When life gets busy, bake muffins

Life has been crazy busy these last few weeks. I feel like I’ve been on some psychotic merry-go-round that is spinning out of control, I’m pretty sure there was a laughing clown there somewhere too. Thankfully, hubby seems to be getting better, and things are starting to settle back into some form of normality.

When things are out of control, as a mother, I find myself putting my own needs at the bottom of the list. This week, I made a promise to myself that I would start prioritizing my own needs a bit more and taking care of myself, as well as my family’s. So I’ve re-established an exercise routine (by golly my legs are sore today!), upped my water intake, and put aside some time to do things that make me happy. Like eating. Eating muffins. Healthy muffins. And then sharing the recipe with you so that we can all eat muffins together. Continue reading

spinach shrek cake

dairy free with gluten free options 🙂

shrek cake   It has been one helluva week. Hubby ended up in hospital (and is still there now, 3 days on), nothing too serious, but something that needed to be monitored. Hopefully, fingers crossed, he will be out tomorrow. We are so close to the end of the school term, Friday next week is the last day, and I find myself struggling to keep everything together. I even said to Miss E the other day “you only need to read 4 pages of your reader because it’s nearly the end of term”. Complete lie. Thankfully my kids are pretty good readers, so I don’t tend to stress too much about that anyway, but still, my standards are slipping in more ways than one. Continue reading

gluten free honey banana muffins and make your own paper cases

gf banana muffin cooked

It’s Sunday night, I look in the cupboard, I look in the fridge. Bleh. School lunch time again. I bought some bananas yesterday, that ended up under some heavy stuff – so now I have squashed bananas in my fruit bowl. Kids are turning up their noses at them, so I think the obvious. Banana muffins. I set to work pulling out ingredients then realized that I didn’t have any paper cases to put the batter in. No big deal, I could have greased and floured the tray, but that seemed like too much effort, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to show you how to make your own when you too, have run out.
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Pumpkin chocolate cake Dairy free, Egg free

If you are reading this post, we have reached 500 likes on the kids, recipes and organised chaos facebook page . Either that, or I’ve gotten impatient and want to share this recipe with you all anyway! Thanks to all those who shared the page 🙂

Earlier this week, I was reading on a facebook health page about someone having excess cooked pumpkin, and what should they do with it? A reply came, pumpkin chocolate cake. No recipe was given, so I searched the internet for a recipe, but was having trouble finding what I wanted. I found lots of pumpkin bread recipes, lots of pumpkin shaped chocolate cakes, lots of chocolate cakes with pumpkin ganache between the layers, but no pumpkin chocolate cakes. I was getting impatient. I had pumpkin, and I wanted desperately to use it in a cake!

So, I came up with this recipe. I hope you like it!

choc pumpkin cakeThis is  a lovely fluffy cake, and would be great at parties when you have kids with intolerances or allergies.

 
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE VEGAN CAKE

3 cups plain flour
2 tsp bicarb soda (baking soda)
2 tbs white vinegar
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup heaped raw cacao or cocoa
between 3/4 – 1 cup cooked pumpkin
1 cup heaped sugar
2/3 cup coconut oil (could use butter if dairy is ok, or other veg oil of choice)
1, 1/4 cup hot water

Put all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth (or mix by hand)
Bake in moderate oven, 180’C for around 40 mins or until skewer comes out clean.
I would assume this recipe could be used to as a basic vegetable chocolate cake recipe, where you could sub in most cooked veg instead of pumpkin, like beetroot or carrot. Hmmm, maybe even a mix?
I imagine it would be nice with a cream cheese icing too – but I imagine most things would taste good with cream cheese icing! Also, choc chips in the cake would be nice, or even some nuts or seeds. My kids devoured this happily, and I hope yours do too!

Gluten free, dairy free melt in your mouth choc chip cookies

Many years ago I made cookies using chickpeas. The kids liked them, but I stopped making them and promptly forgot all about the recipe until recently when a friend told me about a delicious cookie recipe she found with chickpeas and peanut butter.  I looked up the recipe and thought I’d share it, as they really are melt in your mouth delicious – even better than the ones I used to make from memory (although now I want to find the recipe to compare it!). Because our school has a nut free policy, I subbed tahini into the recipe instead. You can find the original recipe here. My daughter loved these, as do I. My son, who thoroughly dislikes peanut butter thought these were still too nutty, even using the tahini. Tahini, which is made with sesame seeds is high in calcium, which great if you or your child can’t tolerate dairy. Chickpeas are a rich source of protein, so, combining these two ingredients, we pretty much have a healthy cookie! Right? Right. *dusts crumbs from mouth* Continue reading

School Lunches Monday: Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie

It’s been  a fairly busy weekend, with lots of late nights, and drop-ins for lunches and dinner. So tonight, when I asked my kids what they wanted in their lunch boxes tomorrow, and they replied with cheese sandwiches, who was I to complain? The only problem is that I couldn’t blog about a cheese sandwich now, could I? So, I started to think about what snacks were going into the lunch boxes this week, and decided I would make a gluten free brownie using tinned beans. This way they were filling and full of protein. Combined with a cheese sandwich and some fruit and vegetables, I think we have a pretty balanced lunch box.

lunch gf brownie

This is the lunchbox for Monday. Apple, orange segments, carrots and cucumber, a piece of brownie and a spelt bread cheese sandwich

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