Green and Gold celebrating Australia Day

I’ve been creating a number of desserts lately and decided to make one to celebrate Australia Day. I then got to thinking, “What do I love about Australia and what does Australia Day mean to me?” Hmmm

I love the red dirt and openness, the amazing display of stars, the sound of the cicadas when summer hits, the gorgeous beaches, the beauty of Sydney Harbour, the smell of the eucalypts trees, being able to walk freely, discuss issues openly with friends, the opportunities we have, being able to dream and realise those dreams, how we come together to help our mates, the diversity in food, people, culture, scenery and more. I really do feel blessed to be living in this amazing country.

So here is my Green and Gold Mint Bites 

Green-and-Gold-Australia-Day-Minni-BitesIngredients
Base:
1/2 cup pecans
1/3 cups walnuts
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 quinoa flakes
1 Tbs cocoa powder
1/8 tsp celtic sea salt
1/2 – 3/4 cup medjool dates depending on softness of dates
Green Layer:
1/2 cup cashews – soaked overnight
1/2 cups baby spinach
1 avocadoProcess-making-green-and-gold-mini-bites
1 Tbs honey
1/4 cup coconut oil (liquid)
pinch celtic sea salt
6 -10 drops doTerra peppermint oil
Gold Layer:
3/4 cups of soaked cashews nuts
1 1/2 cups of mango
1/2 cup of coconut oil (liquid)
Chocolate Layer:
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut oil (liquid)
2 Tbsp honey
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Method:
Base:
  1. Add nuts to food processor and process until the mixture resembles coarse flour.
  2. Add quinoa flakes, celtic sea salt, cocoa powder and process again.
  3. Add 1 cup of dates and process again. Mixture should hold its shape when pressed into a ball. If it doesn’t add a few more dates.
  4. Press base into cup cake trays.  I use 4cm diameter silicon cup cake trays as it is then easy to press the mint bites out.
  5. Put in the freezer.

Green Layer:

  1. Add all ingredients except coconut oil and peppermint oil to food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Add coconut oil and process again.
  3. Add peppermint oil and process again.
  4. Spread mixture evenly over base and put trays back into the freezer to set.

Gold Layer:Green-and-gold-mini-bite

  1. Blend mango and macadamia nuts in food processor until smooth.
  2. Add coconut liquid and blend again.
  3. Spread mixture over green layer and put trays back into freezer to set.

Chocolate Layer:

  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
  2. Pour over gold layer.
  3. Put trays back in freezer to set.

Makes 36 mini bites. If you don’t have cup cake trays then use a 20cm x 30cm slice tray.

Note: When using coconut oil it will solidify when cold so add to the food processor while it is running so it doesn’t form chunks in the mixture.

Have a great Australia Day.

Please leave a comment about what Australia Day means for you?

In good health, Vicki

Gratitude and Abundance Jar

At the beginning of the year most of us make new years resolutions as we are looking forward to the coming year and what we hope to achieve but have you ever taken stock of the year that has just passed? What did you achieve? What moments gave you joy? What where you grateful for?

IMG_3454Last year I started a gratitude and abundance jar. At the end of each day I would write on a piece of paper something that I was grateful for and then fold it up and put it in the jar. The idea was to do this every day for the whole year. Some days it was easy to be grateful for what had occurred – the snuggle in the morning with my daughter, taking the kids out for a simple dinner but they insisted they dress up in their very good clothes or receiving an email from a client saying how positive she felt after her session. Other days however where ‘ordinary’ days and I had to really dig deep and find something that I was grateful for – brushing and patting my daughters cat or the quiet morning before everyone awoke.

On 1st Jan this year I opened the jar and tipped all the little pieces of paper out. I then spent the morning reading each one. It was wonderful remembering what had happened as so many of the things I had written down where ‘little’ things that I had forgotten about. Even though I didn’t end up writing a note for each day (I stopped in about May), there was always a smile creeping over my face as I read each note and I felt such joy at being able to remind myself of the wonderful treasures that last year bought. Having experienced this joy I plan on continuing for the whole year this time.

The jar was also an abundance jar, not only full of beautiful memories to be revisited at the beginning of the new year but also cash. Each week I would add money to the jar. The first week $1, the second week $2 the third week $3 and so on. So to start the year I had a gift from the year before of cash, cash I could spend any way I wanted to. It was such a lovely gift and I spent it on an experience with my family and created more wonderful memories.

I invite you to start your own gratitude and abundance jar this year. Not only is it a wonderful experience in the new year it creates the energy of abundance and gratitude all through the year. The jar helps to remind you to be grateful each day – noticing not only the ‘big’ things but also the ‘little’ things.

In good health, Vicki