“Banoffee” Chia Pudding

Banoffee Chia Pudding

Banoffee Chia Pudding

I like breakfast to be as hassle free as possible and it doesn’t get much easier than this!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of nut milk (I used hazlenut)
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 banana
  • 3-4 dates
  • A drizzle of coconut milk
  • 1 tsp of Maca
  • A handful of cacao nibs
METHOD
  1. Put the chia seeds & the nut milk in a glass jar & sllow to set for at least 1 hour (I make it just before going to bed)
  2. For the “Banoffee”, blend together 3/4 of the banana, dates, maca & enough coconut milk to give a creamy smooth texture.
  3. Slice the remaining banana thinly & place along the inside of the jar on top of the (by now) set chia pudding.
  4. Pour in the banoffee mixture & sprinkle with the cacao nibs
  5. Enjoy!
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MLK…..Milk Minus the Moo.

MLK - Milk minus the Moo

MLK – Milk minus the Mo

I honestly can’t remember the last time I tasted something so unexpectedly delicious!

Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE almond milk, but apart from the really processed ones, aren’t they all pretty similar? No! These ones from The Good Little Cook are without question the best I’ve ever tasted, and more importantly, they get a big thumbs up from my Little Love.

These are made from pure filtered water and 20% raw activated almonds – a hell of a lot more than you’ll find in some big name brands. You won’t find any hidden nasties here either. There are absolutely no refined sugar, preservatives, emulsifiers or stabilisers. Granted they don’t have as long a shelf life but I don’t know about you, I like my food fresh so don’t consider this an issue.

The original comes in 3 sizes: 1 litre (€5.50), 500ml (€4.50) and 250ml (€3.00), and Beetroot, Carob come in 250ml (€3.50).

As I’m sure you know, these can be used exactly like “normal” milk….think tea/coffee, cereal, smoothies, ice cream etc. The flavoured ones (pictured) are a fantastic stand-alone product. My Little Love can expect them to make an appearance in her school bag and her Sunday dinner wine glass!! I bought these at Sonas Health Foods in Newcastle West and they are also available at Mahon Point Farmers Market on Thursdays. Did I mention that they are local? Proudly made in County Limerick…..another reason to love them for sure!

So where do I stand personally on the dairy issue?

While I don’t subscribe to a “one-size-sits-all” mentality when it comes to diet and lifestyle, I do believe that there are a lot of benefits to eliminating dairy. Many people have a sensitivity to lactose, the natural sugar in milk, because they don’t have the enzyme (lactase) needed to break it down. It is present in raw milk, but unfortunately the pasteurisation process kills it off. We have been brought up to believe that dairy is an essential source of calcium, but there is a large body of research emerging, that questions it’s bioavailability in the human body. We need to acknowledge the use of pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones in agriculture, all of which can potentially end up in the finished products. And what of the animal welfare and environmental issues?

Clearly there is a lot to be considered and I think it is definitely worth experimenting. After all you won’t be required to take the dairy free equivalent of a pioneer pledge! And who knows you might be pleasantly surprised if digestive disorders and skin complaints start to clear up.

MLK from The Good Little Cook is a great place to start your dairy free adventures. Go get some today!

Rose “Ferrero Rocher” Hearts……(for My Mom, With Love)

Rose Ferrero Rocher

Rose Ferrero Rocher

While I’m not a great believer in Hallmark holidays, I do tolerate Mothers day.

After all, I am One and I have One! But aren’t there better ways to spend a sunday morning than crumb-chasing following the obligatory breakfast in bed? Do any of us really need another “I love you Mum” mug? A “Best Mum” necklace? (Any takers? Anyone? No I didn’t think so!) Don’t get me wrong, we appreciate the gesture, but in my opinion that’s not what it’s all about. Mothers Day is a great opportunity to acknowledge that your Mom is also an actual person, with actual stuff going on in her own life. (Shock shock horror I know right?) It’s no secret that Mothers have a tendency to put everyone’s needs ahead of their own, so it feels pretty darn good when a loved one recognises this.

