Easy Healthy Watermelon Slushie (2 Ingredients + Vegan)

There’s nothing like a refreshing watermelon slushie on a hot summer day! This easy, healthy ice cold drink is a perfect way to beat the heat! And with only 2 ingredients, you’ll be making it all summer long!

 

homemade watermelon slushie

Summer wouldn’t be summer without watermelons! They’re cool and refreshing on their own, but they also make AMAZING, thirst-quenching slushies.

This frosty, watermelon slushie recipe is pure summertime in a glass!

Slushies bring back a lot of memories from my childhood! I used to drink them all the time, but I never made my own. When I first made this slushie, I gulped it down so fast I got a brain freeze, just like when I was a kid! 🤪

You will love this recipe because:

  • it’s healthy.
  • it’s great for kids.
  • there’s no added sugar.
  • it’s refreshing.
  • it’s SO easy to make.
  • it’s DELICIOUS!!!

To make it, you only need some watermelon and a little water. That’s literally it!

It can’t get any easier than that!

homemade watermelon slushie

If you want, of course, you could add a few other ingredients to kick it up a notch according to your preferences. Here are some ideas:

Sweetener: Depending on how ripe the watermelon is, you may not need to add any sweetener. But, if it’s not that sweet, you could add a little sugar, stevia, maple syrup, or honey. 

Lemon/Lime: You could use a little bit of lemon or lime juice to add a little tang and enhance the flavor.

Mint: I love mint! You could blend a few leaves to the slushie to make it even more refreshing, if you like!

HOW TO FREEZE WATERMELON

1 Cut the watermelon into even-sized cubes and remove any seeds.

2 Place the watermelon cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

3 Freeze for about 1-3 hours and then make the slushie or freeze overnight and make the slushie the next day.  I prefer freezing it overnight.

HOW TO MAKE EASY HOMEMADE WATERMELON SLUSHIE

1 Put the frozen watermelon in a food processor (or a high-powered blender).

2 Add a splash of water and blend.

That’s it!

homemade watermelon slushie

 

WATERMELON SLUSHIE VARIATIONS

Even though this slushie is great as is, there are lots of different variations you may want to try. 

  • You can use basil instead of mint. I think basil goes really well with watermelon.
  • You can add some strawberries. I also think blueberries would be nice, too. Of course, it would be better if the berries were frozen, but fresh would also work.
  • Coconut milk would give it a really nice tropical twist.
  • For those who drink alcohol, a splash Ouzo would add a nice Greek touch. You could also add Vodka, white wine, or your favorite liquor.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • I have made this without freezing the watermelon, but it turned out more like a juice, rather than a slushie. For best results, freeze the watermelon overnight before you make the slushies.
  • Start off by pulsing for about half a minute and continue until there aren’t any big chunks left, or it reaches the consistency you like. If it’s a bit too thick, you could add a little bit more water. You don’t want to overblend the mixture, though, otherwise it will end up too watery.
  • It’s best served immediately.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Looking for more summer recipes? You may also enjoy my Easy No-churn Vanilla Ice Cream (+ Secret Ingredient) or my Easy Strawberry Mint Sorbet – No Ice Cream Maker – Refined Sugar Free (+ Vegan Option)!

Let me know how this easy homemade watermelon slushie turned out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

~Voula 😀

 

Easy Healthy Watermelon Slushie (2 Ingredients + Vegan)

There’s nothing like a refreshing watermelon slushie on a hot summer day! This easy, healthy ice cold drink is a perfect way to beat the heat! And with only 2 ingredients, you’ll be making it all summer long!
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Greek
Keyword: healthy, watermelon, slushie, frozen, vegan, refined sugar free
Servings: 2 -3

Ingredients

  • 2 cups watermelon, cubed
  • about ½ cup water
  • lemon/lime slices (optional)
  • fresh mint sprigs (optional)

Instructions

Freeze the watermelon

  • Cut the watermelon into even-sized cubes and remove any seeds.
  • Place the watermelon cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  • Freeze for about 1-3 hours or overnight. I usually freeze the cubes overnight.

