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Recipe: Spelt Pancakes (Dairy Free, Gluten Free)

Oh Pancakes! How much I love you – do you love pancakes?

One of my favourite parts of the weekend, is having yummy, healthy Spelt Pancakes with a cup of tea.

We often think of pancakes with a breaky treat but you can enjoy eery bite with a healthy option.

This recipe is a light, fluffy and totally comfort by having a natural choice for breakfast. While pancakes font have a reputation as a healthy option, this recipe still gives you nutrients that can benehfit your health.

Spelt flour is a great option to substitute for other flours such as whole wheat flours. Spelt flour is much more densely packed with nutrients than the regular wheat flour and gives you a super charges breafst otion to start your day. An extra bonus is that spelt is sweeter than regular wheat flour and has a mild, butty flavour too. Its a lighter grain which helps to have fluffier, lighter pancakes.

A tip is to be aware of how much sugar, processed or natural, are topped on top :)


2 tbsp (30gms) coconut or macadamia oil (can opt to you use soft butter if prefer)

2 cups (250g) spelt flour  (white and/or wholemeal) or can use plain gluten free flour

3 eggs

300ml almond or coconut milk

1/2 fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tbsp baking soda

1 tbsp (30g) raw honey


1. Place all ingredients into your food processor and blend until smooth. Or you can place all ingredients into a large bowl and blend.

2. Heat a frying pan over medium-high and place 1-2 tbsp coconut oil. Then turn heat down slightly so that its doesn’t burn the pancakes.

3. Once its melts, pour into 10cm circles of pancake batter.

4. Cook until bubbles are formed and starts to pop in the batter. Then turn over nd cook until lightly browned.

5. Remove pancakes to a plate, add another 1-2 tbsp coconut oil, and continue cooking pancakes until batter is finished.

4. Serve with berries, coconut yoghurt and raw honey, or with yoghurt and fresh lemon.

5. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days and be reheated.

Notes: You can opt for egg free by using 1 tbsp chai seeds and 3 tbsp water or add a touch more milk.


5 Wellness Favourites – Music, Tea and the Comfiest Pants ever!

There are many things you can do to help improve your happiness. Often we have great days and sometimes we have sad days – and thats ok! If you’re ever wanting to pull yourself out of a funk, here are 5 things in the world of health, wellness and lifestyle that I’ve been loving recently:


1 – Current Favourite Music  - Vulfpeck ‘Wait for the Moment’

Speaking of funk, these guys have some incredible tunes to get your body moving and mind smiling. This particular track feautres the amazing voice of Antwann Stanley. He is next level – I haven’t heard this voice for a while. It gets right into my heart and bring happiness to the day – such a perfect song to start a day with a smile :)

If you like this song, Vulkpeck ’1612′ is also a good one!


2 - Nixon Blaster

This is the portable speaker I use to bring my music with me wherever I go. It throws out a big sound for a compact unit. There are others out there, so I’d recommend to pick one that suits you, so you can have tunes on command whenever you need them.

See this video for ‘A Closer Look at the Nixon Blaster’.


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3 - Girlfriend Collective Clothing

I was recently given an awesome pressie of some ‘Girlfriend Collective’ leggings and I haven’t taken them off much :) They are perfect for yoga, exercise, chilling, anything! Pretty much the comfiest all round pants you can wear.

The collection believe the best fashion is not about trends – it’s about quality. They also focusing on humane manufacturing, meticulous design, and sustainable materials, and aim to create a community of people who care about every step of the process.

Highly suggest – worth checking out!

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4 – ‘Qi’ Organic Green ‘Wellness’

Qi Wellness Tea is a refreshing berry fusion, formulated to give you an uplifting boost to your day. It combines blueberry, pomegranate and hawthorn fruit for a range of antioxidants. Qi Wellness Tea is in a naturally sweet and mellow tasting green tea base so there is no need to add milk or sugar. Its rich with antioxidant blueberries and pomegranates.

