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22
Nov

Chocolate Avocado Sundae

With lots of hidden fruit, a crunchy biscuit base and topped with Caramel Popcorn, this is the perfect dinner party dessert!

SERVES: 4
PREP TIME: 20 minutes + 2 hours chilling
COOK TIME: 0 minutes

INGREDIENTS
• flesh of 2 ripe avocados
• 150g (two bars) Free’ist dark chocolate
• 1/4 cup (60ml) milk of choice
• 1 ripe banana
• 1 tbsp almond butter
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp coconut cream (or the cream from the top of a can of coconut milk, you can remove this after putting the can in the fridge for 30mins as it rises to the surface and solidifies)
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 4 Free’ist hazlenut cookies, crumbled into pieces
• Handful of Free’ist caramel popcorn to top

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Melt the chocolate by placing broken chocolate pieces into a small bowl and putting the bowl into a saucepan of water over a medium heat. The hot water should heat the bowl and melt the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is a liquid consistency. Remove from the heat.
2. Put all the ingredients including the melted chocolate (but not the cookies and popcorn) in a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. Taste the mixture and if it’s not sweet enough or you can taste the avocado too much for your liking, add some sweetener e.g. honey or maple syrup, stirring through to combine.
3. Chill the mixture for at least two hours.
4. When you’re ready to serve, in four serving bowls or glasses make a layer of crumbled cookie pieces for the base of your sundae. On top, spoon the avocado mousse mixture. Alternatively you can put the mousse into a sandwich bag and chop off the corner, then squeeze it out so you get a neat spiral effect.
5. Top with popcorn and a few more crumbled cookie pieces and you’re good to go! For extra indulgence you could also drizzle some more melted Free’ist chocolate on top…

Thanks to Vicky at The Flourishing Pantry for co-creation.

22
Nov

Rice Crispy Cakes | The Healthier Twist

We have decided to give this classic treat a healthy twist. With only a few ingredients, its easy to make and will satisfy your sweet tooth!

We also have a range of flavoured chocolate bars to choose from including white, mint and orange chocolate if you want to make them a little more flavoursome.

SERVES: Makes 12-16 small squares
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
SET TIME: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS
– 150g / 2 x 75g packets of Free’ist sugar free marshmallows
– 3 cups / 100g unsweetened rice puffs
– 3 tbsp coconut oil
For a chocolate version:
– 225g (3 x 75g bars) Free’ist chocolate of choice

METHOD
1. In a large saucepan melt the coconut oil over a low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir continuously until they melt together  creating a fluffy mallow mixture!

2. If you are making a chocolate version, whilst you prepare the marshmallows, melt your chocolate by placing the broken pieces in a bowl and put over a  saucepan of water with a medium heat. The hot water should heat the bowl and melt the chocolate. Stir  until the chocolate is a liquid consistency. Remove from the heat.

3. Remove the marshmallow mixture from the heat and add the rice puffs to the pan, stirring through to evenly coat the puffs with the marshmallow mixture. If you are making a chocolate version, add the chocolate and stir again until chocolate is evenly distributed.

4. In a small greased baking tin (18x20cm is perfect) pour your rice-puff mixture and spread to a height of 5-6cm. Try not to press the mixture down too hard, to keep the lightness of the marshmallow in each square.

5. Leave to set for 20mins at room temperature. With a sharp knife cut into squares. You can keep these in an air-tight container for 3 days.

Thanks to Vicky at The Flourishing Pantry for co-creation.

22
Nov

Flourless Chocolate Orange Brownies

Chocolate and orange is such a classic combination, we’ve decided to take it to the next level in these soft squidgy  brownies. Using  No Added Sugar & Gluten Free Dark Chocolate with Orange & nutritious black beans rather than the traditional white flour, this is the ultimate health twist to standard brownies. To sweeten them up, we have added a little maple syrup and to give them that extra citrus zing, some orange zest (we all need a little zing in our life, right?)

If you also like your brownies with an extra bite, add chopped almonds to the mix.

SERVES: Makes 12-14 brownies

PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS
* 1 tin black beans and juice
* 2 tbsp maple syrup
* 3 tbsp cacao powder
* 150g Free’ist orange chocolate – melted (2 x 75g Bars)
* Zest of 2 oranges
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 150g chopped almonds (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Melt the chocolate by placing broken chocolate pieces into a small bowl and putting the bowl into a saucepan of water over a medium heat. The hot water should heat the bowl and melt the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is a liquid consistency. Remove from the heat.
2. In a food processor or nutribullet blend up the black beans together with their juice until smooth.
3. Place the bean mixture into a large bowl and stir in the cacao powder, orange zest, maple syrup, melted chocolate and baking powder and stir to combine. You’ll have a really runny mixture. Lastly, fold in the chopped almonds if you’re using them.
5. Spoon this mix into a lined brownie tin – ideal size would be a 6″x 6″ small tin. Bake for 25 minutes until crisp and firm on top. Don’t worry if they don’t seem totally set when you remove from the oven, the brownies will get firmer as they cool.
6. Allow to cool before cutting.

Thanks to Vicky at The Flourishing Pantry for co-creation.

 

27
Sep

Tesco Taste Festival Triump!