Make the slushies

  • Put the frozen watermelon cubes in a food processor (or a high-powered blender) and pulse for about half a minute, adding a splash of water. Continue until there aren’t any big chunks left, or it reaches the consistency you like, adding more water if necessary. Don't overblend.
  • Serve immediately.
  • If you like, garnish with lemon/lime slices and fresh mint sprigs.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

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Easy Strawberry Mint Sorbet – No Ice Cream Maker – Refined Sugar Free (+ Vegan Option)

You don’t need an ice cream maker to make this refreshing strawberry mint sorbet! This simple recipe is made with fresh strawberries and mint leaves and includes a vegan option, too!

strawberry mint sorbetSummers in Greece are HOT! So when strawberries are in season, I love making this easy strawberry mint sorbet. It’s sweet, slightly tangy, yet cool and refreshing at the same time! This healthy summer snack is a perfect way to beat the heat!

What is sorbet?

Sorbet is a combination of pureed fruit or fruit juice, and a sweetener which is then frozen. It’s typically made without eggs or milk. Classic sorbet is usually made with a simple syrup consisting of sugar and water.

This recipe, however, is much healthier because it’s made with honey! For a vegan sorbet, just replace the honey with maple syrup!

What you’ll need to make strawberry mint sorbet

  • Strawberries: I use fresh strawberries.
  • Sweetener: I use good quality Greek honey. For a vegan option, use equal amounts of maple syrup, instead.
  • Mint: I use fresh mint leaves.
  • Lemon juice: It really adds a nice tanginess.
  • Liquor: I use Vodka, but you could use your favorite liquor of choice.

How to make strawberry mint sorbet.

There are two different methods I’ve used to make this sorbet.

Method #1

This method is for those who don’t want any seeds or pieces of fruit or mint in their sorbet.

All you do is put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.

Taste and adjust the sweetness, adding more honey/maple syrup if needed.

Strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer or sieve, pressing the pulp with a spatula. Discard whatever remains in the strainer.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the sorbet mixture onto it. Make sure you evenly spread the mixture on the tray. Then put the tray in the freezer for about 2-3 hours.

After it has frozen, take the tray out of the freezer and break it into small chunks. The chunks should be small enough to fit into your food processor or blender.

Blend or process the pureed chunks using a spatula to scrape the sides and push all the chunks down so that they’re all well blended.

Put it in a freezer-safe container and put it back in the freezer for about 1-2 hours or until frozen.

Method #2

This method is my favorite because it’s quicker and easier! It doesn’t involve any straining, so all the pieces of fruit and mint are in it. Personally, I like the seeds and the tiny pieces of mint and I think they’re healthy. It’s the method I used for all the pictures, too. That’s why you can see the tiny pieces of mint in all the pictures!

Here’s how to make it:

strawberry mint sorbet

Then you put it in the freezer for about 1-2 hours or until frozen.

Why use Vodka in sorbet?

I use Vodka because alcohol reduces the sorbet’s freezing point and it prevents the sorbet from freezing solid. So, the more alcohol you add, the softer the sorbet, which means it can melt fast. That’s why I use a small amount of Vodka. Also, you cannot taste the Vodka at all in the sorbet; I only use it to help give the sorbet a smoother texture and to prevent any ice from forming.

strawberry mint sorbet

 TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Use the best fruit you can find.
  • I really love mint, that’s why I use quite a lot in this recipe. If you’re not crazy about mint, I suggest starting out with a few mint leaves and then tasting the processed/blended mixture to see if you want more. Of course, you could reduce the amount in the recipe or omit it altogether. You could also use basil leaves, instead.
  • Instead of Vodka, you can use your favorite liquor of choice, just keep in mind that it might affect the overall flavor of the sorbet. I use Vodka because you can’t taste it in the sorbet at all, but other liquors might have an aftertaste.
  • Before freezing, cover the sorbet mixture with plastic wrap making sure it’s touching the surface. Then cover securely with aluminum foil or a tight lid. The plastic wrap together with the lid/aluminum foil will prevent ice crystals from forming and it will also protect the sorbet from absorbing odors.

I hope you enjoy this easy strawberry mint sorbet!

~Voula

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Easy Strawberry Mint Sorbet – No Ice Cream Maker – Refined Sugar Free (+ Vegan Option)

You don’t need an ice cream maker to make this refreshing strawberry mint sorbet! This simple recipe is made with fresh strawberries and mint leaves and includes a vegan option, too!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Greek
Keyword: easy,, frozen dessert, no refined sugar, no sugar, honey, maple syrup,, strawberry mint, sorbet,, vegan option
Servings: 3 - 4 (about 1/2 a quart/liter)

Ingredients

  • about 15 strawberries (350g / 12.3 oz) washed, stems removed
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (plus more to taste)
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves (10 g / 0.4 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Vodka (or your favorite liquor of choice)

