Berry Macaroon Mug Cake with Frozen Berry Yoghurt and Toasted Coconut Almond Topping (Clean Eating, Gluten Free)

Well I never eat late at night, but tonight I am so hungry. My metabolism must be going a million miles an hours, I have burning the calories like you wouldnt believe lately and I guess not refuelling right. What to make that was nice and clean and to help fix a sweet tooth the healthy way. I really like macaroon slice and was thinking of making a clean version at some stage but thought why not create a clean macaroon inspired mug cake…..so I was on it stat!! The result……holy moly….heaven!!! I want to make another 10!!! The yummy topping was awesome I love when I get inspired to make something and it works out lol!! You can omit the protein powder too if you like and add a teaspoon of honey or rice malt syrup but you might not need it with the banana. It’s heaven in a mug I tell ya!!!

(toast your coconut and almonds in the oven or in a fry pan, I like to use my oven, only takes 10 minutes)

Berry Macaroon Mug Cake

with a Frozen Berry Yoghurt and Toasted coconut Almond Topping

1/4 banana mashed
1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder
1 egg
2 Tbsp toasted shredded coconut (plus extra to garnish)
1 Tbsp flaxmeal
1 Tbsp almond meal
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla (use 1/2 tsp if not adding protein powder)
2 tsp  toasted flaked almonds
1/2 frozen mixed berries.
1 Tbsp chobani plain greek yoghurt

(optional for topping is 1 tsp rice malt syrup or honey if you find the berries a bit tart or add a little vanilla or berry protein powder if you need more protein in your snack. I didnt use any sweetener as I really enjoyed just the berries and yoghurt together)

In a bowl add the banana, egg and vanilla and mix well. Then add your coconut, flaxmeal, almond meal and cinnamon and a few frozen berries and mix well. Grease a mug with coconut oil and pour the mug cake mixture into the mug and put in the microwave for about 1 minute 20. (1000 watt). Allow to cool.

In a glass bowl add the rest of your frozen berries and using a stick blender mix until relatively smooth. Add yoghurt and you and mix to combine, you can do this with a spoon. Pour berry topping over your mug cake and top with the remainder of the toasted coconut mixed with some of the flaked almonds that you crush using your fingers and keep some flaked almonds whole to top for extra garnish . Eat immediately and totally enjoy every bite!!!

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Nutty Lemon Truffles (Clean Eating, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, Vegan)

I am always making some kind of chocolate flavoured protein balls or truffles….well today I thought I’d be different, a totally different flavour!  Why not have a nice tangy refreshing flavour in ball!!  Introducing a Lemon inspired truffle and its goooooooood!!!   A nice healthy treat for the kids too.  My almost 12 year old loves lemon flavoured sweets so these she loved!!

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Nutty Lemon Truffles

1 cup mixed nuts (I used a mix of cashews, macadamia’s and almonds)

10 pitted dried dates

2 Tbsp shredded coconut plus extra for rolling

zest of one lemon

2-3 Tbsp lemon juice

In a processor add the nuts, dates and coconut and process until it recembles even smallish crumbs (a little bigger than bread crumbs).  Add Lemon zest and 2 tablespoons of juice and pulse to combine.  This should make the dough rollable and not too wet but enough to have coconut coat the balls.  Taste the mixture, if you want more lemon or need the mixture more wet add another tablespoon of lemon juice.  Roll into 12 balls (well it should make 12 if you dont keep eating the mixture lol…oops) Coat in coconut and let harden a little in the fridge or freezer.  Store in freezer and the balls will last a couple of month in an air tight container.

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Sunflower Butter Balls or Peanut Butter Balls (Clean Eating, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Nut and Dairy Free options, Protein Powder Option)

This treat my girls and I made thisarvo for their after school snack. One of many ideas I have floating around in my head.  We  did 2 options so I could trial a lunch box (nut free) option so the kids can take them to school. Both are super yummy. The nut free option uses sunflower seed butter (which has sort of peanuty flavour, my almost 12 year daughter has freenut butter (sunflower seed butter) on her sandwhich for school everday!! Also for those who want more of a protein packed ball I have added some options for protein powder too. This is a bit of a change too from all my chocolate based balls!! This is a smaller style recipe as this was my trial today but you can double it to make more. It makes approx 6 balls.  I was calling the nut free option Freenut butter balls as thats the name of the sunflower seed butter but the girls liked the sound of sunflower butter balls instead 🙂

I really hope you all enjoy these ones as much as we all did.

