Archive | April, 2014

Caramelised Sugar Free Honey Marshmallows

15 Apr

marshmallow-heartsWith Easter just around the corner we have been dusting off all of our “Healthier” candy recipes & what is more synonymous with Easter than Marshmallows (second to chocolate that is!).

I have tried numerous raw, sugar free, healthy chocolate recipes in anticipation of Easter, but none have appeased Miss Three, but these marshmallows definitely hit the spot. Little fingers were sneaking Marshmallow hearts every time I turned my back & a few times while I was blatantly watching!

Once you have the basic recipe mastered you can mix & match these to create numerous variations, we have added raspberries, made a spicier version with cardamon & allspice & even made a spiced chocolate variation.

The main thing to remember when making these marshmallows & coming up with your flavour combinations is that they will end up tasting very similar to the honey you start with, so if you use a dark, strong tasting honey your marshmallows will have a dark honey flavour. I prefer to make them with very light, sweet macadamia honey as this makes a sweet but only slightly honey toned marshmallow. I also find that a lighter honey is more likely to blend well with other flavours creating a yummy healthy marshmallow.

We use Great Lakes gelatine to make ours because of the health benefits assosciated with consuming pasture feed gelatine – so you could almost proclaim them a little fluffy, sweet superfood.

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Caramelised Honey Marshmallows a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 Vanilla bean pods
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 c honey
  • 1 c water
  • 1/4 c gelatine

These marshmallows require a few steps, but in normal Mama Going Natural fashion they are really super easy to make 🙂

Pour 1/2 c water into a stainless steel bowl (to use with your hand blender) or into your blender bowl, add the gelatine, whisk to incorporate & leave to sit while you make your honey syrup.

Pour the other half cup of water & cup of honey, cinnamon & scraped down vanilla bean pods into a small saucepan & slowly bring to the boil. You need the honey mix to get to 240 degrees, but if you don’t have a kitchen thermometer then just let the mix boil for over 8 minutes while you stir continuously.

Once your honey mix has boiled continuously for over 8 minutes or your mix has reached 240 degrees its time to start slowly pouring the honey mix into your water & gelatine while your mixer is on medium speed.

Once all of your honey mix is added, turn your mixer on high & beat for 10-15 minutes until your mix starts to resemble marshmallow cream & forms gentle peaks

Grease your pan or moulds with a little coconut oil, pour in your marshmallow whip & let it sit for a minimum of four hours to set.

Store in an airtight container, these can be left out on the bench in cooler climates, but for us Aussies it’s best to keep them in the fridge. If they become sticky lightly dust with arrowroot or homemade powdered sugar.

Enjoy & I hope the Easter Bunny is good to you all 🙂

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Sugar Free Apple Fritters

6 Apr
Do you ever just feel like comfort food?
Something that reminds you of when you were a kid, well this recipe does just that for me.
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And because it is so super easy, Miss Three loves helping me to make them, spilling batter all over the counter top & eating the batter by the spoonful before it’s even cooked – but that’s the beauty of being a kid isn’t it??
We love these fritters because they are sweet enough without any refined sugars thanks to the vanilla & apple, but if you prefer things a little on the sweeter side add some chopped dates or sultana’s.
Apple Fritters a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 1/2 c spelt
  • 1/3 c kefir
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1 apple
  • 1 t baking powder

Now prepare yourself for the hardship of making these fritters 🙂

Place all of the ingredients except your apple into a food processor, blender or thermomix & blend till smooth. Peel & core your apple & throw into your mix & pulse till the apple is at a grated type consistency. Then your only job is keeping the munchkins out of the batter while you heat your frypan.

Pour your batter into a fry pan that is on a medium heat & flip them over when bubbles start to appear. Cook till golden brown & slightly crispy on the edges.

We fry our fritters in homemade butter in small rounds & then stack on a plate drizzle with honey & sometimes we even add a little scoop of kefir ice cream, because thats how we roll around here 🙂

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Try them you will  love them, they are simple, easy & a great activity to do with the kids over the school holidays. We add berries, sultana’s & dates to ours from time to time so feel free to mix it up & go wild creating your families own special twist to the recipe.

Enjoy

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