I made these a few days ago but didn't plate it up until yesterday and let me tell you... OMG!! they are so good! I wondered about the pancakes and made sure to note in the recipe to remind myself to tell you that they are best consumed as soon as possible after you make them. I didn't have time to take a pic then and I really wanted to make the cream to go with them so I bagged them in a zip lock bag and put them in the fridge. Worked a treat, not as good as when first made but nothing really is except a good stew or curry. They were still awesome. This Mango Jam is the bomb I'm telling you. I still have some mangoes here from the bucket we bought in Townsville so I'm going to make another batch and jar it up. I want to make these for the kids when I get home next weekend.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
I know, I'm on a roll. All this time to myself and a cupboard full of great ingredients for making treats that will last until the main man gets back next week. Here's the other ball I made whilst I was experimenting with Protein Balls a few days ago. I have a really good collection of Protein Powders. This one uses a whey protein isolate which creates a slightly different texture to concentrate. I've also used a few different ingredients in this one but it still has mango in it which has helped to create a beautiful chewy and fudgy texture.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Yesterday was transition day. That's the day when my main man goes back to work and I have to get back into my work. It's always a bit of a blah day. Not usually very constructive although I do achieve a few things.. Like the washing :-) Not a biggy I know but it's something. Especially when you live in a motorhome with no washing machine. We've travelled from Townsville to Cairns since last Saturday and It's just beautiful up here. Townsville unfortunately is just so dry and desolate. It sort of gets depressing after and while. You only have to travel about 2 hours north and the whole landscape just comes to life. Forrest's, green pastures, rain, cool breezes. There's something about tropical lush vegetation that just brings me back to life. I also love being close to the ocean. Where I'm staying now I can ride my bike to the Esplanade, town centre, coffee shops and a large shopping centre. I'm getting pretty good at lugging all of my shopping bags back on the bike. Lucky for me there's a great path I can get on that brings me directly back to my location as I've been known to overload myself a bit and end up being a bit of train wreck trying to stop and start at lights and navigating through narrow passages. I just call it an adventure. I'm also looking forward to Rusty's markets this weekend. It's a 3 day market in the centre of town and it's huge. The freshness and variety is second to none and it's really well priced. I always make sure I drop in Sunday afternoon just before they close as that's the perfect time to pick up mega bargains.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
With Christmas just around the corner why not turn our healthy pre-workout snacks into festive treats. They say we eat with our eyes and these look really cute done up as these little stars. I don't see why we need to compromise our health, happiness and hard work just because it's Christmas. There seems to be this notion that Christmas is all about adding a few kilo's and thats ok. So many people hit the gym and diet to get ready for the onslaught!! What's with that? There are so many healthy alternatives that taste just as good, if not better meaning there's really no excuse for it. Sounds harsh to some but I personally love how healthy food makes me feel so there's no chance of me consuming foods that take away my vitality, energy and sense of contentment and merriment as the case will be. :-)
I've made these up to be a proper pre workout snack, they are relatively low in fat except for the coconut which contain medium chain triglycerides which have been shown to enhance energy and performance add to that high GI carbs for quick release energy plus the energy boosting goodness from my friends at Protein Supplies Australias , Spark Strawberry and Passionfruit all natural pre workout powder. They way I see it these are a perfect snack for Christmas, we all need a little boost of natural energy at that time of year and what better way to get it.
Fig, Strawberry and Passionfruit Spark Pre-Workout Stars
Makes: a lot!!
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup pitted dates
½ cup de stemmed dried figs
½ cup dried coconut
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until fine and sticky.
- Roll the mixture out to about 1 cm in thickness between 2 large sheets of non stick baking paper.
- Using star shaped cookie cutters press out stars. By using different sizes you can create the double star affect by placing one of top of the other then decorate with a small ball.
- Alternatively shape then into bars or balls.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Banana Cakes have to be an all time favourite. Even for those that don't like bananas or fruit for that matter. I've been concentrating on making up treats using natural sweeteners with no processed sugars which I have never used anyway so I suppose what I'm saying is, no coconut sugar. This cake is sweetened entirely with dried fruit and a splash of honey or maple syrup.
I find I often come across people large and small that don't like lumps in their cakes!! Things like dried fruit. Most will do nuts but for some reason they bork at nice juicy dates and sultanas. So to get around that and to maintain the delicious flavour and to keep everyone happy I often make cakes like this one. I also find them very easy as you just keep adding the ingredients to the blender or food processor and tipping it into the bowl. It creates great texture and distributes the flavours really well. It does make the cake quite dense though making it sort of like a fusion fruit cake, banana cake. What ever it is it's delicious and a good staple recipes for using up nice over ripe and gooey bananas. Perfect snack for lunch boxes, snacks and picnics.
