Cherry choc ice cream

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For me, the arrival of cherry season always signals that Christmas is coming. It wouldn’t be an Australian Christmas without a big bowl of fresh, crisp red cherries on the table.

We are lucky enough to be able to grow our own cherries which means we always have heaps extra to eat, cook and give away during December. I wanted to create an ice cream with cherries and chocolate  that was a little bit healthier but still smooth and creamy and that was dairy and egg free so everyone could enjoy it.

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Citrus, almond and ricotta cake (sugar free)

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Sugar free cake sounds kind of terrible doesn’t it? It conjures up ideas of bran laden bricks of cake made by crazy hippies don’t you think? I know I have made some pretty terrible ones in the past as I pursued the idea of the perfect healthy cake.

I have some good news though, this one is amazing. You have the tanginess from the citrus, the crumbliness from the almond meal and the lovely moistness from the ricotta, and a secret weapon. Nativa. Natvia is a brand of stevia made especially for baking (so it won’t turn bitter or lose its sweetness) that you can use cup for cup for sugar. I’m definitely a fan and once you have tried this cake I’m sure you will be too.

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Raw Bounty Bars

Who doesn’t love the old old childhood favourite, the bounty bar? This choccy treat gets a makeover using just a few ingredients and a whole lot of coconut. All you need to do is mix up the filling, freeze into shape then dip into a luscious and smooth homemade dark chocolate. Slightly messy, definitely delicious and deceptively easy to make. …

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Fig, Walnut and Zucchini Muffins

Anyone who has ever grown zucchini themselves will know just how quick zucchini’s grow and how they can easily get lost in the undergrowth only to be found days later when they have become absolutely huge! growing up, mum would always use up these mega zucchinis in a chocolate and zucchini cake, a super sneaky way to hide extra veggies.

I have decided to give the old zucchini cake and upgrade into some healthy (almost carrot cake like) muffins with a little bit of spice and a whole lot of dried figs and walnuts.  These gems are lovely and moist thanks to the zucchini and can be made suitable for vegans too. Beware though, these disappear quickly!

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Apple and cashew Baked oats

Got people coming over for breakfast/brunch or just want to impress your family? This one if for you. These apple baked oats are so easy to make but are transformed into an elegant breakfast using thin apple slices in the shape of a rose to decorate. Whats more, if your guests aren’t impressed by your presentation they will be by the taste, sort of like a soft apple and cinnamon cake. Serve with some thick greek yoghurt (or coconut yoghurt) and a drizzle of maple syrup and honey to make this dish shine.

 

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Strawberry and Banana Baked Oats

The other day we picked up a giant 3kg box of seconds strawberries from the local strawberry farm. They were so sweet and delicious they nearly didn’t make it into the jam they were destined for, but we managed to have some leftover to make baked oats with.

If you have never tried baked oats before then you definitely should start with this one while strawberries are in season and at their best. Baked oats have become a sort of Sunday morning tradition in my house, all you have to do is mix everything up the night before then add baking powder in the morning and bake. Too Easy.  If you forget, you can also do it in the morning and just leave to soak for a few minutes before baking.

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Best-ever Banana Bread

Who doesn’t love banana bread? Served toasted with a little butter or maple syrup or eaten fresh from the love, it’s kind of hard to resist and you can buy it on the go at most cafes too. But can I share a secret with you? The banana bread you buy in cafes isn’t actually banana bread… it’s banana cake in disguise. Everyone associates banana bread with being a healthy snack choice but in truth it has so much refined sugar, oil and white flour it might as well be cake.

I wanted to create a banana bread that was healthy enough to have for a snack or breakfast but also tasted as good as the original and thats how this banana bread was born, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. …

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