Showing posts with label Dairy Free. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dairy Free. Show all posts

Friday, December 21, 2018

Dairy Free Chocolate Truffles

essential oil infused dairy free chocolate truffles - www.mywholefoodfamily.com


Hands up chocoholics!

These little beauties are so simple to make but SO delicious and they make a perfect gift too if you don't eat them all yourself first!

Dairy-free Essential Oil Infused Chocolate Truffles

To make the truffle base you will need:
300g dairy free dark chocolate
240ml coconut cream

Place the chocolate and coconut cream in a pan and melt gently over low heat. When stirred it will come together and be thick, creamy and luscious. Divide mixture into 3 bowls, add the essential oils and mix-ins then leave in the fridge for around 4 hours to set before rolling into balls.

Variation 1:
Add 1/2 cup finely chopped dried cranberries and 5 drops doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil. Once set, roll in cocoa powder and store in the fridge.

Variation 2:
Add 2 drops doTERRA Lime essential oil and 2 drops doTERRA Black Pepper essential oil. Once set, roll in toasted coconut and store in the fridge.

Variation 3:
Add 2 drops doTERRA Cardamom essential oil and 2 drops doTERRA Ginger essential oil. Once set, roll in crushed pistachios and store in the fridge.

If you haven't experimented with essential oils to flavour your food yet, you're missing out! Just a couple of drops adds amazing flavour and can transform any dish into something extraordinary.

These truffles make the perfect gift. If you don't eat them all yourself!

Which flavour combo do you like the sound of?


I only use and recommend doTERRA essential oils. See why here!


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Gluten-free Banana Muffins with Cinnamon and Ginger

gluten free dairy free banana muffins with doTERRA cinnamon and ginger essential oils from www.mywholefoodfamily.com

Anyone for afternoon tea? 


We love bananas at our place and always buy in bulk when we can.

Last week my hubby grabbed a 10kg box and of course, they all got ripe at once!

So I've been baking over the past few days and the rest are peeled and stashed in the freezer ready for smoothies or homemade ice cream.

And just FYI the same essential oils in this recipe whizzed up with frozen bananas and some coconut cream makes the most DIVINE ice cream!

GLUTEN FREE BANANA MUFFINS
with Cinnamon and Ginger essential oils

4 very ripe bananas (mine weighed 320g peeled)
2 large eggs
3 tbs liquid coconut oil
2 tbs coconut sugar
1 ts vanilla extract
1 cup gluten-free self-raising flour
1 drop Cinnamon Bark essential oil
2 drops Ginger essential oil

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees fan-forced.

Line a 12 cup muffin tray with paper liners or lay out some silicone muffin cases on a baking tray.

In a blender or Thermomix beat together the bananas, eggs, coconut sugar, coconut oil, vanilla and essential oils until smooth.

Fold through the flour until just combined.

Spoon mixture into prepared tin and bake for 15-18 minutes or until cooked through (the top will spring back when pressed lightly with your finger).

Cool on a wire rack. Makes 12-15. Great frozen for lunchboxes.

There are an incredible 37 doTERRA essential oils that can be used to flavour your food. I've used Cinnamon and Ginger here but the only limit is your imagination!


*I only use and recommend doTERRA essential oils. Click here for a quick guide to essential oils, doTERRA and how you can get your own (no matter where you are in the world!)


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lemon, Ginger and Turmeric Gummies

Lemon, ginger and turmeric gummies with doTERRA essential oils - from www.mywholefoodfamily.com


My kids adore gummies and with the weather so cold at the moment it is definitely time for a new batch to help us ward off all those bugs doing the rounds.

I usually make gummies using juice as a base but I didn't want the sugar this time so I've replaced it with coconut water and xylitol for a little sweetness instead.

This makes a big batch but it still never lasts very long around here!

LEMON, GINGER & TURMERIC GUMMIES

1.5 cups water
1.5 cups coconut water
1/4 cup xylitol
juice of 1 large lemon
1/2 ts organic turmeric powder
5 drops lemon essential oil*
2 drops ginger essential oil*
6 tbs gelatin (I like Great Lakes or Changing Habits)

In a small bowl mix together the xylitol, lemon juice, turmeric powder and essential oils.

Bring the water and coconut water to the simmer over medium heat. Add the xylitol mixture and stir well to combine.

Sprinkle the gelatin over the top and use a whisk to stir until it has dissolved. Pour through a sieve into a heatproof dish and leave to set in the fridge. Slice into squares to serve.

Gelatin is fantastic for gut health, helping to heal and seal the gut and in turn support your immune system.

It's also packed with protein and makes a great snack for hungry kids.

