The Clever Cook & Peanut Butter Girl make…… Coconut Snow Balls with Bali Nutra

Two good friends of Bali Nutra are the super fantastic foodies The Clever Cook and Peanut Butter Girl (Tiffany Brien). Between them both they create and cook some incredible dishes often featuring lashings of our very own Bali Nutra coconut syrup.

Tiffany was crowned Miss Northern Ireland in 2012 and is now an established model, foodie and fitness fanatic. Both The Clever Cook and Peanut Butter Girl are big fans of Bali Nutra coconut syrup and we make regular appearances in their recipes. They are happy for us to share one of these such recipes with you today, their delicious recipe for Coconut Snow Balls – a wow for any apres dinner party treat, or gift, or just a guilt-free sofa snack!

 

Coconut Snow Balls

(makes 7)

Ingredients

8 Pitted Dates

2 Heaped Tbsp of Cacao Powder

2 Tbsp of Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup

1 Tsp of Vanilla Extract

80g of Roasted Hazelnuts

30g of Unsweetened Desiccated Coconut

 

Preheat your oven to 180c, this is for roasting your hazelnuts. Place dates and cacao powder in food processor and pulse for 30 seconds. Make sure that the dates are well blended, it should result in a sticky mass. This usually moves to one side of the food processor when done. Then add the Bali Nutra coconut syrup and vanilla extract. If using vanilla essence use two teaspoons instead of one. Re-blitz this concoction in the food processor. Meanwhile put your hazelnuts in the oven to roast for 10 minutes. Once these have cooled, rub together with the palm of your hands to allow the skins to fall off. Place hazelnuts with rest of mixture to re-blend in food processor. This will take up to 4 minutes, allow stirring time in between. The nuts should be fully broken down and mix well with other ingredients.

Roll the mixture into 8 balls, roll these on a plate with shredded coconut to coat. Place in fridge and allow to set for 15-20 minutes.

 

Enjoy!

With thanks to Peanut Butter Girl and The Clever Cook for the recipe.

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Coconut Syrup – Healthy Sugar Alternative

As children we all love sugar, as adults generally we still love it…but all want to cut it out! As the unhealthy consequences of consuming too much sugar and high fructose products are increasingly in the public eye, people are looking for alternatives.

Welcome to the shops and shelves…Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup! This sweetener taken directly from the coconut palm tree is both more nutritious, and lower on the glycemic index than sugar.

Unlike table sugar that undergoes a heavy refining process, our syrup is 100% natural and sustainably sourced via a two step process:

1. It is harvested on average twice a day by local farmers on the Island of Bali, who climb to the top of Coconut Tress and collect the sap. The Coconut Sap is funnelled using a coconut leaf into a dried coconut shell.

2. The sap is placed under a controlled heat and temperature until most of the water has evaporated, leaving a unique taste, with no added ingredients but retaining all natural qualities.

Natural qualities, what natural qualities?! Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup contains 17 amino acids and 10 minerals. The most notable are Calcium, Zinc, Iron and Potassium, including various fatty acids, antioxidants and polyphenols that all provide additional health benefits. The presence of the fiber called Inulin, causes slow glucose absorption and is the reason why coconut syrup has a very low glycemic index of +35. This fiber also also has prebiotic effects, helping to feed the healthy bacteria and digest the food you eat.

We have recently improved our recipe to give our customers an even more delicious experience, every time Bali Nutra coconut syrup is used for whatever kitchen delight. If you are running low in your cupboards make sure to snap up a couple of bottles (Buy Now) and check out all our latest recipes at http://balinutra.com/recipes/

 

 

 

Little Raw Cheesecakes with Coconut Syrup!

If you are looking to find a vegan, raw, lactose-free dessert recipe that is truly delicious, look no further! These little raw cheesecakes taste amazing, look adorable and are packed full of good stuff. Not only are they rich in protein from the use of almonds and cashews, but they substitute sugar for our incredible Bali Nutra Coconut syrup. Additionally, we use coconut oil instead of butters or other oils, here is a super article from Well-Being Secrets on the health benefits of this oil which will blow your mind: http://www.well-beingsecrets.com/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/.

