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Buckwheat Blini’s – Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

pancake pikelet breakfast gluten free


pancake pikelet breakfast

Blinis are a mini pancake (pikelet’s for the kiwis) of Russian origin; I wanted to experiment with making a quick, easy snack that was gluten free, dairy free and nutritious. I love whipping these up for breakfast or morning tea. They hold together well and taste amazing topped with nut butter, jam, sliced banana, or even maple syrup. You could also use this recipe to make savoury canapés topped with tapenade or similar.
½ cup buckwheat flour
½ cup brown rice flour
1 tsp baking powder
¾- 1 cup water or non dairy milk

Mix flours and baking powder and pour in ¾ cup milk or water, beat well to incorporate air. The mixture should be a thick pancake consistency add extra milk if needed. Leave in the fridge for 5-10 min.
Preheat a non-stick pan to a med-high temp and pour tbsp dollops of the mixture onto it, allow mixture to bubble and flip blinis when it stops bubbling and starts to set.
Serve warm and fresh topped with whipped coconut cream and homemade jam 0r tahini and banana sprinkled with coconut.

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Spicy Almond Chai and the New E-Cook Book!

chai almond spice

I am super excited to announce the release of my first e-cookbook; The NourishFull Kitchen. Published with the awesome team at – this cookbook is loaded 40 of my favourite recipes made with unrefined, unprocessed whole foods.

Its available for purchase now at the supersweet price of $7.99 (USD) at bakespace or via itunes on the bakespace ipad app. Just Click the links below to find out more.

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40 great recipes including:
Ginger Cashew Bliss Balls
Parsley Pesto
Buckwheat Blinis

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The team at bakespace provide an innovative online way to browse and store your favourite recipes on one easy website and even better its free to sign up.  Once purchased the book is stored online in your private recipe folder which you can add to with thousands more free and paid recipes from the site.

Thank you for supporting me in my mission for teaching others to work towards optimal wellness through the food they cook. I hope you enjoy the cookbook and the concept of bakespace.

My spicy almond chai is just one of the delicious whole food recipes included in The NourishFull Kitchen. Enjoy!


chai spices

Spicy Almond Chai

Warming and delicious, this spicy sweet drink is great on a cold winter’s night. It also makes a lovely gift. For a richer taste replace water with extra almond milk.

8 green cardamom pods
1 black cardamom pod
4 whole cloves
1 tsp fennel seeds
2 cinnamon quills
2 tsp powdered ginger
8 black pepper corns
½ tsp Stevia – optional
2 cups water
2 cups almond milk
1 black tea bag
Honey to taste

Grind spices in pestle and mortar or spice grinder until fine, add Stevia if using.
In a pot bring water to boil, add 3 tsp of chai mix and black tea bag. Boil for 1 min then add almond milk and bring bag to boil for another 2 min. Remove tea bag. Store the extra spice mix in an airtight container.
Taste and add honey to get desired sweetness.
Pour through fine sieve into mugs or put into coffee plunger to strain. Serve piping hot.

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Cookies n Cream Chia Pudding

cashews, chia, cocao, raw


cookies n cream mixing bowl


HealthPost goodies

The wonderful folks at HealthPost recently sent me a goodie box with the fantastic BioBalance range that they distribute. While I always like getting mail, this package was especially exciting, full with things I love, made by a top notch local company.

