These courgette bites are great for travelling with or a lighter lunch or snack option for those who prefer something savory.
Each time I made these i was pleasantly surprised at how soft & moist they are, this is due to the grated courgette which when baked releases water which is absorbed by the flour to keep it soft.
Pair these with my plant based cream “cheeze” spread and it’s lovely, the match between onion and sweet tomato puree with the creamy, garlic spread is so tasty and takes these bites to the next level.
As this recipe only makes a few of them you can double it if you want a bigger batch to last you longer through the week.
It’s coming up to my favourite time of year which is Halloween and pumpkin season. I absolutely love baking with pumpkin and eating the results!
I’m also a healthy snack fiend, I love a treat that also nourishes the body which is what I focused on when creating this recipe. So why not make your Halloween this year that bit more nourishing with this creation and use up any spare pumpkin pulp so that it doesn’t go to waste. Oh and it’s not jam packed with refined sugar meaning no energy spikes & dips.
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 =)
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!).
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.