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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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Blondies!

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.

Ingredients

  • 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.

Method

  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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Okay I know you’ve probably already been to like 8932089018 different Christmas parties and functions, and brought your usual dish along. I’m sorry that only now have I been able to share the amazing recipe I mentioned the other day– yes it was also Twitter worthy. Because this dish would be the knock-your-socks-off dish you would have taken. It’s really nothing special apart from being healthier, lower calorie, high fibre, delicious, sugar free, delicious, festive and mini! Wait, maybe it is totally special.

I’ve been saying for a while that I’d re-make one of our family favourites and mum’s indulgent recipe but to be honest I was a bit intimidated. I mean hers are good, really good and I didn’t want to end up with a crappy healthy comparison.

What I didn’t expect was for everyone to love them, beg me for a recipe and request that these be made instead of mums! I feel bad to take it away from mum, but I think the fact that we’ll all be making them together is what counts- not whose recipe you use.

Without further ado, dun-dun-dun-dun!

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Christmas Chocolate Truffles

Makes 20-21 large balls or 35 or so smaller bowls- depending on size.
Ingredients
  • 1 serving of Natvia Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup of desiccated unsweetened coconut + extra for rolling
  • 1 cup of wholegrain oats, lightly processed/blended
  • 1 tbs of unsweetened cocoa powder
Method
  1. Grab your Vitamix (food processor or blender will also work) and blend oats until coarse (keeping a few thicker pieces in here and there).
  2. Place oats into a large bowl with coconut, cocoa powder and your Natvia Condensed Milk.
  3. Mix together until well combined.
  4. Grab small sections (depending on desired size) of mixture and roll between your palms until balls are formed.
  5. Lightly dip into another small bowl of coconut and roll to cover the outside.
  6. Put into a container and keep in the fridge until needed (Can be frozen if desired).

Now you’ve got roughly (depending where you live) 8-9 days of Christmas-ness left, so make these now for snacks around the house, as gifts, for Christmas parties, Christmas catch ups and just for the sake of it. Because like Christmas these babies only come once a year…but I guess with my Natvia magic they could come a little more often hay? Just take the ‘Christmas’ out of the title and you’ve got year-round Chocolate Truffles! Christmas has come early this year folks 😉

What Christmas dessert or dish do you have every year at Christmas?

Daily Healthy Thought: I work with and for others, not against.

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