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The Best Feel-Good (Mulberry) Candies

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Phew, and finally! We’re back home, after three and a half months of living in different, temporary apartments. Nothing is in it’s place yet and there are unpacked bags everywhere, but I couldn’t care less: it’s lovely to be at home! The end of last year was more than tiring, and the last month we lived at my parents’ house. It was nice to stay in a familiar place and have company (and help), but because of all this I’ve been unable to give my blog (and you guys) as much time as I would’ve desired. But now this will change, and let’s get started with these amazing feel-good candies: the best Mulberry candies, in three different flavors!

Feel Good Mulberry Candies

I was shopping at Ruohonjuuri, which is a local health food chain, and noticed something lovely: lucuma-coated mulberries. I bought some (delicious!) but only after paying for the at cashier I realized that a small bag of them was actually really expensive. I started to wonder if I could prepare them myself, and it turned out that not only was it possible, but also really, and I mean really, easy!

So, because the lucuma mulberry sweets were lovely and very candy-like, I took the idea a bit further. When I was still eating candy I used to love salty licorice, so I had to have licorice mulberries as well, of course, with the salty caramel (lucuma) mulberries. And since I was clearly going to have feel-good candy feast, I wanted to have something akin to fruit candy as well. This was where beetroot juice powder came along.

I have to admit that the first batch disappeared so fast that I had to make new ones to take photos of them – but that is always a good sign for a recipe, right?

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Each of the three candy recipes require only three ingredients (except the salty caramel mulberries have salt as a fourth ingredient), of which two are the same in all the recipes: mulberries and cocoa butter. In addition to the ingredients you need a baking tray, parchment paper and a way to melt the cocoa butter. That’s all!

The recipe is simply divine. The candies are so so good, easy, and basicallt you can’t screw it up – it is that easy! The candies have only natural ingredients, no added sugar and at the same time as they’re delicious, they’re nutritious as well! They make ditching candies easy, and are full of goodness: vitamin C, iron, calcium, fiber, protein, B vitamins, potassium, folate and many other goodies. Superb!

Oh yes, beetroot in candies? Yep, that’s right. Beetroot juice powder is actually surprisingly sweet, and together with mulberries they taste so good! Try it yourself, and you’ll see!

My own favorite, ex licorice addict as I am, was of course the licorice mulberries, but the salty caramel mulberries are lovely as well. As are the beet mulberries, ha! Together these three feel-good candies make one great candy mixture, for parties, movie nights or for what ever situation in which you’re used to craving normal candies. Perfect!

Wishing you lovely feel-good candy moments ✨
Tuulia

Feel Good Mulberry Candies

The Best Feel-Good (Mulberry) Candies

1) Salty caramel Mulberries
about 3 dl mulberries
about 0,5 dl cocoa butter, melted
lucuma powder
salt

1. Put a parchment paper sheet on a baking tray and spread the mulberries. Pour the melted cocoa butter on top, and mix with hands until the mulberries are coated with cocoa butter.
2. Add lucuma powder little by little. I didn’t measure the powder, but you will see when there is no need to add more lucuma (around 0.2-0.4 dl I’d say). Mix the powder well with the berries, it starts to stick, and you end up with feel-good candies!
3. Sprinkle some salt on top, and put into s fridge for a moment.

2) Licorice Mulberries
about 3 dl mulberries
about 0.5 dl cocoa butter, melted
raw licorice powder (NB not licorice root powder, but licorice powder – it’s stonger)

Prepare the same way as the Salty Caramel lucumas. You’ll need less licorice powder than lucuma. Add the powder little by little, and you’ll see when it’s enough.

3) Beet Mulberries
n. 3 dl mulberries
n. 0,5 dl cocoa butter, melted
beetroot juice powder

Prepare as mentioned above. You’ll need even less beetroot juice powder than licorice powder. Add the powder little by little, and you’ll see when there’s enough.

So here we go. Your feel-good candy moment is all set! ✨

Feel Good Mulberry Candies

Ps. If you’re pregnant or have hight blood pressure, I recommend you stick with Salty Caramel Mulberries and Beet Mulberries.

Butternut squash cake with cinnamon, lucuma caramel and pomegranate

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Pooh, long time no blogging around here, and many things has happened meanwhile. Unfortunately, not so pleasant things, since once again we’re living in temporary flat, due to water damage at our upstairs neighbour’s place. I know that when comparing to many, many other problems this is such a small drawback, but big enough to make the every day life a bit more challenging, once again – the latest similar problem happened during the spring, so all together we have lived in our new flat fro three months, instead of six, hah.

