Healthy Choc Oat Pancakes

these delicious pancakes are filling and totally feel as though your eating dessert for breakfast! My kids love these and unlike regular sugary pancakes where they ask for more and more. They are full after 2 or 3 mini Pikelets  sized ones!

what you will need:

Foodprocessor , 2 bowls, frying pan

I blend my own oats – but you could buy quick oats. This is why I used the foodprocessor. It makes the oats more floury, really fine. Where as quick oast from a packet are course and not so fine.



1 1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 cup oats (blended in foodprocessor)

4 tablespoons cacao

Small amount of Butter for frying pan


In a separate bowl place your egg whites and in the opposite add your yolks. In your bowl of yolks add the oats,milk,and cacao. Mix well!

Whisk your egg whites in the other bowl until stiff.

Slowly fold your egg whites into the bowl of oat batter.

Heat your frying pan, and grease your pan with a nob of butter. 

Place a small amount into frying pan. Waiting for little bubbles to appear on the surface. When you have roughly a dozen bubbles on the surface, flip your pancake. Cook the other side for approx 1min .

Now you should have a pancake stack

You can top these with what ever you like.

But above I have topped mine with whipped cream, chopped fresh strawberries, dark chocolate drops, toasted hazel nuts and some maple syrup.

Bon appetit 

Lime crisp cookies

who doesn’t like a crunchy cookie!?

Combine that with Lime, and you have a “WOWZER” of a combination

There is something about limes and coconut in our house – the kids love it, and mum and dad love it! Seriously can’t get enough. Now I’m kicking my self, knowing I should have made them coconut and lime. Oh well, next time!!!

Now this batch/recipe will make LOTS! Depending on stage size your after. So you may want to halve it and try them first and see if you love them as much as we do. But seriously, you know you will love ’em so just make the whole lot hahaha…


1 1/2 lime zest

1 1/2 lime juice

250g butter

1 3/4 cup caster sugar

1 tspn vanilla

1 egg

(Mix the above ingredients well)

2  3/4 cups SR. Flour


Roll into small balls and press onto a tray. These are a very buttery crisp cookie, so will spread far on your tray. Give them space between each other. Bake in a fan forced 180 degree oven for 15 minutes. they will look soft when they come out, but will harden and go crunchy after cooled. Totally the type of cookie you are going to want to dunk in your cuppa!!! Or to accompany your green tea 👌

The birthday boy wants CAKE!

My son turned 10!
That in its self was HUGE – let alone the MASSIVE cake I made him.

So with his excitement on becoming a double digit human meant there needed to be a monsterous cake, and his exact instructions were – ginormous, must have chocolate, banana, caramel and KitKats. And all that- it did have!
YEP you read that right, it was a cake with everything desirable by my 10year old. And let me tell you, the crowed of people it fed did not walk away empty handed nor with empty stomachs HA!

It’s all about the layers:

So here I have used a basic cake batter and substituted some flour for cocoa powder with milk instead of water.
I had watched a you tube video on how to make caramel out of condensed milk. Now I was skeptical because every time I’ve mDe caramel it’s been with sugar on the saucepan and add your butter etc.
However I desperately wanted to trial this condensed milk method. And it worked well to a consistency I was happy with. The flavour not so much. But hey, I tried it and if you didn’t want to make your own or didn’t know how to then this condensed milk would be perfect for you.

Here’s how-
1 tin of condensed milk
Saucepan of water, to the boil.
Peel the label off of your condensed milk and leave the tin(unopened) sit in a saucepan on medium heat for 3 hours. Remember to top up any water evaporated. Once the 3 hours is up, you must let the can cool in the water for up to 6hours or in my case I left it over night. If you open the tin after being in the saucepan it will explode from being under pressure.
Open your tin of condensed milk and Whoopie! It’s turned to caramel. I added a sprinkle of salt to my caramel.

Once the cakes were cooled I cut them to size. Whipped some cream, and sliced some bananas. Everything was ready to roll!
Taking the plunge I, managed to have my base layer ready and smothered it in a generous amount of whipped cream and a thick drizzle of the salted caramel all over. Then placed another layer of cake and repeated the same process. On the middle layer I used cream and the sliced bananas. Then continues to layer more cake and cream and salted caramel until I reached the top.

Time to cover the cake in delicious chocolate ganache and surround it by four flavours of KitKats – peppermint swirl, white & milk swirl, cookies and cream & milk chocolate.

Finish by freezing halved bananas and dip them in melted chocolate and sprinkles. Once ready to serve place them on top of your cake.

My son loved this cake – and I guess it’s the main thing!!

