Archive | October, 2013

Healthy Gluten Free Sugar Free Muesli bars

30 Oct

Finding healthy, grab & go snacks that my little one gets excited about can be a challenge at times. But not anymore – she loves these Muesli Bars.

Packing lunches & making sure I have healthy snacks for days out can be a chore, I get tired of continuously baking biscuits & muffins. I am often guilty of over-using natures fast food, but fortunately my daughter loves her fruit! But one can’t eat fruit alone!!

These Muesli Bars are a Mama’s best friend – they require no cooking, can be made with what ever grains, nuts, seeds & dried fruits you have on hand & they only take a few minutes to whip up.

I love them, because they keep for quite a while in an airtight jar in the cupboard & they freeze well – which means you have instant snacks on hand – no baking required 🙂

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Healthy Gluten Free Muesli Bars a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1 c oats
  • 1/4 c desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 c quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 c dried apricots (roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 c cashew nuts (roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 c sunflower seeds
  • 2 t chia seeds
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 c honey
  • 50gm unsalted butter

Combine the first eight ingredients in a bowl & set aside. Put the honey & butter into a saucepan & heat till gently boiling. The longer you boil it for the more caramelised & harder your muesli bars will be. I heat my honey syrup to soft ball stage & this gives me a slightly chewy muesli bar.

To test if your syrup is at soft ball stage, drop half a teaspoon of your syrup into a glass of cold water – if it balls up in the water then its ready.

Pour your syrup into your bowl of dry ingredients & stir well to combine. Pour your mix into a lightly greased pan & press down well. Leave to set for a few hours in the refrigerator.

Once your muesli bar is set cut it into squares or bars & store in an airtight jar or freeze them ready to pull them out.

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Enjoy

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Home made Lotion Bars – great homemade gifts

20 Oct

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As Christmas fast approaches we are starting the fun of trialing different natural treats that we can make for all of our friends & family this festive season.

These lotion bars are super easy to make & don’t require any fancy equipment, they can be made using a muffin tray, cupcake pans or any empty containers you have lying around.

The bars are solid at room temperature & when rubbed onto your skin a tiny amount melts leaving a thin veil of moisturising butter & oil on your skin. They smell devine & feel silky smooth to touch – they are a real treat for dry skin.

Using our basic Lotion Bar recipe you can tailor make a bar for your loved ones by using different oils, butters & essential oils. Although they are a slightly feminine gift you can make a more masculine versionswith essential oils of cedarwood & tea tree oil to create a manly smelling lotion bar that would have antiseptic qualities.

Our Sweet Orange lotion bar is a great sweet smelling all round lotion bar with the added bonus of honey & soothing shea butter. While our Mocha Mint lotion bars are great for massaging into cellulite &  sore & tired shoulders – the coffee beans embedded through the bar create a lovely massaging sensation as you rub them over the skin & they have the added benefit of smelling like heaven 🙂

Sweet Orange Lotion Bars a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 teaspoons organic honey
  • 50 grams beeswax
  • 40 grams shea nut butter
  • 40 grams coconut oil
  • 10 drops of orange essential oil
  • 4 drops of geranium essential oil

Place wax, shea butter & coconut oil in a glass or ceramic jar or container – set this in a pot of simmering water to melt. Once they have all melted together take your mix out of the hot water & let cool slightly & add your honey & essential oils, stirring well. Pour into your moulds & let cool for 24 hours to set well. I find silicon muffin moulds work really well for this as the bars just pop right out. If you have trouble removing your lotion bars from the moulds set them in the freezer for a few hours to set hard & they should come out much easier. The recipe should make 4 muffin size lotion bars.

Mocha Mint Butt Bar a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 50 grams beeswax
  • 40 grams cocoa butter
  • 40 grams sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 4 Tablespoons of coffee beans

Make as with the Sweet Orange lotion bars, except after you have poured your mixture into the moulds top with 1 tablespoon of coffee beans for each mould.

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Go forth & create yummy lotion bars – your family will love you 🙂

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Make your own Natural Hair Styling Gel

10 Oct

hair-styling-gelThis recipe is so easy, its almost embarrassing to post. But it works so well that I just have to post it!!

