Choc Chip Banana Oat Slice (Gluten Free, Lunch Box Friendly, Dairy Free/Lactose freeoption)

I was busy baking over the weekend, one of the things I made was an oat slice. I have seen the oat bars in the supermarket which I full of sugar so I spent the weekend making something nice and healthy the kids could take to school and the kids really enjoyed their sample piece. I have frozen individual pieces so its easy for me to grab one and put in their lunch boxes. I wouldnt mind remaking this to make this much more cleaner! I think it would be pretty easy, using almond flour/meal or coconut flour and coconut oil instead of butter. I tried this slice and it really is yummy and full of flavour! You can use regular flour too! It makes around 20 squares, but you can make them a little bigger if you prefer. This is gluten free if you use gluten free oats, they can be hard to find though but heres a Aussie link though to help you find them http://www.glutenfreeoats.com/gloriously-free-uncontaminated-oats/ Or alternatively you can use quinoa flakes or rice flakes.

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Choc Chip Banana Oat Slice

makes approx 20 squares

3/4 cup gluten free SR flour
3/4 cup gluten free plain flour (or a mix of your fave flours like amaranth/buckwheat/millet/sorgham)
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup organic butter or dairy free spread
1/2 cup honey or rice malt syrup
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup choc bits or dark choc bits or dairy free choc chips
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Optional 1/2 cup of sultanas (not all my kids like them so I didnt add them)

Preheat oven to 180degrees C. Line a slice tray with grease proof paper (approx size 18x28cm I think mine is). In a bowl sift the flours (I find gluten free flours can be a bit lumpy). then add all other dry ingredients. Add the melted butter, vanilla, egg and honey and mashed banana and mix well to combine then stir in your choc chips and sultanas if adding them.

Pour into your prepared slice tin and bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

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Baked Berry Oatmeal (Clean Eating, Dairy Free Option)

I am in love…..I have seen this so many times on instagram and every time baked oats looked so yummy. I decided late last night I’d prep some for thismornings breakfast so at 10pm I am baking my baked oats and the smell of them baking ooooh so divine!!! So simple and once winter hits I know what the kids and I are having daily!!!! I didnt add any sweetener, its the reason why I put some banana in for its sweetness. My berries werent to tart either so that was good. Use almond or rice milk and omit the yoghurt for a dairy free option or you could use water instead of milk but i think personally a milk alternative would be tastier. You can buy  gluten free oats too if you wanted a gluten free option.

Baked Berry Oatmeal

1/3 cup rolled oats (uncooked)
1/3 cup milk of choice
1/3 banana mashed
1 egg white
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla essence or you can use a little vanilla bean
1/4 cup mixed frozen berries
1 Tbsp chopped or flakes almonds

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Mix together in a bowl and pour into a baking dish suitable for 1 serving. A ramekin for example, I used a tiny square casserole dish thats one serving. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.

Top with a little chobani yoghurt mixed with protein powder (I used berry flavour 100% whey) but you could omit that and add a little honey to sweeten with a little cinnamon and vanilla.

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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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Chocolate ‘Sweet Potato’ Brownies (Clean Eating, Gluten Free. Lactose Free, Lunchbox Friendly )

I love sweet potato, especially when it’s mashed with cinnamon and topped with almond butter!  mmmmmmmm  So why not make sweets with sweet potato!  It totally makes sense!  Today I thought while all kids are at school and Sabrinah is at kindy and its my forced day off from the gym (I am at the gym on Sunday which is my usual day off so swapped days around) why not spend the day cooking….oh and housework too!  I hate taking a day off from the gym but my body is pretty sore, my muscles are telling me to chill out for the day!  Omit nuts to make this lunchbox friendly for school.

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I decided to make brownies,  hoping that they would turn out nice and moist and bingo…..spot on!!  Here’s what I did

Chocolate ‘Sweet Potato’ Brownies

3/4 cup mashed roasted sweet potato
1/2 mashed large  banana (or 1 small mashed banana)
3 eggs
1/3 cup rice malt syrup or honey
2 Tbsp melted dark chocolate
3 Tbsp pure cocoa powder
3 Tbsp coconut flour
1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts (or nut of your choice or omit nuts)
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (fan forced).  In a food processor blend all ingredients (except nuts) until smooth.  Stir in nuts and  Pour into a 8×8 inch baking dish thats line with grease proof paper.  Spread evenly.  Bake for 20 minutes in the oven.  Allow to cool a little in the dish before trying to lift out.  I cooled mine in the fridge as I was impatient.

Serve if you like with a yummy choc frosting.  1/2 cup almond butter, half cup chobani plain greek yoghurt or quark german style low fat cottage cheese,  1-2 Tbsp pure cocoa, 2 Tbsp rice malt syrup or honey.  Mix until combined and spread evenly over brownie!!  Add some raspberries too!

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Tuna & Veg Quiche (Clean Eating, Gluten Free, Lactose Free option)

Just a quick post…..My Kitchen Rules is about to start……..My dinner tonight was a chuck together meal and it ended up tasting awesome.  I made a smaller serving (for 2) but double or triple for a family serving.

 

Tuna & Vegetable Quiche

2 full eggs plus 2 egg whites beaten

1/4 cup grated zucchini (squeezed to get juice out)

1/4 cup grated carrots

1/4 cup baby spinach finely chopped

1 small tin of tuna in springwater, drained

2 Tbsp grated cheese, or lactose free cheese plus extra for topping

1 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped

pepper to taste

 

Mix together in a bowl and pour into a mini square  casserole dish greased with coconut oil or olive oil spray.  Sprinkle a little cheese ontop and  Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes on 180 degrees C.

