Oat Slice recipe

If you are looking for a healthy and yummy lunchbox snack or breakfast on the go idea, you have to try this

Ingredients from WP

– 1/2 cup SR flour

– 1/2 cup plain flour

– 1 cup of rolled oats

– 2/3 cup of coconut

– 2/3 cup brown sugar

– 1/2 cup of choc chips or cranberries

Ingredients from elsewhere

– 125g melted butter

– 1 egg

Method:

– Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl

– melt the butter and then pour into the dry mixture, add in egg and mix until combined.

– Spoon into a baking dish and cook at 180 C for 20 mins!


Homemade chocolate energy bites

✅ Vegan ✅ gluten free ✅ Paleo

Ingredients from WP

– 1/2 cup of peanut butter

– 1/4 cup of maple syrup

– 1/2 cup of almond meal

– 1/4 cup of flaxseed meal

– 2 tbs cocoa powder

– Shredded coconut

Mix maple syrup and peanut butter together in a bowl until combined. Add in almond flour, flaxseed meal, and cocoa. Mix. Roll the mixture into balls and cover it in coconut. ENJOY!!


Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Searching for a gift for that is good for Mum and good for the planet? We have you covered! There are so many lovely eco-friendly, waste free, locally made options these days. Just remember, Mum just wants to feel appreciated and loved so no need to go overboard, just because there are plenty of pretty things to choose from!


ANZAC biscuits for everyone

Anzac Biscuits are deliciously frugal! Check out a variety of recipes from traditional to vegan to low gluten, with all the ingredients available at WP 🍪

TRADITIONAL ANZAC BISCUITS

1 cup plain flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup castor sugar

125g butter

2 tbsp golden syrup

2 tbsp water

1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda

Preheat oven to 160C.

Combine flour, oats, coconut and sugars.

Melt butter, golden syrup and water in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in bicarb soda then add to dry ingredients and stir well.

Make tablespoons full of mixture into flattened balls and place on baking tray.

Bake 15 minutes or until golden.

LOW GLUTEN ANZAC BISCUITS

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup GF plain flour

2/3 cup desiccated coconut

2/3 cup coconut sugar

pinch of salt

125g butter

2 tbsp golden syrup

1 tsp bicarb soda

Preheat oven to 160C.

Combine flour, oats, almond meal, coconut, salt and sugar.

Melt butter, golden syrup and water in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in bicarb soda then add to dry ingredients and stir well.

Make tablespoons full of mixture into flattened balls and place on baking tray.

Bake 20 minutes or until golden.

GLUTEN FREE & VEGAN ANZAC BISCUITS

1 cup almond meal

1 cup flaked almonds

1 cup desiccated coconut

1/4 cup honey or maple syrup

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 tsp bicarb soda

1-2 tbsp water

Preheat oven to 120C.

Combine almond meal, flaked almonds and coconut.

Melt honey and oil in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in bicarb soda and water then add to dry ingredients and stir well.

Make tablespoons full of mixture into flattened balls and place on baking tray. Add a little water if needed to help mixture stick together.

Bake 25 minutes or until golden.


Hot Cross Buns Your Way

There are so many ways to make Hot Cross Buns.  Some recipes are worth taking a little more effort to collect ingredients, others have few ingredients and are easy to make, some people don’t like dried fruit, others need to go gluten free.  Whichever way you like them, we have all the ingredients in the quantity you need at Wasteless Pantry.  Plus, if you give us a little notice we can even put together the ingredients for you so you can just get on with the baking!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 14g dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups currants
  • 40g butter
  • 300ml milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Flour paste

  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons water

Glaze

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  1. Warm butter and milk, combine with eggs and dry ingredients
  2. Knead on floured surface until smooth, place into oiled bowl covered with a damp tea towel and set aside for 1-1.5 hours until dough doubles
  3. Punch down dough and knead for 30 seconds.   Divide into 12 even ball-shaped portions and place on a greased tray 1cm apart. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes to double in size. Preheat oven to 170C
  4. Make flour paste by mixing together ingredients and pipe over buns to form cross. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked through
  5. Make glaze by mixing ingredients over low heat until sugar dissolves, boil for 3-4 minutes and brush warm glaze over warm hot cross buns. Enjoy!

Bread base:

500g Crusty or Wholemeal Bread Mix

7g dried yeast

250g lukewarm water

65g sultanas

65g currents

10g mixed spice

  1. Mix together bread base with dried fruit and spice until a smooth dough forms
  2. Cover with a damp tea towel and allow to proof for 10 minutes
  3. Knock down the dough and form into 6-8 buns approximately 1cm apart on a greased tray
  4. Cover with a damp tea towel and allow to proof for 40-60 minutes
  5. Make flour paste for cross by mixing 1/2 cup plain flour with 4 to 5 tablespoons of water and piping across buns
  6. Bake until golden brown for approximately 20 mins in 180-190C oven
  7. Brush with sugar glaze made by mixing 1/3 cup water with 2 tablespoons of sugar whilst buns are still warm

Enjoy!

For something a bit different, swap out the dried fruit and mixed spice from the Traditional or Easy & Vegan recipes above for…

Chocolate lovers:

25g cocoa powder

50g choc chips

* use melted chocolate for the cross

Choc Cherry:

25g cocoa powder

50g choc chips

65g glace cherries

Apricot & Almond:

125g diced apricots

125g sliced almonds

Date & Walnut:

125g chopped dates

125g walnuts

7g ground cinnamon

It is pretty easy to make your own gluten free hot cross buns.  Simply swap the Plain Flour in the Traditional recipe above for Gluten Free Plain Flour, or swap the Bread Mix for our Gluten Free Crusty Bread Mix in the Easy & Vegan recipe above!  That’s it!