BioBalance supply a diverse range of supplements, food, and health products. Their range is fantastic; from NZ grown Wakame to Peruvian Maca powder, these guys have all the good stuff. Best of all you don’t even have to head to the shops to find them, you can order direct, online through and a few days later these treats show up at your door, now that’s awesome!
The products I had the pleasure of testing were as follows, I have provided a few ideas of how to use them so you can order some for yourself and start experimenting and the taste explosion for yourself!
Organic Raw Cashews– I thought all cashews were raw, but recently I learned that most nuts are often subjected to high temperature to remove the shells and dry before packing, the BioBalance cashews are dried over very low heat, which helps to retain nutrients and flavour. I actually couldn’t stop snacking on them, they were honestly the best cashews I have ever eaten. Pop in your lunch box, make into a base for a raw cheesecake, or soak overnight and turn into a cashew cream cheese.
Maca Powder– A ‘superfood’ made from the powdered root of the Maca plant. It has been used in Puruvian Cultures for years as a nutrient rich endurance food. Add a tsp to your morning smoothie or into an energy ball recipe.
Coconut Oil– A rich source of vitamin, mineral and dietary fibre, it’s a fantastic oil to cook with, use in beauty products (I make deodorant out of it). You can also use it for the ancient ayurvedic therapy of oil pulling where you swish oil around in your mouth to help clear out bacteria and plaque.
Spirulina Powder- A nutrient rich algae, it is high in iron and contains a higher percent of protein than any other food. Its great mixed into a green juice or smoothie, and also works well in homemade muesli bars.
Coconut Sugar– A low GI sugar with loads of health benefits including being high in B vitamins and zinc, it tastes delicious and can be used as a substitute for refined sugar in most recipes, I use it in raw vegan ‘cheesecakes’ and in raw chocolate.
Chia Seeds– The fantastic Chia which is the Mayan word for strength, its packed full of goodness and the richest source of plant based omega 3, soak with nut milk and honey for a delicious pudding, use as an egg replacer in baking or mix into your cereal for a protein punch.
Raw Cocao Powder– This can support the heart, nerves and muscles, its high in magnesium and other minerals. Use instead of cocoa in any recipe or mix with coconut sugar, and coconut oil for a truffle treat.
Organic Sweetened Cocao Nibs– These crunchy delights are straight from the cocao bean, high in iron and delish sprinkled on top of porridge/granola or a smoothie. They are sweetened with coconut sugar. A wee tip to help you know if cocao products are raw or not- raw ones will be spelt cocao and non raw varieties which use heat in manufacturing process are spelt cocoa.

BioBalance Cookies ‘n’ Cream Puddings
A recipe using the delicious BioBalance range, I have used all BioBalance products, of course you can mix and match with your own brand ingredients but for the yummiest results give their range a try!
Serves 4, Prep time 20mins
1 cup BioBalance cashews, ground to a flour in food processor
2 cups Almond or non dairy milk
½ cup BioBalance Chia seeds
4 Tbsp BioBalance Coconut sugar
1 tsp BioBalance Maca Powder (optional)
1 tsp Natural Vanilla essence
3 heaped tsp BioBalance Raw Cocao Powder
2 Tbsp BioBalance Sweetened Cocao Nibs
1 small banana sliced thinly

Mix together cashews, chia, sugar, vanilla and milk, make sure you stir it really well, leave it to sit for five minutes and then stir again. Put 2/3 of the mixture into a separate bowl and mix in cocao powder. In the other bowl mix in the maca powder (if using).
Divide half of the choc chia mixture between 4 small glasses, sprinkle with 1/3 of the cocoa nibs and then add a thin layer of banana. Next spoon in all of the maca chia mixture (divided across all glasses) and sprinkle with more nibs and another layer of banana. Finish with the final layer by spooning in the rest of the cocao mixture. Sprinkle the last of the nibs on top. It should look like the colours of an Oreo cookie, chocolate, white, chocolate.
Keep chilled before serving to your adoring guests!

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Warming Supergrain Breakfast Bowl

Used by the Aztecs these super grains are gluten free, high in essential amino acids, and a great source of protein. This dish will kick start your day on those ever increasing chilly mornings.

Super grain breakfast bowl


¼ cup Quinoa

¼ cup Amaranth

1 ½ cups water (or non-dairy milk for extra creaminess)

½ cup coconut milk or non dairy milk to serve

4 dates chopped

1 tbsp raisins

1 tsp cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

1 cm piece of ginger peeled

Fresh fruit, sliced almonds for on top

For an extra treat stir in a teaspoon of cocoa powder before serving

Bring amaranth, quinoa, raisins, dates, ginger and spices to boil in water, cover and allow liquid to absorb (about 20 minutes). Remove the ginger piece.

Spoon into serving bowl and top with milk, sliced almonds and fruit. I make a double batch of this and keep it in the fridge ready to go, it’s delicious cold and will keep in the fridge for 5 or so days.

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Dandy Choc Coffee Smoothie

Dandelion coffee is caffeine free and a fantastic substitute for anyone wanting to reduce their coffee intake, It is a powerful liver cleanser and is available in most health food stores.dandelion, chocolate, smoothie
I first discovered dandelion coffee when I attended a Gawler Foundation workshop focused on cancer and wellness. It comes in grounds mixed with chicory and tastes great with a little oat milk or honey. I love the intense rich flavour it adds to this recipe and its great if you have had one to many wines the night before!

1 cup dandelion coffee or tea- cooled (if you really need your caffeine you can use coffee)

1 banana

¼ cup coconut flakes

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp cinnamon

4 dates, chopped

Small handful chopped cashew nuts

1 tsp cocoa powder

4 ice cubes- to serve

Put all ingredients except ice in your blender or food processor, making sure your coffee is cooled before hand. Blend until smooth and pour over ice cubes.

Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon

Chocolate coffee smoothie