Banana Fruit and Nut Loaf
for fussy eaters!
Makes: 1 medium loaf
120 ml rolled oats or almonds for Paleo
120 ml rolled almonds
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup natural sultanas
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 cup dried coconut
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 to 1/3 cup coconut flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
zest from 1 fresh lemon
1 1/2 ripe bananas
2 tbs coconut oil
2 tbs honey or maple syrup
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla paste
3 tbs dried coconut
2 tbs rolled oats or almonds for Paleo
2 tbs honey or rice syrup
2 tbs coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius and line a loaf pan with non stick baking paper
- Add the oats and almonds to a blender or food processor and blend until fine.
- Add the dates and coconut to the same blender or food processor and blend until it is fine but not sticky then add to the ground oats and almonds.
- Add the sultanas, sunflower seeds and walnuts to the same and blend until course then add to the rest of the dry ingredients.
- Throw in the cinnamon, baking powder and zest then stir to until thoroughly combined. You may need to break it up and separate with your finger tips as some of the fruit tends to stick together.
- Add the wet mix ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth then pout into the bowl with the fruit, oats and nut mix then fold through.
- Spoon into the loaf pan and flatten the top with the spoon or spatula.
- Add all of the streusel ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth and thick then spread over the unbaked loaf and place in the preheated oven to bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out dry.
- Allow loaf to cool before slicing and serving.
I added extra coconut to the top before baking.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
This is going to be a quick post. 1. Because I know there’s at least one person out there that wants this recipe and 2. My hubby gets back this afternoon after 2 weeks away. I know I probably won’t get time to do it tomorrow so it’s going up today.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
While on a roll with probiotics I thought I'd share another staple from our little kitchen. I mean't to share this a while ago actually. I've been making sauerkraut for years and have posted a few recipes in the past. My original Sauerkraut recipe and KimKraut are still staples in our house, with all the recent talk about probiotics I thought I should share it again and with the optional additions of turmeric and black pepper that I've added to this ones makes it super special, it's essential to add the pepper as it helps to unleash the goodness of the turmeric.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Here I am in Townsville, living under a Mulberry Tree. Embracing the country air and the heat of Tropical North Queensland.. well maybe we won't call Townsville tropical, it's a bit like Alice Springs at the moment. Very dry and dusty! It's been an week now and be being true to form with my tendencies to be a miser and not go out to buy any extras except essentials which I did on Sunday at the Cotters Markets in Townsville. Love that market by the way. Great produce at fantastic prices. Also had a lovely meet up with a family friend I hadn't seen for years. It was also my first real venture out since we've left where I've had to pack up the van by myself and head off exploring. It was great. I felt so free and not stressed at all. I've taken to this way of life like a duck to water. Just manifesting a bigger van, this one is amazing but I want the shower and toilet to be separate so that i don't have to dry it every time I shower and I really need an oven cos we bought a brand new BBQ on they day we left and guess what?... we've never used it once!! So much for that being my oven. I think I need to learn how to set it up myself.
I'm at least half an hour from town so I tend not to 'duck' in there very much. Even though I can get the van packed up and ready to head off in about 10 minutes I'm just not into shopping. But!! I do love cooking and there's a great team of girls working here at the Townsville Pet Resort so I have people to make morning tea for. As I've mentioned before baking and cooking is my happy place and takes me away from the work I am doing. And so far they seem to be really enjoying the crazy creations I have been putting together. They've been pretty wild but super healthy as I don't have any eggs, flours or sugar. But that's OK because I think we should all be eliminating these things from out daily diet and saving them for 'sometimes' foods.
I woke up the other morning as you do!! at 6am on the dot, no alarm I just seem to do that and ventured out of the van for some morning air. I wanted to make something for the girls and was getting a bit sick of the Mulberries.. maybe I should post some of the recipes I've made with them. There's a huge mango tree right next to it and Clint had mentioned the day before that he thought they'd start ripening in the next week or so. So I headed over to the tree and found some that had fallen onto the ground. They're not fully ripened but I had an idea to do Mango and Lime Muffins and thought to myself well, that could work if I used under ripe mango's instead of adding the lime. (which I didn't have but was going to use lemon zest instead) When not fully ripened they have a little bit of a tang and I thought that if I combine them with some sweetness from dates and honey I could make this work. No eggs or baking flours was my next problem but I came up with a plan for those as well. Remember the Apple and Cinnamon Layer cake that has my psyllium experiment in it from the other day.. it was pretty good and the girls liked it so I was brave and gave it another go.