Whichever recipe you choose, we hope that you enjoy them with family & friends this Easter!


Waste Free Easter Tips

Easter eggs package free

Holiday celebrations like Easter can be filled with excess – too much packaging, too much food, and novelty items that don’t last long before ending up in a bin.

Celebrating can be done waste free with minimal effort!

Foil packaging, cardboard boxes, and plastic Easter egg packaging all look pretty. However, they waste valuable resources, often end up in landfill, or contaminate our recycling; and that is not pretty at all.

Instead opt for package free Easter Eggs, like the ones we have at Wasteless Pantry. As an added bonus they are locally sourced, palm-oil free, and absolutely delicious! Or go chocolate-free with one of our refillable wooden Easter Eggs. They can be filled with other treats or money, year after year. Plus they can be decorated by the giver or the gift receiver for a personal touch.

You can easily make your own ‘packaging’ with repurposed glass jars, felt egg gift bags, cloth bunny bags, or even decorated paper bags. There are so many ideas to give it a try.

When thinking about entertaining this Easter, buy your food package free and planning your portion sizes to minimize food waste. Think about how ‘leftover friendly’ your meals are to really get the most out of your food budget this Easter.

Often the best parts of celebrations are the traditions. This is a great year to make hot cross buns together! It takes just a little while, especially if you pick up a bag of hot cross bun mix from your local Wasteless Pantry. Just enough time to have a chat before you pull them out of the oven warm and mouth-watering to enjoy together over a cup of tea.


Almond Milk

Nutritious

Low calories

Dairy free

Easy to make

Helps cut down on packaging waste

1 cup raw, unsalted almonds

2-3 cups water for soaking the nuts

4 cups water for blending

1. Soak the nuts in water overnight.

2. Drain and discard water.

3. Blend nuts with new water until almost smooth.

4. Strain nut mixture using muslin or a nut milk bag. A tight-weave cloth is preferable as twisting the top tightly enables you to continue to squeeze out more milk.

5. Refrigerate and use for up to 3 to 4 days.

* Keep the leftover almond meal for making bliss balls and biscuits!


What the Wooroloo Bushfires Taught Me

I live in the Perth Hills and have done so for well over 20 years. Bushfire preparedness has always been something that we were supposed to get to. Every year we maintain the fire breaks and clean out the gutters and up until a several years ago, that was pretty much it. When the Parkerville fires came through 7 or so years ago we evacuated for a day or two with our small children and pets and that was about it. It wasn’t even that close to our home but we could see the smoke and didn’t want to risk it.

Just 2 weeks ago the Wooroloo fires came through on the other side of us and we could see the glow through the trees that first night. With the wind whipping around, we packed up again and headed out.

We were very lucky. Many were not.

The Lessons

Prepare.

Bushfires have always been a reality but they are becoming more frequent and more intense with climate change. Fortunately, we watched Big Weather on ABC iview late last year and that really gave us the motivation to get our preparations in order. We now have an emergency pack with all the essentials and the really important bits that lives permanently packed in a central location in our home. If we were home, it would take us only a minute to grab and go. If we weren’t home, it would be easy for our neighbour to grab it for us.

We also have a written plan and have discussed when to go and where to go if bushfire comes through. Our kids know what we will take and what we will leave behind should we need to evacuate.

We are continuing to do what we can about reducing the fuel load in our gardens, and make it as easy as possible for our home to be defended against fire.

Given how close the fires came to the suburbs this year, it doesn’t matter where you live, it is worth knowing your plan. It is quick to do and then you have peace of mind when a crisis occurs. Check out for https://mybushfireplan.wa.gov.au/ more details.

Address.

Whilst we have to prepare for the likelihood of ongoing fire threats, we can also be doing whatever we can to tackle climate change. There are actions we can take that can slow down and start to reverse the trends.

For starters, reduce your waste.

The less waste we create that has to be landfilled, converted to energy or recycled, the less burden there is on the earth. The less stuff that has to be produced new the better. Instead, go secondhand, borrow, share, repair and look for better alternatives. Use up your stuff or find someone else who will give it a meaningful use. Eat all your food or feed it to the chickens or worms. Avoid your bins wherever you can.

Then help rehabilitate through things like tree planting and clean-ups.

During February 2021, Wasteless Pantry is helping to do that by fundraising for Carbon Positive Australia’s good works! Carbon Positive Australia uses the funds raised through donations and carbon offsets to plant native trees on degraded land in Australia. Over almost two decades they have planted 5,992,261 trees, restored 4,757 hectares of land and captured 632,681 tonnes of carbon. Impressive huh?!

The recent bushfires have reinforced just how important it is for us to do what we can to slow down and even reverse climate change. More trees and less waste will help!

So this February help us with our fundraising! All you need to do is make a purchase over $25 at your local WP store during February to qualify for a $1 donation. So, come refill your jars and do even more good.

Connect.

The last big lesson for me was the amazing support from our community. There were so many offers of help and others just reaching out to make sure we were okay. In speaking with others that were affected, the overwhelming message was that in times like these people do band together and make it work. They lean on each other and offer what they can.

Please get to know your neighbours, be empathetic when someone is having a bad day, and just smile at people when you are walking by. These little gestures cost nothing but mean the world some days.


Homemade Play Dough with natural colouring

Community member Deb sent through this pic of her kids new favourite thing made from WP ingredients!

Mix together 2 cups plain flour, 4 tbsp cream of tartar, 1 cup salt, 2 cups water, 2 tbsp oil and 2 tsp of either turmeric/beetroot powder/cocoa powder/spinach powder in a saucepan (adjust colouring to your preferences).

Stir over medium heat for 3-5 mins or until it thickens adequately.