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Sunflower Butter Balls or Peanut Butter Balls

4 Tbsp rolled oats
2 Tbsp Freenut butter (Sunflower seed butter) OR Peanut Butter depending on if you want it nut free or not.
2 Tbsp Chobani Greek Yoghurt* see note
2 tsp shredded coconut plus extra for rolling
1/2 tsp organic vanilla essence
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp rice malt syrup or honey

Simply mash all together with a spoon until well combined and roll into balls and then roll into the coconut, put in freezer to get slightly hard, store in the fridge or freezer (they will last longer in the freezer)

Notes:
* can use a soy based yoghurt for a Dairy Free option Or add extra nut butter or 1 Tbsp coconut oil (not melted instead)
* Add 1 Tbspn of vanilla or cookies and cream protein powder, you may need an extra tsp of chobani or seed or nut butter.
* option is to add roughly chopped dark chocolate about 1 Tbsp to the mix.

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Choc Mud Mug Cake with Rich Chocolate Yoghurt Frosting (Clean Eating, Gluten Free, Lactose Free)

Here’s another fun mug cake recipe for you all.  These, like protein pancakes and protein balls are so fun and easy to create.  This one is yummy and moist and even better with my yummy clean eating frosting!!  Give it a try, this was my afternoon tea that I took with me on the school pick up run and ate this in the car!  I called this a mud mug cake (bit of a mouthful hey?!)  as it has 3 forms of chocolate flavouring.

 

Choc Mud Mug Cake

1 egg, beaten

1/4 banana, mashed

1 Tbsp flaxmeal

1 Tbsp chocolate protein powder

1.5 tsp cocoa

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp vanilla essence

1 Tbsp plain chobani greek yoghurt

1 Tbsp melted 85% dark chocolate

 

Mix all ingredients together and transfer to a greased mug (grease with coconut oil).  Cook in microwave for about 1 minute 20 seconds (1000 watt microwave).   If you dont want protein powder I would just replace this with extra flaxmeal or almond meal.

 

Rich Chocolate Yoghurt Frosting

1 Tbspn plain chobani yoghurt

1 Tbsp almond butter

1 tsp cocoa

2 tsp chocolate protein powder (or use 1 tsp honey if you wanted to avoid protein powder)

 

Mix ingredients together and spread over the top of your cake (or eat from the bowl…..its so yummy!!)   This should be the consistency of a thick peanut butter.

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Choc Caramel Snow Balls (Clean Eating, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Paleo/Vegan option)

Well you make one recipe and you discover a spin off recipe from it. And this one is goooooood! I had a thought, since the ‘caramel’ of the caramel tart was so amazing I thought mixed with cocoa or cacao this would be out of this world. So I whipped up another batch of the caramel (Date paste). added cocoa and rolled into the snowball shapes (flat on the bottom and rounded tops, you know the ones that are marshmallow covered in chocolate and coconut) then coated them in coconut. OMG!!!! I also tried this with protein powder and just as yummy!!

Choc Caramel Snow Balls

1/2 cup dried pitted dates
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp Almond butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp Cocoa

Optional 2 Tbsp chocolate protein powder.

Blend all ingredients, shape into balls (about a tablespoon of mixture)  or the snow ball shape (flat bottom and rounded tops). Then put in freezer to firm up. Store in airtight container in fridge or freezer (I prefer freezer so they last longer). If too sloppy add some shredded coconut to the mix or a little almond meal.

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Mini Caramel Tart (Clean Eating, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

One of my most favourite sweet treats is caramel slice/tarts, yummy biscuit base with sweet smooth caramel and a chocolate topping. After being inspired by a couple of images on Instagram lately I decided that I’d experiment myself and play around and see how I would go doing one the my clean plate way. I found that I had my biscuit base too thick so have adjusted the recipe now accordingly to omit a tiny bit of the coconut flour to help make it a little thinner! This is so sweet and its amazing how eating clean/vegan/paleo you can make your caramel flavour using dates and basically making a paste!!! I just made this for the kids and I for dessert and WOW!! So sweet, you only need a little piece but the kids were absolutely impressed. I didnt tell them it was one of my healthy recipes, I just said we have caramel slice for dessert. I cut this into 8 pieces as its quite sweet a little goes along way. And ofcourse I have to make it into a cute little tart!! But you can use this in a small square dish for a slice. I used a mini spring form pan.

You know the most amazing part…..IT’S GUILT FREE!!  Full of fibre,  protein, healthy fats….isnt that enough to put a smile on your face!!  Your taste buds will be thanking you too!!