Benny’s american dinner GRAND OPENING – Morphett Vale

hotdog porn!! Do you see that sausage???!!!


So this classy little american dinner had a lot of local support, and we thought it best that we drop in for a quick squizz and a bite to eat.
However it was probably not the best time to visit. It was soooooo packed, there were people busting at the seams and sitting in their cars from overflow. The wait was approximately 55minutes. An extremely long wait for something that was pretty average.

However we will return. It was awesome to see that Benny’s apologised for the long wait as they are still finding more staff, and they didn’t expect such a huge show of dinners!


The buns were pretty average, the contents and concept of this hot dog sounded better than it tasted. But that sausage!! Ohhhh myyyyy!!! Yum yum bubble gum.

It did come to our surprise that on Benny’s instagram another photo from their blackwood dinner had been posted of their famous chili fries and ours from Morphett vale looked completely different. They also tasted cold and stale. As I said before I hope it was just “cold feet” or first night “hiccups” but this photo below speaks for it’s self (I think)


I hope we can visit again with a more enticing review about Benny’s dinner.


NEW year! NEW summer dish!

I dunno about you but the further into summer us Aussies get, the harder we hunt for that FAB NEW recipe that every one is sure to love at the next gathering.
After all, living in Australia is all about the BBQ, beach life style.
So here it is the BEST delicious home made salsa to accompany some corn chips for our guests. In the summer time this is a HUGE hit!


Thin layer of cream cheese
Drizzle some sweet chilli sauce over the cream cheese
Top with diced tomatoes
Top with diced avocado
Top with diced red onion

Bon appetite

Sweet quinoa slice! Perfect healthy lunchbox food

Sorry guys it has been a while since my last recipe update!!


Life has been crazy busy, and with the lead up to Christmas life was chaotic with catch ups and food, food and more FOOD!
Here is my latest creation – and my GAWD it is way better than I expected it to be!! So I’m sure you will love it.

It’s an apple and almond, cinnamon quinoa slice! Wacko! But superb in flavour! If you’ve never made this and you like xmas fruit mince pies or custard or even raw gingerbread – you will DEFF LOVE this as much as we do.

It’s weird, but totally works!!

Recipe is:
1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa
2 apples peeled and diced
1/2 cup sultanas
1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
1 1/4 cup milk (lactose free, soy, almond, oat milks are all fine also)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 eggs

Mix your quinoa with the spices, spread in an oven proof dish (that has been greased with butter)
Sprinkle the sultanas and apple on top of the quinoa evenly. in a bowl – mix the eggs, milk and maple syrup together well and poor over the quinoa. Top with the chopped almonds and place in the oven for 1hr 20mins or less depending on heat of your oven (until it’s not watery any more and almost solid – but still moist) on 170 degree heat.
Serves great cold or hot and can be eaten as a ️breakfast, dessert or snack!
Dress it up or down, topped with fresh fruit and yoghurt or even served with custard. I had a cold slice on its own for breakfast and it was super filling and so tasty! Goodluck guys


Get your veggie FIX!

Seriously for any vegetarian seeing this will have their tongue in cheek, salivating just like I was the first time I had seen Veggie Velo – a truly amazing (almost) food truck free standing cookery! Usually located every Sunday at the Market Shed on Holland street, but on this occasion at a street party in the city!
Couldn’t help but get excited! And thought to my self my lucks changed, all hearts flashing in my eyes at the thought of being able to have a veggie velo burger for dinner?! What tha?! So I actually thought to my self “how on earth am I going to convince my husband to go vegetarian for the nights dinner date?”
But I was clearly lucky and he was happy to try, once seeing the size of the burgers coming out!


Check it out! I mean seriously, why would you go anywhere else?
When this place is around – you simply must eat there. It is so achievable to make at home and so inspiring to see them make so many awesome combinations on that small hot plate! Well done guys, and thanks for semi converting my hubby, even if it was just for the one night xxxx

Wait a minute – since when did healthy enter a cafe?

Usually cafes a full of fatty well cooked foods! You don’t know the hidden dressings or extra side of chips or extra this and that, which usually every restaurant or cafe comes with – and let’s face it, we usually just eat it because it’s there Infront of us!!

Well not this cafe! Fleurieu Pantry offers so many healthy alternatives and is full of local fresh produce that your sure to love as much as we did.

Who could say “NO” to dessert?

Raw almond meal and coconut pear tart topped with toasted almonds and pepitas. And a vegan raw peanut butter cup!

More to come on our lunch *shortly*

Someone said Coconut – I’m so there!

