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Monday, October 20, 2014

Recipe: Banana "Shortbread" Muffins Recipe

Healthy Banana Shortbread Muffin Recipe made with Sorghum Flour - low fat, low sugar, gluten free, egg free, vegan, healthy

People are always asking me how I come up with recipes for the blog.... the truth is, usually most recipes are actually a random experiment gone right - like these Banana Muffins. 

I had a bag of Sorghum Flour sitting pretty in my baking cupboard and I decided to experiment with it. I love the melt in your mouth, shortbread like texture sorghum gives to baked goods and I decided that texture would be perfect for a banana filled bake good - so Banana Muffins it was!

So I got to baking and about an hour or so later I had a delicious batch of muffins sitting on my bench top ready to devour. I tried the first one (I say I do this so I don't give my family gross tasting food - but the truth is, I just have no self control when it comes to baked goods :P) and fell in love. The texture was completely different to normal banana muffins - they were buttery with just the amount of banana flavour and they really did melt in your mouth.

Healthy Banana Shortbread Muffin Recipe - low fat, low sugar, gluten free, egg free, vegan, healthy

So I took the plate of muffins over to Jesse. Sure, I loved them - but Jesse is fussier than me so this was the first test... 

"Mmmmmmmmmm" was the first thing he said. He asked me what I did differently as they weren't like my usual banana muffins - but assured me they weren't "bad different" (because if anyone describes anything I make as "different" I immediately think they must think they're awful :P). Then he said "They're kind of like Banana Shortbread Muffins, I like them!". 

So I took the plate over to Katrina. Clearly I had way too much confidence from Jesse's reaction as Katrina is the hardest person to please in our family - but she took a muffin and... 

"Oh yum! These are so good"

SUCCESS! I asked her what she thought they were like and she too said "They're kind of like shortbread - they melt in your mouth" - and thus the Banana Shortbread Muffins were born!

They're different to your usual banana muffin, as Jesse said - but they're good different. So good, in fact, that I'd buy sorghum flour just for them. One of our friends even said that I shouldn't share the recipe - and sell it instead ;P

But that's not how we do things on SIL, so let me give you the recipe so that you can try them for yourself!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

How to Make Your Own Raised Veggie Patch!

How to Make Your Own Raised Veggie Patch and Grow Your Own Vegetables from Seed

I loveeeeeee vegetables. Like, seriously love them - to the point where I have to limit myself or I'd probably just eat grilled zucchini and crunchy carrot sticks all day long.

So naturally, I have always wanted to grow my own veggies! We tried once, however, our veggie patch was in the wrong place and way too small and everything was eaten by the possums. 

This time, however, I had a plan - and I did my research. So, we started Operation Veggie Patch - and now we have our own little raised Vegetable Garden! 

But let me show you how we made it! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Recipe: Healthy Salted Caramel & Banana Tartlets

Healthy Salted Caramel and Banana Tartlets - low fat, gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan, healthy

I think one thing people often forget when it comes to making desserts is that they don't have to be complicated! 

You don't have to spend hours in the kitchen - and you don't have to follow a million and one complicated steps in a recipe! Some of the most delicious desserts are those that are incredibly simple - and to make them even better, we've made this one healthy too ;) 

Healthy Salted Caramel and Banana Tartlets - low fat, gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan, healthy

These tarts are the perfect quick and easy dessert for when friends come over unannounced or you just want to treat yourself to something delicious - and no one would ever know they're healthy!

They combine two of our ultimate favourite recipes - our Easy to Make Healthy Pastry Recipe and our Healthy Three Ingredient Caramel Sauce (but you can also use our Coconut Caramel Sauce!)

But let me tell you how to make them!
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