x1I get so many requests for low carbohydrate recipes, I wish I had a dollar for every time I get asked.  I’d be a bazillionaire!  It does speak volumes about the popularity of low carb diets though.  For some, it’s about losing body fat and maybe some weight.  For others, it’s a lifestyle choice due to health factors like Type II diabetes, food intolerances, or carb sensitivity.  For others, it just makes them feel good.

Whatever the reason, there is no need to feel as though one has to miss out much on foods that are typically high carbohydrate.  Breads, cakes, snacks … there are so many options.  Nut flours and lower carb flours make life more nutritious and lower carb without deprivation.

One such flour that is gaining popularity but is perhaps less well-known, is lupin flour.  Lupins are a legume and popular in some Mediteranean cuisines.  Unlike many other legumes, lupins are quite low in carbohydrates while containing healthy omega fatty acids, a whopping dose of dietary fibre, and they pack a solid punch of protein.  There has been a lot of commotion about the potential for lupin flour use in breads to boost nutrition and give greater satiety thereby aiding weight loss, as well as it’s ability to help lower cholesterol and provide a range of nutrients.  Bread makers are starting to make lupin flour breads and they are gaining in popularity.  That’s all good.

But ultimately, I say yay because it’s high in protein, low in fat and carbs and high in dietary fibre.

Lupin beans are about 45% protein and 30% dietary fibre, and have negligble carbohydrate.  That is awesome.

100 grams of lupin flour contains:

1365kJ / 362kCals
39 grams protein
5.5 grams fat (0.1 gram saturated)
11.5 grams carbohydrates (2.9 grams sugars)
31.3 grams dietary fibre

It is also gluten-free.

For.  The.  Win.

Right?

On the downside, being a legume, it is likely that it may cause problems if you happen to react to FODMAPS, specifically fructans and galactans.  In particular, it’s likely to contain galactans as most legumes do.  I have yet to see it on a list of FODMAP foods, but it’s a reasonable assumption.  But that is not to say that it will cause someone a problem.  These things are highly individual.  So it might be worth checking out.

OK.  So, how does this lupin flour bake up then?  Well,  I like to go easy early on trying out a new flour so I went for muffins.  I’ve wanted to make my mum some low carb healthy muffins and these really hit the spot.  She likes her muffins fruity and is a big fan of the wheat free muffins I make for her, especially those with almond flour.  They have a lovely fall-apart, flourless texture but are not heavy or stodgy.

Apricots are in season now and apricots and almonds are a great combination.  You could substitute whatever fruit you like but be aware of the impact on the carbohydrate count.  One usually discounts fruit when thinking about a low carb option but these muffins prove you can enjoy a fruity muffin without a carbohydrate blow out.  Alternatively, you could leave out the fruit and just make them vanilla, or add some chopped up 100% chocolate or spices, or anything else you fancy that meets your low carb requirements.

Great, so where do I buy this lupin flour, CCM?  Well, I don’t know about elsewhere but here in Australia, Lotus Foods make a really good lupin flour that is widely available in health food and organic shops.  I have yet to see it in a supermarket but I suspect it’s only a matter of time.  You can also get it online.

I have used a granulated stevia based sweetener in place of sugar.  You can substitute your preferred sweetener, knowing that the amount in the recipe is equal to the same amount of sugar, so please substitute accordingly.

They are sugar-free, gluten-free, lower in fat than most muffins, and have a good dose of protein per serve, without adding any protein powders.  These are not suitable for a low FODMAP diet, however, but watch this space … I also follow a low FODMAP diet so the likelihood of a suitable version is high 🙂

They taste fantastic!  I hope you enjoy them too.

Macros are provided below the recipe, as always 🙂
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Makes 10

Ingredients
80 grams almond meal
100 grams lupin flour
65 grams Natvia (or substitute your preferred sweetener or sugar, equal to 65g sugar)
2 teaspoons baking powder
140 grams apricots (2 large), diced
2 large eggs
125 millilitres almond milk (or substitute your preferred milk)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Directions
Preheat the oven to 180ºC.  Line 10 muffin molds with muffin liners and set aside.
Mix together the almond meal, lupin flour, sweetener, and baking powder in a bowl.  Make sure you break up any lumps.  Toss in the diced apricots.

