Monday, December 16, 2013

Chewy Choc Chip Biscuits. Gluten & Dairy free.

I've been eating way too many of these.....

Finally an easy choc chip biscuit recipe that I can actually eat...... it's a little too easy....

Preheat oven to 180c.

Place in thermomix:
200g almonds
Blitz on speed 9 for 10 seconds.

30g Coconut oil
Blitz again on speed 9 for 10 seconds.

Add in:
80g Rapadura
1 egg
1/2 tsp bi-carb soda
Pinch of ground himalayan salt
Mix on speed 4 for 10 seconds.

70g dark dairy free chocolate, cut into small pieces
Mix on reverse, speed 4 for 5 seconds.

Roll tablespoons of mix into balls, place on lined baking tray (allow room for spreading), flatten and bake for 10-15 mins or until browned.


Kylee =)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gluten Free Flour Mix

Gluten free flour can be super expensive and can also contain sneaky ingredients. About a year ago I started making my own. It's so easy, especially with the help of my thermomix. If you don't have a thermomix don't despair instead of milling your own grains just buy them already in flour form, ready to mix (if your having trouble finding ground chick peas, it's also known as besan flour). 

I use this mix in my pancakes & cakes. I'm yet to try it in bread.

Place in thermomix:
200g chick peas
Mill on speed 9 for 2 mins (this will be extremely noisy, like painful noisy, you may want to wear some earplugs!)

Place into a clean glass jar.

Place in thermomix:
100g brown rice (or buckwheat)
Mill on speed 9 for 1 min.

Add to glass jar, along with
200g potato flour
150g tapioca flour.
Place lid on jar in shake.
See so simple!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Banana Bread (Dairy, Gluten, Grain & Nut free)

So we moved into our 'new' house nearly 3 months ago, crazy how fast time goes by. We are loving living here, it's so great being near the water, I feel like it's a different world sometimes.

Anyway, I'd been neglecting my cooking, but I've started getting back into it lately. My little Miss PJ has eczema all over her arms and on her torso, so we've been seeing our local naturopath, Tove, who has got PJ and myself (as I'm still nursing) totally off dairy. Miss A suffers from reoccurring ear infections (aka glue ear) so she is off gluten, which Tove says is just like glue! We are also limiting our nut intake so Miss A is off her almond milk and now on organic soy.
Therefore I've kinda been forced to get creative in the kitchen again.
So enter banana bread, it's dairy, gluten, grain & nut free, but unlike some others it's still yummy.

Preheat oven to 160c.

Place in Thermomix:
6 fresh dates, pitted
Blitz on Speed 8, 5 seconds.

3 ripe medium sized bananas
1/4 cup coconut oil
4 eggs
1 tbs pure maple syrup
Blitz again on Speed 8, 5 seconds.

3/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp himalayan rock salt, ground
1/2 tsp cinnamon
30 seconds on Interval setting.

Spoon into a greased and lined loaf tin. Bake for 35-45 mins, or until a knife comes out clean.


Kylee =)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Jaffa Custard

Last week I attended a Thermomix cooking class with my Mum, and also run into a good friend there (with whom, at one point, I got the giggles!) 

It was a fun night, the first TM cooking class for our area and I thought the girls did a great job.

One of the recipes we got to sample was Jaffa custard, it was delicious! But on the ride home (thanks mummy!) I could feel my stomach cursing me for consuming custard made on full cream dairy milk.

I make the TM Everyday Cookbook custard recipe on almond milk all the time so I thought I'd give this Jaffa one a go. It was awesome!!!

Place in TM bowl
100g dark organic chocolate
Grate on Speed 8, 10 seconds
Remove from bowl and place aside.

Place in TM
Zest of one orange
60g rapadura
Blitz on Speed 9, 20 seconds.

50g cornflour
2 eggs
500g of your choice of milk; almond/dairy/cashew
Cook for 6 minutes at 90c, Speed 4

Add back in:
Grated chocolate
Cook for a further 2 minutes at 90c, Speed 4.

Enjoy =)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Green Soup - Deliciously healthy.

I'm back....we've had a crazy couple of months in our household. And can't see any normality on the horizon anytime soon, looking forward having more cooking time one day in the future!
Anyhoo this soup is delicious. And so very healthy. It's based on Sarah Wilson's 'Cheesy Green Mish-Mash Soup'.
It could easily be made on the stove top and whizzed with a stick blender, if no Thermomix is available.

Place in Thermomix:
1 Onion, peeled and cut in half
2 garlic cloves, peeled
Speed 6, 7 seconds.

