The Billabong! Our Blueberry & Carob Superfood Smoothie!

Carob SmoothieThis is a fantastically yummy, sweet but not too sweet smoothie to give you some power and satisfaction throughout a busy day.  Check out the public’s reactions to it in the video below!

Preparation time: only 5 minutes!
Serves 1 for breakfast, 2 as a snack

  • 2 portions of fruit
  • Carob and tahini are both high in calcium
  • Balance of carbohydrates and fats to keep you feeling satisfied

Ingredients

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup rice milk (or another plant-based milk)
2 ripe bananas (with spots)
2 tbsp tahini
1 heaped tbsp Savvy raw or roasted carob powder

Method

  1. Add the frozen blueberries and banana to your blender, followed by the tahini, carob powder and finally rice milk.
  2. Blend until smooth. You might have to stop and scrape down the sides as you’re blending.

You will need a powerful blender.

Now watch people’s reactions to the Billabong Smoothie!

Recipe by HealthyandPsyched

 

Creamy Carob & Cacao Smoothie Bowl

Creamy carob and cacao smoothie bowl

Smoothie bowls are all over Instagram at the moment, so we thought we’d share our favourite recipe with you. 

It’s as easy as A-B-C.

Avocado, Banana and of course CAROB!

This smoothie bowl is very satisfying and a much healthier treat than chocolate ice cream. The carob powder has a naturally rich and sweet taste, which means you don’t need to add any extra sugars. And the frozen bananas and avocado are creamy and packed with nutrients like potassium, vitamin C and B vitamins.

It’s perfect for breakfast or serves 2 as a snack.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 (60g) ripe avocado
  • 2 ripe (240g) bananas
  • 1 cup (240ml) rice milk
  • 1 heaped tbsp (13g) Savvy roasted carob powder
  • 1 tsp (4g) cacao/ cocoa powder
  • optional- 1/2 tsp coconut sugar or other sweetner

METHOD

  • Peel the bananas and cut into 2cm chunks. Put the chunks into a zip-lock bag and place in the freezer for at least 5 hours.
  • Add all of the ingredients to your blender and mix until smooth. You might need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl and add your favourite toppings. We love coconut yoghurt, mixed berries and chocolate sauce!!

Tips

  • If your blender is having trouble mixing the ingredients wait for 10 minutes until they have thawed out a bit and try again.
  • Freeze the mixture into ice lolly moulds for a yummy treat.

Recipe and photos by Rachel from HealthyandPsyched

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Carob & Blueberry Overnight Oats

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Looking for a quick and delicious breakfast?

Try these delicious carob and blueberry breakfast pots. We mixed oats with our roasted carob powder and dark carob syrup then let the mixture sit overnight for a rich creamy taste. It’s just like dessert for breakfast, except that it’s actually healthy and will help you feel satisfied and energised all morning!!

As you’ll know if you read the carob nutrition facts page, carob is full of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Oats also have a high fibre content and contain beta-glucan, which has been shown to decrease blood cholesterol levels. Then we’ve added blueberries to give you one serving of fruit and an antioxidant boost.

INGREDIENTS

Oatmeal layer

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp carob nibbles
  • 1 ½ tbsp roasted carob powder
  • 1 tsp dark carob syrup
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup rice milk* (or ½ cup rice milk + ½ cup water)
  • Pinch pink Himalayan salt

Blueberry layer

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

METHOD

  1. Mix the frozen blueberries, coconut sugar and cinnamon then spoon into two jars. Screw on the lids and leave them overnight to defrost.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients for the oatmeal layer in a bowl. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge overnight.
  3. In the morning spoon half of the oat mixture into each jar and top with more carob nibbles and coconut flakes.

Recipe and photos by Rachel from HealthyandPsyched

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Carob, Chocolate & Cashew Bliss Bombs Recipe

After Rachel’s amazing Bliss Balls recipe we were inspired to name this similarly, but these bliss bombs (or bliss blobs if you like) are quite different, in fact they are quite naughty compared to much of the food we feature!  They’re just a little bit sticky, the way we know you like it 😉 –  I wanted to use up some dairy-free dark chocolate that typically doesn’t have much taste on its own, so here goes.

Ingredients (all organic if you can!):

 

About 300g dark chocolate
80g cashew nuts
1 tbsp carob syrup
1 tsp roast carob powder
Desiccated coconut

Directions

Starting with your broken up chocolate pieces and cashew nuts,  put everything into your bain marie (double boiler) and as in the video above,  just stir and break up the lumps.  When it’s all melted, spoon onto greaseproof paper according to what size you want them  A tablespoon is good as these are extremely moorish, although a teaspoon would be fine too. Place in the fridge for an hour.

When they’ve cooled down you should be able to get a sharp knife underneath them to arrange on a plate.

Sprinkle with the coconut and place a piece of carob nibble in the top, giving the whole experience a fantastic extra bit of crunch.

Dust with more carob powder and add some red fruit, they would go well with strawberries as well as raspberries or even fresh cherries.  I’ve also added some blueberries.

You can serve with cream if you wish and honey into the main mix can improve the sweetness if you’re partial.

You could also add dates or crystallised ginger to the mix… experiment and let us know in the comments below!

Enjoy!

