Halloween has rolled around again for another year but that doesn’t need to mean unhealthy sugar highs or falling off the healthy eating wagon.
I’ve got you sorted if you still want a treat that provides nourishment and uses up that pumpkin flesh which is just too delicious and nutritious to waste, so put it to good use.
This recipe not only uses pumpkin but another veg in there too!
It’s easy to make, uses simple ingredients and is great for making kids eat secret veg. It’s also vegan friendly and can be gluten free if using certified GF oats.
This savoury pancake recipe is packed full of veg and fibre plus is great for a quick cook meal any time of the day, double up the recipe to make seconds for the next days lunch. It’s so versatile as well because you can serve it with your favourite dressing or sauce and use up any spare salad that’s lying around your fridge too.
Grain free high fibre chickpea flour-where you find it?
I use chickpea/besan flour (made from baby chickpeas or split lentils) which is super cheap and can be found in large Asda or Tescos, find it in the aisle where you get canned coconut milk. It’s a great way to ramp up your fibre but do remember it is different from usual flours so will have a more dense texture to it but it’s not a big problem in savoury recipes.
These secretly healthy slices are mostly made out of veg, including white beans and sweet potato and you can make these sugar free, not to mention the addition of some cinnamon and dark chocolate adds antioxidants that are a bonus on top of the fibre loaded veg!
Plus these are grain, soy, wheat, dairy & gluten free and don’t require any flour either.
This is a great one for sneaking veg and more nutritional goodness into fussy eaters, they’ll never know there’s beans in there and seeing the dark chocolate will make them think it’s a proper dessert!
I love sweet cinnamon flavours but feel free to adapt this one to your tastes such as if you like a ginger and dark choc combo then you can add ginger spice instead.
What’s “notella” I hear you ask?
It’s not nutella, but tastes like it, only healthier and more nourishing.
I really like the combination of apple with hazelnuts so decided to use them together along with hazelnut milk to make some warm baked oats for breakfast.
I tried the new Innocent hazelnut milk and really liked the flavour but also how it doesn’t contain added sugar or lots of additives or emulsifiers like most plant milks do. Because of this reason the nut residue needs mixing up in the bottle so give it a quick shake before use.
By using this milk and some hazelnut butter along with chocolatey flavoured cacao powder this really does taste good and is like a healthy nutella flavoured breakfast but with way more nutrition and makes a change from regular porridge.
No added sugar
Healthy fats & spices
Who doesn’t want some healthy, spiced, carrot cake pronuts (protein donuts)? I even have these for breakfast!
You can easily get pea protein in the shops/online the same goes for the donut moulds, I got mine on Amazon for just a couple of pounds so don’t be put off by this.
If you want to make good use of the donut mould then try my other donut recipe for blueberry lemon donuts
Secrets to staying on track
I love taking traditional recipes and making them healthy through using nourishing, wholefoods, meaning they’re crap free but still tasty, plus, I’m like a child who gets excited about dipping them in frosting, it makes me feel like I’m getting something fun.
Cooking recipes like this is one of my secrets to keeping me on track, which can be difficult for anyone with dietary restrictions. If I just eat the same stuff on repeat I’d feel like I was missing out and never getting the fun stuff that other people could indulge in like being able to buy baked goods from the shops etc so I cook food like this so that I can enjoy them too, all guilt free and without inducing stomach churning symptoms.
These chocolate orange hemp balls are super nutritious and soft but also lower in sugar than regular energy balls as they use just 1 ripe fresh banana to sweeten them rather than dried fruit, this keeps them lovely and soft but means you need to eat them fast, preferably within 2/3 days (but it won’t be a challenge, trust me!)
They require a bit of setting time to firm up so make them in advance, they make a good afternoon pick me up or prepped the night before for a breakfast snack before a morning gym workout or on your way to work.
Activate those nuts!
I’ve used Linwoods activated walnuts here as I’m trying to use more activated nuts where possible in my cooking due to the process of activating making the nuts more nutritious but also easier on digestion, plus if you just want to eat them straight it also gives the nuts a lovely crispiness. Walnuts are one of the nuts highest in phytic acid which holds onto nutrients making it harder for your body to extract which is why they’re one of the nuts that you should try to eat soaked/activated whenever possible.
Another reason why I love walnuts and hemp is because they have a good balance of healthy fats which the standard Western diet tends to be lower in and instead, higher in omega 6 fats which when too high can be pro-inflammatory, so eating a variety of omega 3 fats to balance this out is something to keep in mind.