Tag: Breakfast

Donuts or Doughnuts? Who knows? Either way they are always good.


Today in Sunny Dunedin it is less sunny and more freezing and rainy so I am pretending I am in Wuthering Heights (minus the less than ideal Heathcliff and somewhat annoying Catherine) so basically I am inside looking at mist and rain. So to cheer me up I made doughnuts – well somewhat healthy versions of them.

I am a fan of most things deepfried so doughnuts have always been a fave. Growing up in the South Island I had such a choice for doughnuts; chocolate explosion, Jam wraps, double chocolate just to name a few. Moving to Auckland sadly the size and the choice changed drastically, somewhat reducing my love for them.

Anyway, to make these a better everyday option I discarded deepfrying and went down the baking route.

These are actually super easy to make the only complicated part is finding a silly doughnut mould. I got mine on Aliexpress for $1.50 or something ridiculous. I then had to wait 18 years for it to get here but luckily as I online shop for many an item I forgot about it until my friendly post man passed it over. Happy days.


1.5 cups of flour (I used wholemeal spelt flour)

1.5 TLB of baking powder

1.5 tsp apple cider vinegar

175ml melted coconut oil

Pinch of Himalayan salt (any salt would be ok)

3 tsp cinnamon

3 TLB rose water (optional)

3/4 coconut sugar (or normal sugar)

Chia egg (2 TLB of chia seeds in 6 TLB water – blended)

1 cup nut milk (I used cashew nut)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Block of chocolate of choice (I went for 90%)




Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Lightly coat your doughnut mould.

Mix everything in one big bowl and add everything into mould.

Bake for about 15 minutes.

Flip them out onto a wire rack, let cool.

Melt chocolate in a stainless bowl over boiling water.

Drizzle on doughnut and eat.


Pretty simple ah. Hope they make your Wuthering Heights day a little brighter.


Banana bread – the fourth meal of the day


I love banana bread/loaf/cake. Whenever I see it I have to have it. It is a cake like item that has bananas in it so therefore it is a healthy alternative to my usual chocolate choices. However in real life banana bread can be less than healthy so on the odd occasion I feel like being a good and responsible adult I make this.



3 mashed ripe bananas

30 grams of butter or solid coconut oil

3 tablespoons of maple syrup

3 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 free range eggs

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

220gm ground almonds

2 tablespoons LSA

1/2 cup chopped dates (or ginger if you wanted to get fancy).

Small pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 170c degrees. Mash bananas and add to melted butter (or coconut oil). Add maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, baking soda, lemon juice, and salt. Mix well with whisk. Add ground almonds, LSA and dates. Fold together and put it in the loaf tin.

I sprinkled cacao nibs and nuts over mine before baking because I am reeaallll fancy like that (or maybe I am trying to use ingredients in the pantry that cost more than my car that I just HAD to have…)

Bake for about an hour or until a knife or skewer comes out clean.

You can make your own ground almonds if you have a coffee grinder and no life commitments or easily buy it at most supermarkets. The almonds add more protein to the bread, and gives it a better nutritional profile. LSA is great for added fibre, cinnamon is great for helping to balance your blood sugars.

So there you go – now all you have to do is inform your boss you need some extra time in your day for this essential main meal…Yeah good luck with that 🙂

What to eat while watching Rugby (or pretending to watch Rugby…)

IMG_20150919_185620Ahhh the world cup. Sports, rugby, early starts and Richie McCaw…

I am not a huge fan of sports, I am really bad at remembering the rules or how it all works but I like to annoy the people watching the game with really important questions such as ‘How much longer does it have to go?’ or ‘Ányone hungry?’

Anyway to celebrate the first game of the cup (or the fact I was up before 7am on a Saturday) I made pancakes with the awesome Maiden South Breadfruit flour.

Breadfruit flour is my new fave. It is gluten free, you can swap it 1:1 for any flour in your baking, and it supports the best part of the world. The south pacific, Samoa to be exact.

Breadfruit flour nutritionally is amazing as well. It is:

High in potassium

High in fibre (super important and not at all common in gluten free flours)

High in Vitamin A (important for skin health)

Great source of prebiotics (important for gut health)

As well being an awesome source of antioxidants, magnesium and it has a really neutral taste that will not taint your baking.


3/4 cup breadfruit flour

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 – 3/4 cup of coconut sugar

1 egg

1/2 – 3/4 cup Almond milk

Mix the dry ingredients together. Add in egg, then slowly add in almond milk and mix until everything is smooth.

Fry in coconut oil.

Makes about 15 smaller sized pancakes.

Serve with coconut yoghurt, berries, chia jam and almond butter.

So give this recipe a go and celebrate grown men running around on a big lawn in style.