Roasted Fruits

This dish can be enjoyed on its own or topped with our delicious crumble. Choose your glass or ceramic baking dish and aim to fill it up with enough space to mix things around without losing anything over the side! Remember that this fruit will reduce in size as it cooks and leave space on the top for crumble (especially if you’re using rhubarb which virtually disappears and just leaves that incredible tang!)

The amount of fruit listed below if just a guide. Add more or less if you like and adjust the other ingredients accordingly. Traditional crumble fillings include apple, pear and rhubarb but there are loads of other things that you can try. Believe it or not but banana, orange, pineapple and stone fruit can be amazing too!

This is a time consuming recipe. I do a lot of cooking in the oven (and the thermomix for that matter) because I am lazy! For a Mum like me that spends a lot of time at home, it’s easy to just do the prep work while my daughter is asleep and then just let it cook away by itself. I often make this dish the day before I plan to use it. If you bake it in a dish that has a lid then you can just plonk the lid on and refrigerate it until you need it.

If you’re in the mood for a crumble and you want it now (I totally understand) then you can cook it on the stove top rather than waiting around for it to roast. I’ve made some notes in the method below for when you just need crumble fast! BUT you will miss out on one of the best things about this recipe…. the smell that fills your house! mmmm.

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Ingredients:

  • 700g Fruit of your choice (including Rhubarb)
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Cup Rapadura
  • Juice & Rind of 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Water

 

Method:

– Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

– Peel and chop fruit and place in your baking dish.

– Add other ingredients and combine.

– Roast for 1-2 hours until fruit is soft, stirring at least once.

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If you need a fruit fix faster than this then see stovetop instructions below:

– Add all ingredients to a saucepan and include an additional cup of water (you might need some extra if it boils down)

– Cook on a medium heat with a lid until fruit is soft, stirring regularly.

– Drain any excess liquid if too wet.

Raw Chocolate Mousse

We have a few variations of this recipe. This is our cold weather (and quiet) version. Sometimes we don’t want to do anything too loud in the Thermomix after our daughter has gone to bed, particularly if we’d had a hard time getting her to sleep, and let’s face it, the Thermomix is anything but quiet! Therefore, we don’t use anything frozen in this recipe. Your avocados and bananas can be chilled if you prefer but we use them at room temperature in cold weather.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Avocados
  • 1 Large Banana
  • 25-30g Cacao Powder
  • 2-4 Dates

 

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Method:

– Place all ingredients in the Thermomix and mix on speed 6 for 20 seconds. Serve topped with your favorite crunchy topping like pepitas, goji berries or cacao nibs. Drizzle with some additional honey or agave if desired.

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Green Chocolate Shake (Advanced)

This is one for seasoned greenies. If you are new to green smoothies start here. If you know what you’re doing and have a love of kale then continue…

It doesn’t look pretty but this smoothie will give you a cacao fix at the same time as packing in a stack of greens. It is essential that your banana is frozen for this one. You might even want to toss in a couple of ice cubes too. Drink it cold. If it warms up too much it can become unpleasant so just slam it down. That’s what I do!

This is quite a thick drink, add more water if you want it to be more of a smoothie consistency.

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Ingredients:

  • 50g Kale (2-3 large leaves)
  • 40g Coconut Meat
  • 15g Cacao Powder
  • 20g Pepitas
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 200g Water (for a thinner consistency add more water)
  • 1 tbs / 10g Honey (or preferred sweetener)

Method:

– Add all ingredients to the thermomix in the order listed above and blend on speed 8 (or higher) for 1 minute.

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Freeze Your Bananas!

Many recipes for smoothies and desserts call for frozen bananas. This is a new thing for me. Previously, I would only ever freeze a banana to suspend it in time before it got too ripe and therefore unusable. I would thaw them out and use the in baking or pancakes – I never thought to blend them!!

So, if you want to make killer smoothies, incredible vegan icecream and unbelievable mousse you NEED to freeze bananas. Here’s how to do it.

Allow your bananas to ripen fully or as much as possible before freezing. You want lots of brown spots. These guys are perfect.

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Take the skins off and put them into a container that is suitable for the freezer. I break them into halves or cut them into pieces but you can also leave them whole too.

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Where to use them? Smoothies, Ice-cream, Chocolate Mousse & Smoothie Bowls. More recipes for all of these things coming soon!!

Banana-Blueberry-Spinach Green Smoothie (Beginner)

If you’re new to green smoothies or the idea of drinking spinach is gross to you, then this is the smoothie to get you started. It’s also a good one to give to kids (or unsuspecting husbands) to get them to have more raw greens in their diet. I am not into massively sweet food so I like this smoothie without any added sweetener. I suggest making it up first and having a taste, then add a sweetener if so desired.

Also, this is not just for beginners, it’s for anyone really. I LOVE this smoothie and often use it as a fall back because I always have the 3 main ingredients in the house.

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Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Spinach or Chard leaves (or a handful of baby spinach)
  • 1-2 Frozen Bananas
  • 70g Frozen Blueberries
  • 200g Water
  • Honey or sweetener of your choice (optional)

Method:

– Add all ingredients to TM bowl (or blender) and combine on speed 8 or higher for 1 minute.

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Everyday Chocolate Smoothie

I have one of these almost everyday – if not for breakfast then definitely for an afternoon snack. It is my absolute favourite. I use young coconut flesh and water for the “milk” component that chocolate often calls for. I buy a couple of coconuts per week, drink the water and scoop out the flesh which keeps in the fridge for a few days. I can get 3-4 smoothies out of 1 coconut! If coconuts are too much effort for you (sometimes they’re too much for me too), then just use a handful of soaked cashews or almonds in its place. If you like to add super foods to your smoothies then this is the perfect smoothie to sneak them in. I normally also include a teaspoon of maca and of ground chia seeds. Get creative and experiment with this one.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Bananas (I use frozen but fresh is fine too)
  • 40g Young Coconut Flesh (or more!)
  • 200g Water
  • 10-15g Cacao Powder
  • Any superfood powders you like
  • 5g (1 tsp) Honey (or preferred sweetener)

Method:

– Add ingredients in the order listed above to the thermomix and combine on speed 8 (or higher) for 30-60 seconds.

(Be sure to add the honey last or to drizzle over the top of the banana otherwise some of it can sink to the bottom)

Serve with something crunchy like cacao nibs!

 

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