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.
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
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
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.
I’ve been loving this recipe on the lead up to the Christmas period. It helps get some fantastic nutritional goodness into your meals, counts as 2/5 a day and in my opinion is one of the nicest ways to eat brussel sprouts.
This is super easy and quick to whip up and pairs well with a lot of spare food you may have lying around, I’ve added things like flaked almonds and vacuum packed chestnuts. There’s the option of adding on a sweet tahini drizzle for more flavour and additional nutritional goodness! It’s also a great way to use up leftover sprouts that didn’t make it into the Christmas dinner so that they aren’t wasted.
Why you should love your sprouts
Sprouts are part of the cruciferous veg family which have so many benefits, firstly they are packed with fibre and many nutrients but they also help your liver to function better and therefore be more efficient at removing harmful substances due to a compound called sulforaphane and let’s face it, if there’s a time when your liver needs some support, it’s definitely Christmas time!
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.