If you have a special occasion coming up (or just feel like making something a bit fancy and delicious), give our carrot cake a try! This was based from an old photocopied recipe I had that my mother in law gave me except without the refined sugar, gluten and with some added extras of course! Instead of the typical cream cheese icing, we have decided to go dairy free too and try cashews instead. It is such a beautiful cake that you wouldn't know was gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free-I promise!
How is it loaded? We have bulked out the beef mince by using brown lentils-you could use lentils on their own just as easily. It is easy to get a vast range of vegetables in this, we have used spinach, carrot, peas, celery, leek, onion, garlic and corn but so many others including zucchini, eggplant, silverbeet, kale or even capsicum would work well. Use a range of colours for a range of vitamins.You could top with sweet potato if preferred which would increase the vitamin A and offer a lower GI.
How is it loaded? Quinoa flakes are a high fibre, nutrient dense wholegrain that are a complete protein meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce on their own. Combined with raw cacao which is high in antioxidants and peanut butter which is rich in monounsaturated fats, this is a delicious yet nutritious start to the day.
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How are the loaded? Using mashed, overripe bananas as the main sweetener in the muffins, they are loaded with potassium, vitamin b6 and fibre. The avocado brings healthy fats as does the macadamia oil which is rich in fatty acids and in some ways is even more impressive than olive oil for heart health. We have used both spelt wholemeal flour and almond meal for increased protein and reduced gluten. You could also add some chopped nuts if appropriate for age.
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If you are looking for a delicious, nutritious uncooked treat, this one may be for you! Kept in the freezer, this delicious slice is loaded with goodness, is vegan friendly and of course-no refined sugar in sight. It is gluten free, dairy free and definitely toddler approved! The creamy, chocolate topping is made using a blend of cashews and avocado for a beautiful, buttercream like consistency. A fantastic snack for young and old.
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Oh this is sooo good, you will have to try to control yourself! My mother in law makes a pretty special caramel slice with peanut butter. In fact, my husband has made it himself before also and he did a fine job. The problem is, I can hardly even bring myself to look at the ingredients. I know there is a lot of condensed milk in there. So I wanted to make something with a lovely fudgey texture, and that sweet, peanut butter taste. No cook, mix and set. Delicious.
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Bulk cooking some 'loaded' finger foods, such as these meatballs, at the start of the week give you a good chance of providing healthy meals and snacks-each and every meal. They don't take long to cook, you can play around with the ingredients, being precise is not necessary-and best of all, they are loved by young and old.
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How are they loaded? Chicken breast offers protein but what really makes these little powerhouses are the veggies that you include. We have included baby spinach-full of iron, Vitamins A, B2, C & K, pumpkin for added fiber, potassium and vitamin c and onion for antioxidants.
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How is it loaded? Quinoa (a seed, not grain) is gluten free, high in protein, fiber, manganese, folate and also contains all nine essential amino acids. Combined with peas for vitamin K, eggs for omega 3 and iron, a little cheese for calcium, and cooked in olive oil, this family friendly finger food is quite a nutritional powerhouse!
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How are they loaded? Using wholemeal flour (which you can of course swap with gluten free if you prefer), we have boosted the fibre. Olive oil was chosen for it's healthy monounsaturated fat and antioxidant content and as usual, we have avoided refined sugar opting for stevia instead.
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How is it loaded? Full of chia seeds that have absorbed the moisture, they offer fiber, omega 3, protein, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and more which is quite amazing for such a small seed! Chia seeds can be used to replace eggs, be sprinkled over food for a little texture or used, as we have here, as a simple pudding. Green apples provide sweetness and tartness while also providing a dose of Vitamin A & C. Topped off with a mix of rolled oats (great for the heart), nuts (optional) and shredded coconut-its ALL good!
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I use a lot of nuts in my recipes but was wanted a snack option that was nut free and suitable for a variety of group environment applications-such as day care. These biscuits are the perfect snack for kids and adults alike full of goodness without the refined flours and sugars. I like to make a big batch (this recipe makes around 30 biscuits depending on the size you make them) so half can be put in the biscuit jar and the other half straight into the freezer for another time. You can replace the flour with your preferred type if you like. They are always a hit with Huds (and the husband too).
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