healthy snack

Sugar-Free Breakfast Muffins: Banana, Walnut & Oat Bran



With crazy long work weeks over two jobs, a reasonably active social life, and a cottage with a broken heater, some mornings it gets REALLY hard to part ways with my electric blanket. How to get that extra ten minutes in bed and not have any breakfast dishes to deal with before running (literally, most of the time) out the door? Muffins, that’s how! These babies can be made ahead of time and are great to just throw in the handbag on those crazy-busy days. Use this recipe as a base and substitute the dates and walnuts for whatever fillings take your fancy.

Make a meal of it:

2 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 cup walnuts, chopped
Handful dates, chopped
2 1/2 cups oat bran
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp baking powder
cinnamon & nutmeg to taste

1. Mix wet ingredients.
2. Mix dry ingredients.
3. Mix together.
4. Spoon the mix into patty pans and bake ’till cooked through & crusty on top.


Amazeballs, Ed. 2: Gingerbread Cashew Balls

You know those ‘Nakd’ bars you can get at the supermarket?

The ones that are super delicious, but they cost you so much it’s really hard to believe that all they put in them is fruit and nuts?

Trust tightarse Little L to find a way around that!


Make a meal of it:

Note: You’ll need a processor for this one.
Makes a generous week’s worth.

1 heaped cup date paste (combine pitted dates and a splash of water in the processor, and mush away!)
2 1/2 cups coarsely blended cashew meal
1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
2 tsp ginger juice (put ginger through the garlic crusher and juice comes out; alternatively, use powdered ginger)
A few shakes of ground nutmeg
Sesame seeds for rolling

1.  Mix it all together, roll into balls.
2. Dip in sesame seeds.
3. Pop into mouth and be genuinely surprised at how satisfying they are. I actually went back into the kitchen to sneak a few more of these while the pictures were loading.