banana bread (gf, rsf)

this is delicious! i tried to have a small portion as a treat now and again, but that was blown out the window.

unless you are ok with this being made and gone on the same day, only the very self controlled should consider baking this dish.

its gluten free yes, but its better than the versions that include flour.  serve with melted butter, its an absolute banger.

while my current diet strictly doesnt allow bananas, the only carbs in this is from the banana so approx 4g of carb per slice… thats ok in moderation i reckon.

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rich chocolate pudding (gf, rsf)

this is next level – rich and gooey…

i rate this as better than any other chocolate pudding or brownie i have ever had, so that means its pretty bloody good.

i added some cherries between two layers of the mixture, then served with some cherries which was beautiful…. you could do that with any fruit… or just serve it as is.

and it only takes a few minutes to make, so no reason not to get into it!

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chocolate chip & peanut butter blondie

this is a completely guilt free treat.   so this slice is seriously yummy, and it feels indulgent but………… its full of protein, magnesium and iron.

no flour, no refined sugar, instead it has ummmmm chick peas in it … yes you read that right CHICK PEAS…

so now you know that “cake” and “healthy” belongs in the same sentence.

hide it from the kids and your partner or you wont get any for yourself.

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raw chocolate and espresso tart

a healthier take on a chocolate tart…. this is just as dark and decadent as if it were dark chocolate and double cream.

i make it then freeze  slices for removing and indulging when the family “needs” to satisfy the sweet craving… (which is pretty much all the time, so i have to hide it too…………..) i love to serve it with coconut yoghurt.

this is super easy to make, the food processor does all the work for you!

ensure you plan ahead enough to soak the cashews for a day prior – this will activate the nuts as well as ensure a beautiful consistency for the filling.

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peanut butter & cacao bliss balls

i do a boot camp 5 mornings a week, and our trainer has two favourites (… that i know of) – chocolate and peanut butter.  this recipe was a happy birthday treat….. we all got some of it though!  i couldnt give it ALL away!

this is great as an after dinner snack to help with the pudding cravings, to help with the mid morning or mid afternoon slump period, or a protein hit after a gym session.

or……………………. maybe you dont need a reason at all.

get into it.   its easy to make, AND its a healthy snack that tastes awesome.

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raw cacao & coconut cheesecake (the “bounty” cheesecake)

inspired by the bounty chocolate bar, you get all the good flavours without any of the bad stuff.

if you are a chocolate fan, this ones for you.  the coconut provides just enough relief to chomp down on the next bite, and the next, and the next………

this ones a crowd pleaser, for sure

while its easy to make, you do need to plan in advance in order to soak the cashews.  use a springform tin 17cm x 22cm, or smaller if you want a higher cheesecake!

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cacao, peanut butter & raspberry brownie

this is my take on an easy peesy refined sugar free brownie – and it only uses bananas to sweeten – no other sugar substitutes! how GOOD is that!!!

its SO simple to make (5 mins plus cook time!),  its decadent, luxurious and delicious…  crispy on the outside, soft and gooey in the centre, its just like normal brownies!  i hope you never go back to sugar laden cafe made brownies ever again!

sometimes when i am sitting on the couch after dinner watching TV, hubby playfully asks “wheres the pudding?”…. i can pretend i had it planned all along and say “gimme 5 babe!”

replace the raspberries with whatever is in season – or leave it out all together! its good either way.

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