Instructions

  • Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  • Process/Blend until smooth. Taste and add more honey/maple syrup or mint if necessary.
  • Pour into a freezer-safe container. Even out the mixture.
  • Cover with plastic wrap making sure it’s touching the surface. Then cover securely with aluminum foil or a tight lid.
  • Put it in the freezer until it’s frozen (about 1-2 hours).
  • Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Store in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
The recipe can easily be doubled.
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HOW TO MAKE ANCIENT GREEK SESAME BARS (Pasteli)

These delicious sesame bars have been a part of the Greek culinary tradition since ancient times! You only need 2 ingredients to make this nutritious, ancient Greek superfood known today as Pasteli!

ancient greek sesame bars with honey

Pasteli is a classic, Greek snack! Not only is it delicious, but it’s healthy, too!  It’s an incredible treat dating back to ancient Greece!

Sweets in ancient Greece

In ancient Greece, honey was believed to have come from the gods. It comes as no surprise that the ancient Greeks used honey for so many things since granulated sugar did not exist in ancient Greece; it arrived many centuries later. One popular honey and sesame seed delicacy was called Sisami (pronounced see-SA-mee), which is basically what modern-day Greeks refer to as Pasteli.

What is Pasteli?

Pasteli (pronounced pa-STE-lee) is a bar made with sesame seeds and honey. Various ancient Greek texts mention it, including Homer’s Iliad, where it was popular among the warriors. The father of history, Herodotus, also referred to it as “sweet cakes of sesame and honey”.

Variations of Pasteli today

Today, there are variations of Pasteli in the Middle East and around the Mediterranean, too.

In Greece, there is Pasteli made with sugar and/or a combination of nuts and spices. Pasteli made with sugar is hard and crunchy, almost like brittle. Pasteli made with just honey is much softer and chewier.  The recipe in this post uses honey instead of sugar.

Why I think you’ll love this homemade pasteli:

  • There are only 2 main ingredients, with a few optional add-ins.
  • It’s quick.
  • It’s pretty straightforward.
  • It’s very healthy.
  • It tastes great!

The health benefits of Pasteli

Sesame is known to be a great source of fiber, plant protein, and B vitamins. Pasteli is also rich in antioxidants, which are beneficial for overall health.

What you’ll need to make Pasteli

All you need is honey and sesame seeds. I always use good quality Greek honey. I briefly talk about the benefits of Greek honey in this post. Whenever I make desserts with honey, I find that the quality of the honey really makes a huge difference in the overall flavor. So, if you can’t get Greek honey, get the best honey you can or one you like!

How do you make Pasteli?

Different parts of Greece use different methods. Some areas make Pasteli in large metal pots and then the mixture is poured over a large marble slab or wooden board. Then it’s evened out and beaten with a wooden pin to the desired thickness.

Of course, these traditional methods aren’t really ideal for an ordinary kitchen! I have found a much easier way to make it at home.

First of all, I use a nonstick frying pan. It makes cleanup A LOT easier. I also like putting the pasteli in a square pan lined with parchment paper. That way, I can just lift it out and then cut it when it’s ready.

Here’s what I do:

pasteli steps

If you don’t mind uneven slices, don’t use a pan at all! You can just spoon it onto a large sheet of parchment paper, but don’t touch it with your bare hands because it’s very hot!

Why use a pan?

A pan lets me make Pasteli as thick as I want. For example, a small pan will make thicker bars, whereas a larger pan will make thin ones. For this recipe, I used a 9 ½ inch (24.5 cm) pan and the bars came out to about ½ an inch (1 cm) thick. So, if you’re going to use a pan, pick one depending on how thick or thin you want your bars to be.

pasteli ancient greek sesame bars with honey

Add-ins

Here are a few ideas for add-ins to add more flavor:

  • orange or lemon zest
  • almonds, peanuts, or pistachio nuts
  • ground nutmeg
  • wine
  • black pepper – Ancient Greeks used to put a lot of black pepper in a sweet called gastris! Some parts of Greece today still add black pepper to Pasteli! You might want to give it a try!

 TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • I toast the sesame seeds in a nonstick pan, but you could toast them in the oven (350°F / 180°C) for about 15 minutes.
  • Don’t overcook the Pasteli, otherwise it may become hard.
  • When you spoon the mixture into the pan, don’t touch it! It’s very hot!
  • Cut into bars or squares after about 15-20 minutes. If you wait longer than that, it will be too hard to cut.
  • Store it in an air-tight container at room temperature with sheets of parchment paper between each bar to prevent them from sticking together.

