Gut Friendly Bounty Bars

Gut Friendly Bounty Bars

by Nicky Skinner January 28, 2018 2 min read

Some of you may not be familiar baking with collagen and think that it's just an ingredient in your face cream. However, collagen is also the most abundant protein in our bodies. It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons. It’s what helps give our skin strength and elasticity and when it comes to our joints and tendons, in simplest terms, it’s the “glue” that helps hold the body together. Collagen has many benefits when ingested including improving the health of skin and hair, reduces joint degradation, helps heal 'leaky gut', it can boost metabolism, improves liver health and can protect against cardiovascular disease. Sound like something you want to incorporate into your families diet?
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Sunflower Protein Balls

Sunflower Protein Balls

by Nicky Skinner January 18, 2018 1 min read

Completely nut free, grain free and refined sugar-free, they make the perfect 3 pm pick-me-up, ideal lunch box filler or delicious 2 am breastfeeding snack!
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Sugarfree Banana & Coconut Mini Muffins

Sugarfree Banana & Coconut Mini Muffins

by Nicky Skinner January 04, 2018 2 min read 1 Comment

Nesting is in full swing for me at present with only 2 weeks until my baby is due, and one my more fun jobs is stocking the freezer with breastfeeding friendly snacks for the 2am feeds!

As I was experimenting with this sugar free banana and coconut muffin recipe, I thought it would also be perfect for little ones and lunch boxes in particular.

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Avocado Brownie Fudge

Avocado Brownie Fudge

by Nicky Skinner December 28, 2017 1 min read 1 Comment

What's better than a fudgy brownie with an added vegetable? TWO added vegetables! Well a fruit and a vegetable to be exact, but it's gotta be good for you!

This brownie is very fudge-like, hence the name, and not overly sweet (unless you add more sweetener), but it's delicious and completely guilt free.

With healthy fats and potassium from the avocado, vitamin A and vitamin C from the kumura and an abundance of antioxidants and iron from the cacao, this is truly a nutrient-dense addition to any baking repertoire. 

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Healthy Florentines

Healthy Florentines

by Nicky Skinner December 20, 2017 2 min read 1 Comment

Florentines may not be a traditional Christmas biscuit but they always remind me of this festive season.

I don't advocate eating too much dried fruit (as it's sugar-laden compared to fresh fruit), however, Christmas is for treats and what better way to enjoy a favourite treat than by creating a healthier version.

These usually contain candied fruit, sugar and butter, however the only sugar in this recipe comes from the rice malt syrup and the natural sugars from the dried fruit, so even though they're not on par with carrot sticks, they're much better than the traditional Florentine.

 

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Cashew Blender Bread

Cashew Blender Bread

by Nicky Skinner December 13, 2017 1 min read

It has a perfect soft spongy texture and holds together brilliantly for sandwiches, but is also amazing toasted for breakfast.

It contains protein from eggs and healthy fats from the nuts, topped with avocado and tomato, it really is a complete meal.

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Marshmallow Slice

Marshmallow Slice

by Nicky Skinner December 07, 2017 2 min read

Did you know gelatin improves gut health and digestion, protects our joints, improves sleep quality, lifts mood and cognitive ability, improves skin health, heart health, maintains strong bones and helps you feel full longer?

I know! Quite amazing! I'm sure you don't need any more reasons to try it for yourself!

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Chocolate Peppermint Slice

Chocolate Peppermint Slice

by Nicky Skinner November 29, 2017 2 min read

I adore peppermint anytime of year, but there's something about the flavour that does remind me of Christmas time. It's probably the candy canes we used to sneak from the tree before the day or the after-dinner mints we used to have at our Grandparents. Whatever the reason, I thought a Peppermint Slice was rather appropriate this time of year!
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Belgium Biscuits

Belgium Biscuits

by Nicky Skinner November 16, 2017 2 min read

Another Grandma Burrell (Dad's mum) special, the Belgium biscuit was a real treat and much loved by all the cousins at family get-togethers.

Two delicious cinnamon biscuits sandwiched with raspberry jam, topped with pink icing and jelly crystals! Fiddly to make, but that never worried Grandma!

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Afghans

Afghans

by Nicky Skinner November 12, 2017 2 min read

Grain-free and refined sugar-free, these biscuits don't contain the usual cornflakes, flour, and sugar that the original recipe calls for, but give the same decadent satisfaction and are a real crowd pleaser. Plus they're so pretty and not as complicated as they appear!
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Shortbread

Shortbread

by Nicky Skinner November 02, 2017 1 min read

Who doesn't love shortbread? Buttery velvety and completely dunkalicious!

I have memories of making it with my mum (and eating half the mixture raw truth be told!), of molding the shortbread into a log and having to patiently wait until it cooled to slice and bake.

Here's a healthier, grain-free alternative to the traditional Scottish favorite

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Gingernuts

Gingernuts

by Nicky Skinner October 26, 2017 2 min read

They say ginger is fabulous for morning sickness and since I've been getting some peculiar second trimester nausea, I thought I'd try to recreate the traditional Griffins Gingernuts which are made using traditional white flour, white sugar and vegetable oil.
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