Summer Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Summer Matcha Smoothie Bowl

My new obsession.

Full of heart-healthy plant-based fats, adaptogenic herbs, prebiotics from banana and probiotics from coconut yoghurt and fermented mushroom powder to feed and heal the gut, tocos and marine collagen for a beauty boost, greens for liver loving and extra fibre, and matcha green tea powder for a antioxidant boost like no other. These summer matcha smoothie bowls are everything. 

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Spelt Focaccia With Olive Oil, Crushed Garlic & Burnt Tomato Sauce

Spelt Focaccia With Olive Oil, Crushed Garlic & Burnt Tomato Sauce

This week I'm sharing with you all this insanely good tasting recipe for a gut-friendly focaccia bread that you'll keep making over and over. 

We make this a couple times a week in our household, often in the weekend we top with seasonal veggies and our favourite goats or nut cheese for a simple yet substantial summer meal. 

The burnt tomato sauce thing might leave you raising an eyebrow, but trust me, those extra couple of minutes left in the oven to crisp up the crust and the thicker lashings of tomato paste make for an unexpected heavenly bite. I promise.

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Paleo Date Scones

Paleo Date Scones

These scones are everything.

Creating a gluten and dairy-free scone is easy peasy if you just replace the flours for gluten-free and the butter for (gasp) vegan butter (basically super-unhealthy margarine) but let's be honest, that's not that much better for your body that way than eating the real deal is it? In most cases you're left with a crumbly, dense and dry-as-heck scone. Not ideal. 

When I think of a great scone, it's nourishing, moist, full of flavour, easily cut and spreadable with without crumbling when you lather it in coconut oil, and one that lasts until the next day to use in school lunches, or as a quick grab-and-go breakfast. These tick all the boxes, and taste utterly divine, seriously rivalling their flour and butter filled counterparts. 

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Hot Cross Bun Spiced Ginger Bread Men

Hot Cross Bun Spiced Ginger Bread Men

It's Easter Sunday tomorrow, and rather than the expected hot cross bun post, (Although if that's what you were hoping for, I do have an insanely delicious recipe for those here from last year) I thought I'd use the same delicious warming spices that go into the Easter buns, and pop them into some cookies instead.

These cookies are super-easy to make, low in sugar making them a perfect snack or lunchbox treat for both you and your children and are full of warming spices that will fill your home when baking. I leave half un-iced and dunk mine in a hot cup of chai with almond mylk, so good! 

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Tahini, Cardamom & Green Banana Crepes

Tahini, Cardamom & Green Banana Crepes

Usually reserved for Sundays in other households, pancakes/crepes/waffles are on rotation a few times a week in our household.

I have a go-to recipe which uses oats, eggs, banana and spices, but for a while now I've wanted to create a simple paleo pancake/crepe recipe that tastes, amazing.

I made this for my dessert on Thursday evening, but like most things I make (a bunch of ingredients un-weighed or measured thrown into a blender or food processor) I didn't write down the recipe. These were so light and delicious that I had to recreate these again, this time measuring and jotting down the recipe so I can share it with all of you....

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Girl Gathering No.1 - Summer Of Twenty Seventeen

Two Sundays ago, my dear friend Jessica and I spent our afternoon with 18 beautiful babes, barefoot and crowned under ancient trees strung with fairy lights and nestled among summer flowers in full bloom. 

Upon arrival, guests were served a cherry and pomegranate cocktail topped with Awaka sparkling lemon coconut water (CHIA), spiked with vanilla vodka. 

Jessica's art workshop was up first. Seated at a giant oak table, each place setting was laid out beautifully with Aroha dark chocolate and everything needed to create their masterpiece.

Everyone produced a fantastic artwork that they could take home and hang on their wall in the white frame provided. Jess and I were blown away with how good they all were! It's no wonder, as Jess is such an amazing teacher, and artist! 

Next up was my whole-food and styling workshop, where I taught some essential recipes to producing a seriously good platter or grazing table, including a super-seeded paleo bread, nut cheese, blueberry, blackcurrant and juniper berry jam, beet and butter bean hummus and a walnut and fig log, to name a few. 

