All posts filed under: Healthy Treats

Sweet & Salty Vanilla Popcorn

Popcorn is a perfect healthy snack and seems to be making a huge revival. In fact it may be as popular as ever with so many different flavours, sweet and savoury, appearing in the shops. If you choose a brand thats selling proper popcorn these are generally good but check the ingredients list carefully as some can be packed full of fat and sugar which make it pretty unhealthy and dare I say it, microwave popcorn is not a great option! In the quest for a healthier revision snack I’ve started making popcorn for my children to eat as they study. I knew a sweet popcorn would be favourite, so I’ve used coconut nectar as a sugar alternative, it has an amazing caramel flavour is natural and unrefined. It also has a lower Glycemic Index compared to regular sugar which means it shouldn’t peak blood sugar levels and therefore keeps energy even, helping avoid the sugar highs and lows which can affect concentration. Coconut sugar may also retain some of the nutrients found in the coconut palm. Cooking in coconut oil as well as …

Minted Pineapple with ‘Bounty’ Yogurt!

This recipe was a very happy discovery one evening whilst having dinner with the family and it’s so easy and so delicious I had to share it with you! I had a lovely fresh pineapple I wanted to use, but decided I needed to make a little more effort than just slicing it up!  Mint makes a perfect partner, so the thinly sliced pineapple was jazzed up with a sprinkling of chopped fresh mint!  Delicious!  Coconut and pineapple are also great match, so with a spoonful of coconut yogurt on the side, there it was, an instant fresh and delicious dessert!  The chocolate shavings were a later addition as I recreated it for a quick dessert when family visited at the weekend.  It was perfect after a Sunday roast! It has to be one of the quickest, freshest, most delicious desserts ever and it really is so easy to make. Perfect after a heavier meal or a summer barbecue and it would make a great mid morning snack.  If you’re trying to be good and not succumb to chocolate then it is still a deliciously …

Salted Cacao Bars

With the prospect of a 50 mile charity bike ride on the horizon I decided I’d try and make some healthy bars with natural energy to help keep my legs moving!  I often buy various gluten free, protein packed, seed, nut and fruit bars to keep me fuelled when out cycling or walking and the family tend to fill themselves with homemade flapjack and chocolate!  This time I’d like us all to have something that doesn’t contain refined sugar.  I love a sweet salty flavour so wanted to create a healthy snack that gave me that flavour hit.  These no-cook bars fit the bill perfectly and I’ll be wrapping up a good few of these to keep me pedaling through the miles!  They’re also great to have with a morning cup of coffee, post workout or to see you through the 4 o’clock energy slump!  They are so quick and easy to make and so delicious you’ll be wanting to eat the mixture before it makes it to the tin! Finding the right dates to use …