All posts filed under: Healthy Treats

Breakfast Crumble Bars & Herbal Infusion

What a great way to start the day! ‘It’s like having pudding for breakfast!’  This recipe is so beneficial for maintaining and supporting digestive health and they certainly pack a punch!! Read on after the recipe to find the health benefits.  I’ve paired the Crumble Bars with a herbal infusion (‘tea’) containing a soothing blend of herbs, also great for hydrating the gut. Certainly not exclusive to breakfast you can enjoy these crumble bars anytime.  A perfect mid morning or afternoon snack, great as a pudding or you could even wrap one up for a packed lunch or as a great healthy snack for the children to take to school. If you need to follow a gluten free diet just make sure to use gluten free oats. Makes 9 pieces 3 eating apples 1tsp ground cinnamon 6 Medjool dates, pitted, about 100g total weight 75g coconut oil 3tbsp maple syrup 100g ground almonds 100g rolled oats 50g pumpkin seeds 50g sunflower seeds 50g ground flaxseeds salt Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Wash, quarter, core and coarsely grate the …

Berry & Toasted Chocolate Granola Pots

  These delicious little pots make a perfect start to the day. All the preparation can be done the day before, making it a very quick and easy breakfast to put together. You could even layer it in a jar and take your breakfast with you. I love having a jar of the granola ready made, in the cupboard, it keeps well stored in an airtight container or jar. I like the fact that it gains its sweetness from a small amount of dark chocolate and the natural sugars in the berries. A perfect summer breakfast or brunch! Make this a perfect gluten free breakfast by using gluten free oats. This recipe formed the first part of a days menu I had to design for the module on the Heart & Circulatory System in my Diploma in Culinary Medicine. Read on, at the end, to find out why the ingredients I’ve included are heart healthy and how they can benefit the body. I’m lucky enough to be writing this as I sit overlooking Mylor Creek, one …

Creamy Cashew Pancakes

These pancakes are so good!! Please don’t just think of them as a ‘gluten free’ pancake recipe…..yes, they are gluten free…..but, in my opinion, they’re way more delicious than regular wheat based American style pancakes and will have all the family asking for more! They are rich and creamy in texture, bursting with flavour and because they are packed full of nuts and eggs are nutritionally dense. Served with goji berries, fresh berries and yogurt they are the perfect immune boosting breakfast. How good is that, to have pancakes that can help fight off a cold?!! The combination of good fat and protein will also help to keep you fuller longer so will help ward of those mid morning munchies!! This recipe was developed as a breakfast dish for the immune system module of the Diploma in Culinary Medicine that I’m currently studying. I’ve included the ingredients write up at the end of the recipe if you’re interested in knowing about the nutritional benefits of each ingredient. Don’t forget to serve with the goji berries and live yogurt if you …

Spiced Orange Friand

A Friand is a delicious, moist, little French cake make with butter and almonds. I often make Lemon Friand which are really good. This time I used orange, and plenty of it, which to me is an evocative aroma and flavour of Christmas. Combined with a little mixed spice, your kitchen will begin to smell so good! I’ve also spiced them up with a little dried crushed chilli flakes which gives the cake a gorgeous warmth and depth of flavour and leaves a warm tingle on your tongue long after the cake has been eaten. Don’t worry though, it doesn’t make them spicy, its a bit like having strawberries and black pepper, it only enhances the flavour! I make no apologies for including a recipe that contains sugar and butter on my  blog! The butter adds a massive amount of flavour and I’m a strong believer in using good quality butter and not processed fats when needed. Having the occasional treat is OK and if you can’t at Christmas then when can you?!! The icing sugar …

Mocha Truffles, Brandy Truffles & Orange Truffles

These little balls of deliciousness won’t fail to satisfy the need for a festive treat! They are so good!! You can relax slightly in the knowledge that they’re packed with dates and nuts, so definitely a much healthier option than a tin full of sweets!!  I’ve used cashew nuts here as they are so creamy, making the final texture so deliciously indulgent and smooth that its hard to believe they don’t contain tons of cream and sugar! I have used a tiny amount of chocolate to dust them so if you prefer to avoid it then use the raw cacao powder or coconut options instead. I couldn’t stop at one flavour, so there are 3 for you to try! I love mocha, the warm smokiness of coffee mixed with a satisfying chocolate hit.  Subtle in flavour, these are dusted very lightly in raw cacao powder….pure and simple! Then….Brandy! I’ve always had a bit of a weakness for Brandy Butter and when growing up would always try to get away with having more Brandy Butter than pudding!! (Some will …

Ginger Banana Bread

We all like a sweet treat every now and then, and some of us more than others! But what if that sweet treat became a nutritious snack that delivered benefits to our bodies as well as instantly satisfying that sweet craving? Having tried other gluten free cakes I’ve often been disappointed either by a dry solid texture or discovering that the wheat flour alternatives will have your blood sugar levels reaching sky high! It makes it all the more exciting to share this Ginger Banana Bread, it has an amazingly moist texture and great flavour. This really is so quick and easy to make and I don’t think anyone will realise its gluten free! So these nutritional benefits? Well it doesn’t contain any refined sugars (no blood sugar peak and slump to deal with), is gluten free and can be dairy free if you opt for the coconut oil in place of the butter.  We get added fibre from the flax seeds, good fats and protein from the nuts and antioxidants from the cacao. Buckwheat flour …

Blueberry, Spinach & Chilli Smoothie

This is the Autumn version of my Feel Good Smoothie! It’s such a great way to start the day, grab a quick nutritious snack after some exercise or maybe even a quick lunch! I’ve packed it full of goodness with a warming hint of chilli to kick start my metabolism in the morning. Don’t worry this doesn’t make a spicy smoothie, the warmth kind of creeps up on you very slowly and gently!! I’ve tried to create a smoothie that contains a good amount of protein to keep me full, isn’t too sweet and is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals as well as some good fats to keep me healthy as the days get shorter and weather cooler. Having spinach for breakfast isn’t everyones cup of tea (sorry!!) but its a great way to increase your daily vegetable intake alongside the banana and blueberries. I also add a generous half teaspoon of broccoli powder for an extra boost but this is completely optional. Maca powder is a great to include in your diet …