Free’ist recently attended the Tesco Taste Festival which took place at Custom House Sq, Belfast and it was a fantastic success! People were loving the taste of our Sugar Free/No Added Sugar & Gluten Free Products, with many people coming back to visit our stand for some extra helpings and couldn’t believe we had such a big range which included a variety of chocolate bars, popcorns, cookies, tea biscuits and marshmallows!

Below are some of the photos from the show –

05
Sep

Tesco Taste Festival NI 22-24th Sep 2017

Join us at the annual Tesco Taste Festival held at Belfast’s Custom House Square to celebrate Northern Irelands food and drink  industry on the 22nd – 24th September . The event, now its ninth year,  is predicting to see a bigger crowd than ever before, expecting to reach 20,000 people.

The festival showcases some of Northern Irelands top food and drink producers and suppliers in the Northern Ireland retail market.

Established as the most successful free to enter food festival, the three day events promises to be a fantastic weekend made up of tasting sessions, cooking tips and demonstrations using top local produce.

The Free’ist team will be there with our range of Sugar Free/No Added Sugar and Gluten Free snacks for you try out – they’re Freelicious!

We hope to see you and your family enjoying the amazing food and drink that  NI has to offer!

For more info visit the Tesco Taste Northern Ireland Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/tastenorthernireland/

 

07
Aug

Sugar Debate – The Unsweetened Facts

 The sugar debate continues to be a hot topic when it comes to our health and so it should be. Our main problem is over consumption, many of us indulge in sugary snacks without even noticing the amount of sugar in them. It seems that we’re consumed with a sugar addiction – or at least a very bad habit.

Diets high in added sugar are linked with insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, diabetes and obesity, all related to heart disease. In our view, consumers are growing more conscious of hidden sugars and its dangers regarding weight gain, tooth decay and increased risk of diabetes. This has now been publicly highlighted in the NHS Public Health Report findings – In 2014, 58% of women and 65% of men were overweight or obese. In addition, Mintel reports that since 1996, the number of UK diabetics has more than doubled from 1.4m to 2.9m and is estimated to rise to 4m by 2025.

Following these findings, Government announced last year that as of April 2018 sugar-filled soft drinks will see a tax hike to combat these problems.

 For parents, these statistics can be shocking and as responsible adults, how do we cut down our children’s sugar intake especially when we must give in to their non-negotiable snack demands?

Do Not Fear – Sugar Free Alternatives are here

Within the past few years, there has been growing demand for more sugar free products as consumers are increasingly after more choice. Sugar Free snacks are a great alternative if you can’t face going cold turkey on tasty treats, which is no way to live!

The Free’ist aim is to help you, the consumer, reduce your sugar intake whilst still being able to indulge in tasty treats without feeling “the guilt”. It’s a Win/Win!

Here at Free’ist, we have a wide selection of tasty treats including chocolate bars, cookies, popcorn, biscuits and marshmallows – all SCRUMPTIOUS and SUGAR-FREE/ NO ADDED SUGAR!

 

 

28
Jun

Free’ist Sponsoring Health Blog Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce we are sponsoring the celebration of the ever-growing community of health bloggers.

We are sponsoring the “Free-From/Illness Recovery Blog” category – a health blog with dairy-free/gluten-free recipes, or a journey of illness recovery. With the awards being co-founded by “That Protein” & “Health Bloggers Community”, the event promotes health and wellness importance with other categories including Best “Fitness Blog” & “Science and Nutrition Blog”.

The event takes place in London on the 21st September with the shortlisted entries below:

To attend the Health Blog Awards Ceremony, click here!

 

24
Jan

Free’ist Born to Run Gosford 5K/10K

The sixth race in the Belfast Telegraph’s Born to Run event- Run Forest Run, was held in Gosford Forest Park on the 21st January.

Free’ist once again sponsored the event by providing finish line fuel with our scrumptious no added sugar wafer bars! Well done to all the runners who took part, it was a great turn out and another brilliant event.

Find out where the next race is here and get involved!

16
Jan

Free’ist teams up with Sugarwise!

sugarwise.org is a large company with the objective of increasing attention, educating and giving people options on sugar in their food and drink, and Free’ist is the first Irish snack company to join them! Moving forward the free from food company will now use the Sugarwise Kitemark certification, which will show consumers that their wide range products are fully certified as sugar free/low in sugar.

“The decision to join Sugarwise is a further demonstration of our commitment to products which are free from sugar. Our products were rigorously tested to ensure they met the Sugarwise requirements for certification” said the managing director of Free’ist, Gerard McAdorey.

Despite the fact that Free’ist products are free from sugar, evidence would suggest that customers find it difficult to find any difference in taste from other snacks!

“Most people wouldn’t even believe it were possible, but they taste exactly the same! The Sugarwise logo is a great way for these amazing products to get themselves noticed on shelf, and we are delighted that Free’ist have joined us in our mission”, said Sugarwise founder, Rend Platings.

Based on the World Health Organisation’s guidelines on sugar consumption, of which generally no more than 5% of our daily calories should come from free sugars, the Sugarwise certification is awarded to firms which produce products which meet these standards.

 

11
Jan

Protein cookies made by customers using free’ist!

Protein cookies made by one of our customers Louise Kerriganfit look delicious! Minimal ingredients used, 5 minutes in the oven and topped with with our sugar-free white chocolate.

Ingredients – 30g whey, 5g baking powder, 10g cocoa powder, 30g vitafiber and some water.

Send us pictures of your recipes on our instagram page @freeist_sugar_free!