This dessert is perfect for dinner parties, celebrations or just as a guilt-free treat!
Serves 12. Preparation time : 1.5 hours.

Ingredients:
Base:
10 pitted medjool dates.
150g blanched almonds.
Topping:
200g cashews (soaked in boiling water for an hour before drained.)
Juice from ½ a lemon.
4x tablespoons of melted coconut oil.
250ml greek or vanilla yoghurt/ Vanilla Co Yo yoghurt.
Fruit:
2x plums.
3x tablespoons of Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup.
1x cinnamon stick.
1x star anise.
1x teaspoon of mixed spices.

How you do it:
Blend the dates into a sticky ball. Add the almonds into the blender until finely chopped and the mixture sticks together.
Grease a muffin tin and add greaseproof paper to each tin (leaving 2 cm each side to help you lift them out!)
Put the mixture in each muffin tin, pressing firmly onto the greaseproof paper until well compacted. Then leave to freeze while you work on the topping.
Chuck all the topping ingredients into the blender until it becomes creamy. Spoon this onto your bases, leveling the tops. Cover it all in clingfilm and then refrigerate for an hour (or until they are set.)
Slice the plums and carefully poach in the syrup and spices over a low heat for 5 to 8 minutes. Then take of the heat and leave the plums to steep in the spiced syrup as it cools.
Take the cheesecakes out of the muffin tins, pop a couple of the plums on top, add a healthy drizzle of coconut syrup and serve!

Candice Van Eeden reviews Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup

Can coconut syrup really be the healthy sugar substitute we have all been waiting for?

As a holistic nutritional practitioner, I spend much of my time helping people of all ages to find a way to improve their diets. This does not mean completely cutting out all those tasty morsels that everyone likes to indulge in, once in a while, but simply finding a balance in what you have on your plate. When Mario from Bali Nutra asked me to review their coconut syrup, a refined sugar substitute, I jumped at the chance – and I have to say that I was not disappointed with what I discovered.

I have plenty of first-hand experience of working with people who have become victims of high sugar diets. Many of us are unwittingly ingesting far too much processed sugar, even in what we consider to be healthy foods, and it is this regular overloading of refined sugar that can cause significant health problems over time. This is one of the reasons why, I am so keen to investigate healthier substitutes that people can use to replace refined sugar in their diets.

Coconut Syrup Claims – Reviewed
I’ve explored many alternative sweeteners over the years, so I approached Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup as I have learned to approach all the others – with a healthy air of scepticism.

These are the syrup’s professed benefits:
• 100% organic and natural with no preservatives or artificial sweeteners.
• Environmentally friendly production credentials.
• Ideal for diabetics as it’s a low Glycaemic product.
• More nutritious than other sweeteners.
• Rich in antioxidants.
• Packed full of health promoting vitamins and minerals.

Bali Nutra claim that their product is gluten free, GMO free and fat free. Now this is a long list of supposed positives. But, I have done my research and I have to say that I have not found anything in my investigation that conflicts with their claims.

Firstly it is entirely natural, made with a raw antioxidant, free from preservatives and potentially harmful GM processes. Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup is produced on small family-owned farms in Bali where pesticides are not used and the palm trees are responsibly tapped for their sweet sap. I am told that this practice has been going on for generations on the island. As no chemicals or pesticides are used on the trees, and the sap collection does not harm them, it has got to be one of the most environmentally friendly cottage industry sugar production methods I’ve ever seen. The collected sap is heated to prepare it for bottling and, well, that’s it! One super-sweet healthy alternative to refined sugar – from tree to table in fewer steps than any other sweetener I know.

Enough of the online research, and one-to-one interviewing, and onto my area of expertise – let’s dive into the details of what makes Bali Nutra coconut syrup such a nourishing, healthy, tasty choice.

