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Sugar Free Banana & Strawberry kefir ice cream

26 Jan
Our Lemon Kefir Ice Cream post created a bit of a stir, quite a few readers asked me for a Sugar-free version – so here it is 🙂
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While our Lemon Ice Cream is divine, it really needs the sugar to balance the acidity & create that yummy Lemon Curd flavour, I don’t recommend making it without sugar unless you are really, really big on sour desserts!!
So with quite a lot of kefir experimenting we have our yummy Banana & Strawberry Kefir Ice Cream which is perfect without any Sugar – you are still getting your pro-biotic goodness just with the added benefit of a healthy serving of fruit.
To make sure this ice cream is just right for you & your family I recommend tasting the mix before placing it in your ice cream maker. If it isn’t sweet enough add another banana to the mix. Be sure to use extra ripe banana’s for their softer texture & added sweetness.
 Sugar Free Banana & Strawberry Kefir Ice Cream a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 3 ripe banana’s
  • 1 c kefir milk
  • 1 1/2c kefir cream (make the same as with milk kefir just let it ferment for a little longer)
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 500gms strawberries

Blend your 3 banana’s with 1 c kefir milk until its smooth. Add the remaining ingredients & blend for 30 seconds (if you want to have strawberry lumps) or blend for longer to make it smooth.

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Pour your cool mixture into your ice cream machine & wait for magic to happen!

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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 🙂

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  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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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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Spiced Banana Choc Chip Blondie – Sugar Free

13 Apr

This delicious dessert has had us in a quandary all day. What to call it?

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Not really a cake, not really a brownie, not really a cookie, but definitely 100% delectable with its decadent, fudgey vanilla center & gooey chocolate chips.

I voted we call it “heaven” – but seems that name has already been taken!

So we had to settle on calling it the mouth-full that appears above. The name does not do this blondie justice, not even close.

I suppose really there is only one thing for it – your just going to have to get out the mixing bowl & make this one for yourself.

Trust me, you will be thanking me & singing my praises afterwards.

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But a word from the wise, do not try the batter. It is evil, addictive stuff. It will make you do bad things, like eat the whole bowl!!

Creamy, vanilla dough studded with chocolate chips. Almost impossible to resist – trust me!

Consider yourself warned & congratulate yourself on your iron will, if your batter makes it to the oven 😉

Spiced Banana Chocolate Chip Blondie –  Sugar Free a’la Mama Going Natural 

You will need:

  • 250gms Chick Peas
  • 1/2 c oats
  • 3/4 c dates
  • 2 Stevia sticks or 3 drops
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t bicarb soda
  • 1/2 a smaller banana
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 T coconut oil
  • 1 T Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c sugar free chocolate chips

Before you start, soak your dates in hot water for 15 minutes until they plump up. While they are soaking place the oats in your food processor/blender or use your stick mixer to grind them into a finer consistency (as close to flour as you can get). Drain off your dates and  add them along with all the other ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) to your ground oats & blend until you have a smooth paste. Stir in the chocolate chips & place your mix into your greased baking tin. I use small cup cake tins to make mini cakes & a loaf pan to make a larger cake.

This size batch makes one loaf & 5 mini cup cakes (depending on how much batter you eat). Bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes at 170 degrees. The longer you bake it the less fudgey the cake will become – so you decide!

The Blondie will look a little soft & uncooked when it comes out of the oven, leave it to rest for 10 minutes to cool & firm up before turning it out of the baking pans or getting stuck into it 😉

This brownie is best eaten warm while the chocolate chips are still gooey – so definitely cut yourself a slice after 10 minutes & enjoy a sugar-free taste of heaven – minus the harp music.

If you can? – save a little & store it  in the fridge, it will become even more dense & fudgey after refrigeration – yum!!

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Note

With the Chick pea’s you can either use the canned variety or you can soak your dried chick peas overnight in a bowl of water (this is said to make them more digestible – as the enzyme inhibitors are leached out of the peas). Soak overnight & then drain off the soaking water & boil the peas in fresh water for approximately 30  minutes (check their softness to ensure they are cooked). The peas can then be cooled & used. Or frozen for use at a later date. As an added bonus peas prepared this way will have no added preservatives or salts, just pure goodness 🙂

I haven’t really tried it as yet, but if you don’t allow oats in your diet, I don’t see why you can’t substitute with rice flour or spelt or another grain that is acceptable to you. The oats help to firm up the Cookie & soak up the moisture while adding texture to the dough – but you will have to experiment on your own for that one 🙂

Now stop reading & go make some Blondie decadence – you know you want to

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