 

Quinoa Carob Bliss Balls Recipe


Here’s the first of some stunning recipes brought to you by Rachel at HealthyandPsyched

If you’re looking for a delicious healthy vegan post-workout snack then I’ve got just the thing- Quinoa Carob Bliss Balls.
These cakey quinoa and carob bliss balls are the perfect healthy snack to combat that 3pm energy slump. They also make a perfect pre- or post- workout snack. They’re are refined sugar free and low GI because they’re sweetened with Chocolate Savvy. Adding quinoa makes these bliss balls a source of complete protein, which can help you to feel fuller for longer and repair your muscles after exercise.

It’s also worth pointing out that many other recipes use nuts for protein and substance, but this one it totally nut-free (although it does contain sesame)! It’s also gluten-free and suitable for vegans.  Plus I’ve made it without dates and added raisins for a bit more texture and coconut flour to help it bind.

Serves: at least 6 balls (it depends how big you make them)
0.2 of your 5-a-day

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup Savvy organic carob sesame spread: chocolate*
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  1. Pulse together 1 cup quinoa, the Savvy spread and raisins in a blender or food processor. It doesn’t need to be super smooth, but it should be mixed together.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the rest of the quinoa and the coconut flour.
  3. Spread the cacao powder on a plate.
  4. Take 1 – 1.5tbsp of mixture and roll into a ball using your hands
  5. Gently coat the carob bliss ball in cacao by rolling it round the plate.
  6. Store in an air tight container.

Recipe and photos by HealthyandPsyched

 – thanks Rachel!

Carob Cocktail

carob-cocktailThis carob cocktail recipe is based on the exotic ‘cocktail de algarrobina’, a Peruvian national party-drink, being served at Christmas, New Years and Independence Day.

No need to wait for a special occasion!  Discover the amazing flavour of carob in your future favourite, after work drink.

Don’t keep this delicious recipe to yourself: sharing is caring! This recipe serves 10.

Beat 3 to 4 eggs (white and yolk) in a blender.

Then keep blending and add the other ingredients in this order:

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk (can be substituted with sugar or simple syrup)
  • ¼ cup carob syrup or one to two tbsp of Savvy Gold
  • 10 ice cubes

Serve cold in small glasses spreading cinnamon powder on top.

Don’t take our word for it: play around with the recipe to discover your favourite combo! Try grated cloves or anise as a topping.. add other things… experiment!

Add more carob syrup if you have a sweet tooth, or add more of one of the 2 milks, if you like it soft and creamy!

Enjoy!

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Delicious Savvy Christmas Snowball Truffles Recipe

Quick, easy and indulgent Savvy Christmas Snowball Truffles.
Makes around 24.

These are an absolutely delicious and indulgent treat for the discerning health-food connoisseur. They’re lovely and soft with the nuts providing nibbly bits.  Perfect for Christmas parties and when the kids come home – get them to make them!

Recipe

Ingredients

One (200g) jar of Date & Sesame Savvy
(or try Chocolate for that extra cocoa-kick!)
100g desiccated coconut, plus extra for rolling
75g mixed nuts
40g cocoa powder
1/4tsp almond essence (optional)

Instructions:

1. Put the Savvy in a medium sized bowl.

2. Chop the nuts in a food processor and add to the Savvy with the coconut and almond essence.

3. Sift the cocoa powder into the other ingredients then mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon – the mixture will be quite stiff.

4. Break off truffle-sized pieces of the mixture and roll into balls, then roll them around in the extra coconut.

5. These are great served chilled from the fridge.  Enjoy!

Sugar Problems: the case for natural sugars.

making choices about healthObesity: everyone knows it increases your chances of heart disease, but did you know it can also lead to increased risk of heart disease for your children, too? According to research presented at the American Heart Association 2014 Scientific Sessions in Chicago, children of overweight or obese mothers had a 90% higher risk of cardiovascular disease or death. Obesity can also lead to higher risk of certain cancers, as well as of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (the most prevalent form of liver disease in the US), and of sleep apnea.

While it’s easy to acknowledge that obesity is a dangerous and increasingly prevalent disease, it can be harder to know how to tackle it. We all want to be healthy and to help our families be healthysugar-cubes too, but it can seem increasingly difficult to source foods that aren’t full of hidden sugars and fats; anyone who has tried to cut processed sugar out of their diet knows it’s not easy, let alone when it comes to providing tasty crowd-pleasers for your whole family!

One way to improve your diet and help reduce your risk of obesity is to replace your intake of processed sugars with unrefined ones. While both kinds of sugar contain the same calories, the way your body processes them is different. Refined sugars, which are found in foods such as biscuits, cakes and sweets, as well as lots of savoury foods too, come from sugar cane or sugar beets which have been processed to remove the fibre. The body breaks down these sugars rapidly, which causes a spike in insulin levels. Insulin removes surplus glucose from the blood and lowers the speed at which the body burns fat – this causes fat to be stored rather than used for energy, and leads to feelings of lethargy and hunger, and cravings for more sugar.

Natural sugars, especially when combined with fibre, are broken down more slowly, which means you feel fuller for longer after eating them. That’s why the warm intermingling flavours of our pure fruit syrups, as well as honey and sesame are both delicious and a Savvy choice for you and your family!

 

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