I have to admit, being a food blogger is awesome! Being invited to some of Sydney’s newest cafes to try out their favourite dishes, experimenting with food photography, and of course eating all the time – what could be better?
Well, it does have its downfalls. I love food and I love eating, but Sydney’s food trends tend to revolve around freak shakes, and burgers, and doughnuts – but rarely clean, wholesome food. So maintaining a balanced diet can be so difficult. Lately I have been experimenting with healthier food options, food that is for one tasty, but also nourishing. So, I thought I would share one of my favourite smoothie bowl recipes with you.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl
You will need
For the muesli
- 1 cup oats
- 1/3 cup puffed rice
- 2 Tbsp desiccated coconut
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
For the smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup rice milk
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp peanut butter
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
- 5 cubes of ice
- Mix all the dry ingredients for the muesli together, then add the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
- Add a thin layer to a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees celsius, or until golden.
- leave to cool while you make the smoothie.
- For the Smoothie, add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add to a bowl and decorate with muesli and whatever else you wish. I added melted sugar-free chocolate, banana, mango and some goji berries.
- Enjoy the guilt free goodness!
Without a doubt, the most exciting thing about visiting Paris for me were the breakfasts. There is no hiding the fact that I am a complete breakfast LOVER, I never go a day without breakfast, and cannot function normally without a complete breakfast in my stomach. I was talking to my friend the other day about how when we have sleepovers with friends that aren’t crazy about breakfast, it’s devastating, and a trip to the local cafe on the way to the bus stop is crucial. She even said that she’s known to have a ‘full english’ on those days – I can definitely relate!
In a week’s time, my little sister and I will be jet-setting off to Paris. I can already taste the crisp macarons, the fluffy, flaky croissants and the chewy baguettes that I am over-prepared to devour! It has been my sister’s dream to visit Paris. Her bedroom is decked out with Parisian decor, from pictures, to pillows to ornaments – she’s so obsessed! So finally, My parents have decided to allow us to gate-crash their European holiday and meet them in Paris for a week.
A few years ago I went to Paris with my Dad. It was the middle of winter, and so walking around Paris, although incredible, obviously wasn’t as pleasant as it will be next week! I just remember Dad and I powering through the markets and down the streets, trying to see and experience as much as we could in as little time as possible (to avoid the cold.) One freezing morning, before heading off to Versailles, Dad and I decided to grab a Nutella Crepe from a small store run by an old Arabic man. What would usually be a simple task in ordering a crepe, became very difficult as we quickly realised that he didn’t understand any english. So, going off my observation that he looked Arabic, I mumbled a few Arabic words (probably every Arabic word that I knew) in an attempt to order my Crepe. And it worked, he understood me! A miracle!
So there we were, in Paris, speaking Arabic and eating piping hot crepes filled with oozing nutella. So in preparation for our trip to Paris next week, on this cold winter’s day in Sydney, I cooked my little sister some oozing nutella crepes, in the hope that it would cure her tonsillitis (yes she is sick!) before we fly out, or at least lift her spirits!
Here’s whats it it:
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp butter
Whisk all the ingredients together. Melt some butter in a hot pan and pour in half of the mixture. Swirl the mixture around until the pan is covered and let it become golden in colour (1 minute) before you flip it. I recommend attempting the ‘flip from the pan’ as opposed to flipping it with a spatula! Once cooked on both sides, spread over some nutella, fold, and serve!