Archive | December, 2013

Creamy Banana, Chocolate & Peanut Butter Ice Blocks

28 Dec

iceblockAs the temperatures soar here in Australia we are constantly looking for ways to cool down.

What better way than a dip in the pool with a creamy, chocolate ice block in hand……..heavenly!!

These ice blocks are super creamy with their banana base, yummy hit of pure cacao & of course the addition of homemade peanut butter. Don’t taste the mixture before you start pouring into your ice block tray or you may find yourself guzzling the mix & those poor kidlets will miss out on their ice blocks πŸ™‚

If your making “Adults Only” ice blocks (you lucky things you!) add a shot or two of espresso coffee & your ice blocks will kick into overdrive – trust me!!

If your a sneaky mum (hands up ladies) you can add a handful of kale, a little bit of spinach or some wheat grass juice to your ice blocks Β to kick up the nutrition factor that little bit.

Here in Australia we have a brand of creamy milk ice blocks that we call Paddlepops our ice blocks taste just like them only better – if I do say so myself!

Creamy Banana, Chocolate & Peanut Ice Blocks a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2/3 c milk
  • 1 & a 1/2 banana’s
  • 1 T peanut butter
  • 1 T Honey
  • 1 T Cacao powder

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender & then pour into your ice block makers & freeze.

In about eight hours you will have yummy ice blocks that you will be fighting the kidlets for!

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Enjoy

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Crustless Quiches

15 Dec

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I have to admit that I am a little strange, I don’t really like Omelet’s & typically I am not really a Quiche girl, but I love these Quiches!.

This quiche recipe combines all my favourites, bacon, cheese, zuchini and zesty fresh herbs. Not to mention its super easy to make & you can add in any vegetables or herbs that you have on hand. Sometimes mine have mushrooms, sometimes they don’t, it all depends whats in the fridge when the Quiche cravings hit.

I love making the muffin versions of these as they make perfect snacks for little hands & a yummy addition to any lunch box.

They are a perfect on-hand staple as they can be frozen & pulled out of the freezer to top up lunch boxes or as a quick dinner at anytime, that’s if you don’t eat them all!! I have to make a double batch to ensure that any of mine make it to the freezer πŸ™‚

Crustless Quiches a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 zuchini’s
  • 4 large swiss brown mushrooms
  • 3 shallots
  • 4 rashes of bacon
  • 3 sprigs of oregano
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 1/2 c grated cheese
  • 2 c milk
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3/4 c spelt flour
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t himalayan salt
  • 1 t ground pepper

Grate your zuchini & place in a bowl, add chopped mushrooms, diced shallots & sliced bacon rashes. Pull off the leaves of your herbs & add them & your grated cheese to the bowl & stir well to combine.

In a jug mix the eggs, milk, spelt, baking powder, salt & pepper & whisk well to combine.

At this stage you can either mix your egg custard into your filling & scoop it into your dish or muffin pan, but I prefer to use a spoon & scoop in the vege mix to the top of each pan & then pour over the egg custard. This makes little quiches chockful of yummy goodness as opposed to little omelets (just my opinion).

Bake for 45 minutes at 180 degrees.

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Then enjoy zesty cheesy goodness & thank me πŸ™‚

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Sugar Free Candied Popcorn

5 Dec
pop-corn-honeyWith the Christmas season comes Parties!!
We LOVE parties around here and fortunately so do our friends!
But with all these parties comes the challenge of “what are we going to take to share?”
My daughter is used to our healthy, un-processed foods, but some of her friends are not so sure about trying new things & can smell a “healthy” food a mile off.
So my challenge is to make something I feel comfortable feeding my daughter & that all her little friends will like too. This candied pop corn fits the bill, it is truly delicious & even the fussiest of our little friends seem to keep coming back for more.
Made with Organic GMO free pop corn, honey & butter it only takes minutes to whip up & will keep an air tight container over night.
You can make a million variations of this recipe, add cinnamon & spices, vanilla essence & even peanut butter to create your families favourite candied pop corn variation.
Sugar Free Candied Pop Corn a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 3 T GMO Free Organic Pop Corn
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 25 gm unsalted butter
  • 3 T honey
  • 1/2 t Himalayan salt

Place your coconut oil in a saucepan over high heat, add your pop corn kernels & keep shaking & moving your saucepan around to ensure that none of your pop corn gets burnt while its popping.

In another sauce pan place the rest of your ingredients & let them come to the boil. If you want soft sticky pop corn, let your candy ingredients boil only for a few minutes, if you want hard candied pop corn, let it boil for several minutes until the mixture begins to darken & if you place a drop in cold water it forms a soft ball.

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I like my pop corn drowned in the candy sauce so I pour my freshly popped pop corn into my saucepan of hot candy mix & stir quickly to coat, but you can just as easily pour it over your pop corn & stir quickly to ensure it coats all of your pop corn before it goes hard.

Try this, trust me you will love it πŸ™‚

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