Chocolate Raspberry Squares

Chocolate raspberry squaresChocolate Raspberry Squares … of H-E-A-V-E-N!!!!! Seriously! These little towers of ‘healthy indulgence’ are out-of-this-world delicious! Their fresh and vibrant flavor shines through with every bite!

The dark ‘chocolatey’ goodness compliments the natural sweetness of the raspberries so incredibly well 🙂 It’s tough making these little treats last! Yup, they’re just that good!

These tasty creations are free from refined sugar, gluten free, dairy free, raw, high in healthy fats and vegan! Continue reading

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Chocolate Nana-Nice Cream

I love chocolate! And I am so so so grateful that Raw Cacao is so delicious and so incredibly good for you. Boasting a truck load of amazing health benefits, the perfect Superfood has become a staple in my kitchen cupboard. From raw vegan cheesecakes, to raw bliss balls, to a warm cup of healthy hot chocolate, it definitely has a very special place in my heart!

It also happens to be one of the 3 ingredients used to create this delicious refined sugar free, vegan Chocolate Nana-Nice Cream. Continue reading

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Pic’s Peanut Butter Factory Tour

Recipes (6)I am such an avid fan of supporting local businesses, and in Nelson, I’m so lucky to have access to an array of beautiful products made locally. From locally picked frozen berries to Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, I make a point of supporting local businesses and reducing my carbon footprint as much as I can. In these modern times I believe every little helps!

That brings me to one of my most favorite locally made products, and one that has featured in a number of my published recipes, the ever so popular Pic’s Peanut ButterContinue reading

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Cinnamon Spiced Muffin Cookies

Recipes (1)As I write this post, I’m finishing off a cup of delicious hot cinnamon spiced tea, that I have recently fallen in love with. I picked some up from The Hollow, Nelson and it’s this tea blend that I used in these cinnamon spiced muffin cookies. The tea has a very strong aroma of cinnamon, spices and cloves. I love this tea for a treat, as it is naturally very sweet, however I’ve found that the cinnamon sorts out any blood sugar fluctuations. Once a pot of this is brewing, you can’t resist scoffing on some sort of delicious treat, and that’s where these ‘muffin cookies’ shine! Continue reading

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Coco-Choc Bounty Tarts

Recipes (3)I love everything coconut. From coconut oil to coconut water to freshly cracked whole coconuts! I’m Loco for Coco!!! These delicious Coco-Choc Bounty Tarts have to be one of my favorite recipes! They are so decadent, and the combination of chocolate and coconut is insanely scrumptious! With the added sweet nutty base, these tarts are like the average bounty bars (minus the bad stuff, loaded with good stuff) and taken to a whole other level! 

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Chewy Granola Bars

Granola Bars! Best! Things! Ever! For me, being a Type 1 Diabetic, my sugar levels can sometimes go haywire. There are SO many things that can affect sugar levels. Hormones, periods, exercise (or lack thereof), coffee, insufficient sleep, out of routine meals, stress, and the list goes on and on. Through ups and downs, it can be a real roller coaster. The joys of Type 1!!! For me, sugar lows are the worst, and the scariest as they can drop so low so quickly, and that’s when you need something like these delicious chewy granola bars to pick them back up, and sustain your levels, without causing them to spike.

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I try really hard to manage myself to the best of my ability, but sometimes I don’t always get it right. I’ve realized that being kind to myself is the best treatment, and understanding there are sometimes things I cannot control.

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Chocolate Energy Bliss Balls

Our lives are busy, and without even realizing it, they are super fast paced. Think about it – where the hell did July go?? In a blink it was gone! So, time fly’s by so quickly, we really need to try and make the most of every moment. The best way to do this is to have high energy levels, so that we have the ability to live our lives to the fullest. I believe that diet and lifestyle play a huge role in sustained energy, and this recipe is definitely one to get those energy levels up (and keep them there) when you need it.

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One of the massive things I’ve noticed since I changed my diet and my lifestyle is the huge increase in sustained energy levels. Now don’t get me wrong, we all have ‘those’ kind of days where we can’t be arsed to do anything. Be it hormones or whatever, at the end of the day we are all human. Despite this, my energy levels have been awesome!  Continue reading

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Black Bean Peanut Butter Brownies

Oh! My! Goodness! Who knew you could create the most amazing textured, gooey brownies with … wait for it … BLACK BEANS!!!!! It’s insane! But soooooo good!!!! Now I must say, I am definitely one for trying out crazy combinations and crazy ingredients, and this one just hit the nail on the head! This could be, possibly, one of my favorite recipes to date! Yes, it’s that good!

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Call me crazy, but I get so excited when I discover new and brilliant uses for simple ingredients, such as black beans. From adding beetroot and other root vegetables to healthy treats, to using frozen bananas to create the most creamiest delicious (dairy free and sugar free) ice cream, to using the water in canned chickpeas for making vegan ‘whipped cream’  seems like total madness, but it works!!!! Continue reading

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Hazelnut and Pistachio Crispy Quinoa Clusters

Oooohhhh this one’s a goodie! This Hazelnut and Pistachio Crispy Quinoa Clusters recipe is so tasty, and really hard to stop at one. Let’s admit it, we’re all fans of tasty treats! Whether it be sweet or savory. The hard part is to know when to stop, and that includes the healthy treats you’ll find here. 

Hazelnut and Pistachio Crispy Quinoa Clusters

I recently came across two ingredients, that I knew would create something spectacular. Crispy quinoa puffs and a jar of (freaking delicious) hazelnut butter! Hazelnut butter and me have a special connection, we understand each other, really really well 🙂  Continue reading

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Feijoa and Coconut Muffins

Experimenting in the kitchen with different fruits can be exciting and challenging. For me, playing with the New Zealand Feijoa fruit has been incredibly fun. Coming from South Africa, I had never ever heard of such fruit, never mind tasting it. So I was ‘over the moon’ excited to try out this cute little odd shaped fruit, especially being someone who loves trying different fruits and vegetables. I instantly fell in love with the flavor, and that was me, hooked 🙂 So you can imagine how happy I was when a lovely friend blessed me with a whole bag full of the funny little fruits, straight off the tree from her friends farm. So incredibly grateful was I!

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Having literally zero carbon footprint, and falling into the ‘eat local’ where possible category, I had to put my thinking cap on to decide what I’d make with so many delicious Feijoa’s. I came up with a tasty muffin recipe. Best of all it’s vegan friendly, gluten free, refined sugar free and dairy free! Whoop whoop!!!  Continue reading

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