Apple Crumble Recipe Reinvented

When I think of winter desserts I automatically think of a nice warming apple crumble or custard – or both of them together!! I wanted to create a hearty warming recipe using the Kellogg’s All Bran Apricot and Almond High Fibre Muesli we received at the July Bloggers Club event. Then BOOM a reinvented apple crumble recipe was born! 

I have made a healthier version of the traditional apple crumble before using almond flour as the base which was awesome but sometimes you just want a bit of crunch on the top of your apple crumble. Enter the alternative topping for the apple crumble – muesli!!

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The thing about apple crumble is that they are very easy to make and don’t take a lot of preparation time which means you have more time to sit back and relax and enjoy a touch of ME time.

This reinvented apple crumble recipe using Kelloggs All-Bran High Fibre Muesli packs the perfect winter dessert punch as it is full of good things including the humble apple and the added benefit of additional fibre from the muesli to help keep you regular. 

This reinvented apple crumble recipe can be altered to suit your nutritional and dietary requirements, you can substitute the butter for coconut oil if you are dairy free. You can also use your own home made muesli or no grain-ola if you are paleo or grain free. 

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A fibre full apple crumble that tastes delicious and is good enough to eat for breakfast
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 Apples
  • ½ Cup Kellogg's All Bran Apricot and Almond High Fibre Muesli (or home made muesli)
  • 1 Teaspoon Coconut Sugar (can substitute for normal sugar)
  • 1 Teaspoon LSA (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter (you can substitute for coconut oil)
Instructions
  1. Peal and slice the apples.
  2. Place the apples in the dish you will serve the crumble in and put about ¼ of the dish fill of water. (Make sure you leave some room for the crumble at the top).
  3. Pop the apples into the oven at 180 degrees celcius for 15 minutes while you get the topping together.
  4. Put the Muesli, Coconut Sugar, LSA and butter (soften the butter) into a bowl and use your hands to combine the butter through the ingredients.
  5. Put the topping over the apples and put back in the oven for another 15 minutes.
  6. Once cooked through serve either by itself or with some home made custard.
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What desserts do you associate with the cold weather??




10 Tips for Gym Etiquette AKA How to not be the person everyone hates in the gym

Whether you’ve been a gym goer for 10 years or 10 days there are some simple gym etiquette we should all be following to make the gym a more enjoyable place for everyone.

Gyms can be intimidating places when your not a regular. Heck I sometimes feel a bit intimidated or don’t know where to start when I go to a new gym. If the gym goers followed these 10 Tips for Gym Etiquette it would definitely help make the gym feel more friendly and less intimidating. 

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1. Put your weights away
Just do it, put them back where they came from! 

2. Don’t hog the equipment
No body likes a hog, use the equipment you need and get on with it

3. Wipe the equipment down
Sweaty equipment is not cool, if you leave a puddle clean it up.

4. Don’t curl in the squat rack
Don’t be that guy (or girl) curl out in the open – you don’t need a squat rack so don’t take up precious gym real estate.

5. Keep your towel on in the change room
Nobody wants to see you butt naked no matter how much you think they do! I’m all for confidence but I don’t need an eye full when I’m ready to workout

6. We are here to workout not socialise
If socialising is your thing so be it, but don’t stand around chatting and hog the equipment! See rule #2, get out of the way of those of us who want to get in and get out. 

7. Don’t be a creeper
At yourself or others, no-one likes a perve (ok some people do but most people don’t!) Keep your eyes to yourself, the wall at the back or your equipment.

8. If you don’t know what your doing, ask for help.
If you don’t want to ask for help at least don’t start with ridiculously heavy weights, you’re just asking to injure yourself.

9. If your waiting for equipment ask the person nicely how many sets they have left to go.
Don’t just stand there like a creeper (refer #7) it weirds people out, they were there first, let them finish.

10. If people can smell you before they see you, keep some antiperspirant handy.
I know the gym is where you come to sweat, unless your the only one in the gym however you need to consider the others that are using the premises, it’s just common courtesy.

Do you have any pet hates in the gym?




Paleo Nut Slice Recipe

Today I have a Paleo Nut Slice Recipe for you which I think you will really enjoy, especially if you love nuts and honey!  This Paleo Nut Slice Recipe is made from only whole and clean ingredients and is refined sugar free as well as grain free. 