It’s so exciting when you find somewhere close to home that does awesome Vietnamese food! Somewhere that isn’t going to break the weekly budget if you go out for lunch. Even if you aren’t located in the south of adelaide and are up for a beach visit down south this little place is definitely worth paying a visit! No need to pack your lunch either. At as little as 5 bucks for a Vietnamese roll, there is really no chance that I’m going to be packing lunch for the kidletts!!

located on beach road Christies Beach, has an amazing selection and pretty extensive at that! Food and drinks selection is large, but there is certainly something for everyone. I am yet to try everything, but if I told you I’m slowly getting through everything on the menu – it’s saying enough that I’ve been on a regular basis.

And if you get excited about trying new things – how’s this one for starters (above) a delightful yummy coconut coffee! YEP you read that right! It’s all about the process, and soaking the beans in coconut milk before grinding. How awesome is that?! It smooth and creamy, unusual taste is obviously a winner in my book because I like coconut. If you are one that is not so keen on coconut I’d suggest having it as an iced drink so you get past the flavour of it being a coconut slap in the face. Deff something you gotta try if going here.

A small place with an interesting simple set up has a fair few staff, considering it’s size. But everyone is very welcoming and willing to provide advice and knowledge of what’s in everything and how it’s supposed to taste.

Chicken pho featured above
Is a really nice flavour with chilli served on the side, to give it the amount of heat you desire. Although this is pretty good- not to mention the huge amount that is served to you, it’s price is pretty awesome along with it.

The Vietnamese rolls are great value alas I said before, and they are packed full of flavours. You will defiantly have a winner by choosing the chicken lemongrass bun.


And of course whats a meal with out dessert?
The coconut kitchen has bought of plenty of healthy options for you to choose from, with cherry coconut cream slice with raw treats and bliss/protein balls that any one will love.

Although with every great experience there is always that someone who has to be dissatisfied – and on one occasion I took my mother! Boy was she a hard EGG, to please…
The fried rice special with spring roll was very poor when it came to the rice. The meat was completely over cooked and the rice was not very tasty or even seasoned well. However the springrolls was the bomb.

A pleasant experience, and I have been back many times now and have been very happy with what I’ve tried.

Goodluck coconut lovers.

NEW to the south!! OH MY

Official opening is tomorrow! So if your free and looking for somewhere new to visit – this is IT!
Modish 5
A fabulous little cafe that’s large in size with amazing, unique, upcycled decor. It’s interior design is amazing and just has to be seen. It has certainly bought that something “quirky” with a modern twist to the southern suburbs. Located in woodcroft, in the newly refurbished and refaced woodcroft plaza – central to all your shopping needs!

And let’s face it every one should stop and enjoy a coffee! It was superb.

The staff were beautiful, and although still learning how everything works you can clearly see from a few days practice before open day it will be one of the best – if not the best cafes in the south of adelaide!

Wether your looking for something for breakfast or a nice fresh lunch you will certainly find something to quench your taste buds.
For breakfast I was lucky enough to try the blueberry pancakes! Nothing like kick starting your day with cake, I say!

Oh my I struggled through them!
But truly hit the nail on the head for a decent serve for a breakfast at a VERY reasonable price, just $12. When first arriving Infront of me I thought it looks a little on the small side of a blue berry serving. But I didn’t realize that the blueberries were actually cooked into the pancakes also.
Thankfully these were not sickly sweet pancakes that other cafes sell! I am happy to report they were so yum that the honey and icecream was enough sweetness for the plate. Delicious & I would certainly buy them again!

Onto the main dish for the day…

A scrumptious mixed plate for us to taste one of a few elements served throughout the main meals. What a selection! And everything was prepped and cooked so well. Only thing to pick on (as such) was the chorizo sausage on top of the Spanish tortilla, it was over cooked and a bit on the chewy side. The lamb kofta skewers were amazeballs, and probably my favourite thing on the whole plate. The seasoning and fresh lamb was evident. Impressed by the home made hommus dip. Not overpowered by garlic but better than supermarket versions.



There was over 15 loose teas to choose from, some regular flavours but also some unusual flavours by Scullery Made Tea – and any one who knows me or been following me on Instagram (the_middle_ingredient_leia) will know by now that I enjoy good quality green tea.

I can give a big tick to the clubhouse lane tea!

The interior design was perfect and really set this cafe above a lot of the others in the southern areas.





In summary this cafe has a positive vibe with great staff, and very good pricing! The food that was coming out was amazing and the taste is proof a good cafe has finally arrived in woodcroft!

Well done, I wish you the best of luck