Raw Protein Balls

These lovelies are packed full of goodness: almonds, chia seeds, raw cacao,  raw sprouted protein powder, sesame seeds, coconut oil and more… Chia seeds are one of the richest plant-based sources of essential fats; a high quality protein food and loaded with antioxidants; chia seeds are one of my favourite seeds.

Thinking ahead as the Swedish weather will soon start to darken, this is a great pick me up snack that will get you through the afternoon and a healthier alternative to those packaged snacks most of us having lurking around the office!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup organic almond flour
  • 1 scoop raw protein powder of your choice (I like Amazing Meal but you can use any)
  • 1/4 cup organic sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup organic chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup organic raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup organic nut butter
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup

METHOD

  1. Combine all ingredients into a food processor and process until well combined and in a crumbly, paste-type consistency.
  2. Scoop small spoonfuls and squeeze tightly in the palm of your hands then roll between the palms of your hands into a small ball shape.
  3. Serve plain, or roll in sesame seeds, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds or chia seeds.
  4. Refrigerate and they will become firmer. Eat straight from fridge to maintain shape.

Super Detox Salad

I’ve been feeling a little on the slow side after a long Swedish winter so I have been putting myself through a gentle detox to help put the spring back in my step. This tasty salad is fantastically balanced as a stand alone meal or as a side dish on the family table.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large zucchini (as straight as possible)
  • 1 large carrot (as straight as possible)
  • 1-2 cups of mixed salad leaves
  • 1 small box of chickpeas (rinse well)
  • 1 finely chopped spring onion

DRESSING

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tahini paste
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tamari sauce
  • Fresh herbs finely chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste

METHOD

  1. Mix together all the dressing ingredients in a large salad bowl
  2. Spiralize both the zucchini and the carrot and add to the salad bowl (if you don’t have a spiraliser, you can use a peeler to shave ribbons or a julienne peeler to make long thin vegetable strips).
  3. Rinse the chickpeas and add to the salad bowl along with the chopped spring onions and mixed leaves.
  4. Mix well and serve as a side or as a stand alone meal.

Easy-Peasy Banana Pancakes

It’s our Saturday morning tradition, Banana Pancakes, and the twins just can’t get enough of them. I love that this is a sure fire way to get them full of protein (as the main ingredient in these are eggs) and ready for a full day of running amok. This is the perfect recipe for the family; it quick and oh so simple to make.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon or mixed spice
  • 1 tablespoon of potato flour (optional)
  • Coconut oil for cooking

METHOD

  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender (or hand mix it in a bowl if you prefer) and blend well.
  2. Heat a pan or skillet to a medium-high temperature and add a teaspoon of coconut oil.
  3. Spoon in approximately 2 tablespoons of mixture for each pancake and gently cook both side.
  4. Serve as are or add your favourite toppings.

I’d like to add any leftover pancakes make fantastic snacks refrigerated and served rolled up with a nut butter inside later in the day (unfortunately there are never leftovers in my house, even when I make a double batch!).

Overnight Oaty Chia Pudding

I don’t know about you, but at least in my household with twin toddlers and trying to get out the door each morning, breakfast needs to be relatively quick and easy. This recipe is superb if you need an on the go breakfast or mid morning snack that will keep you going through the day.

• ½ cup of rolled oats
• 3 Tbsp chia seeds
• 1 Tbsp desiccated coconut
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 2 tsp maple syrup or honey (optional)
• 1 ½ cups of milk of your choice (I like to use either oat milk or coconut cream mixed with water)
• Toppings – fresh or frozen berries, chopped nuts, seeds, cacao nibs

METHOD

1.Mix all the dry ingredients together in a glass bowl.
2. Add the wet ingredients and mix well, ensuring that no chia seeds are left sticking to the sides of the bowl.
3. Revisit a couple of times to mix again (after 5 and 10 minutes) then leave in the refrigerator overnight to thicken or move into smaller breakfast/snack portioned jars.
4. If portioned, add the berries and nuts on top for an instantly accessible snack or breakfast.

Fennel Bomb

I love fennel when it’s in season and lucky for me, the season lasts reasonably long (from about April to December, but peaking in mid-late summer). Fennel juice is also great to give you a little immune-boost.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 a large bulb of fennel
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2-3 sticks of celery
  • 1 red apple (I like Royal Gala apples but any will do)

METHOD

  1. Wash all the ingredients
  2. Chop the vegetables down to size to fit your juicer
  3. Add all the ingredients into your juicer
  4. Drink and enjoy

Juice Pulp Breakfast Muffins

These lovely guilt-free muffins are a great way to use up all that leftover pulp after juicing. Try it with different pulps but as you can imagine, apple, carrot and ginger pulp works great. There is no added refined sugar in these, so if you feel you need a little more sweetness, try adding coconut sugar.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2  1/2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 egg  (for vegan, swap out the egg for 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds)
  • 2 cups of left over juice pulp
  • 1 medium mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup oat milk (or other milk of choice)
  • 1/2 cup oat yoghurt (or other yoghurt of choice)
  • 1/2 cup apple puree
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (for greasing the muffin tin)

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and grease muffin tin with coconut oil
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowel
  3. In a second large bowl, mix all the wet ingredients
  4. Combine the the wet and dry ingredients and using an electric beater, combine well
  5. Scoop mixture into greased muffin tin tray or cases
  6. Bake at 180c for 30-35 minutes
  7. Allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes before placing the muffins on a wire rack to finish cooling
  8. Once cool, keep in a airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days