Enjoy! xx


*I only use and recommend doTERRA essential oils. Click here for a quick guide to essential oils, doTERRA and how you can get your own (no matter where you are in the world!)


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Peppermint Protein Balls

peppermint protein balls with chickpeas and essential oils - www.mywholefoodfamily.com

Do you need nut-free snacks for school or kindy? But still want something that will fill them up? We do. And it means we need to get creative because at home we use nuts and nut butter in practically everything! 

These bliss balls are packed with fibre and protein and my 4yo LOVES them. They are the perfect high energy snack for a big kindy kid. Just don't mention the chickpeas! 

PEPPERMINT PROTEIN BALLS

1 tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup dates
2 heaped tbs raw cacao
1 ts vanilla extract
5 drops Peppermint essential oil*
-
Desiccated coconut (to roll the balls in)

Add all ingredient to your food processor or Thermomix and blitz until the mixture clumps together (about 10 secs / SP 8).

Roll spoonfuls into balls and roll in desiccated coconut.

Store in the fridge or freezer.

Makes approx 18 depending on how big you make them. 


Mine tend to get bigger as I go along because I get sick of rolling them! 😂

Make sure you like and share this recipe if it would be helpful for others and don't forget to let me what your little ones think when you make them! xx


*I only use and recommend doTERRA essential oils. Click here for a quick guide to essential oils, doTERRA and how you can get your own (no matter where you are in the world!)


Friday, June 22, 2018

Nourishing Chai Hot Chocolate with Essential Oils

Nourishing chai hot chocolate with essential oils - www.mywholefoodfamily.com


Yesterday was the Winter Solstice which means we're now calling in longer days and more sunshine.


Until that happens though, one good thing about this cold weather is that it's always time for hot chocolate around here! 

This is a really hearty and nourishing version and my kids and I love it!


The addition of the gelatin makes it a bit foamy, almost like there are melted marshmallows in it!

Plus how cool is it that the same combination of essential oils in this recipe also makes a brilliant chai diffuser blend #versatile

CHAI HOT CHOCOLATE

1 litre Coco Quench
2 heaped tbs raw cacao
2 heaped tbs xylitol (or honey, maple syrup etc)
2 tbs grass-fed gelatin
2 ts vanilla extract
pinch salt
1 tbs butter or ghee (optional)
-
1 drop Wild Orange*
1 drop Cardamom*
1 drop Cinnamon*
1 drop Ginger*
1 drop Black Pepper*

Place all ingredients except the oils in a pan over medium heat and whisk until warm and well combined OR place in Thermomix and cook 5 mins / 70 degrees / SP4.

Add the oils and mix again for a few seconds at SP 9 before serving.

Serves 4-5

So who wants hot chocolate now?



This hot chocolate is like a big warm hug to me, so when you make it please let me know what you think! xx

*I only use and recommend doTERRA essential oils. Click here for a quick guide to essential oils, doTERRA and how you can get your own (no matter where you are in the world!)


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Wild Orange Chickpea Blondies

wild orange chickpea blondies with doTERRA essential oils - gluten free, dairy free, nut free, refined sugar free - from www.mywholefoodfamily.com


I was searching for the perfect guilt-free treat for Mother's Day and came up with these!

If you're a fan of the combo of chocolate and orange you will love them. And even better, they're free from gluten, dairy, nuts and refined sugar!

I've since made another 2 batches of these and both times left the chocolate off the top. 

This makes them less rich and the ideal treat for my kids' lunchboxes. 

They have no idea it's healthy and the chickpeas give them a hit of protein as well.

Wild Orange Chickpea Blondies

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 large eggs
1/2 cup rice malt syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup gluten-free plain flour
1/2 ts gluten-free baking powder
pinch salt
10 drops Wild Orange essential oil
50g dark chocolate, roughly chopped (I used Green & Blacks organic 70%)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with paper and set aside.

In a food processor or Thermomix, beat together the chickpeas, eggs, syrup and coconut oil until smooth (30 seconds / SP 7). Add remaining ingredients (except for chocolate) and mix until just combined (10 seconds / SP 4). Scrape down the bowl as needed.

Pour batter into prepared tin. Sprinkle over chopped chocolate and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool in the tin before slicing into 16 pieces.

Leave the chocolate off and they make the perfect lunchbox treat too.

Enjoy!


Susan x

Monday, April 2, 2018

Lemon Rosemary Hummus

hummus with doTERRA lemon and rosemary essential oils - www.mywholefoodfamily.com


Happy Easter everyone!

Was there a chocolate explosion at your place? I didn't have too much chocolate but with a little too much sugar overall I was so thankful for the DigestZen tummy tamer blend. 

