Put away the packet of biscuits and throw out your stash of chocolate!

You won’t need them anymore once you start prepping some easy, healthy homemade snacks made from real food and no nasties. Real whole foods are what keeps your belly feeling more satisfied and your body well energised.

Say goodbye to sugar crashes and hunger distractions throughout the working day -here is our simple list of must-have healthy snack options with recipes to keep ready for when you get the munchies…

1. Granola Bars

Homemade without all the added sugar and nasties that you find in the store-bought kind.

Puffed Buckwheat & Almond Butter Bars

Puffed Buckwheat & Almond Butter Bars | Honest to Goodness Recipe by Nourish Me Mum

2. Chia Puddings

Little pots of yummy goodness! Super quick to make ahead and simply store in the fridge.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding via minimalistbaker.com

3. DIY Trail Mix

No preparation required, simply pick your favourite organic ingredients!

How to Make a Perfect Trail Mix via thehealthychef.com

4. Seed Crackers

Tasty to nibble on alone or with a yummy dip! A great low salt, grain free option.

Gluten Free Nut & Seed Crackers

Nut & Seed Crackers (GF) | Honest to Goodness Recipe by Healthy Home Cafe

5. Homemade Hummus

A simple, satisfying dip to have with your crackers, flatbread or fresh veggie sticks. Try a out different flavour options to keep it interesting!

Homemade Hummus Dip

Homemade Hummus Dip (with extra flavour options) | Honest to Goodness Recipe

6. Grain-Free Flat Bread

A creative and delicious low carb alternative to regular bread!

Turmeric Cauliflower Flatbread

Turmeric Cauliflower Flatbread via blog.paleohacks.com

7. Bliss Balls

Bite-sized bundles of energy that you make using endless flavour combinations!

Creamy Coconut & Vanilla Bean Protein Balls

Creamy Coconut & Vanilla Bean Protein Balls | Honest to Goodness Recipe


Grab all the pantry staples you need to create these yummy healthy snacks! >> www.goodness.com.au

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Pasta is too often assumed as an “unhealthy” comfort meal, however it should be known that this idea is mostly linked to the addition of unhealthy pasta sauces or extra ingredients.

For healthy, wholesome sauce options: go for an organic tomato-based sauce or a light drizzle of organic extra virgin olive oil with a range of herbs and/or spices. Then toss in some delicious vegetables – either roasted, steamed or fresh…as well as an optional extra source of protein!

Did you know: in a study of over 14,000 Italian participants it was found that there was no correlation between eating pasta and an unhealthy weight - it was the opposite: pasta consumption was actually linked to being slimmer. Pasta as a whole can be a great healthy staple, and it has been a part of Mediterranean diet for thousands of years.



Good quality pasta acts as a source of slow release complex carbohydrates (with a GI of around 36-42), allowing you to feel fuller for longer. Our new Organic Penne Pasta is made from ‘Sentatore Capelli’, a traditional Italian wheat variety used for artisan pastas which has never been genetically modified and is always grown organically. It’s naturally high in protein, has an array of beneficial minerals and good quality dietary fibre, with a very similar nutritional profile to quinoa!



Enjoying healthy, organic pasta shouldn’t be any different to enjoying a serving of organic quinoa. Pasta is after all made from grain, making it energy-dense, and like all foods moderation is key to getting the most out of what you eat.

Try to aim for approximately one cup of cooked pasta (1/2 cup uncooked) per single serve, remember pasta is only meant to make up a small part of your dish. Anything else you add to the plate should be what completes the meal.



Traditional methods of making pastas in Italy include SLOW-DRYING AT A LOW TEMPERATURE (often dried for 30+ hours). This produces a fresher and much healthier pasta that retains the nutty flavour, aroma, as well as nutrients of the durum wheat. Many commercial pastas are quick-dried at a higher temperature (essentially baked), which change these properties significantly, therefore reducing the quality.

Cutting the pasta through BRONZE DIE EXTRUSION is the process that produces a rough and textured pasta surface, allowing it to hold pasta sauce much better. Commercial pasta makers tend to use less expensive Teflon dies which produce a slick surface causing the sauce to run off.

