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It’s been a fantastic weekend! Check out what I’ve been up to:

Well we had finished dinner (warm chicken salad- no dressing for me) and an animal ran around the restaurant (we were outside) and under my foot. At first I was in shock then realising what I saw I screamed and jumped up on my chair..in front of the whole restaurant. I actually thought it was a giant rat but turns out it was a possum. Made for lots of laughs and interesting conversation after though. A fantastic girls night out!

  • And told you about the awesome, affordable and effective Vitamins I’ve been taking lately.

My Sunday started early with a Grit Strength, Body Attack and CXWORX class. Then after a quick throw together breakfast (curried egg on 1/2 a wholemeal muffin with the remaining half topped with almond butter & banana slices) it was off to grocery shop.

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I did the shopping on my own today since the boy is fighting a head cold at the moment. And while I waited I caught up on some free magazine reading in the line. I’ve re-entered Magazines into my life after I’d removed them because they were causing more harm then good.

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Whilst grocery shopping I remembered I needed peanut butter, and then I also remembered I had an amazing Vitamix at home so I picked up a packet of raw peanuts (red paper shell still on) to whip up some homemade peanut butter.

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It was then well past lunchtime and I had eyes for one thing only…again. A curried egg sandwich. I am addicted!

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The kitchen business didn’t stop there since I had to make some progress on my 2013 Baking List– can you guess what I chose first?

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I had two ripe bananas ready at home so I wanted to make a banana blondie recipe. I found one that was perfect but also wanted to make some substitutions over my own.

I was dead set on incorporating Natvia into the recipe and since it calls for brown sugar I decided to get creative by making my own brown sugar substitute. And this is where I used a new to me ingredient- molasses.

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I noticed that the molasses is quite a dominant flavour in the recipe so if you’d like to gradually add it until desired taste is reached instead of putting the whole recommended amount in, that’s fine.

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Fudgey Blondies

Inspired & adapted from Honey, What’s Cooking?

Makes 16 servings.


  • 4 tbs of light butter (I used Devondale Light 50% less fat- full fat will also work), melted.
  • 2/3 cup of Natvia Baking Pack
  • 1 tbs of Molasses
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped/crushed.


  1. Preheat an oven to 180 degrees celsius. Line a square baking tray.
  2. Melt butter in the microwave.
  3. Whilst butter is melting combine Natvia and Molasses (to taste) until it’s all combined and resembles brown sugar.
  4. Beat together the butter and brown sugar substitute until well combined.
  5. Add vanilla extract and egg. Continue to blend until smooth and well combined.
  6. Add mashed bananas and blend until combined. Bumps are inevitable and add to the texture of the end product.
  7. Add salt and flours and stir with a spoon until just combined. Refrain from over-mixing.
  8. Add crushed/chopped desired nuts to dish, after dusting them lightly with flour (to avoid them sinking).
  9. Pour the mixture into the lined pan and place in oven for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Take from oven and allow to cool. Serve into 16 pieces.

I roughly calculated the nutritional information for you and I got approximately (huge emphasis on the ‘approximate’) 90 calories per square.

The end result? Very impressed. Plus I didn’t get that sugar rush that I usually get when having sweet goods- (it usually starts with a headache, nausea, overdose feeling and then moves to an ‘omg need more sugar’ kind-of-thing). I’ve had my uncle already duck in and swipe 2 pieces also!

The texture is more fudgey and moist than a typical cake-y brownie. Having never had a blondie before I’m not sure what the texture should be like. But I’m happy with this one!

I can definitely taste the molasses flavour but it’s quite nice. I said to the boyfriend that it could have slightly less but he disagreed. So it’s up to you.

Well I’m off to cross that recipe of my Baking List! Have a great weekend 🙂

What is the typical texture of a blondie? What’s a new-to-you ingredients that you’ve used lately?


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My day started with not enough sleep…but that’s nothing a Grit Strength, Body Attack and CXWORX class won’t fix 😉




After the warm up of Grit I felt abruptly awake. Like Body Step, the classes I did this morning were also launches for their new releases. I loved them all, I mean how could I not- it’s Les Mills! Although none quite lived up to Body Step 90. I can’t wait to bring you my reviews and hear your thoughts also. Feel free to check out my other reviews for past releases of Les Mills programs on the Group Fitness page.

My day also started with a bit of a cooking fail but luckily it wasn’t my food (does that not sound selfishly terrible!). I enjoyed a piece of wholegrain toast with vegemite and an egg with a side of vegie scramble. Unfortunately, for some odd reason my boyfriend’s breakfast didn’t go to plan. We were hoping to relive our Eggs Benedict sensation we had a while back but the recipe was just not working for us today. Instead of hollandaise sauce he went with the second best thing(s) according to him- bbq sauce and aioli.

We then hurried off to do the weekly grocery shop. For some reason I feel so calm and at peace at this new grocery precinct. It’s not overly chaotic and also has a nearby fruit shop, butcher, chicken shop, chemist and bakery. It’s heaven for a foodie (and organisation freak) like me. The highlights of the shop would have to be the raw natural peanuts (you’ll see why), the tuna (craving this like crazy lately!) and the $1 a punnet strawberries (how could you go wrong).

We also popped to a larger shopping centre to get in some Christmas shopping and pay our final amounts for our Europe vacation next year. We have officially paid everything and I cannot wait! I had planned to get some Christmas stuff too, but I walked into one department store only to walk straight back out again. The lines were ludicrous. I like the hustle and bustle but waiting in a line that size when you’re hungry? Not going to happen. I think I’ll wait till everyone goes back to work during the week and try then.

Sooooo that reason that the peanuts were such a highlight?

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Some of you nut butter lovers would have already put it together but for those who need it spelt out- I made my own natural peanut butter today! And oh my god, this is where it’s at. So smooth, creamy and healthy! I kneel down to the lord of blenders- The Vitamix!

It was so simple and so quick- which is good for those of us who are impatient and don’t like waiting around, especially for nut butters.

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I love how the plunger-type device is the perfect size so it doesn’t reach the blade but carries out its’ purpose. They literally thought of everything.

Have you ever made your own nut butter? Is grocery shopping a mad rush for you or do you enjoy it?

Daily Healthy Thought: I will look after myself.

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