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ANZAC Bites

ANZAC Bites

by Nicky Skinner April 22, 2018

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

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

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

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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Oreos

Oreos

by Nicky Skinner February 22, 2018

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

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

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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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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Sunflower Protein Balls

Sunflower Protein Balls

by Nicky Skinner January 18, 2018

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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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