Super cheap & soft cinnamon banana cookies

I’m aware that the flours I tend to use (spelt, coconut etc) can be hard for some people to find, so I purposely sourced and created this flourless recipe using oats and ground almonds instead, both of which are wholesome foods that I bought from Asda and Poundland. The other ingredients can also be bought practically anywhere at super cheap prices which goes to show that you can make a healthier snack that doesn’t cost the earth.

Super cheap & soft cinnamon banana cookies Desserts snack

What’s even better is that they’re only sweetened with a small amount of fresh fruit and cinnamon which makes these a great type of cookie to get your kiddleywinks cooking and a good way to allow taste buds to adjust to a milder, natural sweetness. I know some fussy eaters may not dive into them right away so just leave them on a plate close by and within a few minutes they’ll eventually be eaten!

Super cheap & soft cinnamon banana cookies Desserts snack

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Healthy “black forest” cherry chocolate smoothie!

Fancy dessert for breakfast with all of the flavours and creaminess with the bonus of it counting as 3 of your 5 a day?
Of course you do!
Here’s my take on the smoothie version of a black forest gateau with the creaminess coming from avocado and the rich chocolate flavour from cacao powder, but you can use unsweetened cocoa powder if you like.
Benefits: You get a fair antioxidant hit from the berries and cacao plus the avocado and cacao are great for skin, making this a tasty and nourishing brekkie!

Healthy "black forest" cherry chocolate smoothie! Breakfast snack vegan

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Sansa’s soft & simple lemon cakes

Sansa's soft & simple lemon cakes Desserts snack

Steal his bun if you dare!

In celebration of Game of Thrones coming back on I’ve created “Sansa’s soft & simple lemon cakes”. Some of you may remember these from previous seasons, they are small “cakes” that can be eaten with one hand and are Sansa’s favourite, probably due to the fact that she usually lives in an area that’s so cold it could never grow lemons. Fortunately for us we have a steady supply all year round so make the most of it and bake up a batch of these to munch on while you watch the latest episode.

Sansa's soft & simple lemon cakes Desserts snack

I’m so so happy with how good these turned out, they’re so soft, tasty AND made with wholesome, nourishing ingredients including a high fibre wholemeal flour that I got at Tesco for just £1.10! This flour has added gluten to make the buns lighter so I highly recommend getting this one.
I used honey to sweeten as it’s easy to find, affordable and natural, I also used some lovely, organic butter to make these buns moist and delicious.
I was tempted to make a topping/frosting for these but honestly, they don’t need it, they’re great the way they are but if you have it and want to make the buns look a little fancier then sprinkle them with baobab powder, this is a dried fruit powder that’s citrusy and rich in vitamin C.

Sansa's soft & simple lemon cakes Desserts snack

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A simple spiced no bake fruit and nut tart

This recipe is really simple, I promise. Plus, you can get the ingredients at pretty much any shop and can use whatever fresh fruit you can get your hands on/needs to be used up.
Another major bonus is that it doesn’t require any cooking and if you don’t mind a slightly crumbly base then it can be eaten straight away, woo hoo!
It would also be a great thing to bring to a party/bbq as it’s gluten free and if using a non dairy based thick yogurt then it’s suitable for those with dairy allergies too, plus by using lots of different coloured fruit it can look really pretty so is bound to impress!

A simple spiced no bake fruit and nut tart Desserts snack vegan

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Bikini body summer smoothie

So it comes to that time of year again when everyone is trying to get that bikini body for their holidays. I still see lots of people, especially women, reaching for all sorts of expensive potions and processed shakes to achieve this, but let’s keep in mind that these are short term fixes (if they even work at all!) and usually involve some sort of laxative effect….fun.
So why not try a real food, nutritious way of starting your day combined with a good exercise plan for the time leading up to your holidays and actually properly care for and nourish your body this year? Go on, your body deserves it.

Bikini body summer smoothie Advice Breakfast snack vegan

I designed this smoothie based on foods that have beneficial effects on metabolism and exercise performance (see below for more details) meaning it’s great to have first thing in the morning and best combined with some exercise. Don’t forget to fill the rest of your day with wholesome nutritious meals as well, try my avocado pesto, green omelette, chilli Pb stirfry or rainbow summer squash salad.

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Healthier cherry bakewell buns 2 ways- paleo or wholegrain

I purposely made this recipe with two different flours meaning it’s suitable for many different types of diets/requirements.
I’m quite fond of spelt flour but this time I used buckwheat flour instead so that it would be gluten free (but if you tolerate gluten and can only find spelt then you can use it instead), I’ve also included a coconut flour recipe meaning that this version is grain and gluten free but also lower carb and suits paleo/grain free diets.

Healthier cherry bakewell buns 2 ways- paleo or wholegrain Breakfast Desserts Lunch snack

Coconut flour low carb version

Healthier cherry bakewell buns 2 ways- paleo or wholegrain Breakfast Desserts Lunch snack

Healthier Buns
Out of curiosity I decided to look into the specific nutrition of each version using an online nutrition calculator and found that they are far lower in sugar, calories and fat than your typical store bought ones, plus they’re made with real food ingredients and sweetened mostly (or completely if you omit the honey) with fresh fruit making them a far healthier option in my opinion and also contain quite a bit of fibre to boot!
For the calculation I used the options of 1 tspn honey and medium fat milk, the results per bun are:
Buckwheat version
-122 calories
-12g carbs
-4.7g sugar
-6.6g fat
Coconut version
-103 calories
-8.2g carbs
-4.9g sugar
-6.7g fat

Healthier cherry bakewell buns 2 ways- paleo or wholegrain Breakfast Desserts Lunch snack

Buckwheat flour version

Healthier cherry bakewell buns 2 ways- paleo or wholegrain Breakfast Desserts Lunch snack

Recipe Notes
The major key to the distinctive bakewell taste of this recipe is the almond extract as this gives the unique marzipan flavour, without it they’ll still be nice buns but the flavour won’t be as good or as distinctive so I highly recommend getting it which should be easy as I found mine in a big Tesco store in the baking aisle.

I used a reduced fat  coconut flour meaning that you need to source yours carefully as some still have all the fat in it meaning the recipe won’t work the same. I used The Groovy Food company’s coconut flour which I managed to find in a large Tesco store on offer too! So do keep an eye out for it, you don’t always have to go to health food shops to get ingredients like this anymore.
As always I prefer to use as little added sweetness as possible so I’ve tried this recipe with and without honey so simply adjust it to your sweet tooth.
As mentioned before I used buckwheat flour this time so it would be gluten free but if you only have spelt flour then that will work too.Healthier cherry bakewell buns 2 ways- paleo or wholegrain Breakfast Desserts Lunch snack

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