Let me know how this Pasteli turned out for you in the comments below!

I’d love to hear from you!

~Voula

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HOW TO MAKE ANCIENT GREEK SESAME BARS (Pasteli)

These delicious sesame bars have been a part of the Greek culinary tradition since ancient times! You only need 2 ingredients to make this nutritious, ancient Greek superfood known today as Pasteli!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: ancient Greek, healthy, refined sugar free, honey, sesame

Ingredients

  • 200 g (7 oz) sesame seeds
  • 200 g (7 oz) good quality (Greek) honey
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Line a pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Lightly toast the sesame seeds in a nonstick pan, until light golden brown. Put the toasted seeds in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In the same nonstick pan, heat the honey on medium heat until it bubbles and foams.
  • Add the seeds and all the remaining ingredients and stir continuously until the mixture thickens and isn't runny (about 5-6 minutes).
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and even it out with the back of a spoon. DON'T TOUCH THE MIXTURE WITH YOUR BARE HANDS - IT'S VERY HOT!
  • Put a piece of parchment paper on top and press down to flatten and even out the surface.
  • After about 15-20 minutes, it should easily bend and hold its shape. Lift it out of the pan and cut into bars or squares.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature with pieces of parchment paper between each bar/square.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Instead of toasting the sesame seeds in a nonstick pan,  you could toast them in the oven (350°F / 180°C) for about 15 minutes.
  • Don't overcook the mixture, otherwise it may become hard.
  • Cut the Pasteli into bars or squares after about 10-20 minutes. If you wait longer than that, it will be too hard to cut.
  • Pasteli is best on the day it’s made. It becomes a little bit harder the next day, but it still retains its chewiness.
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HEALTHY TAHINI BREAKFAST COOKIES – VEGAN, GF, REFINED SUGAR FREE, OIL FREE

These healthy tahini breakfast cookies are soft and chewy and made with wholesome ingredients. They are also vegan, naturally gluten free, refined sugar free, oil free, and totally fuss-free!

healthy tahini breakfast cookies

Cookies for breakfast?  Of course!  Don’t worry; no one will scold you for having these cookies for breakfast! Trust me!

These healthy tahini cookies are a great way to start the day. And they are a cinch to make!

healthy tahini breakfast cookies

You’ll absolutely fall in LOVE with these tahini breakfast cookies because they are

  • incredibly easy to make.
  • nutritious.
  • made in only one bowl.
  • customizable.
  • perfect for both lunch boxes AND cookie jars!
  • great for grab-and-go mornings!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Tahini: I use sugar free organic Greek tahini.

Oats: I use old-fashioned oats.

Nuts: I use walnuts.

Maple syrup: It really has a nice, rich flavor without making the cookies overly sweet.

Spices: I use a combination of cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves. I think they go great with maple syrup!

Vanilla: I use pure vanilla extract.

Fruit: I use dried cranberries.

HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY TAHINI BREAKFAST COOKIES IN 4 EASY STEPS

STEP 1

Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well combined using a silicone/rubber spatula.

STEP 2

Form balls with a cookie scoop or spoon, about 25 g / 0.88 oz each and place them on a baking sheet.

STEP 3

Gently press each ball with the palm of your hand to flatten them slightly.

STEP 4

Bake.

That’s literally it!

healthy tahini breakfast cookies

 TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • I suggest weighing each ball of dough so that the cookies bake uniformly. For this recipe, each piece of dough I weighed was around 25 g / 0.88 oz each, which resulted in 16 cookies.
  • Don’t make these cookies too flat. There aren’t any leaveners in them, so they won’t puff up or rise much in the oven.
  • These cookies tend to turn light brown on the bottom, rather than on the edges. So, I wouldn’t bake them longer than suggested. This way they stay soft and chewy, even a few days later. If you overbake them, they’ll get hard.

CUSTOMIZABLE VARIATIONS

  • Honey: You could replace the maple syrup with honey, but keep in mind that it will be a bit sweeter.
  • Add-ins: Feel free to add in some of your favorites, like raisins, shredded coconut, chopped almonds, dried apples or apricots! OR…chocolate chips!! The sky’s the limit, really!
  • Flavorings: Orange or lemon zest would bring out a nice citrus flavor.

I hope you enjoy these healthy tahini breakfast cookies!