In the lead up to the Easter weekend, I tried to cram in as many veggies as possible. I'm not going to stop the kids eating chocolate but we've still got to get the good stuff in too right?

Anything with a dip is a winner with my kids and this lemon and rosemary hummus is so good it entices them to eat some veggies too.

You can definitely make this without a Thermomix and it's up to you whether you fry off the garlic first or just throw everything into the food processor and blitz until smooth. Either way, it's delicious!

Lemon and Rosemary Hummus 

2 garlic cloves
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tin organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tbs tahini
Juice 1/2 lemon
2 tbs water
1/2 ts salt
2 drops Lemon essential oil
1 drop Rosemary essential oil

Thermomix instructions: chop the garlic 5 scs / SP 5. Scrape down the sides, add the oil and cook for 5 mins / 100 deg / SP 1 / MC off.

Add all remaining ingredients and process until smooth, about 1 minute / SP 9, scraping down the sides as needed.

Pour into serving bowl, add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a dash of paprika or sumac.


I often serve this hummus with crackers and veggie sticks at my essential oil workshops, along with the bliss balls as I know not everyone has a sweet tooth.

Enjoy! xx




Monday, March 26, 2018

Choc-Hazelnut Ice Cream Sandwiches

gluten free dairy free choc hazelnut ice cream sandwiches with orange essential oil - www.mywholefoodfamily.com

If you've been reading for a while (thank you) you will know that when I started this blog back in 2008 I jumped almost immediately into a blogging group called Tuesdays with Dorie. There were hundreds of members around the world and together we baked and blogged our way through Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours. It was amazing! But looking back I'm also amazed just how much sugar we were consuming on a weekly basis through those recipes (eeek!).

Things have changed a lot, both from my own health challenges and of course now having 3 children we want to feed them healthy, nourishing food.

Now I only bake for special occasions and I always offer to bring dessert when we go out BUT I still choose recipes free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar.

We had my mother-in-law over for her birthday dinner and after much deliberation I chose to make these ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

Messy, sticky, sweet and SOOO good. I just may have snagged the last one for breakfast the next day  :) #cooksprivilege

Choc-Hazelnut Ice Cream Sandwiches
GF, DF 

Cookies:
150g hazelnut meal
3 tbs coconut oil
2 tbs xylitol
pinch salt
1 ts vanilla extract
1 large egg, beaten

To serve:
100g dairy free dark chocolate (I like Green & Blacks 70%)

3 drops Wild Orange essential oil
Ice cream (I used Weiss Simply Coconut which is dairy-free)

Preheat over to 180 degrees C and line 2 trays with baking paper.

In a medium bowl mix together all cookie ingredients until well combined.

Roll spoonfuls of mixture into balls and place on prepared tray, flattening each with your hand and smoothing the edges to they are all round and roughly the same size. I got 14 from this batch, so 7 ice cream sandwiches. Feel free to make them bigger or smaller but keep in mind the cookies are very filling!

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until very lightly golden brown around the edges. I swapped the trays halfway through.

Allow to cool completely.

Melt the dark chocolate, add the orange essential oil and mix well to combine, then dip each cookie in halfway. Place back on the baking tray and leave to set.

To serve, place a scoop of dairy-free ice cream in between 2 cookies and enjoy! Be ready to lick your fingers as they are pretty messy. 


What's your favourite dessert? xx




Friday, February 2, 2018

Jam Drops (free from Gluten, Dairy, Nuts and Refined Sugar)


raspberry and coconut jam drop cookies - free from gluten, nuts, dairy and refined sugar - from www.mywholefoodfamily.com

Do you have a picky eater?

I feel your pain.

My picky eater has recently gone from picky to downright ridiculous and we are left with very few foods that he finds acceptable.

He's started rejecting a few favourite recipes that I have healthified so for these, I kept it really simple.

A 'white' dough with homemade raspberry jam (that I blitzed the chia seeds for by the way so they wouldn't get spotted and rejected). The things we do!

These freeze beautifully and being nut-free they are perfect for school lunches or a quick after-school treat.

I hope your kids enjoy them as much as mine!

raspberry and coconut jam drop cookies - free from gluten, nuts, dairy and refined sugar - from www.mywholefoodfamily.com

Jam Drops
Free from gluten, dairy, nuts and refined sugar

2 cups gluten-free flour (I used Orgran brand)
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 ts gluten-free baking powder
pinch salt
1/3 cup rice malt syrup
1/3 cup + 1 tbs coconut oil
1 ts vanilla paste
1 egg

Jam to top (I adapted my strawberry chia jam recipe found here - note that I blitzed 1/2 cup chia seeds in the Thermomix first to make a powder and used some of that to make the jam)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, coconut, baking powder and salt. Add all remaining ingredients (except jam) and mix until well combined. You should have a stiff dough that can be easily rolled into balls.

