Ever bought a green powder like spirulina, used it once then left it in the back of the cupboard not knowing what else to do with it? I know loads of people who’ve done this or don’t know what else to add the powders to other than smoothies so here’s one of my favourite ways to use the algae spirulina.
This recipe is a great way to use and mask the unique flavour of spirulina because of the dominant tastes of banana and peanut butter, plus there’s a good thick texture from the oats too which tops it all off.
Different brands of spirulina will have different levels of nutrition as this depends on where it was grown but in general it’s a source of Vitamin B12 (although not all of it in an easily used form so not to be the only B12 source in a diet), other B vitamins, iron, vitamin A, magnesium and chlorophyll, hence its dark green colour. Algae such as spirulina are concentrated into supplements in order to provide plant sources of the essential fatty acids EPA & DHA which would otherwise need to come from oily fish sources.
Some animal studies also suggest that it’s beneficial for heart health by improving blood pressure and cholesterol. Scientists have even fed it to malnourished children in Africa, so while you can’t expect it to work miracles if the rest of your diet and lifestyle is awful it can definitely be a good nutritional, body booster.
Make sure to buy quality, organic spirulina that has gone through testing for contamination, EU brands have to follow certain regulations which is a good safety net but if you’re unsure then ask the brand before you buy, better safe than sorry.
Savoury scones with a hick of chilli to complement the cheese and pumpkin.
I’ve wanted to do a savoury scone for a while now and this seemed like a good combo, I’ve been cooking with a lot of pumpkin and squashes as it’s nearly Halloween time so there’s an abundance of them around and this is a good way to use them up, especially if you’ve leftover pumpkin innards from carving.
I’ve made my scone recipe many times and tried various flours but the one I always come back to is spelt, it’s wholegrain meaning high fibre, it has some gluten but less than wheat flour meaning you still get good texture but is easier to digest and doesn’t absorb as much liquid as other flours and has a nice flavour when cooked.
You can now find spelt flour in lots of places including supermarkets and health food stores.
A tip on cooking your pumpkin flesh, I found it best to steam it, this introduces more moisture than baking it which then gets added to the flour mix and helps it stay more moist and also means it blends better so that you won’t get any big lumps of pumpkin in your bite of scone!
You can also do this on a night where you’re steaming other veg then leave it to cool and store it for a few days in the fridge until you’re ready to make this recipe.
I often wonder if it’s just me but when I make food into slices it automatically makes it seem more interesting/fun, but what I also love about this recipe is that it’s so easy to throw together, is jam packed full of plants and spices plus it means you can use up whatever veg you have lying around the fridge or freezer.
For this recipe I used mostly chickpea flour/gram flour which can be easily found in the World section of the supermarket so don’t fret and is quite cheap too as it’s made from chickpeas (can also include split peas) but also gives extra fibre and protein to the recipe which is a bonus. I wouldn’t recommend substituting this flour as it’s quite absorbent and gives a thickness to the recipe which is fairly unique and can’t really be mimicked by any other flour that I’m aware of.
Mix of split peas & chickpeas
Serving suggestion: I like to serve these with a drizzle of chilli infused oil or hummus and an extra sprinkling of nutritional yeast on top of some salad leaves. You can also use a thick yogurt & chipotle paste dip.
If you’re familiar with my blog then you’ll know I’m a big fan of sneaking veg into recipes anytime I can, so you shouldn’t be surprised by the sound of a chickpea pudding, this one really works thanks to the strong flavours of PB & J, which is a classic itself but is given a healthy makeover in this recipe.
For the “jelly” in this recipe I used a fruit only sweetened jam and combined it with some high oleic peanut butter, which is a type of peanut that has a higher monounsaturated fat profile (similar to avocados!) which is healthier for the heart and also means they’re more stable during heating and won’t go rancid as quickly, plus it tastes amazing and really helps make the chickpeas taste delicious too!
This is such a nourishing, yummy recipe that although I called it a “pudding” I often have it for breakfast, hehehe, gives you something to get out of bed for!
What is a brookie I hear you ask?
It’s a cross between a brownie and a cookie, but my recipe doesn’t require any flour which produces a soft, moist centre and rich chocolatey taste PLUS you only need 3 ingredients which you probably already have in your cupboards.
No refined sugar
No flour or grains
No blender required
Which all means no excuses not to make these!
Whenever the cravings hit but you’ve no treats stashed away and it’s too late to go to the shops, whip up a batch of these soft, chocolatey treats, they can be made so easily and are practically guilt free! No weird ingredients, full of fibre and any leftovers make a great lunchbox addition.
If you know what baobab tastes like then you’re probably thinking to yourself that these two flavours don’t belong together but trust me they reeeeally do!!
This is my new favourite kale crisp flavour, seriously I can’t get enough of it these days, it’s one of those flavours you just have to try to know how good it is.
Plus it makes a nice change for me as most of my favourite kale crisp recipes involve making a coating from nuts and seeds so it’s good to be mixing it up here and the baobab also adds even more vitamin C to the already Vit C jam packed kale.
For those of you who don’t know what baobab is, a short summary is: it’s a fruit that naturally dried on the plant and is then ground into a powder. It has a mild citrusy sweet flavour (like natures sherbert) but is low in sugar and high in antioxidants and Vit C, with 1 tablespoon containing between 30-38% of your RDA for Vit C, depending on the brand you get.
It’s such a versatile food and can be added to smoothies, baking, yogurt and porridge.