A lighter twist on a festive favourite, this fruit mince is the perfect option for a healthy Christmas dessert.
If I had to nominate a food to sum up Christmas it would have to be fruit mince.
The dried fruit, the spices, the brandy – all of those things scream Christmas to me. Regardless of whether you’re in the northern or southern hemisphere, fruit mince is a Christmas staple.
Like tinsel. And fairy lights. And pretending you like your relatives.
"A party without cake is just a meeting."
I wholeheartedly agree - everything is better with cake. And what better way to celebrate our 2 year blogiversary (say what?!) than with a gorgeous, moist, moreish, tangy cake - flourless orange and hazelnut cake to be exact.
It's got no flour, is sweetened naturally with fruit and honey, and has a total of 5 ingredients - so it's the perfect example of an easy, healthy, delicious cake. My favourite kind.
I can't believe this is my first brownie.
I don't mean ever, my life isn't quite that sad (says the woman covered in a mixture of sweat and baby vomit...) I mean I can't believe that in the entire time I've been writing this blog I haven't done a brownie recipe! Given my complete obsession with brownies – they are pretty much my favourite baked good – this is a big deal. I have an amazing full-fat, full-sugar brownie recipe that I save for special occasions, but I feel like brownies shouldn't have to be saved for special occasions. What if there was a chocolate brownie that was healthy enough to eat any old time? Well, my friends, that is what I have created for you - the best healthy fudge brownie recipe.
I have never been a fan of aniseed.
I'd only eat fennel under sufferance, licorice can suck it, black jelly beans are actually the devil, and I always thought any dish that contained star anise would have been just as good, if not better, had the star anise been left out. I'm not sure what's happened to me lately, but I've been willingly purchasing fennel to roast and day-dreaming up dishes that all seem to contain star anise...I blame having a baby. It obviously shocked my body into forgetting what tastes nice and what doesn't. Despite my initial hesitation to cook with star anise I just couldn't get this combo out of my head, so decided to run with it. And you know what? It's freaking delicious. I decided it needed to be combined with something warm, creamy and comforting (because everyone who knows me or reads this blog knows I hate winter...) and so coconut rice pudding with star anise strawberries was born.
I'm a lazy girl at heart.
In fact, I'm a lazy girl where most of my body is concerned...Make-up? Maybe I'd wear it if I knew how to apply it. Hair-styling? As anyone with curly hair knows there is no such thing as 'styling', it's more of 'let it do what it wants and hope it doesn't look shit' approach. Wearing clean clothes? But the tea stains and peanut butter smears really bring out my eyes...But chocolate cake - now a good chocolate cake is something that I think is always worth the effort. Even more so if that effort is summed up by throwing things into a mug and microwaving them, as is the case with this glorious two-minute chocolate mug cake.
Chocolate makes everything better.
Particularly cake. But particularly healthy cake. This one is a perfect combination of warming flavours, just right for these cooler autumn days. Pear and chocolate isn’t a classic combination but pear with ginger is amazing, and chocolate with ginger is also amazing, so I decided to put all three together and hope for the best. I was not disappointed. Chocolate, Pear and Ginger Muffins are going to be on heavy rotation in The Fit Kitchen.
ANZAC Day always signifies that summer is well and truly over.
Autumn is in full swing and crisp mornings signify that winter is marching ever closer. ANZAC day is a great excuse to make Anzac biscuits, just as looming winter, a bad day or even a good day is a perfectly reasonable excuse in my eyes to get baking. As much as I love Anzac biscuits I really wanted to do something a bit more unexpected and unusual for the blog than just a healthified version of the classic biscuit and the result was this dish: half snack/half dessert, a beautiful brunch or an indulgent breakfast: Anzac tart with vanilla cashew cream.
So long, summer…
I will miss your mangoes and your cheap berries and your stone fruit. Please come back soon, I promise not to complain about how hot and uncomfortable I am. And what’s the best way to deal with the end of summer, and indeed any sadness in general? Cake. Always cake. This one is gluten-free, full of fruit and flavoured gently with cinnamon, cardamom and only a few of my end-of-summer tears. Say hello to my gluten-free Apple, Almond and Cardamom Tea Cake (your tears optional).
Peanut butter is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Healthy peanut butter white chocolate fudge is proof that I love you and want you to enjoy your favourite treats without guilt. I’ve been waiting to get my hands on some cacao butter for ages now but only recently got around to actually getting some and WOW was it worth the wait.
Love is in the air! (part three)
Valentine’s Day is almost upon us! If you’ve been following the valentine’s dinner posts (you can find the potato gnocchi entrée here and the miso pumpkin and edamame salad with salmon here) you’ll know it’s time for my favourite course: dessert. And what better way to end a romantic meal than with my favourite food: chocolate. And because we don’t have time to slave away in the kitchen, worrying about dessert, the recipe is for a no-fail crowdpleaser - cheat’s chocolate lava cake.
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