Tag Archives: baking

Monday Munchies – Healthy Banana Bread

As much as we try to convince ourselves that banana bread ‘must be healthy because it has fruit in it’, unfortunately that is often not the case – as well as banana, those delicious slices are also packed full of white flour, refined sugar and butter.

After Ally tweeted a photo of her perfectly browned banana bread, I saw a ripe banana taunting me and remembered a recipe I bookmarked a while ago from Honest Fare.  The original recipe is gluten free and dairy free but did contain white sugar, so I substituted that for honey and added some extra nuts to create the ideal ‘healthy option’ for me.

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Strawberry Chocolate Muffins

In the midst of exams and study week, sometimes I just want any kind of distraction.  Something to think about that has nothing to do with cardiovascular disease, the respiratory system or the kidneys.  Something that has nothing to do with patients, sickness or hospitals.

Enter procrasti-baking.  One of my favourite things that makes me think about nothing is baking….  And drinking tea…  And preparing a fancy tray of tea and muffins to take up to the study to continue doing what I have been avoiding for the last few hours.

I was thinking I could use the strawberries I still have in the freezer from the Strawberry Summer Cake (especially since I have added more strawberries to my frozen stock since then), and the chocolate that we have had in the pantry for ages (I just can’t bring myself to eat plain chocolate unless it is Lindt) – but couldn’t find a decent recipe anywhere on the web.

I turned to my cookbooks for help and found one that only needed slight adaptation.  I really didn’t plan to blog them but they were so good, and uni friends have asked for easy muffin recipes – so apologies for the phone photos.

This recipe is adapted from one in ‘The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook’ – which is such a great book especially for anyone who has trouble trying to think of ideas for veggo meals.


Strawberry Chocolate Muffins
  • 1 ¾ cup self raising flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarb
  • ¼ cup caster sugar (plus extra to sprinkle)
  • 1 punnet of chopped strawberries (half in mixture, half reserved for top of mixture)
  • 100g chocolate, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 60g butter, melted

Preheat oven to 210 degrees C. Grease a 12 hole muffin tin (or use cupcake liners).

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Lady Dash

My wonderful friend Lady Dash has recently started blogging about her cooking adventures, in particular, cooking her way through Donna Hay’s ‘Fresh, Fast, Simple’.  She was also given the opportunity to test out a few of Donna’s new range of packet mixes so we decided to collaborate on a blog post.

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Blackberry Almond Slice


You there…

The only one that hasn’t made a resolution to be healthier in 2011…

The one that hasn’t promised to cut out all sweets and excess sugar….

You need to make this slice…


For those of us that have vowed to be healthier, to exercise, eat our veggies and drink more water,  please avert your eyes for this one post (or may I suggest bookmarking this recipe for when your resolutions are doubtlessly broken… this slice is that good!).

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Cookie monster

A girlfriend and I recently wandered past Mrs Fields, and were suckered in to buying a whole bag of their miniature cookies (you know I just can’t resist anything small, cute and delicious) and ate them until we were all cookied out.

It reminded me that I had a bag of dark chocolate chips tucked away, and as much as I love just eating them straight from the bag, I thought it would be a great chance to bake something sweet for my work colleagues.

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