Oh how I love the sweet things in life! I love cake as much as the next person, and I do love it when I can opt for healthy alternatives when I eat these foods.
Why is this important to me? Because through experience I have learnt that making a few changes in my life for the better, I can make a whole lot of difference to the way I feel….
Why is feeling good important to me? So I have more energy and be a better person, a better mum/wife/friend.
I could go on…why is being a better person important to me? Hmmm….getting deep now….so I can die happy with no regrets! I’ll stop there folks! Make small changes in your life and eat some good cake now and again.
- 3 mashed bananas
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free self raising flour ( I use anything from coconut, buckwheat or tapioca and add 1 1/2 tsp baking soda)
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut milk or water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup crushed walnuts (optional)
- 1/2 sulphite free raisins (optional)
Method (Really easy!!)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease bread pan.
- Mash bananas
- Whisk eggs and add to bananas with water/milk.
- Add flour and all remaining ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes until goldne and firm (but springy to touch at the top).
It’s veggo, it’s high in protein, it’s high in veggie content and it’s super yummy! Winner!
1 cup of dry chickpea, soaked overnight in water o 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, rinsed, drained
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp sweet paprika
60g (2/3 cup) dried crumbs-bread, rice (or sometimes I add quinoa)
2 tablespoons corn flour
2 tblsp chopped fresh parsley
1 egg, lightly whisked
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
125ml (1/2 cup) cooking oil e.g rice bran
Place chickpeas, garlic, lemon rind, coriander, cumin and paprika in a food processor until finely chopped.
In a bowl, add breadcrumbs, flour, parsley and egg. Use a fork to stir until mixture just starts to come together.
Stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
Roll tablespoonfuls of mix into balls. Place on a lined tray. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Heat oil in a heavy-based frying pan over medium heat. Cook one-third of the chickpea balls, turning occasionally, for 4 minutes or until golden brown and heated through.
Place on a plate with paper towel. Repeat with remaining balls.
- Add to salads of your choice or use as fillers or snacks with dips.
All in the slow cooker for 4 hours high or 8 hours slow:
- 3 carrots,
- 3 chopped celery stalks,
- 1 chopped large onion,
- 3 chopped cloves garlic,
- 1chopped large shallot,
- 2 chopped cups dry green lentils (rinsed)
- 8 cups Vegetable stock
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Add in 15 Minutes Before Cooking:
- 1 cup of green leafy veg e.g. silverbeet, spinach or kale,
- 1 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- Pinch Himalayan salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
Want an Anti-inflammatory Immune Boost?
Winter is here and what is not to like a warm drink? Even better if this warm drink is nourishing with anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric and ground ginger! Yum!
Curcumin is the active ingredient responsible for all the he antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and gastrointestinal health properties, which have been linked to the prevention of cancer cell growth and management of inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bowel disease. Also great for helping reducing symptoms of the pesty cold and flu.
Adding to its impressive list of nutritional benefits, turmeric is rich in manganese, zinc, B group vitamins and iron, which can help support a healthy metabolism. Can we call it a superfood yet? Oh yes! As turmeric also acts as an adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt to “stressors” e.g. inflammatory foods, environmental toxins and lack of sleep. While this is by no means a ‘therapeutic’ dose to treat acute and chronic ailments, it certainly is an additive affect to your overall diet and a definite positive step in the right direction towards an anti-inflammatory diet, as oppose to a pro-inflammatory diet.
Bonus: this is actually REALLY easy to make. Nothing fancy shmansy.
Golden Milk RECIPE:
1 cups almond or coconut milk
1 teaspoon raw honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
1. Combine milk, honey, vanilla, turmeric, ginger and cinnamon in a pot.
2. Place over a low heat and whisk until combined.
3. Heat the milk and aromatics until hot.
4. Pour the milk into 2 serving cups and enjoy.
5. Additions: black pepper, vanilla protein powder extra coconut cream
Yeah, these really don’t last long here. I roll and roll and roll….honestly, I can spend a good 20 minutes rolling these suckers! And then they are GONE within minutes!!! I shouldn’t complain, I mean, really, this is my dream, right, to nourish and provide healthy snacks for the next generation 😉 (But honestly-ask anyone-I HATE the rolling part, I just have to remember to go into my “happy space” and put some tunes on). I have also contemplated a “rolling team” and a bit of a production line…the picture here is a “snapshot” fraction of how many of these things I make. But less whinging and talking about how AMAZEBALLS these are!
- They are NUT FREE (Yay-school friendly!)
- They are high in PROTEIN (so ideally you should only need 1 or 2 but try telling owing children that!)
- High in FIBRE
- FREE from refined sugar and dairy (Not gluten as they do contain oats but you could replace with buckwheat or millet)
- They are made with organic Cacao-rich in ANTIOXIDANTS (These fight the badies!)
- Great for lunch boxes or after school snacks
So what’s involved apart from rolling:
- 1/2-3/4 cup of blended oats (or millet/buckwheat if gluten free)
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup coconut flour (coconut blended in blender is fine)
- 1 tablespoon of another seed or seeds e.g. linseed, sesame (optional)
- 1/4 rice malt syrup
- 1/4 coconut oil
- 1 cup of boiling water
- pinch of mineral salt
- extra shredded coconut or cacao to roll your balls in after.
- Melt coconut oil and rice malt syrup in pot.
- Add all dry ingredients and mix. Make sure there is enough oil and taste for sweetness.
- add cup of boiling water and mix.
- Allw to cool and sit for 10-15 minutes
- Roll and go into your “happy space” 😉
Recipe can be doubled and frozen.