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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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