After the food was made, I showed our ladies how to style the most divine platter, full of colour and flavour, sure to please any guest, or camera lens! 

During the day, guests were instructed not to venture too far around the property as to keep my big surprise a secret until the very end!

A short walk through the most beautiful garden was a long table made from pallets, set with a runner of summer flowers and foliage perfectly arranged by Sara-Lee of Miss Flower Girl. Scattered around the table were turkish rugs and linen pillows made by Belle Hawk, and atop; the most glorious wine from our lovely sponsors, Giesen, McBride (My personal favourite wines in the entire world!) and Crafters Union Wines, Hogarth chocolate - THE most insanely good chocolate I've tried, linen wrapped gifts which were overflowing with feminine goodies from even more amazing sponsors;. BePure, The Green Collective, Aromaflex, Plant & Share, Global Soap, an artwork from Jessica herself, Pure Wellbeing, Equilibrium (Donation: Pukka Tea) and a cute wee crochet silk face-pad made by my wonderful mother. Thanks so much to all of you! 

All of this is not to mention the platters, showcasing the abundance of local plant food which overflowed from copper pots, wooden platters and ceramic dishes, hand-thrown by me especially for the event. 

We sat around this table, barefoot with floral crowns made by the fabulous Miss Flower Girl, where we feasted, sipped wine, shared stories, laughed, made new friends, were surrounded by nature, and most importantly, relaxed and had the opportunity to take this moment to totally restore from our hectic lives. 

We are so grateful for each and every one of you who came to our Girl Gathering. The feedback from this event has blown me away, and I'd love to share one email in particular that really touched me.

Hi Hayley,

Just wanted to express my gratitude to you and your team of lovely ladies who contributed their amazing talents and incredible attention to detail to today.

My shyness almost got the better of me rocking up solo but I am so pleased that I made it. I met some really lovely people this afternoon and even caught up with a girl I went to school with. Today reminded me of my journey at Wanderlust recently, where the vibration is high and everyone is on the same level, no judgement passed and everyone accepting of one another.

Thanks again for such a uplifting afternoon, the food was amazing! Congratulations on making it happen - I feel honoured to have been part of it and I can’t wait for another one.
— Jo Renyolds

Kathleen from Wild Rising captured this event, with utter perfection. Below are our favourite shots from the day - in the words of Kathleen, "If its inspiration you long for, the images below are sure to satisfy your search." 

A special thanks to my dear friend Jess for sharing your knowledge, your hard work to make this day happen despite the chaos of family life, and joining forces with me to make this day possible. 

Tish, for being such a selfless, beautiful and encouraging human, and of course for letting us use your stunning slice of paradise. 

Stay tuned for Girl Gathering No.2 - If you are worried you will miss out as these events fill fast, join the Gather Girl tribe by signing up below. You will also receive announcements and monthly recipes, inspiration and lifestyle advice straight to your inbox. 

Thanks again. You are all beautiful, precious souls. 

Until next time. Hayley x 

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Hayley Richards

Hello! I'm Hayley - a certified nutritionist and holistic health coach by trade, a living & whole-foods chef and wellness enthusiast by passion. I'm amazingly blessed to live in sunny Nelson NZ with my gorgeous partner and three delicious daughters.

COCONUT + BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST BARS - SUGAR-FREE

COCONUT + BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST BARS - SUGAR-FREE

Happy twenty seventeen beauties! 

I was talking with a friend this week about her hectic life and lack of self care due to the rush, despite her best intentions. Skipping meals, broken or little sleep, relying on coffee in the morning to wake her up, wine at night to relax. Breakfast, her favourite meal of the day is more often than not, a piece of jam toast and coffee... sound familiar anyone?  Making meals in advance can be a life saver. Here's why: 

I can't put enough emphasis on the importance of ensuring your precious bod is fuelled with the best possible food in the morning, (well, all the time really) especially after your body has been in a state of fasting during the night....

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Christmas Fruit Mince Tarts

Christmas Fruit Mince Tarts

If I had to pick my favourite christmas indulgence, it would be fruit mince tarts. Hands down. 

