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Carob Nut Butter – Healthy and Nutrient packed

24/02/2018
carob nut butter
Prep time
30m

Recently, I was at the store to buy our monthly stock of nut butters and jams. As I was going over the ingredients, I kicked myself (mentally) for buying something with so much salt, stabilizers and hydrogenated oils. I put it all back (the nut butter, not the jam – that is a skill I have yet to acquire) and decided to make my own!

A little reading on the how of the process and I decided to make Carob Apricot Nut butter or Carob ‘Nutella’. This nutty, chocolate-y nut butter turned out so much better than any store bought ones I have ever had. I wondered why I didn’t try this earlier. Moreover, it is sugar free and caffeine free, the two things that make me happier when my son devours it.

Almost everyone loves spreads, especially kids. Our family is no different, be it a jam or nut butter or a chutney. As a working mommy, I find it easier to just slap a load of my son’s favourite spread on a chapati or a whole wheat bread and call it a snack. It is filling and nutritious. I gifted a friend with IBS a jar of my homemade carob apricot nut butter, because it is gluten free. He was very happy because he could finally savour something close to nutella!

Carob apricot nut butter goes well with crackers, as a spread on breads or as a dip with apples. You can serve it to your guests and bask in glory when they go wow.

Word to the wise. You may have to make a big batch as it is difficult to stop eating once you start!

Nutritious Whey Protein Crepes

20/02/2018
whey protein crepes
Serves 2 Crepes
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
5m

I recently saw a movie, where Batman uses a dehydrator to shrink food in size. He says this allows him to eat high calorie and nutrient filled meals on the go. Well, that is an idea. Here is a simpler way for you to have a quick, filling and nutritious meal – Whey Protein Crepes.

You can whip up these high protein delicacies in minutes. And they are very filling (we know 😉 ). So you will be having a healthy meal that will make your mother happy. Also, a few tweaks here and there and you have added your own flavour to these whey protein crepes.

I recently made these for breakfast on Sunday and boy did they vanish from the plates! We are more into savoury breakfasts, like poha, dosa, upma etc. But these whey protein crepes were a pleasant change and are something we can have on a regular basis.

The whey protein powder I used is unflavoured, so you can also make savory whey protein crepes, or simple crepes to go with a quick stir-fry, like mushroom and baby corn or french beans and onion (these two happen to be my favourites!)

What surprised me when I first started using whey protein powder is that it is not just useful for athletes and fitness enthusiasts but can also be used for weight loss. When paired with fruits and/or milk (dairy, coconut, almond, soy) to make smoothies (recipes coming soon!), it is very filling and can aid in weight loss, with exercise and some self-discipline 🙂

Carob Apricot ‘Chocolate’ Bars

13/02/2018
carob apricot bar
Serves 24 squares
Prep time
45m

I still cannot get over how yum these ‘chocolate’ bars turned out. Yum does not even begin to describe them. They were ‘d-i-v-i-n-e’. After all they are packed with the goodness of Carob, Sweet Apricot Kernels and Coconut Oil. You will be pleased to learn that these bars are dairy free, sugar free and gluten free. So lets say bye-bye to any sugar rush!

The star ingredient, carob powder, is rich in iron, calcium and other minerals. And dietary fibre. And natural sugar! It also has many traditional medicinal uses, like boosting metabolism in kids and improving heart function in adults.

I am a bit wary of giving my son ready made, packaged chocolates as they are full of sugar and chemicals. But he being a kid loves it and I don’t have the heart to say no to him every time he asks for one. That’s when I started thinking hard and fast and came up with these carob apricot ‘chocolate’ bars. They look just like store bought chocolate but are full of all the good stuff and contain NO chemicals! Win-win for all!

These chocolate bars also make for a good, healthy and different gift, during the festival season. The nutty, roasty, earthy flavour of carob was so tempting we could hardly keep our hands off the chocolates long enough to take pictures. Go ahead. Try this recipe and let us know how yours turned out!

Chia Tea Cake with Banana

23/01/2018
Serves 4
Prep time
40m
Cook Time
25m

The name of the recipe is ‘Chia Tea Cake with Banana’, and unlike other types of cakes, this will have a good effect on your health.

If your morning starts with a cup of tea or coffee, then you can accompany that cup of tea or coffee with this moist and crunchy cake.

 

Author Bio: Monica Henin, the author of this post is a food expert and a passionate cook. Her blogs and articles have been published on several reputed websites. Her work clearly depicts an in-depth knowledge of healthy recipes and food tips. Check out more about her work on www.addonkitchen.com.

