CONFESSION: I totally stole the idea for this post from Sara, who did a similar thing last week. They do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? :D
So I give you my top ten recipe posts, in (reverse) order of popularity:
10. Coconut pancakes
These are light, coconutty, contain a decent amount of protein and are utterly delicious. They're perfect for breakfast, dessert or just a snack.
Some home-made coconut butter spread on top would be AMAZING. I just happen to have some in the pantry - must make these again this week.
9. Fresh fruit compote
One of my favourite things in the world - fresh fruit compote with a hint of spice. I'm currently mourning the fact that I will never make this again. At least not with apples, pears, plums and nectarines, which is my all-time favourite combo. Boo, polyols! I shall have to come up with an alternative. Citrus? Berries? Hmm...
Add a good glob of Greek yoghurt and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts and you have a great breakfast. Or dessert.
8. Choc-raspberry chia pudding
What can I say? Chia, chocolate, raspberries. What's not to like? Perfect for breakfast or dessert - Are you seeing a theme here...?
This recipe can easily be made lactose-free and vegan too: just use a non-dairy milk alternative and switch the whey powder for soy or another vegetable-based one.
7. Lemon-blueberry individual cheesecakes
Creamy, sweet, lemony-blueberry pots of goodness. Also: super-easy. Only seventh most popular? Sheesh. You people are hard to please.
6. Pina colada shake
This one surprised me. A humble shake in the Top Ten? I guess it's more of a smoothie really... and it is kind of awesome. You could even add a shot of rum to yours to make it more authentic - I promise not to tell.
5. Super-choc brownies
Brownies. Who doesn't love brownies? These were pretty amazing, if I say so myself. I'm not at all surprised this one made it onto the list. They're so good that you won't be able to wait for them to cool down before tucking in. Don't say I didn't warn you. If you burn your mouth, it's not my fault, OK?
4. Pumpkin spice pancakes
Pancakes again. Of course. This is one of my staple breakfasts/snacks. Every time there's leftover pumpkin or sweet potato in the fridge, I seem to end up making a batch of these. The pumpkin, spice, maple syrup and salt are a winning combination, I tell ya.
3. Crustless mini quiches
Oh yeah. This one is number two for good reason. You can serve it over pasta or steamed shredded veggies, or just slop it in a bowl like in the photo. (Great styling...not.) It's so tasty, they'll ask for second helpings.
You can use turkey, beef, pork or roo mince, by the way. Nothing is ever set in concrete.
And the most popular recipe post is.... drumroll, please....
1. Super chocolate truffles
A well deserved winner. I created this recipe earlier this year during a short period where I was sticking to a very "clean" and unprocessed nutrition plan. No additives, no preservatives, no processed sugar, no this or that. So I set myself a challenge to come up with an Easter treat that fit within the "rules" and yet was completely irresistible.
This little number ticked all those boxes AND is suitable for anyone following a raw, vegan or Paleo diet. It's also gluten-free, but alas... it's not low FODMAPs (dates and avocado). New challenge: to come up with an alternative version that suits my particular food intolerances.
Oh, and the irresistible part? I discovered that you CAN eat these babies straight from the freezer. *ahem* I'd almost say they're BETTER frozen. So much for putting them out of the way of temptation...
Well, this was fun. Apart from being a trip down memory lane, it was interesting to see which recipes have really struck a chord with readers. And I've been prompted to get out of my cooking rut and make a few old favourites that haven't seen the light of day in my kitchen in quite a while.
Have you made any of these recipes? Let me know what you thought. :)