heavenly bliss balls

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I’ve been a bliss ball fan for AGES now. They’re one of the easiest, quickest, most delicious snacks going round (pun TOTALLY intended). The following recipes are little people friendly, do NOT taste the least bit healthy and freeze perfectly (meaning tastiness is always on hand).

TIP. Wet your hands with a little water when rolling into balls – it makes a smoother ball (hehe!) and also stops the mixture from sticking to your hands.

I hope you love them! Please tag me on Facebook or Instagram @lifelovetravelfood as you know how much I LOVE seeing your creations!

Lime and coconut bliss balls
Makes approximately 15 bliss balls, or 30 mini ones. Recipe adapted from Pintrest – sorry I can’t tag the original creator, I always try to where possible.

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Lime and coconut bliss balls – proceed with caution… they are addictive!

what you’ll need…
1/2 cup dried, pitted dates
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup raw cashews (can substitute any nuts)
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
juice and zest from four limes
1/4 cup desiccated coconut, for rolling

how it’s done…
Pour boiling water over the dates and leave to soak for ten minutes. Place the almonds, cashews and coconut in a blender and blitz for a few seconds – I made mine quite powdery with a few nutty pieces so it was a nice smooth but with a bit of texture. Drain the water from the dates and add to the nuts with the lime zest and juice. Mix to combine then roll into balls. I make 1/2 tablespoon sized ones for grown ups and teaspoon sized balls for mini people. Roll in coconut – I didn’t do this with the mini sized ones, mainly because I was paranoid H would choke on it cause he inhales them so quickly!

Best kept in the freezer.

Choco-nut bliss balls (with an option to make these mocha bliss balls or slice)
Makes approximately 20 bliss balls. This is a lifelovetravelfood original (which means I made it up as I went along… I really hope I can remember it!)

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Mini version for H
He LOVES them!

what you’ll need…
1/2 cup dried, pitted dates
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup almonds (again, feel free to use whichever nuts you prefer)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds and pepitas
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp instant coffee (optional – NOT little people friendly!)

how it’s done…
Pour boiling water over the dates and leave to soak for ten minutes. In a blender, blitz the nuts, seeds and coconut for a few seconds. Don’t blitz for too long as you’ll blend again with the rest of the ingredients.

Add the melted coconut oil, vanilla and cacao powder. If using the coffee, add to the blender along with the drained dates. Blitz until combined. Roll into balls – I make 1/2 tablespoon sized ones for grown ups and teaspoon sized balls for mini people (H does not eat the coffee flavoured ones!)

I have also done this recipe as a slice – exactly the same method, I just stirred through 1/2 cup puffed brown rice cereal at the end and pressed into a lined baking tray, froze then sliced into squares.

The slice and bliss balls should be kept in the freezer.

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The mocha slice version

Peanut butter chocolate bliss balls
Makes approximately 15 bliss balls or 30 small ones. Recipe originated from Pintrest – again, not sure where I found this one, sorry! I also don’t have a photo of these… I checked back through my instagram feed and can’t see when I last made them! Must be a sign that I need to make these again soon!

what you’ll need…
1/2 cup dried, pitted dates
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (only use the one made from 100% peanuts – there doesn’t need to be anything else in it! Sanitarium does a good one, available at the supermarket – check the health food section and read your labels!)
1 tsp vanilla

how it’s done…

Pour boiling water over the dates and leave to soak for ten minutes. Drain the dates then place all ingredients into blender and process till well combined. Roll into balls and freeze. Couldn’t be easier!



my favourite smoothies

Perhaps I’m writing this blog post in the wrong season but even during winter, I LOVE smoothies for breakfast. They’re easy, portable, quick, filling, healthy and delicious. So this quick blog post is all about sharing my three favourites that are on constant rotation in our house.

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I prep mine the night before, placing everything (minus the chia seeds and frozen bananas) into the blender and into the fridge. That way, we just whizz it up in the morning and we’re good to go. You can add sweetener to these like 1 tsp of rice malt syrup, maple syrup or honey, however I find they’re sweet enough with just the banana. Yum – I hope you enjoy!

serves two – the new kid on the block, I love this one, it tastes just like a cocktail for breakfast 😉 Recipe adapted from Ashy Bines.

