Yes you read that right, it’s possible to sneak veg into oats without knowing it, trust me you won’t know its there!
I did this by using a mix of cacao powder and VeganTek choc superfood blend for a chocolatey flavour plus the colour covers the courgette so nobody will see it and the bonus is that the water from the veg gets absorbed by the oats meaning it’s not soggy.
This superfood blend is quite sweet which means I didn’t need to add any extra sweetness, so this is sugar free too. I like to top it with berries for a burst of juiciness and some creamy nut butter to finish it off.
These bars are very handy for quick mornings or a gut friendly snack, you can bake them the day before and have these ready to go for the next few days. They’re packed with fibre and antioxidants and even have some sneaky beans in there too for the win!
Berry bar benefits
I really like these with some citrusy, tangy baobab, some plant yogurt and stewed berries. You can pack all of this into a tupperware dish to take with you to work if needed. I also like that I’m getting beans in which adds some protein without using protein powders and helps keep you full longer.
Another bonus is that they’re full of gut friendly ingredients including: chickpeas/white beans, baobab (prebiotic), oats, polyphenol packed berries and probiotic plant yogurt. A breakfast/snack that ALSO feeds your gut too! Yeah that’s my type of food =)
Believe it or not these really are filled with healthy ingredients, nutrition and are a great “treat yourself” morning breakfast, for a different breakfast if you’re getting bored or as a reward just because you deserve it!
These are plant based, no egg, no banana either (because nearly every vegan pancake recipe I see requires a banana but you don’t always have a ripe one ready to use!), they have lots of fiber and a little hemp protein in there too for macronutrient balance plus I used some applesauce in the wet ingredients to add nutrition. Who knew healthy could taste so good?
Healthi”er” Oreo pancakes
Now I did make this version a little naughty by topping them with one Gato cookie which is their plant based, healthier version of an Oreo, I won a pack of their new recipe range so decided to put it to good use. While I don’t recommend consuming cookies on a daily basis I do believe treats are a healthy part of a balanced diet and healthy relationship with food, plus these cookies are way better in terms of ingredients when compared to the original.
This brand has ingredients like flax, oats, chicory, buckwheat etc which are great sources of fiber for the gut. The more variety of fiber & foods that you can get into your diet, the better and I know some people won’t get ingredients like this elsewhere!
They’re also gluten free, use coconut oil instead of palm oil (more sustainable) and a single cookie is double the size of a regular Oreo but is still nearly the same amount of sugar (just 5g). This is optional because it was a prize but you don’t need to have them to make this recipe, it’s still great on it’s own with the chocolatey pancakes layered with creamy coconut yogurt, a healthy but still indulgent breakfast!
Now onto the second ingredient which I used to boost this recipe in terms of goodness and health promoting indulgence and that’s the VeganTek superfood blend (see below link for discount) which is a sugar free, chocolate shake blend that’s filled with lots of ingredients that support the bodies functioning and adds flavour plus natural sweetness (via xylitol & stevia) to this pancake recipe. See notes below on the subs in the recipe.
If you want to try this blend for yourself which I highly recommend, especially for picky eaters as this is a great recipe to sneak in the goodness then check out my article on it which explains more about it and has a code which will give you a discount off it.
This recipe is quite a unique one as it uses the UK’s first ever pistachio milk along with juicy berries and antioxidant packed matcha to provide a tonne of goodness!
Borna’s pistachio products are quite unique as they’re the first brand in the UK to produce non dairy milks from pistachios, it’s also rare to find pistachio butter or snacks like the rest of their range.
Pistachios have a huge number of benefits (see more below) but this range is especially suitable for those on a diet free from animal products as their milks are fortified with vitamin B12 and calcium which are often hard to get from plant based products.
Yes, you read that right!
Scones that are healthy enough and nicely balanced in macro nutrients to have after a workout, what more could you want?!
Flourless workout scones
These scones are also flourless as I’ve created these during the Covid-19 lockdown and I know many people are struggling to find flour so by using oats and grinding them into a flour (easily done in any blender/food processor) they are more accessible than standard scone flour recipes and contain more fibre than white flour versions.
Vegan protein powder can be found in many places including Boots, superdrug, Holland & Barrett, large supermarkets, Amazon or online through your favourite brands site.
This recipe is such a great mix of complex carbs, protein and healthy fats plus it’s sugar free. The coconut & berries contribute to your 5 a day and these along with the oats pack a decent fibre punch, combine this with the antioxidants from the dark choc/cacao and you’re all set with a super healthy, well balanced breakfast.
What’s even better is that you can have this made the night before and ready to go as a quick breakfast the next morning after a workout as a good way to refuel and re-nourish your body!