Seed butter bars

I am a big fan of snacking …. I am so active that 3 meals a day doesn’t work for me. I get shaky and hungry (and maybe a teensy bit cranky!). So I always make sure that I have healthy snacks readily available.

I love my bliss balls (especially the chocolate and salted caramel) and bliss bars, but I have been trying to teach myself to not always reach for sweet tasting stuff. These bars are based on my Choc Bliss Bars … just not chocolate and not so sweet πŸ˜‰ They are fabulous source of fibre (great prebiotics for your gut health), nutrient dense carbohydrates, amazing plant based fats and even a good dose of protein. The mild sweetness comes from dates, but you’re only getting 1/3 of a date per bar, so they are working more as a binder than a sweetener.

  • 1 cup sunflower seed butterΒ (or nut butter if your diet allows)
  • 8 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1.5 cup rolled oats
  • 90g pepitas
  • 20g flax seeds
  • 20g hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tbsp water

Place the sunflower seed butter, vanilla and cinnamon in your processor/thermal cooker and start mixing (speed 4). Whilst you are mixing add in the dates, one at a time through the chute at the top. Then continue mixing until the date is finely brown down and evenly distributed through the mix (Up to speed 7, for 8 seconds, scrape down and repeat).

Add in the oats and seeds and process until well combined (Speed 4 for 8 seconds, then to speed 5 for 6 seconds)

The wetness of your mix will be impacted by how runny your seed butter was and how moist your dates were, so if your mixture is not starting to clump together, add in 1 tbsp of water at a time and process again.

Tip into a lined tray (mine is 23cm x 29cm), spread out and firmly and evenly press down the mix.

Place it into the freezer for half an hour before removing and chopping in to bars.


Makes 24 bars, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


Enjoy πŸ™‚

Carrot Cake Pikelets

You might have already guessed …. but we are quite partial to pikelets here.

Pikelets, hotcakes, mini pancakes – whatever you like to call them, they are very popular with most kids and they are a terrific way to pack in a heap of goodies to make for a nutritious and filling snack – or breakfast! They freeze well, are portable and they are easy for little fingers to hold on to when they are learning to feed themselves.

We are enjoying these ones for afternoon tea today. They are a particularly terrific serve of long tasting fibre, with their mild sweetness coming from whole fruits. Hopefully we’ll have some left for lunchboxes!

  • 1 1/4 cup spelt flour (half wholemeal) OR 1 cup GF flour mix plus 1/2 tsp psyllium
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats OR shredded coconut
  • 1.5 tsp GF baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice
  • 1 large carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 small over ripe pear (it needs to be soft to the touch) OR 1/4 cup pear puree
  • 1/2 medium overripe banana
  • 4 medjool dates
  • 1 heaped tsp Sunflower seed butterΒ OR other nut butter

In your blender/processor/bullet/thermal cooker blitz the oats or coconut until they are a fine flour (Speed 9, 8 seconds, repeat if required)

In a large bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients, including the blitzed oats, with a whisk then set aside. (Speed 4, 8 seconds)

In your blender/processor/bullet/thermal cooker place; the carrot, banana, pear, dates, seed butter, vanilla and milk and blitz until very smooth (Speed 4 initially, then build up to speed 7 for 8 seconds, scrape down and use speed 9 for a further 8 seconds, scrape and repeat if required.


Add the wet mix and the dry together and whisk or process until well combined and smooth.


Place a tbsp of the mix into a hot, lightly greased frying pan. It is quite a thick mix, so you’ll need to spread it out with the back of the soon a little bit. Flip over when bubbles appear and cook until both sides are golden brown.


Delicious served warm, on their own, with a little butter of choice or even some more seed/nut butter.


These work well sandwiched together with a little butter as a filling lunchbox snack.

Makes about 15

Enjoy πŸ™‚

Cheesey broccoli damper

Anything ‘bready’ is likely to get the tick of approval here.

They don’t even bat an eyelid any more when the bread is a nontraditional bread colour – you know, like green πŸ˜‰

We have been doing spinach in scrolls for ages, but more recently, we’ve started to add in broccoli too. Broccoli is amazing stuff … here is what a recent BBC food report has to say about the humble broccoli:

“There have been many health claims over the years about broccoli and whether it could be labelled a ‘superfood’ or not, but its nutrient-rich profile does offer some real health benefits. Broccoli is a good source of fibre and protein, and contains iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium as well as the vitamins A, C, E, K and a good array of B vitamins including folic acid”. (Oct 2017)

It’s also thought to improve cardiovascular health and even bone mineral density.Β  Label of ‘superfood’ or not – it’s pretty great stuff!

However …. despite my great love of the tiny trees, both cooked and raw, only 2 of my 4 kiddos likes it. Bummer.

Blended up in thrown in a damper is another story though πŸ˜‰

  • 2 3/4 cup spelt flour (half wholemeal)
  • 3 tsp gf baking powder
  • 1 heaped tsp pink salt flakes
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 heaped tbsp flax seeds
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp dried Italian style herbs
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 100g broccoli florets
  • 75g spinach
  • 225mls water
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

In your blender/bullet/thermal cooker place the seeds, yeast, salt, herbs and baking powder. Process until seeds until they’re fine. (Speed 8, 8 second, scrape down and repeat).

Add in the flour and process until combined (speed 4, 10 seconds). Then set the flour aside.

Now place in the broccoli, spinach, water and vinegar, then blend, blend, blend until it is smooth (speed 8, 8 secs, scrape down Β then speed 10, 10 secs).



