Boy has it been cold in Melbourne the past few days. We are in the middle of Winter now and the cold and flu are doing their annual spread around to the population. So yesterday I decided to put together a winter wellness soup which has lots of goodies to help beat that nasty cold this season. Or other wise just to help warm your belly. I hope you like it!
Hot cacao is my new go to drink this winter! It is delicious, good for you and most importantly, warms you up. Depending on what you are making this drink in will determine the quantities, so go with your taste.
Muesli bars are a staple item in any kids lunch box or even big kids. But did you know that one muesli bar can contain up to 7 teaspoons of sugar? Healthy they say!!
Grown men should only have 9 teaspoons of sugar per day, so they can have one muesli bar and not much else.
So I wanted to show you how easy and simple making your own muesli bars are for you and your kids.
One bowl is all you need and you can add whatever you want into them, so get the kids involved and have fun making these each week.
Put your hand up if you love a good muffin? Me!!!! But did you know the muffins you buy in your typical cafe are FULL of refined sugar? Not cool.
The other morning I decided to put together my own little creation which is refine sugar free and dairy free for some friends that were coming over for brunch, they were a hit!
I love my bread maker and last week I put a bit of this and that into it to make my own version of a fruit loaf. Store bought fruit loaf is full of sugar and definitely isn't the ideal breakfast item, so I made a healthy version with no refined sugar what so ever.
I had a Christmas in July lunch to attend and my friend asked me to make a veggie dish to bring along, so I decided on this lovely combination of flavours and textures. It is perfect as a side dish for your dinner or even as your lunch. Add some feta or goats cheese to get an extra salty flavour and creamy texture.
Who doesn't love pancakes? Especially on a Sunday morning! This weekend I felt like pancakes and decided to try my own recipe to see what it would turn out like and they were delicious.
Pancake goodness with no guilt attached.
I was out of my healthy snacks this morning so I decided to play around with a recipe and do my own take on it. And yes you read correctly, chocolate and beetroot. This is really a match made in heaven and it works so well, you must try it!
Plus it is flour free, woohoo!
2 cups water (for the quinoa)
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2tbs rice malt syrup
3/4 cup fresh beetroot, grated
3/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup coconut milk
1 1/2tsp baking powder
1/2 baking soda
1tsp vanilla extract
1. Pre-heat your oven to 180o and grease a 12 hole muffin tray or use patty pans which is what I did.
2. Cook the quinoa as per packet instructions (1 cup of uncooked quinoa with 2 cups of water). Allow to cool.
3. Put the coconut milk, eggs, vanilla extract, 2 1/3 cup cooked quinoa (quinoa expands when cooked), coconut oil, beetroot, coconut sugar, rice malt syrup, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cacao into a food processor or blender. Mix until well combined.
4. Put into the oven and bake for 30 minutes, but check at the 20 minute mark to make sure they aren't burning. They are cooked once a skewer inserted comes out clean.
5. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy! Any left overs pop into an air tight container and store in the fridge to keep for a couple of days.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and please let me know if you make it, I would love to hear how it went and what you thought of it.
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