Super Power Slice

 

  

My kids are big talkers. I swear my thoughts pack up, slam the door to my brain and stomp down the stairs because they can’t compete. Is it time to give up now and have a mojito?

Ok so I’ve had my whinge.

I am constantly astounded by what women put themselves through. Tirelessly and without hesitation we put our greatest desires and needs on the back burner to ensure that those surrounding us have what they need, have love, have food and clothing and shelter.

I’m not sure about you, but I didn’t sign anything to say that I was not important and that what I wanted no longer counts!

I’m making a declaration right here and right now to all 3 of my followers 😉 that I am putting myself first! I will ensure that I am living the life I desire and am doing it with love and gratitude so I can set an example for my children to do the same for themselves. I will do this to the best of my ability, with purpose, love and joy. I am enough.

Enough of the woo woo stuff!

This, to me is more powerful for my children to see from me rather than a mum that is “pretending” to have it all, be strong  and have her shit together. A woman that is true to herself is a powerful thing.

Sorry going kumbaya on you again.

I have been so blessed to have met some amazing women over the last couple of years and each has a story of their own. These women have a super power (some have two or three!) that they use on a daily basis to get through the shitty times, the tough moments and the grind of everyday life.

This delicious slice adapted from a recipe by one of these most amazing women, is so easy to make and you can add anything you like to it to change it up. I make this and give it to my kids in their lunch boxes… and usually ensure that quality control is undertaken by consuming at least 3 pieces before putting it in their lunch… what???

Lets Slice!

Stuff You Put In

  • 1/2 cup medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1/2 cup of dried apricots (sulphite free if you can get ’em) or any other dried fruit like cranberries, cherries, inca berries.
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup of nuts – can use macadamias, cashews, almonds, walnuts, brasil nuts or a mix.
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 2 tbsp raw honey

Sir Mix-a-lot 

  • Put all the stuff in your food processor and mix until well combined and looks almost like a fine crumb. If you like big chunks then stop at your desired consistency.

Miss Slice and Dice

  • Line a small rectangle dish or baking tray with baking paper and press the mix into the dish/pan until firmly packed down.
  • Refrigerate for a couple of hours or until set – if you have the will power!
  • Slice and dice to serve!

Variations: 

  • Instead of cacao powder you could use a chocolate protein powder. 
  • If you can tolerate chia seeds (which I can’t as they seem to upset my tummy) you could use 1/4 cup shredded coconut and 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • You could roll the mix into balls and coat in desiccated coconut

Wrap Your Hands Around This

To all the mum’s and dad’s out there who make the school lunches, hats off to you I say. The rules and regulations that schools, kindergartens and daycare facilities have set for what is allowed to go in to the lunchbox has certainly changed the game. Some places have a no nut no egg policy, no plastic wrap and packaging free while others say no chocolate but anything else is ok.

This is a positive step towards good nutrition for our children at schools and I think it’s a great idea, but for a lot of parents it means staring at the empty lunchbox wondering what the heck are you going to put in there.

In my day a Nutella sandwich on white bread with a packet of pizza shapes and a frozen poppa was a good lunch day. Times have changed.

Here is the challenge for most parents: to pack a lunch that is not only adhering to the regulations but that is nutritious, delicious and let’s face it looks good so that your kids will eat it!

Challenge accepted.

Now I’ve based this recipe off of Stupid Easy Paleo’s tortilla recipe but have changed and added a few ingredients to suit the purpose. Stephanie did an awesome job of creating these tortillas and I use them all the time. I’ve also tried to keep it pretty simple so that you can make them on prep day or in a rush the night before.

What Goes ln

• 1 cup of baby spinach leaves
• 4 eggs
• 1 tbsp of coconut oil
• 4 tbsp water
• Pinch of salt
• 1/2 cup of tapioca starch/arrowroot flour
• 2 tsp of coconut flour

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Making the Wraps

• Put the spinach, eggs, oil, water, pinch of salt in the blender and blend for 45 seconds or until it looks like green liquid no bits/chunks of spinach.

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• Heat a small fry pan (20cm) on a medium heat.
• Pour the green liquid into a jug or bowl with a pouring lip and add the flours.

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• Whisk with a hand whisk until combined.
• Pour a small (less than a 1/4 cup) amount of the liquid into the pan and swirl it around until the bottom of the pan is covered.
• When the sides of the mixture start to peel away from the side then flip the wrap over and cook for a few more seconds.

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• Remove from the pan and place on a plate while you make more wraps.

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Now I did try using a larger pan to make a larger wrap and it worked. I guess depending on how big a wrap you think your child or you will eat depends on the pan you will use.

What to Wrap

This depends a lot on your child’s tastebuds and what is allowed at the school/kindy/daycare.

Here are some suggestions:

• Ham, avocado and an organic grassfed cheese
• Smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber and paleo Mayo
• Almond butter and organic honey (I’ve tried this and it was ace!)
• Almond butter and banana
• Shredded Chicken, grated carrot, beetroot and avocado
• Pulled pork, grated apple, grated cabbage and paleo Mayo (also one of my favourites!)

