Lately I’ve been back on the Hummus wagon.
I fell off for a while whilst I was struggling with IBS. To manage it, I had to stick to a strict low FODMAP diet where legumes are unfortunately not allowed.
Now that I’m able to eat them again I’ve been using beans and lentils wherever I can. If you love chickpeas too you have to try Pamela Reif’s inventive cookie dough recipe – chickpeas are involved…
If you’re not adventurous enough to try chickpea based desserts, try a homemade hummus.
I find homemade hummus much more flavourful and fresh than the store bought kind, and it’s a brilliant way to get plant-based protein, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and healthy fats in.
I’m also weirdly addicted to green olives, so I’ve perfected a recipe that incorporates them too.
Blend the following until smooth, and try it yourself:
- 400g canned, washed & drained chickpeas
- Healthy dose of lemon, herb and garlic seasoning (I find the Masterfood’s blend the perfect amount of zest and flavour, but you can always use an actual squeeze of lemon, mixed herbs, and a clove of garlic).
- Lots of Paprika
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp water
- 10 green olives, pitted and stuffed with pimento
I am the number one culprit when it comes to getting hungry when I’m bored.
To stop me from standing in the pantry and eating everything in sight, I have five healthy snacks that I go for when hunger strikes.
- Carrot sticks & Hummous – carrot has to be my favourite veggie because of its sweetness, and Pilpel Hummus is my go-to bought hummus because it has so much flavour but doesn’t have garlic in it.
- Dried fruit/nut mix – handful of pecans, pepitas, dried apricots, sultanas and walnuts. The fruits satisfy that sweet craving and the nuts fill you up.
- Carman’s Nut Bar – Carman’s does such a great range of healthy muesli bars, if your local supermarket stocks them I would definitely recommend checking them out. They are the perfect snack, and funnily enough I got up at 2am the other night because my stomach was rumbling, and a Carmen’s nut bar was the perfect fix to send me back to sleep.
- Popcorn – try to avoid popcorns that are doused in butter, just plain corn kernels will do the trick.
- Sugarless banana & oatmeal cookies (my own recipe) – note that ‘sugarless’ just means free from processed sugar – but they make up for that in maple syrup and fruity flavour.
Sugarless Banana/Oatmeal Cookies Recipe
I have been making batches of these for longer than I can remember because they are the perfect moreish snack, especially when I’m on the go.
You will need:
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup self-raising flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Sprinkle of salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil (be ready to add more in case your mixture is too dry)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sultanas
- 2 soft bananas
- 1/3 cup pepitas
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Handful of pecans (to decorate)
- Feel free to add chocolate chunks if that’s your thing – I LOVE Pico Super Dark chocolate to bake with.
Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Mix the oats, flour, cinnamon, salt, sultanas, bananas and pepitas together in a large bowl. Then, add the olive oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup and stir to combine.
Add extra olive oil until the mixture is cookie dough consistency. Roll into small cookie sized balls and whack in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes (or until golden brown).
I hope you enjoy these great snacks.
And I’m back after a huge dry patch of not posting – I’m sorry!
I really don’t have an excuse but I’ve been having so much fun checking out other people’s blog posts that I didn’t find any time to make my own.
However, today I made an acai bowl for breakfast, and I thought I would share my recipe with you.
For those who don’t know what an acai bowl is, it’s basically a smoothie which you eat with a spoon and put a heap of yummy, crunchy and fruity toppings on.
I find this recipe very easy, and I’m no great chef. So don’t worry about complexity here.
IThey are also lots of fun to decorate in the bowl, so making your own makes you feel like the ultimate foodie and a world chef.
I use my NutriBullet for the recipe, and whizz the following all together:
- One pitted Medjool date
- 1 tbsp Acai powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1.5 cups mixed berries
- 1 cup of almond milk (I personally prefer this over cows milk)
- 1 tbsp of peanut butter (any nut/seed butter will do)
- 1 cup spinach
The best part of a homemade Acai Bowl is decorating it after. For this, I chop up half a banana, crush some walnuts and sprinkle some gourmet muesli.
And voila! Enjoy.
Have you tried Acai Bowls before?