Raspberry and Coconut Rocky Road

Posted by Nicole Joy on 13 April 2017
Raspberry and Coconut Rocky Road

Are you ready for the easiest (and tastiest!) healthy rocky road you have ever seen?? Look. No. Further. I originally posted this last year, but it doesn't get any better so here it is again!

  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries (if you use frozen ensure they are well drained)
  • 1/2 cup coconut chips
  • 2 Tbs chopped nuts
  • 1 Tbs buckwheat (optional - adds a nice crunch!)
  • 200g dark chocolate, melted

 

1. Mix the raspberries, coconut and nuts together in a small loaf pan lined with non-stick baking paper.

2. Melt the chocolate and pour into the pan, making sure to cover all the ingredients. Sprinkle over buckwheat if using.

3. Freeze for at least 30 minutes (or refrigerate for 1 hour) before cutting into squares.

healthy easter treat chocolate rocky road

 


 

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Spelt Hot Cross Buns

Posted by Nicole Joy on 13 April 2017
Spelt Hot Cross Buns
This year, I found myself short on time for coming up with a new hot cross buns recipe... and the thing is (if I am being honest) last year's recipe was so damn good I didn't really feel the need to rework it! #sorrynotsorry
 
It's not gluten-free (but you could totally try GF Flour), so if you're a coeliac unfortunately your reading material stops about here. For those of us that can tolerate a little gluten - read on. It's wheat free, which means it's easier to digest and because it does contain gluten you won't need to buy 87 different flours and fail 5 batches before you get it right. Been there, totally done that!
  •  3 cups white spelt flour + 3 Tbsp
  • 125 ml water
  • 150 ml cold milk (your choice)
  • 2 tsp (1 sachet) dried yeast
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 cup dried fruit (I use a mixture of cranberries + raisins)
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 60g grass-fed organic butter (or coconut oil) softened
GLAZE + CROSS
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Plain flour + water (I made the mistake of using spelt in this photographed version and you need to use plain flour if you want to actually see the cross!)
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 2 Tbsp boiling water
  • 1 drop doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil 

1. Combine 3 Tbsp white spelt flour with the water in a small saucepan. Gently thicken over low heat until the mixture thicken. Note it should not boil, when it starts to scrap across the bottom of the pan it is done.

2. Remove from the heat and add the milk, stir until well combined. It should be a only-just-warm temperature.

3. Pour this mixture into a food process or stand-mixer with a knead/bread function, then add the yeast and allow it to sit for a few minutes until it starts to bubble a little (this is the yeast activating).

4. Add the remaining ingredients and knead on a low speed until the dough comes together and is a smooth consistency.
*Alternatively you could add off the igredients to a large bowl, stir then knead manually.

5. Place the dough in a large, greased bowl and cover with a tea towel. Allow to prove for an hour or until it has doubled in size.

6. Transfer the dough to a floured board and divide into 12 pieces. Shape each dough into a ball and place about 1.5 cm apart on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper. The dough will be sticky, so it will help to slightly wet your hands.

7. Cover with cling wrap (make sure it is greased on the side that touched the buns) and allow to prove for another hour or so.
Although not essential, the cross is traditional. However I've since found that it doesn't work with spelt flour. You will need to use regular plain flour.

8. Mix about ¼ cup plain flour with enough water (add very slowly and in small amounts) to make a thick paste. It should be a good consistency to pipe, but not runny.

9. Lightly beat the extra egg and brush the tops of the buns. Pipe on the cross and bake in a pre-heated oven of 190°C for 13-14 minutes.

