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Apple-butternut squash soup

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. I wanted to host a small dinner party with the family to celebrate. Since I have a small toddler, I usually tend to do easy-to-cook batch-type food that doesn’t require much prep, but is fragrant and full of flavour.

I made an apple-squash soup as a starter and it went down so well I wanted to share the recipe with you. To make the soup you’ll only need 3 core ingredients and some spices.

To serve 6 you’ll need:

4 apples

1 butternut squash

2 onions

Spices: few shakes of cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, chilli, 2 bay leaves

Drizzle of olive oil for roasting

Start off by preheating an oven to 180C.

Peel the squash and cut it into small chunks. Save the squash seeds to roast later. When roasted they will make a delicious topping.

Drizzle the squash with an olive oil and roast for about an hour until soft & golden.

Cut the apples into quarters and remove stems. No need to peel or core the apples, they will blend nicely. Roast the apples in the oven for approximately 20min or until golden.

Whilst the squash and apples are roasting, chop onions and fry them in a pot over a medium heat.

When onions have turned golden, add roasted squash and apples. Cover the veggies with a boiling water, add seasoning & spices and simmer for 5min. Whilst the soup is simmering, toast squash seeds.

Take the soup off the hob and blend using a hand blender. Enjoy straight away.

Chocolate-hazelnut spread

This is a recipe I get asked about the most. Here’s my take on a healthy version of Nutella. This hazelnut-cacao spread is amazing on a toast, baked in brownies, cakes, used as icing or just enjoyed on its own. All you need to make it is four simple ingredients & a food processor.

To make a 300ml jar you’ll need:

2 cups roasted hazelnuts

7 tbsp maple syrup

3 heaped tbsp raw cacao powder

2 tbsp coconut oil

Start off by grinding hazelnuts in a food processor until they turn runny. Next add all the rest ingredients and stir well. Spoon into a jar and enjoy!

Banana-blueberry bread

This blueberry-banana bread is seriously good. With no added sweeteners it’s surprisingly indulgent. It contains only few ingredients and takes very little prep time.

I used porridge oats and oat flour as I like the contrast in texture, but you can use just oat flour if you like your banana bread smooth.

You’ll need:

3 very ripe bananas + 1 extra for garnishing

200g frozen blueberries

1 cup porridge oats

1 cup oat flour

5 tbsp coconut oil – melted

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of nutmeg

Pre-heat the oven to 180C.

Mash the bananas with the fork until a smooth consistency forms. Add all other ingredients except blueberries and mix until everything is well combined. Next fold in blueberries and pour the dough into the baking tray.

Add garnish & bake for 45mins. Take out of the oven and enjoy whilst warm.

Blueberry – apple ice lollies

This two-ingredient ice lolly is a life changer. It’s so refreshing and delicious, and with no added sugar it makes a perfect treat. Best of all – it takes literally seconds to make.

To make a few ice lollies simply add a handful of blueberries to the ice lolly mould and pour over apple juice. Leave in the freezer until solid (2-3hrs). Enjoy!

Chocolate chip oat cookies

I absolutely love oats, they are a true cupboard staple in our home. I have oats everyday either in porridge or as muesli, oat bars, flap jacks or cookies. I also add oats to smoothies, cakes and crumbles. The best part is that they are very nutritious and great for your gut since they are loaded with vitamins, minerals & antioxidant plant compounds.

To satisfy my oat craving, I baked these chunky chip oat cookies. They contain wonderful mix of spices which takes them to the next level. And with total 20min cooking time, you really can’t go wrong with these.

To bake 9 cookies you’ll need:

2 cups of oats

2 tbsp coconut oil – melted

4 tbsp coconut sugar

4 tbsp water

1 tsp baking powder

6 cloves – crushed using pestle & mortar

Couple shakes of cinnamon, cardamon & nutmeg

1 bar of dark chocolate

Pre-heat the oven to 160C.

Mix together all ingredients except chocolate until a good consistency dough forms. Add more water if needed. If you’re using food processor you won’t need more water.

Crush the chocolate bar into small chunks and add to the dough. Mix everything and make cookie like shapes. Bake for 15min and enjoy!

Blueberry-banana muffins

These banana-blueberry muffins are a perfection. Perfectly moist, but not soggy, sweet, but not sickly – everything you may wish for in a breakfast.

To make 12 medium size muffins you’ll need:

2 large ripe bananas

1, 1/2 cups of oat flour (you can make it by blending in a food processor / blender)

1/2 cup of water

1 tbsp cinnamon

2 tbsp coconut oil – melted

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp milled flax seeds

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup of frozen blueberries

Pre-heat the oven to 180C.

Mix all ingredients except blueberries, ensure the dough isn’t runny or stiff (if runny – add more oat flour, if stiff – loosen with water). Gently fold in blueberries and pour the mix into the muffin tray. Bake for 40-50min until the top starts to brown and the base has firmed up.

Fruit & berry oat bars

These fruit & berry oat bars are seriously good. Slightly chewy, sweet yet a bit tangy – a real crowd pleaser. The secret ingredient in these oat bars is Golden berries which are loaded with nutrients & antioxidants. On top of being absolutely yummy, these oat bars will help you keep your energy levels high throughout the day.

To make 20 oat bars you’ll need:

3 cups of oats

1 cup dried apricots

1/2 cup dried mango

2 tbsp coconut oil – melted

2 tbsp almond butter

3 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup golden berries

1/3 cup water

Pre-heat the oven to 140C.

Whizz the oats with apricots, cinnamon, almond butter, maple syrup and coconut oil. Next chop mango and add to the food processor. Add cranberries, golden berries and water and whizz until a dough-like consistency forms.

Line a baking tray with the dough and bake for 25 mins. Cut the mix into oat bars as soon as you take them out of the oven to avoid crumbling into a muesli. Enjoy

Hazelnut – cacao pops

Chocolate with hazelnuts is my all time favourite combo. These hazelnut cacao pops have a lovely crunch and deep cacao flavour. With only 4 ingredients and 10 mins prep time, they make a perfect sneaky afternoon chocolate fix.

To make 19 pops you’ll need:

1 cup of blanched & roasted hazelnuts

3 tbsp coconut oil – melted

4 heaped tbsp raw cacao powder

4 tbsp maple syrup

Whizz 1/2 cup of hazelnuts in a food processor until it forms hazelnut butter. Chop rest of the hazelnuts in rough chunks. Mix all ingredients together and pour into a cute mould. Leave in the fridge to set for an hour and enjoy! Store in the fridge up to a month.

Apricot – cranberry oat bars

These chewy apricot – cranberry oat bars are amazing! So fruity and not overly sweet, perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

To make 20 you’ll need:

2 cups of oats

1 cup unsulphured dried apricots

1 cup if dried cranberries

1/2 cup almonds

1 tbsp cinnamon

2 tbsp almond butter

2 tbsp maple syrup

5 tbsp water

3 tbsp coconut oil – melted

Pre-heat the oven to 140C.

Whizz oats, coconut oil, maple syrup, water and apricots in a food processor until well combined. Next add almonds and pulse until they’re cut into large chunks. Add cranberries and pulse for few seconds until the dough binds together.

Line a baking tray and press the dough down. Bake for 25min. Cut into pieces straight away to avoid the mix crumbling into a muesli. Voila!

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