School has been back a week and already I'm at the what on earth do I put in lunch boxes stage. It's the never ending question isn't it? There are a couple of children at our girls school who have tuckshop every day. While I could never afford that and Hello diet of chocolate paddle pops Mumma won't know - the thought is certainly tempting!
However thatw ont work for our family so I juts have to get it sorted. I do find it's far far easier if I have at least done some sort of baking at the start of the week.
So just out of the oven now is my variation on some recipes ( you can see the original at each of the links ). I have cleaned them up a bit :)
Zucchini and Carrot Slice
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup self-raising organic wholemeal flour
- 1 large zucchini, grated
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 large carrot, grated
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 1/3 cup macadamia nut oil
Mix it all together and press into a tin. Bake in a moderate oven for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into slices. I like this because it's pretty clean ( depending on your cheese) - the girls love it. I can have it myself with salad and so can Richard.
This gets us through two days.
Now for treats.
A quick zip through woolies or coles and you are bombarded with back to school specials on muesli bars LCM bars and a multitude of other advertised "healthy" choices. Have you noticed so many packages now have the word wholegrain whacked on them? Wholegrain seems to be the new "low fat". As always I flip them over and start to read the ingredients - and numbers and I still am yet to find something that makes me happy.
I randomly grabbed a carton of buttermilk for in my trolley and when I got home had a quick search for recipes.
I remembered Tessa Kiros - Berry and Buttermilk Cake from Apples for Jam and wondered if I could clean it up a bit
So the good news is yes you can and it's really good! I just tried a piece (for research purposes of course)
Here is my adapted recipe
- Tamar's Berry and Buttermilk Cake
- 2 cups wholemeal organic SR flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons macadamia nut oil
- 1 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- ground nutmeg
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 teapsoons raw sugar (optional!)
Place all the ingredients into a bowl - (except the berries and raw sugar ). Mix until just combined with a wooden spoon. Spread into a lined tinned. Sprinkle the blueberries on top. I also sprinkled the sugar ( I only had white sugar ) because I like the crucnh of the original recipes which uses 2 1/2 tablespoons - but you can totally leave this off and now I have made it and tried it I will next time.
Cut into chunks for in lunchboxes - not super sweet but a good sweet hit and filling. this is going to be perfect for afternoon tea too!
Finally I had just a smidge under a two cups of buttermilk left and if you are anything like me it tends to sit in the fridge and get forgotten so I thought have to use it up.
I googled for Buttermilk Muffins.
This is the original recipe I used.
Tamar's Double Choc Chip Buttermilk Muffins
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 cup macadamia nut oil
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups organic wholemeal plain flour
- 4 tspns baking powder
- 1/3 cup good quality organic cocoa
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup dark choc chips or chunks
Place all ingredients in a bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. Spoon into muffin cases and bake for 15 - 20 minutes.
Another week of lunches sorted - 8 more to go before end of term :) Hope back to school is running smooth in your homes.