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Whole Orange and Butternut Squash Breakfast Muffins Revisited

It was two years ago that I first published this recipe and a lot has changed in that space of time. All else aside, my little blog continues to chug along - admittedly at glacial pace and with, at times, so few page views that I am led to wonder why I bother. Except I know that the reason I bother is because this is my dream and it's what I love. What is there left in this life without dreams to nurture and creativity to channel? So on I go. 

I'm revisiting some oldies but goodies so as not to forget about these recipes. Sometimes us oldies need to know that we're still loved.

I've tweaked this recipe ever so slightly from the original and added more accurate measurements and a pinch of nutmeg but in essence it's the same super easy muffin recipe, that uses a whole orange - skin, pith and all, and plenty of butternut squash. Enjoy.

Whole Orange and Butternut Squash Breakfast Muffins
Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Refined Sugar-free
Makes 12


Apple and Leek Meatballs

An absolute doddle to make. The little pieces of apple add a hint of sweetness while the sauteed leeks give it a boost of flavour. Serve on top of a heap of shredded veg, salad or whatever sides you like.

Apple and Leek Meatballs
Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-free
Makes 12, Serves 4

500g minced pork (could use chicken or turkey)
1 small eating apple (approx 105g), peeled, cored and finely diced
1/2 medium leek, washed, dried, halved lengthways and finely sliced into half moons
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tbsp olive oil (or other cooking oil of choice)

1. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
2. Gently sautee leeks with a pinch of sea salt until soft and fragrant - do not brown them. Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius (approx 390 farenheit) and line a baking sheet with parchment.
4. Add all remaining ingre…

Raw Coconut Bounty Bars

There are various national coffee shop chains in the UK that still refuse to acknowledge that dairy and gluten intolerances/ allergies are a very real thing. In the half a dozen plus local coffee shops (I live in the very unhip suburban sticks) there is only ONE coffee shop that actually sells DF and GF baked goods. In some cases there isn't even an alternative to dairy milk, resulting in a rather joyless black cup of basic coffee to accompany the empty side plate bearing the mirage of a muffin/cake/cookie,  rendering the entire experience a near zero-calorie (zero-fun) experience.

Yes,  I know how unhealthy random snacking on treats is and I should be glad of the enforced redemption from sugar laden goodies but sometimes it's just nice to know the choice is mine.

Last week I ventured to London, invoking all sorts of nostalgia for the pre-children me, where, with my rose-tinted glasses, I was impeccably dressed, had a dazzling career and lived life with such gleeful freedom. I…