It took me many years to perfect a fruit mince recipe, one that wasn't loaded with added sugar, and had the perfect amount of spice to please all palates, from a child to an adult, and for those not yet accustomed to healthy fare. I think I've finally nailed it, and this year I'm ready to share it with all of you. 

These bite-sized treats are a definite crowd pleaser - the perfect plate to take along to any christmas function, or to be served as dessert on christmas day. They always get devoured.

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Paleo Turmeric Flatbreads / Pizza Crust

Paleo Turmeric Flatbreads / Pizza Crust

I'd been meaning to make a healthy cauliflower pizza crust forever but never got round to it.
All of the recipes I had ever seen always had loads of cheese, which when I looked through the other ingredients on the list seemed to be the only thing making them look like they would taste any good, and really - the whole point in changing up from the standard flour based pizza crust is that it would be healthier right? A dairy-filled crust didn't seem like a worthwhile switch to me, so that's when I started experimenting with these. They have the most simple whole-food ingredient list, are high in protein and like all great recipes, are easily adapted throughout the changing seasons. 

After making these a round pizza crust the first few times, it suddenly dawned on me that these would make fantastic flatbreads! For me, there's nothing better than having some pre-made grab-and-go lunch or dinner options for when you're pressed for time.  

I've made these from carrot (pictured), broccoli, spinach, beetroot, purple carrot and kohlabri (my fave so far) and they are all divine, and most importantly fail-proof! 

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Coconut Coma Cake

Coconut Coma Cake

If there were ever a recipe that could define me and all that I love about food, that showcases my 'can't live without' staples, then this would be it. 

There's a copious amount of coconut in this cake, in every form you could imagine.  You could happily slip into a coconut coma, never wanting to return from it's heavenly taste. The toasted caramel coconut topping is totally moorish, in fact, the entire cake is simply divine.

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BLACK DORRIS PLUM CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

BLACK DORRIS PLUM CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

Sometimes life just calls for cupcakes . Whether it be your child's birthday party, that time of the month, or you're feeling like a chocolate indulgence while procrastinating about all the work you have to do, then these are for you!

They are totally plant-based of course and free from gluten, grains, dairy, refined sugar, soy & egg. Nothing I make ever has any of those things in, (unless I'm making my kids playdough...), other than the occasional organic, pasture fed egg. Why? Because we just don't need them!

I don't label myself as anything, I'm not totally vegan, (although I was for many years) and I don't like labels! They are too restricting, and being flexible with food (within reason) is a really good thing. Sometimes when you're out with friends, it's easier and more enjoyable if you don't have any terrible allergies of course, to just go with the flow and have a smidgen of gluten with your meal for example. It might not be so good for your bod, but the hassle-free experience is good for your soul!

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RAW BLUEBERRIES AND CREAM GRANOLA

RAW BLUEBERRIES AND CREAM GRANOLA

This blueberry and cream granola is to die for, seriously! It is sweet, crunchy and utterly delicious, completely raw, totally plant-based and free from gluten, grains and refined sugar - perfect! There are a few raw granolas on the market, but most are packed with agave which is a definite no-no and are expensive to boot. This recipe will yield 8 cups of raw granola goodness and is very inexpensive to make. Once you have made it once it will become a pantry staple!

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THE ULTIMATE VEGAN WAFFLES - FREE FROM GLUTEN, NUTS + SUGAR

THE ULTIMATE VEGAN WAFFLES - FREE FROM GLUTEN, NUTS + SUGAR

I knew last year would be her last big 'middle-of-the-day, invite-everyone and stay up until 2am icing a birthday cake that is supposed to resemble a princess castle, but looks more like the leaning tower of pisa by the time I've slathered on more icing than cake' kinda party. An intimate sleepover with her besties seemed like a much better idea, and it was truly gorgeous!

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VEGAN STICKY DATE PUDDINGS WITH A WHITE CHOCOLATE BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE + CLEAN EATING SERIES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

VEGAN STICKY DATE PUDDINGS WITH A WHITE CHOCOLATE BUTTERSCOTCH SAUCE + CLEAN EATING SERIES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Where the heck has this year gone?! I can't believe it's the time for Christmas carols and tinsel already. Madness!

