It’s apple season, and there’s nothing I love more than indulging in some homemade apple pie scented with just a hint of cinnamon and vanilla! For this recipe, I created a purely delicious shortcrust made from organic spelt and rolled oats. The spelt shortcrust is one of my favourites and I love the richness of the pastry as it provides a decadent texture when you bite into it. What’s great about it: Apples are high in fibre (around 5 g each) they contain both soluble and insoluble fibre which is great for your digestive system. The soluble fibre is known as pectin and the beauty of it is that it has the power to help lower cholesterol, keep you […]
Here’s a velvety smooth chocolate mousse from my 80/20 cook book that’s perfect for Mother’s Day! A chocolate mousse that’s guilt free and loaded with super foods and antioxidants. My purely delicious chocolate mousse is made from ripe avocado that is blended with my Naked Chocolat that is scented with pure Madagascan vanilla and a pinch of artisan sea salt. The addition of a little splash of coconut milk will make the texture a little lighter – which is quite nice if you are serving this mousse in individual glasses. If you are choosing to spread this magnificent mousse onto cakes or cupcakes, then I love to add 2 tablespoons of cold pressed coconut oil or cocoa butter to help firm it […]
This Naked Chocolat Pudding ROCKS ! If you’re craving something sweet, healthy and chocolatey, then this protein packed pudding is just what you need ! Packed full of antioxidants, mineral rich cacao, carob, maca, cinnamon and pure vanilla bean, this potent blend provides sustained energy, supports the endocrine and immune systems and contributes to hormonal balance and optimal well being, and not only that; it tastes amazing too! What’s Great about it: Naked Chocolat – 1 heaped tablespoon or more!! Why? Boosting your smoothie with Naked Chocolat will help to promote recovery and support the immune system. Maca helps to promote energy and stamina and vanilla and cinnamon helps boost mental performance. Banana – are a terrific energy food and a great […]
I absolutely love anything chocolate so here is one of my favourite one bowl chocolate cake recipes that you can whip up really quickly in the kitchen. What I love about this one is that it’s so simple that kids can easily make it and it’s gluten and nut free ! Bake in a small 15 cm baking tin or into individual muffin tins. This cake is lovely topped with a silky chocolate ganache or my healthy chocolate mousse. This is delicious made with olive oil, macadamia nut oil or cultured butter – whatever you have in the fridge. I’ve used butter as well as my Naked Chocolat, in this recipe, but you can also use a good quality rich […]
The tropical freshness of real mango, blended with sun ripened chia seeds and pure coconut – with no added sugar. My mango chia pudding makes a complete healthy energy boosting breakfast or snack any time of day. With only just 3 ingredients my mango chia pudding is power packed with omega-3, fibre and protein as well as antioxidants which makes this the perfect start to your busy day. The chia gel is easy to make and it takes around 20 minutes to obtain a lovely gel when mixed with water. I love to play around with the flavours depending on what’s in season and the flavour profile I want. In place of the mango, you can add strawberry, blueberry or banana […]
Summer berries, cultured yoghurt and Healthy Chef Granola. A delicious breakfast that will nourish and energize your body. Rich in whole food antioxidants, protein + probiotics to support optimum health + vitality. This meal ROCKS ! It’s perfect for people on the go and takes just minutes to make. It looks great too and I often make these when I’m having friends over for a healthy weekend brunch after a bike ride. Berries are rich in wholefood antioxidants including vitamin C, which helps to keep your skin firm by aiding collagen production. Collagen gives strength and structure to your skin and is vital for elasticity and firmness. Healthy Chef Granola is power packed with goodness that will keep you energised for […]
This is a beautiful baked and partially steamed pudding that is scented with everything that is magical about Christmas. Orange and spice infused with notes of vanilla bean and apricot dance in your mouth and what I love about my pudding is that it’s unbelievably light, making it the highlight of any Christmas gathering. This pudding is also flourless making it gluten free and I’ve used the delicate crumbs from blanched almond meal in place of the usual flour mixture. The almond adds texture and moisture surrounding the plump moist fruit perfectly and it’s a tad different to some of my earlier versions , as I’ve soaked some of the fruit in a little orange juice overnight. I’ve also used […]
Christmas isn’t Christmas without a traditional pudding. I love the fragrant aroma of cinnamon, vanilla, orange and nutmeg infused into plump sun-dried fruits then finished off with a home made proper egg custard poured over the top. This is a recipe I designed especially for YOU ! It features in the December issue of Women’s Fitness Magazine and it needed to fit into the healthy chef philosophy and be Purely Delicious ! For those who prefer a more traditional style of baked pudding, keep reading below – all bases are pretty much covered here. Please keep an eye out for this Friday’s post on my purely delicious baked fruit cake. WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT THEM: My Christmas puddings only take 5 […]
