2 ingredient pancakes
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these babies just overtook my ‘everyday pancake recipe’ because all you need is TWO INGREDIENTS and they are SOOOO DELICIOUS — with food this good i kinda feel like i’m cheating this cleanse but the fab news i’m absolutely not and i haven’t felt at all like i’m missing out! ♡

RECIPE | 

1 banana

2 eggs

optional, but i like to add 1 teaspoon cinnamon 

METHOD | 

pop all ingredients in the blender and blend on low until all mixed up. 

heat up ya pan and add a little coconut oil — i find cooking them on a medium-highish temp works well and they cook super fast.

cook until golden and flip.

with the banana they’re naturally sweet so there’s no need to top with maple syrup but they’re lovely with coconut yoghurt, berries and cacao nibs.

thanks to my babe @beingwell_ for the the recommendation!

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Reducing plastic, WORK IN PROGRESS
 
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I’m not really one for making grand commitments anymore (aside from marriage, that’s an exception!) so I haven’t committed to the full Plastic Free July, it feels a bit overwhelming for me right now....

That doesn’t mean I don’t care or I’m not doing anything, for me reducing plastic is an everyday work in progress kinda thing.  Every day I do what I can, nothing that overwhelms me, I don’t need more stress in my life, but I know that every bit counts.  Here’s just a few things I use day-to-day, they’re simple and have been easy for me to transition to like switching out plastic cotton buds for ones that are made of bamboo. I carry all the reusable things in my bag/car—spoons and straws, reusable coffee cup, drink bottle, bags and baskets. I love bubbly water so I invested in a sodastream machine, I also check the labels of clothing and like to choose natural fibres like linen/cotton/wool over plastic fibres like polyester and nylon.


When people ask me what they can do I always encourage them to choose two things they’re passionate about, my first two were not using plastic bags and swapping my plastic toothbrush for a bamboo alternative, and once your first two things fit seamlessly into your life then you add in another and then another.  Take it slow and let them become your normal, this isn’t a quick fix kinda thing, we’ve gotta be in it for the long haul and changing habits takes time and practice.

I also think it’s important to inspire and encourage rather than shaming or putting down others, you never know what others have going on in their lives and I like to believe we'll all there there some day.

It’s been a few  years in the making but the things I’ve adopted to reduce my plastic consumption come naturally to me now and if one day I forget I don’t beat myself up or give in, I let it slide and keep doing my best, whatever that means on that day. Be aware, be kind and start where you can.

My real butt
 
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I overheard a convo in Bali that really stuck with me, a couple of gorgeous girls were saying "you know what I just don't even know what a real butt looks like anymore after all these tuned insta butts on my feed".  So here it is, my real butt.  Some days I'm a little self conscious about it, weirdly more so in a shorter skirt that in a bikini, but just incase you too have forgotten what a real butt looks like here's my version, soft, curvy, dimpled and peachy!

And who doesn't love a good before and after? I just wanted to add the before (on the left) to show you that I didn't apply my filter to hide anything, if anything bringing up the shadows makes it look more dimpled/like real life. Lots of love XO 

Last minute getaway
 
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On Thursday Cas and I were hanging out when we spontaneously decided to book flights to New Plymouth, we packed out bags and called Vinnie to tell him we were off on our way out to the airport, I love last minute getaways like this, totally in the moment.  We've been to the beach every day, ate lots of delicious food and walked all over town, I actually love hanging out with him when I don't have work to do and can just spend time with him.  Can't wait to go back! XO

Coconut Double Caramel Slice
 
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If you know me, you know I looooove caramel.  Ever since I was a little girl it’s been my ultimate indulgence but I never got why they added chocolate to the top of a caramel slice?  Maybe I’m a little weird but I’d rather pass on the chocolate and give me extra caramel sauce – Surely I can’t be alone in this!  So in collaboration with Countdown I’ve created my ultimate ‘healthier take’ on a traditional caramel slice (with double thick caramel)!  To celebrate three of it’s main ingredients (Macro organic tahini,  Harraways organic oats and Macro organic coconut oil) being on price lockdown I’ve also made a little video to show you how simple it is to create!

 

 This baby is plant based, raw and free from refined sugar. 

INGREDIENTS

for the base

2 pinches sea salt

3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

3 Tbsp rice malt syrup

1 ½ cups oats

1 ½ cups dedicated coconut

2 cups cashews


for the caramel

3/4 cup cacao butter, melted

3/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 cup cashews

3 cup dates, soaked in hot water min 20mins

1 cup coconut milk

3 Tbsp tahini or peanut butter

1/3 cup rice malt syrup

3 tsp pure vanilla essence

2 tsp sea salt


METHOD

1.     Soak dates in boiling water, put aside while you make your base.

2.     In a high speed blender, or ya Mum’s food processor form the 70’s will do, add all of your base ingredients, blend until all mixed together, you may need to stop and mix it up with a spoon and scrap down the sides.  Blend/blitz again.  When it’s all finished the mixture hold its shape.

3.     Evenly spread out the base mixture in a tin, ideally lined with baking paper. Pack the mixture in so it’s really tight.  I like to dip my spoon in a cup of boiling hot water and use the back of the hot spoon to help make it really nice and smooth.

4.     Pop the base in the freezer while you make your caramel.

5.     Pour all of the caramel ingredients into the high-speed blender or food processor excluding the dates (keep them soaking) and blend/blitz, stopping and scrapping down edges every now and then. 

6.     Once it’s all nice and smooth add the soaked dates but don’t add in the water they’ve been soaking in, that would make it too runny.  Blend/blitz for a good few minutes.  Stop to scrape down the sides.  If it’s taking awhile for the mixture to become smooth give your machine a break so it doesn’t over heat.  You want this mixture to be really beautiful and smooth like silk.

7.     Take the base form the freezer and pour the caramel on top.

8.     Pop the tin back in the freezer and leave overnight if possible, minimum 6 hours.

9.     Remove the slice from the freezer and cut into your preferred shape – I like mine in bite sizes.

10.  Keep in the freezer.  Best enjoyed outside in the sunshine with friends or after dinner with your lover and a comforting cup of tea.

You’ll find the organic macro tahini (or the organic macro peanut butter), organic macro coconut oil and Harraway’s organic oats are all on price lockdown at your local Countdown.

 

If you make it let me know what you think!

AL XO