Roll spoonfuls of mixture into balls and place on the prepared tray (I got 20 from this batch). Use your thumb or the end of a wooden spoon to make an indent for the jam.

Place a small amount of jam on each biscuit, 1/2 ts or so.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. I rotated the trays halfway through.

All to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes approx 20

Jam drops are such a nostalgic treat for me. And these ones even more so because they remind of an Iced Vovo which I loved as a child! What's your favourite childhood bikkie? xx


Friday, December 1, 2017

Raw Chocolate with Chai and Cashews



It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

At our place the 1st of December is all about Christmas - the tree goes up, the Christmas music goes on and we start our nightly tradition of reading a different Christmas book each night with the kids. Love it!

On Facebook, I'm starting a 12 days of DIY Christmas gifts series today with a selection of recipes using our beautiful essential oils. Hop on over and like My Wholefood Family Essentials to get inspired and play along! 

One of my favourite ways to use my oils is to flavour my food, especially anything chocolate.

So given my chai obsession at the moment I've adapted my basic raw chocolate recipe and made this amazing chai chocolate with cashews!

If you like the warm, sweet spiciness of chai you will LOVE this chocolate. These spice oils are warming for our bodies, can aid digestion and are packed with antioxidants. And of course it tastes AMAZING!

Raw Chocolate with Chai and Cashews

1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup raw cashews
pinch salt
2 drops Ginger essential oil
2 drops Cardamom essential oil
2 drops Wild Orange essential oil
1 drop Cinnamon essential oil
1 drop Black Pepper essential oil

Place the coconut oil, cacao powder, salt and maple syrup in a small pan over low heat and stir until smooth and well combined. Remove from the heat and add the cashews and essential oils. Mix well and pour the mixture into a lined 20cm baking pan or a silicone cake pan and place in the freezer to set. Once firm (it doesn't take long at all), break into pieces and store in an airtight container in the freezer.

As this chocolate contains coconut oil it will melt if left at room temperature. You can see in the photo that it was already starting to melt! 

I only use and trust doTERRA essential oils to use at home and in our food. To get your hands on some please leave me a comment below or read this post on how to get started with essential oils

Susan xx




Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

gluten free - dairy free - sugar free - chocolate peanut butter cookies - www.mywholefoodfamily.com

Hello dear reader!

I'm back and with a delightfully simple and seriously delicious recipe to share.

As we approach the end of the term, the kids have been really running out of energy. Tempers are short and patience even shorter.

I've learnt that the best way to guarantee a peaceful time after school is to feed them well the INSTANT they walk in the door.

Such a cliche but a few of these cookies and a glass of milk (1 x cows milk, 1 x rice milk, 1 x coconut milk) and there were 3 happy little campers.

I made these yesterday and saved a couple for myself to have today, and I'm so glad I did because they were even better today! More flavour and better texture. When they're fresh they are verrrry soft and likely to fall apart. Next day, they have a good bite to them and are absolutely perfect with a cup of tea.

I've been doing a bit of experimentation with xylitol as a sweetener lately and so far I'm really impressed. Most peanut butter cookies call for equal amounts of peanut butter and sugar, which would be WAY too sweet for us. Even the 1/2 cup of xylitol was a little much and I would cut it back to 1/3 or even 1/4 cup next time.

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol made from birch with a low GI. As with all sweeteners, I use it sparingly and rotate between different types so we are not having the same thing all the time.

If you have dogs, I would suggest using an alternative sweetener as it is DEADLY for them and you wouldn't want to risk your fur-babies eating the crumbs of these cookies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup xylitol
1 heaped tbs raw cacao
1 egg
1/2 ts salt
3/4 ts bicarb soda

Mix together until well combined. Roll teaspoons of mixture into balls and place on a baking tray.

Flatten the tops with a fork and bake for 10 minutes, rotating the trays halfway.

Makes 24

Have you tried xylitol? What's your favourite non-refined sugar sweetener? xx

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Coconut Pannacotta Gummies


Are you a fan of gummies?

We've been making LOADS of them over winter with orange juice, coconut water and immune supporting essential oils like lemon, orange and On Guard. Get the recipe for my citrus gummies here.

The gelatin is just so good for gut health plus the kids love them and have no idea they're eating something so healthy!

I wanted to switch things up a little this time and make more of a dessert.

Pannacotta is one of my all time favourite desserts and it was easily converted into gummies.

