Not really CADA

This variation of CADA (for those of you who are not familiar with it check out the original recipe here  ) was born on a morning where I discovered we where out of dates, dried apricots and I needed to come up with breakfast fast and there wasn’t too much left at the end of the week in the fridge.

I looked at some pretty ripe bananas  in the fruit bowl and thought this could work and low and behold this version of “not really” CADA was concocted!

You will need 

1 apple quartered (I used an organic granny smith in this one)

Small handful of coconut (be it shredded, flakes, dessicated)

(just make sure it’s organic to avoid the nasty preservative 220 which is linked to asthma and eczema and behavioural conditions!)

1 banana (ripe but not dead) roughly chopped in large ish pieces

Optional – handful of activated pepitas and sunflower seeds or any combination of activated nuts if tolerated (Do not use seeds or nuts if following Autoimmune Protocol   )


Place all ingredients in Thermomix and on Turbo pulse once or twice till combined.

You can also do this in a blender/food processor you will just need to judge how long to process till it looks similar to the photos.

Serves 1 in our house but we are big eaters especially at breakfast.

Just double or triple the recipe to serve more if required.


With all fruit /veggies you should serve it with some sort of fat so that the fat soluble vitamins are absorbed and you are getting the most out of your fruit & veggies

A sliced avocado is normally how we finish off this dish meeting the above requirement.

Good fats also keep you fuller longer therefore avoiding the 10am munchies many people have.

If you turbo or puree this to a finer consistency (without the seeds/nuts) and add the avocado to be processed at the same time this would make a very filling babies breakfast/snack that is full of beneficial fats from the coconut and avocado which is essential for brain development and the potassium, B vitamins (its the best fruit source of B6), carbohydrates and fibre from the banana and apples are an antioxidant powerhouse!

We hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

In Health


Blueberry "Surprise" Pudding

Need to hide greens from the kids? It’s unfortunately the way for my youngest Lachlan whereas Riley my eldest eats them with very little fuss so I got a little creative this afternoon tea and came up with this.

Serves 2 kids serves

2 tablespoons Chia seeds
1 tablespoon pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
1 & 1/2 cups of frozen blueberries
2 pitted Medjool dates
2 Medium /large bananas (I used fresh – you could use frozen but would change the texture of the pudding to more ice cream)
1 cup baby spinach
2 tablespoons of water (may need more depending)

1. Using Thermomix (or high powered blender) on speed 9 grind up chia seeds, sunflower and pepita seeds till the form a powder
2. Add all other ingredients and on speed 9 blend till all combined and it’s at a texture your kids will eat.
3. Dish out and serve and secretly giggle to yourself that the blueberry “surprise” is actually full of iron, protein and fruit and your kids are blissfully unaware!!

(excuse my smudged glass!)

Blueberry pudding

Summer Sunflower Smoothie

Makes 1 big drink or 2 smaller serves.

¼ cup of organic sunflower seeds

1 ripe banana

1 ripe mango

1 tsp organic vanilla extract

3-4 slices of canned pineapple (or if you can tolerate the enzymes in fresh pineapple use fresh. Some people are sensitive to fresh pineapple and it can cause a allergic reaction)

250 mls coconut water

  1. Put sunflower seeds in Thermomix and grind on speed 9 for approx 10 seconds (till you have a powder)
  2. Place all remaining ingredients in and slowly work your way up to speed 9  until processed and smooth and creamy. Serve immediately

If you are not nut free you could try Macadamia nuts in place of the Sunflower this would make the smoothie quite creamy too.

CADA – The best breakfast (or snack!)

CADA – for those who aren’t familiar with it it’s

1 handful of coconut (organic desiccated or shredded)

1 handful of almonds

1 handful of dates (we only use 2 pitted Medjool dates it’s enough)

1 apple chopped in quarters

in the Thermomix and turbo one or twice (less obviously if you want it chunky)

My personal favourite is replace the dates with dried organic apricots and use a green apple instead of red.

(If possible you should try and buy organic apples as apples are one of the highest sprayed fruit and also non organic ones are covered in wax)

Eat as it or top with organic greek yogurt (or coconut yogurt for dairy free option) and some more fruit like bananas, strawberries etc and you have a filling protein filled breakfast.

If you are nut free (like my boys) are just leave out the almonds and use pepitas/sunflower seeds etc


Omega 3 packed Tropical Smoothie

With Lachlan’s eczema I am always looking for options to get more essential fatty oils into him as they really do help with his skin.

This tropical smoothie – a very satisfying breakfast or after school/sports pick me up, full of  good essential fatty acids from the seeds and fibre from the fruit!

Tropical Smoothie

1 tblsp chia seeds
1 tblsp sunflower seeds
1 tblsp flaxseed
1 tblsp pepitas  1 large banana (frozen in small slices)
½ sweet pineapple fresh or half a large canned tin
2 peeled oranges halved
300-400g water (or to taste)
1. Place seeds into Thermomix bowl and grind for 40 seconds on speed 9
2. Add fruit speed 9 for 30 seconds
3. Add water speed 9 for 20-30 seconds and serve

If you aren’t nut free a tablespoon of almonds can be added in step 1.