3 Ingredient Puffed Cereal Bars

* Gluten-Free, vegan, delicious!

All ingredients available from WP:

1/2 cup of Peanut butter

1/4 cup of maple syrup

2 cups of puffed millet (or puffed rice)

Mix the peanut butter and maple syrup in a bowl. Add the millet and mix until combined. Spread mixture evenly in a lined baking tray and refrigerate until hard and then cut into bars. 💚 ENJOY 💚


Brownies

These brownies are: ✔️ dairy-free ✔️ gluten-free (optional) ✔️ grain-free ✔️ nut-free

Ingredients from WP:

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup cacao powder

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup banana flour

1 tsp bicarb soda

Ingredients from elsewhere:

2 cups of grated sweet potato

4 eggs

Method

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 16cm x 26cm tray with a reusable baking sheet Put all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix until well combined. Spoon mixture into the lined baking tray and spread evenly. Bake for 30 mins. Cover over the top of the brownies with a plate or another baking tray then bake for another 10 mins. Let cool on a wire rack.

To make it extra yummy add ganache on top!!


Beetroot and Cashew Dip

This dip is delicious, super easy and great for entertaining. So no need for the plastic tub variety 😋

Ingredients from WP:

– 1 cup of unsalted cashews, soaked overnight

– 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, soaked overnight

– 2.5 tbs balsamic vinegar

– A pinch of salt

– 3 tbs of olive oil

Ingredients from elsewhere:

– 3-4 small beetroots, cooked/roasted

Method

* you can use a food processor or a stick blender

– Blend up beetroots for about 1 min

– Add in cashews, sunflower seeds, vinegar and salt, blend until the desired consistency

– Add 2 tbs of olive oil and mix

– Spoon into a serving bowl and garnish with remaining olive oil, some extra sunflower seeds and maybe some parsley

Enjoy with our Nordic crackers or crusty chunks of bread!


Food Bank: Making the best of Food Waste

Last week, Jeannie was given the opportunity to tour Foodbank for a behind-the-scenes peek at the amazing facilities and the team hard at work. She even got to enjoy a lunch prepared in the kitchens from rescued food.

That’s Jeannie on the far right!

Most of us know that we have a big problem with food waste in Australia. But did you know that over 300,000 people in WA live below the poverty line and struggle to access regular nutritious food? And thanks to Covid19, many people are now experiencing food insecurity for the first time.

Such a mammoth effort being made every day

Foodbank is an organisation that tackles both these issues, rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste, often on a huge scale and turning it into delicious, nutritious meals for those who need it most. And on top of all that, they now package the meals in compostable packaging!!

In the 25 years since its inception, the organisation has saved 50 million kilograms of food from landfill and provided 100 million meals.

You can read more about it here https://www.foodbank.org.au/?state=wa

Maybe you’d like to consider making a less fortunate persons Christmas a little bit brighter this year, with a donation to Foodbank’s Uncancel Christmas appeal?https://www.foodbank.org.au/WA/uncancel-christmas/?state=wa


Secret Santa Hints

Jeannie’s family loves Christmas. LOVES it. They are close and love the chance to spend time together, laugh, sing and eat (we love that too). But Christmas these days looks vastly different to 5 years ago.

Back then, the aftermath of the Christmas morning unwrap was epic. Piles of wrapping paper, cards, envelopes, packaging, and in amongst the quality gifts, plenty of junk, stuff that was well-intended but never to be used. Things for that “so hard to buy for” person, destined for a dark cupboard, the op shop, or worse still, landfill. Her family was never going to give up gift-giving altogether, but they have made huge changes.

A few years ago, they agreed on a family “Secret Santa”. They use a Gift Exchange platform called Draw Names https://www.drawnames.com.au which allows them to secretly pick a name, and on their own profile, they can make a Wishlist of experiences and needed items. They decided to make the upper limit generous (as they are only buying one gift now) and all this means they can buy a quality gift that will be valued, and the “surprise” of the day is finding out who has whom!

Once they had that bit nutted, Jeannie’s sister got her seamstress on and made simple, large calico bags, one for each family member with their names embroidered on. Now part of the ritual is grabbing the bag that belongs to your person and placing their gifts inside. No more gift wrapping!

Christmas morning looks, different now, but it honestly feels better, more fulfilling, and is free from the guilt of overspending, overconsuming, and creating so much waste!