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.
Oh my word, these are soft chocolatey delicious balls of skin loving goodness!
No but really, who doesn’t like sweet potato or almond butter or chocolate, so how about all three together with some added hemp protein making them a great balanced and super yummy snack for pre or post workout and also highly nourishing for your skin too.
These balls are also great for skin as they contain vitamin A (from sweet potato) and vitamin E (from almond butter), powerful antioxidants from the cacao and healthy fats from the almonds and hemp protein. Plus, they pack a good fibre punch which helps keep things moving which is also good for skin health as everything is regularly being cleared out…..
Overall these are some seriously nourishing balls!
I wanted to share my favourite savoury snacks as I’ve recently come across quite a few which I really like and find helpful to have tucked away in a cupboard or bag (or desk drawer for anyone who has one) for when the munchies hit but you don’t want anything sweet or to open a tub of boiled eggs and risk stinking out the office or bus.
The problem I always came across in the past was that the only option I could really find was a fruit & nut bar, nothing wrong with them but for tooth friendly reasons sometimes I didn’t want something sweet but something savoury, so here’s my top picks.
Baked pea crisps
Price: £1 for a bag of 5
I love these, they’re a great option made from peas, high fibre and source of protein and just with a pinch of salt and very affordable too!
Emily’s veg crisps
Where: Boots or Holland & Barrett
Price: £1.35-£1.39 for veg crisps £1.20 for sweet potato bag
In the mixed veg, the beetroot is my favourite crisp, plus they use responsibly sourced palm oil instead of standard sunflower oil which isn’t stable under high cooking temps so they’ve an edge over other brands in my opinion and a bag is 1/5 day. I’ve also recently come across their new product of sweet potato chips which include the purple variety too which is great as they’re even higher in anthocyanins than the orange versions & it’s these compounds which are often linked to a lot of health benefits.
I’d prefer them to be less crunchy but for anyone with good gnashers you’ll be fine.
This has got to be one of my all time favourite recipes ever!!
These bars have such a soft, fudgey texture with a lovely taste AND contain five, yes FIVE different fruit and veg in them meaning they aren’t just delicious but absolutely packed with the good stuff!
These are mostly made of fruit or veg meaning you’re properly nourishing your body with every bite which makes it hard to stop at one, which you’ll soon find out for yourself!
These are so nourishing that although they look like a very rich dessert, they’re actually more nutritious than what most people eat for breakfast plus they’re:
-high in fibre and protein
-contain good fats that help with the feeling of fullness
-use accessible, affordable ingredients
For a similar recipe that you can make if you haven’t got the black beans in your kitchen at the time is my bean blondie recipe. I took this recipe one step further by adding a bottom brownie layer and trying to create a denser “cookie dough” layer on top and then cramming as much goodness as I could into the recipe to make each bar something that nourishes not only your body but soul too because we all need to treat ourselves now and again.
This recipe is a great one for prepping you for a good study session or an early morning exam, especially if you’re bad at eating breakfast before you head out to do tests as you should have proper fuel before you begin.
There’s no refined sugar, it’s full of fibre as well as brain nourishing ingredients and I share some additional ones too that also have benefits, so feel free to add these into your daily diet leading up to exams in order to make sure your study sessions are maximised.
Brain boosting ingredients
Firstly I’ve used walnuts in this recipe as they’re packed with omega 3 beneficial fats which your brain loves, along with antioxidants such as Vitamin E for stress and brain protection.
The blueberries (also called brain berries by some) are great for focus and concentration as well as containing antioxidants. The cinnamon provides steady blood sugar levels meaning sustained, focused energy as does the high fibre wholemeal flour and oats that are providing slow release energy.
I’ve suggested using either avocado or coconut oil to add some moisture into the recipe as these oils provide good fats such as the MCT’s and ketones from coconut which are types of fat that the brain loves to use for fuel, while the avocado provides monounsaturated fats and vitamin E protection that helps blood vessels stay supple and flexible meaning good blood flow to the brain.
Finally the egg provides a source of choline which is essential to good brain function.
Served with nut butter
Other recommended foods
Turmeric-increases oxygen uptake to the brain
*Cacao– antioxidant protection and theobromine as a mild source of caffeine for energy
*Matcha (green tea powder)- provides a mild source of caffeine energy but also high in L-theanine which aids concentration and helps maintain a calm state
Oily fish– such as wild salmon are full of beneficial omega 3 fats
Water/hydration– your brain needs adequate hydration to function properly so make sure to drink plenty of fluids during studying and before an exam
*Note:Cacao, matcha and green tea contain only a small amount of caffeine so are suitable for older teens but high consumption should be avoided in young children and anyone with thyroid issues or on codeine painkillers should consult their doctor before high intakes of green tea/matcha.