Healthy Rhubarb Flapjack – Vegan

If you are in need of an energy fuelled sweet treat then this flapjack is just the thing for you. Sports clients and busy mums equally love it as it is so quick and easy to make and it can be frozen. Personally I freeze it in individual portions and then take one out in the morning and by mid morning it has defrosted.

Oats are a slow release carbohydrate and can help to lower cholesterol levels. Along with being packed full of fibre they contain a number of minerals including magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc.

Ingredients:

  • 300g oats (or gluten-free oats)
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 200g dates (chopped finely in a food processor with splash of water)
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 100g sultanas
  • 3tbsp honey
  • 200g rhubarb, orange and ginger compote

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients, except the rhubarb, together and stir well
  2. Put half of the mixture into a greased and lined try, push it down firmly
  3. To make the rhubarb compote place 200g rhubarb in a pan with the juice and zest of 2 oranges and 1cm root ginger, grated. Cook until the rhubarb has broken down but not too runny
  4. Put the rhubarb compote on top so that it is a layer on top of the flapjack mix
  5. Add the remaining mixture and press down so that the rhubarb is in a layer in the middle of the flapjack
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes at gas mark 5
  7. Slice whilst warm and leave to cool

Chocolate Avocado Bites

These avocado chocolate bites are delicious, they melt in your mouth like a truffle! They are higher in sugar than my normal recipes but I came up with them as a snack to be eaten whilst breastfeeding when your body needs  extra energy (and things that can be made in advance)! The addition of avocados means these bites are packed full of nutrients, much more than a standard truffle!

Making these bites takes about 10 minutes to make and then you leave them to set in the fridge for a couple of hours before rolling them into balls. They couldn’t be easier to make! Oh and they are vegan and gluten-free!!

These are a snack to have occasionally in the same way you would a chocolate truffle.

Ingredients:

Makes 20, depending on size

  • 1 avocado
  • 1-2 tbsp almond milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp ground almonds
  • 100g 70% chocolate
  • 20g desiccated coconut

Method:

  1. Blitz the avocado with a slash of almond milk until smooth
  2. Add the vanilla, and ground almond and blitz again
  3. Melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of water (bain marie)
  4. When the chocolate is melted remove from the heat and stir in the avocado mixture until well combined. Cover and place in the fridge for a couple of hours until firm
  5. Remove the mixture from the fridge and roll into small balls, roll in coconut and then place them in the a container in the fridge until you are ready to eat them

Easy Bean Dip – Vegan and Gluten-free

This dip is super quick and easy to make and will be sure to impress your friends with it’s taste.

Cannellini beans are a great part of a healthy diet as they are high in both protein and fibre. Beans such as cannellinni are frequently used in weight loss as they can help to maintain healthy, normal blood sugar levels in the body. Beans not only help you to feel full but they are also low in calories so they can be used to help achieve a calorie controlled diet. Along with the high fibre content this also makes them a great food for diabetics.

Ingredients:

  • 1x 400g tin cannellini beans
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 heaped tbsp. sesame seeds
  • A pinch ground cinnamon
  • Large handful flat leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon juiced

Method:

  1. Whizz all ingredients, except 1 tbsp lemon juice, in a hand blender until smooth and creamy, taste and add more lemon juice if required
  2. Serve with pitta bread, bread sticks or crackers

Raw Carrot Cake Bites (Nut Free and Vegan)

This recipe came about as I needed a snack that was nut-free and all of my date ball recipes contain nuts.  I love carrot cake so I thought why not create a healthy snack based on these flavours.

Carrots are a fantastic source of beta carotene. Beta carotene is converted into Vitamin A which has many fantastic benefits to eye health hence the saying that eating carrots help you see in the dark!

Vitamin A acts as a antioxidant to cell damage, some studies suggest that it can slow down the ageing of cells whilst protecting the skin from sun damage.

This recipe is quick and easy to make, for a gluten-free version simply replace the oats with gluten-free oats.

Ingredients:

Makes 30 (depending on size)

  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 tbsp apple sauce (1 small apple, stewed)
  • 4 dried apricots
  • 1 heaped tbsp date paste or 50g Medjool dates
  • 1tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g jumbo oats (or gluten-free oats)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp mixed spice
  • The juice of 1 orange

Method:

  1. In a food blender, blitz the dates and apricot until they are chopped.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blitz until well combined
  3. Roll the dough into small balls and place in an airtight container
  4. Store in the fridge, or they can be frozen.

