Raspberry, lime and coconut cheesecake slice

 

 

If there is one combination I love its coconut and lime. Add summer raspberries into the mix and you have summer on a plate. This recipe is great because it looks a bit complicated and time consuming but really its super easy, all you need is a food processor or high speed blender.

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The ultimate healthy chocolate fudge brownie – three ways

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Who doesn’t love brownies, super sweet and fudgey they are the ultimate indulgence. Brownies are great to have every once in a while but not to eat regularly (anyone else ever feel slightly nauseous from so much sugar?).

So to satisfy my chocolate brownie craving I have been on the hunt for the ultimate “healthified” chocolate brownie recipe. Some have been great, some ok and some utterly terrible. The criteria: must be lower in sugar and not too high in fat, must be high fibre and not use white flours and above all had to be delicious. And then I found this one.

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Choc fudge cupcakes

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Soft, fluffy, fudgey, chocolatey cupcakes, sounds good right? what if I told you they were lower fat and sugar free? And gluten free too? With choc-chips! And yep and they still taste pretty awesome.

The secret here is using kidney beans. They remove the need for flour and give the cake a lovely moist and fudgey texture. At first when i heard about using kidney beans in cakes I was really weirded out but they work so well, I was definitely converted….

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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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Caramel Fig granola

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Crispy, crunchy, sweet. Who doesn’t love granola? Often the shop bought varieties are full of refined sugar, oils and processed ingredients, more like a crumbly biscuit so its best to make your own at home. It will not only be healthier but also way more delicious as you can add whatever you like to vary the flavours. This fig and caramel granola is my favourite combination yet, with blended dates and mesquite giving a lovely caramel flavour and figs adding in a sweet chewy surprise.

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Choc mint cheesecake

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Let me introduce you to a cheese cake that is going to blow your mind. Are you ready? it doesn’t actually contain any cheese or even any dairy. In fact, this cheesecake is completely free from any animal products so it is vegan friendly and is gluten free too.

Its amazing how soaking and blending cashews turns them into a smooth and creamy cheesecake filling that even the most dedicated cheesecake eaters will love.  …

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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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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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