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Banana and Date Muffins

I have had this odd craving (no I am not pregnant) for dates lately, I have been making date cookies, energy balls and my latest favourite is this Banana & Date muffin recipe.  I have made quite a few variations of banana muffins over the years, with weetbix or chocolate chips, but have to say […]

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Healthy Coconut Lemon Balls

Sometimes it’s hard to find something different to add to the kids lunch boxes, they have their usual sandwich, a piece of fruit, vegetables sticks and some baking, but there are days where they want something a little more and I am loving the ‘balls‘ that I have been making lately.  Not only are they […]

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  • Jess Virk - March 8, 2014 - 7:27 AM

    Do you have an alternative ingredient to replace the almonds? Most schools are nut free zones. I would still love to make the lemon balls, they look delicious! Maybe an after school snack :) ReplyCancel

    • Narelle - March 9, 2014 - 9:49 PM

      sunflower seeds would be a great alternative, make them into a meal with the blender.ReplyCancel

  • tabs - March 8, 2014 - 10:10 PM

    I would like to know that as well.ReplyCancel

  • Narelle - March 9, 2014 - 9:46 PM

    Beautiful is you Katrina, what a wonderful recipe, so healthy. I have the happy addiction to chocolate so my favourite snack is almond meal, honey, coconut oil and a couple of tablespoons of cacao. I used to roll these into balls, now I just put the mixture into a jar and take a teaspoon to the fridge and get some when I feel like a sweet treat. The jar has been known to find it’s way with a spoon to the computer and is enjoyed while browsing my favourite blogs : ) xReplyCancel

Choc Rice Bubble Bars

I have recently added the Vegie Smugglers range of cookbook/eBook (instant downloads) into my shop and have been trying out some of the recipes.  Vegie Smugglers have a great range of cookbooks that help you to add more vegies to the kids/family meal.   I just love how these recipes hide vegetables amongst a regular meal and it’s still delicious. I […]

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  • Sonya - March 9, 2014 - 10:19 AM

    Sounds delish, however please be aware these CONTAIN NUTS (Nutella ) , so wouldn’t be recommended for school lunchboxesReplyCancel

  • Kate - March 9, 2014 - 11:01 AM

    Am I missing something? Where are the smuggled vegetables in this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - March 10, 2014 - 8:48 AM

    My daughter is nut free with very serious allergies. This recipe looks great but would suggest replacing the Nutella with a product called Smudge made by Freedom Foods. It is nut, gluten and dairy free and obviously you are going to lose the smuggled goodness of nuts, but at least they will be lunchbox friendly.ReplyCancel

    • Kat - The Organised Housewife - March 11, 2014 - 7:58 PM

      That’s a great suggestions Lisa, I will look into Smudge!
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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake with Cream cheese Frosting Author: Katrina Ingredients 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs pinch salt ½ teaspoon bicarb soda 2 cups self raising flour 2 cups carrot, finely grated (approx 4 large carrots) ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg Cream Cheese Frosting 300g icing […]

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  • SamK - February 23, 2014 - 2:47 PM

    Hi Katrina,
    I made this yesterday. Very yummy and so moist. The only thing I did differently was to leave out the nuts so it is school friendly and, also, anyone who wants nuts at home can add them to the top of the icing before eating. This will very quickly become a family favourite. Thanks so much!

    • Katrina - February 24, 2014 - 2:59 PM

      Great idea leaving the nuts out to make it school friendly, so pleased you enjoyed it!ReplyCancel

Nigella Lawsons Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

I LOVE Nigella, she is beautiful, her style of cooking is so homely and she has such a clever way with words it draws me in every time.  The family were wanting something gooey and chocolately recently and I have wanted to try Nigella’s Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie for awhile.  It’s completely naughty and […]

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Banana Chocolate Energy Balls