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Greenacolada smoothie
I added cacao nibs clearly for instagram purposes only (and they taste yum!)

what you’ll need…
2x cups coconut milk (the long-life milk kind, not tinned. I like CocoQuench by Pure Harvest)
1/2 cup coconut water (regular water is fine too)
2 x handfuls fresh baby spinach (frozen is fine)
4 x tbsp oats
1 x cup frozen pineapple (fresh is better if you have it)
2 x tsp greens powder (optional – leave it out if you don’t have it)
1 x tbsp chia seeds
2 x frozen bananas

how it’s done…
Place the coconut milk, coconut water, spinach, oats, pineapple and greens powder into the blender and into the fridge overnight – not necessary, it just makes life in the morning’s much easier plus allowing the oats to soak means they’re easier for the body to digest.

In the morning, or when you’re ready for smoothie-time, add the chia and frozen banana. Blitz until smooth – YUM!

espresso banana smoothie
serves two – I think this is my all time favourite smoothie! Coffee hit first thing… yes please! Recipe adapted from Move, Nourish, Believe.

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Espresso banana smoothie

what you’ll need…
2 x cups almond milk (I use Pure Harvest brand as it has no nasty additives. Regular milk is fine, just use what you’re used to)
1/2 x cup water
2 x tbsp peanut butter (go for one which is 100% nuts if you can, otherwise, reduce by 1 tbsp)
4 x tbsp oats
2 x shots espresso (or two tsp x instant coffee)
1/2 x tsp cinnamon
1/2 x tsp nutmeg
1 x tbsp chia seeds
2 x frozen bananas

how it’s done…
Place the milk, water, peanut butter, oats, coffee, cinnamon and nutmeg into your blender and into the fridge overnight. Try to make sure the oats are covered by the liquid  to soak to help make them easier for your body to digest. When you’re ready to make your smoothie, add the frozen banana and chia. Blend until perfectly smooth. The BEST!

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As a smoothie bowl – just add less liquid

mango and cashew smoothie
serves two – the first ever healthy smoothie I made for B that he didn’t screw his nose up at. Winner! Recipe adapted from Deliciously Ella.

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Mango cashew smoothie

what you’ll need…
2 x cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 cup x water
1/2 cup x raw cashews
2 x large handfuls baby spinach (frozen spinach works great too)
1 x cup frozen mango
1 x tbsp chia seeds
2 x frozen bananas

how it’s done…
Place the almond milk, water, cashews, spinach and mango into the blender and into the fridge overnight. It’s important to let the cashews soak so your smoothie isn’t gritty, and also again, to aid in digestion.

When you’re ready to blend, add the chia and banana then blitz till smooth. So delicious! And hashtag paleo too, if you’re into that!

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So there you go! Three of my favourites! We have a smoothie for breakfast once or twice a week, I LOVE them! And H is really into them too (not the espresso one, obviously!) So if you find you have leftovers, freeze into ice cube trays and either add to your next smoothie or defrost a few cubes in a cup for bubba to have (again, maybe not the coffee one!) Mmm!

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See?! Green smoothies make H happy too!

Tag me on instagram if you make one (or all!) of these – @lifelovetravelfood #lifelovetravelfood.

Love Dan xx


life love travel pork – without the life, love or travel bit

I’m loving being in the kitchen lately – even more so than usual! I am obsessed with my beautiful new kitchen with the waterfall island, oven and gas stovetop of my dreams, walk-in butlers pantry – oh I could do an entire blog post JUST on how much I love my kitchen!

But anyway, that’s not what this blog post is about. As promised, here are two recipes by request – both pork (but other meats can be substituted) both dinners, both delicious and both EASY (my number one requirement for dinner’s these days) I hope you enjoy them!

Yogurt spiced pork
Start this one the night before – it works best marinated for as long as possible 

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What you’ll need…
2 x tsp tumeric
2 x tsp smoked paprika
1 x tsp chilli flakes (optional)
2 x tsp mixed herbs
pinch salt and pepper
4 x tbsp plain Greek yogurt
4 x pork steaks (lamb, beef or chicken would also work)

How it’s done…
Mix the spices and yogurt in a small bowl. Add to a large zip lock bag along with the pork and massage to evenly coat in the yogurt. Leave to marinate for as long as possible – overnight is ideal.

Preheat oven to 180°C and bake pork for 15mins or until cooked to your liking. Serve on top of brown rice and roasted veges; salad with chips or however you like!

Sticky ginger sesame pork meatballs
This one is based on a Donna Hay recipe, made a little bit easier/healthier!


