Relax – you got this.
Like most people, the phrase “bring a plate” has been known to strike fear into my heart.
Sure, I have one or two tried-and-tested, foolproof recipes up my sleeve, but after falling back on them for years now, it’s getting a little bit embarrassing.
So I recently went on a mission to find some recipes that were a) genuinely jaw-dropping, b) easy to make (even for the likes of me) and c) relatively healthy.
And here they are – three dishes pretty much guaranteed to impress your friends, family and co-workers, every time.
Just as an FYI, this post is sponsored by Cancer Council.
1. Dominique Rizzo’s No Bake Chocolate Brownies.
What you need:
130g fresh dates, pitted
2 lady finger bananas or 1 ripe Cavendish banana
¼ cup cocoa nibs (optional) these are available from health food shops and give a great crunch to the brownie
4 tbsps raw cocoa powder (unsweetened) you can just use normal cocoa powder
¼ cup coconut flour (available in health food shops)
½ cup ground almonds (almond meal)
1 cup raisins
½ cup raw macadamia nuts, chopped
1/3 cup shredded coconut, toasted
1. In a food processor combine all the ingredients except the macadamia nuts and the shredded coconut until smooth.
2. Fold through the macadamia nuts and press the mixture into a tray lined with baking paper to a thickness of about 1 ½ cm.
3. Sprinkle over the toasted coconut and press lightly onto the mixture.
4. Refrigerate for a few hours until firm, cut into squares and store in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also roll the mixture into balls and then into the coconut.
Warning: It’s addictive.
2. Darren Robertson’s Pear and Ricotta Muffins.
What you need:
350g plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
75g brown sugar
½ tsp bicarbonate soda
135ml grapeseed oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
100g natural yoghurt
2 pears, diced
150g fresh ricotta