A couple of sweets

There are several ways to stay in a good state of mind and to keep one’s spirits up despite the circumstances. To begin with, staying at home may seem really boring, but we are showing the world that this is not dampening our will to do things and have a good time. One of the activities that has become more popular is getting down to some cooking and discovering our untapped culinary passion. That’s why we’ve decided to bring you these delicious recipes so you don’t run out of ideas: here are two great desserts to reward yourself with a little sweetness and happiness whenever you feel like it. Afterall, who doesn’t enjoy a sweet?


At Havaianas, we have already told you at some point about the wonders of the açai berry, that powerful purifying antioxidant that comes from Brazil which is now known as the “fruit of life” thanks to all the goodness it provides. These berries can be consumed in several ways, but as the warmer days are nearly upon us, here is how to enjoy them as an ice-cream.
Here goes the recipe

Ingredients:
1 tin of coconut milk
1/4 cup of soy milk
1/4 cup of honey
3/4 cup of cashew nuts
1 packet of açai powder
2 frozen ripe bananas
½ teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Preparation:

Step 1: Mix the coconut milk and honey in a pan. Heat gently to blend them together then add soy milk. Allow to cool down.

Step 2: Pour the content into a blender and add the rest of the ingredients. The frozen bananas should be torn into bits to help create to right texture. Blend everything at moderate speed for around 30 seconds and pour in a container and place in the freezer for 3 to 4 hours.

Step 3: To serve, use an ice-cream scoop to place the desired quantity in a bowl. You can add your favourite toppings: strawberries, blackberries, cereal or mint leaves.

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Also from Brazil, here is the recipe for brigadeiros, one of the country’s most popular and delicious desserts. These little chocolate-sprinkled balls have a surprisingly intense flavour which the most sweet-toothed among you will just love. For this occasion, because it is nice to add a bit of colour to our lives these days, you can decorate them as you like: we give you a few different ideas further down.
Here is the recipe!


Ingredients:
1 small tin (395g) of sweet condensed milk 
1 tablespoon of butter (45g)
3 tablespoons of cocoa powder (75g)
Chocolate sprinkles, or hundreds & thousands, or grated coconut. Whatever you prefer!

Preparation:
Step 1: Pour the sweet condensed milk into a pan which you put on low heat, add the cocoa powder through a sieve in order avoid lumps. When it is all mixed in, add the butter and let it melt. Mix everything together with a whisk and loads of patience, for around 10-20 minutes, until it thickens and the mixture no longer sticks to the edges of the pan.
Step 2: Butter a flat smooth clean surface to avoid the mixture from sticking and spread the mixture out so that it can cool down. Once this has happened, using a spoon which you wet, separate small portions in order to make little balls with them. 
Step 3: Then roll these little balls in chocolate sprinkles or the topping of your choice and place them individually in a mini baking paper cup liner. Finally, … simply dive in and enjoy! 
 

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