muffins get a bad rap.
full of refined sugar and empty kilojoules that when paired with a extra large coffee first thing in the morning can lead to disaster sooner rather than later. not a great way to start the day when cortisol (stress hormone) levels are already high.
but there’s a reason why muffins are so popular. the convenience of this hand-held snack means it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. so what’s the answer?
by using almond meal as the base, these babies are full of protein, fibre and vitamin e. add in some antioxidant rich berries and you’ve got yourself a low GI snack that won’t see your blood sugars rocketing from one end of the office to the other.
this recipe takes all the best things about the muffin and makes them better. take a look.
2x cups almond meal (make your own, it’s cheaper and by keeping the skin on you get extra nutrient)
1x cup desiccated coconut
1/2x cup coconut cream
3x tablespoons honey (locally sourced and organic)
3x whisked eggs (local and free range)
1/2x tspn baking powder
1/2x tspn natural vanilla extract
pinch of pink rock salt
pinch of cinnamon
1x cup of mixed berries
preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a muffin tray with baking paper. put the almond meal and coconut into a mixing bowl and combine. then add the coconut cream, honey, eggs, baking powder, vanilla and salt. fold the all the ingredients until just combined, gently stirring through the berries. pop the mixture into the muffin tray (it should make 10) and place in the oven for approximately 25 minutes until crispy on top. leave the muffins in the tin for 5 minutes before placing to a cooling rack. sprinkle with cinnamon and eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
i love chocolate.
yeah, i know. not exactly a mind blowing blog post starter but stick with me. for those of us out there with a penchant for the sweet stuff, there has to be a healthy alternative. too often mainstream chocolate is chock (get it) full of sugar and additives, making them high in kilojoules but low in nutrients.
so, what’s the answer?
my cadbury inspired fruit and nut slice! with craisins and cashews this crunchy creation tastes (and looks) better than the original. better yet, all the ingredients are rich in micronutrients making this a nourishing post-dinner or pre-workout treat that takes less than 5 minutes to make.
6x tablespoons of nut butter (i use mayver’s crunchy peanut butter)
3x tablespoons of melted organic coconut oil
3x tablespoons of locally sourced honey (this has antimicrobial properties specific to your region!)
1/2 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract
3x tablespoons of raw cacao (i prefer a stronger taste but if you don’t, take it back a notch)
a pinch of pink rock salt
1/2 a cup of roasted cashews
handful of craisins or similar fruit i.e currants or diced apricot
roast the cashews in the oven until golden. it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes and then chop roughly. combine the nut butter, oil, honey, cacao, vanilla and salt into a bowl and then toss in the craisins and cashews. give it a stir and then add to the mixture. pour the whole thing into a lined shallow baking dish and chuck it in the fridge until set (usually a couple of hours). cut into slices and serve.
… and that’s all folks.
girl loves a good alliteration… and banana bread. mostly, banana bread.
but what i love most? baked treats that don’t send my blood sugar levels sky high, only to come crashing down harder than my hopes of that guy i liked ever calling me back.
but i digress. this dessert (or breakfast if you’re me on a monday) is full of the good stuff. protein, fats, fibre and antioxidants. too good to be true? nope. and i’ll let you in on the secret.
1 1/4 cups GF plain flour
2 tsp GF baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2/3 cup LSA meal
1/3 cup desiccated coconut
2 free range organic eggs
1/2 cup good quality oil
3/4 your choice of nut mylk
1/4 organic honey
1 cup mashed banana
125gm your choice of berries
1 tablespoon chia seeds
pre-heat oven to 180 degrees (10 degrees less for FF) and line a loaf pan with baking paper. sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl then stir in the LSA and coconut.
whisk the eggs, oil , mylk and honey in a jug then add the banana. stir into the flour mixture until just combined. stir in the berries gently (fun fact, if you coat them in a little flour they don’t tend to sink as much).
spoon into the pan and sprinkle with chia seeds. cook for around 45 minutes. it should be golden brown with a nice crust on the outside. use a skewer if you’re an amateur.
if you have left over mixture like me, make a baby cake that you’ll pretend to share with someone but really just eat the whole thing yourself… what?
eat well, homies.