Dashboard Cookies

It’s going to get to around 40 degrees celsius today but we still wanted to bake.

I tossed around no-bake ideas but we then decided to experiment with using the hot car as an oven. 
Guess what?! It worked!
You will need:
3/4 cup mixed grain cereal or muesli
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon honey
100g chocolate chips
2 tablespoons milk of your choice

Combine all ingredients until well mixed.
There are many substitutions in this recipe- swap out the chips for dried fruit, the flour for coconut flour or the milk for oat or almond milk. 
Place spoonfuls of the mix onto a tray with baking paper.
Any cookie recipe would work out in the heat. I just wanted a chunky, chocolate & nut cookie recipe.
Place on car dashboard checking every half hour, careful as the tray gets extremely hot! I left this outside in the sun for a total of 1 hour and 40 minutes.

The baking process is much longer than using a traditional oven, but is a great activity for children and hasn’t cost us anything in electricity.

As we normally would we placed the cookies on a wire rack to cook & then enjoyed. What a great result!

Eggnog Pancakes

So easy to make & only three ingredients.

These are rough measurements so have a play with quantities. 
In a bowl I mixed, half a cup of eggnog, half a cup if self raising flour & one egg. 

Once a smooth texture I fried piklet-sized cakes on a non-stick pan for about a minute on each side. 

I topped the stack (makes about ten) with banana slices & maple syrup.

Chocolate Mint Truffles

These were a bit of an experiment but they resulted in a tasty, minty truffle that’s soft & fudge-like on the inside!

Completely UN healthy but ’tis the season to be jolly & full.
Rather than eating them yourself, make them as a gift!

These are so easy to make & literally include a handful of ingredients.
You will need:
Two packets of mint slice biscuits
200g of light cream cheese
250g melted chocolate
Crushed candy canes/white chocolate for decoration 
 
Blend the mint slice (or any biscuit of choice) until crumbled, a few lumps are okay & easily crushed by hand.
Combine the cream cheese and biscuit with an electric mixer.
Once combined, using wet hands roll into bite size balls & refrigerate for two hours.

 

Once firm, melt the chocolate and coat each truffle and place back into the fridge.
Decorate eat truffle with some melted white chocolate or crushed candy canes or even some nuts or coconut.
Refrigerate again for a couple of hours.
Don’t eat them all at once!!
They should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days.

 

 

 

 

Vegan Eggnog

I came up with this recipe as I was stunned that I could not find a vegan or dairy free eggnog anywhere in stores.

Even the health food stores have me blank stares.
This has a similar consistancy to eggnog without the egg part!
You will need: 
1 avocado
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
Pinch ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons agave
1/4 cup rum (optional)

Blend all ingredients, starting with almost frozen avocado and coconut milk.
It has a thicker, fuller consistency than a smoothie and ice could be added too.
I didn’t add the rum as I didn’t have any but it would give it that adult kick.
The Wee-Man loved it and drank lost of it. The avocado have it the good fats and helped with the thickness. I found the coconut milk in a long life pack at Coles, rather than using the tinned milk.
You could also add a squeeze of lemon juice to help with the darkening of te avocado and for a bit more flavour too. I LOVE eggnog but the packages varieties are high in fat and calories and I haven’t come across even a ‘light’ variety as of yet.
Hope you enjoy.

Stuffed Mini Capsicums

Made a light snack today, super easy and quick with some things I had in the fridge.

This was easy to do with some mini capsicums and about two tablespoons of light cream cheese
I added a teaspoon of honey & 10 crushed pistachios. Mix and then stuff each capsicum. This made four little bite sized capsicums and were sweet and salty. 

iHerb

Everyone is shopping online, for everything! Clothes, shoes, baby goods & foods.

I work in retail & I really should be doing the whole ‘supporting the economy’ but when prices are high for everything we are all trying to save a few bucks.
I adore shopping online for products that cannot be purchased in Australia or if they can be purchased here they are ridiculously priced, even taking into account shipping, the middle man & staff wages.
For health products I shop with iHerb or VitaCost. The latter does tend to take way too long to send to Australia which is why I always recommend iHerb.
Today I received my biggest haul of protein & food bars. These are perfect for before or after workouts but also as a quick meal or snack for busy periods.
See my post on Quest Bars, as today I’m enjoying the moorish Luna Bar.

As mentioned I work in retails, this is our busiest time of the year & does mean there’s sometimes no time for lunch breaks or it’s so under the pump that my calorie burn is high.

Today I’m enjoying a Luna Bar Asa quick snack as it’s a busy day an I need some extra energy. We don’t have a fridge at work so it can be hard to sometimes bring fresh foods and I don’t always want to spend money on food court meals that tend to be highly processed and high in salts and fats.
Luna Bars contain 70% organic ingredients and are high in calcium, folic acid, antioxidants A, C & E and 9 grams of fibre. They’re great as a treat and not to have daily as they do contain 13 grams of sugar. But calorie-wise they sit at about 180 which is almost on bar with a standard museli bar.

Calcium is important for bone growth and strength and also plays a part in regulating blood pressure. Vitamin D aids the aids the calcium absorption. Folic acid helps in cell development & Irons helps the transfer or oxygen to the muscles. 


For more information visit

http://www.lunabar.com

Coconut Yoghurt Smoothie

I think this is the best smoothie that I’ve made so far…

It is completely dairy free, gluten free & vegan. 

I had some coconut yoghurt in the fridge so I popped it in a blender along with two frozen bananas a tablespoon of chia seeds a teaspoon of agave syrup and a handful of frozen blueberries. 

Blend all ingredients and it will become a thick consistency. It’s a very creamy and sweet but bursting with antioxidants, potassium and is low GI.
Wee Man loved this combination too & said it tasted like melted Ice Cream! 
Yum!!