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Breakfast Superfood Smoothie | Banana, Date & Oats

For years and years I was one of those people who skipped breakfast (insert guilty face) even though I knew how important breakfast was, especially when it comes to kick starting your metabolism. My main reason for doing so was my dislike of regular breakfast favourites such as cereal, yoghurt and eggs, so I felt like there was nothing I really wanted to eat for breakfast. Then I got introduced to green smoothies, which I love, and satisfy both the foodie and the health nut in me. However I am one of those people who struggle to eat (or in this case drink) the same foods monotonously over and over again and crave variety and options. Because of this I like to keep things interesting with my smoothie making adventures chopping and changing the recipes all the time resulting in a multitude of different coloured concoctions. So today I thought I would share with you my favourite go to breakfast smoothie at the moment. This recipes boasts a lot of health benefits and contains some …

My Thoughts on Tea…

So after what feels like an eternity of pregnant-ness and food restrictions, yes to fruit and veggies, no to sushi and soft cheeses, yes to extra water to stay hydrated, no to alcohol and caffeine, you know the drill. You are presented with this beautiful baby and an empty womb which brings on the exciting prospects of consuming whatever food and drinks you want again (hello caffeine…!). But sadly my friend you are mistaken. It’s cruel really, at a time when you are so deliriously tired and where caffeine could be your one and only ally, due to the caffeine entering your breast milk and consequently the babies system, it is recommended to limit consumption (Aghh! More restrictions).What a sick twist of irony, non-breast feeding mothers I envy your ability to consume caffeine.  Every now and then I think to myself, oh one cup won’t hurt, but it does, both me and baby are buzzing at all hours of the day and night, neither of us getting any sleep, which only makes you more tired …

Chilli & Cinnamon Hot Chocolate | Almost Healthy Treats

There is nothing more satisfying then warming up on a cold day with a hot drink, even more so when it contains chocolate. Here’s a little recipe I have to share with you that’s there to satisfy a chocolate craving, warm you from the inside and keep the guilt away as it is somewhat good for you (or at least not terrible). I especially love putting chilli in my hot chocolates as it really warms you up, but be sure to adjust the amount of chilli to your preference. What’s In It ¾ Cup Almond Milk (unsweetened) or Dairy free milk alternative 1 ½ Teaspoon Raw Cacao Powder ¼ Teaspoon Chilli Powder ¼ Teaspoon Cinnamon 1 Teaspoon Raw Coconut Sugar or sweetener of your choice Hot water For this recipe you will need a kettle and either a milk frother (preferred) or microwave/stove top. I prefer to use a milk frother as it warms the milk to a perfect temperature and produces a really nice foam to top of your drink which makes this recipe …

My Go To Scone Recipe

I absolutely love scones, however I’ve made a few disasters in my time, so when I stumbled across this recipe and found it to be a success, have made it my go to recipe ever since. The only difference between this recipe and the original found on taste.com is that I’ve added ¾ teaspoon of baking powder and the type of butter used. This is a frugal recipe that doesn’t involve copious amounts of extra ingredients to achieve the light fluffy scones that actually rise in your oven instead of coming out as flat little rock cakes. What’s in it… 3       Cups of Self Raising Flour 1/3   Cup Soft Butter (I use a spreadable dairy blend butter) 1 ¼  Cups of Full Cream Milk 3/4     Teaspoon of Baking Powder How to make it… Prep Preheat Oven to 200°C and place baking paper on baking tray. Step One         Combine butter, flour and baking powder in a bowl, using fingers to gently rub butter and flour     together until you have what resembles a crumbly consistency. (This step is made …

Artisan Style Bread | Cinnamon & Raisin

I’ve made bread a handful of times, mostly made in my bread maker due its convenience and simplicity, however I have tried to make bread in the past from scratch with my hands, hard work and sweat, but found kneading was just too tiresome and the process really time consuming. While I love my bread maker and think the bread tastes great, it’s not always aesthetically pleasing. It also doesn’t produce the same crust and rustic appeal (and satisfaction) you get from making and baking your own. Then I found the no knead method, while it takes a good 12 to 18 hours to rise, the process is really simple. 5 minutes of prep, leave it to rise for 12 plus hours after which you shape the dough put it in the oven and in 1 hour of baking time you have perfect bread. Now time wise yes it is much longer, but effort needed is significantly reduced. I like to make this the night before and cook it either in time for a late …