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What you’ll need…
500g pork mince (chicken, lamb or beef would also work great!)
1/2 cup oats (or breadcrumbs)
2 x cloves garlic, crushed
2 x tbsp finely grated ginger
2 x tsp sesame seeds
2 x tsp sesame oil
2 x green onions, finely chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten
soba noodles, cooked, to serve
baby spinach, to serve

Sticky soy sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
2 x tsp sesame oil
1 x tbsp mirin
1/4 cup rice malt syrup

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How it’s done…

Preheat the oven to 220ºC. Place the pork, oats, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds, sesame oil, green onion and egg in a large bowl and mix well to combine. Place a large deep-sided roasted tray in the oven for 5 minutes or until hot. Roll tablespoonfuls of the pork mixture into balls and set aside. Pour the oil into the hot tray, add the meatballs and cook for 5 minutes.

To make the sticky soy sauce, place the soy, sesame oil, vinegar, miring and rice malt syrup in a small bowl and mix to combine.

*Note* If you’re making this for the whole family, you can set aside some of the meatballs and bake them separately, without the sticky soy sauce. Drizzle meatballs with a touch of olive oil and add a little bit of mozzarella to stop them going too dry

Remove the hot tray from the oven, add the soy mixture and carefully toss the meatballs. Cook for 15mins or until the sauce is sticky and the meatballs are golden. Serve the meatballs with spinach and noodles.

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I hope you enjoy these – please let me know if you make them! Tag me on instagram – I might work full-time but I’m still obsessed with insta @lifelovetravelfood


A healthy sweet treat for the whole family – strawberries and cream muffins

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It’s no secret I’m a lazy baker. I prefer to cook savoury meals that I can kind of just throw together and add whatever I have to make it work. I don’t like having to be methodical and measure perfectly which you need to do when it comes to baking, unless you’re keen for a baking fail – been there, done that… more times than I care to admit.

I baked these muffins on the weekend cause I ‘need’ something yummy to take to work each day for that mid-morning snack (rice crackers just aren’t cutting it at the moment). I wanted to make them healthy so that H could eat them, but still have enough flavour and ‘non-hippy-ness’ that B would eat them too. Enter the below winning recipe – hooray!

The name is a bit of a lie… there’s no cream in them but ‘strawberries and yogurt muffins’ didn’t quite have the same ring to it. These can be adapted to suit all tastes – change up the fruit if strawberries aren’t your thing. Add in chocolate if you want them to be even more awesome. Make them into baby sized muffins for the little people in your life. They freeze beautifully too so make in bulk and enjoy!

Healthy strawberries and cream muffins
Makes 12 muffins or 24 mini muffins

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What you’ll need…

2 x eggs (can substitute for chia gel if you need these to be egg-free)
3 x bananas
½ cup x natural greek yogurt
1 tsp x pure vanilla
2 tsp x cinnamon
1 cup x desiccated coconut
1/3 cup x coconut flour (can substitute for wholemeal plain flour)
1 cup x wholemeal spelt flour (can substitute for regular plain flour)
2 tbsp x psyllium husks (or LSA mix – both are optional, just leave out if you don’t have it)
1 tbsp x chia seeds (optional, leave out if you don’t have them)
1 tsp x bicarb soda
1 tsp x baking powder
1 cup x strawberries, quartered (substitute with your favourite berries – frozen is fine or a mixture of fruit and chocolate chips)

How it’s done…

Preheat oven to 180o. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin cases (no need to use muffin cases if you’re using silicon moulds).

Combine all ingredients (except the strawberries) in a food processor (or you can mix by hand) and mix until just combined (TMX speed 3.5, 30 sec). Fold through the strawberries (TMX reverse, speed 3, 20sec).

Pour into muffin moulds and bake for 35mins or until a skewer comes out clean (for the mini muffins, bake for around 20 minutes).

YUM! These muffins store best in the fridge – just warm in the microwave for a few seconds and enjoy.

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I hope you enjoy these! Let me know if you bake them for you or your little people and tag me on instagram @lifelovetravelfoood #lifelovetravelfood !

Love Dan xx

Baby breakfast time – two versions of banana and berry oatmeal slice (including a sneaky hidden vege recipe)

** Updated 5 October with a new ‘sneaky hidden vege’ version of this recipe!**

Ok so that was a bit of a blog fail! I was just playing around with my blog (which has been neglected for so very, very long!) and published a ‘new’ blog post that was pretty much a blank page. Whoopsies! I’ve just quickly added my recipe below and updated it so hopefully not too many people saw my faux pas (even if everyone who gets my blogs via email will see it! Ah well, you live and learn!)

Recipe time!

I am deep in mummy meal prep mode as I have recently gone back to work (yeah… I should REALLY update my blog cause since my last post I’ve not only finished maternity leave, but I’ve resigned from my previous job, moved interstate and started a new job! Just been a touch busy!) Today I spent much of the morning getting ready for next week so I’m not too frantic and frazzled at the end of each working day.

