It’s freezing cold here, and it’s been raining for …of you know…just the last 7 days!
And with the school holidays we have had extra kids popping in to play with our kids, and today everyone became a bit CRAZY and decided to run up and down the hallway making nosies that would be better off made…oh I don’t know…at someone else’s house!
As a calm down activity we made a delicious batch of pancakes, using the last banana and a handful of frozen blueberries.
I wondered how they would taste to the group of kids visiting as they aren’t gluten and dairy free kids. BUT no one noticed and they all asked for seconds.
GREAT!!! I love a recipe that is for everyone!
I love this recipe, it is dairy, wheat and gluten free so you don’t get that heavy foggy feeling like you do after eating regular pancakes. Plus They are really low sugar, I just used a little coconut sugar as a sweetener along with the banana, because we were just eating them plain with out a topping.
You could leave the coconut sugar out, and just have them with a little honey or berry jam. The blueberries give these pancakes a delicious pop of flavour, and the would be just as good served cold in lunch boxes…if they last that long!
Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes
2 beaten eggs
1 mashed ripe banana
1 cup of almond or rice milk
2 cups of rice flour (I used brown rice flour)
2 tbsp coconut sugar (you could use honey)
2 tsp baking powder (gluten free)
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
- Heat a pan on the oven top with a little coconut or olive oil.
- Beat eggs in a large bowl and add the mashed banana.
- Add milk, sugar, and flour with the baking powder.
- Stir well until thick and creamy.
- Add the blueberries and stir through gently so they don’t make the mixture too blue.
- Pop large tablespoons of the mixture into the pan and cook for around 4 minutes, or until the bubbles start to pop on the pancakes.
- Flip over and cook the other side for around 2 minutes.
Makes around 16 small pancakes.
Serve warm with sliced banana and a little honey or cold with berry jam.
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Children are far more prone to anxiety than ever before and suffer from stress, depression, and behavioural issues that effect their quality of life.
I know what that feels like, as my son suffered terrible anxiety until we made some significant changes in his life. We decided not to give him medication, and instead supported him to heal naturally.
As a parent it can be heart breaking to watch our child suffer.
If it was a cut knee they had, you can put a bandaid on it, or if they suffer a cold we can tuck them up in bed, keep them warm and know they will soon be ok, but with anxiety it can hard to know what to do to help and can be an ongoing and debilitating problem .
As parents we don’t have to feel helpless, in fact as the most important people in the lives of our children we are in the best position to make a difference.
3 ways to reduce anxiety in children naturally.
1 – Feed them foods that fuel the mind.
Every cell in the body is made from the food that children eat, including the brain cells. Additives such as artificial colours, flavours and preservatives can cross the blood brain barrier and effect the way the brain processes information, how they behave, how they feel and how they think.
Clean foods create a clean mind. After taking my son off processed foods such as sausages, and ice blocks his debilitating anxiety reduce within just two weeks and he was able to have such a better quality of life. I also recommend using a few drops of lavender essential oil on a tissue under their pillow at night, and my family uses Weleda’s stress & tension relief tablets as an additional support during stressful times.
2 – Let kids be kids.
Leave children to be little, to grow and to play in their own way and in their own time. Play is one of the greatest healers and NOT the time waster that some think it is.
It allows children to process their thoughts in the real world, and is very therapeutic. Too often children are thrown into the adult world of news stories, drama, and adult problems too soon. The adult world can cause havoc on a young mind that isn’t prepared for dealing with such problems yet. Letting children be little for as long as possible will enable them to grow a strong and capable mind.
3 – Let them draw out their feelings.
Drawing at any age is therapeutic and a great way of taking blocked feelings and emotions and getting them out on paper. For children who may not have the words to tell us what is wrong, or even know what is wrong themselves, drawing can be very beneficial. Give them plenty of paper, and crayons and pencils and get them drawing. Let them draw what ever they want, but if they are having trouble getting started, or don’t know what to draw try this:
Ask them to draw a house and their family. The colours used in their drawings all have a significant meaning, as do the people they draw. The drawing of a child can tell a parent a lot about what is going on in their mind.
I have worked for more than 12 years with young children and have studied children and their art work. If you would like to understand your child’s drawing a little better, get them to draw their house and family, post it below, and I can help you understand it.
If you feel like your child’s anxiety is getting out of control remember to talk to your doctor or natural health professional.
This gluten free chocolate cake recipe is one of the easiest chocolate cake recipes I know, and it only takes around 20 minutes to cook.
It is also one of the healthiest because rather than just being gluten free it is also wheat and dairy free, no refined sugars and filled with fibre from nuts and seeds.
Use this as a base, and double or triple the quantities to create a bigger birthday or celebration cake.
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe
1 cup of ground almonds
1 cup of ground flaxseed
1/2 cup organic cocoa
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup of water
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
3 free range eggs beaten
pinch of salt
1 tsp organic vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 180 C.
This is yet another throw everything together and mix well recipes. It doesn’t matter what goes in first as long as it is mixed well and eggs are beaten first. Pour into a lined cake tin and cook for 18-22 minutes until just cooked. Over cooking nut based cakes will make them dry so it is better to just undercook it as it will firm when cool.
Let cool and enjoy. This keep swell in an air tight container too and stays moist. If you like the speed and ease of this recipe, you will LOVE my other recipes.
Healthy eating…..It’s confusing right!??
Most people I speak to feel bombarded with different diets, superfood powders, kitchen appliances, and advice …everything you are now told to do is the opposite of what you just read.
So in this crazy busy, information packed world, with big businesses all out for a quick buck, how do you REALLY know what is healthy and what isn’t?
I always use this great piece of advice when deciding if something is healthy for my body or not….
Eat like we did before the supermarkets opened their doors….
We didn’t eat anything from a box, or a packet or a bread bag…we didn’t eat bread or wheat (not the kind we eat now anyway) or processed sugars, and we certainly didn’t eat the millions of chemical additives that are poured into foods to prolong their life and make them more attractive to consumers like we do now.
And you know the craziest thing??? We didn’t suffer from all the obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, ADHD, and autism that we suffer from now.
Check out my quick video explaining what healthy food REALLY is by clicking below.
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How did this happen? After all I live a healthy lifestyle!
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Banana & Walnut Buckwheat Mini Loaves
I’m feeling super proud of myself for staying away from all things gluten filled for two weeks now!
What a difference in my energy!
I created these nutrient dense mini loaf cakes to keep my blood sugar balanced, and my energy levels up. They slice well, taste so good, and are perfect served with a little butter (although they wont be vegan friendly with butter). Yum!
You will need:
3 soft medium mashed bananas
1 cup of oil ( I used olive)
1 cup sultanas
1 cup walnut pieces
2 cups buckwheat flour
1/2 cup sugar (I used coconut sugar)
1 tbs cider vinegar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 180C.
Combine mashed banana, oil, vinegar, coconut sugar, salt and cinnamon together well in a large bowl.
Add the sultanas and stir before adding the flour and baking powder.
Combine mixture well, it will be a different consistency to what you would get using normal wheat flour.
Spoon into mini loaf tins, or into muffin tins and cook for around 30 minutes.
These are perfect served warm with coconut yoghurt, or packed for extra energy during a hike or long trip.