Apricot Coconut Balls (paleo. primal. vegan)

So here’s the thing. This recipe was a throw together for funsies that ended up taking a pretty good pic and tasting really freaking good….. Except I didn’t write anything down. To be honest, by the time I found the photo on my camera I had completely forgotten what I had used apart from apricots & coconut. My recipe at that point read something along the lines of this…..

Apricots- some, coconut- no clue: choose your own adventure, cacao butter?- did I or didn’t I? Surely there was other ingredients? What the hell were they? Anyway, I made them again because I am nice like that. You’re welcome. 

200g dried apricots

100g coconut

70g Cacao butter (you could try substituting for coconut oil or ghee) 

1/2 tsp cinnamon 

1/4 cup coconut flour/almond meal/protein powder

Dark chocolate for drizzling- optional (let’s be honest, when is chocolate ever optional?) 

Ok so the method. Melt the cacao butter. Grab your food processor. Whack the apricots, cacao butter & coconut in and blend until it starts to come together like a dough but still a bit chunky. Add the cinnamon & coconut flour & pulse a few times to combine. If it’s still a bit wet to roll into balls yet just whack it in the freezer for about 10minutes then roll into balls. Melt the chocolate, drizzle it over the top then pop those bad boys in the fridge to set. These can be stored in the fridge or freezer depending on your level of willpower. 


Strawberry Chia Pots- (Paleo, Vegan, Sugarfree)

I don’t know about you guys but I have had some pretty hit & miss experiences with the ol’ chia. I have added it to muffins & they sucked up that much moisture that they ended up tasting like shoeboxes. That’s a fail. I have made chia puddings that have had the consistency of eyeballs & the texture of snot. Obviously this was also a sub-optimal outcome.  You will be pleased to know that these pots of deliciousness are not snotty, eyeball-esque or as dry as cardboard, so go me. Feel free to leave me a virtual high 5 below.

Did you know ‘chia’ is the ancient Mayan word for ‘strength’? True story. These little powerhouses are a great source of antioxidants, fiber and a decent source of protein. There’s your fun fact for the day, make sure you share it with someone.

This serves 2….or 1. I’m not here to judge.

500ml coconut milk (or milk of your choice)

1/2 cup chia seeds

1/2 tsp vanilla extract or powder

1 tbs honey/rice malt syrup or maple syrup (optional)

1 punnet of strawberries, hulled

1/2 cup toasted coconut (optional)

In a bowl mix the chia, milk, vanilla & honey well & set aside to stand for at least 15mins to allow the chia to soak up the liquid. Pop the strawberries in a food processor & blend until they are puréed. Now stir the coconut through the chia mix, spoon into a serving bowl, top with the strawberry purée & dig in.

Mint Choc Chip Cookie Dough Balls (paleo, vegan, grain free)

So, I have just started taking my own photos, can you tell? You probably can because they are ordinary at best BUT the only way from here is up! I got a DSLR for my birthday a few weeks ago and despite having no clue what the hell I am doing, I am giving it a crack. Here’s a few tips for those who are also photographically challenged….

1. Google can show you pretty much anything, a word of caution, the search ‘best bliss ball pictures’ is not going to give you what you expect…. Or perhaps it will. Refine your language or prepare to have some images you didn’t want burned into your brain.

2. If all else fails, the ‘auto’ setting works & filters fix most things. Instagram, making bad stuff look way better since 2010.

3. The thing that has helped me the most has been THIS BOOK called Scrumptious & Styled by the awesome Caroline Potter of Colorful Eats Nutrition. Not only is the ebook stunning to look at, it takes you step by step through all the important stuff and is explained in a way even a muppet like me can understand. It is a food photography book but is completely relevant to all manner of photos. If you need help this book gets two very enthusiastic thumbs up from me.

On to the recipe for the balls.

500g raw cashews

1/2 tsp vanilla powder

35g butter/ghee/coconut oil

50g coconut

2 tbs honey/rice malt syrup/maple syrup

1/2 cup raw cacao nibs (Or Choc chips) 

4 drops doTERRA peppermint oil

Blend the cashews until they turn into a flour-like consistency, add the butter, honey, peppermint oil & blend until a smooth dough. Add the coconut & cacao nibs & pulse to combine. Roll into balls & store in the fridge or freezer. That easy. Not even kidding. Go forth & dough ball.

