Kid friendly

Vegan Christmas Cake

This cake is a good mix of ‘easy’ + ‘Xmas-spice-fruity combo’. And with molasses and not too much sugar I call it health food. Actually I’ve been known to call it breakfast! It’s not a long lasting cake but never needs to be! Ingredients 675 g mixed fruit 450 ml water 150 ml oil (rice […]

Continue Reading

Cookie dough truffles

Prepare to swoon. These truffles have been grabbing all the attention at school, after school, at talks and events. For parties I coat them in chocolate. More commonly they’re in the freezer nude for a quick high protein snack. Play the secret-ingredient game. Few people will pick they’re made of chickpeas. Ingredients 1 can cooked […]

Continue Reading

Cranberry coconut truffles

Truffles are an excellent way of getting all manner of great ingredients into children. And importantly because they look pretty kids are usually keen to try them. Again. And again. Made with whole ingredients these balls are good filler uppers. Cranberry coconut truffles Ingredients 2 cups desiccated coconut1 cup ground almonds¼ cup cranberries¼ cup maple syrup1 […]

Continue Reading

Egg & dairy-free fruity loaf

As a child I remember bowls of dried fruit soaked in tea overnight ready for baking the next day. This recipe harks back to a rhythm and comfort of my mother’s kitchen. It’s hard to beat a thick slice of moist spicy fruit loaf. Of course in those days it was covered in butter. But it tastes […]

Continue Reading

Sugar-free sweet potato brownie

Hail to Deliciously Ella for the idea of putting kumara (sweet potato) into a brownie recipe. The satisfying starch works beautifully to fill up hungry children. The original recipe uses almond meal so can easily be gluten free. I’ve changed it according to what I had in the pantry and it worked just fine. I’ve […]

Continue Reading

Two ways with quinoa

This should read 202 ways with quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) such is the versatility of this seed. Seed?? Yes! It’s commonly referred to as a grain but is technically a seed – which is great if you’re looking for a non-grain grain. Use it instead of rice, eat it hot or cold, sprout it, you can […]

Continue Reading

Gluten free cookies for kids on the go (& adults)

Confession. There are a couple of occasions when my oil free mantra goes out the window – garlicky oil drizzled on homemade pizza – or worse the temptation of a hot chip. Yes I’m imperfectly perfect. So these cookies are one of the few recipes in these pages that contain coconut oil. 1 Tbl chia soaked […]

Continue Reading

Gluten-free fast food that’s healthy

Time stealers. They have a habit of turning up at the end of the week. And they steal more than time. They steal energy, motivation, and that I’m-never-eating-crap-food-again intention from earlier in the week. It’s in these moments that something quick and delicious can divert your longing for a fast food fix. We’re a bit […]

Continue Reading

How to make chocolate mousse in 5 minutes

Simple and elegant, this chocolate pud delivers dreamy delight with accents of surprise. Play with the amounts of cacao powder (rich in nutrients but you can use cocoa), sweetener and spices to suit children and double-chocolate lovers. Avoid overripe avocados as they will dominate the flavour. Throw it all in and adjust. You can’t go […]

Continue Reading

Energy Balls That Power Pack Your Kid’s Lunchbox

Are processed bars and snacks sneaking into your kitchen cupboards? Would you love to provide a healthier homemade version? When my son and his friends gobble up these not-too-sweet-chocolatey treats I know they are getting sustained energy, omegas, iron and all manner of vitamins and minerals.  Attention athletes, yogis and busy mums: these will keep you […]

Continue Reading