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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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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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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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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Clean Eating Snickers Bar Slice (Gluten Free, Lactose Free)

OMG!!!! Well thats how I have to start this post. This slice is seriously out of this world!!! Totally clean eating and it really does taste like a snickers bar just without all the bad fats, sugars etc. I was really impressed. This recipe is adapted from a recipe I found on Instagram by @tastyhealth, she used peanuts but as my tummy doesnt like peanuts so much I decided to try it with some freenut butter and cashews instead and I love love love the flavour! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhmazing!!!!  I used a slightly larger square dish so my slice is a little thinner.  Each piece tastyhealth says is just under 70 calories, 3.5 grams of protein, 4 grams carb and  4 grams of fat.  TRY IT!!

 

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Clean Eating Snickers Bar Slice

Makes 24 little pieces

Crust:

1/3 cup almonds

1/2 scoop cookies and cream whey protein powder (can use vanilla or chocolate)

2 tsp pure cocoa

1 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

8 dates

(1-2 tsp water or coconut oil optional if needed to make it a little stickier)

Put all above ingredients in a food processor and blend.  Push into a square dish lined with glad wrap or grease proof paper.

 

Filling:

1/3 cup freenut butter (or peanut butter)

1  scoop cookies and cream whey protein powder (or vanilla)

1/4 cup roughly chopped cashews (or peanuts)

1/4 cup water

(I personally dont think a sweetener is needed but its personal preference)

Mix together in a bowl and spread over crust.

 

Topping:

4 rows of greens organic 85% dark chocolate

(optional 2 tsp rice malt syrup) but again I didnt use it, but thought I’d mention it incase you have a sweet tooth!

Melt chocolate and pour over filling.  Refridgerate or place in the freezer if you want to try this quicker!!  Until chocolate is set.

I do have a fully clean eating chocolate recipe on my blog, you could use this as the top layer.

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Choc Raspberry Protein Pancake with Chocolate Raspberry Frosting (clean eating, gluten free, dairy free)

Have I mentioned how much I love protein pancakes and the flavour possibilities are endless!!!  Heres my breakfast thismorning!!!

Choc Raspberry Protein Pancake with Choc Raspberry Frosting

2 eggwhites

2 Tbsp rolled oats

1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut

1 tsp cocoa

1/2 scoop whey protein powder (chocolate or cookies and cream are great – I used cookies and cream)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp almond milk

1 to 2  square 85 % dark choc chopped. (this is optional)

Blend above ingredients in a food processor and pour 2 pancakes and cook both sides

 

Frosting and sauce

1 Tbsp almond butter

1/2 tsp cocoa

1 tsp raspberry juice (I just microwave some rasberries, mash them with a fork and run it through a sieve to get the juices, use 1 tsp in the frosting and the rest pour over the pancakes

optional 1/2 tsp rice malt syrup or honey,  I am fine with it without the sweetener.

Mix above ingredients (but as mentioned not all the raspberry juice)  and spread over or dollop on pancakes, pour over raspberry sauce.

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Vanilla Berry Cheesecake for 2 (Clean Eating, Low Carb, Gluten Free)

Clean eating cheesecakes are so simple and you can do so many flavours by adding different toppings or essences.  I recently did a lemon cheesecake well this time I made a vanilla berry one.  The base is the same as the lemon cheesecake  or I did try something a little different and it did work out ok but I prefer the lemon cheesecake base. I used actual vanilla bean as it looks nice and fancy seeing the little dark specs in the white of the cheesecake.

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Vanilla Berry Cheesecake for 2

CRUST: original

1/2 cup of raw nuts (cashews/Almonds I used)

2 Tbspn unsweetened shredded coconut

5 pitted dates

1 Tbsp water

Blitz everything in the food processor except water, check to see how sticky your crust ‘dough’ is, if you need it to bind more and stick together add a little water. If you add too much then just add almond meal or coconut flour. Press into greased mini springform pan and place in freezer

 

OR another variation

1/2 cup almond meal

3 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

5 pitted dates

1 Tbsp coconut oil

Blitz in a food processor to combine. and press into mini springform pan

 

Vanilla Cheesecake Layer

1/2 cup low fat cream cheese

3 Tbsp chobani plain 0% fat greek yoghurt

2-3 Tbsp rice malt syrup

1/2 a vanilla bean (cut in half scraping the bean to get the vanilla out).

 

Blitz all ingredients a food processer until smooth (taste test and add more rice malt syrup if preferred).  Pour ontop of base and place in freezer for 4 hours until set so when you cut it its not going to slop over the plate.

Berry Layer

A handful of frozen or fresh mixed berries sprinkled in a mound over the vanilla cheesecake layer.  Drizzle with rice malt syrup or honey if you like!

 

You can freeze this for up to a month but allow to defrost a little so its not rock hard and freezing cold.  But you dont want it to mushy either.  So about 30 minutes or leave in fridge for about an hour before  serving.

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