Primal fudge

Something naughty but nice 

Fudge, yes, it is an excellent replacement word when you are around the kids, but I have another fudge alternative for you to enjoy. 

Fudge is one of those fantastic sweet treats I remember from childhood, my Dandy often had fudge and toffee for Christmas, and I loved to share it with him. 

In the past I probably could have happily munched a packet of fudge easily, nowadays I do not think I could deal with the sugar coma.  

Sweet without the sugar 

This recipe was born from a desire to enjoy the flavour of fudge without the truckload of sugar. When we made a move to remove sugar from our lives as much as possible, I noticed a change in my taste buds. What once was just a sweet treat is now so sickly sweet, I can’t eat it. 

I like to look for alternatives that mean I get all the flavour without any of the adverse effects of ingredients that don’t agree with me. For this recipe I swapped out the sugar for honey, this created a delicate balance of sweet but not too sweet with all the rich flavour you get with original fudge. 

Kid approved 

The final hurdle I usually have any new recipe is if the kids will like it. Sometimes they like a recipe, but the response can be lukewarm, they eat what I have made, but it takes a few days for them to work their way through everything. 

This is not one of those recipes. This fudge didn’t last the weekend; the fudge was nabbed out of the fridge after lunch, as a refuel when they got back from the play park and after dinner. These treats are little boy (and big boy) approved. 

Primal fudge recipe 

Primal fudge ingredients
Primal fudge ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder 
  • 1/2 cup seed butter 
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup 
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean powder 
Place the cacao powder in a large bowl.
Place the cacao powder in a large bowl.
Add the melted coconut oil and honey to the bowl.
Add the melted coconut oil and honey to the bowl.
Mix well with a spatula.
Mix well with a spatula.
Add the seed butter to the bowl.
Add the seed butter to the bowl.
Mix well.
Mix well.
Take a silicone cupcake pan.
Take a silicone cupcake pan.
Pour the mix into the cupcake pan.
Pour the mix into the cupcake pan.
If you want to add something for some crunch put it in the bottom of the cupcake pan.
If you want to add something for some crunch put it in the bottom of the cupcake pan.
Primal fudge ready for eating.
Primal fudge ready for eating.

Primal fudge

  • Servings: 24
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Fudge, yes it is an excellent replacement word when you are around the kids, but I have another fudge alternative for you to enjoy.



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil 
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder 
  • 1/2 cup seed butter 
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup 
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean powder 

Directions

  1. Melt coconut oil either in the microwave or in a saucepan. 
  2. Don’t overheat the coconut oil, it should be liquid not bubbling. 
  3. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend them together.
  4. Alternatively you can mix by hand.
  5. Add the cacao powder in a large mixing bowl
  6. Add the melted coconut oil and mix with a spatula.
  7. Add the seed butter to the bowl.
  8. Mix well.Mix well.
  9. Pour the mix into paper-lined muffin tin cups /silicone muffin cups.
  10. Fill each cup halfway.
  11. Place the muffin cups in the fridge for 30 minutes or freeze for 10 minutes. 
  12. Pop the fudge out once it is set.
  13. Store in a sealed container in the fridge. 

Nutrition

Per Serving: 89 calories; 7 g fat; 5 g carbohydrates; g protein

Equipment 

  • Saucepan 
  • Food processor 
  • Muffin tin or silicone muffin cups
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spoon

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


Pork chilli wraps

Simple meals don’t have to be boring

I have been on a mission this year to make simple but tasty meals. The aim was to create recipes that can be prepared and cooked quickly on a busy weeknight.
We all struggle to make healthy and tasty meals while keeping on top of everything else in life.
The preparation takes no more than 20 minutes, that is all of the slicing, dicing and mixing.
Each meal is portioned to feed four adults.

Summertime meal

When it is hot and sticky outside, I don’t want a hot meal; I want something easy and fresh. Not everyone in our house feels the same. These tasty, easy wraps are a great dinner option and compromise. The sweet chilli sauce gives the meat a nice kick, the pork is hot, and the cos bring some summer freshness to the meal. Perfect!

Pork chilli wraps recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Cos Lettuce
  • 500g pork mince
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. sweet chilli sauce

Pork chilli wraps

  • Servings: 6
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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These tasty, easy wraps are a great dinner option. The sweet chilli sauce gives the meat a nice kick and the cos bring some summer freshness to the meal.



Credit: Cath @ easycleaneats

Ingredients

  • 2 Cos Lettuce
  • 500g pork mince
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. sweet chilli sauce

Directions

  1. In a bowl mix the water, coconut aminos, salt, garlic, and red pepper flakes together.
  2. Cut at the stalk and wash the lettuce.
  3. Dry the lettuce leaves and store them in the fridge with a damp towel over the top.
  4. In a large frying pan heat some oil and add the minced pork to the pan.
  5. Pour over the amino and chilli mixture over the pork while it is cooking.
  6. When the pork is cooked stir in the sweet chilli sauce.
  7. Plate up the cos leaves, spoon the cooked pork into the leaves and serve.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 128 calories; 4.2 g fat; 4.7 g carbohydrates; 18.7 g protein

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Kitchen towel
  • Frying pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Plate  

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.


Courgette Fries

Courgette fries

I’ve been getting courgettes from our little plant on the deck for a while now. They have been growing like crazy. I have a few good-sized courgettes hanging out that need to be used before the birds get them. I decided that making some fries was the best way to use them up and make something tasty.

Lower carbs

I like fries, but don’t like the carb coma that usually follows eating them. Whenever possible, I like to swap out the traditional potato fries with something different. These courgette fries have the fantastic combination of soft centres with a crunchy outside thanks to the cheese.

Courgette fries recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 courgettes
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking tray
  • Baking paper or a silicone liner 

Nutritional disclaimer

Nutrition information is provided as an estimate based on the ingredients used and available in my area (New Zealand). The nutritional information is here to help you understand the recipe; I use MyFitnessPal to generate my estimates. For more accurate nutritional information, please use a nutritional calculator with the ingredients in your area.