10.  Upon removing the buns from the oven, immediately brush with the honey glaze.


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Thai-style Sweet Potato Soup

Posted by Nicole Joy on 6 April 2017
Thai-style Sweet Potato Soup
As the weather is getting cooler (seriously guys, it's like BELOW 30 degrees in Queensland!) there is nothing I like more than throwing everything into the Thermomix and watching a soup materialise in front of my eyes. (the instructions are for thermo-less peeps, don't worry!) The addition of the Lemongrass oil give is a beautiful Thai flavour and the ginger just adds a wonerful zing! (did I just say wonderful?) #callmemaggiebeer
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 brown onion, sliced

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped

  • 300g (approx. 2 1/2  cups) sweet potato, cut into small chunks

  • 1 medium head broccoli, stems included

  • 3 cups vegetable stock + extra, if needed

  • 1 cup coconut cream

  • 2-3  drops doTERRA Lemongrass essential oil

  • 2-3 drops doTERRA Ginger essential oil

 

  1. Heat the olive oil over a medium heat in a large saucepan. Sauté the onion and garlic until onion is soft and translucent.

  2. Add the sweet potato and broccoli and cover with vegetable stock.

  3. Cook over a medium heat for 15 - 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

  4. Carefully transfer the mixture to a food processor together with the coconut cream and lemongrass and process until smooth and creamy.  (Depending on your food processor/blender you might need to do this in two batches)

  5. Serve with cracked black pepper (and if you're anything like my husband, half a loaf of sour dough bread!)

        Enjoy!


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Choc Peppermint Bliss Balls

Posted by Nicole Joy on 21 March 2017
Choc Peppermint Bliss Balls
Never, ever, ever, ever, ever will I get sick of these. Snack, dessert or breakfast on the run, these babies never disappoint. 
  • 1 cup almonds or pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup coconut chips/shredded
  • 2 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 8 large Medjool dates, pitted*
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, softened
  • 8-10 drops doTERRA essential Peppermint oil
  • 2 Tbsp Maple syrup
* alternatively you can use dried dates that have been soaked in boiling water for 20 minutes
  1. Process the nuts, coconut and cacao powder until crumbly.
  2. One by one, add the dates and mix until no large chunks remain.
  3. Add coconut oil, peppermint oil and syrup. Pinch the mixture together between your fingers - if it holds its shape it's the right consistency. If not, add 1 Tbsp cold water at a time until the desired consistency is achieved.
  4. Using a tablespoon as a guide, roll mixture into balls and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or freeze for 30 mins).
  5. Dust with extra cacao powder or roll in desiccated coconut.

Enjoy! 


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Blueberry Lavender Muffins

Posted by Nicole Joy on 14 March 2017
Blueberry Lavender Muffins

This is one of those recipes where you really can use whatever you have on hand (aka my kind of no-fuss cooking!) You can use any plain flour, gluten-free, whatever floats your boat. Whatever sugar works too. Apple sauce is just a nicer alternative to vegetable oil and you could use frozen raspberries if you prefer. Flexy isn't it?

Oh, it's definitely more 'cakey' then a traditional muffin, which definitely isn't a bad thing!

  • 2 cups white Spelt flour

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • ¾ cup coconut sugar

  • 1 cup (240g) Greek yoghurt

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 drops doTERRA Lavender essential oil (I used 3 as I'm used to the taste)

  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 1/3 cup apple sauce

  • 1½ cups frozen blueberries

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC (360ºF). Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the sugar and stir to combine.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine the yoghurt, eggs, essential oil, vanilla and apple sauce. Whisk together.

  3. Stir through the flour mixture until just combined. Carefully fold in the blueberries and scoop into 2 x 6-hole muffin tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

 

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

 

  1. Stir with a fork until well combined and top each cooled muffin with about 1 Tbsp of frosting.

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Salmon with Ginger Orange Dressing

Posted by Nicole Joy on 7 March 2017
Salmon with Ginger Orange Dressing

Hands in the air if you have the energy to cook a MKR worthy meal, have the house sparkling, washing folded and to-do list completed when you get home from work each night? I didn't think so. I sure as sh*t don't. (PS. I think we put waaaaaaay too much pressure on ourselves to do that). 

Let's go for simple, sub 15 minutes instead, shall we?

Think of it as 'Nicole Joy's 15 Minute Meals' - Sorry Jamie. Inject some bonafide star flavour with these essential oils and you'll have Manu asking for 'more sauce?' in no time. I promise I will stop with the reality TV cooking show references. I could switch gears and start talking about Married at First Sight after last night's shenanigans, but I won't subject you to my addiction to trash TV.