Try some of your own combinations or your kids favourites wrap fillers and see how you go!

Bubba Woulfe’s Baby Pancakes

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Now I’ve read the title again, I can see that this may have been a little misleading. These pancakes are FOR baby’s not made FROM babies… Awkward.

Moving on!

Life is such an intricate map of decisions which will lead you down so many different pathways that never seem to  have a final destination. From one choice made by two people looking to start a life together, we have managed to build a fantastic network and circle of amazing and awesome people.

When hubby graduated from university we knew that we wanted to live close to the beach. We chose a beach life close enough to our families in the “Big Smoke”, starting careers and meeting a whole bunch of new people who led us to meeting more people. It goes on from there through new jobs and lifestyle choices we met more and more people who, inevitably in a small town, know the same people you know. We now own two business in the community, are considered locals (we’ve been here almost 8 years!) and thrive on supporting our town and the people in it.

But it always surprises me when complete strangers who you might only see for 5-10 minutes a day become someone you can laugh with, share stories and life experiences with and watch grow their baby belly!

The newly married Mrs Woulfe is just one of the gorgeous and super nice people that work at the best coffee shop in town. G and the other staff have probably seen me in my worst mood and my best mood, but only for a few minutes at a time 😉 She always has a friendly smile for me and makes me feel like I’ve known her for years. When in fact if we total the minutes together we probably have only know each other for a matter of  months. And that’s what I love about life. Pleasant surprises around each corner, that can lead to delicious tasting pancakes #sorryaboutthesegway

You see Mrs Woulfe is pregnant with her first bub. And this baby has excellent taste buds already. Apparently “burrito”, as they call it, likes spinach and oat pancakes. Well when I saw a photo of this on Instagram I had to make these! So I paleofied them ASAP and boy, they did not disappoint. Problem is I’m not pregnant and I can’t claim my pancake intake on cravings!

Thank you for sharing the recipe with me G and letting me paleofy your crazy pregnancy cravings. I must say, taste testing these was fantastic and my kids gobbled these down. They didn’t even ask why they were green!

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Ingredients

This makes approximately 6-8 small pancakes / pikelets

  • 3 tablespoons of raw coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup baby spinach (get it… ‘baby’ spinach!)
  • 1 medium banana (save some slices for topping)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp of baking POWDER
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Making your Baby Pancakes

  • Place all ingredients in a blender, wait for it, now blend for at least 30 seconds
  • Heat a fry pan on a low to medium heat and spray some coconut oil or rub some coconut oil on.
  • Pour your pancake mix into the desired size pancake on the heated pan.
  • Wait for the top side to bubble and then flip.
  • Cook other side or until you can’t wait any longer and need to eat these pancakes!
  • Stack on a plate and top with slice banana and some extra coconut flakes.
  • Optional extra is to drizzle wit organic grade b maple syrup or raw honey, or if you’re pregnant pickles and almond butter… ew

I have kept these in the fridge as well and used for kids snacks. Serve cold with some grassfed butter or even almond butter.

 

 

 

No Muesli ‘Muesli’ Bars

Trying to find healthy things for my toddler to eat is sometimes nearly impossible. He’s a stubborn dude with a unique palate. Sometimes he’ll eat anything I give him and I mean anything. I once found him eating raw onion… what!?! But then other times he just wants a mango foozi (mango smoothie) and nothing else. Ugh.

This is my latest attempt to turn a childhood snack of mine (Uncle Toby’s Chewy Choc Chip Muesli Bars, remember those?) into a paleo snack for the little man. He loves it by the way, but then so does the dog…

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Ingredients
1 cup Slivered Almonds
1 1/2 cups Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
1/3 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/3 cup Pepitas
1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
1/2 cup Almond Meal
1/3 cup Coconut Oil, melted
1/4 Almond Butter
1/4 cup Honey
1 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 large Egg
3/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips or your favorite chopped dried fruit (optional)

Putting It All Together
1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius
2. Grease with some coconut oil a smallish rectangle baking pan approximately 20cm x 30cm. You can line it with baking paper if you want. Actually do both.
3. Pulse the pepitas in a food processor a couple of times make them a bit smaller.
4. Mix together the egg, coconut oil, almond butter, honey and vanilla essence.
5. Add the almond meal and baking soda and mix to combine.
6.Then add the slivered almonds, shredded coconut, pepitas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and chocolate chips (or dried fruit) Mix well to combine.
7. Pour the mixture into prepared baking pan. Spread out evenly and flatten with your hand or the back of a spatula.
8. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
9. Let it cool completely in the pan before cutting into bars (I put mine in the fridge before cutting).
10. Cut the baked slice into bars and wrap individual bars in wax paper or cling wrap for easy travel. Store in the fridge.

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