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Wild Quinoa, Date, & Banana Protein Muffins

I am a big fan of preparing ahead for meals. It means my week is less stressful and more organised, which also means I stick to healthier options. This week I had so many things going on that I completely forgot about the mix of quinoa and wild rice made up to add to salads or to use as a base for hot dishes. There was no way I was going to waste this precious bundle of nutrients. So from there….the wild rice and quinoa muffin was born with the ever-so-complimentary additions of date and banana.

The quinoa and wild rice somehow combines with the rest of the ingredients into the perfect mix of crunchy, chewy, and delicious sticky sweetness…

The ultimate must-have’s in a muffin? I think so! Even the nutrient profile is impressive, delivering all 9 essential amino acids (proteins) as well as a good dose of fibre and healthy fats.

Ingredients:

½ cup almond flour
1 scoop protein powder
2 cups cooked quinoa & wild rice mix*
1 cup wholemeal spelt flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ cup organic coconut sugar*
2 ripe bananas mashed
1 large free range egg
¾ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
½ cup dates
Cinnamon for dusting

* use ¾ cup dry quinoa and ¼ cup dry wild rice – cook with 2 cups of water
* OR ¼ cup rapadura sugar OR ¼ cup brown sugar OR 3 tablespoons honey OR stevia

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 180C. Combine almond flour, protein powder, quinoa and wild rice mix, spelt flour, baking powder, and coconut sugar in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the bananas, egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Finely chop the dates and fold into the mixture. Scoop into a muffin tin and place in pre-heated oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and the skewer comes out clean. Dust muffins with cinnamon and enjoy warm with a cup of tea.

You might think that this muffin combination is a bit strange.

But don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. It really delivers on taste.

Link of the day:

Rhubarb & Raspberry Tart

 

Baked Pears with Banana & Almond Butter Ice Cream

This dessert is satisfying, warming, and delicious – everything you want in a winter dessert. This is my kind of food, because it tastes naughty but is actually VERY healthy. And who doesn’t want guilt-free indulgences right? Especially when the weather is getting chilly!

The main feature of this dessert is the pear. I am a bit obsessed with pears at the moment. They are really cheap at my local farmers market and I love how versatile they are. You can use them in smoothies, grate them into bircher muesli, add thin slices to a lunchtime salad, or even as a marinade for meat (think Korean food….yummmm). They’re delicious added to freshly squeezed green juices too (I love kale, cucumber, lemon, and pear).

And of course, as a dietitian, I love pears for their high fibre content – a whopping 7g of fibre in one pear! We all need at least 30 grams of fibre per day, so you can see that eating a pear a day pushes things along nicely (literally)!

Ingredients for pears (makes a large batch)

5 ripe fresh pears
cinnamon
1 cup of warm water
~ 10 drops Organic liquid stevia drops (~ 3 teaspoons of powdered stevia)
1 tablespoon honey
Natural vanilla extract

Method

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Wash pears, cut into quarters, and remove core. Set aside. In a bowl, combine warm water with stevia, honey, and vanilla extract. Add pears and mix to coat pears with syrup. Place the mixture onto a roasting tray and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon (about 2 teaspoons all together). Bake for 20 minutes and then turn pears so the skin faces out (this is to get that crispiness). Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until skins are crispy and golden. Serve warm (or cold) with ice cream.

Ingredients for ice cream (for one serve)

1 frozen banana
1 teaspoon of almond butter
1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple syrup for drizzling

Method

Place frozen banana and vanilla extract in a high-power blender and blend until you reach a creamy consistency. Add almond butter and blend until well incorporated. Use an ice cream scoop to serve, and drizzle with a little maple syrup.

What is your favourite pear recipe?

Link of the day:
Why not make this Maple Brown Rice Pudding with pear?
Maple Peach Brown Rice Pudding 1

Sprouted Buckwheat Granola

ooohhhhh granola…

…there’s something about the crunch that makes you want to go back for more. And why wouldn’t you? This one is super duper nutritious with loads of flavour!

 

Buckwheat is a wonderous little grain-like seed that is not related to wheat at all so its naturally gluten-free and wheat-free (yay for all our gluten intolerant friends)!

It is really high in fibre and has a low Glycaemic Index (GI) which means you have sustained energy throughout the day and you’ll feel fuller for longer – great for weight loss or maintenance!

 

Ingredients:
2 cups buckwheat groats (soaked and sprouted)
2 bananas
1/4 of a cup chia seeds
2/3 of a cup almonds
2 tbs acai berry powder (optional)
2 tbs agave syrup
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
1/3 of a cup goji berries
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/4 cup sultanas

Method:
Soak 2 cups buckwheat groats and let them do their magic by sprouting! There is a really helpful tutorial on how to sprout buckwheat here.

Next, combine the chia seeds, almonds and acai berry powder in a blender and blend to a fine consistency. Add the banana and agave syrup and blend until a paste is formed. If the mixture is too thick you can add a little water to make it thinner (you dont want the consistency to be too thin, but it needs to be thick enough to hold together when mixed with the buckwheat to form clusters when dried). Scoop mixture into a bowl and add sprouted buckwheat, shredded coconut and goji berries. Mix well.

 

Spread evenly onto an oven tray and dehydrate the mixture in a food dehydrator or in an oven (set at the lowest temperature) for around 8-10 hours or until the mixture is dry to touch. Let cool and add the macadamia nuts and sultanas. You’re done!

 

You’re set for breakfast for the next 2 weeks! Hooray!

 

These little clusters are of course delicious with some fruit and yoghurt for your morning food!
A perfect start to the day.

 

How much do you want to dig into this? yummmm

 

What is your favourite morning food?

Creamy Almond Milkshake

What is better than a milkshake?

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A milkshake that is GOOD for you of course!

My husband has a thing for dairy. He especially LOVES ice cream and milkshakes. Being married to a dietitian though, he doesn’t get much approval for it and has to deal with sideways glances from me when he arrives home with a tub of ice cream. It probably has more to do with the fact that now I’ll have to exercise self control because I know it is sitting in the freezer waiting for me. So I’ve had to come up with another plan to satisfy both of our sweet & creamy tooth cravings. And this one does a fine job at that.

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Ingredients:

– 1 tsp chia seeds
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tbs vanilla protein powder – optional (I like Sunwarrior vanilla protein powder)
– 10 almonds
– 1 tsp almond butter
– 1/2 a tsp vanilla bean paste
– Half a frozen banana
– 1 cup almond milk (I like Australia’s Own Almond Milk)
– Slivered almonds
– Agave syrup

Method:

1. Blend together chia seeds, cinnamon, protein powder and almonds to make a powder.
2. Add almond butter, vanilla paste, banana and almond and blend until smooth and creamy.
3. Top with slivered almonds, cinnamon and a dash of agave syrup if you feel the need for some sweetness :)