This is such a simple and purely delicious dish that I just had to share it. My superfood muesli with lush summer berries is my favourite breakfast of the moment. It takes just one minute to prepare and what I love about it is that it makes the perfect portable food so you can easily prepare it into a glass jar and take it to work to enjoy at your leisure. I love to vary my base recipe and use a good organic natural yoghurt, coconut kefir or even a silky cashew cream. To this base I add a spoonful of my antioxidant rich Organic Superfood which is packed with 10 organic veggies and lush berry fruits that helps […]
I love to get into the pumpkin pie spirit this time of year so I’ve been going pumpkin crazy here at Healthy Chef Headquarters – baking, mixing and testing my ultimate recipe for pumpkin pie. The balance needs to be just right when creating the perfect pumpkin pie. The crust just the right balance of flaky and melt in the mouth. The filling – not too sweet, just velvety and smooth with aromatics of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg tantalising every bite. I remember my great Polish Aunt used to make the best pumpkin pie when I was growing up – Any leftover roasted pumpkin would go into stuffing perogi, folded through omelettes or made into milkshakes with buttermilk, vanilla and […]
I love making my protein balls and always have a batch in the fridge for when I crave something chocolately and indulgent. I’ve been asked to design a protein ball recipe for those who are on Sugar Free eating plans. Here is one that is sure to satisfy and delight.! It’s pretty simple - only using 3 core ingredients….the rest can be left to your imagination. I’ve used a little stevia in this recipe to make them sugar free - but hubby loves his with the addition of a little raw honey. I also love these balls with fresh made macadamia nut butter which gives them even extra goodness and creaminess. What’s good about them: The golden colour and smooth buttery […]
This is the perfect time to bake my favourite chocolate cake from my new cookbook Purely Delicious! It’s simple to make and the secret to making this purely delicious is to use quality ingredients that taste absolutely amazing ! It’s important you use room temperature eggs that whip up creamy and velvety. Make the cake the day before you need it – I find that gives it plenty of time to settle and set after baking. The cake is perfect for after dinner parties and celebrations. What’s great about it: Chocolate is rich in magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, riboflavin and essential micronutrients for health and vitality. The high flavenoid content of cacao has been scientifically linked to a reduced risk […]
I remember first making Crepes Suzette when I was working as an apprentice chef in a French inspired fine dining restaurant. It was a purely delicious and indulgent, retro style dessert that was made in front of the diner in spectacular fashion that also included the flambé of the sauce with a little orange liqueur. These days I love making crepes using coconut flour that take them to the next level. They are light, moist and very moorish. My orange sauce is light and not too sweet like traditional suzette sauces and the emulsion of a little butter at the very end just makes this sauce velvety and smooth. I made these crepes at the Melbourne Health + Fitness Expo […]
Apples are in season and it’s raining outside ! A perfect time for home made apple pie scented with just a hint of cinnamon and vanilla then encased in a purely delicious shortcrust made from organic spelt and rolled oats. The secret to my recipe is to firstly use sweet delicious apples – my favourites are pink lady and golden delicious. I don’t peel the apples so that the filling develops a lovely pink hue that looks magnificent in your serving bowl. The spelt shortcrust is one of my favourites and I love the richness of the pastry that gives a decadent mouthfeel when eating your pie. I hope you enjoy this wonderful pie as much as I do. What’s […]
This is my purely delicious brownie recipe from my 80/20 book. It’s the perfect recipe for Valentines Day and chocolate lovers. You can use cacao which gives it a lighter and more subtle chocolate flavour or a lush dark cocoa such as my Naked Chocolat Dark that gives depth and intensity to the whole taste experience. I love to top them with lots of red fruits such as fresh or dried berries and serve in small delicate bite sized portions that really satisfy. What’s great about it: Almonds are high in vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help fight off free radicals for a healthy immune system. They are also a great source of potassium, a mineral necessary for nerve transmission […]