At the moment I’m working from home and taking care of your 10 months old daughter, that made the situation a bit more annoying as well. Now, anyways (luckily!), I’m back on track with recipe development and other work (and blogging, too!)), and we have a temporary home. Phew.

But what does one do in times of hardships? If you ask me, the answer is easy: one bakes. Or to be more precise, bakes a cake.

Gluten free cinnamon cake with butternut squash, lucuma and pomegranate

This lovely “feel better” cake is gluten and dairy free and has no added sugar, and it’s suitable for vegans as well. And it truly made me feel better! Comfort food gets usually a bad rep, but as long as it’s made from quality ingredients and wellbeing in mind, there’s no reason to feel bad or stress about it.

Besides being “free from” the cake has some lovely ingredients: tasty butternut squash, soft medjool-dates, lucuma caramel fosting and some pomegranate seeds that are delicious and oh so pretty too!

I do hope your autumn has started better than mine, and please, try out the cake – it’s perfect for nicer moments as well!

Tuulia xx

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Butternut squash cake with cinnamon, lucuma caramel and pomegranate (gluten, dairy, refined sugar free, vegan)

prepared into 20 cm cake mold (with removable bottom)

dry ingredients:
2 dl wholegrain rice flour
2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp psyllium
1 tsp baking soda
0,5 tsp grounded vanilla
2 tsp ceylon cinnamon
pinch of salt

“wet” ingredients:
about 2 dl butternut squahs puree (about 200 g uncooked butternut squash)
2 dl full fat coconut milk
2 dl plant based milk
20 medjool-dates, pitted

frosting:
0,5 dl cacao butter (solid & grated)
0,5 dl coconut oil (melted)
about 1,1 dl lucuma powder
pinch of salt

For decoration:
pomegranate seeds

1. Heat the oven to 200 degrees. Cover the cake mold with bakingsheet and oil it lightly. Peel the butternut squash and split it. Hollow the seeds out with a spoon and cut it into small pieces. Put into a kettle and boil until the pieces are soft, and mash them.

2. Mix the dry ingredients together. Put dates (pitted) into a blender with coconut and plant based mik. Blend until smooth.

3. Mix the wet ingradients with the dry ones. Add the butternut squash puree as well. Scoop the batter into the cake mold and bake about 35 minutes or until baked.

5. Let the cake cool down. When it’s cool, prepare the lucuma frosting: melt cacao butter and coconut oil, and mix lucuma to them. Add a pinch of salt.

6. Spread first one layer of the frosting, and put the cake to freezer for a moment. When the frosting has set, add another layer on top of it.

7. Peel the pomegranate and separate the seeds. Decorate the cake, and enjoy! ✨

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Watermelon lime slush with fresh mint

Watermelon slush with lime and mint

Is there anything better than a cold, icy watermelon lime slush on a hot summer day? I doubt there is! If you agree, then keep on reading: here’s a lovely recipe to the cooling summer drink, with no added sugar like the normal slush drinks usually have.

This drink takes your thirst away, refreshes you, and gives you a great amount of C- and A-vitamins, fiber and potassium. Also, watermelon has this great antioxidant called lycopene, that, according to research, decreases the risk for cardiovascular diseases. Not bad at all from a summery drink, don’t you think?

Watermelon slush with lime and mint

this drink is quickly prepared, and it’s enough if the watermelon pieces are almost frozen: I diced the melon, left them in the freezer for about 20 minutes, and added some ice cubes as well. But if you have more time, go ahead and freeze the pieces properly and leave out ice cubes.

Watermelon has always been one of my favorite fruits, and I eat it tons during summer. This summer, even more than usually, I’m sure, thanks to this lovely drink!

Have lovely and refreshing moments,
xx

Watermelon slush with lime and mint

Watermelon lime slush with fresh mint 

for two

1 mini watermelon (or half from a big one)
1 lime
handfull of strong, fresh mint
ice cubes

1. Cut the peel out from the melon and dice it. Put into freezer for 20 minutes or so.

2. Squeeze the juice of the lime and rinse the herb.

3. When the watermelon is almost frozen, take it out and add all the ingredients to blender.

4. Mix up this lovely, refreshing summery drink, and enjoy! ✨

Watermelon slush with lime and mint

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