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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Vanilla Buckwheat Breakfast Pudding

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Lately life has been so busy, I have been doing an intensive course at uni, trying to prepare to move out to go on uni placement, keeping up at the gym and then working on the weekends as well! Sometimes life just gets so busy you run out of time to prepare food and find yourself having to eat on the run. This is definitely true for me at breakfast at the moment. Rather than buying something on the way to uni to eat I have been soaking a big batch of this buckwheat pudding on Sunday night so that its ready to eat in the morning.

The beauty of this recipe is that it takes no time to prepare, just stir up all the ingredients plus it will last in the fridge all week. Once the mix is all soaked in you can divide it between jars or containers and top with fruit and yoghurt all ready for the next morning.

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Zucchini and cinnamon baked oats

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Anyone who has ever grown zucchini at home will know how devious they are. One minute they are small and cute and then you turn your back and they morph into giant monster zucchinis that you have no idea what to do with. It’s lucky that zucchinis are such a versatile vegetable, you can make them into noodles, fritters, savoury slice or even hide them in chocolate cake. One of my favourite things to do with zucchini is grate them into my morning oats and cook until creamy to make “zoats”. Recently we picked some giant zucchinis and I hadn’t made baked oats in a while so it was only natural that I make these into baked zoats too.

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Banana fudge overnight oats

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I hate ever having to skip breakfast, but sometimes its just too hard to get a bowl of cooked oats together in the morning when time isn’t on your side (especially if you’re cooking rolled oats from scratch!). ‘ why I love overnight oats so much. All you have to do is soak your oats the night before in your favourite milk and whatever flavourings and then in the morning you can either heat them up as an instant porridge or eat it cold like a bircher muesli. They can even be made in a jar so they are all ready to grab and go in the morning. No excuses not to eat breakfast here.

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Apricot and coconut protein balls

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Every year at christmas Mum makes her apricot and coconut balls, in fact they were one of the first things I learnt to make as a child, a great recipe for sticky fingers! Mum’s recipe requires crushed sweet biscuits, dried apricots, coconut and lots and lots of super sweet condensed milk and while the balls are delicious they are best left for christmas time. I wanted to take the traditional apricot ball and make it into a healthier snack for any day, still keeping the flavour in.

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Breakfast banana smoothie

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Smoothies make great easy breakfasts for on the go,  but sometimes they just don’t measure up. Like when its 10am and you’re hungry again and dreaming of lunch already or when its so full of fruit it would have been quicker to neck a juice.

This smoothie is different, it has enough protein to keep you satisfied for a long time, complex carbs in the form of banana and oats for energy and enough fibre from the flax to keep the blood sugar levels steady.  You can mix up the fruit a little too, add in some blueberries or a little mango to keep it interesting. My favourite addition to make this the complete breakfast is to add a shot of coffee. Amazing.

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The Best raw chocolate recipe

I always wanted to be able to make chocolate myself at home, imagine that, never running out of  chocolate again! These raw chocolates are almost as good as the real thing (if not possibly better) and are perfect if you are a Pana chocolate lover like myself. Its expensive to buy the cacao butter but definitely worth it if you can afford to splurge (and ends up cheaper in the end than always buying raw  Pana chocolate from the shops).

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Mango and coconut baked oats

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Another Baked oats recipe from the archives, this one is just a (pretty decent sized) serving for one. I love it when mangoes first come into season, not only do they become affordable and taste amazing (frozen just isnt the same) but it also signals that summer is not only coming but very nearly here. It gets even better when mangoes get really cheap and you can pick up a whole box for under $20. Thats when the fun begins.

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Cauliflower and Zucchini soup with chickpea croutons

In winter I love to make up a massive batch of soup to keep in the fridge to eat throughout the week. They are so easy to make, just put in a pot and let simmer away. I love soups to have heaps of veggies in them as well as a bit of spice with things like ginger for added immunity, this one doesn’t disappoint.

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