I make my lush cashew cream on a weekly basis and love to spoon it over seasonal fruits, add to smoothies or fold through my bircher muesli made from apple, blueberry and a hint of cinnamon. For me it’s comfort food loaded with health benefits. A touch of vanilla takes the cream to the next level of yumminess. What’s great about it: Cashews are high in the amino acid tryptophan which helps to make serotonin – the FEEL GOOD hormone responsible for feelings of wellbeing and feeling great! Serotonin is also crucial for the proper development of the enteric nervous system (ENS) to support digestion. Cashews are also a good source of magnesium essential for energy metabolism and nerve function. […]
This is a lovely summer recipe that makes a simple breakfast or purely delicious dessert. Stone fruits are in season and the peaches look magnificent. I just couldn’t resist creating some lush recipes with my favourite stone fruit. I love that it’s so simple to make with only a few ingredients. You can even blend any leftovers with extra water, cinnamon, ginger and ice for a quick summer smoothie ! What’s great about it: Peaches have a low GI of 42 and they are full of beta-carotene, fibre and potassium which is a mineral that helps regulate fluid balance in the body, lower blood pressure and necessary for nerve and muscle contraction. Raspberries are nutrient dense and extremely high in antioxidants […]
Well this purely delicious pumpkin pie has to be one of my favourite inventions yet ! What I love about it is the simplicity of the macadamia nut crust and how it marries effortlessly with coconut and vanilla bean. I’ve used jap pumpkin to make this pie as it’s so naturally sweet, so it doesn’t require much work when it comes to sweetness. I also wanted to keep this pie very whole food and plant based so I’ve used agar agar in place of the traditional eggs that are used to set most pumpkin pies. A little goes a long way and only small delicate portions are needed to satisfy. My pumpkin pie keeps well in the fridge for up […]
Citrus are one of my favourite fruits to enjoy this time of year. My citrus salad is purely delicious and I love eating it for breakfast or creating it as a luscious dinner party dessert for good friends. You can enjoy on it’s own or topped with natural organic yoghurt - I also love serving this with smashed raspberry puree that takes it to another level of deliciousness. What’s good about it: Citrus is rich in antioxidants that can help boost immune function and protect the body against disease. The vitamin C in citrus helps synthesis of collagen that can break down as we age. Collagen is found in your skin, bones, tendons and ligaments and gives strength and structure. […]
One of my favourite things to do when the weather gets a little colder outside is to get into the kitchen and bake apple crumble. I love it how the whole house gets filled with sweet aromas of vanilla and spice and how warm and cozy the house gets from a day spent having fun, baking in my kitchen. Apple crumble is one of those comfort food dishes that is so simple to create and so delicious to eat. I love to use red apples or nice golden delicious apples as they are lovely and so naturally sweet so you don’t have to add a load of sugar. Vanilla is a must and a pinch of cinnamon adds that finishing […]
Feel like a healthy chocolate fix ? Well you just can’t go past these delicious chocolate truffles. They take around 10 minutes and make a great healthy and sustaining snack. Perfect for outdoor activities such as long bike rides, hiking, sailing, picnics, long walks on the beach or a healthy dessert to have with coffee. What it’s good for: Walnuts are a great source of anti-inflamatory omega 3 that is great for heart and brain health. Chocolate is associated with a reduced risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes according to studies from the British Medical Journal. Chocolate contains compounds that act as stimulants believed to boost serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. It contains the stimulants theobromine and caffeine […]
The post comes in 2 parts. Today I give you my recipe for my fruit mince and then later this week I’ll show you how to put it all together with a variety of pastry options. Every year I make my own fruit mince so that I can create my own delicious fruit mince pies over the Christmas Break. The fruit mince is very simple to make yourself and so much lovelier and healthier than store bought versions from the supermarket. The secret is all in the apple you choose. Make sure to go for sweet varieties such as golden delicious, pink lady of fuji as they will create the perfect balance of flavour. As a pastry chef you need […]
When I cook I try to make fresh fruit and veg the main component of each meal and to celebrate Christmas there is nothing I love more then making healthier desserts, puddings and cakes that everyone can enjoy. I love making my lush berry crumble as the finale to a meal. It takes minutes to prepare and it can be served warm or cold with proper custard, thick natural yoghurt, or a light drizzle of coconut cream. I like to vary my crumble topping to vary the final flavour and texture I want to create. My favourite is basically a combination of raw nuts such as almonds, pistachio, macadamia or hazelnut lightly spiced with cinnamon and sweetened with honey or […]