Whisk together the eggs, almond milk, and vanilla bean paste.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and mix lightly with a fork.  It’s okay if the mixture is a little lumpy as these are muffins.  Do not over mix the batter.  Pour the batter into the 10 lined muffin tins.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until risen, golden, and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack before turning out.
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Macronutrient Profile
I have included macros for the recipe as stated above.  Any variations and substitutions will, of course, vary the macros to some degree.

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Coconut Protein Bread

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More protein bread.  More protein recipes.  Well, yes.  Part of me getting off to a good start in 2013.  This is good, yes? 🙂

Also, there are likely to be some traditional dessert type recipes cropping up here soon, what with the merry-go-round of birthdays and such that will start in a few weeks here at home.  Plenty of time for that … so for now, I’m going to share with you some more of what forms part of my daily repast.

Coconut bread.  Coconut Protein Bread to be precise.  A low-fat and moderate carbohydrate bread that is both high in fibre and protein.   It is great with both savoury and sweet toppings so a good basic protein bread to have on hand.  Easy to make, you just throw in all your ingredients and off you go.

This bread does contain protein powder and I know some of you have asked “Well, I don’t use protein powder so can I substitute more flour or something else in its place?”  The answer is YES, YOU CAN.  In this bread you can substitute more coconut flour for the protein powder and still have bread that is relatively high in protein and delicious.

This is great toasted and spread with some coconut butter or fresh butter.  It also makes a lovely French toast, topped with Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit, made into sandwiches, and is amazing topped with your favourite healthy chocolate spread or some melted and drizzled 100% chocolate.   Serve it with fish or chicken dishes or your favourite curry, anything that loves coconut.  It has a distinctive coconut flavour and a light texture.

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Served warm, with coconut butter 😀

It is a proper bread though, not a cake baked in a loaf tin, OK?  This is not cake, people.  So for those of you who want something sweet instead, I have included the Sweet Coconut Bread version as well.  For those of you who want a gluten-free bread to eat as proper bread, make toast and bread shenanigans, this is for you.

The macros are included below the recipe as usual.   It is gluten-free and suitable for anyone following a low fructose and fructan diet.  If you substitute for the protein powder, it will also be lactose free.

Ignore the photography as I’ve had to take these photos at night and we all know that always ends in tears, mostly mine 😉

Enjoy!

Makes 1 small loaf  (21cm x 10cm loaf tin)

Ingredients
156 grams egg whites (or 3 large eggs)
156 grams whole eggs (3 large eggs)
55 grams coconut flour
20 grams unflavoured whey protein isolate (I used Professional Whey NZ WPI or rice protein)*
20 grams unflavoured micellar casein (I used Professional Whey Micellar Casein or rice protein)*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon sea salt

*If you prefer to make this bread without protein powders added, simply omit the whey and casein powders from the recipe.  Substitute an extra 25 grams of coconut flour instead.

Directions
Preheat the oven to 180℃.

Grease a loaf tin lightly with coconut oil spray (or PAM) or line the tin with silicone paper, if not using a silicon mold.

Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix or whisk together until blended and the batter is smooth.   Transfer to the prepared loaf tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until risen and a skewer, inserted into the centre, comes out clean.  Do not over bake this bread or the loaf will dry out.

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.  Store, well wrapped, in a freezer bag in the fridge or freezer.  It will last for up to a week, stored in the refrigerator.

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Variation: Sweet Coconut Bread
This is a more cake-like bread and is richer from the addition of fats and sweetener.  You can add chocolate chips or chunks to this sweet bread, shredded coconut, or some fresh berries, banana, mango, or passionfruit, or any fruit that goes well with coconut for you.

Ingredients
As per the recipe for Coconut Bread but with the following additions and substitutions:

125 millilitres extra virgin coconut oil, melted
65 grams coconut sugar (or honey, coconut nectar, or your preferred sweetener, to taste)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt only
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or 2 teaspoons lemon or lime zest (optional)

Add these ingredients along with the others to the mixing bowl and blend until smooth.  Proceed as per the recipe above.  This bread does not need to be stored in the refrigerator although I would recommend you do this in warmer weather.  It should otherwise keep well for several days if stored at room temperature, in an airtight cake tin.

Macronutrient Profile
I have included macros for both the Coconut Bread and Sweet Coconut Bread recipes, using the ingredients specified above.

The macros for the sweet version do not include any extra additions such as fruit or chocolate.  They just include the addition of coconut oil and coconut sugar and other basic ingredients specified.

Coconut Protein Bread

Coconut Protein Bread

Sweet Coconut Protein Bread

Sweet Coconut Protein Bread

 

 

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