Xylitol

Here are some recipes using xylitol. Xylitol is a great sugar replacement and you can use it in desserts, cakes, ice cream, and more.

Vegetarian Panna Cotta with Passion fruit & Physalis Coulis

Vegetarian Panna Cotta with Passion fruit & Physalis Coulis

The creamy vanilla taste of panna cotta combined with fruity citrus flavors of passion fruit and physalis coulis is a fantastic combination, especially if you prefer desserts that aren’t too sweet. After many attempts to create a perfectly creamy panna cotta using agar agar, I finally managed to get it right. Using agar agar instead of the commonly used gelatin makes this dessert perfect for every vegetarian. Agar agar is derived from algae, whereas gelatin is typically derived from animal products.

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Rooibos Mandarin Crema Catalana

Rooibos Mandarin Crema Catalana

While visiting Barcelona recently, I enjoyed my very first Crema Catalana. It is the Spanish version of the French Crème Brulée. The original Crema Catalana is lighter than Crème Brulée and the lemon or orange zest adds a beautiful fruity flavor. In my recipe, I went a bit further and made the fruity part with mandarins and rooibos tea from South Africa, my second home. “Crème a la South Afrique” could have been another name for this 😉

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Almond Chocolate Spread

Almond Chocolate Spread

Try this sugar-free chocolate spread, a superfood made with raw Cacao, almond or hazelnut butter, and healthy sweetener (either Xylitol or honey). It’s just as creamy and delicious as some of the commercial products out there, but a lot healthier – perfect for the kids’ breakfast and lunchbox now that it’s back to school.

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Matcha Banana Ice Cream

Matcha Banana Ice Cream

Love ice cream and healthy homemade desserts, sugar-free yet absolutely delicious? Then this recipe is for you, and you don’t even need an ice cream maker. At the moment I’m in love with Matcha (Green Tea). Its slightly herbal taste combined with something creamy and sweet is a great taste experience. One day I had Matcha ice cream prepared for dinner with friends, but I realized it wasn’t enough for everyone. Looking for additional ingredients to add, I picked bananas. It was a winner, nicely enhancing the Matcha flavor and adding a creamy texture. Our guests loved it, and now we always have some Matcha Banana Ice Cream in our freezer.

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Seafood on Edamame Puree & Soy Reduction

Seafood on Edamame Puree & Soy Reduction

If you love Asian flavors, this is a great summer starter with lots of Umami taste in it. Fresh seafood is combined with delicious Edamame puree that has a hint of sweetness from the coconut, and the soy reduction gives it a salty balance. Make sure you buy organic Edamame (soy beans) that are Non-GMO certified (GMO stands for genetically-modified organism). They can be hard to find in some places, but can be substituted with organic peas.

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