Only six of these made it into the freezer for lunches!
2 large handfuls fresh spinach chopped
1 carrot grated
1 zucchini grated
6 mushrooms diced
1 cup plain flour
1 cup wholemeal plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarb soda
1/3 tsp salt
2 tbsp white chia seeds (if you don’t have these, just mix 2 tbsp cornflour into 4 tbsp water and
add with wet ingredients )
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 3/4 cups soy milk
Sesame seeds to top
Mix vegetables together in a large bowl
Add remaining dry ingredients and stir until combined and veges coated
Add wet ingredients to dry
Stir until just combined.
Spary oil 12 hole muffin tin
Fill tin and sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.
bake at 180 degrees celcius for 12 to 18 minutes until golden and centres spring back lightly to touch.
Turn out onto airing tray after about 5 minutes out of the oven.
Serve with dairy free marg or cream cheese etc..
These are high fibre, contain omega 3 and 6, almost no cholesterol, good levels protein. They freeze well too.
You can substitute other vehes- red capsicum is really nice 🙂
My children love this little breakfast that I make. I prepare it the night before it is served and let it become beautiful in the fridge.
In layers from the bottom add quick oats. Soak in apple juice so it is quite wet. Layer a generous amount of frozen berries (raspberries pictured). Top with a layer of yoghurt (dairy free if you like) and a drizzle of rice malt syrup.
It travels well in a leak proof container and can be frozen ahead of time too.
Yum. I have ditched dairy and didn’t have any eggs in the house, so these are vegan. They are so full of flavour and easy! My children are going to LOVE these in their lunchboxes.
I rounded cup wholemeal self raising flour
3 tsp white chia seeds soaked in 1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 cup soy milk (extra for mix)
1/3 cup rice bran oil
2/3 cup pie apples (no added sugar)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 carrot grated
2 tsp vanilla extract
small handful sultanas
Mix chia seeds and 1/2 cup soy milk together. Let stand, stirring occasionally while adding remaining ingredients to mixing bowl.
Add all ingredients to bowl and stir gently, breaking up some larger pieces of apple, if required. Add extra soy to mix, should combine like runny, lumpy cake batter. Do not over stir.
I bought these silicone moulds very cheaply from my local discount store as a novelty, but you can use normal muffin tins.
These are very moist and luscious due to the apple content so allow to rest for 5 minutes before turning on to grate to air.
These freeze well, just wrap or box them up ready to pop into the lunch box.
Activist Note: I have ditched dairy for ethical reasons (industrialised food production is becoming a bit of a turn off really), but these are equally good made with cow’s milk and eggs. If you want to use free range eggs instead of chia seeds, just remove the chia and 1/2 cup of soy milk and substitute an egg.
Healthy finger food is essential in our house of little hands. I made this recipe as a special treat for my cherubs. These raw bliss balls taste like carrot cake, with fresh carrot and warming spices, but without the sugar, butter and nuts.
Blend in food processor for several minutes, gradually adding the water after ingredients are finely combined until mixture forms a thick, coarse paste. Roll with wet hands into balls. Refrigerate until set (at least an hour).
Note: I love spices but you can reduce if you would like less intensity.
Optional- these freeze really well. You can also roll them in coconut or sesame seeds. I freeze them individually for my daughters’ play school lunch in the Decor branded dip containers. It works brilliantly.
Need some inspiration in the morning? Some days I look at my cherubs and wonder- what am I actually going to feed you in the next 5 minutes? So, here is a list I developed to remind myself that yes, one can easily put something healthy and substantial on the table at breakfast. Yes, all of these ideas can be prepared in under 5 minutes. I have done it myself!
Sourdough toast with apricot jam and cheddar cheese. Apple slices on the side.
Turkish bread toasted with vegemite. Green grapes on the side.
Vegetable mini muffins with vegan (or dairy) cream cheese.
Pumpernickel topped with cream cheese and pear slices.
Fruit platter with natural yoghurt sprinkled with sesame seeds for dipping.
Natural muesli with non/dairy milk.
Scrambled free range eggs with toasted, torn flat wraps.
Scrambled tofu with spinach.
Sauteed tofu with steamed/microwaved vegetable sticks.
Leftover noodles and vegetable stirfry.
Corn fritters (home made, stored in the fridge) with fruit on the side.
French toast and berries.
Steamed vegetable sticks, toast soldiers with yoghurt-sweet chilli dipping sauce.
These muffins are good because they take me about five minutes to prepare, are portable, have the natural sweetness of apples, are high in fibre and have the added protein from the walnuts. Yum.
1 ½ cups wholemeal self raising flour
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup desiccated coconut
2 handfuls currants
2 large handfuls of roughly crushed walnuts (lightly bash them in a bag with a meat tenderiser on the bench)
pinch sea salt
2 tbsp agave nectar
2 free range eggs (ban the cage)
2 tbsp rice bran oil
2 tbsp soy milk
1 x 440 g tin pie apples
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (160 degrees fan forced)
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl
Add wet ingredients and mix until just combined
Fill a greased, 12 hole muffin pan and bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned and muffins just spring back in the centre when pressed.