Ok, so let me start by explaining for anyone who doesn’t know what a shamrock shake is, it’s an American based minty green milkshake that a certain, highly famous burger chain created a while ago in celebration of St Patrick’s day.
If you missed it last year, check out my green St Patrick’s day omelette here.
As St Patrick’s day is approaching, I thought I’d create a healthier version using wholefoods and even better, make it sugar free!
After having to change up my diet to ease my gut issues it’s made me realise even more that not everyone can use standard ingredients or recipes which can be very frustrating and is why I’ve been wanting to create more sugar free recipes here for anyone who can’t, for whatever reason, tolerate traditional sweeteners, even the unrefined ones I tend to use such as honey or coconut sugar.
Plus, most shakes/smoothies tend to have a banana chucked in, which again, some people may need to omit or would like to change up every now and then so I’ve used liquid stevia drops in this recipe, reasons include:
-sugar free (so diabetics can use it)
-doesn’t cause digestive flare ups like other natural sweeteners may do
-doesn’t negatively alter gut bacteria like certain artificial sweeteners
-easier to measure out than uncut, green powdered stevia (which is the preferred form but as I mentioned harder to use and source)
As stevia is over 200 times sweeter than sugar you only need a little bit so measure it out carefully anytime you use it. You can find it online or in health food shops, try to find ones that aren’t diluted with other sweeteners and that are alcohol free.
creamy mint chocolate goodness
I absolutely love the soft texture and spices of these flapjacks, they’re delicious!
Flapjacks are one of my favourite snacks but most are full of refined sugar or other ingredients that aren’t good for you so swapping them out for these is a great choice.
My favourite way to eat them is slightly warmed, so either a few minutes out of the oven or else gently heat them up a little before tucking in will give the best results.
Nourishing gingerbread flapjacks
I used molasses in this recipe as it’s a key ingredient in traditional gingerbread recipes due to its rich flavour, it’s also a highly nutritious sweetener containing good amounts of copper, iron and chromium, however not many people tend to use it because of the intense liquorice like flavour, but when you mix it in the right quantities with other flavours you can get the best of both worlds. It is very affordable and in all big shops but if you can’t get your hands on it then you can use barley malt (contains gluten) or honey etc but obviously the flavour won’t be as traditional.
With the weather yet again turning rubbish in the UK and the “beast from the East” coming soon, all this cold weather makes me really crave spices and hot, hearty food and this porridge recipe really is hot!
This may sound like a weird combination but chilli and chocolate is one of my favourite flavour combos ever!
If you like these flavours too then check out my chocolate chillana porridge recipe.
I really wanted the heat from the chilli and rich dark chocolate flavour from the cacao to come across so I haven’t overly sweetened this recipe, keeping the overall sugar quite low so adjust the recipe to your tastes.
Oats are a great heart healthy ingredient as they contain beta glucan which can lower cholesterol, the flaxseed provides anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats and the cacao powder, particularly this brand contains a very high amount of antioxidants and has an EFSA approved heart health claim attached to it as well.
Make this soft, sweet berry banana bread for breakfast when you’ve a morning with some free time (not one where you need to rush out the door as it needs time to cook) or else use it as a single serving sweet treat which means you don’t have to make a big batch of something which is then lying around tempting you for the rest of the week.
This also counts as 1/5 day, is loaded with fibre and you can add some protein to this recipe to help achieve a feeling of fullness.
single serve banana bread/dessert
Yes these pancakes are green because I blended spinach into them and no you cannot taste it, spinach has such a neutral flavour that it gets completely covered when you cook these and top them with some juicy pineapple, banana and tropical coconut, that’s a win for secret greens!
This is such a stealth health way of sneaking more greens into your food without it feeling like an ordeal and when you add together the spinach, pineapple and banana it counts as 2 of your 5 a day and the “flour” for the recipe is made from oats which is a great fibre source.
These are also so easy and quick to make as you just chuck all of the ingredients into a blender until smooth then fry them up in under 5mins.
For a similar kind of fruity pancake recipe check out my apple pie pancakes
Oh my gawwwd! This dip is super delicious, so flavour filled, it has an almost “pizza” like taste due to the tomatoes, oregano, garlic and basil and for some reason it tastes even better the next day, which is strange to me as I do prefer my food fresh rather than cold from leftovers being stored in the fridge.
You can pair it with my coconut flour bread here or use it on oatcakes/ricecakes etc.
Onto the bread. It took me a while to get used to coconut flour as it’s tricky to work with but I finally nailed a recipe which retains its moisture without dumping looooads of oil into it which I’ve seen with other coconut flour bread recipes, I managed to get my recipe down to only 2 tablespoons in the whole loaf.
Now this loaf is obviously different from normal bread, it doesn’t require any kneading and to get any rise you need to use apple cider vinegar/lemon and baking soda, meaning the slices are smaller but they’re still soft and lovely.
The tin I used was a small one, approx 11cm by 21cm long