Qi Teas are:- Certified organic- Certified Fairtrade- Gluten & dairy free- No artificial flavours- No GMQi. Tea Bags are free of staples and glue – Unbleached tea bags- Individually wrapped. 

You can get it at your local supermarket or online.

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5  - Mummy’s Wish - Helping Mums with Cancer

This is a beautiful organisation that dedicates the provision of really practical supoort that keeps families functioning and together during Mum’s cancer treatment. They helped out during my own cancer treatment and I’m eternally grateful. For more information or to support them, click the link above.

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Second Session – ‘The Truth About Sugar’

Did you miss out on the last talk about Sugar?

Don’t worry . . .  a second repeat session is coming up again on Monday 4th May at 7.30pm at Zen Den Collective in Dunsborough. Head along to hear what I have to say about this controversial topic and leave with some truthful knowledge.

If you are confused about the good and bad things about sugar and you want to learn about the effects of sugar on your health including the ways to substitute better options in your diet . . . then book in asap for the next session before it sells out again!

Flyer below

Look forward to seeing you there.
Tara :)



Recipe – Buckwheat Mushroom and Pumpkin Rissotto

Buckwheat is an energizing and nutritious food with a nutty and delicious taste that is a great alternative to rice. Many people think that Buckwheat is a cereal grain but it is not related to wheat and is actually an eaten fruit seed which is related to rhubarb. It is often referred to as a pseudocereal and is a great choice for people who are sensitive to wheat and other grains that contain protein glutens.

There are great health benefits to choosing to eat Buckwheat;

Buckwheat is good for your cardiovascular system, it has been linked to lowered risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Buckwheat’s beneficial effects are due to its rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin. Its also a good source of magnesium and also improves blood flow.

Canadian researchers found new evidence in their latest published ‘Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemisty’ that buckwheat may help in the management of diabetes. In a placebo-controlled study, a single dose of buckwheat seed extract, lowered blood glucose levels by 12-19% when fed to laboratory animals with chemically-induced diabetes. No glucose reduction was seen in the animals given the pacebo.

Eating buckwheat and other foods high in insoluble fiber also helps prevent gallstones. Researchers show that insoluble fibre not only speeds how quickly food moves through the intestines but it also reduces the secretion of bile acids, which contributes to gallstone formation.

Fibre from whole grains such as buckwheat also protect against breast cancer. Researchers from a UK Womens Cohort Study showed significant protection against breast cancer for pre-menopausal women who had a diet rich in fibre from wholegrains, such as buckwheat.

As well as the many health benefits of buckwheat, I fine this seed is a great addition to many recipes. One of my most favourite being the below risotto recipe. Buckwheat is easy to cook with and tastes delicious.

Buckwheat Mushroom and Pumpkin Risotto

  • 2 cups of raw buckwheat
  • 500g pumpkin, peeled and roughly diced in 2cm cubes
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 large fennel, finely diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 thyme springs (leaves only) or 2 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes (optional)
  • 1 lemon
  • 8-10 button, swiss brown or portabello mushrooms, diced
  • 4 cups packed of shredded silver beet greens
  • 3-4 tbsp pitted olives
  • ½ cup almond/cashew/coconut milk

Preheat oven 180’C and bake pumpkin on baking tray with baking paper approx. 20mins or until cooked, set aside to cool till needed.

In meantime, cook buckwheat, approx. 20mins, set aside until needed

Once pumpkin and buckwheat are cooked and you have prepped the veges, heat oil in large saucepan/wok/pot. Then sweat fennel for 5 mins then add chili, garlic and thyme. Saute for a few minutes then add lemon zest and mushrooms. Stir continuously for 5 mins until mushrooms start to cook. Then add cooked buckwheat and silver beet. Stir through until silver has wilted. Then add olives and pumpkin, mix through and add milk.

Allow the pumpkin and milk to heat through. Turn of heat and stir in lemon juice, then serve