Healthy Snacks


Healthy baking pintested by Notes From The Shire I mentioned in my post, weekend in the Shire that I had tried out some recipes for healthy snacks that I had found on Pinterest. The results were…mixed but I thought I would share them with you here! The recipes were also from the States so I have translated the measures in case you wish to give them a go yourself.  I will link to the original recipes too or you can find them on my “Healthy Food to Make” Pinterest board. As you may know if you have read my ultimate bikini body by 30 post, I am on a bit of a fitness kick up and have, therefore, been scouring Pinterest for recipe ideas for that moment in every day where you really want something sweet, comforting and yummy but at the same time don’t want to load up on sugar or carbs.  Last weekend I tried Coconut Pecan Bars by Momma Young at Home and these have been fab, they are also Paleo friendly if you follow the Paleo diet. I love coconut anyway, which helps, but you also get a lovely hit of banana coming through them and they have the right amount of gooeyness so that they feel like a treat. There’s no added sugar either so a pretty virtuous snack! The recipe with UK measure conversions is below (follow link above for original): 

Ingredients:

 

  • Coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large banana/1.5 smaller
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp of coconut flour (this is readily available from Amazon at a reasonable price)
  • 100g unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 4 Tbsp coconut milk (I used the carton milk that I drink anyway not the tinned kind)
  • Couple of handfuls chopped pecans to sprinkle on top

 

Another great thing about this recipe is how you can pretty much do the quantities by eye so if it looks too runny, add a little more dried coconut/flour. Method:

  • Pre-heat oven to 200 C – I used top/bottom heat so you may want to reduce to 180 fan assisted.
  • Line a square baking tin with foil (for pure laziness and ease of cleaning – it’s the weekend after all so minimal washing up is ideal!) and grease with a little coconut oil.
  • Whisk up your two eggs and mash up your banana with a fork in a separate bowl/plate.
  • Add your coconut flour to the eggs and combine so that there are no clumps, then add your banana and vanilla.
  • Add the coconut flour and desiccated coconut and combine everything.
  • Pour your batter into the pan and then bake for about 20/25 mins. You may want to add your pecans to the top a third of the way through baking as I found mine caught a little.
  • It’s done when the edges are turning a yummy golden and the centre is firm.
  • Enjoy with a cup of tea and feel smug that your snack is healthy.

 

As it was our 6 month anniversary of our wedding I displayed them on our wedding cake stand and we enjoyed them with a cup of tea in our Mr and Mrs mugs. I think I may give these a go again soon but make them macaroon shaped for extra treat points!

Coconut bites and quinoa bake - recipes tested by Notes From The Shire. Recipes included.

Next on the healthy baking agenda was a snack that packed a protein punch – cinnamon quinoa bites. On reading the initial recipe I was a little sceptical but I thought the cinnamon, banana and ensuing goeeyness may just work – it kind of did. This recipe was originally from PopSugar.

Ingredients:

  • 300g (one small bag) of cooked and cooled quinoa (I cooked this, and let it cool whilst I made the coconut bars)
  • 4 eggs, beaten.
  • 5 tbsp of coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp honey (original says maple syrup and also optional – I would definitely add something it needs the sweetness)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp (yes tablespoon) cinnamon.

Method:

  • Pre-heat oven to 200 C – I used top/bottom heat so you may want to reduce to 180 fan assisted.
  • Line a square baking tin with paper/foil and grease (you can use coconut oil again)
  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla until combined. Add in your honey.
  • Add this to your cooled quinoa – I am the most impatient person but even I waited til the quinoa was cooled otherwise you’re going to have scrambled quinoa eggs – yuk!
  • Bake for about 40/45 mins but keep an eye on it, it’s done when (like a cake) it’s coming away from the edges, is turning golden and is firm in the middle.

Result: 4/10 I don’t think I will make it again. It’s fine if you spread with almond butter (a new obsession thanks to my friend Ciera who follows the Paleo diet) and top with a bit of banana (as shown in top photo) but otherwise it is (perhaps unsurprisingly) a bit quinoa-y! I have been taking it to work as, due to its high protein content, it is really filling and fills that afternoon craving gap but I won’t be rushing to make it again. Maybe you could add different flavours/a flavoured protein powder etc to make it that bit tastier. If you give it a go and experiment with it let me know!

Do you have any fitness-friendly treats that you want to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Gemma-Sig

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