So here is my version of a mini caramel tart. (I did use 2 Tbsp of coconut flour but have omitted one Tbsp to make the base thinner)

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Mini Caramel Tart

Serves 8

Base:
1 Tbsp coconut flour
1 T almond meal
1 tsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix together (add a tiny bit of water if needed to make a dough, can be a little crumbly but still quite wet to stick together) and press into mini spring form pan or small square oven proof dish thats lined with baking paper. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes on 160 degrees C fan forced. Let cool slightly. Tip: wet fingers or back of a spoon to press into dish.

Caramel:
3/4 cup dried pitted dates
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp Almond butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
optional 1 Tbsp honey or rice malt syrup

Put all caramel ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, this should be a thick paste like you could spread it on toast. Dates are pretty sweet so you probably wont need the honey in this at all, have a taste test and see what you think but be careful as you might not want to stop at one little taste test!! If too runny add a little almond meal or if too thick add a little more coconut oil. Grease the edges of the pan with coconut oil so the caramel layer comes away nicely. Once you have the right consistancy and its nice and smooth press over tart coconut base. Wet the back of the spoon this will stop it from sticking and let you smooth the layer out perfectly.

Chocolate Layer:

Now you can either just use some dark chocolate over the top, which is quicker option or make your own chocolate topping, it will be Paleo then too.

1.5 Tbsp Almond butter
2 tsp coconut oil
1 tsp honey or rice malt syrup

Blend in a small bowl making sure your coconut oil isnt lumpy and all blended well. Pour and spread evenly over the top and place in the freezer for an hour or so. If you can wait that long!

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Cookies n Cream Mug Cake With Creamy Berry Frosting (Gluten Free, Lactose Free Option, clean eating, can be made any flavour)

Was up last night playing around with making mugcakes, I always make a chocolate one but this time was wanting something a little different. I have cookies and cream whey protein powder here so thought that would make a nice flavour topped with some sort of creamy topping. This mugcake can be ofcourse made in any flavour, what ever flavour protein powder you have. If you dont want to use protein powder then just replace it with almond meal or another option is omit the protein powder and half the almond milk might work too but I would justdouble the vanilla and cinnamon for flavour and definately add the sweetener. The topping is simple, no fat Chobani plain greek yoghurt, berry flavour protein powder and frozen berries. It really helped moisten the cake too. For those lactose intolerant use a lactose free yoghurt or soy based yoghurt if you not allergic to soy.

Cookies & Cream Mug Cake

1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp almond meal
1 Tbsp cookies and cream whey protein powder (could use any flavour really)
1 tsp coconut flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon (I dont measure but just shake it in so its about 1/4 to 1/2)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
option 1 tsp honey or rice malt syrup (definately use if not using protein powder)

Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased (using coconut oil) mug and microwave for about 1 minute (I have an 1000 w microwave). Push on the top of the cake and if it springs back its done!

Creamy Berry Frosting:
1/4 cup plain no fat Chobani yoghurt
approx 3-4 Tbsp frozen mixed berries
1 Tbsp berry whey protein powder (optional) but I had a sample pack so used it

Using a stick blender process til blended and pour some over the top of your mug cake, you might not want to add all of it its up to you. I made extra so I have some as a snack later in the day.

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Pumpkin Spice Choc Chip Cookies (Clean Eating, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Lunchbox friendly )

It was a huge baking weekend the weekend just gone, the girls really enjoy helping me create new recipes, while we have some failures together we also have some great yummy success. These cookies arent the prettiest but they did taste really yummy and I think worth a mention on the blog. Now these can be lunch box friendly if you use Sunflower seed butter instead of the nut butter and maybe try a gluten free flour in place of the almond meal!! We love sunflower seed butter here (its yummy on cruskits with banana too).

So theres the creation from Tayla, Carlie and Sabrinah with a little help from me! While it looks like alot in the recipe its so easy, its just the spices that make it look like its alot!

Pumpkin Spice Choc Chip Cookies

1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup mashed pumpkin (mine was left over roast pumpkin)
1/2 cup nut butter (or sunflower seed butter)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 cup honey or rice malt syrup
2 Tbsp coconut flour
1 egg
1/4 cup dark choc chips
pinch sea salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

Optional: if not for kids add in 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and and spoon tablespoons full onto a baking tray lined with grease proof paper. Mixture will be a little sloppy so dont worry, they will be nice and chewy and when frozen they wont go rock hard, actually really nice eaten straight from the freezer!!! Bake at 180 degrees C for about 12 minutes I think it was. Until golden.