Add other seasonings you like,  I love cumin powder so added that.  Dont worry about salt as there is enough sodium in the tuna.  Allow to cool slightly then carefuly cut in half and serve.

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Gluten Free Jam Donut Cookies (Dairy Free Option)

As you can see with 3 posts in the past hour or so I have been busy baking today.  The freenut butter cornflake slice is in preparation for the kids school lunch boxes that will be frozen,  I also made these as I had this idea to recreate the good ol’ jam cookie!  The girls really enjoyed helping me make these,  we have a new jam in a squeezy bottle that makes these easy for the kids to help make, without having jam all over the place.   I made this with only 1/2 a cup of sugar, usually cookies have 1 or so cups of sugar.  But next time will try this with honey or rice malt syrup.  But just wanted to see how I went with flavour to get the taste of a donut. This recipe is so basic and really tasty!!  The other recipe I made is soooo amazing and so rich.  Gluten Free too….triple layer peanut butter choc brownies!!

Gluten Free Jam Donut Cookies

2 cups gluten free SR flour
140 grams butter (or dairy free spread)
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

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Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Beat butter and sugar for a couple of minutes in a mixer, add eggs and vanilla and beat til combined. In a separate bowl sift Flour and cinnamon and add to mixing bowl and mix until just combined, making a dough. Roll into balls and place on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper and gently flatten dough a little. Using the back of a wooden spoon create a dent in the centre of each one and drop a little jam in the indent. Bake for about 15-18 minutes.

My younger girls helped make these cookies and they helped set up the photo too, hence the lalaloopsy!

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Triple Layer Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie Slice (Gluten Free)

I have seen a few peanut butter brownies floating around the world wide web and thought I’d try to make one thats a little more healthier, more so with little refined sugars. This is not 100% clean but I think, a small square, wont be such a bad treat. I had alittle taste test and wow its amazing….and very rich!!! You dont need much at all. This slice I made for my bestie and her family as we are visiting their new place and I wanted to take afternoon tea. A little treat but try to keep it more on the healthier side if thats at all possible lol. I think, considering they arent a clean eating family, I did pretty well to keep things healthier, less refined sugars and I decided to make this gluten free too!! But ofcourse you can use regular flour. Sadly I ran out of dark chocolate so I had to top mine with milk chocolate but ideally I would have gone for dark chocolate.

Note:  For a nut free option Replace peanut butter with freenut butter (sunflower seed butter) and use the gluten free flour option inplace of almond meal…brownie layer recipe

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Triple Layer Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie Slice

Brownie Layer:
180 grams 70% dark Chocolate, melted
1/2 cup amaranth flour (or just use 3/4 cup plain flour and omit almond meal and amaranth flour)
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup organic butter (or dairy free spread)
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 Tbsp pure cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C, line an 8×8 inch oven proof dish of baking tray with grease proof paper. In the microwave melt chocolate and butter. Then Whisk in honey, salt, peanut butter, vanilla and quickly whisk in eggs and egg yolk as the choc mixture will be hot due to melting so you dont want the eggs to scramble. In another bowl sift almond meal, amaranth flour and cocoa. Mix into the wet ingredients until well combined. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool in dish for a little bit before attempting to lift it out. Then when you can lift, using baking paper, and place on wire rack to cool (I cheated and put mine in the fridge to cool quicker). When cool enough spread with peanut butter layer and top with melted chocolate.

Peanut Butter Layer:
1/4 cup organic unsalted butter, softened
1/2 honey
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp vanilla essence

Mix all ingredients together and spread over cooled brownie layer.

Chocolate Topping:
1/2 cup 70% dark chocolate (or can use 85%, or milk chocolate) I didnt measure but its around 1/2 a cup of melted chocolate
2 Tbsp peanut butter

Melt chocolate in the microwave and stir in peanut butter, making sure peanut butter is melted into the chocolate. Pour over peanut butter layer of the brownie slice

Place in the fridge for a couple of hours before slicing.  Store in the fridge, these are so nice and moist!  Enjoy!

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Freenut Butter Cornflake Slice (Lunchbox friendly, Egg Free, Gluten Free & Dairy Free Option, Peanut Butter Option)

Big baking day today, one reason was for school lunches and another was for a housewarming afternoon tea treat for my bestie and her family as the kids and I are visiting their new place tomorrow. I made 2 slices and came up with a yummy cookie recipe too, a bit of a twist on the classic jam cookie! I had Carlie (8) and Sabrinah (4) helping me in the kitchen today. Freenut butter is basically sunflower seeds ground to a paste and is readily available at many large supermakets like Coles or Woolworths.

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Freenut Butter Cornflake Slice (or Peanut Butter)

1 1/4  cups crushed cornflakes (if unsure go to healthfood shop or buy cornflakes online that specifcally say gluten free)
1 cup gluten free SR flour
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup freenut butter (sunflowerseed butter) or peanut butter can be used.
1 tsp vanilla essence
140 grams organic butter, melted (or dairy free spread)
1/2 cup honey or rice malt syrup

Topping is optional
1/2 cup melted chocolate (this can be of your choice, milk, 70% or 85% dark depending on your kids taste buds) I would have used dark but was running low and had milk chocolate to use up OR icing/water/cocoa mix option.

*Another option but wont be gluten free (unless you specifically buy them online) is swapping 1/4 crushed cornflakes for 1/4 cup rolled oats.

This is so easy, it really is. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C, line a half lamington size slice tray (approx 28cm by 18cm) with grease proof paper. Combine all your dry ingredients in a bowl and add your wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Press into the tray and bake for 15 minutes until golden. Let cool. Top with melted chocolate or chocolate icing.

This is a favourite of my 12 year old daughters!

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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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