Seriously, what's going on there?! Reality TV: 1, Nicole: 0.

Salmon

  • 150g skinless piece of salmon
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • salt + pepper, to taste

Dressing

Salad

  • handful of baby spinach
  • 3 - 4 raw radish, spiralised (or sliced)
  • 1 Tbsp pepitas, toasted
  1. Mix all dressing ingredients together in a small jar with a lid, shake well and set aside.
  2. Toast pepitas in a non-stick pan (without oil) and set aside.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a large non-stick pan and season boths sides of the salmon with salt + pepper.
  4. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side, or until cooked to your liking.
  5. Spiralise (or slice) the radish.
  6. Arrange radish on top of the baby spinach and place cooked salmon on top. Drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle with toasted pepitas.

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Warm Ginger Miso Chicken Salad

Posted by Nicole Joy on 2 March 2017
Warm Ginger Miso Chicken Salad

I'm so excited for you guys to see the 'Cooking with Essential Oils' FREE eBook I'm working on. It's going to be exclusively for all my subscribers only and will feature 10 recipes using the oils plus a whole lotta important information. Who know, maybe there's a third cookbook in the works ;)

The Ginger Oil that I cook with is freaking insane - it smells like the most pure ginger you've ever smelt and you get that flavour hit without the stringy little crunchy bits of of the actual plant. So not a fan of that! Let me know how you go with one - it's super easy and suitable for the whole fambam.

{Serves 4}

Dressing

  • 2 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp miso paste
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (juice of half a lemon)
  • 2 Tbsp tahini 
  • 1 Tbsp warm water
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 drops doTERRA Ginger essential oil
  • pinch salt

Mix all ingredients together in a jar, shake well and set aside.

Salad

  • 1 small Rotisserie chicken (breast and thighs only) meat shredded
  • 200g vermicelli noodles
  • 1 cucumber, halved lengthwise, deseeded and cut diagonally
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 Chinese cabbage (Wombok), shredded
  • 1 cup snow peas (raw) , finely sliced
  • toasted sesame seeds and sliced spring onions, to serve

1. Cook the noodles according to packet instructions, drain and set aside.

2. Prepare all the vegetables.

3. Mix all ingredients together on a large serving plate and drizzle with dressing and season to taste.

4. Enjoy!


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Wild Orange Chocolate Brownies

Posted by Nicole Joy on 21 February 2017
Wild Orange Chocolate Brownies
I don't know about you, but I have a friend who makes the BEST brownies everrrrrrr. They're loaded with butter and sugar and about 2 blocks of Top Deck chocolate. Is this like that? Ah.. no. BUT, it's husband approved (and if you knew my hubby, that speaks volumes), it's rich, satisfying and waaaaay better for you than the comatose-inducing Top Deck variety. Plus it's #glutenfree and #dairyfree. #hashtagthat
  • 500g grated sweet potato (about 2 ½ cups)
  • 2 whole eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil, cooled
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 drops doTERRA Wild Orange oil
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder, sifted
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1 tspbaking soda
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 50g dark choc chips or dark chocolate, chopped (choose dairy free if need be)

Preheat the oven to 180 C (360 F) and line a 9" square baking tin with non-stick baking paper. Alternatively you can use two 9" x 5" loaf tins.

Add sweet potato, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and Wild Orange oil to a large mixing bowl.

In a separate smaller bowl, sift the cacao, baking powder and baking soda. Stir through the coconut flour.

Add the cacao mixture to the sweet potato mixture and mix until well combined. Fold through the chocolate chunks.

Pour into the prepared tins and bake for 30 minutes.

Allow to cool in tin for at least an hour.

Serve with Wild Orange Coconut Ganache
  • ½ cup full fat coconut cream
  • 100g dark chocolate of choice, chopped (choose dairy free if need be)
  • 4 drops of doTERRA Wild Orange oil

Heat coconut cream to just before boiling point. Don't allow it to bubble! Add the chocolate and stir until a nice glossy finish is achieved. You can serve this more like a sauce or once spread onto brownies and set in the fridge it will be more like icing. So freaking delish!

