Nut free, berry bliss balls

Nut free, grain free, suitable for allergies, naturally sweetened (no dates) and full of healthy fats. These bliss balls are different from the usual ones with lots of dates and nuts to suit allergies but it’s also good to mix it up sometimes. I like to use raw manuka honey here for antimicrobial goodness too.

Berry ball benefits

The hemp seeds here are really undervalued in my opinion, they’re a good source of plant based fats and fiber and the sunflower seeds are a good source of vitamin E which is beneficial for the skin, so not only will they nourish your cravings they’ll nourish your body too.

Nut free, berry bliss balls Desserts energy balls Grainfree snack vegan

You can adapt these with any other powders or blends you have in your kitchen to add extra goodness for example if you want to use these as a mid morning or afternoon energy boost then add a small 1/2 tsp of matcha powder or some collagen etc.

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Low carb, grain free light waffles

So the 25th March is national waffle day, hooray!!

I love a waffle and have really got very into them recently as they’re faster to make and don’t require flipping like pancakes which is always a plus.
I dabbled in some flourless/grain free recipes and came up with this one that also happens to be diet friendly and low carb, it can also be used for a savory theme with different toppings, so is very versatile.

Each waffle serving (no toppings) is roughly 141 calories with unsweetened almond milk and less than 5g carbs.

Low carb, grain free light waffles Breakfast Grainfree

Coconut flour types

I used a coconut flour (reduced fat kind) from Lidl which absorbs more than other flours and is different from regular coconut finely ground so make sure you’re using this brand or another one like Groovy foods from Tesco that binds well or else it won’t hold together. You’ll notice these brands have a fat content lower than 25g per 100g of product showing it’s the fat reduced kind.

Low carb, grain free light waffles Breakfast Grainfree

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Veggie meatball bean casserole

This recipe is so easy, 1 bowl/baking dish is all that’s required, it’s packed with veg (including the “meatballs”) and therefore also has lots of fiber plus colour too, after all, it’s important to eat a rainbow (no not those sweets you grew up on) but a variety of wholesome plants and foods.

This is becoming one of my favourite new recipes, I really like how easy it is, it’s full of flavour and you can adjust this recipe very easily to suit your own needs/tastes. It’s a great way to get those veggies into kids especially if you don’t tell them you used veggie based meatballs (could also try to sub in some falafel and hope they don’t notice!).

Veggie meatball bean casserole Dinner Grainfree Lunch vegan

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Vegan creamy curry mushroom pasta

This quick, comforting mushroom pasta dish is the perfect autumn/winter meal, full of spices and flavour with the creaminess coming from coconut yogurt.
Use any curry paste that you have in your fridge, they should all work just fine and to really increase your veg & fibre intake try using a legume based pasta such as chickpea, red lentil or green pea/lentil. I personally really like red lentil with this dish.

Vegan creamy curry mushroom pasta Dinner Grainfree Lunch vegan

Plant based yogurt
Plant based yogurts are really easy to get hold of these days in the big supermarkets, I’ve tried a number of them ranging from M&S to Asda, with a blend of fermented non GMO soy & coconut from Asda being the cheapest at Β£1, as it still has some coconut in it the flavour works fine and is still quite creamy which I really like, plus doesn’t have any sugar or a tonne of thickeners/starches etc in it.

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Low carb, high fibre bagels

Yes you heard that right!
Bagels that are low carb, grain free AND high in healthy fibre which keeps you full and satisfied, plus feeds a healthy gut microbiome. What more could you want?

Low carb, high fibre bagels Breakfast Dinner Grainfree Lunch

Healthy can be yummy too
This is one of those recipes I’d love for people to try when they say that healthy food is too complicated or boring or bland.
Healthy food doesn’t have to equal deprivation. You can still have your favourite things, just made with more nourishing ingredients that feed your body better.

These can be served with anything you like and used at whichever meal of the day you prefer. I like to toast them and top with avocado and some spices or else with Violife plant based cheese spread and sun-dried tomatoes for a savoury breakfast.

Low carb, high fibre bagels Breakfast Dinner Grainfree Lunch

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Warming, curry pumpkin and bean stew

I love using seasonal pumpkin or squash for warming, hearty stews during the colder months. The warmth from the curry paste really contrasts nicely with the mild natural sweetness from the tomatoes to create a really comforting meal.
This recipe is so easy to make and requires just a handful of cheap store cupboard ingredients. Plus it only requires one pot which means less washing up afterwards which is the bane of my life sometimes!

I used pumpkin and beans in this recipe but you could also chuck in whatever other veg you have going spare in the fridge or simply to bulk out this meal and add extra goodness to your diet that day. Remember, the more variety of fibre and plant based foods you get in your diet each week, the better your gut health will be in general.

Warming, curry pumpkin and bean stew Dinner Grainfree Lunch vegan

The second serving makes a great lunch the next day or speedy dinner. I love coming home to this knowing that it ready to go after just a few minutes of reheating and saves me cooking that night again. I actually got addicted to this that I made this recipe like 3 times in 9 days because it was so easy and yummy.

Warming, curry pumpkin and bean stew Dinner Grainfree Lunch vegan

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