Black Forest Smoothie Bowl fortified with Aronia

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‘Nothing tastes better than fresh ingredients and this black forest smoothie bowl is the ultimate breakfast or dessert.  I poured melted chocolate over the ice cold mix and it solidified in a few seconds.  My photos are taken by CJ during a live tv show’

You will need:

1/2 purple raw carrot
1/2 cooked beetroot
4 dates
2 kale leaves
1/4 peeled apple
2 frozen bananas
2 cups mixed frozen cherries and cranberries
1 teaspoon agave
2 tablespoons aronia concentrate
2 cups cashew milk
3 tablespoons oats

Top with : 100g fresh cherries, 50g dry roasted flaked almonds and 50g melted dark sugar free chocolate, baby chard

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Add all the ingredients to the blender and combine until it is a smooth consistency.

While you are doing this melt the dark chocolate in a bain marie.

Pour into a bowl.

Arrange the fresh cherries on top of the smoothie mix.

Add some dry roasted flaked almonds.

Pour melted chocolate on the surface of the smoothie mix. It will solidify and makes the smoothie mix taste even more amazing.

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My fresh fruit and vegetables come from Big Fresh, frozen fruit from PJ Sutters, nuts, oats, agave and cashew milk from Good Earth, sugar-free chocolate by Valor and aronia concentrate from J Calleja Import Export Ltd

Homemade energy bars and bliss balls

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Home made Energy Bars and Bliss Balls, all photos taken during a live tv show

There are so many varieties of energy bars on the market today with whole sections in supermarkets filled with them. The different choices are overwhelming and some provide energy while others may be classed as low carb or high in protein. Most of them satisfy current food trends. ….
Source: Sunday Times, Homemade energy bars

Ingredients used:

Maca Powder: the extract of a Peruvian plant best known for improving energy levels and vitality
Aronia: also known as chokeberry and can be found locally as a dried fruit or in liquid and powder concentrate.  It contains high antioxidants and is known to have many beneficial properties
Hemp Seeds: hard brown seeds with a light inner kernel that provide a good source of amino acids, protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Maca Powder and Hemp Seeds are available via Good Earth.  Aronia is available via J Calleja Import Export Ltd

Fortifying food with Aronia

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Prickly Pear and Aronia Smoothie in today’s Sunday Times.  Photos taken during a live tv show by George Aquilina

I always try to fortify the food I prepare with ingredients that are bursting with goodness. I like using aronia [Aronia Melanocarpa from the Rosaceae family], because it is so versatile and can easily be added to juices, smoothies, jams, dressings and desserts.  It can also be used to replace artificial food colouring, as it produces a lovely...

Source: Sunday Times Fortifying food with Aronia

I use Aronia by J Calleja Import & Export Ltd

Dukkah fortified with Aronia and flavours from Egypt

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Dukkah fortified with Aronia powder.  This photo was taken by George Aquilina during a live tv show

Most of us find the preparation of home-made food satisfying and, in Egypt, I observed that many families find enjoyment in spending time together preparing abundant meals. Egyptian cuisine is not as widespread as Lebanese, but offers great vegan and vegetarian dishes that are reliant on beans…

Source: Sunday Times Flavours from Egypt

 

I use Aronia concentrate in powder and liquid form from Aroniada Agro, spices and herbs by Schwartz, nuts, beans and grains by Good Earth, Maltese Bread and ice cream by Carrefour from GS Superstore, kitchenware by Tescoma

Blueberry Loaf fortified with Aronia [Chokeberries]

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Blueberry Loaf fortified with Aronia [Chokeberries]               Photo by George Aquilina during a live tv show

‘Blueberries are a crowd pleaser and to fortify the loaf, I use Aronia [chokeberry] in a variety of forms, as dried fruits and concentrate in juice and powder form’

You will need:

280g self raising flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
100g mascarpone
vanilla
a pinch of salt
100ml coconut milk
4 tablespoons agave
1 tablespoon organic apple vinegar
3 eggs
300g blueberries
150g dried aronia berries [chokeberry]
1 tablespoon concentrated Aronia in powder form [chokeberry]
1 tablespoon concentrated Aronia in liquid form [chokeberry]

Preheat the oven to 160C.
Prepare a loaf tin (23 x 13 x 7 cm) with baking spray
In a bowl mix the mascarpone, 100g of the fresh blueberries, coconut milk, concentrated aronia liquid, organic apple vinegar, agave,eggs and vanilla and use a hand blender to mix to a smooth consistency.
Sift the self raising flour twice. Add the bicarbonate of soda, salt, dried aronia berries, 100g of the fresh blueberries and concentrated aronia powder.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and use a large metal spoon to fold in the mixture. Check for a dropping consistency and if necessary add some water, a spoonful at a time. Do not over mix.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin. Top with the remainder of the fresh blueberries.
Bake for 40 minutes. Test with a skewer and allow to cool in the loaf tin before removing.

‘Tip: Aronia/Chokeberries are a great source of vitamins and antioxidants.  The taste is not particularly sweet and if you like a more intense sweetness add 2 tablespoons of sugar or the equivalent of stevia to this recipe.’

My blueberries and fruits come from Big Fresh,  mascarpone by Zappala, vanilla by Schwartz, aronia dried berries by Noberasco, coconut milk by Alpro and agave at Good Earth, loaf tin and kitchenware by Tescoma, Aronia concentrate in liquid and powder form by Aroniada available from J Calleja Import & Export, self raising flour by St Georges Brand.