Friday Night In with Rachel from Noshu + WIN a pack of Noshu Donuts!
I have two words for you. Healthier Donut.
That's gluten, sugar, nut and now dairy free. Ok so maybe a few more words. But you wanted to hear those now didn't you?
I met up with Steve, Rachel's business partner and found out all about the Noshu Donut. I came across them via Facebook. Got to love social media. But knew I had to find out more for you.
So these tasty little morsels contain no sugar. I mean literally no sugar. Hence - Noshu.
Their main ingredients include egg, erythritol (natural sweetener), pumpkin puree, coconut flour and stevia. There's more ingredients than that, but what a great start!
I tried my first Noshu donut after Steve generously gave me one of each to try. I used to adore cinnamon donuts growing up, so obviously I jumped at the chance to try the Caramel Spice first.
I wasn't sure what to expect, as you know, it's hard to match the real thing when it comes to baked goods. But my first bite I was totally surprised. It had a really similar texture, and the taste took me straight back to my cinnamon donut loving days!! Super impressed.
I also tried the Banana and Coconut, and Dark Chocolate and Raspberry, but I still love the Caramel Spice the best.
They do contain soy flour and gums to get close to the traditional texture, so if you're avoiding these then that's their one downfall. Otherwise they have no artificial colours, flavours, sugars, sweeteners or preservatives.
One donut has only 160 calories, the perfect snack size, and it has plenty of my favourite weight loss and hunger busting nutrients - protein, fats and fibre! Plus its got the pumpkin in it (which you can't taste) - absolute bonus!
If you're craving a donut as a treat and you want something that won't blow your health goals out of the water, then a Noshu is for you!
Find out from Rachel how she got started, her awesome advice for living healthy, and where you can find the delicious goods below. Stay tuned for her amazing almond and coconut yoghurt recipe hitting the blog over the next couple of days too!
Happy Friday Night In,
Please tell us a little about yourself…
My name is Rachel Bajada and I am the founder of NOSHU – Australia’s new food brand dedicated to creating products as decadent as they are healthy, all without grains, gluten or sugar. I was born in country Victoria and now live in Sydney where I run our fast growing business, developing innovative new health products.
How did NOSHU come about?
It’s funny how life works, because in my case things have come full circle. When I finished school I started a degree in Food Technology but failed math and physics so I moved into design and communications, working in marketing for most of my career. I spent 3 years living in Paris (also food blogging in the time) between the age of 27 and 30 and in that time travelled extensively and finally met my extended family – which was when I discovered that my relatives both in Australia and abroad were all developing adult onset T2 diabetes. When I moved back to Australia I had recently discovered paleo methodology and the benefits of a low fructose, grain-free diet. Determined to set up my own business on home turf, I recognized the huge gap in the market for sugar-free, gluten free snack foods made without chemicals – that actually taste good! So I put my crafty hand at baking and food science knowledge to work in the kitchen and began creating what is now NOSHU.
The most rewarding part of NOSHU/your job?
By far the most rewarding part of creating NOSHU is the positive feedback from people who are really impacted by certain health issues. One of our biggest fans is a 10 year old girl who has been a coeliac and type 1 diabetic since the age of 2. For her, being able to take a donut to school is life changing. There are also 2 million diabetics in Australia, and for a diabetic, finding a low carb, sugar-free snacks is almost impossible. Up until now most products are loaded with chemical sweeteners and additives. We get emails daily from customers with diabetes that are so excited to be able to eat a donut and know that their blood sugar levels will not rise. Then of course there are so many people now with gluten intolerance or allergies to nuts, dairy, artificial colours and flavours and preservatives…. We cater to all of them and offer something that doesn’t taste like cardboard and is not loaded with additives and refined starches.
What haven’t you done yet that you wish you could?