This got me thinking about what I could do for my mother…..

As a result of some health issues, she has been on an elimination diet. As anyone who has ever done one will tell you, it is hardcore and very difficult to stick to. She has done really, really well and we are all extrememly proud of her. While not as restrictive as the initial period, her food choices are still very limited now.  What better way to express my gratitude than to make a tasty little treat just for her!

And that my friends is how these Rose “Ferrero Rocher” Hearts came about!

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Happy Mothering Sunday to all you ladies out there….you rock!

Love you lots Mom. Xx
INGREDIENTS:

2 tbs melted coconut oil

1/8 cup of cacao powder

1 tbs of date paste

1 tbs of hazlenut butter

A small handful of roughly chopped hazlenuts

A dusting of rose petals

METHOD:

1. Whisk the cacao powder into the melted coconut oil & add the date paste

2. Half fill the heart moulds and put in the fridge to set

3. Place a dollop of hazlenut butter in the centre & a sprinkling of rose petals

4. Top with the remaining chocolate mix, nuts & rose petals before returning to the fridge to set.

5. Enjoy!!

Peanut Butter Cups

Some recipes don’t need an introduction…..this just so happens to be one of them!

Peanut Cups

Peanut Butter Cups

INGREDIENTS

3 tbs coconut oil (melted)

1/4 cup raw cacao powder (I use Iswari….you can buy it here)

Date paste (made from 5 dates approx)

4 tsp of peanut butter

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METHOD

1. Whisk the cacao into the melted coconut oil & add the date paste

2. Put a tsp (approx) into each mini muffin case & pop in the freezer for 15 minutes to set

3. Add 1/2 tsp of peanut butter to each & divide the remaining chocolate mix equally.

4. Put them back in the freezer to set

5. Enjoy…..Mmmmm!!!peanutbuttercups.jpg.jpeg

When is a Biscuit not a Biscuit??

When my Little Love was born, I promised that I would do my utmost to protect her precious little taste buds from all the “edible” rubbish out there.

I was doing really well until she started attending a pre-school that provided meals. Up until this point I had full control over everything that passed her sweet little lips, and I was definitely uneasy with this new situation. Alas my fears were justified, and it quickly became evident that the dietary requests I made on my daughters behalf were largely ignored! Even though we left that particular establishment, a tiny seed of rebellion had been planted in my Little Love’s mind. It was soon after that, that the tantrums over sweets at the checkout started, and she began refusing all sorts of food at home.

To say I was exasperated was an understatement. After all, I had a background in nutrition!I was the teenage waitress that looked on in horror as toddlers were passed sippy cups filled with fizzy drinks! How could it be that my own child’s diet was anything less than perfect?

And there it was….my “ah ha” moment. The perfect diet doesn’t exist! Not for me, and not for my daughter. An adult can make educated decisions regarding food, but the same can not be said for a child. As a parent, it is my job to gently guide and support my Little Love as she figures it out. It is not my job to come over all “Dickensian” and control absolutely every morsel she eats! We work together. She is involved in all the food making decisions, from what she wants for breakfast to what we’ll cook for dinner. Over all we do quite well, but I do still need to take the reins when it comes to sugar. We have a strict no treats rule monday to friday, and yes, some days she does feel like the most hard done by Kid in the world! For the really bad days, I have a few recipes up my sleeve, one of which you’ll find here.

If it’s shaped like a biscuit and looks like a biscuit, it must be a biscuit right?

These are free from gluten, dairy & most importantly refined sugar. They take less than 5 minutes to put together, and are a big hit with my Little Love.

Give them a try and see what you think!

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup of gluten-free oats

4 dates

1 banana

1 tbs desiccated coconut

1 tbs chia seeds

Handful of cacao nibs

METHOD

1. Blitz the oats, banana and dates

2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients

3. Roll into balls & flatten (this makes approx 8 depending on what size you make them)

4. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes & leave to cool on a baking tray

5. Enjoy!!

Oat & Banana Biscuits

Oat & Banana Biscuits