So….this year I made a batch of traditional ANZAC biscuits & a healthier batch with less sugar. Hubby loved the traditional – too sweet for me?!! But he didn’t mind there healthier version either…shows where his taste-buds are?!!
Here’s the basic recipe…you can adjust the flours as you wish, add nuts/seeds if you like, but I thought they were pretty tasty as they were!! And I’m sure your household will love them too….just don’t trial out the alternatives side by side!!! LOL
½ cup dried dates (I like to soak in water to ease chopping)
½ cup coconut flour (or 1 cup plain flour if wish)
½ cup desiccated coconut
1 cup oats – gluten free
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
½ cup melted coconut oil (or butter)
3 tablespoons honey
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C & line a baking tray with baking paper.
In a food processor place the dates & coconut flour (or plain), whiz until the dates are very finely chopped into a crumble.
Add the desiccated coconut, oats, baking powder & salt & mix through.
Add the coconut oil (or butter) & honey, combine all the ingredients.
Heap the mixture onto a teaspoon & roll into balls, place the balls onto the tray. Using the back of a wet fork, press the balls into biscuits.
So it’s that time again….getting ideas for back to school & work time. We can get a little bored with the same day to day flavours – well this is so nice to spread onto a lovely sourdough or chia/wholemeal wrap, then add your extras…or dip with veggie sticks!
Packed with magnesium, calcium, folate, potassium, iron & protein – it’s a winner!
60g spinach & rocket leaves
400g can Cannellini beans, drained
2 spring onions, chopped
2Tbsp mint leaves
1/4C extra virgin olive oil
1Tbsp lemon juice
1tsp lemon zest
Simply throw all ingredients into a food processor & whiz up till smooth & creamy. Season with salt & pepper.
Easy recipe adapted from Woolworths “Fresh” magazine issue 136.
Shortbread has been part of my Christmas tradition since I was a child. My sister & I used to make it with my mum for Christmas & give to family as gifts. As an adult I continued the tradition & enjoy making it listening to Christmas Carols….my husband is sad he only gets to enjoy it once a year – unfortunate for him?!!
I normally do the traditional version…only real butter, sugar, rice & plain flour. This year I’m going to do a mix to include gluten-free for a friend….here’s the recipe for everyone to enjoy!!
3/4C Cornflour (check the ingredients – should be just corn, cheaper versions may not be)
1C Rice flour
1/2C Castor sugar
175g butter, softened (extra for greasing tray)
Preheat oven to 150ºC
Sift cornmeal & rice flour & sugar together into medium bowl.
Add the butter & work into the dry ingredients till it forms a soft dough. Refrigerate for an hour.
Cover baking tray with greased baking paper.
Roll out & shape dough into 3cm cookies on greased paper, with 4cm gap between each. Flatten with a fork. Makes about 20 cookies.
Bake for 20-25mins, or until edges are lightly golden.
Let them cool, then you can wrap in paper for Christmas gifts or enjoy fresh out of the oven. 🙂
I see lots of menopausal women in my clinic….& they often ask…is soy ok for me??? This is a simple answer of YES – as a ‘real’ FOOD, not generally a supplement. It’s all about….BALANCE (my favourite word!!)
Edamame (soybeans) are a phyto-oestrogenic food rich in isoflavones. These are compounds that have a weak oestrogenic effect & bind to oestrogen receptors in the body. Including these as part of a balanced diet may help reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes & vaginal dryness, & may even protect you from breast & ovarian cancers.
Soy beans are full of B-vitamins & are particularly rich in choline – needed for brain function & also maintains the myelin sheath which protects our nerve cells. They are jam packed with amino acids….(the building blocks for protein), iron, calcium & Omega 3 EFA’s making them perfect for vegetarians. Your best choice is to buy organic soybeans when you can so you know they’re not genetically modified….& enjoying in moderation.
x1 tin organic chick peas
1/2C shelled organic edamame beans
1C baby spinach
Juice 1/2 lemon
2Tbsp olive oil
x1 clove garlic
2 heaped Tbsp tahini
handful of parsley…& any other herbs you like!
pinch sea salt
top with sesame seeds
Place all ingredients except sesame seeds into food processor & blend till smooth.
Insomnia is something that can hit us randomly when we have busy minds…or for some it can be a nightly occurrence.
There are many causes for insomnia…from various hormonal imbalances, stress, & stimulants such as alcohol, tea coffee, chocolate, & drugs may interfere with our sleep patterns too. As may late night meals, our restless sleeping partner or….shift work.
Now I can’t claim these Wish Balls will ‘cure’ your insomnia….though I’m sure they will enhance a still & mindful mind…& help to maintain some balance.
Nuts are a protein source to help maintain blood sugar levels plus rich in calcium & magnesium to support your nervous system; the dates are rich in tryptophan & iron…& of course the lavender is a well known herb to settle a restless mind & relax the nervous system.
I WISH YOU a restful sleep……
1/2C desiccated or shredded coconut, with extra for rolling in
1C Macadamia nuts (activated if possible – or LSA if no macadamia nuts available)
1C Cashews (activated if possible)
3Tbsp coconut oil, melted
3/4C Medjool dates (I like to soak mine first into water too)