Commercial pasta vs. Traditional pasta (bronze extruded & slow dried)















Cooking pasta is an art in itself and the team here at Honest to Goodness like it cooked ‘al dente’ (meaning to be firm “to the tooth”). This obviously leaves a slightly chewy texture in the pasta, which is a good thing because the chewing process aids digestion and helps the breaking down of starches.

Not only does the al dente method also help keep in all the goodness of the organic pasta, but it allows you to still taste the whole flavours of the durum wheat.

  1. Bring a pot of water (with pinch of salt) to boil on the stove.
  2. Cook pasta in the pot for 8 – 10 and test.
  3. Drain out the water once the pasta is cooked ‘al dente’.
  4. Do not rinse unless using the pasta for a cold salad. Optional: Reserve a little bit of the water for sauces.
+ Try out our delicious recipe for Penne Pasta with Vegan Cheesy Chickpea Crumble.


Have you seen our NEW Honest to Goodness Organic Pasta range?

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Organic Coconut Butter is an absolute Honest to Goodness favourite and we want to let everybody know why…


1. It’s made from 100% pure coconutty goodness.

Our Organic Coconut Butter is made purely from 100% certified organic coconut flesh! It contains all of coconut’s natural fibre, nutrients and healthy fats. Coconut Butter is different to coconut oil as the flesh and fat are blended together to form a rich, creamy texture.

2. Coconut Butter is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo & vegan! Plus it’s free from any added nasties or added sweeteners.

All of these qualities make Organic Coconut Butter fit for just about everyone!

3. Coconut Butter can be used as an ingredient for both sweet and savoury dishes.

Use Organic Coconut Butter in baking and raw desserts, substitute for nut butter, add it as a creamy coconut flavour in sauces or as a thickener in curries, blend it into a smoothie or drizzle over granola.

4. You can even use it to make coconut milk & cream.

Simply add (warm) water to coconut butter and…voila! You have back up coconut milk & cream.

To make COCONUT CREAM: Mix 2 parts coconut butter with 1 part water.

To make COCONUT MILK: Mix 1 part coconut butter with 2 parts water.

5. Coconut Butter tastes like absolute heaven!

This spread is not only nutritious, but seriously melt-in-your-mouth delicious!! It’s heavenly creamy and has the delightful sweet taste of coconut flesh. Be warned: spoonfuls of this stuff is highly addictive!



  • Depending on the climate of its environment, coconut butter can be smooth and soft, runny, crumbly, or rock hard! To melt hardened Organic Coconut Butter it just needs to be heated through gently: simply place your jar in a warm water bath (making sure it is sealed up properly) OR leave it out in the sun on your window sill OR place the jar in a warm (not hot) oven for a few minutes.
  • Oil separation of coconut butter occurs naturally. If a hard top layer of coconut oil forms, simply warm it using a method above and blend the oil back through the flesh with a spoon.
  • Do not use coconut butter for any high heat cooking or the flesh will burn – this includes the microwave!




Do you love our Organic Coconut Butter? Please show your support by voting for it in the Organic Consumer Choice Awards! A vote will automatically put you in the draw to WIN over $1000 in organic prizes, including a Honest to Goodness Organic Hamper!

Vote for our Organic Coconut Butter as Organic Product of the Year

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Here at Honest to Goodness we have recently expanded our operation with the addition of more warehousing space. This will enable us to bring you more goodness and a more efficient service. Here is a little short video update on the move which took place in late August 2016.

For more about Honest to Goodness, our complete range, healthy recipes and more…head to www.goodness.com.au




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Natural Home Remedies

There are thousands of different synthetic chemicals used in common household products that people (and their families) are exposed to every day, without realising this could really affect their health. You’d be surprised how many toxins and chemicals are hidden in the long list of ingredients in manufactured products – a lot of which have not been tested for human safety, and most of which are not understood by an average person anyway!