Nicole xx


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Best Ever Turmeric Latte

Posted by Nicole Joy on 14 February 2017
Best Ever Turmeric Latte

Ah the turmeric latte, or the Golden latte (depending on how snobby your café is)! What is it you say? Well, for peeps who just can't handle the caffeine anymore, and who most certainly will not accept decaf in it's place (seriously I tried that for the first time last week and thought I was drinking coffee scented dish water!) it's a godsend. And you still get to go and meet people for coffee.

Turmeric, arguably the most powerful herb on the planet, has so many healing properties, that to date, there have been over 6,000 peer-reviewed articles published that have proven that. More specifically the articles were demonstrating the benefits of curcumin, the healing compound that turmeric is full of.

Add to that the following health benefits of cinnamon oil and you have one pretty powerful combination. Cinnamon oil;

  • Decreases inflammation

  • Increases circulation

  • Fights viruses

  • Fights free radicals

  • Relieves depression

  • Stimulates the immune system

  • Stimulates libido

  • Fights parasites

  • And you have a super charged latte at your fingertips!


There are two types of cinnamon oils available on the market: cinnamon bark oil and cinnamon leaf oil. I use the doTERRA cinnamon bark oil and while they have some similarities, they're different products with somewhat separate uses. Cinnamon bark oil is usually more potent (and usually more expensive) than cinnamon leaf oil.

As with all essential oils, cinnamon bark oil is much more potent than it's dried counterpart and contains special compounds not found in the dried spice. Plus it smells absolutely freaking amazeballs! (Diffuse with wild orange for a year-round Christmas scent!)

** Cinnamon oil is considered one of the 'hot' oils and when used topically should always be diluted with a carrier oil. It's always a good idea to patch test the use of any essential oil before it is applied to the main areas of the body. And in my opinion unless 1-2 drops are diluted in a carrier oil, I wouldn't be using Cinnamon oil on my skin!


:: The Oil of Sexual Harmony ::

Studies have shown the effect cinnamon oil has on the libido and according to my trusty emotions and essential oils guide, "cinnamon supports the reproductive system and helps to heal sexual issues. It assists individuals in accepting their body and embracing their physical attractiveness."

Can I get an Amen?! We all need a little more cinnamon in our lives!

Turmeric (or Golden) latte

{Makes 1 large mug or 2 small cups}

  • 300 ml Coconut/Almond Milk (or milk of your choice)

  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Oil (be very careful not to do more as it is a very hot oil and you only need 1 drop!)

  • 1tsp organic turmeric powder

  • Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

  • 1 tsp raw honey (or maple/rice malt syrup)

1. Warm your milk to hot (but drinkable!)

2. In a large mug (or small jug if you're serving two smaller cups), mix together the remaining ingredients and stir until a paste is formed.

3. Slowly mix in the warm/hot milk and enjoy!

 

Let me know if you try this? How do you use your cinnamon oil?

Nicole xx

**It is very important to only ever use food grade, 100% pure essential oils for use in cooking. I only use and recommend doTERRA Essential Oils.

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Peanut Butter Chai Bliss Balls

Posted by Nicole Joy on 13 February 2017
Peanut Butter Chai Bliss Balls

Ah sweet, sweet cinnamon we meet again. To see why cinnamon oil is considered the oil of sexual harmony (woohoo, my blog is becoming sexy!) click here.

(Makes 12)

  • 1 cup almonds

  • ½ cup coconut flakes

  • ½ cup fresh dates, pitted (if they are too firm, soak them in boiling water for 15-20 minutes until soft then drain water)

  • 2 heaped tbsp natural peanut butter

  • 3 drops doTERRA Cinnamon bark essential oil

  • 1 drop doTERRA Cardamom essential oil (optional, only if you have it!)

