Healthier homemade afternoon tea bakes

With everyone being in lock down atm, most of us are missing our meet ups with friends or family and having a catch-up over a cup of tea and sweet treat. As some people are making their own baked goods and then having a virtual tea party over Zoom and are also looking for healthier snacks while they work from home I decided to put together this mix of healthier tea party & snack options

Why not up your snack game to make it a bit healthier using nourishing ingredients and expand your recipe repertoire.

  1. Healthier, wholemeal scones, these are two of my own recipes which have gone down a storm with my family
    blueberry lemonHealthier homemade afternoon tea bakes Desserts Lunch snack
    Orange, dark choc & strawberryHealthier homemade afternoon tea bakes Desserts Lunch snack
  2.  Peanut butter hummus (for people with more of a savoury palate) from @eatnourishlove
    This would also be a great dip for apple slicesHealthier homemade afternoon tea bakes Desserts Lunch snack
  3. Vegan flourless earl grey biscuits from Healthy & Psyched 
    These biscuits are made with ground almonds and have a creamy cashew based frostingHealthier homemade afternoon tea bakes Desserts Lunch snack
  4. Spiced fruit & nut biscotti-normally i make these around Christmas time but they’re great all year round and you can adapt the fruit and flavour to suit your tastesHealthier homemade afternoon tea bakes Desserts Lunch snack
  5. Sneaky veg blog has some great veg/fruit based bakes, these fruit based, refined sugar free flapjacks are an easy afternoon treat to whip upHealthier homemade afternoon tea bakes Desserts Lunch snack
  6. Another great option which is also vegan from sneaky veg blog are these blueberry banana muffins
    I’d recommend using half wholemeal flour as suggested in the recipe in order to get more fibre in there!Healthier homemade afternoon tea bakes Desserts Lunch snack
  7. Power hungry Camilla’s almond sponge cake which uses ground almonds and starch to make it means it’s flourless but also gluten free and would go so well with some fresh Summer strawberries and a dusting of baobab powder if you have it
    Healthier homemade afternoon tea bakes Desserts Lunch snack
  8. I love these easy wholefoods oat based cookies from Amy’s healthy baking, you could also sub half the raisins for dark choc chips and I would recommend if you have it that you could sub some flour for flavoured pea protein to balance out the macros a little more and then reduce the maple slightly.Healthier homemade afternoon tea bakes Desserts Lunch snack

Spiced chocolate goji berry workout scones

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?!

Spiced chocolate goji berry workout scones Breakfast Lunch vegan

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.

Spiced chocolate goji berry workout scones Breakfast Lunch vegan

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Quick & easy tomato hummus pasta

This super easy and quick plant based pasta dish is a midweek dinner winner!
*Can be 2/5 day depending on the type of pasta you choose
*Can be made in under 10mins
*Full of fibre and nutrition
*Easily tailored to suit gluten or grain free diets

Quick & easy tomato hummus pasta Dinner 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 £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.

Vegan creamy curry mushroom pasta Dinner Grainfree Lunch vegan

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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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