who doesn’t love that sour hit you get from a squeeze of fresh lemon?
the tartness and the burst of citrus on the inside of my cheeks reminds me of the sour warheads i used to get from my primary school tuckshop.
this recipe is an ode to my childhood. also, i just had a shitload of lemons.
100gm almond meal (i make my own, it’s easy and much cheaper)
45gm desiccated coconut (plus extra for rolling)
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 large or 2 small lemons (it really depends on how much zing you like)
1/2 teaspoon good quality organic vanilla extract or bean
2 tablespoons organic, locally sourced honey
chuck it all in a food processor. ta da (i’m so clever).
roll the mixture into balls and then coat in the extra coconut.
store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
these little babies are gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free. perfect for a 3pm pick me up.
remember when 4 ingredients was THE cooking book of the decade?
it was simple, it was fast and even the gastronomically challenged could make something… well, for me, the idea of any recipe being 4 ingredients or less is still really attractive and has lost none of its lustre. why? because of the simplicity. making food and the art of cooking accessible to everyone is one of the things i am most passionate about as a nutritionist in training. whilst shows like masterchef and my kitchen rules have amped up interest in niche food products, a lot of it is out of reach of the average family.
nutrition starts at home and these super simple bikkies are a simple food swap that taste great whilst also providing lots of the good stuff (antioxidants, iron, fibre, magnesium and key minerals).
2x mashed over ripe bananas
1 cup of steel cut rolled oats
1 teaspoon locally sourced honey
a handful of cacao nibs (i didn’t measure just kind of chucked them in until it looked good?)
pre-heat your fan forced oven to 160 degrees. mash the banana in a bowl and then combine the oats. add in the honey and cacao nibs and you’re done. (woah, that was hard…not). roll into tablespoon size balls, place on a tray with baking paper and flatten slightly.
cook for approximately 10-15 minutes. you can pop a little ghee on with a pastry brush if you want a nice brown crispiness on the top.
cool on the tray for 5 minutes and then move to a rack.
lastly and most importantly, EAT!
super yum, nutrient dense and most of all, simple.
it’s thursday. oh, happy days. one day until the weekend and all that.
but what makes THIS thursday extra special?
a very unexpected care package from carman’s muesli… for reference, nothing gets me going like a box of bliss balls.
jam-packed with all the good stuff, these superfood bites are gluten-free, dairy-free and naturally sweetened with fruit.
they’re a natural pick-me-up to combat the dreaded 330itis. and with three different flavours, everyone should be able to find a healthy alternative to those left over easter eggs.
so do yourself a favour and grab some next time you’re at the supermarket. this nutritionist (in training) approves 😉