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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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