While gummies are usually quite firm, I wanted to recreate the wobble that is so characteristic of a Pannacotta so I used just 1 tablespoon of gelatin. With this amount of liquid you could use up to 1/4 cup of gelatin.

I used rice malt syrup as the sweetener here to keep them fructose free, but you could use honey or maple syrup instead.  You might just need less though as they are much sweeter than the rice malt syrup!

Coconut Pannacotta Gummies

1 tin Ayam coconut milk
1 tin Ayam coconut cream
1/3 cup rice malt syrup (or preferred sweetener)
2 ts vanilla extract
1 tbs gelatin (I use Great Lakes)

Place the coconut milk, cream, syrup and vanilla into a small saucepan and mix until just combined.

Sprinkle over the gelatin and leave to bloom for 5 minutes.

Place the pan over low heat and stir together until melted and smooth.

Pour into a glass dish and place in the fridge to set.

Slice into squares and serve.

What's your favourite gummies recipe? x




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Warm and Spicy Coconut Quinoa Porridge

Warm and spicy coconut quinoa porridge with essential oils - www.mywholefoodfamily.com

When I decided to go gluten-free, I did it cold turkey.

One day I ate gluten and the next I didn't. Simple as that.

Don't get me wrong though there was a lot of preparation involved in that decision and I made sure I was completely stocked up on foods I could eat. But having that line drawn in the sand made things easier for me mentally so I didn't get stressed about eating something I 'shouldn't' because I was trying to cut out gluten.

One thing I never really got a good substitute for was porridge.

I LOVE porridge and have since I was a kid. It's just so comforting, so filling, so adaptable in terms of flavour and it really is the perfect tummy warmer on a cold Winter's morning.

So with that in mind I got serious about finding a decent porridge alterative. Not something that was just ok, but something that was totally delicious and I would look forward to eating.

This coconut quinoa porridge is IT!

I think in the past I have always overcooked whatever gluten-free grain I was trying so it became mushy and stodgy and pretty unpleasant.

This takes literallly 5 minutes to prepare and I've done it old-school in a pot on the stove, partly because both our Thermomix jugs were dirty at the time so I had to, but also because it's so quick and I love a one-pot wonder.

Using essential oils to flavour my food is my favourite way to use them and they give you incredible pure flavour.

The cinnamon and ginger are very warming for the body which is exactly what I need given I feel the cold so much as a result of my dodgy thyroid.

Don't be tempted to half the amounts of coconut milk and quinoa and still use 1 full drop of each of these oils because it's too much!

You can dip a toothpick into your oil bottle and swirl it through your porridge at the end if you prefer.

So there you have it, my new favourite Winter breakfast.

Enjoy!

Warm & Spicy Coconut Quinoa Porridge

2 cups coconut milk
2 ts coconut oil
pinch salt
2/3 cup quinoa flakes
1 drop Ginger essential oil
1 drop Cinnamon essential oil
2 drop Wild Orange essential oil
blueberries, raw almonds and maple syrup

Place the coconut milk, oil and salt into a small saucepan and heat until it just starts to boil.

Add the quinoa flakes, stir and cover. Turn off the heat and leave for 5 minutes.

Spoon into your serving bowls. Top with a handful of blueberries, some roughly chopped raw almonds and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Serves 2

Are you a porridge person? x

Friday, July 7, 2017

Raw Chocolate with Tahini and Orange

Raw chocolate with tahini and wild orange essential oil - www.mywholefoodfamily.com

Have you made your own chocolate yet?

If you have, you'll know it's both a good and bad thing. Good because it's so easy and so delicious.
Bad because is so easy and so delicious!

We LOVE raw chocolate at our place and I love experimenting with different flavour combinations!

The base recipe is always the same - cacao, coconut oil and whatever sweetener you like.

I generally use rice malt syrup because it's fructose free, not too sweet and it has a very neutral flavour.

Some other great combos I've made before are:
- peanut butter and honey
- almond butter and cranberries
- rocky road with Quirky Cooking's honey sweetened marshmallows, goji berries and cashews
- plain with peppermint, ginger, cinnamon, cardamon or grapefruit essential oils

This combination of tahini and wild orange is my new favourite and it's been a hit with the kids too (even though tahini is a bit of an acquired taste).

So why use tahini? So many reasons not the least of which is, it's delicious!

Tahini is sesame seed paste and a great alternative to nut spreads like peanut butter if you have allergies. It's really high in good fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and has been shown to be beneficial for heart health, helpful for balancing hormones and improving nutrient absorption (https://draxe.com/tahini/).

It also pairs beautifully with both chocolate and orange!

