As you can probably guess from reading my blog, I love making healthier treats that are quick and easy to whip together. I created this Raw Blondie Fudge one afternoon when I was craving something sweet and creamy.
This slice is the perfect Easter treat if you want something chocolatey and sweet that's also good for you! For something a bit different to a standard chocolate egg, this slice has a chewy, protein-boosted berry base, a raw chocolate topping and a little egg on top.
I love a breakfast that you can throw together the night before so it's ready to go in the morning. Overnight 'proats' (protein oats) are one of my favourites because they're easy and delicious and provide a good serve of protein and slow-release carbs.
I’m having a bit of a lychee phase at the moment because they’re one of my favourite fruits and only in season for a limited time. One of my summer rituals is to peel a few after a sweaty workout and revive myself by sucking the juicy flesh off the pips.
These cookies are a deliciously fudgy way to get some protein in after a workout. They're also a great option if you want a chocolatey treat without a sugar crash. They're super simple to make and no baking required!
Lychees have fast become one of my favourite fruits. They’re so sweet and juicy! Their texture is similar to a grape and they mix really well with sour flavours like lemon and lime. In Australia, they’re only in season from November to March so now’s the perfect time to indulge.
Following the festive season (and all of its indulgences), I’m usually in the mood for something clean and green to help me get back on track. This Detox Green Smoothie Bowl is my go-to because it’s low in sugar, packed with green goodness and contains protein and healthy fats to keep me feeling nourished and satisfied.
I think I have a new favourite thing, and that thing is freeze-dried pomegranate arils. They are sweet, sour and fruity all at the same time! Plus it doesn't hurt that they're also packed with antioxidants and minerals. Fresh arils are beautiful, but freeze-dried ones are perfect for adding to desserts like this raw Pomegranate Slice!
Heading into the Christmas period, I’m always on the lookout for delicious desserts that pack a nutrient punch. With all the sugary sweets going around this time of year, sometimes it’s nice to also have a healthier option (which people will never guess is ‘healthy’). These Raw Berry Tarts do the trick!
I was (and probably still am) one of those people who loves to eat cookie mixture out of the bowl before baking it. So naturally, I'm a fan of any sort of cookie dough creation and these protein balls give you a cookie dough fix without the junk!
I've been trying to come up with a baked muesli bar recipe for a while now. I wanted to keep them vegan/egg-free/nut-free (as requested by a few readers) and low in sugar, so many of my attempts ended up way too crumbly. After experimenting with a few different baking processes, I finally ended up with these. The scent of zesty orange when they come out of the oven is so good!
Smoothie bowls have been popping up everywhere for a while now (there's something delicious about a thick smoothie that you can eat with a spoon, topped with sweet and crunchy things). So I thought, why not do a smoothie sundae? Kind of like a healthy soft-serve in a glass that you can top with all of your favourite things!
If you love a creamy fudge but want to skip all the sugar and processed oils, you have to try this. It's so easy to make and perfect to keep in the fridge for when you want a treat! I flavoured this one with a hint of matcha powder and then drizzled it with dark chocolate and cacao nibs for a bit of crunch when you bite in.
The weather has been so cold in Melbourne recently (Spring has definitely not sprung), so I thought it would be fitting to share a porridge recipe. This is a grain-free porridge that I originally developed for the INDAH blog (created by my beautiful friend Teisha). It's perfect for those frosty mornings when you want something a little bit sweet and comforting.
Most of Melbourne is currently watching the footy grand final. It's a pretty big deal in Melbourne, but I don't really follow the AFL so I'm currently on my couch writing up this blog post. In retrospect, I should've put this post up earlier because I reckon this Raw Rocky Road would've been a perfect snack for those watching the game (if you wanted an alternative to the usual chips, party pies and lollies).
If you follow my daily antics on Snapchat, you may have seen these cookies appear in my kitchen over and over again. It took me quite a few tests to get the recipe right - baking with whey protein powder is a challenge because it drys everything out when it's heated - but I got there in the end and love the result!
