Pumpkin, banana and rhubarb loaf

This was an experiment I’ll admit, but it was a rather delicious one. This is a great way to use up any leftover roast / boiled pumpkin as well as old bananas. The rhubarb is entirely optional and was just what I had in the fridge!

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup flaxseed meal, 1/2 cup buckwheat flour and  1/2 cup vanilla pea protein  –> BUT you can substitute ALL of this with 1.5 cups of plain flour of your choice + 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 over-ripe bananas (must be over-ripe for this to work!)
  • 100g roasted or boiled pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond milk (or whatever milk takes your fancy)
  • 2 tbsp Nuttalex olive oil spread (or just use butter or coconut oil)
  • If using rhubarb – bake 4 stalks of rhubarb until soft, then mush with a fork until it forms a rough puree

Method 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200*C and line a brownie tin with baking paper.
  2. Place the pumpkin, banana, milk, eggs and butter in the blender and blend until smooth.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flaxseed, buckwheat, protein powder and baking soda, then stir in the mixture from the blender until well combined.
  4. Pour into the baking dish and swirl in the rhubarb by placing small blobs on top and dragging through the mixture with a butter knife.
  5. Bake until firm and risen (about 25-30 minutes). Allow to cool, the cut into slices (I find it easier to cut into 9 chunks, and then cut these in half through the middle).

Hazelnut Cherry Cheesecake

This is not healthy in the slightest really BUT it is deceptively easy to make! To ease up on the calories (because every little bit counts), I use fat-reduced cream cheese and ricotta, and I don’t add any more sugar. It does produce a slightly more tart cheesecake though, so if you’re after something sweet, add 1/2 cup of caster sugar to the filling.

Ingredients 

  • 250g block of cream cheese
  • 125g smooth ricotta
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp flour (can use gluten free plain flour if required)
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut spread
  • 200g chocolate biscuits (I used chocolate ripple, but substitute for whatever suits your diet)
  • 70g butter, melted
  • To decorate – cherries, chocolate lindt balls (+/- 200g chocolate with 2 tbsp cream for ganache).

Method 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C. To create the layered look, I used three different sized cake tins but in reality, a single 24cm springform tin will suffice! Line the base and sides of the tins with baking paper.
  2. Crush the biscuits until fine crumbs, and mix with the butter until starting to form clumps. Spread onto the base of the lined tin/s and bake until starting to firm (about 10 minutes).
  3. Use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, ricotta, eggs, hazelnut spread and flour until well combined. Pour into the lined cake tins and bake until firm (about 20 minutes but keep and eye on them!). Return to the fridge to cool as the mixture will reduce down and become much more firm.
  4. If using ganache as part of the decoration, melt the 200g chocolate and cream in a pot over a saucepan of boiling water until melted. Allow to cool slightly. Once the cake is firm, assemble the layers with toothpicks if you’ve used different tins. Then pipe or drizzle the ganache around the edges, then decorate with cherries and lindt balls (again, use tooth picks to hold them on!).

Lemon Coconut Blueberry Protein Mini Muffins

The secret to these super moreish, dairy free, gluten friendly mini-muffins is the use of lemon infused olive oil instead of butter / coconut oil, which adds an amazing tang to the mix!

Ingredients (makes 24) 

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup vanilla pea protein (I used vanilla pea pro by Protein Supplies Australia)
  • 2 tbsp lemon infused olive oil
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C and line a 24 cup mini muffin tray with cases.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together until well combined.
  3. Spoon ~ 1.5 tbsp mixture into each case and bake until firm (approximately 30-40 minutes). Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

High Protein Banana Bread

This is a variation of the banana bread recipe by I Quit Sugar with the added benefit of pea protein.

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup pea protein (I used Botanika Blend’s raspberry coconut flavour)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp berry or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup shredded coconut

Method 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180*C and line a loaf pan with baking paper.
  2. Mash the banana with the milk, eggs and oil until just lumpy (it tastes better with chunks left in!).
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the banana mixture and stir until well combined. Pour into loaf tin and sprinkle with coconut.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Eat while still warm!

Banana Coconut Flan with Miso Caramel

This cake is a healthier take on the divine Impossible Pie developed by Donna Hay, a truly wonderful flan with a custard slash cake style consistency that’s made by throwing the ingredients in the blender, then dumping them in a flan tin and baking. So simple!

While my version is still not ‘perfectly healthy’ by dietitian standards, it does have the added benefits of less refined sugar than the original recipe, and of being dairy free for those who are lactose intolerant. It can also be made gluten free by omitting the miso paste, or by using a miso based on rice, quinoa or amaranth. I could potentially make it vegan if someone can figure out an appropriate substitute for the egg!

Ingredients 

  • 2 large overripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 50g coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup rice malt syrup
  • 1 & 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Method 

  1. Preheat the oven to 160*C. Grease / line a flan tin.
  2. Chop 1 of the bananas and place in the freezer to firm. Place the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the mixture into the flan tin, top with the frozen banana pieces and bake until set (about 40-45 minutes). Drizzle with maple syrup and serve with coconut yogurt.