I don’t know what kick-started my little spate of culinary adventures, but I appear to have gone all Nigella on you!

The main difference being that all my recipes are free from wheat, dairy and refined sugars.

Now, before that sounds way too dull for you to read on, why not have a look at the following photos, fresh from the Lovefit kitchen.

 

“Cookie Dough” Balls:

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Spiced Courgette Brownie:

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I also made some “Chunky Monkey” and “Cherry Garcia” ice-cream, but ate them both too quickly to photograph!

The best bit about these goodies is that they have the Martin (my husband) seal of approval.  Usually when I do any Clean baking, he turns his nose up and says it doesn’t taste right.  But he has had to bite his tongue and sheepishly ask for another piece of brownie this week!  Triumph!

The best bit about these recipes is that they are super quick and easy to make, and ideal for kiddy snacks, without pumping them full of rubbish. In fact, they’re a great way of sneaking in some quality food stuffs (even vegetables)!   Talking of sneaking in vegetables, loads of my clients have started juicing and report that their kids LOVE fresh veggie juices, especially with the addition of a novelty straw 🙂  If you missed it, here’s my Beginner’s Guide to Juicing.

Anyway, back to the above delights.  As promised, here are a few easy, child-friendly, delicious recipes to try at home…

 

“Cookie Dough” Balls:

Makes approximately 8 balls (which might not sound a lot, but it could be dangerous to make more as you will want to scoff the lot)!

Tbsp melted coconut oil
Dollop of raw honey (adjust to taste)
1/4 cup nut butter (I used almond butter)
1/4 cup raw cacao powder OR choc protein powder
1/4 cup oatmeal / pin head oats
1/4 cup ground almonds
good shake of coconut flour / raw dessicated coconut
1/4 cup dark choc chips (pref. dairy free / semi sweet choc chops if you can get them)
drop vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Shape into little balls. Pop into a tub lined with baking parchment. Chill. I stuck mine in the freezer for 20 mins and then kept refrigerated.

NB: The original recipe I saw just said 1/2 cup oats. If you are coeliac or avoiding gluten then don’t use any oats at all. I decided to substitute with some ground almonds and the desiccated coconut instead and they tasted great.

I’m sure you could add dates and all sorts of other things. But the bottom line is these are quick, tasty and very easy to make and contain good fats and protein, so not a bad little snackette.
 

Spiced Courgette Brownie:

1/3 cup almond butter
2/3 cup ground almonds
1/3 cup raw honey (adjust to taste)
1 egg
1-2 courgettes (I used 2 small ones – 1 green + 1 yellow) – finely grated
Drop of vanilla
1/3 cup dairy free / semi-sweet choc chips
1 tsp bicarb. of soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
Dash of raw cacao powder (optional – I added approx. 1 heaped tsp)

Preheat oven to 180C.
Grease a baking tin (I used a 9″ circular springform tin).
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until combined.
Pour into the tin and bake for approx 30-45 mins, until a knife or skewer comes out clean.
NB: Cooking times will vary depending on individual ovens and the size of tin you use.

These are probably the best “healthy” goodies I have tasted, even if I do say so myself.  Ridiculously moist (I did add a lot of courgette), not a hint of vegetable taste, and a fabulous way to get your children to eat some greens!
 

Ice cream:

Option 1 (Bit like Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey):

Stick 1 banana into a container.
Add 1 tbsp coconut milk.
Add 1 tbsp yoghurt (I used Yeo Valley Live Bio, but greek yog would work).
Add Raw cacao to taste (I used approx 1 tbsp)
Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon.
Mash the whole lot together until smooth.
Freeze for approx 1 hour before grabbing a spoon.

Option 2 (Similar to Cherry Garcia flavour):

Place a handful of cherries (stones removed) into a container.
Add 1 tbsp coconut milk.
Add 1 tbsp yoghurt (I used Yeo Valley Live Bio, but greek yog would work).
Mix in a tbsp dark / semi-sweet choc chips.
Freeze for approx 1 hour.

NB: Seems that if you leave for a longer time (several hours or overnight then this becomes rock solid, so ideally prep this about 1 hour before you want to eat it).
 

*Disclaimer:  All of the above recipes have been based on recipes that I have seen on the internet, but modified either to keep them clean or to suit my tastes / available ingredients!  Having compared the originals with my own versions, I am confident saying that I think the Lovefit versions are superior 🙂  Enjoy!