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

  • 1-2 Tbsp honey

  • Desiccated coconut + cinnamon powder, to serve

 

  1. Using a food processor, blitz the almonds and coconut until fine and crumbly.

  2. Add the peanut butter and dates and process.

  3. Add the essential oils to the coconut oil (in the spoon is fine or a little ramekin) and enough honey so that it is sweet enough for you. Process until a sticky dough like consistency is reached

  4. You can always use 1 Tbsp cold water at a time to help achieve that sticky dough texture if needed.

  5. Using a tablespoon as a guide, roll into balls, coat with desiccated coconut and sprinkle with cinnamon powder. Freeze for about 1 hr before serving.

  6. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to one month.

 

Enjoy! x



doTERRA's Cardamom essential oil is sourced through their Co-Impact sourcing agreement (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb7_h-4OtdY)  from Guatamala and of the most interesting things is that traditionally, cardamom essential oil has both digesetive and respiratory supportive properties. However if Cardamom is sourced from a different place, studies have shown that the oil will display really high digestive supportive properties and quite low respiratory or the opposite, really high respiratory supportive qualities and quite low digestive supportive qualities. The oil that doTERRA sources from guatamala has almost equal properties of both. Another reason why where your oil is sourced from, really matters!

 

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Lavender and Cranberry Cocktail

Posted by Nicole Joy on 2 February 2017
Lavender and Cranberry Cocktail
Following on from this refreshing blueberry smoothie from last week I thought I would step things up a notch with this fancy pants cocktail (or mocktail if you aren't partial to a glass or two of the bubble like myself). No judging.

It's still hot AF on the Gold Coast and my air conditioner is broken #firstworldproblems

Anyoo I digress.

Lavender. In my cranberry juice??

Say whaaaat?!

Trust me. You don't need much, but it' all kinds of crazy good.

Add the lavender oil to the cranberry juice and shake, shake, shake.
Half fill cocktail glasses of choice with this mixture then top with Prosecco or sparkling mineral water.

A couple of drop of the Lime essential oil or fresh lime wedges wouldn't go astray either!

Enjoy! x

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Blueberry and Lime Smoothie

Posted by Nicole Joy on 29 January 2017
Blueberry and Lime Smoothie

It seems as though no matter where you are in Australia right now... it's FREAKING HOTBALLS! I don't think we've gone below 31 degrees for nearly 2 weeks now here on the Gold Coast, and friends in Canberra are sweating it out too?! When does that ever happen?!

It's high time for a fast, refreshing and delicious smoothie we can whip up at a moment's notice. 

I have used Lime essential oil in this recipe and those that know me well, know I LOVE cooking with these food-grade oils (please don't use any el cheapo brand you can get your hands on, you'll make yourself very sick!)

Cold-pressed from the peel of fresh limes, doTERRA Lime essential oil is refreshing and energizing - a real zinger! Due to its high limonene content, Lime provides internal cleansing benefits* and can be diffused to help purify the air. Like many of the citrus oils, Lime is known for its ability to uplift, balance, and energize. 

:: Lime and our Heart ::

Lime instills courage and cheer in the heart and reminds us to be grateful for the gift of life. Lime is a heart cleanser, especially when there has been an accumulation of emotional toxins due to avoidance or repression. This oil revitalizes the heart space, giving room for light and joy. It clears discouragement and negative thoughts.  This oil encourages balance between the heart and mind. It clears congestion from the heart region, assisting us in feeling safe and at home in their heart.

(extract from Emotions & Essential Oils - a Modern Resource for Healing, Fourth Edition)

And you thought you were just having a smoothie! Now about that...

1. Whiz everything up in a high speed blender and enjoy!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Chai Smoothie

Posted by Nicole Joy on 24 November 2016
Chai Smoothie

Cooking with food grade essential oils adds another dimension to your dishes that is literally MIND BLOWING. Here I've used a couple of drops of Cinnamon Bark oil to make this 'Chai' inspired smoothie - perfect for mid-afternoon snacking.

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 350 ml coconut milk (I use CocoQuench - not the canned variety)
  • 1 heaped Tbsp almond butter/tahini
  • 3 Tbsp rolled oats
  • 1-2 drops doTERRA Cinnamon Essential Oil*

1. Whiz it all together in a high speed blender and serve over ice with a dusting of cacao. So delish!

*Cinnamon oil is verrrry potent so please be careful. 1/2 drop for the little munchkins is recommended.