A few ingredients from your pantry is all you will need to make this Super easy Styling Gel. It really makes me wonder why I ever brought styling gel??

All you need is gelatine, peppermint tea bags, a spray bottle & your choice of essential oils, that is it!!!

This styling gel leaves my hair soft, shiny & supple, not gunky or glued together & it washes out easily just with water, if you have gone “no-poo”.

This tames my un-ruly & sometimes fluffy curly hair, effortlessly. I have used a whole host of costly, chemical, synthetic concoctions to try to tame my hair over the years & this simple little Styling Gel is up there with the best of them, but it only costs cents to make 🙂

The only draw back is that it does need to be kept in the fridge or it will go off, even in the fridge it has a limited shelf life of several weeks. To get around this I make small batches often, it only takes minutes to whip up a new batch so its not that much effort!

You can make your Styling Gel with water if you like, but I like making mine with peppermint tea as it is purported to help stimulate the hair follicles &  promote hair growth. I use orange essential oil as it is also great for promoting hair growth. But mainly because I am in love with the combination of peppermint & orange, it just smells so fresh, zesty & clean.

Zesty Fresh Hair Styling Gel a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 1/4 teaspoon unflavoured gelatine
  • 1/2 c hot water
  • 2 peppermint tea bags
  • 4 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint oil

Place peppermint tea bags in the hot water to steep for 5 – 10 minutes, remove the tea bags & add in the gelatine & stir to dissolve (you can do it in a pot on the stove if your peppermint tea is too cool). Once the gelatine has melted place your mix in the fridge & let it set for several hours. Once it is completely cool & set add your essential oils & stir through.  Use a funnel to pour it into your spray bottle. Keep your gel in the fridge, to stop it going off.

This Styling Gel works equally well on dry or wet hair, I prefer to style my hair wet, as a comb & dry curls always results in a very attractive afro.

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You can see the patch at the back that got no Styling Gel & is still frizzy!

You can tweak the recipe to suit your hair & preferences by changing your tea base & essential oils:

Chammomile tea is great for blondes & will add natural shine & enhance natural highlights. It can also help to tame coarse hair, helping to smooth the hair follicles

Rosemary tea is great for dark hair & is the best tonic for dry hair, it will keep hair glossy. Its well known for its antioxidant & growth stimulant properties.

Lavender is great for conditioning all hair types.

Horsetail tea is high in minerals & strengthens hair while adding  a healthy shine.

So get into that pantry of yours & start making your own chemical free styling products for cents.

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Banana, Coconut and Apricot Healthy Cup Cakes

3 Oct

These are not the cup cakes your used to seeing, no airy vanilla cake topped with a pile of super sweet frosting.

But these cup cakes taste just as good, without all of the nasties.

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I am not a fan of banana cake, banana loaf or any other way you bake with banana’s. I think that most banana baked goods end up tasting heavy, gluggy & slightly uncooked. These cup cakes do none of that.

They taste like a super moist loaf cake, but with a more crumbly cake like texture. They are delightful & not dense or heavy at all. The little bursts of sweet apricot give these cupcakes that added something extra & the coconut – why that almost makes them tropical 😉

These are so good that if you look at the photo;s closely you will see steam!, I could not leave these to cool on the bench for fear that I would only have crumbs left to photograph.

Banana, coconut & apricot healthy cup cakes a’la Mama Going Natural

You will need:

  • 3 ripe banana’s mashed
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 2/3 c kefir or yoghurt
  • 3 T coconut oil
  • 1 c wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 c white spelt flour
  • 4 t baking powder
  • 2 sticks stevia
  • 1/2 c coconut sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t himalayan salt
  • 1/4 c chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 c shredded coconut

Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, mix all of the wet ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients gently. Pour into cup cake pans & bake for 30 mins at 175 degrees.

I love making cup cake size versions as they are perfect for small hands, cook fast ( so therefore less electricity) and my favourite of all – portion control. I can’t be trusted with a knife & cake, my pieces look more like I am trying to teach my daughter fractions – naturally starting with 1/2’s & 1/4’s. So cup cakes are much more friendly to my waist line 🙂

Enjoy

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