Chewy Muesli Bars

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My sister and I would always be given a muesli bar to have for morning tea at school, that was the healthy thing back in the day. Now we realise that most shop bought muesli bars are either really high in fat or sugar or both and some have as many kilojoules as a whole meal! (which is fine if you are climbing mountains, not so great if you are a sedentary uni student). I still love a good old muesli bar to take to Uni but these days choose to make my own healthier versions. These are quick and easy to make, I basically just throw in whatever I have in the cupboard at the time meaning no two batches are the same.

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Cauliflower Tabouli

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The old tabouli gets a summer makeover here by replacing the bulgar wheat with grated cauliflower or “cauliflower rice”. It sounds a bit strange to use raw cauliflower in a salad but it is actually delicious for something so simple. Serve this with felafel or your favourite veggie burgers and plenty of hummus. Also good wrapped up in a buckwheat wrap. …

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Breakfast Bliss Balls

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Bliss balls are so good, bliss-full in fact. But most bliss balls are made with heaps of dates or coconut oil and while they are deliciously indulgent, they are better left for dessert rather than a sustaining snack. My friend Tara and I wanted to create a bliss ball that was wholesome and contained lots of protein and complex carbs so that they could be eaten as a good on-the-go snack or even for breakfast. This is the result.

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Strawberries and cream chia pudding

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The simplest and most delicious chia pudding that doesn’t actually contain any cream. This is a great chia pudding to start with if you have never had it before.  All you have to do is soak the chia seeds in enough almond milk and let them do the rest of the work.

I love having chia pudding as an easy snack (take it with you in a jar if you need) or adding oats to it and serving with fruit and yoghurt for breakfast.

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Apple Quinoa Porridge

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I must admit, the first time I tried quinoa porridge, I was not a fan. That was with quinoa flakes and they were nowhere near as good as rolled oats. I then discovered that you can use whole quinoa cooked up with lots of almond milk to make a creamy porridge that doesn’t disappoint. Adding Apple and cinnamon gives it a lovely natural sweetness and makes it taste a little bit like apple pie too. I love to top this with some banana or more apple and tahini to make it complete.

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Veggie and Lentil Dahl

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Dahl is the ultimate dish, its flavoursome, quick and cheap to make and requires minimal effort. Don’t be too intimidated by the seemingly long list of ingredients, you can use whatever spices you happen to have in the cupboard and use up whatever veggies you have sitting in the fridge. I have jazzed mine up a little here using pumpkin, kale, quinoa and fresh turmeric but its all open to interpretation. If you like chilli, add more chilli, add whatever else you like. All you need is some onion, lentils, tinned tomatoes and inspiration.

Sorry about the lack of good photos of this dish but the taste makes up for it I promise!

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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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