~Voula

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Sugar Free Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes

Easy Apple Chips

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HEALTHY TAHINI BREAKFAST COOKIES – VEGAN, GF, REFINED SUGAR FREE, OIL FREE

These healthy tahini breakfast cookies are soft and chewy and made with wholesome ingredients. They are also vegan, naturally gluten free, refined sugar free, oil free, and totally fuss-free!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Greek
Keyword: breakfast, cookies, easy,, gluten free, healthy, oil free, sugar free, tahini, vegan
Servings: 16 cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (125 g / 4 oz) sugar free tahini
  • ¼ cup (75 ml / 3 fl oz) maple syrup
  • ¾ cups (70 g / 2.5 oz) old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup (70 g / 2.5 oz) walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup (40 g / 1.4 oz) dried cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg
  • a pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and mix until just combined using a silicone/rubber spatula.
  • Form balls with a cookie scoop or spoon. Each ball should weigh about 25 g (0.88 oz). Place them on a baking sheet.*
  • Gently press each ball with the palm of your hand to flatten slightly. Don't make them too flat.
  • Bake for 10 - 12 minutes. They will turn light brown on the bottom rather than the edges. Leave them on the baking sheet for another 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for about 5-6 days.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

* The size of your cookies before you bake them will determine the overall servings. I suggest weighing each ball of dough so that the cookies bake uniformly.
For this recipe each piece of dough I weighed was about 25 g / 0.88 oz,  which resulted in 16 cookies.  
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HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER (Step-by-step Tutorial)

This healthy, homemade peanut butter is refined sugar free and SO EASY TO MAKE! All you need is 4 simple ingredients and about 15 minutes!

homemadepeanutbutter

This homemade peanut butter is DELICIOUS! You will be surprised how easy it is to make peanut butter at home.

What I really love about this all-natural peanut butter is that I can control how sweet, creamy, or chunky I want it to be. Also, compared to store-bought, the flavor is unbeatable. And, most importantly, there are no strange ingredients or preservatives – you know exactly what’s in it!

What you’ll need to make homemade peanut butter:

homemade peanut butter ingredients

It only takes 4 simple steps to make your own peanut butter; that’s it! I think once you try this and see how easy it is, you’ll be making it often!

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER

 homemade peanut butter steps

 How to make creamy peanut butter

If your mixture isn’t creamy enough, just add a teaspoon of oil and start the processor again. Continue adding oil, a teaspoon at a time, until you get the consistency you like. Be careful, though, if you add too much oil, you could make the peanut butter too thin.

How to make chunky peanut butter

Take about 50 of the roasted peanuts and coarsely chop them. You don’t want to crush them completely, though. Set them aside. Process the remaining nuts (adding oil if needed) until the mixture reaches the consistency you like. Then add the coarsely chopped peanuts and mix until well combined.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Make sure the nuts are evenly spread out on the tray and they’re not overlapping.
  • Adding the vegetable oil (or peanut oil) will help make the peanut butter spreadable and prevent it from becoming too tough.
  • Adding honey or maple syrup is totally optional, but it really adds flavor.
  • This recipe turns out great with a high-powered food processor, but it should also work with a blender, depending on how powerful it is, however, you may need to blend it longer. Generally speaking, the higher the wattage, the more powerful the blender, which will affect how smooth the peanut butter will be.

 

homemade peanut butter

 

Enjoy!

~Voula 😀

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HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER (Step-by-step Tutorial)

This healthy, homemade peanut butter is refined sugar free and SO EASY TO MAKE! All you need is 4 simple ingredients and about 15 minutes!
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade, refined sugar free, how-to, healthy, peanut butter
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups (250 g / 8.8 oz) raw, unsalted, shelled peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or peanut oil (+ 1-2 tablespoons extra)
  • maple syrup/honey to taste (optional)
  • salt to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180°C (350 °F).
  • Spread a layer of peanuts on a baking tray and roast them for about 10-12 miunutes, or until they are golden brown.
  • Add the warm peanuts to a food processor. Pulse for about 3 seconds to break down the peanuts. Process the peanuts until the mixtur reaches the consistency you like. First they will become crumbly, then a thick wet paste will form.
  • Add the oil and continue processing until smooth and shiny, adding more oil if necessary.
  • Add the sweetener and salt to taste and process on high speed for 1-2 more minutes.
  • Transfer the peanut butter to a sterilized jar or an airtight container.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • This recipe turns out great with a high-powered food processor, but it should also work with a blender, depending on how powerful it is, however, you may need to blend it longer. Generally speaking, the higher the wattage, the more powerful the blender, which will affect how smooth the peanut butter will be.
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Sugar Free Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes

These moist, fudgy cupcakes are delicious and healthier than your average cupcake! They are made with whole wheat flour and stevia and are topped with a decadent whipped chocolate ganache! Get your chocolate fix without feeling guilty!