Super Sweet but Easy on your Blood Sugar Levels
I was particularly intrigued by Bali Nutra’s claims that their product could be enjoyed by those with diabetes. Now, everyone knows that those with diabetes need to carefully control their diets to manage their condition. One part of this is to consider the glycaemic index of different foods. Low GI diets can be a suitable option for diabetics, as this type of meal plan can help to keep blood sugar levels more stable than eating lots of high GI foods. Essentially, this low GI diet helps remove the peaks and troughs that refined sugars create.

One major benefit of Bali Nutra coconut syrup is that it has a low glycaemic index (GI) of ± 35. When compared with the rating of brown sugar (64), white sugar (60) and even honey (58-83) you can see the significant difference between these popular sweeteners and coconut syrup. In fact a medium sized orange, a large carrot or a small box of raisins all have a higher GI than coconut syrup.

It’s my opinion, therefore, that coconut syrup could potentially form part of a low GI diet, when regulated properly against other foods and factors.

Cutting down on sugar, is not merely something which people with health issues should be thinking about. Indeed, eating foods which are lower in sugar can help to prevent a whole host of health problems associated with refined sugars. These include tooth decay, high blood pressure, obesity (something of a growing problem here in the UK and across the globe) and the development of diabetes in the first place. Some have gone further and suggested that refined sugar is, in effect, toxic to our systems.

Full of Vitamins and Minerals
Bali Nutra coconut syrup is also packed full of important vitamins and minerals. The liquid is a rich source of potassium, which helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels. It contains high levels of magnesium, which promotes healthy bones, and also zinc and vitamin C which boost the immune system. Bali Nutra coconut syrup is also a fantastic source of iron which aids the development of new red blood cells. The syrup also includes Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6. These each have individual, as well as collective, health benefits including supporting healthy digestion and encouraging healthy blood flow and oxygen levels. These high vitamin concentrations promote healthy skin, bones, eyes and teeth as well as maintaining strong muscle movement and a healthy nervous system.

My Opinion
I think you’ve probably already guessed which way I’m leaning on this one. It’s pure, it’s healthier on your body, it’s kinder on the environment and it tastes glorious, so I know that I for one will be adding it to my weekly shop.

Vegan Nutty Chocolate Squares Recipe from BigCityDreamer made with Coconut Syrup

This wonderful recipe was created by the super talented BigCityDreamer aka @fresheather ! It’s a definite to try out yourself in the kitchen and is a great example of what delicious goodies you can make with a few splashes of our delicious coconut syrup!

Base Layer:
3/4 cup ground pecan nuts (or 3/4 cup coconut flour – although it is a bit too dry with this)
2 tbsp cacao (or cocoa)
3 – 4 tbsp Bali Nutra coconut syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted (I use Coconut Merchant)

Combine all ingredients until they clump together (you can do this by hand). Press into a small lined square baking tray – the smaller the tray, the thicker the layers!

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Middle Layer:
1/2 cup crunchy PB (or almond butter… or hazelnut butter… any nut butter)!
3 tbsp Bali Nutra coconut syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Mix PB, syrup and oil until combined. Spread on top of base layer. Put in the fridge or freezer while you’re making the next layer.

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Topping:
1/4 cup cacao powder (I use Bioglan)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
3 tbsp Bali Nutra coconut syrup

Mix the cacao, melted coconut oil and coconut syrup together until you have a smooth, melted chocolate consitency (have to admit, I ate quite a bit of this part before it made it into the baking tray)! Pour on top of the middle layer and spread evenly with a spatula (bang the base of the tray on the worktop a few times to make the top smooth and even).

Set in the fridge for 30 mins and you’re good to go! It tastes amazing after the chocolate has just set and the rest is still melty! Cut into squares and store in the fridge!

Win a Bali Nutra and Rude Health Hamper!

We have teamed up with our friends at Rude Health and are offering you the chance to win a gorgeous hamper full of healthy and delicious goodies. The hamper includes two bottles of Bali Nutra coconut syrup, the entire of Rude Health’s sprouted range along with some of their delicious porridge!

Remember to share this competition with your friends and family for another chance to win this amazing prize!