I wanted to make a new breakfast recipe for H and now it’s coming into Summer (how it is this fricken hot and it’s NOT EVEN SUMMER YET?!) and it’s a bit too hot to give him porridge every morning. I’m also loving finger foods that he can feed himself so was wracking my brain for recipes to make.

This is one I got from a friend, V, and she asked me if I could make it healthier than the original. I did that (and shared the recipe here!) and really enjoyed having it for breakfast myself but it still contained sugar and other things I wasn’t so keen on H having so I edited it again.

The result was great! It was SUPER easy (key for me these days!) baked really well, stayed together (I’ve had more than my fair share of baking fails recently!) it’s healthy and tastes yum! I can’t wait for him to try it this week!

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Version one – ‘the original’ banana berry oatmeal slice
Makes 12 slices
This is a baby friendly recipe (8months +) but is also adult friendly!

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What you’ll need…

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 1/4 cups water (or 1 cup whole milk, 1/4 cup water)
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup berries of your choice (frozen is fine)

How it’s done…

Preheat your oven to 190 degrees and line a rectangular baking tin with baking paper.

In a large bowl, add the oats, cinnamon, baking powder, wholemeal flour and coconut – mix to combine. In a jug, add water, yogurt, coconut oil, eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine. Pour the liquid mix into the dry mix and stir to combine. Stir through the banana and berries then pour into your prepared baking tray.

Bake for 30-35 mins or until golden and baked through. Once baked, cool in the tin then slice into pieces and freeze for bub. Delicious!!


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Version two – ‘the sneaky hidden vege version’ banana berry oatmeal slice
Makes 12 slices
Suitable for children 8 mths + (my almost two year old LOVES having this for breaky!)

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Shhh! Hidden veges inside!

What you’ll need…

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds (blitz into a powder as it helps the body absorb all the nutrients – substitute for LSA mix or leave out if you don’t have any)
  • 1 tbsp ground chia seeds (can add in whole or just leave out if you don’t have any)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 heaped tsp greens powder (optional – a great way to pack in some sneaky greens without adding too much of a grassy flavour. I use Nature’s Way brand, available at the supermarket or Chemist Warehouse)
  • 1 cup grated raw pumpkin
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs (can substitute for two chia eggs – just mix the wet ingredients through the dry ingredients then add the chia egg and mix gently)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tbsp sultanas
  • 1/2 cup berries of your choice (frozen is fine)

How it’s done…

Preheat your oven to 190 degrees and line a rectangular baking tin with baking paper.

In a large bowl, add the oats, cinnamon, flaxseeds, chia seeds, baking powder, wholemeal flour, coconut and greens powder and mix to combine. Add the pumpkin and stir through. In a jug, add water, yogurt, eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine. Pour the liquid mix into your dry ingredients and stir to combine. Mix through the banana, sultanas and berries then pour into your prepared baking tin. If your mixture makes lots (like mine did!) use the extra mix to bake some muffins or mini loaf shaped cakes.

Bake for 35-45 mins or until golden and baked through (muffins or mini loaves take around 35mins, the big cake takes approx 45mins). Once baked, cool in the tin then slice into pieces and freeze for a super easy breakfast for bub. Delicious!!

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As always, I’d love to hear from you if you try any of my recipes! Drop me a note below or better yet, over on instagram @lifelovetravelfood cause the addiction is still going strong!

Dan xx


You need this recipe in your life… three ingredient chocolate mousse

I get a serious buzz when someone asks me for one of my recipes. Even when my Mum or sister asks me to send them one, I get quite excited – I know, I need to get out more. But this super simple, easy, three ingredient, QUICK chocolate mousse I put up on instagram the other night attracted a lot of attention and so to all you lovely girls who requested it, this one’s for you – thanks for showing me some love! And please keep it coming!

Lately my cooking has come down to what’s left in the freezer and what can I use up in our pantry so we don’t have to a) give it away b) throw it away or c) cart it across the other side of the country because I’m a huge food hoarder who buys in epic proportions when my favourite brands come on special. So this is where this recipe comes in. When looking through my pantry, I realised I had no less than ten tins of coconut cream. Oh the shame!! So I immediately started thinking of ways to use it up because if I’d told B we needed to take all ten tins with us, I think he’d divorce me. It’s also no secret I’m struggling with a bit of a sugar addiction at the moment so I’m trying to find ways to curb these cravings without reaching for that damn chocolate box which is NEVER empty.