You asked for it – so here it is. My recipe for no-bake chocolate cupcakes made with nutrient dense walnuts and cacao. What I love about these is that they are quick and easy to make and they are perfect for entertaining. I make up a large platter to take to parties and gatherings with family and friends. They are instantly devoured and satisfy the sweet chocolatey fix you sometimes crave. Another great thing about these is that they keep really well in the fridge for up to a week if they last that long. You can choose to enjoy with or without the chocolate frosting, but I really like the soft mousse like texture from the frosting that marries […]
Here’s my favourite recipe for a delicious one bowl chocolate cake, that I know you’ll just adore! The recipe is from my new cookbook Purely Delicious and it’s loaded with super foods and antioxidants. This cake will suit most eating styles and it can be enjoyed by everyone – whether you’re gluten free, dairy free, paleo or just love eating chocolate, this cake is for you. My Naked Chocolate Cake is super moist and decadent and you’ve got the option of topping it with your favourite frosting. My frosting of choice is a velvety chocolate ganache or for a lighter frosting spread it generously with my healthy chocolate mousse. What’s great about it: Cocoa is one of the highest known […]
I love making this strawberry crumble, it takes just a few minutes to create and can be served cold or warm with coconut sorbet or organic yoghurt. Strawberries are low in calories and high in antioxidants. Around 1 cup provides 46 calories, 11 g of carbs, 1 g protein, almost no fat and 3 g of fiber. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that adding strawberries to your meals slowed the insulin responses by delaying the absorption of sugars in the digestive tract. Insulin is an anabolic hormone that increases storage of fat, protein and glucose. It’s main effect in regard to fat is to block lipolysis (oxidation of fat). My favourite way of eating them is simply with a dollop of yoghurt or cottage cheese and a teaspoon of honey for breakfast or throwing them into the blender with a scoop of protein powder and ground flaxseed for a delicious smoothie.
I absolutely love anything rhubarb. It’s tart flavour is heaven when combined with orange and vanilla aromatics. What makes this crumble extra special is a little scattering of raspberry right after roasting as it enhances the wonderful flavour and colour of the final dish. You need to serve it with a smooth, silky Greek style yoghurt that tames the tartness of the dish and allows the aromatics to linger on your taste buds. I often make a large batch of this recipe so I can enjoy leftovers for breakfast the next day. What’s good about it: Rhubarb is high in antioxidants especially lycopene which is good for heart health. Rhubarb is also a good source of vitamin C that helps boost immunity […]
If you want a delicious, healthy dessert that’s quick to make and tastes totally amazing, then you just have to make my Peach + Raspberry Crumble. The season for stone fruit here in OZ is almost over and now is the best time to buy fragrant free stone peaches from your local grocer. This dessert is just a matter of cutting them in half, removing the inside stone and arranging them onto a serving platter, then topping with smashed raspberries and a quick and healthy almond cinnamon crumble. Serve alone or topped with thick natural yoghurt. I must admit I often enjoy any leftovers for breakfast or blend it up in my Vitamix into a potassium rich power smoothie with […]
My food mantra is to cook not only for taste, but for the sake of your health and remember that no matter what you’re cooking, it is possible to make every thing you make healthier and better for your body. This is a YUM recipe of mine that featured in last weeks Sun Herald Newspaper. When I designed this georgeous retro trifle my first thought was fresh fruit – pick what’s in season, fresh and sweet. This time of year I love a strawberry mango or peach combo. Secondly; every trifle needs a jelly. Give the packet ones the flick and make your own by using fresh fruit puree or juice, such as oranges, apple, mango or berry. If you’re a […]
This is one of my favorite chocolate cakes that only takes 10 minutes to prepare if you feel like a little chocolate therapy.
Made from fresh dates, raw cacao, orange, cinnamon and walnuts. Dates give a lovely natural sweetness that replace traditional cane sugar. They are also high in minerals, potassium, chromium, maganesium and iron.
When baking cakes and muffins, try replacing butter with unsaturated fats like light olive oil or macadamia nut oil. You can also reduce the amount of fat by replacing half or the oil with a fruit puree such as apple , orange or banana. The puree will add moisture to the cake of muffin, it also add sweetness , so you can reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe. Use 100 % wholemeal or spelf flour instead of highly processed white flour. Spelt flour has about 30% more protein than wheat and up to 65 % more amino acids. It can also be tolerated well by people with wheat allergies.
For 100% gluten free I love using nut meals in my recipes such as almond or walnut. They add good texture, moisture as well as adding extra protein, Vit E and omega 3. I’ve also added whole steamed orange which make it very luscious and indulgent – perfect to serve at a dinner party with a side of fresh segmented oranges + dark chocolate ganache.