Sugar Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Stevia is a popular plant-based sweetener and sugar substitute. It’s something I’ve been meaning to experiment with for a while, so I came up with this recipe. I have to say I was quite impressed with the results!

What do these sugar free whole wheat chocolate cupcakes taste like?

The whole wheat flour has a subtle but unique nutty flavor and the stevia isn’t overly sweet, which I love!

What I absolutely love the most, though, is the whipped chocolate ganache! OMG, it’s delicious!

Whipped ganache has a very light, airy, mousse-like texture. It’s silky smooth and rich with a deep dark chocolate flavor. Whipped ganache is great for piping. For these cupcakes, I used a Wilton 1M tip, but you could use a knife or an offset spatula to spread the ganache on top.

Sugar Free Chocolate Cupcakes

To make these sugar free whole wheat cupcakes, you’ll need:

Whole Wheat Flour: I used a light whole wheat flour, which is milder in flavor than the darker one.

Stevia: I used stevia powder.

Salt: I always use salt to enhance the flavors.

Leaveners: I used both baking powder and baking soda.

Unsweetened cocoa powder: This gives the cupcakes an intense chocolate flavor.

Vegetable oil: I used a light vegetable oil to help keep the cupcakes moist.

1 egg: I use organic eggs.

Buttermilk / Sour Milk: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can add some vinegar to the milk, mix and let it stand for about 5 minutes.

Hot black strongly brewed coffee: This really brings out all the chocolate goodness!

Chocolate: I used good quality bittersweet chocolate with stevia, but you could use unsweetened chocolate which doesn’t contain any sugar.

Whipping Cream: Make sure it contains at least 30% fat, otherwise it won’t whip properly.

sugar free chocolate cupcakes

TIPS FOR PERFECT WHIPPED GANACHE

  • First of all, make sure you whip the ganache right before you want to frost the cupcakes; otherwise it becomes too firm to pipe.
  • Make sure you chop the chocolate into really small pieces so it melts faster. Put the chocolate in a heat-proof (or microwave safe) bowl.
  • When you heat the cream, make sure you don’t boil it. You want to heat it to the point where tiny bubbles appear, but it’s not boiling. When you pour the hot cream over the chocolate, make sure it covers all of the chocolate and then let it sit for about 2 minutes without touching it. Stir the chocolate until it has melted. If you see that there are still a few chunks of chocolate that haven’t melted, put the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and then continue to mix it until the chocolate has melted completely. You could put it in the microwave, but I prefer melting it over simmering water because it’s the best way to avoid scorching the chocolate.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours, until the chocolate has thickened. Trust me, it’s well worth the wait!  If you’re in a rush, though, you could put it in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes, but keep an eye on it every 5 minutes or so because it can get firm really quickly and if it gets too firm, you won’t be able to whip it.
  • To whip the chocolate ganache, use a hand mixer or a stand mixer. Whip it for about 3-5 minutes, starting on medium speed and then increasing to high. You don’t want to mix it any longer than 5 minutes because you’ll split the cream, which means it separates and curdles and becomes grainy. If, however, you do split the ganache, don’t panic! Just heat a few tablespoons of milk and whisk it into the chocolate mixture until the ganache comes back together again!

How to store these sugar free whole wheat chocolate cupcakes

I keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

I hope you enjoy these sugar free chocolate cupcakes!

~Voula

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SUGAR FREE WHOLE WHEAT CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

These moist, fudgy cupcakes are delicious and healthier than your average cupcake! They are made with whole wheat flour and stevia and are topped with a decadent whipped chocolate ganache! Get your chocolate fix without feeling guilty!
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cupcakes, free, from scratch, ganache, stevia, sugar, wheat, whole
Servings: 12

Ingredients

For the whipped ganache

  • 400 g (14 oz) good quality bittersweet/semisweet chocolate with stevia (or unsweetened chocolate), chopped
  • 200 ml (3/4 cup) whipping cream

For the cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk*
  • 1/2 cup (50 g / 2 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup hot black strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 cup (127 g / 4.5 oz) whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (100 g / 3.5 oz) stevia powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F).
  • Line a 12-cup muffin/cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.