Scape down sides and add:
40g Coconut oil
Cook 3 mins, 100c on Speed 2

2 zucchinis, roughly chopped
2 sticks celery, roughly chopped
Chop on Speed 6, 10 seconds

1 medium head broccoli, roughly chopped
Chop on speed 6, 10 seconds

2 tbs Thermomix vegetable stock 
1 ltr water 
(or a litre of your choice of stock)
Cook 17 mins, 100c, Speed 2

Small handful rocket
Small handful Corriander
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Juice of 1 lemon
Blend on Speed 6, 10 seconds.

Serve hot! You can add some grated cheddar cheese to serve if you wish, but it's totally yummy without it.

Enjoy =)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Cashew Crepes

Earlier this week my cupboards were looking pretty bare as I was wondering what to feed Abigail for lunch. I decided on pancakes but I didn't have any almond milk for my normal Pancake recipe. I did however have 5kgs of cashews! So...... I introduce to you my cashew crepes....

Place in Thermomix:
100g cashews
Speed 9, 25 seconds

600g water
Speed 9, 45 seconds

200g gluten free flour
40g macadamia oil
4 eggs
Pinch salt
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
20g rapadura (omit for savoury crepes)
Speed 5, 30 seconds.

Cook crepes in frying pan on high heat.

Serve with honey and fresh fruit.

Enjoy =)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Choc Crunch Protein 'Ice Cream'

This is so yummy, totally tastes like it couldn't be good for you. The cacao nibs give it a nice choc chip crunch.

3 bananas, frozen in 2cm lengths
Place in thermomix Speed 8, 15 seconds. Scrape down sides and repeat.

2 tbs pure maple syrup
1 tbs cacao powder
1 tbs sprouted brown rice protein powder (or your choice of protein powder)
1 tsp cacao nibs
Speed 8, 15 seconds.

Serve immediately, serves 2.

Enjoy =)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Dairy Free Banana 'Ice Cream'

Delicious, simple dairy free Ice Cream......need I say more.

3 bananas, chopped in 2cm pieces and frozen
Place in thermomix speed 8 for 15 seconds. Scrape down sides and repeat.

2 tbs maple syrup
Add to thermomix, along with the butterfly attachment.
Speed 4, 30 seconds.

Enjoy as is or top with chopped nuts, cacao nibs, bee pollen or whatever you desire.
Serves 2.

Kylee =)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

2 Ingredient Cookies. Dairy free.

I stumbled across this idea somewhere on the web recently and made a mental note to try it out. 2 ingredient cookies, what a great idea for busy people.
Sooooo the name is kinda deceiving, the base is simply 2 ingredients and then you can build from there, or I guess not if you chose to. They're dairy free depending on your add ins. The first time I made these my husband tried one straight out of the oven and wasn't overly impressed, but after sitting for about 15 minutes the flavour greatly improved. I wouldn't say these are my most favourite cookies ever (having said that I have my second batch in 2 days currently on the go) BUT they are tasty, super fast to make and don't require any ingredients that you wouldn't have on hand.

So the base is:
2 medium sized bananas, mashed
1 cup organic rolled oats

Simply mix these together in a bowl then add your flavours of choice.

I've done:
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 dried organic cranberries
And they were yummy.

In the oven I've currently got:
2 tsp cacao powder
1/2 cup organic raisins
1/2 cup chopped, black & greens 70% dark chocolate

The possibilities are endless....

Once you have added your flavours check the consistency.
 - Try not to add to many add ins as they can become dry.
 - Also bananas obviously vary in size so if mixture is to wet add a sprinkle more oats. They need to hold together when rolled into a ball.

Roll into balls, about 14, and place on cookie trays lined with baking paper. Slightly flatten the balls with your hand.

Bake on 180c for about 12-15mins, until golden. And remember to let sit for 15 minutes or so, to enjoy their full flavour.

Enjoy =)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Superfood Smoothie: Just like a chocolate milkshake only healthy!

We are big on smoothies here, we store this in our large flasks and enjoy it throughout the day. It is very tasty, satisfying and full of superfoods. 

Place in thermomix or power blender:
1 frozen banana
1 tray ice
5 brazil nuts
1/3 cup goji berries
3 cubes frozen coconut or 1 tbs coconut oil (we buy drinking coconuts, blend the flesh & water together, then freeze in ice cube trays)
Blend speed 8, 20 seconds.