Chocolate Frosting Fudge (Paleo, Vegan)

You know the best bit about making a cake….. Licking the frosting bowl. It’s like the cake is really just a vehicle for an appropriate way to eat frosting. There is something so friggen delicious about that buttery, sugary, creamy business.  The cr@p out of a packet ALWAYS tastes the best too! Like that Betty Crocker pre-made frosting…. Must be all that delicious hydrogenated cottonseed & soybean oil (translation- trans-fat cocktail) and corn syrup! Well, no more my friends because I care about your guts & mine & ain’t nobody got time for eating that highly processed chemical $hitstorm. I present to you Frosting Fudge….. It’s basically the way I have made eating straight cake frosting appropriate…. Call it fudge & voila. No problems.

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1 cup nut butter (I used roasted almond)

2 tbs raw cacao

2 tbs butter or ghee (you can sub for coconut oil)

1-2 tbs honey (you can use maple syrup, rice malt or coconut nectar)

That’s it. Seriously. You blend it up. You press it into a baking paper lined tray. You pop it in the fridge to set. Now you can have your frosting & eat it too. Who needs the cake.

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You can find some of my recipes that they’ve published for bone brothpaleo white Christmas, and not dogs. They also have the low down on some delectable paleo eats and can tell you where to find the best paleo pork, how to get paleo meals delivered to your door, and where to settle your sweet tooth without over indulging. So get on over to Gourmand & Gourmet, and thank me later.

Tangy Lemon Cookie Dough Balls (Grain & Nut-Free) 

So I feel like we haven’t really caught up properly in ages and I know you are wondering what’s doing over here….oh you weren’t? Well it’s my blog & I’ll cr@p on if I want to. Pretty sure you know how to scroll though so head on down if you want to skip what will undoubtedly be excellent stories & humor. Your loss.

So what’s news with you? On this end it’s business as usual just with a bit more cr@p & puke, and that’s not because I am poisoning Trav with my cooking. Baby G has also developed quite discerning tastes and is quite partial to anything green- broccoli, avocado, spinach, kale, zucchini, grass & leaves, as well as liver, pâté, lamb cutlets, chicken leg bones, kombucha & sauerkraut. What she does not like is puréed chicken & really, who can blame her, the texture is weird and it kinda tastes like nothing. We are also moving to our new house soon which will be fricken brilliant to have windows that close, cupboards and a gate that isn’t tied on with rope. It’s the small things really. Anyway, let me tell you about my balls…..

These lemony balls of delight are just slightly sweet with a great lemon tang. You could easily substitute for lime or orange if you were feeling a bit more love for a different type of citrus. They are your balls, you do what makes you happy. You can probably substitute the coconut butter for another type of ‘butter’, maybe cashew or macadamia. I haven’t tried though it sounds pretty damn good…..BUT don’t go getting all up in my grill if it doesn’t work. I’ll say it again, I HAVEN’T TRIED IT. 

1 1/2 cups coconut butter

Juice & zest of 1 lemon or 4-5 drops doterra lemon oil

1/4 cup coconut oil

12 fresh dates, pits removed

2 tbs chia seeds

Coconut flour or dessicated coconut for rolling

Add the dates and coconut oil to the food processor & blend until smooth. Add all remaining ingredients (except the coconut flour/dessicated for rolling) and blend to combine. Roll into balls and roll in the coconut flour before popping into the fridge to set.

Matcha Matcha Matcha

So it seems that green is the new black & matcha is this season’s goji berry. Never heard of matcha? It’s green tea powder. Leaves & all. Well the peeps in the know (my inter-web sources obviously) tell me that one serve of this business has more than 10x the nutritional benifits of a regular cup of green tea, more than 100x the antioxidants,  it detoxifies, boosts metabolism, enhances concentration and can help calm the mind. God damn, it sound like the only thing matcha doesn’t do is make your bed. Even so, I am pretty partial to a matcha latte myself and it’s a great alternative if you want the energy buzz of coffee without the nervy caffeine buzz and don’t mind too much that your drink is a swampy green shade. Have I sold it to you? 

Battling on, I present to you a Matcha Bulletproof Latte because fat in your hot beverage makes the world go round, & matcha balls, because who doesn’t love a few green balls. 

Matcha Bulletproof Latte

1/2 tsp matcha powder

1 cup boiling water

1 tbs butter/ghee

1 tbs MCT oil/coconut oil

1/2 tsp honey OPTIONAL 

Pop it all in a blender and blend baby blend until that business is frothy & creamy. That’s it. 

