10 Healthy Holiday Appetisers

December is by far my favourite month of the year because not only is it the start of Summer here in Australia but also, CHRISTMAS. Give me Will Ferrel dressed as an elf, Michael Bublé, some sticky date pudding, and I am one very happy gal. And what better way to start off the festiveness than by sharing 10 healthy holiday appetisers that I can’t wait to make this season!

Cheesy Spinach Balls by Sweet as Honey

When I said I couldn’t wait to make these recipes, I wasn’t kidding – I’ve already cooked these cheesy spinach balls! Now, I’m not typically a fan of spinach, but I think these need a permanent name change to ‘amazeballs’. They tasted so. damn. good. Plus they contain a whole bunch of spinach so they’re loaded with Vitamin A and K.

Tip: pair this with a homemade tomato sauce because not only will it taste amazing, but the vitamin C from the tomatoes will increase the absorption of iron from the spinach!… View Post

Chocolate Bliss Balls

Recently I have been craving chocolate SO badly; for me it always seems to be something that comes with uni assessment ha! I’m not one to deprive myself of any food, buuuut more often than not I want a chocolate treat that doesn’t come with a sugar rush. So I dug up this old recipe I adapted from a book called ‘The Blender Girl’ by Tess Masters (you should definitely check it out) and I can’t believe I hadn’t made them in forever because they’re actually the best.

What I particularly love about these is that they’re high in fibre and healthy fats, two things which a lot of us don’t get enough of! Oh and if you’re scared about eating healthy fats, you should totally check out these two scientific articles on why they’re so good for your health >> here and here.… View Post

Chai Tea

Things are gettin’ real spicy over here… And by that I mean I may have developed a slight addiction to Chai Tea; homemade chai tea that is, not the pre-packaged stuff that’s a little more sugar than spice. Coincidentally, this past month in one of my classes at uni we’ve been discussing all things spices and how underrated they are! Not to get all science-y on you, and yes that is now a word (according to me), but although gaining clinical evidence (evidence on how it interacts within the human body) can be super tricky, studies in-vitro (studies that have been performed on isolated cells) have shown spices to have lots of amazing bioactive properties…  Basically, things are looking promising, yay! With that said, herbs and spices will be making a regular appearance on my plate, or in this case, mug. So I introduce to you the yummiest and easiest homemade chai tea! … View Post

Traditional Gingerbread Cookies (GF)

‘Cause it’s just not Christmas without gingerbread cookies. Ok so these may not be the healthiest of cookies, but do you know what?! It’s Christmas, so why not! Sometimes food is more than just fuelling the body. Sometimes it’s about the enjoyment, tradition and celebration. I love that this recipe is like the old traditional recipes. Although I admire innovation and creation when it comes to cooking, in my opinion, there’s nothing better than ‘grandma cooking’. And when it comes to gingerbread cookies, I think you just can’t do any better than the traditional recipes. These cookies are such a nice texture and they’re not overly sweet. They can also be made gluten free so easily by just replacing regular plain flour for gluten-free plain flour (in fact, all the cookies in these photos are gluten-free). To decorate I simply drizzled melted white chocolate over the top and added some silver chocolate balls and I think they turned out super cute! Anyways, enough of me rambling. I hope you enjoy these gingerbread cookies! I’m completely obsessed with them. Ingredients 125g butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 & 1/2 tbsp golden syrup 1 egg yolk 2 cups of plain flour pinch of salt 1 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp bicarbonate soda P.S. Feel free to adjust the ratio of spices or add greater quantities for more flavorous cookies. Method Preheat oven to 180oC for and line baking trays with baking paper. Using an electric beater, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and golden syrup and beat thoroughly. Sift in the dry ingredients including the plain flour, bicarbonate soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, into the butter mixture. At this point, you’re probably going to have to get your hands in there. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is about 3mm high. Cut into shapes using a floured cutter and place into the baking trays. Cook for 15 minutes. Cool on trays and decorate whichever way you wish! Then store in airtight containers.     MERRY CHRISTMAS XO

Apricot & Coconut Balls

IT’S CHRISTMAS EVE GUYS! And to celebrate, I’m sharing one of my all time favourite Christmas recipes – apricot  and coconut balls. Now, typically I make them the traditional way, because Christmas only comes once a year and I sure am not depriving myself of creamy apricot goodness, but I do have a slightly healthier alternative for those of you that would prefer it! Apricot & Coconut Balls (Traditional Version) 1/4 cup minced/chopped dried apricots 2/3 cups condensed milk 2 cups desiccated coconut (+ extra for coating) Directions: Mince/chop the dried coconut. Combine all the ingredients. Roll into balls. Coat into desiccated coconut. (Yep, it’s really that easy) Apricot & Coconut Balls 3 cups desiccated coconut 3/4 cups coconut milk 1/2 cup coconut oil 1 tbsp honey 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional) 1/2 cup minced/chopped coconut Directions: Mince/chop the dried coconut. In a saucepan over low heat, combine the coconut milk, coconut oil, honey & vanilla extract. Remove from saucepan and place into a bowl, mixing in the desiccated coconut and chopped apricot. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes. Then, roll into balls. I hope you all enjoy these recipes and have a wonderful Christmas Eve! I’m off to go bake some more Christmas goodies! x