Take a step away from expensive, store-bought household products which are full of added nasties, and instead open up your pantry to experiment with some DIY home remedies! You can whip up loads of natural concoctions to use at home, for cleaning right through to the beauty department! Here are some easy and cost-effective home remedies to get you started…


DIY All-Purpose Natural Cleaning Spray

Image via www.kathyskinner.com

Many commercial all-purpose cleaners are loaded with toxic and polluting substances that can be harmful to our health and our environment. Try out making your own multi-purpose cleaner using some basic pantry staples.


All you will need is…

Pour from ¼ to ½ cup of vinegar into an empty spray bottle and add 2 tablespoons of bi-carb soda. Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil (to help cut the vinegar smell) and then fill the rest of the bottle with water. Lightly shake to combine the contents.



DIY natural food colouring

Image via www.anediblemosaic.com

For natural ways of dying food, icing or children’s play dough, here are some interesting ways to produce a rainbow of colours WITHOUT introducing unnecessary additives and nasties!

Deep coloured vegetables, fruits, spices and concentrated fruit powders produce some vibrant results. However do keep in mind that when using food as a natural colouring agent, they can alter the flavour of food (or icing!). Gradual additions, taste testing and adjustments of the recipe will be required to suit your taste.


To make something…

Green: use some Organic Spirulina Powder for a vibrant forest green or Organic Alfalfa Powder for a pale green colour.

Yellow: add Organic Turmeric Powder. (Bear in mind that Turmeric is known for staining – be careful if giving your kids play dough that has been coloured using Turmeric!)

Purple: add Organic Macqui Powder or Organic Acai Powder. Chopped up red cabbage steeped in boiling water will also leave you a vibrant purple liquid!

Blue/Teal: Stir a bit of Bi-carb Soda into ready-made red cabbage water (above) to produce a lovely teal blue.



DIY Dry Shampoo

Image via www.omnomally.com

Dry shampoos have become a popular hair care essential, however commercial dry shampoos can be very pricey and contain unknown nasties as well as damaging ingredients to your hair and scalp. So why not make a natural organic alternative?

The basic idea of a dry shampoo is to put an oil absorbing substance (like arrowroot or starch) on your hair to absorb the oil and leave it looking clean.


You will need…

Mix ingredients together with a spoon. Using an old make up brush, apply to the roots of your hair and brush through.



Spirulina Face Mask

Fancy a no-nasties organic spa facial? Wander no further than your kitchen!

The skin-nourishing green superfood powder Spirulina acts a rich source of anti-oxidants with an amazing range of vitamins and minerals. The chlorophyll in the Organic Spirulina Powder helps to draw out toxins, whilst cleansing and tightening your pores. Pure Organic Coconut Oil keeps your skin moisturised and hydrated, and together with Spirulina, these ingredients are both anti-bacterial and anti-ageing.

This mask leaves you with a noticeable difference to the condition of your skin…it’s certainly worth the try!

You will need…

Combine all ingredients in small container and apply to your face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and then wash off.


Stock up on a range of versatile pantry goods to whip up some natural remedies and make your household a toxin-free home!

SHOP NOW >> www.goodness.com.au




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Organic Barley - Ancient Grain

  • What is Barley?

Barley is a primary go-to grain in many families’ pantry, as it gives a delicious nutty flavour and chewy texture to more dishes beyond the classic winter soup.

  • Why should I use Barley?

As well as being high in fibre and protein, barley also packs good sources of selenium, manganese and phosphorus. It is a simple and delicious substitute for ingredients such as rice, pasta or cous cous.

  • How can I use Barley?

Pearl Barley has been polished, removing the bran layers of the whole grain. The pearl/hulling process leaves a pale, creamy-coloured grain that cooks much easier and faster than unhulled barley, and it is less chewy. Enjoy pearl barley as a tasty addition to soups, salads, stews or as a simple side dish.

Shop Organic Pearl Barley

Rolled Barley is a nutritious breakfast alternative to the usual rolled oats, but can also be added in baking, breads and stews.

Shop Organic Rolled Barley



Barley, Rainbow Chard & Lemon Risotto

Baked Rolled Barley with Figs & Berries

10 Best Barley Recipes via The Guardian



For more delicious and versatile Ancient Grains shop online with Honest to Goodness.

Organic Barley Products

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