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
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
Fancy a soft, moist, pumpkin bar with a creamy chocolate ganache that is actually good for your skin too?!
Of course you do!
Snacks with benefits
These bars are flourless but filled with skin loving, vitamin A loaded pumpkin, creamy vitamin E filled almond butter and anti inflammatory spices.
Both vitamin A and E act as powerful antioxidants to help fight wrinkles/signs of ageing and vitamin E can help lock in moisture to give skin a softer quality. Plus the good fats from the almond butter, cacao and avocado all help to plump out the skin meaning fine lines are less apparent.
The cinnamon and ginger are not only good for digestion but also help control inflammation. These would be a great snack substitute for any teens that are trying to tackle diet based skin issues. I myself have always battled with my skin which is why I try to get a consistent intake of skin loving nutrients into my diet and after the Christmas period my skin has really needed some attention.
This kickin’ hot chocolate recipe is just what you need to heat you up before you head out into the cold winter weather.
This recipe may sound strange at first but the combo of chilli and chocolate go so well together and lots of people enjoy it, it’s quite common in Mexico to add dark chocolate to homemade chilli, so give it a go and enjoy the warmth to counteract any dull winter weather.
Anyone fancy healthy, flourless blondies? Did I mention that they’re made mostly of beans?
As they’re made with white beans to give them bulk you don’t need flour and it makes them higher in fibre and protein but also lower in calories than your typical blondies. I’ve also added some turmeric which not only helps with colour but adds some anti inflammatory goodness too.
These are also fairly light and because of their decent protein, fibre and healthy fat content they make a good pre-workout snack for anyone who may be heading to the gym after work but hasn’t eaten in a while.
What are you waiting for, tuck in!
There isn’t temptation in these brownies but “hemp“tation due to the hemp based protein powder and hemp seed topping!
These are now one of my all time favourite brownies. they’re so fudgey, soft, and moist with a rich chocolate flavour but also filled with fibre and good fats PLUS there’s also some sneaky avocado in there too-win!!