banana berry smoothie bowl

There’s something indulgent but delicious about having a smoothie bowl for breakfast. I absolutely love this combination & could have a variation of it most days for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

INGREDIENTS
2 bananas
1 cup frozen organic berries (berries tend to be highly sprayed crops so I recommend buying organic where possible)
2 tablespoons chia seeds, soaked in 1/4 cup water for 5 minutes
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons cacao (cacao is the raw, unprocessed version of cocoa so contains many more nutrients)
OPTIONAL: 1 tspn cinnamon powder, 1 tspn vanilla powder, flaked almonds to top

METHOD
1. Turn the stove onto low – in a small pan, mix the cacao & coconut oil
2. Once chia seeds have formed a gel, tip bananas, berries & chia seeds into the blender, along with vanilla & cinnamon if you are using it. I use an Omniblend which is great for smoothies. Blend until well combined. I like mine thick but if you prefer it more of a ‘drinkable’ texture, add a little water / coconut water / coconut milk / almond milk.
3. Pour banana berry mixture into a bowl
4. Slowly pour the cacao mix on top – it should set almost immediately into a crunchy ice-magic like sauce
5. EAT!

 

vegan pesto | GF DF

There aren’t many things better than pesto….I used some lovely organic parsley (from Wholefoods House) & freshly picked basil from our garden for a fresh, sour, salty & rich versatile sauce / dressing / dip.

It’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, grain-free.

INGREDIENTS
2 cups parsley & basil, total
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (I use an organic one from Naked Foods)
2 tablespoons pine nuts
juice of half a lemon (you may not need all of it)
zest of half a lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
OPTIONAL – to taste – chilli flakes & salt

METHOD
1.
Throw all ingredients into the blender plus a pinch of salt BUT NOT the lemon juice & olive oil
2. Slowly pour the olive oil in
3. Slowly pour HALF the lemon juice in, then when well combined, taste to see if you want to add more sourness
4. Tip into a bowl – it will make about 1/3 of a cup – perfect to dip sweet potato wedges in, in my opinion

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Kids banana & carrots muffins

I am constantly on the look out for healthy recipes to fill the lunchboxes of my sons. Seeing as they have a combined 25 years (EEK!) of school remaining, it would surely be of benefit to find something easy that they enjoy, & can be popped in the lunchbox.

GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, NUT-FREE, SUGAR-FREE

INGREDIENTS
2 carrots
2 bananas
1 cup brown rice flour (I bought mine from Naked foods in Bondi Junction)
3 organic eggs
2 tbspns coconut oil
1.5 teaspoons vanilla powder (I use Heilala brand)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (more if you prefer)
1 tspn bicarb

METHOD
*Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius
1. Throw carrots, bananas, vanilla & cinnamon in the blender until smooth
2. Pour carrot/banana mix into a mixing bowl.
3. In a separate small bowl, give the eggs a light whisk with a fork for about 10-20 seconds.
4. Pour eggs into carrot/banana mix, then add rice flour & bicarb.
5. Pour into muffin moulds & put in the oven for 25 minutes. They will not brown like muffins containing dairy/gluten, so just pop your finger on top & see if you get any bounce back. Leave a bit longer if required.

I kept them in the fridge & they were fine for Monday to Friday