Healthier Malva Pudding

One of my most precious memories as a little girl was coming home from church, the house filled with aromas of the Sunday roast my mum had put in the oven that morning. The whole family sitting down for a long lunch with lots of laughter and jokes, us kids playing under the table and making fun of the mung beans in mum’s salad (little did I know about their nutritional value). The moment we were all waiting for finally came at the end of lunch and mum would reveal a perfectly baked Malva pudding from the oven. We could hardly wait for her to evenly divide it so that everyone had their fair share, and then of course with a big scoop of ice cream on top. Back then, you didn’t have dessert every night, you had a treat once a week. The desserts weren’t low fat, sugar-free, or gluten-free but man did they taste good!

Every now and then I will have a craving for this kind of pudding. If you’re South African (like me) or if you have any South African friends, I am sure they would’ve told you about this pudding before. It really is heavenly in taste, but unfortunately being laden with sugar, butter and cream, not so heavenly for your health. So here is my best recreation of a healthier version. Remember that any dessert, whether healthy or unhealthy, is still a treat and should only be enjoyed occasionally.

Healthier Malva Pudding - Not Your Typical Dietitian

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Fig & Vanilla Bliss Balls

Afternoon snack time comes around and every day we find ourselves with the predicament of trying to sidestep the dreaded office fundraiser chocolate box and try to convince ourselves to stick with the celery sticks and hummus instead. But let’s be honest, vegetables cut into “fun size” and homemade bean dip can start to grate on your already-monotonous work routine. Clients ask me all the time for snack ideas on how to satisfy the afternoon sweet tooth munchies, without labour-intensive prep time or weird ingredients.¬†This is one of my go-to snacks for afternoon tea time. I like to have 2 bliss balls with a cup of herbal tea or chai tea with almond milk.

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Lime & Sage Cashew “Blue Cheese”

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I absolutely love entertaining at home and serving up new food and drink creations to friends and family ¬†(using them as my guinea pigs). They don’t seem to mind most of the time. Sometimes my creations don’t always come out looking and/or tasting very glamorous, but at least it lends itself to some interesting dinner conversations. This one (thankfully) did turn out to be a success and a wonderful substitute for blue cheese if you struggle with the thought of mould in your cheese (me). If you’re stuck for an appetizer at your next dinner party, this cheese compliments any kind of seasonal fruit and is heavenly on a fresh piece of sourdough.
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Ricotta Fritters with Mango & Beetroot Marinated Zoodles

I don’t know about you but my appetite is hugely affected by the temperature outside. When it’s hot I love light, fresh meals that don’t take too long to prepare and that can be enjoyed outside under a tree on a blanket or on the side of the pool, or even at the beach. I take any opportunity to include summery flavours like mango, coconut, pineapple, watermelon, basil, coconut…oh wait I already said coconut. Yep I love coconut. I sneakily incorporated it into this dish, along with mango and a few other unusual ingredients. The combination might sound a bit strange, but this one is a winner! We had this on a balmy summers evening last month when there was no breeze when I quite frankly would’ve been quite happy to eat a bowl of watermelon (if I lived by myself). This was the next best thing…

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