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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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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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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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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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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Carrot & Orange Muffins (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Lunchbox Friendly, Clean Eating)

I spent the weekend cooking with my youngest, Sabrinah getting ready for the kids first day of school for 2013 which was today! I had one orange left and wondered what I could do with it. So chucked somethings together and made a yummy and healthy kids lunch box snack that is gluten free, dairy free and healthy, suitable for clean eating too!!

Carrot & Orange Muffins

Makes 12

2 cups gluten free flour
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup honey or rice malt syrup
the zest and juice from 1 large orange
1 carrot, grated
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla essence

(optional adding in sultanas or chopped dates, choc chips or walnuts  – I didnt add nuts as our school has a no nut policy but if you arent taking these to school then adding nuts would be  yummy)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line a muffin tray with patty pans or grease a patty pan tray. In a bowl sift the flour and add the cinnamon. In another bowl combine the oil, eggs, honey, grated carrot, orange rind and juice and vanilla and mix to combine. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until well combined and spoon 2/3 full in each patty pan. Bake for approx 15-18 minutes (I did slightly smaller ones as my patty pans werent mini but werent normal size and it took 12 minutes so normal size patty pans will be more like 15 or so minutes. Cool on a wire rack, ice if you like with icing sugar and cream cheese with a little left over orange juice or even lemon! Store in an airtight container. You can freeze these for up to about 2 months.

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