Gluten free Cookies

19/03/2017
Serves 18 - 20 cookies
Equipment
Oven
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
10m

Whether you have a food intolerance such as celiac disease, or you’ve decided to cut gluten from your diet in order to live a healthier life like those who follow the paleo diet, everyone deserves a tasty cookie now and again!

This gluten free, low sugar cookie recipe shows that being free from traditional ingredients doesn’t mean free from flavor! These cookies are delicious and super healthy.

They sub in coconut sugar instead of refined sugar meaning they are lower in GI than those using traditional sweeteners and they use peanut butter rather than margarine, so they are packed with healthy fats. Also, they have an excellent 3.5 grams of protein per cookie, making them the perfect post workout treat!

Moreover, as these cookies are dairy free and paleo friendly, no matter what diet you follow, these are a little bit of sweetness that everyone can enjoy.

This recipe was brought to you courtesy www.healthambition.com

No Bake Chocolate Macaroons

17/01/2016
Macaroons
Serves 12
Prep time
30m

This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and grain-free. As the title implies it requires no baking and is a super healthy snack.
Made from chia seeds, cocount oil, cocoa powder and honey, it provides so many nutrients required for your daily diet. From the anti-oxidants sourced from Chia seeds to the antibacterial properties contained in coconut oil, this is a great recipe to boost your immune system. The banana, cocoa powder, dessicated coconut, honey and rock salt create a delicious sweet taste and also provides extra anti oxidants and minerals such as iron, potassium and zinc, crucial for a healthy heart and digestive system.

1/4 cup of honey is the guideline in the recipe as it creates a light sweetness but feel free to add more if needed depending on your personal taste.

Gluten-Free Fudge Brownies

17/01/2016
Gluten free fudge brownies
Course
Serves 12
Prep time
10m
Cook Time
20m

One word- Yummy!! This is a delicious and fudgey gluten free and dairy free recipe. It is so straight forward to whip up and not short of flavour and texture. It is made from buckwheat gluten free flour which is rich in protein and fibre as well as calcium and phosphorus aiding digestion and weight loss. Cocoa powder contains anti-oxidants for a strong immune system and cocount oil has natural antiviral and antibacterial elements fighting against infections. Himalayan rock salt is a more natural alternative to regular table salt and helps to regulate the water content throughout the body.

This is a highly recommended alternative recipe to use instead of regular flour chocolate brownie recipes. It requires no time in the kitchen, just a mixing bowl, an oven and an appetite!

Chocolate Granola

17/01/2016
Choc granola
Course
Serves 10
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
7m

This is a pan cooked version to create a crunchy and toasty chocolate granola recipe. You can load this healthy cereal with your favourite nuts and seeds and add some cocoa powder for a chocolate edge. My favourites are almonds, apricot kernels, sunflower seeds and chia seeds. These nuts are full of good fats and omega 3 as well as healthy nutrients keeping your digestive system and immunity levels in tact. I include chia seeds into as many meals as possible, as these tiny little seeds are a wonderful super food known for their anti-oxidant properties and contain minerals such as Iron and zinc as well as fibre and protein.
Oats are a heart healthy wholegrain that help to lower cholestrol levels and are packed with fiber for our digestive health. Cinnamon helps create that toasty flavour and fills up your kitchen with a lovely aroma that gets your belly rumbling! I refer to cinnamon as a super spice and love to add a dash of it into my recipes due to its natural healing abilities as well as its versatility to be used in both savoury and sweet dishes.
Coconut oil is one of my preferred choice of oils due to its antiviral and antibacterial properties, boosting our immune system and acting as a natural anti-oxidant.
The use of blackcurrants and cranberries give a lovely soft texture in contrast with the crunchy nut taste as well as adding extra anti-oxidants in their fruity flavours.

Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Flour Pancakes

14/01/2016
Banana choc oat pancakes
Serves 12-14 pancakes
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
10m

Gluten free oat flour pancakes are simple, quick, easy to digest and are bursting with flavour. These pancakes are filled with bananas and chocolate chips that will brighten up your breakfast table. Oat flour is a nutritious grain flour that is high in fibre and protein central to your digestive health. It is also so beneficial for your heart health lowering high cholesterol levels.
I used coconut oil instead of regular vegetable oil as coconut oil naturally boosts our immune system and is rich in anti-oxidants with antibacterial and antiviral properties helping us to fight off those nasty colds and infections.

Read more about the health benefits of coconut oil in a lovely article by the editor in chief at Well-Being Secrets here.
The banana, vanilla and cinnamon give the pancakes a scrumptious taste as well the chocolate chips for all the chocolate lovers. This healthy recipe requires little time in the kitchen and will keep you fuller for longer.