Make the ganache

  • Heat the whipping cream (but don’t boil) and pour it over the chopped chocolate. Let it sit for about 2 minutes to melt the chocolate. Whisk the mixture until it’s smooth and the chocolate has melted. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours, until the chocolate has thickened.**

Make the cupcakes

  • Whisk together the unsweetened cocoa with the black strongly brewed coffee until combined. Set aside.
  • Whisk together the whole wheat flour, stevia, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  • Add the egg, buttermilk, and vegetable oil to the cocoa mixture and whisk until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. The batter should be thin.
  • Fill the cupcake liners halfway.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool.

Make the whipped ganache

  • Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer, whip the ganache for about 3-5 minutes, starting on medium speed and then increasing to high. Do not overmix.
  • Put into a piping bag and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.***
  • Enjoy!

Notes

* If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own by putting 4 teaspoons of vinegar into a measuring cup and then adding enough milk to make ½ a cup. Let it stand for about 5 minutes before using.
** You could put the ganache in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes, but keep an eye on it every 5 minutes or so, because it can get firm really quickly. If it gets too firm, you won’t be able to whip it.
*** I used a Wilton 1M piping tip for the cupcakes in the pictures.
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Greek Baklava Rolls (Saragli) – Refined Sugar Free

This is an all-time Greek favorite. Saragli is similar to baklava, but it’s rolled rather than layered. This Saragli is refined sugar free, buttery, flaky, crunchy, and just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Greek baklava rolls saragli

So, what is Saragli, anyway?

Saragli (​pronounced sa-ra-GLI) ​is a popular dessert in Greece which is similar to baklava. The main difference is that it is rolled with three different kinds of nuts. Each region in Greece has its own variation, though. There are even some places that make Saragli ​without ​any filling whatsoever, just rolled phyllo dough in syrup!

Is it complicated to make?

Most people I know feel intimidated by the thought of making Saragli because it ​looks​ complicated. Well, have no fear! THIS Saragli recipe is ​simple​ and it is the best Saragli recipe you’ll ever make! If you want to impress your guests at your next dinner party, this recipe is worth the extra effort!

What kind of sweetener is used instead of refined sugar?

I made a honey syrup for this recipe. Most traditional Greek recipes call for a lot of sugar in the syrup. I decided to make this syrup refined sugar free because I believe it tastes A LOT BETTER with just honey. Keep in mind that the quality of honey you use will determine the overall taste, so choose a honey you like.

I highly recommend Greek honey 

Good quality Greek honey, preferably organic, will make an enormous​ difference in this recipe. Greece has one of the richest flora in the Mediterranean, that’s why Greek honey is so rich, aromatic and considered to be one of the finest in the world. It’s also much denser than honey produced in other countries, which makes it perfect for this recipe. If you can get organic Greek honey, please do! You won’t regret it! You will definitely notice the difference.

Greek Baklava

What you’ll need:

Phyllo dough: ​I use 1 package (14-15 sheets).

Butter: ​I always use unsalted butter.

Nuts: ​Walnuts, almonds, and pistachios.

Spices: ​Ground cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves.   

Greek honey, lemon peel and lemon juice: ​I used Greek wildflower honey, some lemon peel and lemon juice for the syrup.       

Baking pan: ​I used a 35 cm X 23.5 cm (about 14 in X 9 in) glass baking pan.

Stick(s): ​You’ll need a stick or a thin rod that’s a bit longer than the width of your phyllo sheet. I used 2 chopsticks, but you could use a meat skewer, wooden souvlaki sticks or even a thin cake dowel.

How to make Greek Baklava Rolls (Saragli) in 9 easy steps:

STEP 1: PREPARE THE FILLING

In a large bowl, mix the nuts, cinnamon and a tiny pinch of ground nutmeg. Set aside.

STEP 2: MELT THE BUTTER

Melt the butter and set it aside.

STEP 3: BUTTER THE DOUGH

Take a sheet of phyllo dough and place it on your work surface with the short edge facing you (the width). Drizzle the sheet with butter and then place another sheet of phyllo dough on top, drizzling that as well.

Greek Baklava

STEP 4: FOLD THE DOUGH

Starting from the bottom, fold the sheets over, about 10 cm/4 inches.

Greek Baklava

STEP 5: ADD THE NUT MIXTURE & ALIGN THE STICK(S)

Sprinkle about 2 1⁄2 – 3 tablespoons of the nut mixture, leaving a space of about 2 inches/5 cm from the top of your dough so as to seal the sheets when you roll them. Place the stick(s) a little bit above the folded sheets.

