Banana, Fig and Coconut granola

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This granola smells absolutely amazing, I made up a huge batch a few days ago. The fragrant (almost banana bread-like) smell wafted out of the oven and all through the house. It was enough to bring my housemates out of hibernation and come out of their rooms looking for the source of this deliciousness.

This is a similar recipe to my Caramel and Fig granola, it is not as sweet and uses mashed banana and a little bit of coconut oil to keep everything together rather than using a sweetener. It is also nut free so suitable for those with allergies or if you want to send it with kids to school. …

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Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

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Spending a bit of time in the kitchen means that I definitely have those epic recipe fails,especially when trying to make recipes healthier, pancakes don’t set, biscuits burn and sugar-free cake turns out bland and rubbery. Others you get right but have to spend a while perfecting. But this recipe wasn’t either one of those, it was one of those freak recipes that come along and somehow manage to turn out perfect first go. I’m not saying its never going to change, most of my recipes get adapted somewhere along the line but for now I am more than happy. Who knew healthy brownies could be so good. Just to be sure I tested them on my housemates and friends (anyone else want to be my guinea pig?) and they agreed these were pretty awesome.

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Chilled Earl Grey Chocolate Custard pots

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When you think about great flavour matches, what comes to mind? Strawberries and cream, lime and coconut, chocolate and mint, rum and raisin, peanut butter and just about anything… I want to introduce a new flavour pairing, chocolate and earl grey tea. It sounds a bit weird right? I must admit I was a bit skeptical about if it would work or not. Amazingly the floral notes from the earl grey tea give a whole new depth of flavour to the silky, dark chocolate custard and turns it into quite a sophisticated dessert. Admittedly, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea (pardon the pun) especially if you aren’t a fan of earl grey when it comes to your morning cuppa but if you’re up for something new this one is definitely for you.

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Tangy Lime Raw Cheesecake

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Who doesn’t love cheesecake? Especially when its raw and sugar free (and doesn’t actually contain any cheese!). I actually love raw cheesecakes way more than the traditional version, they are not as sickly sweet and rich but are still satisfyingly sweet and creamy.

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Roast summer vegetable, pesto and quinoa salad (My go-to make ahead lunch)

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This substantial salad is my go-to meal when I’m out of inspiration about what to make for lunch for the week. It doesn’t take too much effort to make up and you can make a big enough salad to last you the whole week or keep it small enough for only a few serves.

I’m not entirely sure you can call this a recipe, its one of those dishes that is always changing depending on what is available at the time. I love using roasted pumpkin (because really, what is better than roast pumpkin?) but you can also vary it up with sweet potato, eggplant or capsicum, anything really. I have also used roasted patty pan squash, we always have a glut of them in summer time and they turn deliciously sweet and golden when roasted with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt (seriously, you will never think of squash the same way again). The pesto dressing is a winner and makes the whole dish really flavour filled, it even has the boyfriend seal of approval.

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Lemon, Strawberry and Peach Muffins

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Soft, fluffy and easy to transport and eat, who doesn’t love a good muffin? However, most of the muffins you buy from cafe’s/supermarkets or bakeries are made from premixes which are full of hydrogenated fats, preservatives, artificial flavours and highly refined ingredients. I always make my own cakes at home and would rarely buy anything out, that way you know exactly what you are eating and can play around with any flavours you have on hand. Here I have chosen to forego the highly refined white flour and sugar and filled these muffins with fruit to keep them moist and add sweetness.

These strawberry, peach and lemon muffins came about because we had heaps of very ripe strawberries and a half eaten tin of peaches in the fridge that were begging to be used up. You can experiment with almost any fruit you like or keep to the original.

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