gluten free

GRAINS – WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO EAT ORGANIC

Ok, so this might be a little controversial & I know so many people roll their eyes when the health industry pushes eating organic produce…but I want to explain exactly WHY it’s important to eat organic – when you can. And ESPECIALLY with grains.

I’m sure we are all aware of the huge gluten free movement over the last few years. This has reared it’s head due to hundreds of thousands more people showing symptoms of intolerances just in the last 10 years. But why has this happened? (more…)

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

An old recipe of mine that I have re-hashed to make gluten free & a little more clean

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (more…)

CHOC-PROTEIN VEGAN PANCAKES

Continuing on my Candida diet, I wanted to treat myself over the weekend after sticking to it alllllll week! So, I got to researching and edited a few healthy protein pancake recipes I came across to suit the Candida requirements. I do have to say, I think the cinnamon was a game-changer!

INGREDIENTS:
4 tbsp coconut flour (more…)

DETOX TIPS

With Spring only 1 day away in Australia, it’s that time of year when we start freaking out about our not-so-healthy diet choices over the Winter months. Well, the warm weather is coming and there’s nothing we can do about it – our hemlines are about to get a lot shorter and our tops a little more cropped.
With this in mind, it’s the prime time for people to jump on the detox/teatox/juice cleanse bandwagon, so let’s just start by saying that your body is a machine that is made to detoxify itself every day. This is exactly what your liver is for!   (more…)

LEMON CHICKEN ‘WRAPS’

I’ve been trying to mix up my lunches at work so I don’t get bored and spend way too much money on over-priced and over-processed salads. I used to love wraps before I found out I was gluten intolerant and I really haven’t found a gluten-free wrap brand that I like that’s not too processed and doesn’t have too much added sugar, so I’ve been substituting with cos-lettuce leaves! Yum! (And no carbs!) (more…)

CHOC PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN BALLS

I need an alternative to my 3:30pm sugar fix and I also need to stop spending $4 on one protein ball from the cafe at work! So, here is my alternative…yummy, squishy choc-PB protein balls

INGREDIENTS:
– 2 tbspn nautural peanut butter
– 2 tbspn cacao powder   (more…)

CHOC-FRENCH TOAST

A yummy, easy and healthy version of a weekend breakfast in bed fave!

INGREDIENTS:
2 eggs
1/2 cup almond & coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
Pinch of cinnamon to taste
2 slices organic sourdough (I have just found Bills brand bread & fruit loaf and I am in love! I am Gluten intolerant, but find I can tolerate this bread in small amounts)   (more…)

MUGGING OUT

A quick, easy & healthy choc-coconut mug cake


INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup almond meal or oat flour
2 Tbsp desiccated coconut
1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 tspn stevia
1/4 cup almond milk

Mix all ingredients in a mug together with a spoon and microwave for 1-2 minutes
Done!

I like to serve mine with a spoon of Jalna vanilla yoghurt

Recipe from Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar cook book (which is amazing if you haven’t read it)

SMOOTHIE BOWLS

I have a new obsession…smoothies in a bowl.

They are popping up everywhere. Check out your local healthy cafe and they are sure to have an assortment of flavours. They are SO easy. Here is my fav recipe at the moment:

Berry Protein Smoothie Bowl:
1 frozen banana
1 -2 cups frozen berries
1/2 cup milk of your choice. I use almond & coconut
Scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 tblsp BSC greens powder (if desired)

Put all above ingredients into a blender or thermomix and blend until smooth. I do 45 seconds on speed 10 in the thermo. If it’s still a little lumpy I scrape down and repeat for another 45 seconds

Then top with whatever you like! I like to use strawberries, a sprinkle of oats or granola/muesli (try my apple & cinnamon quinoa deeeelish granola here), almonds, chia seeds and coconut.

Get creative! I’ll post some new fun smoothie bowl recipes soon!

DAIRY FREE ‘CREAM CHEESE’ ICING

I posted about my amazing 30 second thermomix carrot cake a few weeks ago & promised the recipe for the dairy free ‘cream cheese’ icing. It’s such a hit, even the boys in the household love it!!

Dairy free & healthy 'cream cheese' icing recipe at www.amirankin.com

INGREDIENTS:
1 can coconut cream (chilled for a few hours or overnight works best, I always have a few cans in the fridge!)
70g pure maple suryp or agave
1 tbspn lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 chia egg (3 tbspn water mixed with 1 tbspn chia seeds, left to sit for 5 mins)
1 tsp stevia (optional)

METHOD:
Add add ingredients to thermomix and mix on speed 6 for 30 seconds
DONE!
Transfer to a bowl and sit in the fridge for an hour or so before you ice your cake/muffins and ensure what you’re icing is completely cooled before you ice or you will have a runny mess dripping down your yummy food!

This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, vegan & paleo.
Adapted from the Quirky Cooking cream cheese icing recipe.