Peanut butter and blueberry muffins

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My goodness me, these are such easy and deliciously satisfying muffins. They are flourless and yet soft and fluffy. They are nutrient dense and only contain goodness! The perfect morning or afternoon tea snack to keep you fuelled and energised. Or even a yummy breakfast when you aren’t otherwise prepared.

I am going to freeze these. Freezing is very practical with muffins – they stay fresh for longer, and you can simply pull one out as you pack your lunch in the morning, ready to devour by afternoon tea time. Perfect!

Dr Libby’s Nut Butter and Blueberry Muffins

1C nut butter (I used peanut butter)
2 bananas
2 eggs
1t apple cider vinegar
1/2t baking soda
3/4C blueberries

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a muffin tray with coconut oil.

Blend the nut butter, bananas and vinegar together in a food processor.

When smooth, add the eggs and baking soda and blend again until just combined.

Gently stir through the blueberries. Using a serving spoon, scoop large portions of batter into each muffin mould.

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and place on a wire rack to cool.

Yum! These are my new favourite muffins!

Have a lovely weekend everyone,

E xx

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Spiced Summer Paleo Bread

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It’s a gorgeous summer’s afternoon, perfect for a picnic beneath the trees.

This morning I planned to do just that, so I whipped up a loaf of Spiced Summer Paleo Bread for the occasion. This bread is incredibly versatile. It is not crumbly like many of the alternative gluten-free recipes out there. Slice it thinly and cover with a slab of coconut oil and organic peanut butter. Toast a few slices for breakfast and munch it covered in avocado, tomato and olive oil. Even use it to mop up the tasty dregs if a summer soup!

This loaf is packed with nutritional value. Bananas, high in potassium, are used here to add moisture and subtle sweetness. Almond meal, gluten-free, is full of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. Ground linseed adds precious omega-3 fatty acids. Cinnamon helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and pumpkin seeds… Where do I begin with those little gems?!

A rich source of magnesium, zinc, omega-3, antioxidants, fibre, pumpkin seeds support growth and repair, reduce oxidation and inflammation, and support a healthy heart and liver! They also contain an amino acid called tryptophan, which converts into serotonin, and then into melatonin – the sleep hormone. Simply put, eating pumpkin seeds can assist you in getting a restful night’s sleep. Read about their benefits and more here.

So many reasons to enjoy eating this healthy bread!

Recipe

350g almond meal
3T ground linseed
1.5t mixed spice
1t ground ginger
1t cinnamon
1t baking soda
6 eggs
1t vanilla
3 medium bananas
Pumpkin seeds to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius and grease a loaf tin with coconut oil.

Add all ingredients, apart from sunflower seeds, into a food processor and blend until well combined.

Pour into tin, sprinkle with seeds, and pop into the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the top is golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Simple and delicious!

Nut Jumble Granola

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Crunchy and delicious, this granola is a perfect snack anytime of day! Serve with natural Greek yoghurt for a creamy and satisfying breakfast, or equally delicious, serve with almond milk and berries for a dairy-free option. I eat it straight from the jar.

Nut Jumble Granola is gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I try to keep things as natural, whole, and unprocessed as possible. Sadly, many supermarket cereals and muesli are packed full of sugar and additives. High levels of sugar, hidden in most packet foods, increase insulin resistance and body-fat storage. Additives and synthetic ingredients overwhelm the liver with its job – to detoxify your body.

Nuts, seeds and coconut are nutrient dense. They contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that are essential to growth and repair. Not only that, but the mono- and poly-unsaturated fats are heart-healthy; working to manage inflammation and lower cholesterol. Coconut contains medium-chain triglycerides, which are absorbed and converted by the liver directly into energy to be used by the body, and so they are unlikely to be stored as body fat. As the experts are saying – you have to eat fat to burn fat!

Cacao powder has been used in this recipe. Cacao is labelled a superfood for its high levels of antioxidants, magnesium and iron. It makes Nut Jumble Granola chocolatey and decadent, however, if you are not such a sweet-tooth feel free to omit the cacao and/or honey. Try adding cinnamon or ginger to create something a little different.

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Recipe

1.5C brazil nuts
1.5C almonds
1C coconut flakes
1C pumpkin seeds
1/2C chia seeds
1/2C sesame seeds
1C goji berries
3/4C coconut oil
1/3C honey
2 to 3T cacao powder

– Preheat oven to 130 degrees Celsius, fanbake.
– Roughly chop all nuts and spread out on large baking tray. Melt oil and honey together and pour over the nuts. Add the cacao powder. Stir to coat evenly.
– Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes. Keep an eye on this process – there is nothing worse than burning a tray of expensive nuts!
– Remove from the oven and stir through the coconut flakes, seeds, and goji berries. Return to the oven for a final 5-10 minutes.
– Cool before storing in sterilised jars. Will keep for 2 – 3 weeks.

Emma xx

I am inspired by the Whole Pantry App’s Cinnamon and Cacao Granola. This a wonderful app with beautiful recipes – find out about it here. The Whole Pantry App

Mop up the juices with greens… For many reasons

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Although not apparent in the photo above, my husband is eating his heart-healthy fats and protein breakfast on a bed of wilted spinach and chopped fresh tomato. No bread in sight!

Although not against eating grains in and of themselves, I’m a big supporter of replacing processed bread (which is often highly refined and contains some synthetic ingredients that your liver just doesn’t need to deal with) with leafy greens, and increasing plant intake.

Why? I’m currently devouring (not literally) Dr Libby Weaver’s book Beauty From The Inside Out and she offers many reasons to increase your intake of leafy greens.

Here are a few. Leafy greens…

1. Are good sources of soluble and insoluble fibre, which supports gut health and regular bowel movements.
2. Contain essential vitamins and minerals.
3. Contain amino acids, which are vital for immune support, muscle growth and repair.
4. Enhance the quality of your blood by supporting optimal blood pH – more on that later.

Lastly, they are great for mopping up tasty juices! So why not try replacing some grains with greens today?

You can find out more about Dr Libby Weaver here.

Chocolate super mousse

Here I present you with a chocolatey, smooth and satisfying treat. However, it is a treat you can enjoy every day and know you are blessing your body!

This recipe can be enjoyed as a smoothie (slacken with added water to preferred consistency), or it can be savoured as a tasty dessert mousse, sure to satisfy even the sceptics out there (you know who I’m talking about!).

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You need:

1 large avocado
2 ripe or frozen bananas
Big handful pumpkin seeds
1C blueberries and strawberries
1t vanilla bean extract
2T honey
3T cocoa
1 large cup water, or to taste

Put all ingredients apart from honey and water into food processor and blend until the consistency is smooth. Taste and add honey to sweeten to taste, and water to reach desired consistency. Pour into a glass to drink as a smoothie or into a dessert glass to enjoy as mousse!

Start your day well

What routines or rituals do you do to start your day well? Whatever you do – whether it is a cup if tea and 20 minutes reading, writing in a journal, a brisk walk, time to sit and reflect or plan the day ahead – these routines can be vital in getting off on the right foot. Take time for yourself first, so that you may then give of yourself to others.

It is also vital to give yourself a healthy and hearty breakfast. A good breakfast will bless you with sustained energy and vitality throughout the day.

What are you having for breakfast today? Why not try this: crisp iceburg leaves, lightly pan fried ham served on oven baked portobello mushrooms and blue cheese. Rich in vitamins and minerals, high in protein and healthy fats. You will be sustained for hours.

Fresh, clean, and delicious!

What a great start to the day.

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