Can you believe it? Healthy Cinnabon Rolls

Okay, so I think we all know Cinnabon’s aren’t the definition of health. But, I wanted to devise a recipe which was just as yummy, but didn’t use up half my daily caloric intake (the average store-bought cinnabon has 880 calories).

When my cinnabon craving first hit, I was scrolling through recipes that took about 3 hours to prepare and bake. That was simply too long and I knew I had to find a (cheaters) quicker version.

So, here’s the cheat sheet to my 45 minute, Plant Based (and still delicious) Cinnabons:

Dough: 

  • 2.75 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package instant yeast = 2.25 teaspoons
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp ground chia seeds + 3 tbsp water

Filling:

  • 0.5 cup pureed dates (1/4 cup water)
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 medium apple finely chopped
  • coconut oil as a base

Time: 45 minutes, Serves: 8, Calories: 294 each.

Method: 

preheat oven to 100C

mix flour, sugar, salt and yeast together in a bowl

heat water, almond milk and coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds

add chia seeds, milk/oil mixture and flour mixture together and knead with hands until dough forms – set aside for 5 minutes

Roll out the dough on baking paper into a rectangle

Spread the coconut oil and pureed dates on the rolled out dough

Sprinkle the apple and almonds on top

Roll the dough into a log, and cut into 8 even segments

Put each segment into greased baking tins.

Put into the oven, and turn the oven off. Leave in rolls there for 20 minutes.

Turn the oven to 200C and bake for 20 mins

xx

Clare

Healthy Homemade Pizza (recipe) & Movie Night

Usually when it’s my turn to cook, I try to whip up something a little fancier for a bit of challenge – Thai green curry, lamb roast, or laksa for example (when I say fancy, I mean fancy by my terms).

Tonight I decided to keep it simple and throw together a pizza, with what turned out to be quite an eclectic mix of toppings (a tasty mix nonetheless).

The idea to make pizza’s started brewing in my mind when I spotted wholemeal pizza bases in the grocery aisles.

From there I meandered around the supermarket, grabbing ingredients which I thought would go together – butternut pumpkin (pre-diced), asparagus, basil, low-fat mozzarella, a tomato, roasted peri peri chicken slices, shallots and an 85c tin of champignon mushrooms (the mushrooms were a bit random, but the 85 cent bargain got me).

The best part was that it was only 15 minutes from when I started cooking to when I served the meal. This was ideal as I can’t stand that irritating feeling that comes around 7pm, when all you want is dinner but you still have to cook it.

After winging the recipe for a tomatoey-ish sauce by blending 3 tbsp greek yogurt, basil and 1 whole tomato, I covered the base with the sauce and arranged the assorted ingredients on top. All the pizza needed was 10 minutes at 200˚C in the oven before it was ready to eat.

We ate our pizza’s while watching The Intouchables – if you haven’t seen this movie, I would highly recommend (funny, clever and heartwarming).

Ingriedients 

  • Pre-made wholemeal pizza base
  • Butternut pumpkin
  • Asparagus
  • Basil
  • Low-fat (optional) mozzarella
  • Tomato
  • Roasted slices of Peri Peri chicken
  • Shallots
  • Tin of Champignon mushrooms
  • Greek yogurt
  • Basil

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Christmassy Gingerbread Truffles

These are one of the easiest Christmas treats to make, and easily one of the tastiest.

All I used was one packet of gingersnaps, half a tub of cream cheese, chocolate sprinkles, icing sugar and cream.

After blending the gingersnaps into a fine powder using my NutriBullet, I added a dollop of cream cheese and kneaded the mixture with my fingers to create a cookie dough texture.

Then, still using my hands I created the round little truffle balls and laid them out on a plate. Placing them in the fridge for 15 minutes, I waited for them to cool whilst whisking up a spoon of cream cheese, plain cream and half a spoon of icing sugar into an icing paste. After taking them out the fridge I spread the icing on top and decorated the truffles with the chocolate sprinkles.

This recipe is so easy to whip up quickly for friends, or if you are just craving a christmassy themed treat. It has really settled me into the spirit of the Christmas season. Plus, their small size means you won’t over-indulge when treating yourself to one.

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Happy festivities

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My Weird Guilty Pleasure… Roast Pumpkin

I am the world’s biggest snacker.

When I’m studying from home and all I want to do is eat and not work.

i’ve found that making a snack that’s a little more filling gives my stomach the satisfaction it needs, and stops me from eating a thousand calorie-dense snacks all day.

A staple snack I make (you can also use this as a side for dinner/lunch) is roast pumpkin bites. After pre-heating the oven to 200˚C (400˚F) all I do is peel and chop up about 1/3 of a pumpkin into bite sized pieces. Then I lay them out on a tray that’s lined with baking paper, and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over the top.

Next, I season them with a sprinkle of thyme, basil, salt and paprika and then chuck on a handful of chopped walnuts.

Then, I slide them into the oven for 30 minutes.

This is a delicious little snack that stops all the cravings for food and it only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

It’s so delicious and easy if you haven’t you should definitely give it a go.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

xx

Fresh Acai Bowl’s for Breakfast!

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?

xx