Grab & Go Snacks
- Any juice or smoothie to your liking. Add a scoop of your protein powder for extra energy.
- Hummus – make your own quick version – 2x cans of organic chickpeas, add the juice of 2 lemons, 1 tbsp tahini paste salt, cumin and garlic. Add a little water for a creamy consistency and blend everything together. Serve topped with paprika. This freezes well in an airtight container.
- Nuts, seeds, coconut flakes/chips and fruit. Always keep these to hand for a quick snack.
- Crunch a fresh apple everyday with a few nuts or seeds.
- Oatcakes topped with mashed avocado, turkey, smoked salmon or mackerel.
- Rye bread and almond butter.
- Gluten free oatcakes spread with coconut butter or cashew butter.
- Fresh chopped vegetables – peppers, carrots, cucumber, sugar snaps with an avocado or hummus dip.
- Coconut water. Add a tsp. of Himalayan salt and the juice of half a lime or lemon for variety.
Chocolate Hazelnut Balls
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 2 tablespoons organic raw cacao powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
- 1 cup hazelnuts, (optional – can roast first and remove skins)
- 1/3 cup almond meal or hazelnut meal for the topping.
- Mix the dates, hazelnuts, cacao and vanilla in a food processor until well combined.
- Roll into balls.
- Place the remaining almond/hazelnut meal in a bowl.
- Roll each of the balls in the bowl until fully coated.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
Pomegranate Oat Cups
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄3cup 100% pomegranate juice
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1 banana, small
- 1⁄2cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 2tbsp coconut oil, partially melted
- 2cups oats
- 1tsp baking powder
- 100g pomegranate seeds (save 20g for decoration)
- First, preheat oven to 160°C and grease a muffin tin with butter
- Mash banana in a blender, then add the rest of the wet ingredients (minus the coconut oil) and whizz
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth
- Finally add in the coconut oil
- Fill muffin tin about 1⁄3 way full and sprinkle remaining pomegranate seeds on top
- Bake for about 20 minutes
- A snack portion is 1 or 2 oat cups, try them with a tsp of nut butter on top!
Spicy Nut Mix
- 1tsp chili powder
- 1tsp smoked paprika
- 3⁄4tsp ground cumin
- 1⁄2tsp ground black pepper
- 1⁄2tsp cayenne pepper
- 3⁄4cup pecans or cashews
- 3⁄4cup raw almonds
- 1⁄2cup raw pistachios
- 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄2tsp coarse salt
- Preheat oven to 160°C
- Mix the spices in a small bowl and set aside
- Spread the nuts on a large baking sheet and roast for about 8—10 mins
- Remove to a bowl and toss with the olive oil
- Add the spices and stir briefly
- Return to the baking sheet and roast for another 2—3 mins
- A snack portion is a big tablespoon of spicy nuts
Raw Cacao-Carob Brownies
- 2 cups Almonds
- 2 cups Walnuts
- 3 cups Dates
- 4 tbsp Cacao powder
- 4 tbsp Carob powder
- 1/2 cup Desiccated coconut
- 1/2 Sour cherries
- 1/2 cup Coconut oil/butter
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt
Place nuts and desiccated coconut in a food processor and mix until a fine texture is formed.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blitz again until well combined.
Place and press mixture in a rectangular tray. Let it set in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Makes 4 Pops
- 2 ripe avocados, peeled and stones removed
- juice of ½ lemon
- 60ml agave syrup
- 60g coconut oil, melted
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp cashew butter or other nut butter
- 125ml almond milk
- Put all the ingredients for the avocado pops into a high-speed blender and blitz until velvety smooth. Transfer to ice-lolly moulds and freeze for 2-3 hours until set.
- 100g brown rice flour
- 50g potato flour
- 100g-muesli mix (sugar free)
- 1tbsp ground flaxseed
- ½ tsp xanthan gum
- 2tsp baking powder
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 eggs
- 4 tbsp light olive oil or melted coconut oil
- 1 large ripe banana
- 50g xylitol
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 60g dried unsweetened berries
4tbsp chopped pecan nuts, 1tsp ground cinnamon.
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5. Grease 8 large muffin moulds.
Place the flours and muesli in a bowl with the flaxseed, xanthan gum, baking powder and ground cinnamon.
Place the eggs, oil, banana, xylitol and vanilla into a blender and process until smooth. Stir into the flour with the berries and stir thoroughly to mix.
Spoon the mixture into 8 large muffin moulds.
For the topping, mix together the nuts and cinnamon and some xylitol (if you prefer a little sweeter taste). Sprinkle over each muffin.
Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until risen and golden brown.
Allow to cool in the tin before removing.
Date Cardamom and Tahini Loaf – Natasha Corrett
- 6 cardamom pods
- 160g gluten-free plain flour
- 80g teff flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt
- 1 tsp xanthan gum
- 2 medium eggs
- 125ml dairy-free milk
- 100ml coconut blossom syrup or date syrup
- 50ml tahini
- 50ml sunflower or coconut oil
- 180g dates, chopped
For The Icing:
- 35g tahini
- 20ml coconut blossom syrup
- 1 tsp sesame seeds, to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Line a 23cm x 13cm loaf tin with baking parchment.
- Crush the cardamom pods in a mortar, discarding the husks.
- Put the flours in a bowl with the bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, salt and xanthan gum, add the cardamom seeds and mix together.
- Beat the eggs in a separate bowl, then stir in the milk, syrup, tahini and oil. Mix well, then stir in the chopped dates.
- Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, stirring until well combined. It is meant to be thick. Scrape the batter into the prepared tin and make sure the top is even.
- Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Turn out of the tin and leave to cool.
