Antioxidant Choco Cookies

So easy! Just when you feel like a chocolate cookie but you don’t want to feel awful after it, you can reach for one of these.  No crap added, just piled high with nutritious nuts, organic coconut, and seeds.  I am going to even go as far as to say, no real baking involved here either.  

no bake chocolate cookies

I used those individual dark chocolate bars they sell by the counter, the pieces are slightly bigger, and two bars for $2 did the whole tray! 

Ingredients and method: 

I just used my silicon muffin tray and popped 1 piece of dark chocolate in each hole, melted it on low in the oven and then topped it with nuts, seeds, coconut and a pinch of sea salt.

Let them set and they pop right out!  Easy right? 

Creamy Tomato & Basil Sauce

This is one of my most rewarding recipes to make.  The tomato sauce is rich, full of flavour, and so incredibly healthy.  Processed store brought pasta sauces can be filled with harmful additives, including flavour enhancers (msg).  

healthy pasta sauce recipe

This sauce is high in lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant helping to prevent damage from sun exposure, and is thought to protect us from various forms of cancer.  My kids can’t get enough of this delicious sauce, poured over gluten free pasta, on a pizza base, or just by itself! Perfect!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 kgs of ripe tomatoes

400g chopped crown pumpkin pieces (no skin)

1 large deseeded red pepper

2 tins of plain chopped tomatoes

2 peeled brown onions

2-4 garlic cloves

A handful of fresh herbs – I used mostly sweet basil, with a little thyme and rosemary)

Sea salt & pepper

Olive oil

Method:

Preheat over to 180 C bake. Oil a large roasting dish, and place tomatoes, garlic, onions, pepper, pumpkin, and herbs in the dish.  Cover with a good amount of sea salt, (1/2 tsp) pepper and a few glugs of olive oil.  Pop into the hot oven and roast for 25 – 35 minutes.  Turn vegetables halfway though cooking to prevent browning or drying.

Remove from oven once pumpkin is soft and falling apart. Add two tins of plain chopped tomatoes to the roasting dish, and let it all rest for around 20 minutes, and then pop ingredients through your whizz.  (you will need to do this is batches) I blend the sauce for only a few seconds, so that it’s not a complete puree, but well mixed.  Blend it as much as you like…it’s up to you. After each batch is blended, transfer it all into a large mixing bowl and stir through, taste test it…the whole family will want to be involved at this stage….add a little more salt or pepper if it needs it.  

This sauce can be bottled, but I prefer to freeze it in small batches.  It will also keep for a few days in the fridge in a glass jar.  

Makes around 3.5 litres. 

Enjoy on pasta, or pizza. Also use in soups, stews or Mexican meals. 

Banana Coconut Bliss Balls

These tasty bliss balls are full of nutrients, and are a great source of potassium from the dried bananas and sunflower seeds.  

I made these nut free so they can go along to school with my children.  Many schools and early childhood centres are nut free, so these make a great addition to lunch boxes, or to a plate of shared food. 

banana bliss balls

Ingredients:

6 medjool dates (pitted)

90g dried organic coconut flakes or desiccated (plus extra for rolling)

70g sunflower seeds

60g dried organic banana pieces

The juice of a medium orange

Method:

Pop the sunflower seeds, and coconut into a food processor (I used my Nutri Bullet) and whizz to chop up the seeds and coconut flakes a little.  

Add the dried fruit and orange juice, and whizz until a paste forms.  Add a little extra juice if its too dry, or a little extra dried coconut if it’s too wet. Whizz again.

Form the mixture into 12 even sized balls and roll in coconut.

Fairtrade Choco & Almond Bliss Balls

I love how easy bliss balls are to make.  It’s a great way to get nuts and seeds into kids, while still having a natural sweet treat.  The Manuka honey adds a real rich sweetness, that has health boosting benefits too.  

choco & almond bliss balls

Ingredients

100g organic sultanas 

juice of 1 orange

40g organic dried coconut

70g seeds (sunflower, sesame, linseed)

90g almonds

2 heaped tbsp fairtrade cocoa powder

1 tbsp Manuka honey

pinch of cinnamon

Method:

Soak the sultanas in the orange juice for at least an hour, or leave it over night.

Into the food processor add the seeds, coconut, and nuts. Whizz together.