Set the wet mix aside and return the flute mix to the processor. Add in the butter and pulse until the butter is evenly distributed – it’ll look a little like bread crumbs.

Add in the wet broccoli mix to the flour whilst processing (speed 4) and bring together to a dough.

Tip on to a floured surface and shape to a disc.


Slash the top into 8 triangles and then place into a preheated 200 C oven for about 25 minutes or until well risen and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.


Serve warm with butter of choice.


This is a great side to have with a yummy soup, or as part of a finger food style lunch … but we often enjoy it just on it’s own!

Slice and butter and tightly wrap any leftovers before freezing – it defrosts well.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

Strawberry ice dream

This delicious dessert is like a cross between ice cream and sorbet.

It’s very refreshing and simple to make, no need for any churning, but you do need to make it several hours in advance.

We used up the last of the strawberries that we had frozen after a very over zealous ‘pick your own’ session at a local farm.

  • 3 cups frozen strawberries
  • 270ml coconut cream (Ayam)
  • 2 tbsp rice malt syrup*
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3 over ripe large bananas

*You can of course use honey or maple syrup if you’d prefer – I choose the rice malt here not because of any mythical ‘sugar free’ properties, but because of its more neutral taste.

In your processor or thermal cooker place the strawberries. Blitz them until they are very finely chopped (almost like crushed ice) speed 4, working up to speed 8 for 10 secs, scrape down and repeat.

Add in the coconut cream, followed by the syrup and vanilla whilst processing (on speed 4), then scrape down and process again.

Add in bananas, one at a time and process until very smooth. (Use speed 6).

Pour into a dish, cover and freeze for at least 6 hours, or over night.


Remove from freezer about 10 minutes before serving so that it is scoopable.


If you’re after an extra special treat you can add some chocolate! We make ours by melting 4 squares of chopped dark chocolate together with 1/2 tsp of tasteless coconut oil, then just drizzle away!


This makes enough for 8-10 serves.

Enjoy πŸ™‚


Carrot and zucchini chocolate cake

Chocolate cake is always welcome in our house, and it is especially welcome in muffin form for lunchboxes. I always try to add some extra goodies in to boost their nutritional value.

The carrots and zucchinis were really cheap at the markets so I decided to have a go at something different to my normal beetroot version.

These are quite a bit lighter in texture and they are very happily scoffed by all of the kids and even the biggest sweet tooth.

  • Small zucchini (approx 200g), chopped
  • Medium carrot (approx 80g), chopped
  • Medium banana, very ripe
  • 100g light tasting oil (melted coconut oil or butter works too)
  • 100ml milk of choice
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 250g spelt flour (half wholemeal)
  • 2 tsp gf baking powder
  • 120g coconut sugar
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp mixed spice

In to your bullet/blender/processor/thermal cooker place the veggies, banana, oil, vanilla, vinegar and milk. Then blitz until it is very smooth. (Start on speed 4 then build up to speed 10 for 8 seconds. Scrape down and use speed 10 for 10 seconds).

Add in the dry ingredients and mix gently until evenly combined (speed 4, 8 secs, then scraps down and repeat if required). If you’re mixing this by hand, whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, pour in the blended wet mix and then fold together.


Spoon into lined muffin tins and place into a pre heated moderate oven for about 16 minutes, or until well risen and the muffins spring back to gentle touch.

Makes about 14-16 and they freeze and defrost well.



Enjoy πŸ™‚

Creamy tropical icy poles

I’ve seen the lovely looking pre-made creamy icy poles in the shop … The ones you buy and freeze at home. But my goodness they’re pricey!

I would have needed to buy 2 packets for the tribe this afternoon so instead I got to work using the delicious goodies we already had at home.

Some cheap mangoes I bought from the markets ($1 each!), the over ripe banana in my fruit bowl and some of the slightly bruised apricots from our tree that we had frozen 2 months ago, plus the left overs of a can of coconut cream that was in the fridge and we had such a winner! Hope you like them too.

  • 250g ripe mango (cheeks of 2 medium)
  • 200g ripe apricots
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 100g coconut cream
  • 1tbsp honey/maple syrup

Blend, blend, blend until it is a very smooth mix.


Pour into moulds …. My advice is to use a funnel!


Freeze for 6 hours or until solid.


Makes 8


Enjoy πŸ™‚

Black Bean Chilli

We have made a conscious effort to reduce our meat consumption recently. And for us that has meant a boost in our bean intake … Good thing we love beans!

This recipe hits all the right marks for us. It is delicious, nutritious, budget friendly, fast and easy to make, fits all of our allergies and it is very filling and satisfying… Even for the biggest carnivore πŸ˜‰

It is even one of those meals, made from regular pantry staples, that you can throw together in the morning and the flavors get even better when you reheat it in the evening. Wins all ’round!

  • 2 x 400g tin black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Approx 300g gold sweet potato, small dice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • medium brown onion, diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced chilli
  • 1 rounded tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 450g pasata
  • 1 cup hot veggie stock

Heat olive oil in a large, heavy based pan.

Add in onion and fry until golden.

Add in the garlic and chilli and fry for a further minutes before adding in dry spices.

Fry for about 2 mins, mixing well, before adding in the sweet potato. Mix well to cover in spice mix and fry for a couple of minutes.

Add black beans, pasata and stock, mix well and bring to a simmer.

Simmer gently for about 15 minutes.

We serve this one over either brown rice or roasted cauliflower and top it with slices of ripe avocado, drizzled with a squeeze of lime juice. Yum!