If you haven’t jumped on the chia bandwagon, you really should, because these little seeds are great for your health. Not only are they high in dietary fibre, making them great for digestion, they also contain protein (with 8 essential amino acids), omega 3, calcium, vitamin C, iron, potassium and are full of antioxidants.
When you combine chia seeds with a liquid, a gel forms, making them great for puddings. Pudding is fantastic. It’s easy, sweet and gelatinous, so you can basically just swallow it. Everyone likes those that swallow.
Chia must love you. Love it back.
Read the recipe here.
From the moment my alarm goes off, I’m on a time crunch to do everything that needs to be done before I have to be at uni. Priorities include checking instagram, patting my cat, showering and eating. Usually in that order.
If you have spare time in the morning to bake apples, you’re probably not getting enough sleep and you should go and take a nap right now.
There is a way to fake baked apples though, so you can eat something as delicious as baked apple oatmeal!
Baked Apple Oatmeal
For the oatmeal:
1/2 cup quick oats
2/3 cup milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp honey
For the apples:
1 small apple
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground ginger
1/2 tsp cornflour
1 tbsp water
Peel your apple if you prefer and slice into wedges before placing into a microwavable ziplock back or bowl. Add in sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cornflour and water and shake or stir to combine. If using a bowl, cover with glad wrap, or seal your ziplock bag (leaving a little space for hot air to escape), and place into the microwave for 4 minutes on high.
For your oatmeal, combine oats, chia seeds, vanilla and milk in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes or until your oats have softened. Place your ‘baked’ apples on top, drizzle with honey and serve.
If you’ve got a special somebody you’d like to impress, nothing says erotic like chocolate-coated bites of caramel.
Everyone is going to want your salty balls in their mouth.
Caramel does have a reputation for being a little exxy in the health department, but fear not, I’ve found a caramel recipe that will blow your socks off but not add on the kilos. All the rich, decadent flavour is still there but without the refined sugar so you can enjoy your hit of sugar without a worry in the world.
Check out my latest Moustache Magazine recipe here.
Posted in Dessert, Snack
Tagged ball, bite, caramel, date, magazine, moustache, paleo, salt, salted, truffle, vegan
Diet food sucks balls.
That’s the general consensus anyway.
At the moment, healthy food is as fashionable as Givenchy and I’m here to show you that it is possible to satisfy your hunger with a dessert that’s not a cavity-inducing pile of crap. Not that there’s anything wrong with stuffing your face full of sugar – sometimes we need it. Just don’t make it a regular thing. Your teeth with thank you.
Apple crumble is like a sexy man with a beard who wants to hug you. It’s comforting and warming. It’s easy on the eyes and it would look even better drizzled with custard. The beard part is there because I like beards. Your apple crumble man doesn’t have to have facial hair.
Once you get a taste of sexy bearded man, you can’t really stop. But you don’t have to! This man is good for you! Your mother loves him! He’s open to your suggestions of cream or vanilla yoghurt to spice things up even further – you won’t look back!
Remember this is a metaphor for apple crumble, but you could probably attract sexy bearded men with this recipe. You want it, I can tell.
Get the recipe on Moustache Magazine here.
Nothing says summer like beer. And barbequed meat. And lamingtons and pavlova. And sunscreen. And really bad tan lines. Deathly heat waves. Toads. Thunderstorms, fresh fruit, hats and beaches. The increased love of air-con. Sweat.
Actually there are many things that say summer.
Ice cream screams summer, and this is the season of mangoes. I rarely use mangoes for anything, as I really prefer to eat them as is. Especially when they’re cold. Mmmmm. I do love a good mango smoothie, but I’d rather buy it from a juice bar so I don’t have to witness the fruit being pulverised.
My housemate bought a crate of mangoes from the markets a week ago and sadly (due to the incredible heat) they ripened at the speed of light and we had to throw them out. We managed to save two, but they were way too ripe to eat, so ice cream it is.
This recipe consists of 2 ingredients. However, if your fruit is not sweet enough, add some honey by the teaspoon until it reaches your desired level of sweetness or try bananas, dates or raw sugar. Also, if you prefer a more smooth ice cream texture but lack the motivation to churn/whisk it frequently, add a tablespoon of alcohol (triple sec or vodka perhaps), which will lower it’s freezing point and make the ice cream smoother. Feel free to add extra flavours such as cinnamon, ginger or passionfruit too, that could spice it up to a whole new level.
Mango Coconut Ice Cream
Makes 3 bowls
2 large mangoes, peeled and chopped into chunks
200ml coconut milk
In a food processor, whiz together all ingredients until smooth. Pour into a container or bowl (a metal one works best), and then place in the freezer. Bring out and whisk every 45-60 minutes for 3 hours or so until ice cream is a smooth consistency. Alternatively, if you have an ice cream maker, churn as per instructions. You could also pour the mixture into ice block moulds if you wish!
Posted in Dessert, Food, Health
Tagged coconut, cream, dessert, ice, iceblock, icecream, mango, summer, sweet
Spending these summer days inside a quaint little café is becoming more of a habit with the recent 40°C heat. How else can you enjoy coffee and cake if you’re not being blasted in the face with ice-cold air conditioning? For those lucky enough to have air-con, bring the freshly baked goods to you and whip up a simple loaf guaranteed to impress even the pickiest of guests.
Check out the recipe on Moustache Magazine here.
I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who didn’t love Nutella – the rich, chocolate, hazelnut spread was delectable on toast or alone on a teaspoon actually.
Now you’re grown up, Nutella is still delicious, but you’ve probably learnt that those ads proclaiming the health benefits of this breakfast treat is not all truth.
Nut butters are all the rage at the moment because they’re easy to make and incredibly delicious, not to mention versatile. You can use that shit on anything! It literally takes a whir of the food processor, and in about 10 minutes, you’ve got a tasty condiment ready for all your dipping, spreading or spooning needs. Nuts are also full of good fats, and if you’re making nut butter yourself, you can be sure that all those other added nasties aren’t involved in the process.
This homemade hazelnut spread is my version of Nutella. Rich tasting chocolate goodness with a hint of sweetness can’t really go wrong, plus you can have a larger serving, because it’s all good for you!
Healthy Hazelnut Spread
Makes 1 ½ cups
2 cups raw hazelnuts
1 ½ tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp vanilla bean paste
2 tsp brown sugar or honey, regular sugar, artificial sweetener
1 tbsp chocolate soymilk
1 tbsp coconut oil
Preheat oven to 180°C. Spread hazelnuts out on a baking paper-lined tray and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Allow nuts to cool and then using a tea towel, or just your hands, rub off the skins. If you can’t get them all off, it’s no problem at all.
In a food processor or high-powered blender, blend hazelnuts until they form a paste. This should take approximately 10 minutes or so, and the nuts will become a crumble initially, however, persist! Soon it will become the consistency you desire. Add the cocoa powder, vanilla bean paste, brown sugar, chocolate soy milk and coconut oil and blend to combine. Sometimes a completely smooth consistency can only be achieved with a high-powered blender, just a heads up.
Transfer into a jar and store in the fridge. The nutella will keep for up to two weeks!
Use this spread on toast, as a dip for fruits or just spoon feed yourself.
Posted in Breakfast, Food, Health, Recipe, Snack
Tagged breakfast, butter, condiment, hazelnut, healthy, nut, Nutella, spread