Raw Chocolate with Tahini and Orange

1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup raw cacao
1/4 cup rice malt syrup
1/4 cup tahini (organic and unhulled if possible, but you may prefer hulled tahini as it's lighter in flavour)
generous pinch of salt
5 drops of Wild Orange essential oil

Place all ingredients in a small pot over. Place over very low heat, just to melt the coconut oil, and stir together until smooth. Pour into a lined slice pan or silicone baking pan. Store in the freezer and break into pieces to serve.

What's your favourite chocolate flavour? x

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Raw Chocolate Cheesecake with Berries (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Raw, gluten free, dairy free chocolate cheesecake - www.mywholefoodfamily.com

As much as I enjoy cooking, one of the best bits about Mother's Day at our place is that I don't have to cook! Bliss!

I always get something yummy for breakfast with a cup of tea and then a special dinner and dessert made by my hubby with the help of the kids.

If your family needs a hint as to what you'd like for your Mother's Day dessert then I have the perfect recipe for you.

This chocolate cheesecake was luscious, creamy and just plain delicious. It is free from both gluten and dairy and no baking required so it's a great one to get the kids involved with.

I actually made this last month for Easter Sunday but I think it would be just as perfect for Mother's Day!

You could also make some fun variations with the flavours.

Maybe leave out the berries and add some peppermint oil to the filling, or perhaps leave the cocoa out of the filling add some citrus. The possibilities are endless and I consider it my duty to test them all out for you over the next few months! You're welcome :)

Raw, gluten free, dairy free chocolate cheesecake with smashed berries - www.mywholefoodfamily.com

Make sure you give it a solid 30 minutes out of the freezer before serving, otherwise it will crack a little like you can see in the photo above. Another 10 minutes and it would have been luscious, creamy perfection as it was in my bowl when I was eating it!

Oh and remember you will need to start this the day before so the cashews can soak overnight! You can cover them with boiling water for an hour or so if you get absolutely stuck but the end result won't be quite as smooth and creamy.

Raw Chocolate Cheesecake with Smashed Berries

Base
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup dates
1ts vanilla
1/2 ts salt
1 heaped tbs coconut oil

Filling
2 cups raw cashews (soaked for at least 6 hrs or overnight and drained well)
1 can Ayam coconut cream
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup raw cacao
100-120g raw honey (adjust to taste)
2 ts vanilla extract
Pinch salt

1 1/2 cups mixed berries, divided
1tbs raw honey, extra
3 drops Wild Orange essential oil (optional)

Grease a 20cm springform pan and line the base with baking paper.

To make the base, place all ingredients into food processor or Thermomix and process until the mixture sticks together. Press into the base of the prepared pan. Scatter over 1/2 cup of the berries and place in the freeezer while you prepare the filling.

To make the filling, place all ingredients into same food processor or Thermomix bowl (no need to wash it) and process for 2 minutes until completely smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides halfway through. Pour the mixture over the berries on the base and place back in the freezer until ready to serve.

To make the berry sauce, just before serving place the remaining 1 cup of berries and extra honey into a bowl (and orange oil if you are using it) and smash with a fork until you have a chunky sauce.

Remove the cheesecake from the freezer 30 minutes before serving. Top each serve with berry sauce. Enjoy!

Do you have any special Mother's Day traditions or recipes at your place?

Let me know! x

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

3 Ingredient Peppermint Chocolate Crackles

Easy 3 ingredient peppermint chocolate crackles - gluten free, dairy free Easter - www.mywholefoodfamily.com

If you're looking for something easy and tasty to make with the kids this Easter, then look no further!

Not only are they a 3-ingredient, 1-bowl wonder, there's no yucky copha in sight.

3 Ingredient Peppermint Chocolate Crackles

200g dairy free dark chocolate (Lindt 70% for the kids or 85% for the adults)
3 cups gluten-free rice bubbles
3-5 drops doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil*

Roughly chop the chocolate and place it in a large glass bowl over a pot of simmering water.

Once the chocolate is melted, add the peppermint oil and stir through.

Add the rice bubbles and fold through until well coated.

Spoon the mixture into paper or silicone cupcake wrappers.

Place in the fridge to set. Try not to eat them all at once.

I got 15 from this batch but it depends how much you fill each case.

* Don't like peppermint? The only limit is your imagination! Wild Orange, Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Lime ... go crazy and experiment with your favourite flavours! For more information about how to purchase the oils I use please read this!

My boys went nuts for these and they pretty much made them all by themselves.

Do you have any Easter treats you make with your kids?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Gluten-free Hot Cross Bun Muffins

Gluten free hot cross buns muffins - www.mywholefoodfamily.com

While I've been dairy free for years, this is my first completely gluten free Easter, which makes hot cross buns a little tricky.

