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Breastfeeding and craving chocolate daily is the story of my life at the moment. This recipe has saved me from running to the shops to get chocolate all the time. Okay, don’t get me wrong.. I love a good block of Lindt, but this brownie is AMAZING. You’ll thank me later.

Okay, here is what you’ll need.

[Ingredients Brownie]

500g medjool dates

400g rolled oats

1 cup cacao powder

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup warm water

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

[Ingredients Icing]

1 cup cacao powder

1/2 cup coconut oil

3/4 cup rice malt syrup

[Recipe]

Blend oats to a fine powder and set aside.

Soak dates in 1 cup of warm water for 5 minutes.

Pour dates and water into processor. Add vanilla, coconut oil and cacao. Blend on medium-high until smooth.

Slowly add in oats and walnuts on medium speed until combined.

Spread and press into a lined baking dish.

Place icing ingredients into processor and blend on medium-high until smooth.

Ice the brownie and chill in the fridge before icing.

Store in the refrigerator.

*For a gluten free option, use almond meal instead of oats.

*For a high protein option, add 2-3 scoops of your favourite protein powder.

*For a tangy twist, add freeze dried strawberries or raspberries.

Enjoy.

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Toddler Learning Tower from My Little Giggles.

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Nothing beats a gift that is handmade with love. Phoenix and I baked “Best Dad Ever” cookies for Fathers Day this year. Traditional gingerbread is seriously yummy and gorgeous lettering detail makes for a super fun and easy DIY. Sorry, no sugar free recipe this time, but it’s the fondant that really makes these cookies look amazing.

[What You’ll Need]

Create these cookies yourself with your favourite cookie recipe, 300g of white fondant icing, baking paper, a rolling pin, a 6 cm round pastry cutter and 2.5 cm fondant letter cutters. Fondant icing can be found at your local supermarket in the baking aisle and pastry/ fondant cutters you can likely get at most craft stores and recently, I’ve spotted them at Kmart.

I used traditional gingerbread because I know it creates a nice and firm cookie. The exact gingerbread recipe can be found here, or simply use another cookie recipe of your choice.

[How to Create]

To create even, round cookies that are all uniform in size, i’ve used a 6 cm round pastry cutter. Most cookies naturally expand once you’ve baked them, therefore the same size round cutter can be used for the fondant circles. This will create a nice shallow border of cookie around the icing. Knead roughly 300g with your hands until the fondant is soft and pliable.

Roll out the fondant to roughly 3mm thick. Press the round cutter through the fondant to create circles and then press the letter cutters into the centres. Gently peel the circles from the baking paper and lightly rub a small amount of water on the under side. Lightly press the fondant onto the cookie to complete. Express yourself and send someone a lovely message with these easy DIY letter cookies.

 

What did you and your little ones create for Dad this year? signature-blog

 

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We love ordering a regular fruit and vegetable delivery box. Every fortnight, we order from The Fruitful Box and are never disappointed. They are a local business on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and offer two generous produce boxes, fresh from local farmers. Customers can order a large $65 box with delivery included or pickup the medium $45 box from Narrabeen. More recently, customers can order a large organic box for $80. Their boxes include a mix of super fresh fruit and vegetables including many of the basic staples. Each box includes plenty of apples, oranges, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, bananas, garlic, lettuce, capsicum, avocado and so much more. They also include a litre of freshly squeezed orange juice, berry yoghurt and a loaf of bread. We like to add on 10 free range eggs for an extra $5 and you can also choose to add on local honey.

It’s so easy. Customers can easily order online through their website and receive delivery or pickup on Wednesdays. Weekly or fortnightly ordering with no subscription required.

The produce is seriously fresh and great value. Read on to find out our top five reasons why we think that every family should order a regular fruit and vegetable box.

 

[1] Save time and money

Fruit and vegetables make up a large part of our weekly grocery shop. Delivery is hugely convenient for us because we find it really difficult to carry a toddler up three flights of stairs and the shopping. Ordering to our door saves us time spent at the shops too. We don’t have to go as often and we end up buying less. Going to the supermarket for a few things usually turns into many extras that weren’t on the list. The Fruitful Box is AMAZING value for the price. The produce is super fresh, has a longer shelf life, and costs far less than the produce at the supermarket.

[2] Eat healthier

A fridge full of produce and a fruit bowl overflowing certainly keeps healthy eating on our mind. We are never short of a healthy option now that we are ordering The Fruitful Box. Hello massive salads, veggie soups and green smoothies! Produce coming from the local farmers market means eating seasonal and fresh. You can certainly taste the difference in quality.

[3] Teach young ones real food

When we receive our delivery, Phoenix gets excited to pull everything out of the box and transfer it into the fridge. I love teaching him the names of all the fruits and vegetables and it’s a great way to encourage him to eat a variety of colours. Supermarket shelves contain too many packaged “food” items. It’s important for our little ones to learn what real food is. We shouldn’t be telling our kids to “eat their vegetables” like it’s a punishment; rather offer fruit and vegetables as meals and snacks, just as we do other food groups. Children might resist textures and tastes sometimes, but there are many ways to sneak these healthy ingredients into yummy recipes.

[4] Support local farmers

It is really amazing to support local. You are accessing produce at the peak of freshness. No long distance shipping, where produce is stimulated to ripen quicker or sitting in storage for weeks. Family farmers need your support. Large agricultural businesses dominate the food production and small family farms have a tough time competing.

[5] Better for the environment

On average, food travels a far distance before it gets into your hands. Large amounts of natural resources are required in the process and contributes to pollution. Conventional agriculture uses many more polluting processes than sustainable agriculture.  Ordering a local fruit and vegetable box also reduces the abundance of plastic bag usage and largely lowers the amount of packaging. The Fruitful Box even reuses their delivery boxes each week.

 

Are you ready to order the Fruitful Box or looking for more information? Get it here!

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Having healthy and yummy bite sized treats to grab on the go is essential in our household and even more now with a busy toddler. Lucky for us, Phoenix isn’t particularly picky yet. And he loves all the sweet treats I make with natural ingredients. This recipe is something I’ve created recently in my thermomix and it’s so good that I just had to share it. It’s also only four ingredients, so it’s super quick and easy to make if you’re a busy mum. Fresh medjool dates are so soft and smooth when blended that you never need any other sweeteners. You can easily find them at your local grocery store in the produce section. And choosing cashew nuts over other nuts make them extra creamy.

The secret ingredient that makes these balls amazing is the lemon zest. Lemon rinds, when taken internally, provides cleansing and digestive benefits and supports healthy immune function. If you don’t have a thermomix, don’t stress, this recipe can be easily made in any food processor.

[ RECIPE ]

18 fresh medjool dates, pitted

1 1/2 cups raw cashews

1 cup dessicated coconut

Zest of one lemon.

[ Blend ] all ingredients in thermomix on speed 6 for 25 seconds. You can also blend in any food processor until finely chopped

[ Shape ] into balls and roll in additional dessicated coconut

[ Store ] in the fridge in an airtight container

 

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