There are so many things I want to do, I would need three lifetimes to make them all a reality! Eventually I would like to get off the grid for a while and build a beautiful house with my dream kitchen… but I also want space and land to have chooks, pets and a sheep and a goat. Very different to my city dwelling lifestyle at present!
Favourite place in the world?
Sicily. By far the most wonderful place I have been to (don’t get me started on the food) and where I feel most at home and in my element. The exact beach location I love most however, is top secret ;)
If you were a spice, which would you be?
Wow that’s a tough one! I would probably say cardamom… because it’s versatile, subtle and unexpected. You can use it to spice dark chocolate, chai tea and rosewater ice cream, and then it’s amazing in savoury curries and fragrant dishes. It’s that one spice that you can’t quite put your finger on immediately. I just love that.
5 things you can’t live without? Sunshine. Coffee. Love. Hope. Stilettos.
If you could choose to eat anything in the world for your next meal, what would it be? Probably the slow braised beef cheeks with cauliflower puree at Movida!
What was for breakfast? Mid-week I’m not a big breakfast eater, it usually involves some sheep’s milk yoghurt, or my homemade coconut and almond yoghurt (recipe coming soon!) with a handful of nuts and a strong coffee…but on the weekends I eat later so today I had homemade grain-free bread (low carb flaxseed, coconut and almond flour loaf) toasted with fresh buffalo mozzarella, avocado and prosciutto. Yum!
How would you classify your eating style?
I’m a grazer by nature, as I don’t have a huge appetite, so I have to force myself to eat three structured meals per day with minimal snacking, to keep my insulin levels down. My diet is somewhere in-between paleo and keto – moderate protein and very low carb with good, healthy fats. I get my carbs from green vegies, some organic dairy products, and nuts and seeds, but I almost completely avoid fruit and natural sugars such as honey, rice malt syrup etc…. I make salad dressings from macadamia and pure MCT oil and cook with coconut oils.
Your favourite way to stay active?
I don’t do as much cardio these days but I do love the occasional run along the coastline. In an average week I will do a few Ashtanga yoga sessions from home and go to the gym 2-3 times where I lift weights and train on the Powerplate (those machines are a God-send). I live on the 18th floor in my building so I force myself to climb the stairwell instead of taking the lift a few times a week too!
You’re teasing us with images of new items coming soon on the website, what are they and when can we buy them?
Next up will be our NOSHU brownie… all the same health virtues as our donuts, it will be gluten and grain free, made without sugar, very low carb, and dairy free. That list sounds really unsexy but I can guarantee you it will be as decadent and delicious as the real thing – that’s what NOSHU’s all about! We will also be bringing out a new flavour in the donut range, which will most likely be a blood orange and poppy seed donut.
What’s your favourite NOSHU Donut flavour?
I love the dark chocolate and raspberry and then the banana coconut. The banana donut was created as a banana bread substitute, so I love warming the donuts up and the coconut oil and chocolate melts. Totally hits the spot.
Your best advice for living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle?
I believe we are all on a constant journey to achieve balance. We can never be perfect, but every day is a chance to be even more awesome than yesterday.
We all have our good days and our bad days, the important thing is to have consistency and not completely fall off the bandwagon if we mess up a little.
It’s very easy to fall into the trap of being a slave to work and the business of our day-to-day lives and that ultimately means you compromise on taking time to look after yourself. We have to remind ourselves that no matter how busy or stressful life gets, we simply cannot perform and cope well if we are not in good health. Therefore health HAS to come first, then all else will follow.
How can readers find NOSHU?
We have a map link on our website with a list of stockists throughout Australia. If you can’t find a retailer near you, we can send NOSHU anywhere in the country if you order online. But by far the fastest way to get NOSHU near you is to ask your local health foods store or café to start stock NOSHU.
Want to win a pack of Noshu?
Simply head over and like Noshu on Facebook or follow on Instagram @noshufoods, and hashtag any of their pictures or posts with #fridaynightin. Winner will be drawn at random. Goodluck!!