Lately, I've been testing some new cookie recipes but I've had a couple of failed attempts (no one wants a dry cookie). So what happens to the trays of failed cookies? I find myself faced with three issues: (i) I can't bring myself to waste food by throwing them out; (ii) my partner won't touch them and I'm not about to give crappy cookies to my friends; and (iii) I don't really want to push through and eat them all myself. So then what?
When I'm playing around in the kitchen developing recipes, I take notes in my little black notebook. I usually just jot down ingredients and quantities and come up with a title later on. I was flipping through my notebook the other night and came across my notes for these little peanut caramel squares, which I had totally forgotten about! I'd even taken photos on my camera!
Who doesn't love a smooth and velvety chocolate mousse? I certainly do and I think this mocha version flavoured with coffee and cacao is my new favourite. As the title suggests, the mousse doesn't contain any dairy, so there's no cream like a traditional mousse. I use avocado instead to create a thick and creamy texture. Let me explain.
If you're in the mood for something a little bit sweet and a little bit chewy, these muesli bars do the trick! You don't have to bake them, just mix everything together, press into a tin and let them set in the fridge.
When I was a kid, my parents would buy us the 'Arnott's Family Assorted' biscuit pack as a family treat. It was always a race to get the cream-filled ones; a race which I often won by offering to 'unpack' the biscuits into the tin, during which time I would sneak a few cream ones (rather selfish of me in retrospect). But the point of this story is that I've always loved cream-filled biscuits.
I often get recipe ideas at night, which means I'm often conducting kitchen experiments after dinner. A few nights ago, I made some chewy protein fudge. If you were on Snapchat that night, you might have seen me struggling to squash it into it's mould (it was majorly sticky). I was contemplating covering the fudge with dark chocolate, but I ended up using it on top of a smoothie bowl. Success!
I recently went to the launch of Budd Chai. It's a new "sticky chai" made by the talented team at Padre Coffee. What's sticky chai? It's basically a blend of black tea and chai spices, soaked in (the sticky part) honey.
I recently bought an OmniBlend high-speed blender (I'm loving it, I'll post a review soon!), so I've been all excited to make smoothies. Even though the weather is getting colder here in Melbourne, sometimes I still feel like a smoothie. So I developed this spiced wintery one, which is still served cold but includes comforting things like oats, nut butter and cinnamon.
If you follow me on Snapchat, you may have seen that I partnered up with IsoWhey this week to create some protein ball recipes. The recipes were for an event held by Fernwood Fitness to promote their 'Lift the Nation' initiative, encouraging women to try out weight training.* I did a little demonstration showing the ladies how to make easy and tasty protein balls using the IsoWhey Wholefoods range, then we did a 45 minute weight training session and refueled with the protein balls and a healthy lunch.
If you've been out for breakfast lately, you've probably come across the ubiquitous açai bowl. I remember when I first heard someone talking about how amazing their "açai bowl" was and I thought they were talking about tableware. Wrong. Açai (pronounced "ah-sigh-ee") is a purple berry that's typically blended with other fruits to make a thick smoothie, which is then served in a bowl and topped with crunchy bits. Delicious, but often pretty sugary, so I decided to make a lower-sugar version.
I love a 'mystery box' challenge (like the ones on Masterchef or Ready Steady Cook). It's fun coming up with ways to combine ingredients to create something delicious. So I love it when I receive a box of the latest products to play around with.
One thing I love about social media is its ability to bring people together who share similar passions. I met Jess of @jess_mycleantreats on Instagram and after scrolling through her feed of healthy desserts I was dying to try them for myself.
With Easter around the corner, there's a strong influx of chocolate and/or bunny-themed recipes in the food blogosphere. So a bunch of us bloggers got together to hold what we're calling a #VirtualEasterParty.