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Lolly Cake

Lolly Cake

by Nicky Skinner August 27, 2018

I don't know about you, but lolly cake was always the slice I gravitated towards as a kid and teen, but when I became more health conscious and realised that malt biscuits, condensed milk and Eskimo lollies were less than nourishing, I tried to make better choices. But the other day I decided nobody should have to miss out and decided to healthify it.

Like the majority of my recipes, they are many easy substitutions such as a different nut butter, nut or dried fruit. It's adaptable to your own tastes and I've tried it with chopped dates, dried blueberries and walnuts and it was fabulous!

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

by Nicky Skinner August 14, 2018

Featuring my favourite oats and banana, I had a hankering for something chewy and substantial with my morning cuppa the other day, so I whipped up these Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

I adapted a lactation cookie recipe I made on repeat a few months ago when Hope was born. Pulled out the brewers’ yeast and flax meal and added some ground chia and almond butter for healthy fats.

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Raw Caramel Slice

Raw Caramel Slice

by Nicky Skinner June 03, 2018

I realised the other day I didn't have a Caramel Slice recipe on the website (despite making this one numerous times) and in my humble opinion, every good website needs a Caramel Slice recipe ;) I’ve remade this classic decadence using only wholesome and natural ingredients, as I always found the original very sickly sweet. Just me?

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Chocolate & Mango Bumper Bars

Chocolate & Mango Bumper Bars

by Nicky Skinner May 20, 2018 1 Comment

As a child, CookieTime Apricot and Chocolate Bumper Bars were my favourite!

I used to save my pocket money and buy them at the school tuck shop. Not only were they delicious but teenager me thought they were a healthier alternative to chocolate bars.

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Raspberry Muffins

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Raspberry Muffins

by Nicky Skinner May 13, 2018

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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Sweet Potato Brownie with nut butter icing

Sweet Potato Brownie with nut butter icing

by Nicky Skinner April 25, 2018 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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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cream Pots

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cream Pots

by Nicky Skinner April 12, 2018

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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Fudgy Black Bean and Peanut Butter Brownies

Fudgy Black Bean and Peanut Butter Brownies

by Nicky Skinner March 28, 2018

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

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

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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Healthy Chocolate LCM Bars (rice bubble bars)

Healthy Chocolate LCM Bars (rice bubble bars)

by Nicky Skinner February 13, 2018

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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Gut Friendly Bounty Bars

Gut Friendly Bounty Bars

by Nicky Skinner January 28, 2018

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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Gingernuts

Gingernuts

by Nicky Skinner October 26, 2017

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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Blueberry Louise Slice

Blueberry Louise Slice

by Nicky Skinner September 27, 2017

Louise Slice is such a kiwi classic that I had to give it a healthy spin!

This version is very reminiscent of the original but without the sugar filled jam and flour filled cake.  

The perfect accompaniment with your cup of tea, sure to impress at any morning tea shout and also travels well in your bento to school!

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Peanut Butter and Raspberry Bites

Peanut Butter and Raspberry Bites

by LunchBox Inc. August 24, 2017 1 Comment

After so many positive comments on the Peanut Butter and Jam Slice from earlier this year, I set about to make an easier, quicker, grab-and-go version and am pleased to announce these bites an absolute winner!

With only 4 ingredients TOTAL, they're the easiest and tastiest little treat for all die hard peanut butter addicts.

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Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

by Nurse Nicky August 09, 2017

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

by Nurse Nicky July 20, 2017 1 Comment

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Raspberry Nut Butter Blender Brownies

Raspberry Nut Butter Blender Brownies

by Nurse Nicky July 12, 2017 2 Comments

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Hidden Vege Lasagne with Cauliflower Cheese Sauce

Hidden Vege Lasagne with Cauliflower Cheese Sauce

by LunchBox Inc. July 05, 2017 1 Comment

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Sticky Date Pudding

Sticky Date Pudding

by Nurse Nicky June 29, 2017 1 Comment

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Corn, Carrot, Coriander & Kraut Fritters

Corn, Carrot, Coriander & Kraut Fritters

by LunchBox Inc. June 22, 2017

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Bacon and Egg Cups

Bacon and Egg Cups

by Nurse Nicky June 01, 2017

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Loaf

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Loaf

by LunchBox Inc. May 13, 2017

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Feijoa and Apple Shortcake Slice

Feijoa and Apple Shortcake Slice

by Nurse Nicky April 28, 2017 1 Comment

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