Gypsy Chocolate Smoothie

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With a big dose of inspiration from the beautiful guys at Sunflower Hotel, I’ve tried to re-create my favourite smoothie!

Seriously a dose of deliciousness in here :-)

200 ml Coconut Water
1 Banana
3 Medjool Dates
Tablespoon Raw Cacao
A few fresh Strawberries (or blueberries, or frozen berries or whatever you can find)
Tablespoon Nut Butter (I use Hazelnut)
Sprinkle of Cinnamon

Whizz up and voila!  If you like a smooth smoothie :-) just add more coconut water, or like me if you like to eat yours for dessert with a spoon.. just hold back on the liquid.

I don’t usually measure everything out but the above is my estimate and makes enough for one smoothie. Just double if you’re super hungry or fancy sharing. Enjoy! xx

Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits

 

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Who doesn’t love to reach for a biccie to accompany their afternoon cup of tea? I always have a stash of Protein Balls in the fridge or some yummy Raw Orange Dark Chocolate on hand for this exact occasion, so when I first tasted these little bites of chewy deliciousness straight from the oven, I was a bit excited to add them to my options for a healthy afternoon treat!  They can be whipped up in almost as much time as it takes to boil the kettle!  (well.. almost :-0)

This recipie is courtesy of The Wellness Temple, where you can find heaps of healthy, tasty treats. Continue reading

Coconut Pumpkin Soup

IMG_7713The most deeeeeeelicous Pumpkin Soup recipe ever! This one is simple and easy to whip up. Another Sarah Wilson creation.

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 kg pumpkin, peeled and cubed
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 litre hot water
1 400ml tin of coconut cream (or coconut milk)
top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dash of love

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Hey Presto, It’s Pesto!

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With all the hype surrounding Kale these days, being a superfood, high in vitamins and antioxidants and all round wonderfully good for you, I’ve started adding it to my diet. I like to use Organic Kale, as with any leafy or porous fruit or veggie, I like them chemical free :-)

Looking at different ways to cook Kale, i’ve experimented with steaming, grilling and baking as kale chips. All are tasty options .. but the best way I’ve found to enjoy it, without feeling like you’re a rabbit munching away on bucket loads of green leafys… is to make it into a pesto!  Continue reading

Chocolate Mousse

Easy Peasy Chocolate Mousse!

Easy Peasy Chocolate Mousse!

As I think we’ve established, I have a slight sweet tooth! So any recipe with chocolate in the title and that is deemed healthy, sugar free, diary free and gluten free is HIGH on my favourites list :-)  So I was pretty excited to find two great recipes for a healthy Chocolate Mousse!

Both have similar ingredients and are super easy to make and after a few rounds of taste testing, and yes there have been a few, I’ve added just a hint more raw cacao and a tad more rice malt syrup to add to the sweetness. They are from two new foodie inspirations I’ve come across in my travels recently and who’s recipes I’m having fun recreating.

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Chocolate & Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Chocolate & Coconut Milk Ice Cream topped with Raspberries

Chocolate & Coconut Milk Ice Cream topped with Raspberries

I found myself making this delight, after raiding the kitchen one afternoon seeking a sweet treat.. with none to be found! So I headed straight to the beautiful Miss Sarah Wilson’s new cookbook and with relief I find just what I’m looking for, Chocolate & Coconut Milk Ice Cream!

It’s a simple recipe with only 4 ingredients:

* 400ml can full-fat Coconut Milk
* 1/3 cup Raw Cacao Powder
* 1/4 cup Rice Malt Syrup
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder

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Crescent Head & Port Macquarie

Hello my lovely friends, apologies for my tardiness in writing and uploading photos, it seems I’m getting carried away with enjoying myself :-) I do love writing and posting and promise to try and share with you a little more often. So, where was I oh yes, only a short drive from the Goolawah Co-operative are some amazing days trips, more lovely beaches and historic sites to explore!

One such place is Crescent head, a surfers paradise where there is an easy going vibe and a “share the ocean” approach that is still embraced by the locals. Continue reading

Living off the grid!

Recently some friends and I were in Bangalow, talking over a long lunch about how wonderful it would be to have a sea change, a change of pace, leaving the city and full time work behind and buying some land together in this beautiful area. We would build our own houses, share our love of good food with a beautiful big veggie garden, working together and even looking after each others’ children when the time came.  So when I found a farm host describing themselves as living life in a co-operative community doing just that, I knew I had to check it out.

Goolawah land sharing Co-operative is nestled in the bush behind the gorgeous surf beaches of Crescent Head and a short drive away from the town of Port Macquarie. Continue reading

My Favourite Things to do in Byron

The first stop on my road trip adventure brings me to the beautiful, bohemian town of Byron! This little utopian surf haven sits on the most eastern point of mainland Australia and is home to amazing beaches, beautiful sunsets and some very cool and colourful people.

I LOVED the time I spent here and if you’re lucky enough to visit this awesome little town, here are a few of my favourite things to do that might help you get the best out of Byron. Continue reading

Famers Markets – Keeping it Local

A day out at the Bangalow Farmers Markets

After living and working on a banana plantation and being involved in the planning, planting, cultivating and packing of the produce, I have a new found respect for the farmers and producers who provide us with our fresh produce and how much bloody hard work goes into it!

It’s a whole new experience to be so involved and see how much effort, dedication and love goes into producing these little fruits and I consider myself very lucky enough to be able to see where our beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables really come from. Continue reading