Matcha Balls

1 cup raw cashews

1 cups shredded coconut

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1 tbs coconut oil

1 tsp matcha powder

1-2 tbs raw honey (depending on your preferences) 

3-4 drops dōTERRA ginger oil – OPTIONAL

Add everything t the food processor & blend until it all starts to come together like a dough. If it’s too dry, add an extra tbs coconut oil, if you blend too much and it’s gets too much like a paste, add some extra coconut. Roll into balls, store in the fridge or freezer. Simple. 

Orange & Lime Balls & The Real Food Revolution

So I’ve got more balls for you because who doesn’t love a ball or two. BUT FIRST, there is something else we need to talk about! The Real Food Revolution! Not only is it a ‘thing’ but it’s an actual ‘THING’. An event, a 3 day, chocca-block thing that you can come along to & fill your brain & your body with real food goodness & education! 

There is so much misinformation out there, processed foods line the shelves and we just seem to be getting sicker. The question is, what can I do about it? It’s time to start with REAL FOOD.
The Real Food Revolution is exactly what it sounds like. A Real, Food, Revolution! It is an Australian wide event designed to create a shift in the way we look at food. Over 3 days you will learn how to transform your body, your kitchen and your mindset around healthier eating.
The workshops will cover everything from Raw Food, to Juicing, to Paleo, to Intuitive Eating, Blending, Processed Foods, Food as Medicine and Holistic Health.

Do you love REAL Food, Juicing, Blending and Soaking Up New Health Information like a Sponge?  It’s time to Join Us at The Real Food Revolution! Grab $50 off with 3 day tickets to the revolution with the code therealfoodrevolution. 
I am a partner for The Real Food Revolution events this year and can’t wait to get along to the Gold Coast event! 
Perth: 12-14 June – Perth Town Hall
Gold Coast: 26-28 June – Crowne Plaza, Surfers Paradise
Sydney: 10-12 July – Kirribilli Club
Canberra: 31 July – 2 August – Rydges Capital Hill
Melbourne: 14-16 August – Ibis Melbourne
Adelaide: 11-13 September – The Payneham Library
Hobart: 28-30 August – Wrest Point
Cairns: 02-04 October – The Pullman Hotel
For more information about the event, speakers, venues, dates and to book your tickets please visit The Real Food Revolution.

Now, onto the balls! This is an awesome lunchbox snack for big kids or little kids as it can be made nut-free. If you don’t want to use rolled oats you can use quinoa flakes or almond meal. You can experiment with different oil combos too. I think lemon & ginger oil would be a cracker too. When using essential oils make sure they are food grade & 100% pure. I use and recommend the DoTerra brand. You don’t want to be ingesting crappy oils laced with other crappy additives because that would just be crap. Got it. 

250g gluten free rolled oats

3 tbs coconut oil

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

1 cup nut butter (or sunflower seed/coconut butter for a nut-free version) 

1 tsp cinnamon

5 drops orange oil

3-4 drops lime oil

1-2 tbs honey (depending on your sweet preference or maple syrup for vegan option)

2 tbs chia seeds

Blend everything together and then pop it in the fridge (I left mine in the food processor) for 20-30 mins to allow the chia seeds to absorb some moisture & let the coconut oil start to solidify.  Once you take it out of the fridge, if the mix still looks a bit wet, add an extra tbs of chia seeds. Reblend again to combine, roll into balls & store in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for a few months.  If you are too lazy to roll balls you can just press it into a tray & make it as a slice or bars. Now go book your Real Food Revolution tickets before it’s too late!!

Nourishing Kids

Feast your eyes on these! Now these delicious looking morsels are from the new Nourishing Kids ebook from the top team over at The Holistic Ingredient but I feel like it’d be unfair for kids to have all the fun so I say Crunchy Chicken Nuggets for all! I also think it would be totally ok to just make these as massive sized nuggets for us big kids for the times that you Can’t Be Fu*ked chopping into small pieces 😉 

Amy is a CTC therapist, Health Coach, Speaker, Author of wholefoods eBook series, ‘A Nourishing Kitchen’ and Founder of the online wellness hub, The Holistic Ingredient. When chronic fatigue syndrome put a swift end to a million-mile-an-hour corporate career, it also created the most incredible life transformation imaginable. Now free of CFS, Amy credits her return to health to a whole food, sugar/toxic free lifestyle combined with extensive energy healing and a range of therapies called CTC (Combined Therapy Cocktail) of which she is now a practitioner. Amy’s business The Holistic Ingredient and her whole foods eBooksA Nourishing Kitchen & A Nourishing Morning and Nourishing Kids combine her passion for food and cooking, toxic-free living and healing therapies. Seriously, check this lady, how bloody vibrant is she! I’ll have what she’s having. 


