BRILLIANT BEAN BROWNIES

There are no black beans in these brownies. I repeat, these brownies are black bean free. I sometimes feel that black beans have a slightly overpowering taste, even when smothered in chocolate. When I make a bean based brownie I like to use cannelini beans as you still get the health benefits of them being a plant based dessert that’s full of fibre, but with a less ‘beany’ taste.

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STRAWBERRY AND VANILLA BEAN PORRIDGE

It’s a weird time of year in Melbourne. We’re oscillating between smoothie and cold drink weather and warm porridge weather. Sort of typical Melbourne really. This porridge straddles that fence nicely. Strawberries are abundant at the moment as the weather heats up around the country and they are so delicious teamed with the vanilla scented creaminess of this porridge.

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BANANA CHOCOLATE MARBLED SMOOTHIE

 

This smoothie is both tasty and pretty. And full of the good stuff of course! You can use your preferred milk but almond or oat would both be delicious choices. The marbled effect is easy to do and makes for a pretty finish. We eat with our eyes first and I find the nice my food looks the more mindful I am when eating it.

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BANANA AND SALTED CHOC CHIP MUFFINS


If you’re after a quick and easy¬†gluten free, low fat, low sugar snack then these are for you. They are so so good. Especially straight from the oven. Is there anything better than breaking open a muffin straight from the oven filled with oozing melting chocolate? I think not.

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CHOCOLATE, BANANA AND ROASTED ALMOND SLAB CAKE




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This cake is rich and dense, with a texture that sits on the fence somewhere between cake and brownie. I’ve been wanting to try banana flour for a while and thought what better way than in something banana flavoured? The main flavour note in these is definitely chocolate though but with banana jumping up and down on the sidelines and cinnamon lingering in the background, they make for a happy little team. I threw the roasted almonds in as a support act, and they’re a delicious addition.

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ALMOND AND OAT COCONUT BLISS BALLS

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I love snacking and have a serious sweet tooth so these are an afternoon life saver for me! I created them to use up the last of the coconut butter I made a couple of weeks ago. And they are delicious. They are sweetened with dates, I only use 4 in the whole recipe as too many kills my tummy. If you can’t tolerate them at all you could easily replace with maple or rice malt syrup. Just add by the tablespoon until the mixture sticks together…. I’d start with 2Tbs.

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