Creative Cookery

stewing pears
One of my favourite things to do at the end of the week is to pull out all of my leftover fruit, vegetables, and other perishable ingredients, and think up something to make with them.

Today, I noticed I had a bowl of very ripe organic pears and started to think about what I might do with them. I was thinking perhaps some sort of muffin might work, as I have planned a 10km bush-walk for tomorrow from the Spit Bridge to Manly, which is estimated to take between 3 and 4 hours to complete. The fun part, of course, is snacking up for the occasion! The “old me” would take processed muesli bars, laden with sugar, artificial colours, preservatives and numbers, or dare I admit, pringles and chocolate bars!

After a few minutes of searching for “gluten-free pear recipes”, I stumbled upon this:
http://wholelifestylenutrition.com/recipes/paleo-gluten-free-grain-free-mini-muffins/

paleo muffins

My recipe consisted of:
• 250g roasted almond butter
• 2/3 cup pureed pear (I left the skins on)
• 1.5 Tablespoons maple syrup instead of honey
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
• Lots of cinnamon sprinkled in the batter and on top for a crispy crunch

I tried one as soon as it popped out of the oven and it was delicious! My only dilemma now is to keep my hands of them until tomorrow morning!

Next, because my partner LOVES muesli bars, I thought would whip up a healthier batch and stumbled upon this:
http://www.wholefoodsimply.com/grain-free-muesli-bars/

muesli bar loaf

These are everything a muesli bar should be: chewy, textural, and wholesome! My preference is to have a darker coloured bar, but you can definitely take these out of the oven sooner.

muesli bar bites

My partner has just walked into the house and said “whatever you are making smells fantastic!” and my bestie just dropped in to say “what are you baking smells yum, i can smell it from outside”.

What are some of your favourite snacks for active living? If you would like some tips for healthier snack options, let me know 🙂

About psyched4success

"Psyched4Success" encapsulates the 4 foundations for Successful living: Heart - Emotions and Relationships Mind - Psychology and Thinking Body - Physical Health, Movement and Nutrition Spirit - Personal Essence, Values, Goals and Motivation I am a Psychologist with a passion for Holistic Health and Wellness, determined to inspire personal transformation in these foundational areas for success. When i am not working as a Psychologist, Corporate Trainer, and University Tutor, i love spending countless hours in the kitchen creating nutritious organic meals, inspired by a whole foods philosophy, free of gluten, sugar and dairy. I intend to share my creations with you here, as well as my journey from adrenal fatigue to health through my own personal, health, nutrition and lifestyle transformations. I am based in Sydney, Australia, but am an intrepid soul who sets an intention to visit a new destination each year.
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