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Gluten & Sugar Free Vegan Good Times in a Ball – Monday Made


This is sort of like a rum ball. But without the rum. You could put some rum in it. I’m sure it would taste great.chickpeas

I actually think you could lots of different things to this recipe to make awesome new tastes. Like using peanuts and a pinch of salt instead of almonds. Or add an orange rind. Or some peppermint oil. Cinnamon and ginger. The possibilities are endless.

I have just made a basic recipe here for chocolatey yummy protein packed vegan treats. If you used raw cocoa powder, they could even be RAW food.

Some trivia: One can of chick peas drained weighs 245g.

What you need:

  • 120g Chickpeas (half a can, drained and rinsed)
  • 100g dates, about a cup (doesn’t have to be medjool)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice malt syrup (non vegans can use honey)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 100g natural almonds (could also experiment with oats if gluten wasn’t an issue)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 70g shredded coconut, about 1 cup
  • extra coconut or cocoa for covering the outside.

What to do:

  1. Blend the dates, chickpeas, rice malt syrup and vanilla in a blender until fairly smooth.
  2. Add the almonds and cocoa. Blend until almonds are finely chopped.
  3. Add the coconut. Don’t blend it so much that the coconut gets completely obliterated.
  4. Using wet hands, roll the mixture into balls and then roll in coconut or cocoa. Mine made approximately 20 balls.


Raw (well, no bake) Nut Patties – Monday Made


I don’t really know what to say about this one. I think the photography on Minimalist Baker‘s site just sucked me right in. And then I read the recipe and realised that it was so simple and not full of disgustingly naughty foods. Sort of. They aren’t exactly diet food, but they are nutritious.

I made my Nut Patties using peanut butter, macadamia and almonds. The original recipe calls for almonds and peanuts but I didn’t have those in my pantry today.

I was also thinking, as I made a note NOT to put one of these in my son’s kinder lunch box for fear of children with nut allergies, these could be made using no-nut-butter (or whatever that peanut butter alternative is) and other seed stuff or just nuts that kids aren’t allergic to.

They are dairy-free (Lindt 70% and 85% do not contain milk), and I think gluten-free….do oats have gluten? I know that you can get gluten-free oats…..or maybe use those quinoa flakes or rice flakes that make up the exciting gluten-free breakfast menu. I guess this also falls into the Paleo category too. Oh, oats. That’s not Paleo. You could probably swap the oats for something Paleo.

These are super tasty, but definitely a treat. Peanut butter has a lot of healthy oils, but they are still oils!peanutmix

What you need:

  • 1 cup peanut butter (with salt)
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup macadamia
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 6 medjool dates
  • 2 x 100g blocks of Lindt 70% chocolate.

What to do:

  1. In your food processor finely chop the oats and pitted dates. Remove from processor.
  2. Put the whole nuts into your food processor and turn into meal.
  3. Add the peanut butter and then the oats and dates and combine well. If the mixture is too dry, add some more date.
  4. Form the dough into patties and put in the freezer to firm up.
  5. Melt your dark chocolate (in the microwave?) and in small batches, so the patties don’t get really soft while they wait, dip them in chocolate. Store in the fridge.


Juicin’ – Monday Made


“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.”~Mae West

I have always wanted to do vegetable juice, but was afraid of drinking earthy grass-water. In truth, I had never really made a vegetable juice on my own and didn’t really have any idea that they could be SO DARN GOOD!

Last Saturday we had friends over for breakfast and in an attempt to have non-coffee option I decided to get out my beastly juicer. It is one of those high-speed centrifugal things. I here they aren’t that great, but it is all I have.

My problem with juicing is that all the fibre from the fruit and vegetables get flung aside into the waste catcher. As I was trying to juice herbs without them simply being also flung into the catcher without actually juicing I realised that what I needed was a super high power blender of sorts to completely smash fruit, veggies and herbs into smoothie/juice.

By some kind of divine serendipity, that night I went to a women’s dinner where a couple of people were doing some food demonstrations, one made a green smoothie that her kids happily drink daily (it was very yummy) and the other was showing off the ever controversal Thermomix. I had always thought of them as something you got if you weren’t really into the whole cooking process, but the different style of demo I saw on Saturday night was all about using it in a way that enhances your love of cooking, making your food more nutritious and fresh. I’m not going to go into detail here, but let’s just say it got me interested enough to have a full demo at my house sometime in the next couple of weeks (message me if you are interested in coming).

Back on track, the smoothie from this high-powered blender was like juice. There was no texture, yet all of the fibre was retained. There was no waste. It was great.

For the breakfast, I assumed by looking at the ingredients list that my ids would not want to partake in green veggie juice, so I made them something fruity. In reality, they loved the green juice and we adults were left with the fruit juice. Go figure.

Again, Lola Berry is to thank for this juiceperation.

Unless I specifically state, all are with the skin on, unless you are using you Thermomix, then maybe take the skin off all the citrus as best you can and go for the smoothie juice!

Green and Mean

  • 2-3 handfuls of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 handful of corriander
  • 1 handful of mint
  • 1 inch of ginger, roughly peeled
  • 1 lime

Bloody Good Orange

  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored
  • 1 quarter Lemon
  • 4 purple carrots

Enjoy over ice!