Blueberry & Vanilla Spelt Scones

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The Winter days have had me feeling more like baking. Maybe it’s because we don’t feel like braving the cold outside, the home comfort of staying warm indoors. Having time at home gives us some spare hours over the weekend to do the things we love in my case baking or maybe just because we feel like turning the kettle on more often to warm our frosty fingers. Whatever the reasons  I’m not complaining I love getting my hands dirty in the kitchen. There is just something so satisfying and homely about baking something from scratch wouldn’t you agree? Continue reading “Blueberry & Vanilla Spelt Scones”

Healthy Choc Chunk Brownies

Hello again, I know it’s been a little while since I’ve posted a recipe my sincere apologies. 2018 has been a challenging year thus far finding the balance of mum and personal life quite demanding let alone time to work on my blog sharing my ideas. It becomes a juggling act that’s for sure.

My love for healthy food hasn’t changed we continue to live a healthy lifestyle even when the weekdays find no time for long hours in the kitchen especially with after school sports/activity commitments every night of the week. The joys of active boys.

Lately my food philosophy has been quick healthy meals and a lot more food prepping. That could mean planning at the start of the week what’s for dinner each night. Making a few extra dinners when I have a free day to freeze for quick no-time for prep nights, and even making double batches so we can eat it for a second time throughout the week (nothing wrong with that). This has helped take the stress out of meal time and keeping us on track with eating nutritious dinners which is so important for my growing, active family and us parents keeping up with them.

I’ll post more about this later on and share some of my go-to meals for mid-week dinners stay tuned..

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For today I wanted to share with you these amazing brownies I made for two reasons. One because my kids love brownies and seriously who doesn’t love an indulgent gooey brownie every now and then. And two, my middle son suffers from very dry skin and acute eczema. With the change of weather now becoming colder and a lot dryer his skin has dried out severely and made him inch and irritable.

You probably asking why don’t you just use some cream and what has this got to do with brownies?  Continue reading “Healthy Choc Chunk Brownies”

Strawberry Jam Coconut Slice

It only feels like the kids just went back to school for term 3 and now we are starting the school holidays again. I don’t know about you but it gets more difficult to keep the kids entertained as the year goes on. On the plus side the weather is warming up so beach and park days are definitely on the agenda and is free bonus.

Here is a old school favourite that I’ve adapted to a refined sugar free recipe and has a gluten free option. Another sweet kids treat without the sugar hit to feed the kids and their friends these holidays.

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Lets Talk About Matcha…

Have you tried Matcha Green Tea? Cooked with it? Or even know what it is?

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This ancient Japanese green tea is an antioxidant powerhouse! This powerful superfood is made from Japanese green tea leaves stone ground into a powder form which makes an even higher amount of health benefits than green tea leaves itself. It supports sustainable energy and weight management, helps control stress levels and boosts immunity which can be helpful in cancer prevention.

Without getting too technical in a nutshell Matcha Green Tea can make you feel more relaxed, vitalise your skin and an overall powerful detox for your body.

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So how do we use it?

There are many ways in which you can include Matcha in your day, easiest way is in your morning smoothies, smoothie bowls, adding it to heated milk to make an evening latte. You can also use it in baking cakes, biscuits, ice-cream and raw desserts.

The first time I’ve experimented in cooking with it I made a raw Matcha Mint Slice and I was definitely pleasantly surprised. It has more of a subtle flavour when mixed in baking but gives this vibrancy of colour that is just divine. The combo with the mint works so well together the possibilities are endless. The Japanese have a lot to say when it comes to health and vitality the figures show for itself. Start enjoying that cup of Matcha Green tea sooner rather than later and you will feel better for it. Makes sure to get an organic high quality ceremonial grade one, which is of highest quality, ask your health specialist at your local health food market for recommendations.

I will be trying a few different recipes with Matcha, some choc Matcha bliss balls may be next!

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Gluten Free Fig & Honey Cake

Fresh figs, Oh how I have missed them, admittedly store-bought are no comparison to my Nonno's homegrown variety but seriously nothing ever is.

I sourced some from my local fruit shop as flying to Sydney might not seem feasible to collect some from his garden though with the price of them in store it was very tempting let me tell you. Not sure if it is just an Italian obsession but these fruits just tantalize the taste buds like no other.

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Perfectly enjoyable on their own, though I did decide why not experiment and make a tea cake with these beauties whilst they are at their best.  We have all used the dried kind before but fresh figs in baking is a whole new ball game, on another level on enjoyment. The sweetness they contribute is perfect when making desserts without added sugar, it gives the sweetness in a natural form. Pairing with another favourable natural sweetener thank god for the bees the purest kind, raw honey of course. They are truly made to go together like mac and cheese, gin and tonic, like bacon and eggs well you get where I am going here.

The cake turned out a treat. I substituted the flours to make it gluten-free and can I just say when I turned it out I was so pleased. This moist teacake  (I hate to use that word but that's the best way to describe it) sweet and delicate, Oh and the  smell of the figs and honey filled the whole kitchen.

I was in fig heaven.

If you are a fig lover this is one cake worth making. Served warm with melted honey drizzled over the top. You can add a dollop of fresh whipped cream or natural yoghurt to top things off.

Enjoy!

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