It has been the craziest, and loveliest year for me. A little re-cap of my year so far:

My little Chloë Coco is now one year old and the most delightful little human. My darling Myah Jean is nearly 7, and the best mummy's little helper this mummy could hope for. My scrumptious wee Ella Bella turns 4 a few days after Christmas and she is a little fire cracker who lights up my world, makes me laugh out loud and act silly with her every day. Life with these three is so (so so so so soooooo) busy, but amazing and I wouldn't have it any other way! 

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SPROUTED PALEO BREAD - GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN, YEAST FREE, SUGAR FREE

SPROUTED PALEO BREAD - GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN, YEAST FREE, SUGAR FREE

 seriously love bread, but nowadays I prefer a simple smoothie or salad for lunch with a combination of some plant protein, complex carbs and good fats chucked in. In saying that, I still have my days just like anyone else who really just feels like a good ol' sammy without the refined carbs and heavy feeling that you get from eating bread. 

I find even the gluten-free kinds a tad heavy and sticky, or the total opposite - 'super dry have to toast me to be edible', are you feeling me?!  Luckily, this bread is none of the above, and although I do love my favourite crusty gluten free bread  (view recipe here) from time to time, for me this tops even that due to the fact that there are zero flours or yeast. 

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TOASTED SESAME + SPIKED TAHINI ORANGE TRUFFLES FOR PROSTATE HEALTH

TOASTED SESAME + SPIKED TAHINI ORANGE TRUFFLES FOR PROSTATE HEALTH

Happy Movember beautiful humans.

I've been asked by the lads at Equilibrium to whip up a fool-proof, super-easy recipe for Movember, one that even the most cooking impaired caveman can manage!

As Movember is all about prostate health, I thought I'd focus on zinc as an essential trace mineral as it has been implicated in a number of studies on prostate cancer. Zinc is a super important mineral for both men and women to consume, and unless you down a whole bunch of oysters regularly it's now virtually impossible to get enough zinc from most foods due to the depletion of our soil

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MACADAMIA + CASHEW 'NICE CREAM' WITH A CLEAN SNICKERS FLECK

MACADAMIA + CASHEW 'NICE CREAM' WITH A CLEAN SNICKERS FLECK

Woah - you guys have blown me away with your love for the clean snickers! One gorgeous reader sent through a photo yesterday of her recreation made in a square tin making all of the layers thicker. More base + more filling + more chocolate = the most amazing looking and sounding slice ever! Check out the picture on my facebook or instagram page, mouth watering!

I thought you might like this super-quick 'nice cream' recipe made with only whole foods, zero sugar, two ingredients and without an ice-cream maker (because who really has one of those anyway?!) 

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PALEO CLEAN SNICKERS SLICE

PALEO CLEAN SNICKERS SLICE

Ok gorgeous people, here it is. This clean snickers slice may just be the best thing I have ever tasted, as in like my entire life - and I have tasted a lot of delicious food! 

After posting the first sneak-peak of the slice on instagram, I had an influx of emails and comments from people begging for the recipe. I would have posted the recipe and pictures sooner had it not been demolished on the first day by friends and family - there was seriously nothing left to photograph once it had done the 'is it blog worthy taste test' rounds! 

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CREAMY WALNUT + CASHEW TREE CHEESE

CREAMY WALNUT + CASHEW TREE CHEESE

If I had to pick one thing that I miss from before I adopted a dairy-free, plant-centric lifestyle, it would be cheese. Would I ever eat it again? No. I simply know too much about the deleterious effects it can have on the human body; acne, excessive mucous, leaching precious calcium from my bones due to its extreme acidity (contrary to deceptive dairy industry marketing), and worst of all, the protein casein actually has the power to turn on a gene which promotes cancer. 1. Safe to say, I'll never touch the stuff again. What I have been able to do is create a cheese made totally from plants, and I actually like it more than the real deal. Much more. 

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