Sunday, November 23, 2014

Date and Coconut Oat Muffin - vegan breakfast on the run



I'm pretty focused on how wholesome and healthy diet makes me and my family feel and the health benefits that seem to speak for themselves. I will write more about that in another post as it's quite an important subject and the more I look at my life and how I've changed my eating I am finding some interesting little things that have happened and how I instinctively eliminated certain foods and how those changes have affected my health, positive attitude and my happiness. Maintaining a healthy weight has just been a side affect. 


As for these little vegan muffins I made last week, I just love that they are made from wholesome, healthy ingredients that are available at all good supermarkets and for most they are pantry staples making them a quick an easy standby for spur on the moment baking or the need for healthy snack on the go. Grab one of these for breakfast, day time snack at work,lunch boxes, friends or pre and post workout energy replacement. The fact that they are vegan means they are suitable for everyone and there are a few options that turn them into grain free and gluten free treats as well. Something for everyone!! Oh why do I always try to please everyone. It's just me, I love that there's always a healthy option for all the so called convenient crud out there. 5 minutes prepation and 20 minutes in the oven, quicker than heading down to the shop!! so why would you? :-)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Goji, Cranberry and Cacao Granola Crunch



Recently I've been making a point of always having some sort of crunchy baked granola in the pantry. My main man loves to grab a small bowl for a snack, I add it to his Complete Meal Bircher Muesli's and it's a great standby as a quick streusel on muffins or cakes. I've made this one a few times and I love that's it created with low GI ingredients except for the liquid sweetener which is quite minimal and full of goodness. 

From what I've read the low GI ingredients such as the nuts and seeds are said to help lower the GI of the finished product. Plus the addition of cinnamon known to help regulate insulin to help control diabetes to me it's a bit a superfood granola. It's great to create delicious food that satisfies all the senses while feeding and nourishing us as well. Having a  positive and happy attitude when eating must help us to retain the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and amino acids as we digest. Or am just an idealist. Mind over matter, I'm sure it works. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Apricot Protein Cookies - Raw vegan and Paleo fitness treat



I was considering heading down to the beach first thing yesterday morning but it was overcast and drizzling and a little bit cooler that it had been so I decided to create a nice little healthy treat for my man when he gets home next week.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Yumbo Balls! Carrot and Cardamon




Just in case your wondering how I'm going here home alone. Getting a taste of what it's like to be able to think  of me and just me and focus on my dreams and passions and still have enough time to relax, reflect, exercise (which is fun) clean the house and it stays clean (which creates a beautiful environment to live in) laze around on the rug with my little buddies (that's Roxi my dog and Coolie our cat), watch girly movies, take long walks along the beach and just generally switch off when I want to... Well.. mmmm.. IT'S FREAKIN AWESOME! Bit scary  how quickly I've adjusted to this. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Blueberry Coconut Slice - A vegan paleo treat.


  

It's been a busy and emotional week for me but I'm coming good now. My last one finished his final HSC exam 2 on Wednesday and headed off the America with his sister to meet up with their brother (yes my older son.. lol) were they are going to have a holiday together. I am so excited for them and just love the idea of it. What a great thing to do. They have been so excited about it. They will be road tripping the West coast and inland to Vegas and then up to Montana which will be their base. From there they hope to get a good amount of snowboarding in before heading home early December.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fig Newtons a-la healthy! - Grain free, gluten free and vegan.



I remember these biscuit with fondness. I would have to say that they where a pretty close to those shortbread creams when it come to my favorite biscuits. O-o-o-o-o-o.... then they came out with the Kingstons. They where pretty good too. All of these where on my list of 'Don't stop at 1" there was no way in the world that a packet of these would last more that a day when I was around. They would scream and shout at me from the fridge and I would have to do to them.. And devour them with pleasure which I'm know was what they wanted. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Epic Chocolate Caramel Layer Cake - an indulgent grain free, gluten free, dairy free Birthday cake



Epic! Yes this was an epic creation. I spent just about all day Sunday creating and making most of the elements for this cake. It was a real labour of love. It was my daughters 26th Birthday on the Monday and her friends are my favourite's when it comes to enjoying and appreciating my healthy alternative creations for her birthdays. I've been doing them for the girls for at least the last 8 years and it's been a total joy. I always get requests for her 21st birthday cake which unfortunately I just threw together and never wrote down the recipe so I now make sure I measure and note anything that may be a winner. Well blogging has also taught me the importance of keeping track of these things as well. I have at least 4 large note books packed to the brim with recipes I've put together. I'm in the process of putting together my first little eBook which has some of my raw tarts recipes in it. It's just a start, I have soooo many ideas for books that I want to do. I just need to get this one done so I know what I'm doing then I think I will be on a roll. 

I'm also at a very exiting, life changing, scary, sad, emotional and adventurous time in my life. My last child finishes school in just under 2 weeks time then heads overseas for a month to have an amazing holiday with his brother and sister. They are going to road trip America. They will celebrate his 18th birthday, Vegas, the coast, the mountains, snowboarding and just generally being locals for a little while as they have a base in Montana in a country home and a car to use to get them to the snow, the national parks and Costco! haha, I do hope they go and check out Trader Joes for me, I've heard so much about it and would love to know what it's like. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Coconut Sugar Caramel - thick and creamy and OMG delicious!


 

 I just feel like I have to share this amazing caramel sauce with you guys all by itself. Its the same one used in the Vegan Caramel Swirl Ice Cream recipe I did a little while ago. I've made a few batches since then and always seem to have a jug of it in the fridge or pantry. It's thick and creamy and goes with so many things. I've added it to tarts I've done for the eBook, the Epic Chocolate Layer cake I am getting around to posting asap!!! Ice Cream and whatever else you like caramel with! Doesn't include licking it off the spoon! but it is a nice.. not really encouraged!