This three ingredient healthy chocolate mousse can be whipped up in an ad break – it’s SO simple! I hope you love it and please do tag me on instagram if you try it – @lifelovetravelfood #lifelovetravelfood

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Healthy chocolate mousse
Makes four – six serves (depending on how big you like your servings!)

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Super important note. You need to put your coconut cream in the fridge the night before or for at least 8hrs before you make this. Yes it’s quick to make, but you need to do this step first otherwise it won’t work!

What you’ll need…

  • 2 x tins coconut cream, left in the fridge overnight or for at least 8hrs (I only use Ayam brand as it’s the only one I’ve found that is all natural)
  • 2 x tablespoons raw cacao powder (or pure cocoa)
  • 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup (more if you prefer it sweeter. You can also use honey or maple syrup)
  • optional – 1 tsp pure vanilla – I’ve put this as optional cause otherwise the title of my blog is a lie and this makes it four ingredient chocolate mousse! I only added it in because I have a huge bottle of vanilla I need to use up! The mousse still tastes amazing without adding this.

How it’s done…

REMEMBER, your coconut cream MUST be chilled in the fridge for this recipe to work.

Scoop out the thick part of the coconut cream into a bowl, leaving the watery part behind. Don’t throw away the watery-juicey stuff, put it in your morning porridge or smoothie! Add the cacao, syrup and vanilla (if using) and whisk together until smooth and fully combined. You can use a blender if you like but another reason I love this recipe so much is there’s hardly any washing up! A whisk is much easier to wash up than a whole blender!

And that’s it! Super delicious and ridiculously yummy. I top mine with some frozen berries but that’s probably so it looks nicer on instagram.


Dan xx

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PS. I realise I have posted a similar recipe a while back – I’m planning on fixing up my blog so you can search for recipes and have a page dedicated to my recipes so you’re not always inundated with food emails… but I haven’t quite worked out how to do that just yet! Sorry!!

Sharing my current pancake obsession with the world

I am quite annoying. I go through phases of absolutely LOVING something and then one day, the obsession passes and I’m looking for the next thing to fall in love with. I know my darling husband is nodding in agreement to this statement as he is often the one who points out when I’m going through a new obsession as I tend to be rather oblivious.

A few examples spring to mind. Like Chinese cooking – I watched Chinese cooking shows, bought a wok, steam baskets, cookbook, and all the ingredients… it lasted a good few months and then I was done. Can’t really remember the last time I opened my once much-loved Chinese cookbook. The gym – I went every day one week, fully expecting this obsession to last forever. I went to classes on the weekend, bought all the gear… aaaaand I think the last time I went was when I was six months pregnant.

I blame all this on the fact that I’m an Aquarian. I don’t really follow star signs, but apparently Librans (B’s star sign) and Aquarians are the perfect match so I like to believe this one. Aquarians are also apparently quite flippant in that they get so focussed on one thing and then lose interest and move on to something else. Yep, that’s SO me! So when you think about it, it’s really not my fault, it’s my star signs fault.

And so onto my latest obsession which is food related. Pancakes. I have eaten them for breakfast five of the last seven days and I’m already thinking about having them again tomorrow. I’m also quite proud of the fact that I made this recipe up myself, it’s healthy and they’re VERY quick to make. They take just 15 minutes from start to plate and are kid-friendly too. You can make them the night before and just re-heat in the morning if you want to take them to work or if you’d rather spend those 15 minutes sleeping in rather than cooking.

So here’s my recipe for super quick, easy, healthy and delicious pancakes. I hope you love them and if you make them, I’d love to see your snaps on instagram so I can feel better about not being the only one currently obsessed with pancakes.

Healthy cacao and maple pancakes
Serves one – makes around 6-8 small pancakes

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What you’ll need…

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup almond meal (or flour – go for wholemeal if you can)
  • 1 tsp brewers yeast (this one is for the breastfeeding Mummas to help boost your milk supply – just leave it out if you don’t have any)
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder (or substitute with pure cocoa powder)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • butter/oil for cooking

How it’s done…

Place everything in a blender and blitz until smooth – I use my stick blender. If it’s too thick, add a touch more milk.

Heat butter/oil in a frypan over a medium heat. Once the pan is nice and hot, pour in your mixture. Don’t make them too big as they’ll be too hard to flip. Once they start to bubble on top (around two minutes) flip and cook for another two minutes.

And that’s it! Serve topped with whatever you like. I’ve tested mine with combos of Greek yogurt, berries, granola, maple, nut butter, banana or cacao nibs. Delicious!

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For more pancake pics, and everything else I’m obsessed with, check me out on instagram (another obsession of mine) – @lifelovetravelfood

Dan xx