Festive Recipe: Bali Nutra Mince Pies

Mince Pies – For when the weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful! Bali Nutra’s mince pies recipe is a low GI, vegetarian, gluten free and refined sugar free festive extravaganza! We suggest serving your Mince Pies hot with a dollop of coconut cream, some Greek yogurt or some homemade frozen yogurt. All of us here at Bali Nutra absolutely love Christmas, but we want to help you do it the healthy way. Christmas has always been a time for feasting – and here at Bali Nutra we encourage responsible feasting!! Remember that you can always doctor this recipe to make it work for you – try swapping the margarine for coconut oil for a vegan taste explosion!

 

Bali Nutra Mince Pies

Makes 6

Cooking time: 1hr

Mincemeat

1 Cooking Apple

50g Sultanas

50g Dried Cranberries

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

1/2 Orange (zest)

150ml Apple Juice

1.5 tbsp Bali Nutra

Slice apples (with skins) into very small squares, put into saucepan with the rest of the ingredients and simmer (with lid on) until apple has broken down into a pulp (may take stirring).

Now your mincemeat is ready to use. You can freeze it for later use or use immediately.

Short Crust Pastry

120g Plain Flour (Gluten Free can be used)

60g butter/margarine/coconut oil (solid)

1.5 tbsp Bali Nutra

1.5 tbsp Cold Water

Cut fat into small cubes and place in flour, rub into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in Bali Nutra then add cold water (enough that it combines and makes a dough). When dough is formed place in fridge for 15 minutes wrapped in clingfilm to rest. After the 15 minutes rest, roll dough on floured surface with rolling pin until around 0.5cm thick. Cut out circles to line your greased muffin tray. Place tbsp of mincemeat (or enough to fill three quarters of pastry case in each pastry case. Then top with either another circle or a star or similar shape.

Glaze with milk/egg wash or coconut milk etc.

Cook for 15 minutes at 200c until browned and pastry is cooked through.

Bali Nutra Mince Pies with Homemade Bali Nutra Mince Meat
Bali Nutra Mince Pies with Homemade Bali Nutra Mince Meat

Serve hot with a sprinkling of dessicated coconut ‘snow’.

Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup at The Cereal Killer Cafe Launch

All of us at Bali Nutra had been counting down the days until the 10th of December – the launch of highly anticipated cereal only cafe in Brick Lane. Cereal Killer Cafe was the brainchild of twins Gary and Alan Keery, who decided to bring their retro and colourful creation to life with a bang. It was with excitement that we were given the chance to be involved in this awesome adventure with them.

Although many think of Cereal and think of breakfast sugar rushes and highly additive filled lucky charms cereal, The Cereal Killer Cafe also offer a healthy option for those with the inclination. Cereal Killer Cafe has a large range of healthy (but delicious) cereals including some gorgeous creations from our friends at Rude Health. We decided that we could be a great healthy option for their sugar counter, where we now have our shiny bottles pride of place.

So if you are in the area, pop in! They have an incredible range of cereals – whether you’re on a treat day, or just fancy a bowl of Rude Health’s nutritious grains with a lashing of Bali Nutra.

Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup features at Cereal Killer Cafe launch
Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup features at Cereal Killer Cafe launch

In Gary’s own words Bali Nutra coconut syrup has “a good flavour to it” and he likes a drop or two in his coffee.

Gary and Alan have done an amazing job of decorating the cafe, with original drawings of Tony the Tiger and many old toys from cereal boxes adorning the walls. Their eclectic jumble of retro snippets and memorabilia make the cafe somewhere to be transported back to the 80s and 90s. The speakers play music to transport you to your more youthful days and the staff are friendly and helpful.

We can’t recommend this place enough. It has something for everyone.

Festive Recipe: Bali Nutra Gingerbread Cookies

It’s nearing Christmas and here at Bali Nutra HQ we’re trying out lots of delicious festive recipes to spice up our menus. One of our Christmas favourites is homemade Gingerbread, and this Bali Nutra recipe with our delicious coconut syrup is the perfect healthy alternative. It’s quick to make and you can style your Gingerbread however you like, plain, dipped in chocolate or even as a cute little Gingerbread house! However you want to make this recipe work for you – it does. We made our recipe with coconut oil because we love the taste, and it’s much better for you than butter, but you can do it the way you like it.

 

 

Bali Nutra Gingerbread

Serves 12

Cooking Time – 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 0.5 cup of Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup
  • 1 tbsp of Coconut Oil or Butter
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 4 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1.5 cups of Gluten Free / All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

Method

  1. In a saucepan melt the butter/coconut oil and Bali Nutra over low heat. Mix in spices and remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Sift half the flour into a bowl. Make a well in centre and add the Bali Nutra mixture, egg yolk and baking powder (dissolved in some boiling water). Mix thoroughly. Add the extra flour and knead to make a firm dough that doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°c (350°F)
  4. Use a rolling pin on a floured surface to roll out the dough to around 0.5cm thick. Cut out desired shapes and place them on a greased and floured baking sheet. Bake on the top shelf of the oven for around 10 minutes (or until the Gingerbread cookies are slightly golden in colour).