- To make the icing, mix the tahini and syrup together in a bowl with 2 tablespoons water and drizzle over the top of the loaf. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
Low GL Christmas Cake
This cake was devised to support those with blood sugar problems such as diabetes, pre diabetes and gut conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. However, it is also great as a delicious, low GL substitute for the real thing, as long as you keep to a small/medium slice. Note that because it has a low sugar and alcohol content, it will not keep for more than a week, but can be frozen.
- 170g pitted prunes
- 115g dried apple rings
- 115g dried apricots
- 50ml brandy or tea
- 1 small apple, washed and grated
- Zest and juice of 1 orange
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp fresh grated nutmeg
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 170g soft butter
- 85g xylitol
- 4 medium eggs
- 85g ground almonds
- 85g rice bran (or wholemeal flour)
- 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
- The day before you make the cake, chop the dried fruit into a bowl and pour over the brandy/tea, leave overnight, stirring occasionally.
- Line a 20cm deep cake tin with a double layer of greaseproof paper. Set the oven to 150 C fan assisted, or 160 C electric (gas mark 2).
- Cream the butter and xylitol, stir in the chopped fruit, orange zest and grated apple. Add the vanilla and spices and beat the eggs in one at a time. Don’t worry if it looks a bit curdled, it will be fine!
- Stir in the ground almonds, rice bran and baking powder thoroughly. Finally stir in the juice from half the orange to start with, adding more if necessary to make a soft consistency.
- Pour into the cake tin and level the top.
- Bake for 1.5 – 2 hrs until a skewer comes out clean. If the top is getting too dark put a piece of foil over it. As soon as the tin is cool enough to touch, put a piece of foil tightly over the top and leave till completely cold – this softens the top of the cake.
- Remove from the tin and wrap in a double thickness of foil.
Orange Jaffe Balls
- 3 cups almonds or almond meal
- Juice and zest of 1 orange
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 125g dark chocolate
- Orange rind
- Mix all ingredients except the chocolate in a bowl.
- Knead with hands until you form a dough.
- Roll into balls and flatten slightly by patting between both palms.
- Melt the dark chocolate.
- Coat the bottoms of each ball with the dark chocolate.
- Place on a plate covered with baking paper.
- Allow to set in the fridge.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Spiced Almond Date Balls
Only 10 mins to prep, makes about 24 balls, enough for snacks for all the family!
- 1 ¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 ¼ cup pitted dates
- 1⁄2 cup almond butter
- 1 tsp pure almond extract
- 1⁄4 tsp ground ginger
- 1⁄4 tsp ground nutmeg
- Place oats, dates, almond butter, almond extract, ginger and nutmeg in a blender and whiz until smooth and sticking together. Drizzle in 2 – 3tbsp hot water so that the mixture comes into a ball
- Using a teaspoon, scoop out a heaped spoonful of the mixture. Roll into a ball, pressing firmly so that it sticks together. Chill bites until ready to serve
- Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 week
- A snack is 2 balls (not the whole batch!)
Mini Frittata Cups
- 4 large eggs
- ¼ tsp salt
- Pinch of pepper
- Fillings – choose from:
- 2 chopped spring onions, 4 chopped sundried tomatoes + crumbles of goats cheese
- steamed asparagus, frozen peas &
- chopped mint
- chopped cherry tomatoes, mozzarella & basil
- Heat the oven to 190°C
- Lightly grease 6 muffin cups
- To a bowl, add eggs, salt and pepper and your chosen fillings
- Add egg mixture to 6 muffin cups, filling each almost to the top
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until tops are puffed and golden brown
- Leftovers can be stored for up to a week in the fridge and reheated
- A snack portion is 2 mini frittata cups.
Chocolate Fruit & Nut Clusters
- 100g dark chocolate (e.g. Green & Blacks or any other good quality chocolate)
- 15g dried cranberries
- 25g ready to eat apricots
- 40g pecan nuts
- 5 rough oatcakes
- 2 tsp xylitol
- 40g flaked almonds
- Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl set in shallow water over a low heat until melted
- Blend all the ingredients except for the flaked almonds in a blender until roughly chopped
- Add the mixture with the flaked almonds to the melted chocolate and coat thoroughly
- Spoon into 10-12 cake cases or 20 petit four cases
- Chill in the fridge until set
- 1 x can of organic chickpeas. (If using dried – prepare the chickpeas beforehand).
- 1 tbsp. tahini
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Juice of a lemon
- 1 clove crushed garlic (optional)
- ½ cup spring water
- Pinch of paprika or cumin (optional)
- Wash and drain chickpeas
- Pour some boiling water over them
- Put everything in a mixer and blend
- If too thick just ass a little more water
- Adjust seasoning to taste
Garnish with a little olive oil and parsley
Beetroot & Butterbean Hummus
- 250g cooked beetroot dipped in vinegar (not pickled)
- 1 tin butterbeans, drained and rinsed
- 3 tbsps. Extra virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch of cumin (optional)
Chop the beetroot into small pieces and set aside in a medium bowl.
In a food processor blitz the butterbeans, olive oil and seasoning.
Transfer into the bowl with beetroot and gently fold through to mix.
Spoon into a serving bowl, drizzle with olive oil and garnish with some fresh parsley.
Almonds are one of the most nutritious nuts you can find in nature. They are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Spirulina contains all the vitamins, minerals, protein and essential fatty acids needed to sustain life, as well as antioxidants. Cinnamon supports the regulation of blood sugar levels.
125g ground almonds
1 generous tsp of spirulina
1 squirt of maple syrup
1 tbsp of water
Cinnamon to coat
Mix the almonds and spirulina together, using your hands. Add maple syrup, and mix it until you reach a dough-like consistency. Add water, mix it until the mix sticks together and you can shape it into balls. Take out pieces of the desired size and shape into balls and roll in cinnamon.