I really enjoy a nut slice or nutty muesli bar however haven’t had any in a very long time as I look at the long list of ingredients including things like Glucose Syrup and Emulsifiers along with a whole lot of numbers that I don’t know what they mean completely puts me off. 

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I don’t know about you but I would much rather know exactly what is in my food and use items that don’t have numbers as ingredients, something tells me eating numbers isn’t the best for your body. 

For bonus points you could make this Paleo Nut Slice Recipe using your own home made nut butter (if your not paleo you could use home made peanut butter). 

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I wasn’t sure how well this Paleo Nut Slice recipe would turn out as I’ve never tried to make anything like it before but I was pleasantly surprised at how DELICIOUS it was, we gobbled it all up within a couple of days. A week later I made a batch this size (it’s quite a lot, use a half batch if you just want enough for 1-2 people for 1-2 days) just to double check the recipe (your welcome!) and it was all gone very quickly as well. 

I told the b/f that I wasn’t going to make it for a little while as it was far too easy to eat and yummy! 

 

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  • 3 Cups Mixed Nuts (I used Almonds and Cashews)
  • 1 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • ¾ Cup Coconut Chips (or shredded coconut)
  • 4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (Hard)
  • 4 Tablespoons Hard Honey (Clover works well)
  • 1 Tablespoon Nut Butter
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil, honey and nut butter together in a saucepan on the stove top.
  2. Pop all the other ingredients into a bowl and stir so the ingredients are mixed together.
  3. Stir through the melted coconut oil mixture and ensure it covers all the ingredients (very important!)
  4. Pop into a lined baking tray or loaf tin (depending on if you want a tall or low nut slice).
  5. Put into the freezer for at least half an hour - I recommend an hour to ensure it completely hardens.
  6. Once completely hardened pull out of the fridge and cut immediately - use a sharp knife!
  7. Store in the fridge.
Notes
If your coconut oil is liquid you will need an extra 2 tablespoons.
Make sure you use a hard honey not a soft runny one - if it's hard to squeeze the container or scoop it out of the jar you have a good one.
If your not specifically Paleo I would use peanut butter, otherwise use almond or cashew butter.
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This post was entered into Sweet NZ hosted by Libby at Ditch the Carbs

Are you a fan of nut slices? Have you ever tried making one before?



Pakuranga Night Market

When Germany won the World Cup I found myself $80 richer thanks to a sweepstake which was run at work. I never have cash on me and decided that I should take the b/f on a date to the Pakuranga Night Market too make use of this moolah!

There are a number of night markets in Auckland however I am fairly sure that the Pakuranga Night Market is the original one. 

I have only heard good things about the Pakuranga Night Market and had been wanting to head along since I moved to Auckland but kept on forgetting about it. When speaking with a colleague during the week she mentioned she had been the weekend before and really enjoyed it and I made a note to put it in my diary so I wouldn’t forget about it. 

I tweeted that I was heading along to the Pakuranga Night Market earlier in the week and received some advice back – park across the road from the warehouse (fantastic advice as heaps of people were trying to get a park underneath – bad move!), and to try a range of different dishes (there are so many things to choose from this was hard!). 

We ended up enjoying a four course dinner at the market, we also picked up some reasonably priced avocados and some spinach to attempt to make Nadia Lim’s chicken saagwala at some point in the coming week. 

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The Pakuranga Night Market is a taste of asian markets in New Zealand. The smells are amazing and it is bustling with people.

The Pakuranga Night Market is full of the usual market suspects, food (glorious food!), nick knacks, hair braiding, onesies (so many of them!), fruit and vegetables, clothing etc.

We decided to try a few different dishes so we could sample a number of different stalls. I knew even before we went that as soon as the b/f saw the Vietnamese Pho’s (Beef Noodle Soup) that we would definitely be getting one of those. We shared one as a starter, it was nice although a little bit spicy compared to the ones we had in Vietnam – the girl did put a generous dollop of chilli on the top which would have made it spicy.  For $7 I didn’t think this was too bad – even though they were the equivilent of like $1 in Vietnam, I’m fairly certain we would have paid twice that in a restaurant. 

