badass banana bread

girl loves a good alliteration… and banana bread. mostly, banana bread.

but what i love most? baked treats that don’t send my blood sugar levels sky high, only to come crashing down harder than my hopes of that guy i liked ever calling me back.

but i digress. this dessert (or breakfast if you’re me on a monday) is full of the good stuff. protein, fats, fibre and antioxidants. too good to be true? nope. and i’ll let you in on the secret.

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ingredients

1 1/4 cups GF plain flour

2 tsp GF baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2/3 cup LSA meal

1/3 cup desiccated coconut

2 free range organic eggs

1/2 cup good quality oil

3/4 your choice of nut mylk

1/4 organic honey

1 cup mashed banana

125gm your choice of berries

1 tablespoon chia seeds

method

pre-heat oven to 180 degrees (10 degrees less for FF) and line a loaf pan with baking paper. sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl then stir in the LSA and coconut.

whisk the eggs, oil , mylk and honey in a jug then add the banana. stir into the flour mixture until just combined. stir in the berries gently (fun fact, if you coat them in a little flour they don’t tend to sink as much).

spoon into the pan and sprinkle with chia seeds. cook for around 45 minutes. it should be golden brown with a nice crust on the outside. use a skewer if you’re an amateur.

if you have left over mixture like me, make a baby cake that you’ll pretend to share with someone but really just eat the whole thing yourself… what?

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eat well, homies.

cara x

veg out, vegan style

you know all those lame things you’ve heard about vegan food being boring and tasting like cardboard? well, those are merely the cries of the uninitiated because not only is vegan food delicious, it is simple to whip up a feast for all your friends.

and on that note, here we go…

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cauliflower and parsnip soup

1x whole cauliflower (break into florets)

2x parsnips, chopped finely

2x vegetable stock cubes

1x onion, chopped finely

2x garlic cloves, chopped finely

600ml water

cracked pepper

1 tablespoon of wholegrain mustard

method

cook off the onion and garlic in some olive oil and then add cauliflower and parsnip until slightly browned. dissolve the stock cubes in hot water (should just cover the vegetables) and add to pot. crack some pepper over the top and turn up until it starts to boil, then let it simmer until the vegetables are soft. let it cool slightly and the use a bamix/stick blender to until it reaches a delicious puree-like consistency. stir through the mustard and serve!

but wait, there’s more…

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banana brownies

3x medium, overripe bananas

1/2 cup nut butter (i used peanut butter, coz yum)

1/3 cup cacao

handful of cacao nibs

method

preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. smoosh the bananas and combine with nut butter (you can heat it, if it’s a little claggy). stir through the cacao and cacao nibs and pop into a lined loaf tin. cook for about 15 minutes. brownies should still be fudgy. serve with a little raspberry coulis and voila!

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add a tipple of organic red wine (makes the morning after, a little easier on the noggin’) and you have yourself a beautiful night in.

any old school recipes you’re dying to eat but wanna make a little more wholesome? hit me up in the comments and i’ll see what i can do.

cara x

lentil lasagne

 

just like children, my dad requires some innovation when it comes to meat-free recipes. classic country man, that he is. luckily, this recipe hits all the right spots; heaps of vegetables make it nutrient rich but it still tastes just as naughty as nonna’s.

without further ado…

ingredients

2x grated zucchini

2x grated carrot

1x tinned tomatoes (or if you have cherry tomatoes coming out of your ears… two birds, one stone)

3x garlic cloves

1x tub of ricotta

1x tin organic lentils

1x leek or onion

splash of balsamic vinegar

splash of red wine

sprinkling of cheese

cracked pepper (to taste)

lasagne sheets (fresh is best)

method

preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

cook off leek/onion in olive oil. add tomatoes, balsamic and red wine and allow to cook down.

grate all your vegies and rinse lentils. squeeze excess moisture from the zucchini. add to the tomato mixture and cook for about 10 minutes or until nice and saucy.

chuck in the pepper as well.

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layer the sauce, pasta sheets, ricotta until the casserole dish is pretty much full then sprinkle with cheese and bake for approximately 30 minutes.

ta da. so easy. so delicious. serve with pear and walnut salad and a glass (bottle?) of red, if you wanna be fancy.

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cheers,

cara x

box of bliss

it’s thursday. oh, happy days. one day until the weekend and all that.

but what makes THIS thursday extra special?

a very unexpected care package from carman’s muesli… for reference, nothing gets me going like a box of bliss balls.

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jam-packed with all the good stuff, these superfood bites are gluten-free, dairy-free and naturally sweetened with fruit.

they’re a natural pick-me-up to combat the dreaded 330itis. and with three different flavours, everyone should be able to find a healthy alternative to those left over easter eggs.

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so do yourself a favour and grab some next time you’re at the supermarket. this nutritionist (in training) approves 😉

cara x

 

 

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apple pie. how clever am i? that, or i’m just really running out of cool titles…

anyway, here’s my recipe for a super tasty treat that is gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free but definitely not taste free!

base

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

2 cups of dates

(measurements are not accurate, just use a food processor until you can mold it into a cup-like form using a muffin tray. also, make sure you use baking paper otherwise they’ll get stuck).

filling

4-5 organic apples

chai masala spice mix

dash of water

(stew the apples with lid on until soft, then take the lid off towards the end to allow the apples to caramelise in the sauce).

that’s it. stick your base in the fridge and after 2-3 hours, pop some apples on top.

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delish and nutrish. eat up!

cara x

basic bitch brownies

it’s 930pm. i don’t have any flour. and i’ve got the munchies… what’s a girl to do?

thankfully, arman from @the big man’s world, was waiting in the wings, ready to help.

so, without further ado. here it is. 3 ingredient, super simple brownies with no butter, flour, grains or sugar.

ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (with a pinch of cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup drippy almond butter (i did half/half with peanut butter for some extra crunch)
  • 1/4- 2/3 cup raw cacao powder

instructions

  • preheat the oven to 170 degrees and coat a small loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • in a large mixing bowl, add your applesauce and nut butter and mix well. once mixed, add cacao and mix until fully incorporated and a thick, silky batter remains.
  • transfer brownie batter to pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out just clean (be careful not to overcook!).
  • allow the brownies to cool in the pan completely. then once cooled, refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  • remove from the fridge, slice into bars and top with optional extras (raspberries, ganache or whatever takes your fancy).

Notes:

  • brownies need to be kept refrigerated but are also freezer friendly.
  • cooking time can vary, depending on your oven.

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ta da! you’ve just made yourself a delicious treat that is full of protein, antioxidants and general awesomeness. let me know how it goes by hitting me up in the comments.
cara x