Chia Jam

This delicious refined sugar free alternative to strawberry and blueberry jam is packed full of goodness. It is made with just 5 ingredients including fruit, chia seeds and honey, can be made in 5 minutes and lasts for about 6 weeks.

Chia seeds have recently grown in popularity and become one of the top ‘super foods’ as they are packed full of nutrients and are easy to digest when correctly prepared providing a great energy boost.

Aztec warriors ate chia seeds to give them high energy and endurance, it is said that just 1 spoonful of chia could sustain them for 24 hours.  Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language.

Chia seed benefits include promoting healthy skin, reducing signs of ageing, supporting the heart and digestive system, building stronger bones and muscles.

To get the best flavour for your jam it is best to use fruits that are in season. This is easy to do in the summer when there is an abundance of berries in season, in the winter I use frozen berries that have been picked in season (either I pick them myself and freeze them or many supermarkets sell frozen berries that have been picked in season).

This jam works with any berries so pick your favourite combination and enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 200g strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 200g blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • Juice of half a lemon

Method:

  1. Place the berries in a pan with a splash of water and place on a gentle heat until the fruit breaks down in to the texture of a compote
  2. Add the honey and lemon and stir well
  3. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for about 10 minutes
  4. Stir in the chia seeds and then transferred to a sterilised glass jar

When the jam is cool store

4 Ingredient Healthy Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate mousse that is healthy, tasty, dairy-free, gluten-free and packed full of amino acids!!! Yes you heard right, oh, and it only takes a few minutes to make! Avocados get a lot of bad press but I think they are fantastic, they can help to lower cholesterol, improve your skin and regulate your blood sugar. They are packed full of vitamins and minerals including; Vitamins C, E and potassium.

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • Orange zest to taste

Method:

  1. Blend all the ingredients with a hand blender (you may need to add more orange juice if the mixture is too thick)
  2. Put into serving dishes and chill in the fridge until you want to eat it!

Fancy a mint chocolate mousse?

Swap the orange for a couple of drops of peppermint oil and add a good splash of almond milk.

Spelt Bread – Vegan

I try to avoid eating too much wheat as it makes me very bloated, however, I find that I cope a lot better with spelt flour. Spelt flour has a different structure to wheat and it is high in fibre making it easier to digest.

Spelt has a number of nutritional properties including: high levels of protein, iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, selenum, Vitamin B6 and folic acid. Therefore spelt can help with digestive health, lowering cholesterol, circulation, hormone regulation, bone health and the immune system.

Wholemeal spelt flour can be purchased in most large supermarkets and can be used for a variety of baking recipes. I love how simple this bread is to make. It only takes about 10 minutes of work the rest of the time is spent proving the dough, so you can get on with something else.

Ingredients:

  • 450g of wholemeal spelt flour
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 1tsp Himalayan Salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 325ml tepid water
  • 75g pumpkin seeds

Method:

  1. Place the spelt flour, yeast and salt in a bowl and stir well
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  3. Add the olive oil and water and mix well using your hands
  4. Turn the dough out on to the side or place in a mixer with a dough hook and knead for approx 5 minutes
  5. Proof the dough by placing the dough into a bowl and covering with a tea towel before placing in a warm place for about an hour, until it has doubled in size
  6. When it has doubled in size, place the dough on the work surface and sprinkle on the seeds then knock the air out of it a little bit before kneading for a few more minutes
  7. Shape the dough and place it into the tins you are going to use, cover with a tea towel and leave to proof in a warm place for a further 30 minutes

Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for about 30 minutes (depending if you have made one big loaf or 2 smaller ones)

Christmas Oat Cookies

These cookies are really quick and easy to make and use ingredients that you will probably have in your cupboard, except maybe the dried apple rings and buckwheat. Both of these can be bought from most supermarkets or you could leave them out the apple rings and grind up 50g oats instead of the buckwheat.

Ingredients:

Makes 12 (depending on size)

  • 200g oats
  • 50g buckwheat – ground
  • 5 dried apple rings
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  • 20g dried cranberries or sultanas
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 100ml almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of all spice

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180C
    or Gas mark 4
  • Grind the buckwheat into flour – I use a coffee grinder
  • Melt the coconut oil in a small pan
  • Chop the dried apple rings into small pieces
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Line 2 baking trays with grease proof paper
  • Roll the mixture into 12 balls, place them on the baking trays and flatten them out using your fingers, I like them a bit thicker so that they are soft inside, however you can
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make them thinner and crispier if you prefer.
  • Bake for 15 mins
  • Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack, store in an airtight container