Oh you want a recipe too? Righto. Here you go. 

Crunchy Chicken Nuggets

Makes approximately 30 nuggets


2 chicken breasts
2 eggs, whisked 
½ cup tapioca flour
½ cup sesame seeds
4 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt 
Cracked pepper to season
3 tablespoons coconut oil for frying

Cut the chicken breasts into bite size pieces.

In a small bowl combine the tapioca, paprika, salt and pepper. Sprinkle the sesame seeds onto a plate.

Dip the chicken nuggets into the egg mix and then roll in the tapioca mix. Dip again in the egg and coat in the sesame seeds. 

Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add the coconut oilAdd the nuggets and fry for 3 minutes. Flip the nuggets and fry for a further 3 minutes, or until golden.Remove from pan and place on a paper towel. 

Olive & Rosemary Loaf

Sometimes you just need bread. Especially if you are making bone marrow, you need something to smear that gear on. Your finger just won’t cut it in that instance. I tried. Fail. Just burnt my finger. Don’t be a fool, make the bread. Save a finger.

This recipe is an adaptation of the amazing Brittany Angel. You can make a nut free version by swapping out the nut butter for something like sunflower seed butter or you could even use a couple of jars of Buttered Up and make a Gingerbread Bread or Chocolate Bread…. Obviously you would leave out the Rosemary & Olives because that would be WAAAYYYYYYY too much of a weird flavor combo but whatever floats your boat. Be a weirdo if you want.

5 eggs
1 3/4 cup nut butter (I used a mix of almond & sunflower seed)
2 tbs lemon juice
3/4 tsp bicarb soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 cup chopped & pitted olives


Preheat oven to 170C and line a loaf pan with baking paper. Beat your eggs for 2-3 mins until they are light & fluffy. Add the nut butter, lemon juice, bicarb soda, salt & Rosemary. Mix for another 2-3 minutes on medium speed then stir through the olives. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. After 25mins of baking cover the loaf loosely with foil to stop the top from burning. Allow to cool on a wire rank, slice & smear with whatever delicious condiment you can find.


Not Your Typical Smoothie-Day 2

Yesterday saw a new twist on the GOOD OLD GREEN SMOOTHIE. Today I have a red smoothie for you. $hit’s about to get real. Now this baby is going to freak you out but stay with me. I PROMISE you can’t taste the weird ingredient but you will have energy to BURN after downing this baby and its powerhouse of nutrients….Ok, so it’s got liver in it. Yeah I know. Liver’s gross. I thought so too until I started sneaking it into our food. I started with adding really small amounts grated into mince, then adding it to meat patties like Lamb & Quinoa Burgers. My behavior has escalated, I’m like a serial killer, only with liver. I have graduated to smoothies. It’s pretty hard core but let me sell it to you….

So you know Superfoods right? Goji berries, chia seeds, unicorn dust, whatever it will be next week? Well the REAL Superfoods are organ meats from healthy animals. They are packed with readily absorbable vitamins & minerals and could sucker punch acai berries into next week with their nutritional offering. Been giving your own liver a flogging during this silly season? Guess what the best thing to support your liver is? Liver!! Liver has almost 3 times the iron of red meat. Forget the Berocca, liver will give you back your B-B Bounce much more effectively due to the fact that it is LOADED with B-Vitamins. Not sold? Read more HERE.

So, how? Well I buy a grass fed beef or lamb liver from my butcher and chop it into palm-sized blocks and freeze separately it in ziplock bags. When I need it I pull out a block and grate it into whatever I need to. By grating it you don’t get any big chunks of liver in your food (or drink) and you don’t need to worry about that big hunk of liver going off in your fridge. Frozen liver is also much easier & more pleasant to handle than the fresh version. Try it. I dare you.

The Real Superfood Smoothie-serves 2

1 tbs grated liver
1 cup frozen berries
1 tbs honey/maple syrup/rice malt syrup (OPTIONAL)
1 cup coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
1 cup coconut water (I use RawC)
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pop it all in the blender & whizz until nice & smooth. Pretend you don’t know about the liver in it & drink that bad boy down.