Add the cinnamon, honey and soaked fruit and whizz well again until it forms a thick paste.

Roll the mixture into small balls, and roll in a little extra coconut and cocoa.

 

Makes 15 bliss balls.  Store in an air tight container, or glass jar in the fridge. 

Delicious Feijoa Muffins

Feijoas are in season in NZ soon, and add incredible flavours to muffins.  No refined sugars, or wheat flours in these, just pure goodness. I have added oats and cinnamon to these muffins for extra protein, and flavour.  Use coconut oil instead of butter and they are dairy free too. 

feijoa muffins

Ingredients:

100g coconut oil or butter

1 egg

150g honey

3/4 cup water

150g feijoa flesh (about 6 feijoas)

300g gluten free flour

65g rolled oats

2 tsp baking powder  

1 tsp cinnamon

pinch of sea salt

optional – To add extra sweetness to muffins you can add 50g coconut sugar, but I found these delicious just as they were.

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 C.  Cream the butter and honey together.  Add the beaten egg and water, and mix well.  Next add the flour, oats, cinnamon, and baking powder.  Mix again until well combined. Fold through the diced feijoa flesh and stir gently.  Pour the mixture into your 12 capacity lined or greased muffin tins.

Add the crumble mixture to the top of each muffin: 2 heaped tbsp oats, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tbsp coconut sugar. 

Bake for 18 – 20 minutes until lightly golden, and cooked through.  

The Inspirational Words That Changed My Life

I haven’t always been super positive, it’s something I have had to work at, and then work at again and again and again, until being positive is now something that just comes naturally to me.  

I believe that inspirational words have the power to change our subconscious, and in turn change our lives. 

Some people are born positive, and are raised by positive parents, and go on to have wonderfully positive lives. I wouldn’t say that was me, it wasn’t the way I was raised, and positivity didn’t come naturally to me.  I didn’t find it around me growing up, and the schools I attended were places you went because you had to, not because you wanted to.  

Life can be hard work, and some days can feel a hell of a lot longer and darker than others. I discovered the power of books when I was a teenager, I was probably about 15, I was in a really dark place, I had no one around me to support me, and I was really desperate for help.   It was then that I saved up and brought my first self help book.  It was called something like ‘How to be happy’ by an author I can’t even remember.  

But it obviously had a major impact and opened up a whole new world of inspirational words. 

From then on I was hooked, and when everyone else was buying cd’s, make up and clothes, I was buying inspirational books.  These books opened up a whole new world for me, one where there were opportunities to live a positive life.  For the first time my circumstances didn’t define my life and who I was.   I had options!  I read books about people who had been through similar experiences like mine, and had pushed through the pain and now helped others do the same.  

I thought ‘That could be me!’

The number one thing that has got me through some of the hardest times in my life are the inspirational words of my mentors. When I am lost I open up one of my inspirational books, and the right words for that moment will appear before me on the page.   

inspirational words

Here are some of my favourite inspirational words.

“No successful person has ever known how their dream would happen.  They simply believed that it would happen and did not give up until it had”.  Rhonda Bryne  – From the book ‘The Hero’  

 

“Palm readers believe that your left hand is what you are born with, and your right hand tells the story of what you do with it.  In other words, regardless of the hand you are dealt in life, it’s always going to be up to you, what you choose to do with it”.   Paul McKenna From the book ‘The 3 things that will change your destiny today’.  

“When you want something, the whole universe conspires to help you”.  Paul Coelho – From the book ‘The Alchemist’.  

“We have chosen these experiences and they are a part of our lives for a reason.  We may not find out what that reason is for some time.  It may not even be in this life time.  But we need to accept that it is a part of the plan and get through it as best we can”.  Kelvin Cruickshank – From the book ‘Taking The Journey’.  

“The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart, this you will build your life by, this you will become”.  James Allen.  – From the book ‘As A Man Thinketh’  

“What we see in other people are reflections of part of ourselves” . Kate Spencer.  – From the book ‘Twelves Lessons, The Journal’.  

 

I hope you found some inspiration from reading this post, PLEASE share some of the inspirational words that have helped you on your life’s journey.  

Every time you read something inspirational that resonates with your soul, know that the magic and wisdom you see in those words, is the same magic and wisdom that is within you.

Jamie x