Chocolate and Peanut Butter Raspberry Muffins

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Raspberry Muffins

by Nicky Skinner May 13, 2018 1 min read

I made these after craving some of my Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread one afternoon. I love muffins with little bursts of fruit flavor, so added some raspberries and they took these to the next level!

Gluten free, egg free, dairy free and refined sugar-free, these got a rave review from hubby who said they were literally the best thing I've ever made! High praise indeed.

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Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

by Nicky Skinner May 08, 2018 2 min read

I've been getting feedback from many parents that their little ones are allergic/intolerant to eggs, so I decided to have a go at some egg-free baking.

The good thing about these deliciously soft and chewy cookies are that they're also dairy free, grain free and refined sugar-free too!

With a base of chickpeas, they pack a plant-based protein punch and are a good source of fiber, iron and zinc. 

Only 6 ingredients, all blended in a food processor so no need for multiple bowls, these really come together in a matter of minutes!

Give them a go and let me know what you think!

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Sweet Potato Brownie with nut butter icing

Sweet Potato Brownie with nut butter icing

by Nicky Skinner April 25, 2018 2 min read 2 Comments

These brownies are so delicious, full of vitamin A and plenty of fiber, but without the sugar hit. I've tested it myself, and people never guess they're loaded with veg! (except my husband, who knows me too well!).  I often put an extra kumara on the bottom rack of the oven when I'm cooking a roast for dinner, specifically so I can make these the next da
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ANZAC Bites

ANZAC Bites

by Nicky Skinner April 22, 2018 2 min read

It's ANZAC Day this week, and as the Anzac Biscuit recipes come thick and fast on your feeds and inboxes, I thought I'd mix it up a bit and take the authentic biscuit flavor and make it into a ball!

In my opinion, everything tastes good in a handy little bite! Plus, I'm lazy and these don't require cooking ;)

The school holidays are a perfect opportunity to get in the kitchen and stock up the fridge and pantry with lunch box fillers ready for when school goes back.  

These little bites or bliss balls are quick to make, just require a food processor and small bowl and are dairy free and low in sugar.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cream Pots

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cream Pots

by Nicky Skinner April 12, 2018 2 min read

A feast for the eyes and for the lips, these delicious pots of goodness are not only awesome for you, packed with healthy fats, but also great for your gut!

Made using gelatin powder to give it a beautiful jelly-like texture, gelatin has been reported to improve gut health and digestion, protect joints, improve sleep quality, lift mood and improves cognitive abilities, improve skin health, heart health, maintain strong bones, AND help keep you feeling fuller longer!

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Hidden Veggie Falafel with Cashew Aioli

Hidden Veggie Falafel with Cashew Aioli

by Nicky Skinner April 04, 2018 2 min read

Wanting a plant-based lunch box filler or dinner option that packs a nutrient punch?

Look no further than these hidden veggie falafels.

One bowl (or food processor actually), quick baking time and plenty of flavour, these mid-week meal or lunchbox gems are sure to be a hit, especially dipped in the cashew aioli.

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Fudgy Black Bean and Peanut Butter Brownies

Fudgy Black Bean and Peanut Butter Brownies

by Nicky Skinner March 28, 2018 2 min read

I've been experimenting with more legumes in my diet of late (my body seems to have been craving them postpartum!). I used to make a deliciously dense and fudgy black bean brownie, that although claimed to be 'gluten-free' and free from flours, was packed with brown sugar so gave a decent sugar dump!

I thought I'd have a go at making it lower in sugar, so I subbed the cup of brown sugar for a banana (adds a lot of natural sweetness) and a touch of rice malt syrup. It's also egg free and dairy free for all those allergies out there.

I think this version is still as awesome, but won't send the kids into hyperdrive at lunchtime!

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Salted Peanut Butter Cups

Salted Peanut Butter Cups

by Nicky Skinner March 14, 2018 2 min read

My best friend growing up was originally from the US, so I was introduced to American candy early! When we moved cities away from each other, I missed my supply of Reeces Pieces Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Butter M&M's. 

Nowadays, these chocolate candies are way too sweet for my taste buds, however, this version you CAN enjoy in moderation, without the trans fats and refined sugar.

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Lemon and Blueberry Loaf

Lemon and Blueberry Loaf

by Nicky Skinner February 28, 2018 2 min read

I'm all about eating in season. There's nothing better than a juicy ripe tomato in summer or a new season apple right from the tree. And as I'm sure you're aware it's the height of blueberry season, so while they're fresh and cheap I thought I'd create a blueberry lunch box loaf everyone will love.
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Oreos

Oreos

by Nicky Skinner February 22, 2018 2 min read

I've seen many remakes of the American classic Oreo cookie, many of them raw, most of them containing dates or coconut sugar, so I set out to make a version with even less sugar!

These deliciously chocolatey (is that even proper English?) biscuits can be made and eaten as is, or you can fill them with whatever filling you choose! I used mascarpone here, which complemented the biscuit really well, but if you're dairy free you could try some whipped coconut cream or even coconut butter for a slightly sweeter filling.

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Healthy Chocolate LCM Bars (rice bubble bars)

Healthy Chocolate LCM Bars (rice bubble bars)

by Nicky Skinner February 13, 2018 1 min read

All the rage a few years ago, LCM bars brought back the old classic rice bubble slice which was an absolute favourite at every kids birthday party growing up.

Whether you're making the traditional version or buying the packaged bars at the supermarket, now you can have the same great taste, without all the sugar and additives!

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Peanut Butter Crunch

Peanut Butter Crunch

by Nicky Skinner February 05, 2018 1 min read

So you guys seem to all LOVE a good peanut butter recipe so here's a simple lunch box slice that's sure to get the thumbs up!
It's easy, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and all kinds of delicious!
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