Banana and Almond Muffins? Yes pleaaassee

You know when you have that sudden craving to bake? Well I experienced this at about 11pm last night and I just had to go with it.

I usually head straight for the cacao and medjool dates to make something super chocolatey-infused, gooey and sweet, but for some reason today my eye caught the two overripe bananas that were sitting on the kitchen ledge.

So, I preheated the oven to 180˚C and gathered together what I could find in the pantry for my filling banana and almond muffins. These can be made vegan and are gluten free.

I found:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Sprinkle of salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs (use an egg replacer for the vegan option)
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp almond milk (or any milk of your choosing)

I just popped the dry ingredients into a blender, whisked them together (make sure the oats are ground into a fine powder) and poured them into a bowl. Then I blended the wet ingredients together to form a runny mixture, which I combined in the bowl with the dry ingredients.

Next I mixed all the ingredients together in the bowl, and placed about 2 heaped spoonfuls of mixture into 8 lined cupcake tins. All they needed was around 30 minutes in the oven (check with a skewer – no mixture residue should be on it when you poke it through the middle of a muffin), and they were done. Voila!

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Nutritional Breakdown (per serve):

  • 137 calories/572 kilojoules
  • 5.0g Protein
  • 8.5g Fat (0.8g Saturated)
  • 9.0g Carbs
  • 43mg Sodium

Healthy Mulled Wine Recipe

Okay so wine’s wine, and it’s never going to have the health benefits of kale or broccoli. 

But, it is Christmas and time to treat yourself after a successful year, so I’d love you to try out my healthier Mulled wine recipe to celebrate the festive season.

The recipe substitutes using sugar, with dried fruits and spices.

To me, if Christmas had a scent, the warm, cinnamon-y aroma of Mulled Wine would definitely be it.

You will need:

  • 1 bottle of red table wine
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 grated nutmeg
  • Rind of 1 orange
  • 1 chunk of ginger

Bring water, raisins, cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, orange rind and ginger to the boil in a saucepan. Then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the red wine and simmer for another 10 minutes. Strain the mulled wine and serve immediately. I like to put little orange peel curls or cinnamon sticks in each glass for decoration and extra flavour.

Merry Christmas Eve!

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What I Eat in a Day, after getting a Dietician

You can read about it in detail the About Me section of my blog, but basically after stopping swimming last year, I picked up quite a bit of weight from uneducated eating habits.

This year, I decided to get a sports dietician to help me with the transition from an athlete’s diet to an active 18 year old’s diet.

Below is what I ate yesterday, and it’s a good depiction of a healthy eating day for me.

Obviously I still have treats (especially when I go out with friends), and I’ve found that I enjoy them so much more because I’ve re-focused my normal diet around wholefoods, good carbs, healthy fats and protein.

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I started off the day with a mix-and-match breakfast. I wanted to make sure I had healthy fats as well as a good lot of protein in there.  So, I had 1 poached egg, cherry tomatoes, 1/2 avocado, 1/4 cup diced bacon fried in coconut oil.

I broke up the morning with some honey & ginger tea and a mandarin.

Then for lunch I made my green bean & bacon fry, Mmm..

To make this you will need: 

  • 1/2 cup chopped green beans
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup diced ham
  • sultanas (weird I know, but trust me)
  • chopped walnuts

Place the walnuts in a fry pan on a high heat and drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Place a cover over them for 3 minutes, then add in the rest of the ingredients and fry up.

Afternoon tea was one Natalie’s Health Honey Cinnamon Cookies – I made the batch at the start of the week. I use 1/2 cup stevia instead of the 3/4 cup coconut sugar.

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Dinner was sweet potato and chickpea curry.

The recipe for this is basically the title – I just roasted some sweet potato, and threw it together over heat with coconut milk, quinoa, chickpeas, and spices.

Eating like this has made me feel so better inside and out, and allows me to really enjoy eating some of my favourite treat foods like chocolate and waffles.

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