Archives for category: Snacks

  
I made this in about 8 minutes this morning. I’ve got meetings over lunch and I’m out of the office all afternoon and wanted something I could just snack on throughout the day with pitta. It’s basically hummus, just with a different bean (are chickpeas beans? Who knows). A jar of sun dried tomatoes is the best here because their oil helps it become nice and smooth.

In a blender, place 1 rinsed tin of cannellini beans, 5 sun dried tomatoes and 2 dessert spoons of their oil, a good grind of black pepper. Whizz til at your desired consistency. I prefer it a little lumpy but scoopable with my pitta! 

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I’ve had a banana turning blacker by the minute in my fruit bowl all week. I made it into a fruit flapjack which fuelled me through my hockey match today (we won 4-0, and secured promotion!). It’s so easy and relatively low on the sugar front too.

1) in a pan on the hob melt 1 dessert spoon of butter, 2 dessert spoons of coconut oil, 1 dessert spoon of honey.

2) in a bowl, mush 1 ripe banana and a handful of blueberries.

3) add 1 and 1/2 cups of oats to the banana, with a tsp of cinnamon and a tsp ground ginger.

4) pour over the melted butter, honey and coconut oil, mix together and pour into a lined baking sheet.

5) press down with the back of a spoon and bake on 170 degrees C for 20-25 mins til golden brown.

Leave in the pan to cool, then chop up and munch. 

  I whipped a batch of these up this morning in 15 mins. The leftover batter is in the fridge ready for tomorrow morning 😍

Whisk in a bowl:

2 small-medium mashed ripe bananas 

1 cup self raising flour

1/3 cup oats

1 dessert spoon chia seeds 

1 cup milk

1 egg 

I wipe a teeny bit of butter over the frying pan to stop them sticking. Flip over when you start to see little holes forming on top of the batter.

Serve up with blueberries, syrup, honey, Nutella, whatever you fancy. 

Happy Tuesday!

  
Ever had a Nakd bar? They’re lush aren’t they, and now I’m addicted, I’ve realised that they’re blooming pricey. I thought I’d have a crack at my own. They were a bit wet for bars, so I rolled them in cocoa powder and made them into truffles. 

1) in a blender mix up 1 packet of dates, a handful of mixed nuts and 2 dessert spoons of chia seeds (my bf got a 1kg bag wholesale for a tenner!).

2) spread out the mixture onto baking parchment in a baking tray and pop in the fridge.

3) after half hour, remove and cut into bars – and if they aren’t solid enough, like mine, roll into balls and with cocoa powder.

Keep in the fridge til you want to nibble one. I will suss the trick for making nakd bars – if you have a recipe let me know!

  
Sorry for the awful picture – I only managed to get one after they’d been ravaged by my hockey team. These flapjacks are super easy, super tasty and healthy-ish.

1) in a pan melt 1 tsbp Nutella, 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp golden syrup.

2) mash 1 ripe banana into the mixture and then stir in 1 cup of oats. Add more if needed and stir til combined.

3) press into a lined baking tray and bake on 170 degrees C for 20 mins. 

4) leave to cool and chop. This made about 12 flapjacks. Or 6 big ones!

  
I absolutely love spicy nuts. But they’re so expensive and full of rubbish that I decided to have a go at making my own. They’re amazing and I will never be buying the packet ones again!

In a bowl mix a packet of plain almonds with a squeeze of honey, a shake of chilli powder, a sprinkle of dried thyme, a grind of black pepper and little pinch of salt.

Place nuts on a lined baking tray and roast on 180 for 10 mins!

 I love bruschetta. I spent a week in Rome once and ate bruschetta almost every day. It was the best! This is a cheats version but still tastes lovely and fresh. 

1) in a bowl mix 4 chopped tomatoes, 1 chopped red onion, a shake of dried basil.

2) rub olive oil and a garlic glove onto some crusty white bread and toast.

3) assemble and enjoy with a glass of crisp white wine! 

I genuinely can’t believe how expensive and full of crap shop-bought granola is. My homemade granola has 4 ingredients and takes 20 mins – 15 of which are the oven’s job so really it only takes you 5.

1) in a pan melt 1 tbsp of honey and 1 dessert spoon of peanut butter (I use whole earth crunchy).

2) stir in 1 cup of oats and some chopped nuts.

3) line a baking tray with some baking parchment and spread out the oat mixture on it.

4) oven for 10-15 mins on 170 degrees c.

Scoff down with yoghurt (I like Rachel’s Organic vanilla) and fruit. Simples.

 Surprised myself with how moist and scrummy these banana muffins were as well as being super easy to make. I followed this recipe by Nigella but omitted the nutmeg (because I didn’t have any), added extra cinnamon (because I love it) and swapped half the caster sugar for dark brown sugar (because I didn’t have enough). I also used bananas which weren’t that ripe (because I’m impatient). I’ve packed two for work today and I’ve already scoffed one and it’s only just 11am.

1) mix up dry ingredients: 250g self raising flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 50g caster sugar, 50g dark sugar.

2) separate bowl, whisk wet ingredients: 125ml milk, 1 sploodge of honey, 2 eggs, 75g of melted butter, drop of vanilla and 2 mushed up bananas.

3) add wet to dry and fold in – it’s meant to be lumpy as Nigella says!

4) bake on 190 for 20 mins.

I’ve left out some more bananas to ripen as banana bread is on my list of things to bake next. If you’ve got a recipe, send it my way.

  

The great thing about this ice cream is that it has no cream in it. It’s also no-churn, you just chuck it all in a blender and whizz its socks off.

You’ll need 1 frozen banana – I chop mine into smaller pieces before going in the blender just to make it easier on my Kenwood (I’m rather precious about my blender..)

You’ll also need 1 tsp (or more!) of peanut butter and 1 small handful of chocolate chips. 

It takes a good few minutes for it to come together into an ‘ice cream’ consistency so be patient. You could eat it straight away but I popped mine in the freezer – I made it before work and it was perfect when I got home in the evening.