Enjoy! xx

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Calling all Goddesses!

Posted by Nicole Joy on 24 November 2016
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Bali Love

Posted by Nicole Joy on 2 October 2016
Bali Love

For around the dozenth (not entirely sure if that is a word??) time we found ourselves in Bali and upon stepping off the plane I realised how much of a connection I have with the place ... it just feels right. Almost like we were coming home. But since our furbaby isn't a suitable travelling buddy, we will always return to Oz. Nobby = Life.

Could you leave this face??

I get asked a lot about my recommendations for Bali and although I have my go-to's there are new places popping up every other day. So there will be more to add to the list in the coming months I am sure!

SEMINYAK 

 

{The pancakes at Sisterfields // Poolside at Potato Head}

The melting pot of different cultures, cuisines + general madness of a tourist hot spot is a must-do, but only for 2 nights at best. It's too crazy otherwise (not to mention expensive!) This is the place where we like to eat amazing food, drink equally amazing cocktails, shop and repeat.

Sisterfields - great for lunch and dinner, always great food - expect to wait for a table though.

Mamasan - you must book for this one, sometimes as far as a month in advance. We got lucky this trip, only booking the week before. SENSATIONAL food! 

Potato Head - get there early to even think about getting a good table. Especially good for the sunsets. The Kookaburra cocktail (with passionfruit foam) is to die for!

Ku-de-ta - similar concept to above, I think the food is better here.

La Lucciola - amazing food in a fairy light treehouse style -  not cheap!

La Plancha - tapas style on the beach, very cool

Ultimo - seriously some of the best Italian I have EVER eaten. Very reasonable prices

Cocoon - It's pretty nice, but there isn't much of a view. Worth a look if you're down that end of town

Ginger Moon - still haven't tried this place but it's meant to be amazing!

La Favela - pretty much the only decent (non-cheesy) club. Only gets busy after about 11 pm.


CANGGU

This laid back surfy-vibe town is about 20 minutes from the madness but feels like a world away. Lots of expats live here.

 

{Enjoying Mimosas at Finns Beach Club // Veggie Wok + Frog Juice at Cafe Avocado}

Gold Dust Bali - amazing massage + the 24 K Gold facial is a must!

Betelnut Cafe - healthy, delish + cheap

Deus Machina - very cool on a Sunday night with live tunes - the fish burger with extra avo and cheese is AMAZING!

Taco Casa - awesome, fresh, quick + delish Mexican

Little Flinders - funky Melbourne-esque cafe serving great food. Smased avo at breaky is en pointe.

The Lawn - going to have an amazing new bar/restaurant there in a few months - keep an eye on this one!

Finns Beach Club - spent the entire day here! Approx $50 minimum spend for the big day beds and a swim up bar. Very cool place to hang out.

Old Man's - cruisy chilled pub-vibe on the beach. Sunday sessions are big!

One-eyed Jack - awesome Japanese

Cafe Avocado - Love this place, healthy delish options for a good price

Peloton Supershop - didn't get to try this one but apparently amazing vegan foods.

Milk & Madu - also missed out on this one as I didn't know it was there until we left. Rave reviews for brunch + dinner. Word is awesome coffee too!


BALIAN

This place is about 2 hours north of Seminyak and no where near as developed as the above two hot spots. Only a few choices for food and accom but there are a few private villas around if you check out Air bnb.

 

{The stunning pool at Gubug // Sensational Chicken Salad at Istana}

Gubug Balian Beach - we stayed here. 5-star stunning poolside area, however rooms and service is 2-3 stars. It's clean, but very basic. $50 per room/per night.

Istana Balian - awesome food, every single time, The chicken salad and fish tacos are a must. Next time we would stay here - the rooms are amazing!

Tekor - We call this place 'secret garden'. Fairy lights, wooden chairs in a garden setting - I'm in! The fish dishes are amazing.

Pondok Pitaya - yoga classes held here daily, right on the surf break and pretty decent food.

I hope this helps, I know there are way more but I just wanted to highlight the must-dos!

Enjoy!

Nicole xx

 

 

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