May 7, 2015

Banana chia muffins

What’s new this week? I became a soccer Mum with my son’s first game of the season and I thought given my husband put his hand up to be a team Coach/Manager, my role would be to bring the traditional oranges for half-time and then some warm muffins for the end of the game.

Muffins are always a quick to make, quick to bake solution and I thought I would experiment; knowing very well that if they were to be unsuccessful kids would be harsh critics and either not eat or throw away and if they were good, well the rest goes without saying…empty wrappers and hardly a crumb in sight!

Luckily it was the latter that was the case on Saturday morning and given that the feedback was good I thought I would write them up; one problem…in a flurry of organisation that day, I neglected to record some of the quantities so had to re-run these super delicious muffins. They are really quite healthy as they are pumped with vitamins and minerals including potassium, calcium and magnesium along with protein and carbohydrates. There is only half a cup of coconut sugar which has a moderate Glycemic Index.  Kids need all of these nutrients to perform well in sports and replenish themselves after activity. Bananas as a key ingredient along with chia seeds and yoghurt are ideal for school children.

Time they took was 35-45 minutes from make to bake and they won’t last long!

Banana Chia muffins

Banana Chia muffins


1 1/2 cup self-raising flour sifted

1/4 cup coconut flour sifted

1/2 cup coconut sugar

2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup natural unsweetened yoghurt

30 gm chia seeds

3 medium – large bananas or 1 cup

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

3 large eggs

2/3 cup olive oil


1. Mix chia seeds into yoghurt.

2. Pre-heat oven to 180 C (or 170 C fan-forced) and line a muffin tray with cupcake cases.

3. Combine all dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.

4. In a large bowl whisk eggs with vanilla, olive oil and mix in bananas and chia yoghurt.

5. Fold in dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and spoon into muffin tray. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

6. Remove muffins after 10 minutes and place on a rack ready to serve.


Banana Chia muffins

May 6, 2015

Papaya seed dressing / dip

As the frosty weather sets in my thoughts are not far away from the shores of Hawaii which has been a location that I enjoyed my honeymoon, a picturesque destination wedding and a babymoon. It is a place where I notice a sweet smell in the air that instantly relaxes me. Before I’ve even set foot on the sandy beaches I feel happy and in holiday mode.

Sometimes when reality bites and my mind drifts back to the frosty present; I seek inspiration so I created this recipe that shakes up our typical mid-week meal of roast chicken.

Tonight I’m using papaya as there is an abundant source right now at the grocer with good prices. The recipe even uses the seeds (which you should eat, not waste!) to make a Hawaiian style dressing to liven up some warm potatoes that they will almost be doing the hula!

The remaining papaya will form part of an exotic breakfast in the morning with passionfruit, shredded coconut, berries, yoghurt and granola – too easy.

Papaya has so many health benefits and its surprising that it doesn’t occur to me to eat it more often. The flesh is high in Vitamin C, Folate and fibre and the seeds are beneficial for the liver, digestive system and a general anti-inflammatory effect. Apart from discarding the skin which is not inedible but not recommended this is a sustainable fruit.

There are some warnings though regarding papaya seeds for some people; please see

This dressing is delicious and versatile making a great dip on potatoes/wedges, chicken, leafy green salads, pork, burgers and more!

Papaya dressing

Papaya dressing


1 ripe papaya seeds scooped out (approximately 2-3 Tablespoons)

1 cup papaya flesh

1/2 red or white onion

1/4 cup cilantro

1 good-sized clove garlic

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

Juice from a lime

1 1/2 teaspoon honey

1/4 cup macadamia nut oil or olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

Optional: 1 avocado which makes dressing creamier and thicker.

1. Blend all ingredients in a fine nutri-bullet, vitamix or thermomix and serve.