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Triple Layer Cookie Dough Slice (Clean Eating, Gluten Free, High protein)

Well if you all loved the snickers bar slice then this will quickly become your newest favourite guilt free clean eating treat. I love cookie dough and do have a bit of a sweet tooth (but prefer to get my sweetness from natural ingredients not the yukky refined sugars). I love the clean eating chocolate recipe thats on my blog so thought I could adapt that somehow. I have seen cookie dough balls before and thought I’d adapt this idea and mingle the two together and voila the most rich and decadent slice to match the yumminess of the snickers bar slice. This slice has 3 layers of absolutely awesomeness!!! I will refer to 2 options, one with protein powder and another without. Enjoy!!

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Triple layer Cookie Dough Slice

Chocolate Layers (this will form top and bottom)
1/3 cup almond butter
1/4 cup coconut oil (not melted!!)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1-2 Tbsp rice malt syrup, honey, maple syrup or preferred sweetener to taste
3 Tbsp pure cocoa powder

Mix all ingredients in a bowl making sure the coconut oil is all squished and not lumpy, you can blend it all in a food processor if you wanted to do it quicker.
In an 8×8 inch or equivalent rectangle size if you dont have square, line with glad wrap so it wont stick. And press about half of the chocolate mixture in the bottom, wet your fingers so it wont stick to your fingers. Save the remaining mixture for the top

Cookie Dough Layer
3/4 cup almond meal or flour (if not using protein powder then use a full cup)
1 scoop of cookies and cream whey protein powder or vanilla protein powder (omit and add extra almond meal as mentioned just above)
1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon
1-2 Tbsp plain greek yoghurt (I use Chobani 0% fat free, plain) this helps to make it more soft and dough like
optional is roughly chopped dark chocolate.

Combine all the above ingredients. Press over the first layer of chocolate. Then carefully press the remaining chocolate mixture. Place in freezer for about an hour and cut into 16 pieces. Or could do 12 larger ones.

Now to try to stop at just one!!! Its not easy!! Store in the fridge or freezer, if placing ontop of one another place grease proof paper between them. I am hiding mine in the back of the freezer from myself. These could be dangerous….lucky its all clean and healthy fats!!!

 

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Pumpkin Bread French Toast (Clean Eating, Gluten/Grain/Dairy/Nut Free, Paleo Option)

This recipe I discovered on paleomg.com and with a few alterations I started prepping for this late last night ready to have for my breakfast.  At 10pm I was roasting my pumpkin seeds and pumkin and it was about 11pm I was all done and my bread was cooling.  This isnt paleo with the protein powder, thats totally optional.  For those that want Paleo just omit it,  I am not 100% paleo but wanted to up the protein a little more as its before a weight training work out.  I thoroughly enjoyed this especially having the chobani greek yoghurt on the side.  All I did was added cinnamon, vanilla and topped it with berrries and their juices, eating the bread with the rice malt syrup and the yoghurt together was a massive party for your taste buds.  Its my recommended way of eating this one!!  The effort to make this is totally worth it!! And for those that are Paleo you must check out her amazing paleo recipes!!

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Pumpkin Bread French Toast

Serves: 3

Bread:
1 cup roasted or toasted pumpkin seeds (toast in fry pan or in the oven, I did mine in the oven on 180 degrees C for about 15 minutes)
1/3 cup Pumpkin Puree (I roasted my pumpkin in the oven for 20 minutes then mashed it)
6 dried pitted dates
3 eggs
2 tablespoons Coconut Flour
2 Tbsp vanilla whey protein powder (optional)
2 tablespoons melted Coconut Oil
1 tablespoons Rice Malt Syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt

Blend your pumpkin seeds in a food processor until very fine, kind of like flour or a ‘meal’ consistency.  Add your dates and blend. Now add the dry ingredients and pulse to combine.  Now add your wet ingredients and blend until smooth.  (Mix wont be dough like so dont worry that its sloppy).

Pour into a loaf tin lined with grease proof paper and bake on 170 degrees celcius (approx 375 F)  fan forced (180 not fan forced) for about 30 minutes.   Allow to cool. And cut into 2cm strips.

 

Egg Coating

1 egg beaten
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp cinnamon

dash of vanilla (or a little vanilla bean)

(optional 1 Tbsp vanilla whey protein powder)

Whisk all together in a bowl.

Put your pumpkin bread slices (2-3 per serve) in the egg mix for a minute and turn over for another minute. They wont soak up much of the mixture.  In a fry pan melt some coconut oil over medium heat and add your bread,  cook one side til golden and flip over for another couple of minutes until golden the other side.  Serve with rice malt syrup, honey or maple syrup or a little Chobani plain 0% fat greek yoghurt infused with vanilla and cinnamon topped with berries!!! Absolultely amazing breakfast and very filling!!!

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