Lemon, Strawberry and Peach Muffins

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Soft, fluffy and easy to transport and eat, who doesn’t love a good muffin? However, most of the muffins you buy from cafe’s/supermarkets or bakeries are made from premixes which are full of hydrogenated fats, preservatives, artificial flavours and highly refined ingredients. I always make my own cakes at home and would rarely buy anything out, that way you know exactly what you are eating and can play around with any flavours you have on hand. Here I have chosen to forego the highly refined white flour and sugar and filled these muffins with fruit to keep them moist and add sweetness.

These strawberry, peach and lemon muffins came about because we had heaps of very ripe strawberries and a half eaten tin of peaches in the fridge that were begging to be used up. You can experiment with almost any fruit you like or keep to the original.

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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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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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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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