And it just wouldn't feel like Easter to me without hot cross buns!

Here in Australia we all seem to be obsessed with them and they are available in stores from the day after Christmas. That seems a little crazy to me and I refuse to make them out of principle until the Easter school holidays when I just can't get enough of them.

I really wasn't impressed with the first gluten-free recipe I tried. They were very dense and oddly chewy and we couldn't even finish them.

For my next attempt I adapted a paleo hot cross bun recipe and it was a total winner! They are a cross between a bun and a muffin and have a great flavour and texture.

These were meant just for me as the kids had some spelt ones, but they were so good the kids scoffed half of them.

I've given the Thermomix instructions below but if you are using almond meal and buckwheat flour you can just mix them by hand.

Gluten-free Hot Cross Bun Muffins (Buffins)
Adapted from The 4 Blades

100g raw almonds (or almond meal)
100g buckwheat groats (or buckwheat flour)
170g arrowroot flour
1 ts cinnamon
1/2 ts ginger
1/2 ts allspice
1/4 ts cloves
2 ts baking powder
pinch salt
125g coconut oil, melted
3 eggs at room temperature
2 tbs coconut milk
90g rice malt syrup
80g organic mixed dried fruit or sultanas

Crosses
1 tbs arrowroot flour
2 ts water

Place ingredients into a small ziplock bag, seal and mix by pressing together with your fingers. It may take a few goes to get the consistency right. If you need more water add it a drop at a time. If it's too runny, add another teaspoon of arrowroot flour.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Line a muffin tray with paper cases or use silicone muffin moulds.

Grind the almonds and buckwheat groats together until fine (10 secs / SP 9).

Add remaining dry ingredients (except dried fruit) and mix to combine (6 secs / SP 4).

Add coconut oil, eggs, milk and syrup and mix until smooth (20 secs / SP 5).

Add dried fruit and mix until just combined (5 secs / SP 4 / REVERSE).

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tray.

Snip the corner off the bag with the cross mixture and pipe crosses onto the buns (some of the crosses looked a bit wonky after baking but that was part of their charm!)

Bake for 20 minutes, until lightly golden brown.

Like most gluten free things they are best on the day they are made BUT I froze some of these and they thawed well without getting too crumbly.

I'm making another batch today to stash in the freezer so I can enjoy them for the next few weeks. If they last that long!

Do you have any dietary requirements to think about this Easter?

Let me know below x

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year! (and some dairy-free mint choc chip ice cream)

Dairy free mint choc chip ice cream - from www.mywholefoodfamily.com

Hooray it's 2017!

Can you feel it?

There's an excitement in the air - like the coming year is a blank slate just waiting to be filled with all sorts of awesomeness. Like this awesome mint-choc-chip ice cream! But more on that in a moment.

While I am not really into setting resolutions, at the beginning of a new year I think a certain amount of reflection is good.

Some people set goals, some choose a guiding word, some cross their fingers and hope for the best.

Me? I've found 3 little questions to be really helpful:

1. What do you want more of?

2. What do you want less of?

3. What do you want to introduce?

If you sit with each of those questions for a few moments the answers do make themselves known.

For me personally, I want more fun activities with my kids, more focus on my relationship with my husband, more meditation (I've committed to a 365 meditation challenge this year), more personal development, more reading of fiction, more gluten and dairy free cooking because this way of eating is serving me well, and more mindfulness and gratitude

I want less fear, stress and worry about things that I can't change, less self-recrimination, less feeling that I have to do it all.

I want to introduce - more movement, more date nights, a dedicated self-care ritual, to incorporate essential oils more into our daily lives, more fermented foods and a real focus on gut health for myself and Mr 6 especially.

I also want to eat more ice cream - if it tastes as good as this one does!

Dairy free mint choc chip ice cream - from www.mywholefoodfamily.com

I've used a tin of coconut condensed milk here but if you have a Thermomix you can of course make your own with whatever sweetener you choose. I usually would but being time-poor on New Year's Eve and also wanting a very white base I chose to buy some. Totally up to you!

Dairy-free Mint-Choc-Chip Ice Cream 

3 cans Ayam coconut cream (chilled in fridge upside down for 24 hours before you begin!)
1 can coconut condensed milk (also chilled in the fridge for 24 hours)
5 drops peppermint essential oil*
100g Lindt 85% cocoa chocolate, chopped into small chunks

Insert the butterfly into the thermomix bowl.