3 cups water
1 cup almond milk
3 tbs sweetener eg; honey, agave, pure maple syrup or a couple of dates
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla powder or 1 vanilla bean
1tbs rice protein powder
1tbs green powder
3 tbs cacao powder
1 pinch himalayan rock salt, ground
1-2 tbs aloe vera juice
1 avocado
Blend speed 8, 2 minutes.
Serves 2 (fills 2 flasks)

Enjoy =)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lactation Smoothie

I will soon need to spend one night away from little Jasmine =( so I've been madly trying to express milk, but with no success. When Jasmine was first born I struggled with milk supply so I made some lactation cookies and they worked wonderfully but they were full of butter, sugar, plain white flour etc. So last week I had the great idea of lactation bliss balls! How could I go wrong?? Well I did! Brewers yeast (the ingredient in the cookies that can help increase milk supply) is very strong and I clearly over did it. So today I moved on to a lactation smoothie. It's not to bad at all. It has an 'eat with a spoon consistency', which makes me always feel like I'm eating a dessert!

Don't let the name deter you, this smoothie won't suddenly cause non lactating people to lactate! Brewers yeast is very high in B group vitamins, minerals, folic acid and protein.

Place in Thermomix or blender:
1 handful cashews
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 frozen bananas
1 tray ice
Blitz on speed 7, 30 seconds

1/2 - 1 tbs brewers yeast (available at health food stores)
1 tbs cacao powder
2 tbs honey
1 tbs coconut oil
Blitz on speed 8, 1 minute.

Serve as is or I topped mine with some activated buckinis & bee pollen.
Serves 2.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Banana Split Pudding

Often after the girls have gone to bed, when I finally get to sit down to relax, I feel like something sweet. But I don't want to use the Thermomix in case I wake the girls (I certainly can't risk that!). I'm tired and I want something simple to make. Well tonight I just mixed together all the yummy things in my kitchen and it was awesome!

2 tbs chia seeds
2 tbs almond milk
2 mashed bananas
1 tbs natural peanut butter
1 tbs organic honey
1 tbs cacao powder

Mix almond milk and chia seeds, leave to stand for 5 minutes.
Combine bananas, peanut butter, honey and cacao powder.
Combine banana mixture with chia seed mixture, until mixed through.
Serves 2.

Enjoy =)

Roast Vegetable and Cashew Lasagne. Dairy & Gluten Free.

This is one of our favourite meals at the moment. It's based on a recipe I received from my lovely friend Beth, who has been a huge influence on me in regards to tasty healthy eating. It is roasted vegetables layered with a 'cheesy' cashew sauce. The cashew sauce has the same texture as your regular b├ęchamel sauce, but it's much healthier.
You can use a range of vegetables, I just go with whatever is in the fridge. Try it for yourself, I promise you wont be disappointed.

1 eggplant
1/2 butternut pumpkin, peeled
5 red capsicum
2 tbs Olive oil
himalayan rock salt, ground
black pepper

Preheat oven to 250c.

Slice your eggplant, pumpkin and capsicum and place on individual trays. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste. Roast for about 45mins, or until browned.

2 cups cashews
2 cups water
1 1/2 tbs savoury yeast flakes
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 ts himalayan rock salt, ground

Place in Thermomix or blender, whiz until smooth.

2 handfuls of baby spinach leaves
3 roma tomatoes, sliced

Place a layer of each roasted vegetable into oven proof baking dish with cashew sauce in between each layer. Add a layer of baby spinach, top with remaining cashew sauce, then place sliced tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in oven at 250c until set. Serve with a simple garden salad.

Enjoy =)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Gluten Free & Dairy Free Maple Syrup Pancakes

I woke up yesterday morning and wanted pancakes! But I didn't want to feel bloated afterwards, so I thought I'd try playing with some gluten free flour I had in the pantry. They were yummy! And so simple, they were ready in no time.
Next time I'll try them with my own gluten free flour mix.

500g almond milk
200g gluten free plain flour
40g coconut oil
2 tbs maple syrup
4 eggs
Pinch salt
Place in Thermomix or food processor and mix for 30 seconds, Speed 5.

Cook in hot frying pan, with a little coconut oil. Make sure they are really thin, otherwise they tend to be a little doughy.

Serve with fresh fruit or top with a little more maple syrup.

Enjoy =)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dairy free Toffee Pecan Cake

This recipe is inspired by the very talented Quirky Cooking's Sticky Pecan Muffins. And it is addictive! I adore pecans & toffee, and they go together deliciously in this tasty cake. It is dairy free and if made using almond meal is also gluten free. This recipe could easily be made using a food processor if no Thermomix is available, just make the toffee sauce on the stove top.

Preheat oven to 180c. Grease and line a slice tin (very important to line with grease proof paper as the toffee & pecans are very sticky).

70g raw pecans
Chop pecans on Speed 4, 5 seconds, until roughly chopped.
Sprinkle in slice tin.

