Guess who’s back! After several weeks of unsuccessfully trying to migrate my blog and not being able to access it, I’m finally back to normal. It was such a pain, but I guess what’s not meant to be is not meant to be. The important thing is that everything works again and I can share recipes with you!
And since it’s getting seriously hot here in Australia, I will start with this Coconut Granola (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan). Because with the hotter weather even this savoury-breakfast-loving girl craves sweet breakkies more often. I guess I’m switching things for coconut yoghurt and smoothie bowls, because of their cooling effect. But of course that doesn’t mean that you can’t have granola, if your country goes to winter. It’s good at any time 🙂
And just like that the Christmas season is here again. And like nearly every year it seems like it came from nowhere. Totally unexpected. Am I right? Or am I the only one who’s late with all the baking and cooking and decorating? Although I have to admit, we have had Christmas decorations at home for quite a while now. But I’m slacking with just about everything else. So if you are like me and still looking for inspiration for this seasons goodies (or you are super organised, but still looking for inspiration), I finally got into gear and made these Gingerbread Cookies (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto) to share with you.
Who doesn’t love bliss balls (protein balls, energy bites, you-name-it)? They are the perfect little snack to accommodate your afternoon coffee, to grab when you need to satisfy that sweet craving or simply provide you with little bit of extra energy when needed.
However, most of the bliss balls you get in cafes and shops are just jampacked with sugar and often other unnecessary ingredients too. To be clear, I’m not following a keto lifestyle or saying that all carbs are bad for us. But I do agree with the claim that we eat many more carbs than we need to. And it’s actually super easy to overdo it even with the healthy treats. Because most of them are based on dates or other dried fruits which are super high in carbs and will most likely leave you even hungrier than before. That’s why it’s always good to read labels. Or even better – make the goodies at home. Because there can’t be any easier treat to make at home than bliss balls. Try my Chocolate Cashew Bliss Balls (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan) and see it for yourself 🙂
It’s been almost one year since I posted a recipe for the Carrot Cake Porridge. Talking about chilly mornings and comfort foods. Well, here we are again. Slowly, but surely the winter is coming to the Gold Coast. And even though the weather is still absolutely stunning during the day, the mornings are getting a bit colder. And that means my body is craving all the comfort food. All the time… But that’s a different story. Anyway, I also have to wake up pretty early for my work and can’t really skip breakfast, so it needs to be something easy to digest. And I think porridge just ticks all the boxes. And this Indian Spiced Porridge (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan) is the bomb at the moment. No sugar, no gluten, just good things like seeds and coconut cream, beautiful warming spices and of course some veggies too. Because that wouldn’t be me if I didn’t try to sneak some veg into everything.
I know this is not exactly the most classic Easter recipe ever (like the Hot Cross Buns or Carrot Cake I shared earlier). But it’s definitely Easter inspired. And super easy. Which might be handy when you are in a need of snack during the holidays and don’t really want to rely on the empty calories from all the chocolate eggs. I mean, indulging with a bit of chocolate is not that bad. I’m definitely going to have some. But in case you like to munch on something healthier as well, these Carrot Cake Cookies (Paleo, Low Carb) are undoubtedly a good choice.
Pretty much every country which celebrates Easter has special Easter meals. In Czech there are several dishes and treats which are very typical for Easter. And every family would probably pick different one as their favourite. Meanwhile in Australia you can’t possibly not notice what everybody’s most favourite Easter treat is. Unless you don’t go shopping. Ever. Or you don’t have a TV. Or a radio. Honestly. Because hot cross buns are just about everywhere from early January. Oh, I know that Easter is usually in spring (autumn in Australia). But Australians love their hot cross buns so much that they simply replace the Christmas goodies with them in the shops at the beginning of the year.
However, I have to admit, they are really good. Especially toasted and smudged with butter. That’s one yummy treat. But you might be quite surprised if you read the ingredient list on a packet of classic supermarket hot cross buns. It has about one hundred items. Not many good ones. And that’s why I decided to make my own recipe for Hot Cross Buns (Paleo, Low Carb). Because I know that they contain only a few clean ingredients which are good for me, while still being super tasty.
With Halloween around the corner it’s all about pumpkin lately. And even though I’m not always following the mainstream, this time I don’t want to miss the wagon, because pumpkin is actually my favourite vegetable. It’s so versatile. You can have it just roasted as a perfect side to your meats, pureed for extra fanciness or use it in desserts for a perfect texture and natural sweetness. So here is my recipe for super easy Pumpkin Cocoa Pudding (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan).
Ok, this is definitely not a low carb recipe. But no one is perfect, right? And I still believe in the fact that fruit is better for us than some (artificial) sweeteners. In healthy amounts of course. I know that especially banana is super full of natural carbohydrates, so it’s not in my diet very often. But it also contains so many vitamins and minerals. And it’s nice to treat myself every now and then.
And that’s exactly what this Banana Bread (Paleo, Sugar-Free, Vegan) represents for me. Balance. Balance in my lifestyle when I’m not obsessed with every gram of sugar I eat and I enjoy some healthy treat when I feel like it. It’s my version of intuitive eating and food freedom. Because when I don’t forbid myself from eating anything, my choices are actually much better than if I have a feeling that something is not allowed (and therefore super tempting).
I know, beetroot brownies are nothing new. But have you actually ever try them? I found out that many of the recipes are just containing so many ingredients. And you could probably noticed that I like things as simple as possible. Minimum ingredients and minimal effort. That’s me. So I ditched few of the traditional ingredients and tried to create an easy, healthy and tasty version of the beetroot brownies myself. And after few attempts came up with these Beetroot Brownies which I’m finally very happy with. Because despite the fact that there is not any gluten, dairy or sugar included, they taste damn delicious. And don’t worry, no beetroot aftertaste. Just beautiful gooey chocolate goodness.