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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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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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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High protein pancakes for one

Who doesn’t love pancakes in the morning? They are great when you have a little extra time on your hands to make something up, although with this recipe they take hardly anytime at all to make thanks to the use of a small bottle blender (the ultimate cheap appliance that you can use everyday, I love mine).

I served these with the first of the season’s apricots, banana, berries  and some tahini. The pancakes are quite sweet already so you don’t really need a syrup I find.

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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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