Greek Baklava

STEP 6: ROLL THE DOUGH

Gently roll the dough with the stick(s). Start rolling from the folded bottom, slowly moving upwards, but not too tightly.

Greek Baklava

STEP 7: SQUISH THE DOUGH

When you’re done rolling, carefully move both hands towards the middle, while gently squishing the dough.

Greek Baklava

STEP 8: PLACE IN PAN, CUT AND BAKE

Remove the stick(s) and place the roll in a baking pan. Butter immediately​ so it doesn’t dry out. Repeat with the remaining sheets and filling. Cut into rolls, about 5 cm/2 inches each and bake.

Greek Baklava

STEP 9: PREPARE & ADD THE HONEY SYRUP

Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the spices and the lemon peel. When the Saragli is done and still piping hot, slowly add the syrup, but NOT all at once. Add the syrup a little bit at a time. When some of the syrup is absorbed, add some more syrup. Repeat until all the syrup is used. Add grated pistachio nuts. Allow to cool completely (about 2-3 hours) before serving.

Note: ​Traditionally, most Greek recipes with syrup suggest having the dessert at room temperature and then adding the hot syrup or vice versa. Opinions are mixed among Greek chefs regarding this. I have tried both ways, but I found that in this recipe, pouring the hot​ syrup over the piping ​hot​ Saragli, allowed the dough to stay crunchier and flakier much longer. Also, adding the syrup a little bit at a time helps the Baklava Rolls stay crunchy, too.

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GREEK BAKLAVA ROLLS (Saragli) - REFINED SUGAR FREE

This is an all-time Greek favorite. Saragli is similar to baklava, but it’s rolled rather than layered. This Saragli is refined sugar free, buttery, flaky, crunchy, and just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 30

Ingredients

  • 1 package phyllo dough, thawed (450 gr / about 16 oz)
  • 300 g (10.5 oz) unsalted butter, melted
  • 125 g (4.4 oz) walnuts, chopped
  • 125 g (4.4 oz) almonds, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

For the Honey Syrup

  • 450 g (16 oz) good quality Greek honey
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml / 4 oz) water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves

For the Topping

  • 100 g (3.5 oz) unsalted pistachios, finely grated

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 160​°​ C / 320​°​ F.

Prepare the filling

  • In a large bowl, mix the nuts, cinnamon and a tiny pinch of ground nutmeg. Set aside.

Make the Baklava Rolls

  • Take a sheet of phyllo dough and place it on your work surface with the short edge facing you (the width). Drizzle the sheet with butter and then place another sheet of phyllo dough on top, drizzling that as well.
  • Starting from the bottom, fold the sheets over, about 10 cm/4 inches.
  • Sprinkle about 2 1⁄2 - 3 tablespoons of the nut mixture, leaving a space of about 2 inches/5 cm from the top of your dough so as to seal the sheets when you roll them. Place the stick(s) a little bit above the folded sheets. Gently start rolling from the folded bottom together with the stick(s). Slowly move upwards, but don’t roll too tightly.
  • Carefully move both hands towards the middle, while gently squishing the dough.
  • Remove the stick(s) and place the roll in a baking pan. Butter immediately​ so it doesn’t dry out. Repeat with the remaining sheets and filling. Cut into bite-sized cubes, about 5 cm/2 inches and bake for about 1 – 1 1⁄2 hours on the lowest rack, until it’s golden brown.

Prepare the honey syrup

  • Put all the ingredients for the honey syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat. Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the spices and the lemon peel using a slotted spoon.

Add the honey syrup

  • When the Saragli is done and still piping hot, slowly add the syrup, but NOT all at once. Add the syrup a little bit at a time. When some of the syrup is absorbed, add some more syrup. Repeat until all the syrup is used.

Add the topping

  • Top with grated pistachio nuts.
  • Allow to cool completely (about 2-3 hours) before serving.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Always thaw the phyllo dough in the refrigerator overnight in the package. Otherwise, if you defrost it too quickly, it may collect excess moisture from the condensation and become sticky and you won’t be able to work with it.
Phyllo dough dries out very quickly. Work one sheet at a time and always cover the remaining sheets with a damp kitchen towel or cloth so that they don’t dry out.
Use a very sharp knife to cut the Saragli before baking. If your knife is dull, the phyllo dough might drag and pull apart.
Baklava Rolls are best the next day. They will keep at room temperature for up to five days. They can also be refrigerated, however, each day that passes, the pastry will soften a bit because it absorbs moisture from the syrup.
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