Second I wanted some meat on a stick so we lined up at a Japanese place that had all sorts on a stick (including octopus), we stuck with chicken and beef skewers. The chicken was a bit average but the beef had something yummy on top – I have no idea what it was but it was a little bit sweet and a little bit salty. We decided it was most likely soy sauce and perhaps some pineapple – It would be awesome to be able to replicate this at home. These were $10 for 6 with one free which I thought was pretty steep given the price of the other foods at the Pakuranga Night Market. 

For our third course we had seen some people walking around with some ‘popcorn chicken’ and I had overheard someone say it was awesome as well. It looked pretty appetizing (despite what it looks like in the picture and the fact it was served in a hot chip container) so we thought we’d give it a go. There were two different flavours – salt & pepper chicken and chilli chicken so we grabbed a pottle of each and shared them. The salt & pepper chicken was a bit average but we both really enjoyed the chilli chicken which had just enough spice but it wasn’t too overpowering. At $5 a pottle I thought they were good value for money and we will most likely grab another pottle next time we visit the markets. 

Lastly I really wanted to give the Churro’s a go, so we joined the queue. From what I’ve heard there is almost always a queue here. To be honest I wasn’t all that sold on them and I wouldn’t get them again. The ones we had didn’t really have any cinnamon and icing sugar on them (I couldn’t taste it at all) and if it weren’t for the chocolate sauce I wouldn’t  have been impressed at all. At $6 for three churro’s I thought these were okay value for money even though I wasn’t sold on them. 

Next time we go I am keen to try the Mango smoothies (they looked amazing)and perhaps one of the curries ($5 for a curry!!!) and share a pottle of the popcorn chicken. 

You can find more information about the Pakuranga Night Markets on their website

Have you been to any night markets? How did you find them?

 




NZ Fitness Expo 2014 Review

Last weekend the NZ Fitness Expo was held at ASB showgrounds in Auckland and we went along on the Sunday afternoon for a bit of a look around.

We had purchased our tickets to the NZ Fitness Expo online which saved us a couple of dollars and we walked straight through and didn’t have to queue – pro tip, do this next year!

I have wanted to go to the NZ Fitness Expo for the past couple of years but living a 5-6 hour drive away always stopped that thought pretty quickly. I knew this year I would have to go, especially since ASB showgrounds are pretty close to where we live.

While I was excited to go and have a look around the NZ Fitness Expo, I was a bit nervous that it was all going to be supplement companies trying to push their supplements and not a lot else. Whilst I was correct in regards to there being a lot of supplement companies there were quite a few other different stalls which was nice to see.

We did a bit of a loop around the Expo site, trialling a few of the different supplements and protein bars etc and ended up beside the strongman stall where we stood around watching people from the public attempting to lift a ridiculously heavy (and very wide handled) dumbbell with one hand without much luck. 
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The b/f gave the 1 minute spin bike competition a go (with tired legs as he had his first track cycling race in a long time the night before) and got second on the leader board and remained there at least until we left the expo late in the afternoon.

We did another loop around the expo before ending up back at the strongman stall where we watched the log lifting competition – sounds relatively easy but that log was 95kg and very wide! A couple of the guys were very close to breaking NZ records, in fact an NZ record was broken for a different event the day before! 

At the end we headed on over to the crossfit invitational stall where the finals of a women’s event (no idea which one sorry!) was just about to get underway. I’ve never given crossfit a go but I like to lift heavy and am competitive, I reckon I would really enjoy entering one of these competitions! After some training of course! 

We didn’t end up bringing home many free samples to be honest and looking at the hauls from some people who attended on the Saturday morning we missed out on a few goodies! 

Pro Tip – If you can handle the hoards of people and you want lots of free stuff to take home then go on the Saturday Morning when they are more stocked with the freebies!

Overall I really enjoyed the NZ Fitness Expo and would most likely go again next year if we are free that weekend. I do find it a bit odd that you have to pay to get in the gates at these types of things as I feel that the people who host it are just making a shit tonne of money between our entry fees and the fees the stallholders have to pay but I guess there isn’t a lot that is free these days! 

Have you ever attended any type of expo?

I’ve been to a travel expo, women’s expo and now  the NZ Fitness expo. 

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