I’m going to start off with a rant about women’s magazines, so forgive me for the rambling way that gets me to the point of this post.  Stay with me folks.  

As a rule of thumb, I loathe women’s magazines.  Most of them are utter drivel, and contain gossip and speculation (you know the type, “a close friend says Jennifer Aniston is pregnant…”) about vacuous celebrities who think nothing of dropping ten grand on a handbag.  Celebrities who are only famous because they made a sex tape, or are beautiful, or married to a sportsman.  New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, New Idea, Woman’s Day:  I’m looking at you!  I certainly object to the glorification of the sort of people who grace their magazines (Hands up who wants their daughter to be the next Kim Kardashian or Lindsay Lohan?), but mostly I can’t stand how dumb they think their readers are.

My mum was a long-time subscriber to NZWW so I can remember the days when it was actually a good magazine.  It had real people in it.  New Zealanders who were doing really cool things, or who overcame some sort of adversity, or even just good old Judy Bailey who read the news on the telly, talking about her charity work in Africa.  NZWW had knitting patterns and recipes for food that didn’t cost the earth to make.  It wasn’t highbrow stuff, but the NZWW used to assume that women gave a sh** about issues more important than Kim K’s bath water.  Somewhere along the line, these magazines lost their way, and lost readers like my Mum (and me, by proxy).

It was with great joy that I discovered Good magazine, the antidote to all the drivel.  Now, Good is not a woman’s magazine per se, I know lots of men who read it too, but it’s such a thing of beauty it definitely appeals to women.  Good magazine focuses on living simply and living well.  Even if you don’t live in NZ, check out their website, they have so many great tips to save you money or help you upcycle your stuff on there.  The best part is, they treat their readers as if they have a brain.  They do well-researched articles on important issues, and look at both sides of the story, e.g. immunization or fracking.*

Ok, rant about magazines over.

Basically the point of this post is that I won a book called ‘Feeding Little Tummies’ from Good, as I always enter their competitions.  Obviously it’s a recipe book filled with ideas for kid friendly food, and I found a recipe that us sugar-free adults can enjoy too!  Yay!  It’s written by Nicola Galloway, a trained chef who is passionate about real food.  She is not a fan of sugar so there are plenty of low or no sugar recipes in the book.

I made this healthy slice for Eloise, who really liked it.  D and I give it the thumbs up too.

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Cashew Banana Chew

1/2 c cashews

2 ripe bananas

squeeze of lemon

1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

50g butter

few drops of vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 c small rolled oats

1/2 c desiccated coconut

1 apple, grated

1 egg

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.  Line a 25cm square baking tin with baking paper.

Put cashews in food processor and blitz.  Add banana, lemon juice, lemon zest, butter and vanilla.  Process to combine.  Add remaining ingredients and pulse to fold together.  Pour into tin and spread out evenly.  Bake for 20 minutes until golden on top and firm to the touch.

Om nom nom nom.

* I am in no way affliated with Good magazine.  They just rock.

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