Enter Below:

Boost Protein Very Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

1 banana
Handful of blueberries, strawberries, blackberries

1 tblsp Bali Nutra coconut syrup
1 tsp protein powder (as per required)
1 cup spring water

 

Method

1. Blend to desired consistency and enjoy.

TIPS: It helps if you add the water at the start of the blend and more towards the end to match consistency as preferred.
Step 1. Pour half a cup of Spring water in a pint sized glass.
Step 2. Mix in protein powder in same pint sized glass.
Step 3. Add Chopped Banana
Step 4. Add All Berries
Step 5. Add Bali Nutra Coconut Syrup
Step 6. Pour into Blender and Mix It Up!
Step 7. Turn Blender off and taste and add more water or Coconut Syrup to your own taste.

You have now reached Seven Heaven, All Natural!

Bali Nutra “Nutella” Recipe

Bali Nutra HQ want to celebrate the national holiday that is World Nutella Day! We are sharing with you our favourite VEGAN, REFINED SUGAR FREE and GUILT FREE, hazelnut and chocolate spread recipe. It is both easy and delicious and lets you enjoy the praline goodness of our favourite spread, without the naughtiness.

Our delicious praline spread is full of antioxidants and vitamins, unlike the famous spread itself which is full of palm oil (70% saturated fat) and is 55% processed sugar. Using Bali Nutra coconut syrup instead of refined sugar keeps your dish ethically sourced and gives it a low GI, making it suitable for diabetics!

 

Bali Nutra Praline Spread

(makes one jar)

2.5 cups of Organic Raw Hazelnuts (available from your local healthstore)

2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract

1/3 cup Raw Cacao Powder

1/3 cup Bali Nutra coconut syrup

2 tblsp Organic Coconut Oil

2/3 cup Almond Milk

 

Method

Place raw hazelnuts to roast on a baking tray in an oven preheated to 200c/gas mark 6. Roast for approximately 10 minutes. Allow to cool then remove skins of hazelnuts by rubbing in palms of hands until they fall off. It doesn’t matter if all of the skin doesn’t come off. Add all of the ingredients and the Bali Nutra into your blender, adding the hazelnuts last. Pulse this mixture, stopping now and again to check if you need to add more almond milk to make it smooth and creamy. Store in an airtight glass container and enjoy as you would it’s sugary friend!

Bali Nutra makes Guilt Free Cinnamon Chocolates with Xochi Balfour

Friend of Bali Nutra, accomplished chef and blogger from The Naturalista, Xochi Balfour has created a delicious and moreish chocolate recipe using natural and guilt free ingredients. They would make an excellent after dinner treat with coffee, a gift or just a way to satisfy that chocolate craving without breaking your diet.

The goji berries are high in Vitamin C, the Bali Nutra coconut syrup is high in amino acids, iron and magnesium, and the cinnamon is supposed to help combat high blood pressure. These chocolates are not only guilt-free but good for you! Never feel guilty for your sweet tooth again with these beauties…..

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Ingredients

1 cup organic cacao butter (you can substitute coconut oil if you don’t have but they will have to be kept in the fridge)

1/2 cup cacao powder

1/3 cup Bali Nutra coconut syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon plus more to dust

A big handful of goji berries

A good sprinkling of dessicated coconut

A pinch of sea salt

In a bain marie, gently melt the cacao butter (not over 43 degrees Celsius – it melts at around 35) and stir in the cacao powder and Bali Nutra coconut syrup once it has all melted.

While this is happening, place a goji berry or two in each chocolate mould, (or if you don’t have any – an ice tray will do – you can pour the mixture onto a baking tray lined with parchment, sprinkle with berries and coconut and break it up for brittle).

When everything is well mixed and dissolved, remove from the heat.

Pour into the moulds or onto the parchment, sprinkle with coconut and place in the fridge or freezer for 20 minutes or so to set.

Dust with cinnamon before eating.

Check out more of Xochi’s recipes on her website or find her on Twitter or Instagram.

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’.