3 tbs rapadura
2 tbs honey
1 tbs coconut cream (or nuttelex)
Melt in TM. 2 minutes, 100c, Speed 1.
Pour over pecans in slice tin.

130g raw pecans
110g macadamia oil
80g rapadura
80g spelt flour or almond meal (I use dehydrated pulp from my almond milk, but store bought almond meal is fine)
3 eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
1/2 baking powder
1/2 tsp Himalayan rock salt, ground
Place in TM, Speed 4, 6 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl. Mix again Speed 3, 5 seconds.

Pour mixture into slice tin, try not to disturb the pecans and toffee to much.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until skewer poked into middle of cake comes out clean.

Enjoy =)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

'Cheesy' Raw Kale Chips

Kale is everywhere at the moment, not long ago it was hard to find, now the local supermarket carries it. I have to admit I have never actually cooked with it, but only used it in juices or to make these tasty chips. This recipe is so simple and so tasty. Abigail enjoys helping make them, and loves to help sample them!

Kale is a form of cabbage, it's very high in beta carotene, vitamin k, vitamin c and rich in calcium. Kale also contains sulforaphane, a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties. So these 'cheesy' chips are actually super good for you!

'Cheesy' Kale Chips

1 bunch curly kale
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs savoury yeast flakes (also known as nutritional yeast)
1 tsp Himalayan rock salt, ground

Wash kale, remove stems and rip into bite size pieces.
Combine olive oil, yeast and salt in a medium sized bowl.
Massage the mixture into the kale leaves, then place them onto dehydrator trays*, dehydrate on 58c for 2-3hours, until crispy.

Abigail the Taste Tester.

Enjoy =)

*I believe these can also be cooked in the oven, place on oven trays and cook on 200c for about 2 hrs, or until crispy.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Banana & Strawberry Smoothie

This smoothie is a cool pick me up on a hot afternoon. It is sooo easy and very tasty. It's made here on homemade cashew milk but any milk would be fine. 

We have a large zip lock bag full of bananas in our freezer at all times, ready for smoothies or banana 'ice cream', just remember to peel and cut into 2cm lengths before freezing........ Tim!

Banana & Strawberry Smoothie

Place in Thermomix or power blender
2 frozen bananas
1/2 punnet strawberries
1 tbs honey
Speed 8, 1 min

500 mls cashew milk
Speed 8, 30 seconds

Serves 2-3
Enjoy =)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Almond Milk

Here at the Saunig household we try to limit our dairy intake. If I overdose on dairy it causes my tummy to hate me, If Abigail does she comes out in a nappy rash, so we no longer keep it in the house. Also I believe there is something unnatural about consuming the milk of another species (cow milk is for calfs, right?)...could just be me.  Anyway, I do sometimes have a little dairy, but at home we make our own Almond Milk. It's quite simple to make, very tasty, not to mention far cheaper than buying it in the Supermarkets, and you know exactly what is in it. Abigail really enjoys it, she has this in her bottle before bed and every morning on her favourite breakfast: Porridge with Goji Berries..Anyway, here is my recipe for Almond Milk. 

Place in Thermomix or high powder blender.
1 cup Almonds (soaked in water overnight, drained & rinsed)
2 fresh dates
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
Speed 9, 1 Minute.

1 ltr water
In TM, Speed 4, 1 Minute.

Squeeze through a nut bag/muslin cloth and store in the fridge. Use within 2-3 days.
Enjoy =)

Monday, March 25, 2013

My take on the Magic Bean Cake.

There is a popular cake in the Thermomix world known as the Magic Bean Cake. It's a wonderfully tasty chocolate cake made with a special 'secret' ingredient....well that is until you tell your guests the name of the cake. It is gluten free (actually it's free from any flour at all) which is very appealing to me but I also try to limit or avoid dairy too. So I set out to make this delish cake; Saunig family friendly! And you know what? I think my version is even better....yay!! Try it for yourself.....

400g can butter beans
1 tbs water or coffee (I use a shot of decaf from our coffee machine)
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
1 egg

Add to Thermomix. Speed 7, until smooth. Set aside.

Add to TM
120g Coconut oil (I use Loving Earth Coconut butter, such a lovely flavour)

170g Rapadura
Speed 5, 30 seconds.

4 eggs

Beat speed 4, 20 seconds.

Bean mixture
Speed 4, 5 seconds.

70g Cacao powder

1tsp baking powder (If you require gluten free cake, make sure your baking powder is gluten free, if not just use normal baking powder)
1/2 tsp Bi-carb Soda
Pinch of Himalayan Rock Salt
Speed 4, 10 seconds.

Pour batter into greased and lined ring tin and bake on 180c for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. 

Enjoy =)