Sunday, September 30, 2012

Gluten Free Strawberry Muffins

I haven't baked anything for a while, but with the price of Strawberries being so low at the moment it would be madness not to make something yummy with them, I hope you enjoy them as much as we

Get your aprons ready here's what you will need;


1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1 Tbl Sp Arrowroot Flour
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
Pinch Sea Salt
4 Large Free Range Eggs
1/2 Cup Honey
1 Tbl Sp Vanilla Essence
1/2 Cup Chopped Strawberries

Preheat oven to 175C/350F
In a food processor combine Dry ingredients
In a separate Bowl combine wet ingredients
Add wet to dry blend to combine
fold in Strawberries
Add a Heaped Tablespoon to each muffin cup
Bake in oven for about 20 Min's

It doesn't get much easier than that!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Paleo/ Primal Chocolate Pudding/ Mousse

I have been missing in action on here for some time now, but I have been playing and experimenting in the kitchen and have a few more easy fast recipes adapted from old favourites.
I have been craving (and giving into more than usual, OH the Horror!) Chocolate a lot over the last few months and have been looking for something that I can make when a craving hits and will most likely have the ingredients on hand.
This is what I came up with and is actually a great way of using up all the half eaten bananas that my 2 Year Old leaves around the house (that was starting to erk me) I'm sure I am not the first to come up with this but I thought I would share While its not exactly like Mousse or Pudding it really hits the spot for me when I'm craving something a bit naughty!

Here is what you are going to need;
Serves 1

1 Banana mashed smooth with a fork
1 Tbl Spoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tbl Spoon Coconut Oil (in liquid form)
Optional Add ins
Vanilla Essence, Almond Butter, Raisins, Coconut Flakes

Mash the banana as smooth as you can get it with a fork, the riper the banana the better!
If the Coconut is hard melt it in the microwave
Add this to the Banana mixture and continue beating trying to get all the little lumps out
(if you have a mini blender or magic bullet that would be perfect for this, alas I do not)
Add the Cocoa Powder mix until smooth, Don't worry if you can't get it perfectly smooth as the little banana pieces are a little like marshmallow thru it IMO
if you would like to add any of the extras add them in now
pop the pudding in the fridge to firm up a little as the coconut oil hardens again
And enjoy :)
I have plans to try this with mashed pumpkin or avocado but if you would like to try and let me know how you got on, please do!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Week 4 Challenge; Sexy Sleek Arms!

Mum, I could do with a bath, Want to train arms?

This week we are hitting arms, they are a bit of a trouble area for most women, but I have good news for you, they respond well to training and are one of the first areas most people see a change in when they start training.
So what are we going to do? and where are we going to squeeze another few minutes out of your already busy day? Bath time! once the kids are washed there is usually a few minutes when little Johnny is happily splashing away and very content, that's your time you are in the bathroom making sure he is safe so you may as well let him play and gain some lean muscle while you are at it.

So at night when you are bathing the kiddies (or yourself if you don't have any ;) using the edge of the bath perform 3 Sets of 10 Tricep Dips, with either legs straight or knees bent feet flat on the floor. keep your elbow close to your body throughout the movement

The following night sitting on the edge of the bath perform 3 Sets 10 Concentration Curls on each arm, slowly control the movement aiming for about 3 Seconds up and down. I have popped some weights in the bathroom for this purpose, any object that will give resistance will do, hey you could even use your child? ha ha Odette loves it when I make her the weight. But for gods sake use something a bit heavier than soup tins!
Any questions let me know, good luck this week, I know you are going to smash it!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dairy & Egg Free Peanut butter Cookies

I have been meaning to get this recipe up onto the blog for a while, but I keep losing it, so now before it vanishes again here goes! To make them even more mysterious I don't have a picture of the cookies (can you believe it!?!)but I'm posting some of the other gluten free beauties I have made in the past few months cookies are so good its dangerous, they seem to disappear by themselves, so before to you proceed, know you have been warned! ;)
Finding a good dairy and egg free cookie is a little on the difficult side and I have been thru many a disastrous hunt, I was so delighted with these crunchy little babies.
Coconut Slice

1 Cup of Almond Flour (firmly packed)
1/4-1/2 Tsp Salt (depending on the salt content of the brand of peanut butter you use, start small and taste test)
1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Peanut butter (I used the Macro Organic from Woolworths)
1/4 Cup Honey
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Tsp Vanilla
Paleo Plate Trifle, AMAZING!

