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Fig Popsicles with Easy Salted Caramel Sauce

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Hello, Autumn! And hello, FIGS! If you happen to live in Melbourne, particularly the inner north as I do, you’re be very aware of the fig-tastic-ness that is everywhere. Unfortunately not in my back yard, but luckily we have a work friend who regularly comes to the fig party with a beautiful donation 🙂

Just because I’m still hanging on to summer, I still feel the need for frozen treats in the freezer. And these are highly recommended! Super easy to make, and deliciously refreshing.

I’ve spoken about the nutritional beauty of figs before here (back when I had an overhanging fig tree next door…), but to give you a little recap, you can expect to find calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron and vitamins A, C and E among other things. They are also wonderfully high in fibre, go figs!

So if you manage to get your hand on some, here is one quick and delicious serving suggestion. I’ve listed some others below.

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Fig Popsicles with Easy Salted Caramel Sauce

Makes 7-8 popsicles

2 cups coconut cream (full fat)

1 large ripe banana

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 – 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)

5-6 fresh figs, thickly sliced

For the sauce

2 tbsp cashew, macadamia or almond butter

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Decent pinch sea salt

Place the coconut cream, banana, vanilla and maple syrup if using in a blender, and blend until smooth.

Taste and make sure the sweetness is to your liking.

Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds, poke in a couple of slices of fig to each one and transfer to the freezer for at least 4 hours, or until frozen.

To make the caramel sauce, simply combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix to combine.

Serve the popsicles once frozen …

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Banoffee Breakfast Chia Oats

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It’s no secret I’m a fan of oats. They are a beautifully grounding and nourishing breakfast to set you up for the day. Full of B vitamins and magnesium to support your nervous system, iron for energy, and fibre to keep your digestive system happy. But sometimes porridge seems a bit meh. Even when topped with 14 different fruit / nut / seed / yoghurt combos, sometimes I want more. Something different.

If that’s you too, you really should make these Banoffee Breakfast Chia Oats. They’re delicious. And they best part is that you put most of it together the night before. Banoffee, for the uninitiated, is an English flavour combination featuring banana and toffee or caramel. It’s a winning combination in my mind, especially with the addition of a little cheeky chocolate…

This recipe was inspired by a recipe in Delicious magazine that mashed banana through oats which I thought was pretty cool. But what if it wasn’t just oats, but banoffee oats with a delicious crunchy pecan topping – and here we have the result, yum!! The addition of chia adds extra fibre and minerals, plus a lovely pudding style consistency. And the crunchy pecans are perfect to give you that “Am I eating a delicious pie for breakfast but it’s really actually good for me?” kind of feeling.

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Banoffee Breakfast Chia Oats

¼ cup rolled oats

1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup coconut milk (or any combination milk of choice)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 banana

FOR THE CARAMEL

1 date

1 tbsp almond butter

A pinch sea salt

1 tbsp coconut milk/nut milk/milk of choice

¼ cup pecans, lightly toasted

 

Place the oats and chia seeds in a bowl and add the milk and vanilla.

Cover and place in …

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Raw Chocolate Balls

BallPopsHandBliss Balls, Chocolate Balls, ‘Rum’ Balls, Tuffles; whatever you like to call them – they are delicious! There are approximately 4 million recipes online for different versions of these, and here’s why I like mine.

1. My recipe uses no dates. I don’t really have a problem with dates eaten in moderation, they are delicious and a natural fruit. They are however extremely sweet, and I find can often take over the flavour of raw desserts.

2. These balls are PACKED full of protein, good fats and nutrition from the nuts, seeds and tahini.

3. They are not overly sweet, and make use of the wonderful cinnamon, not only for flavour but to help with balancing blood sugar.

4. They are incredible easy to make, versatile, and use ingredients that you most likely have hanging around in your cupboard.

5. They are delicious and family friendly! If you need them for school lunches, just sub out the nuts with extra seeds.

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So there you have it. Five great reasons to try out these balls. We have a birthday party coming up!!! (very exciting – any ideas welcome!) and so I fashioned them into ‘pops’ with the use of a fancy straw – kid appeal – very high – job done.

 

Raw Chocolate Ball Pops

 

½ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup hemp seeds (or quinoa flakes or pepitas)

¼ cup brazil nuts (or macadamias, cashews etc)

¼ cup tahini or almond butter (I used black tahini)

2 tbs chia or flax seeds

¼ cup coconut–desiccated, plus extra for rolling

2 ½ tbs raw cacao powder

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ cup of rice syrup or honey, or to taste

A pinch of sea salt

Up to a tbs water – depending on consistency

Blitz the nuts and seeds in a …

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Best Acai Bowl Ever

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Voted in my house anyway. Enter my latest obsession – ACAI BOWLS! These babies have been around for quite some time, I have just been a little slow of the mark with them.

Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a berry native to Central and South America. It has a super fabulous list of nutritional benefits, including a ridiculous antioxidant status, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and has protein, essential fatty acids, fibre and a host of other vitamins and minerals. Acai bowls are more common place in Brazil, California and Hawaii, and having not been lucky enough to visit these places yet, I will have to be content with my home made number. I have also supercharged this version with a nice whack of protein, healthy fats, and a fabulous array of super foods, and kale of course (ha) which is also a superfood!

You can buy acai as powder or frozen in sachets. It is not the cheapest thing in the world, but you don’t need a massive amount. My local health food shop is wonderful enough to sell it in bulk, which is perfect if you have that option. Alternatively, you can substitute it with any other superfood powder of your choice. Even if you left it out all together the recipe would still be ace. Freestyle this one as much as you like, the recipe below is just a guideline and is a little unconventional. I do like the addition of protein and good fats such as the avocado, seeds and nut butter, as often they are just a blend of mixed fruit. A fruit only version is delish, but a few extra ingredients and you can totally pass it as a legitimate meal! It’s also a huge hit with kids!

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Acai Bowl – My Wholefood Romance Style

Makes 2 bowls…

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Meg Thompson

Naturopath & Nutritionist
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