I found this Raw Vegan Energy Balls recipe on Not Quite Nigella, I’ve renamed them to Banana Chocolate Energy Balls (more enticing for the kiddies).  These balls are a great way to use up some over ripe bananas and it’s a wonderfully healthy after school snack for the kids. Ingredients: 2 very ripe bananas, peeled and […]

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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - February 10, 2014 - 9:51 PM

    Thanks so much for the shoutout Katrina! Your rename is definitely a good idea. I don’t imagine that kids would go for raw vegan anything :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - February 15, 2014 - 6:31 AM

      Thanks for the recipe Lorraine, the kids absolutely loved these!!ReplyCancel

Ham and Corn Muffins

Lunch doesn’t always have to be a sandwich, you can switch it up with a salad, wrap or a savoury muffin.  This is a delicious muffin, especially if you are introducing the kids to the world of savoury muffins.  It’s easy to make and freezeable.  I take them out of the freezer in the morning, […]

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  • Di - January 27, 2014 - 6:25 AM

    Why does this need sugar?ReplyCancel

Cherry Ripe Balls

A friend of mine recently told me about a recipe, Cherry Ripe Balls.   She knows me ooh to well, Cherry Ripes are my most favourite chocolate bar and funnily enough after my surgery it’s one of the only chocolate bars I can stomach, many of the others are too sweet for me now. I […]

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  • Lisa - December 8, 2013 - 8:18 AM

    Wondering what are cherry ripe bars? and Nice biscuits?ReplyCancel

    • Clare - December 10, 2013 - 9:09 AM

      where are you from Lisa? These are an aussie chocolate bar with cherries and coconut inside and covered in dark chocolate. Nice biscuits are just a sweet plain biscuit :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - December 10, 2013 - 10:07 AM

      Aah Lisa I’m presuming you are not Aussie. Here in Australia Cherry ripe bar is the most delicious chocolate, it’s chocolate on the outside and cherry and coconut on the inside. Nice biscuits are a dry sweet biscuit with sugar on the outside.ReplyCancel

  • AMS - December 8, 2013 - 2:11 PM

    Sounds awesome, what size cherry ripe bars did you use ?ReplyCancel

    • Clare - December 10, 2013 - 9:10 AM

      I would assume the standard size or king size as there is a large quantity of biscuit included :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - December 10, 2013 - 10:06 AM

      I used the small ones, but you could use the bigger variety would be a stronger cherry ripe flavourReplyCancel

  • Diandra - December 10, 2013 - 9:53 AM

    Just wondering how many balls does this recipe make??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - December 10, 2013 - 9:58 AM

      It made approximately 30-40 balls, depending how big you make them too, I like to make them small so they are one bite!ReplyCancel

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    • Katrina - December 14, 2013 - 5:30 PM

      It makes a good 30-40 ballsReplyCancel

  • Amanda - December 10, 2013 - 12:00 PM

    I will have to try these. I have made them like a regular Rumball with the cocoa & rum too. Have also used ‘Fry’s Turkish delight’ bars too. YUMMM !ReplyCancel

  • Leah - December 22, 2013 - 10:36 AM

    Do you use standard size cherry ropes or treat size?ReplyCancel

Home-made Cheese Biscuits

I’m really enjoying cooking a wonderful array of food for my family on weekends, it’s my way to relax and unwind.  My kids love crackers and dips and I have wanted to try making my own type of cracker of a while.  This is a cheese cracker which I served with avocado and smoked salmon. […]

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  • Tab - November 27, 2013 - 7:56 PM

    I love cheese biscuits! The recipe reminds me of the one my grandmother gave to me, and has since been lost. Thanks Kat!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Horton - December 16, 2013 - 12:16 PM

    Turned out beautifully! :) Love the hit of heat the cayenne and poppy seeds provided. :) I made mini versions (about the size of a 20c piece) for gift jars. Thanks for the recipe!! :) ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - December 19, 2013 - 5:07 PM

      that’s a great idea Kate, a lovely savoury treat!ReplyCancel