Preheat oven to 175C/350F
In a small bowl combine the flour, salt and soda, mix well
in a medium bowl combine the Peanut butter, Honey, Oil and Vanilla
combine well with a stick mixer
slowly blend the dry into the wet using the stick mixer
once combined spoon 1Tbsp dollops onto a lined baking tray
Bake for 6-10 mins or until they start to gold on the edges

I hope you enjoy them :)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Gluten Free Ginger & Banana Bread

I have been busy trying lots of new recipes, playing around until I am happy with them, it has been fun changing around meals to suit our needs. Banana Bread took a while to get right, but it was worth the trial and tribulations along the way. Here's What you are going to need;

3 Ripe bananas Mashed
3 Free Range Eggs
1 Tbsp Real Vanilla Essence
1 Tbsp Honey
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
2 Cups (compressed) Almond Meal
1/4 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Crystalized Ginger
Optional add in - Almond Slivers

Pre Heat Oven to 175C/350F
As I was feeling really lazy I did all of this in the blender, by all means if you feel like doing this the old fashioned way do ;)
Add Bananas, Eggs, Vanilla, Honey and Oil to the blender pulsing to combine
Add in the Almond Meal, Salt, Cinnamon and Baking Soda a little at a time until combined
last but not least pulse in the ginger, depending how small you prefer the pieces dictates how long for.
Pour the Batter into a greased loaf tin (mines is 21x10cm) Add the Almond slivers on top, pat them down a little so they don't fly around the kitchen everywhere when you take them back out of the oven.....
Bake for 55-60 mins, mine was in closer to 60 mins and was a little darker than I would like, so keep an eye on it for the last few mins
I hope you enjoy this recipe, Banana Bread was something I quite missed since going Primal (over 6 months ago now, woo!) I Don't know why it took me so long to get around to this, but I'm glad I did.
Don't Forget to show me some "like" on FB so I know you are there and if you try the recipe or have questions let me know, now go get your bake on!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Fluffy Cinnamon Waffles

Finding a good Grain & Dairy Free Waffle recipe worth eating has been a rough road, a lot of them are either too dense or too dusty. Before I went Primal my all time favorite breakfast was Oat Waffles/ Pancakes and one of the reasons I took so long to give up oats if I'm honest!
So for the last few months I have been trying every recipe I coud find, tweaking here and there until now i have a recipe I can say I really love. Don't worry if you don't have a waffle iron theses make beautiful fluffy pancakes also (this is how my mum makes them, if we are nice she might share a picture?)

Heres what you are going to need

4 Free Range Eggs
1 Cup Coconut Cream
1 Tbsp Raw Honey
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Baking Soda
a Pinch of Salt
1/2 Cup of Coconut Flour
1 Tbsp Flax meal or LSA (optional)

Preheat the Waffle iron
Pop All the ingredients into a blender starting with the wet and ending with the Coconut Flour
Blitz until Smooth
Pour into the waffle iron cook until golden brown
top with some fruit and Maple Syrup if you like
or pack up to eat on the run, I haven't actually tried but Im sure you could make in bulk and free in portions for the week, to save some time in the morning rush, ours never last that long!
Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Grain Free Banana Choc Chip Muffins

Children seem to have weeks where they will eat nothing but bananas, so you stock up and then..BAM they won't touch a banana with a ten foot barge pole so the bananas go all spotty and black and get chucked in the bin,
As bananas cost the deficit of some small nations in Australia (not really it just seems that way!) this will just not do in our house. Black bananas are perfect for cooking with they are sweet and soft.
So mash them up mix in with some batter and you have yourself a beautiful healthy morning tea for the kids, who will suddenly love bananas again (Win for Mum!)

Here's what you will need

1/3 Cup Raw Honey
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
6 Eggs
1/2 Cup Coconut flour Sifted (you can buy this at any health food store or at the Weigh 'n Pay )
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1/4 Tsp All Spice
2-3 Ripe Bananas mashed
1/2 Cup Choc Chips (omit for a dairy free version)


Preheat Oven to 175C/350F

Add Oil and Honey to a mixing bowl, pop in the microwave for a few seconds just long enough to melt the oil but not heat it or you will scramble the eggs when hey are added
Mix in the Coconut Flour, Eggs, Vanilla, Cinnamon and Allspice
When the mixture is smooth (this might require some elbow grease or a stick mixer as coconut flour tends to clump)
Stir thru the Mashed banana and Choc Chips
2/3 fill muffin cases and place in the oven for approx. 30 mins or until they spring back when pressed
I hope you enjoy