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

Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Chips

  So, today I had an epiphany… For some reason I always put so much pressure on myself when it comes to my blog recipes. If the recipe isn’t along the lines of ‘cinnamon applesauce oatmeal pancakes sprinkled with home-made wild blueberry syrup containing nectar from an exotic flower found deep within the Amazonian rainforest’, then it’s not worth posting. Yep. Ridiculous, I know. Perhaps after seeing so many inspiring innovative foodies across social media, I felt the pressure to up my game in the recipe department. I suddenly had to invent state-of-the-art meals, when in reality, I don’t typically enjoy making or eating those types of food. I am all about healthy eating being SIMPLE and delicious. So, from now on, I will start sharing more of my easy, nutritious meals with you all to show you that you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to be healthy. I’m sure many of you are new to healthy eating so this will hopefully help you a lot! To start things off, here is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever find ha – Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Chips. Now usually when we think of chips, or even just potatoes in general, our ‘unhealthy’ radar goes off. When in fact, potatoes aren’t unhealthy at all, it’s the way in which they’re deep fried in vegetables oils rich in omega-6 and covered with salt that make them unhealthy. By baking them, however, they retain more nutrients and don’t come with a whole lot of trans fats and sodium. AND they taste just as good – winning at life right there. Oh and if you are someone who has been led to believe that potatoes are unhealthy, let me clear a few things up for you. Potatoes actually have a lot of great qualities. Sweet potato, in particular, is rich in beta-carotene and does wonders for your vision, skin and immune system. So with all that said, there’s no reason as to why these sweet potato chips can’t make a regular appearance on your plate! Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Chips Print Recipe A healthy spin on the beloved potato chip. These are perfect as a snack or a side-dish! Servings Prep Time 1 person 5 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Servings Prep Time 1 person 5 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Chips Print Recipe A healthy spin… View Post

Rock Cakes

  Delicious, easy-to make, good ol’ fashion rock cakes… Except, these ones have had a makeover and are not only a little healthier but contain a good dose of dietary fibre. Yes, they do contain a tiny bit of sugar, but if you have a healthy diet, a little sugar here and there is fine. Plus the fibre content lowers the glycemic index meaning you want get that pesky sugar rush. Win! These are a much healthier alternative to store-bought biscuits and even the fussy-eaters (you know, the ones that refuse to like anything healthy) L-O-V-E them. They can also be made gluten-free and lactose-free! Rock Cakes Print Recipe Servings Prep Time 12 large rock cakes 10 minutes Cook Time 20-25 minutes Servings Prep Time 12 large rock cakes 10 minutes Cook Time 20-25 minutes Rock Cakes Print Recipe Servings Prep Time 12 large rock cakes 10 minutes Cook Time 20-25 minutes Servings Prep Time 12 large rock cakes 10 minutes Cook Time 20-25 minutes Ingredients 2 cups self-raising flour [to make this gluten free, use gluten-free self-raising flour] 1 cup milk If the mixture is too dry still, add more little by little until it’s a sticky dough consistency. [To make lactose-free, use lactose-free milk] 1/3 cup butter 2 eggs 1/3 cup sugar (+ additional for topping if desired) 1/3 cup almond meal 1/3 cup psyllium husk 1/2 cup rice bran cereal OR muesli OR quinoa flakes (I often use a combination of all three) 1/2 cup sultanas 1/2 cup dried apricots, diced 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg Servings: large rock cakes Instructions Pre-heat the oven on a medium heat. Place the self-raising flour into a large bowl and mix in the butter until it is a crumb-like texture. Mix in all other dry ingredients Slowly add in all the wet ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Spray a cooking tray lightly with cooking spray and place some grease-proof baking paper onto it. Spoon the mixture into clumps (approx. the size of your palm) onto the tray. Lightly press down the clumps with a spoon or fork. If desired, sprinkle sugar on top. Place in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy! Recipe Notes This is a really great recipe for experimenting. Feel free to add in other fruit or seeds. I quite often add in chia seeds, but beware, they always get stuck in your teeth ha! TIP:… View Post

Berry Quinoa Porridge

  Good morning everyone! Today I’m sharing with you my current favourite breaky – Berry Quinoa Porridge. This recipe is AMAZING for so many different reasons, here are a few:   – It’s ridiculously easy to make – great for those of you that aren’t morning people and struggle to cook anything other than toast, or for people that have a busy morning schedule. – It’s YUM. – Most importantly, it’s super healthy. It contains complex carbs, micronutrients, and is packed full of fibre and complete protein (protein that contains all 9 essential amino acids). These all do wonders for your body – from helping build new cells to preventing disease to building hormones, enzymes and neurotransmitters. – Because of the high protein and fibre content it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. – It’s so easy to digest. In fact, the fibre helps to improve our digestion. – It’s gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, egg-free and low-FODMAP friendly!   Enjoy! x P.S. Keep an eye out for an Apple & Cinnamon variation coming soon.     Berry Quinoa Porridge Print Recipe CourseBreakfast Servings Prep Time 1 people 5 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Servings Prep Time 1 people 5 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Berry Quinoa Porridge Print Recipe CourseBreakfast Servings Prep Time 1 people 5 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Servings Prep Time 1 people 5 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Ingredients 1/2 cup quinoa (rinsed thoroughly) 1 cups water 1 tsp maple syrup (optional) 1 handful strawberries (cut them into halves/quarters) 1 handful blueberries 1-2 heaped tsp LSA 1 cup milk (dairy, lactose-free, nut or seed) Servings: people Instructions Place the quinoa and water in a saucepan (without lid) and cook on the stove at medium heat, until boiling. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 5-10 minutes (however long it takes for all water to be absorbed). OPTION 1: Once the quinoa is ready, pour in the milk and add in the maple syrup, LSA and berries (if you prefer them warm and soft) and cook for a further 2 minutes. Then place it into a bowl. OPTION 2: Once the quinoa is ready, place it into a bowl, pour in the milk and top with berries (if you prefer them firm), maple syrup and LSA. I made it this way in the photo above! Recipe Notes This is a great recipe for getting creative – add in whatever you… View Post