Take your already chilled cans of coconut cream, open them carefully and place only the thick creamy parts into the thermomix. Depending how you stored your can in the fridge you may be able to scoop off the cream leaving some watery milk in the tin, or you could pour off the milk leaving the cream behind. Just don't use the milk for this ice cream or it won't work!

Beat the cream for 30 secs / SP 4.

Add the (already chilled) condensed coconut milk and peppermint oil and whip for another 30 secs / SP 4.

Add the chopped chocolate and mix on reverse / SP 2 for 10 seconds.

Pour into a freezer safe container and chill until firm. Or serve immediately for a (very) soft-serve style ice cream.

My kids went nuts for this on New Year's Eve and there were arguments over who got to lick the bowl and spatula!

If you don't have a Thermomix then a good food processor or blender will work well too!

*Not all essential oils are safe for ingestion. Click here for more information on the brand I use and love!

Peppermint is one of my all-time favourite essential oils and to help you experiment with it I've done up a handy printable with some of the best uses for this wonder oil. Just click on the image below to grab your copy!
Free printable with great uses for peppermint essential oil - from www.mywholefoodfamily.com

Do you use essential oils at home? What are your favourites? xx


Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Menu 2016

Christmas menu 2016 - www.mywholefoodfamily.com

Well, we're really on the countdown to Christmas now!

This year I have made a concerted effort to get organised early for Christmas.

We bought a few presents during the year and then I made sure I had all the kids presents bought and wrapped before school finished. Go me!

I've had lists upon lists of gifts, shopping and food prepared so that this week has just been crossing things off. I've even got a timeline prepared for all the Christmas Eve cooking to make sure everything gets done.

This year we are hosting both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Normally we wouldn't do both but that's just how it's worked out.

This is the 4th year now that I've posted our Christmas menu and it's so helpful to be able to look back at previous years and see what worked and what didn't, and importantly what we can cut back on.

Our Christmas food this year is quite traditional - all our favourite things, homemade of course, and with lots leftover so I don't need to cook for a few days.

It's going to be great.

Christmas Eve Dinner

Honey, mustard and ginger glazed ham
Pigs in blankets (by special request from the kids who saw Jamie Oliver make some on one of his Christmas cooking shows)
Duck fat roast potatoes
Roast carrots
Steamed greens with almonds

Tapioca Christmas pudding (GF, DF)
Coconut vanilla bean custard


Christmas Breakfast

Scrambled eggs with leftover ham and garlic spinach
Spiced fig gingerbread


Christmas Lunch

Nibbles - nuts, pate, GF crackers, Christmas bliss balls

BBQ side of salmon
Prawn and chorizo salad
Mango and avocado salad

Mango and raspberry trifle (similar to this one I made last year but with a few changes to make it both GF and DF)

So that's it!

I wish all of you a very happy and safe Christmas 2016.

What's on your Christmas menu this year? Do you do a hot or cold Christmas lunch? Tell me below

Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Bliss Balls


Christmas Bliss Balls - free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar - from www.mywholefoodfamily.com

4.57 am.

Why do I always wake up at 4.57am these days??

Today I got up straight away and crept downstairs to enjoy the extra quiet time by myself. And at the bottom of the stairs, I took a deep breath and smelt ... Christmas.

After going to the markets on the weekend our fruit bowls are full of mangoes, pineapples and peaches and the smell instantly transported to me my childhood Christmas holidays on the Gold Coast!

The power of smell is truly amazing don't you think?

I can't quite believe it but today is the last day of school for the boys. All the breakup parties, concerts and swimming carnivals are done and Christmas will be here before we know it.

This year I'm easing myself into some Christmas cooking with some simple and oh-so delicious bliss balls that have some of the best flavours of Christmas time.

These little beauties are free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar and taste fabulous. I defy you to taste one and not get a smile on your face!

They were also a great way to use some of the blackstrap molasses which I bought but then couldn't remember why!

I've just included the Thermomix ingredients here but of course a food processor or high powered blender will also do the job.

Super quick and no baking - the perfect Christmas treat!

Christmas Bliss Balls

3/4 cup rolled quinoa
3/4 cup organic sundried dates
1/2 cup raw almonds
A thumb-sized piece of ginger (grated)
1 tbs blackstrap molasses
zest of 1 orange
1/2 ts vanilla extract
1/2 ts cinnamon
14 ts salt
1/8 ts ground cloves

Place the quinoa flakes and almonds into the Thermomix and blitz for 8 seconds / SP 9.

Add all remaining ingredients and process for 30-40 seconds / SP 8, or until the mixture is sticky and holds together.

Roll spoonfuls into balls and store in the fridge.

Makes 16-18 balls.

Do you have a favourite food or smell that reminds you of Christmas?

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