Snack

Sunflower Seed Butter

February 27, 2018
sunflower seed butter sun dried tomato
Serves 2 Cups
Equipment
Blender
Prep time
30m

I learnt about the Fibonacci sequence in college. I read that the seeds of a sunflower, the spirals of a snail’s shell and even the scales of a pineapple are almost always arranged in this sequence. Math in nature! Amazing! So I was just reading about sunflowers, their seeds and uses on the internet. I came across sunflower seed butter and my interest was piqued! I straight away purchased a bag of raw and shelled sunflower seeds and we totally went wild experimenting with them.

First we simply munched on them because they were so yummy. Then I roasted them on a pan, with some ghee and salt. They literally vanished right in front of my eyes!

I had missed a vitamin dose of my son. The lady there told me to give him vitamin rich foods. If he is eating sunflower seeds, then I don’t have to worry about him getting vitamin deficiency 🙂

Sunflower seeds are a nutrient powerhouse. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids. Not only do they help control cell damage, improve metabolism but also have a calming effect on the mind and body.

I finally decided to make the sunbutter before we finish all the sunflower seeds. At our home, we love everything flavoured. So I decided to make sunflower seed butter with garlic and sunflower seed butter with sun dried tomatoes. You can add any herbs that you like.

Carob Nut Butter – Healthy and Nutrient packed

February 24, 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!

Coconut Flour Carrot Balls

February 17, 2018
coconut flour carrot balls
Serves 8 medium sized balls
Prep time
45m

Ever since we came to Goa, I have seen the coconut being used in so many ways. Right from when it is taken down from the tree to the time it is consumed as sol kadhi or used in a fish curry. I am amazed by everything that it gives us. Coir, fresh/dried coconut meat, coconut milk and coconut flour. And it goes so well in all dishes, be it sweet or savoury! I have become a full fledged coconut fan.

I came to make these coconut flour carrot balls when my son refused to touch the carrot halwa that I had made. (Hubby and I loved it and devoured it.) We make it a point to make carrot halwa at least 2-3 times, when carrots are in season. It is almost a tradition. But this time I had to give it a tasty twist.

Instead of regular flours like semolina or bengal gram flour, I decided to use coconut flour because I am a coconut fan. (Did I mention that already? 🙂 ) And oh boy did it do its job! It added so much flavour to the already yummy and sweet carrots. My son was eating the mixture right from the mixing bowl! Mission accomplished! I didn’t even have to roll it into balls at that point, but did it anyway.

With these coconut flour carrot balls, I managed to not only feed him carrots but also dates, which he has a love hate relationship with. You can add more dried fruits, nuts and seeds to suit your palate. Its like a ball of nutrients all rolled together. They also make for a guilt-free post-meal dessert, or when you simply want something sweet to munch on. They are very soft and chewy and juicy.

coconut flour carrot balls

These coconut flour carrot balls also make for a good and healthy dessert at a party. You can make them in advance and serve with 2-3 different types of dips, like chocolate syrup, cheese fondue and white chocolate sauce. (I am already making a shopping list! 😉 )

Defatted, dehydrated coconut meat is used to make coconut flour. The resultant flour is low carb, high in healthy fats and high in protein. It has gained popularity over the past few years because of its gluten free nature and low glycemic index. Coconut flour is a good addition to the diets of people with Celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities and diabetics . You can read more about its benefits here.

Gluten-Free Fudge Brownies

January 17, 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

January 17, 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.

Raw Chocolate Fudge Balls

January 14, 2016
Energy Balls
Serves 9
Prep time
30m

This recipe requires no baking and very little preparation time. It is a gluten free and sugar free recipe, with no added oil. These are essentially litte balls of energy made up of dates, chia seeds and cocoa powder. They are 100% nut free and full of nutrients. Dates are a great source of fiber, calcium and iron, as well as Chia seeds. Chia seeds are also rich in omega 3 fats that help to fight inflammation and are beneficial for brain health, as well as being a strong source of anti-oxidants. As both the dates and chia seeds are high in fiber, it is a great recipe to prevent constipation and weight gain. The cocoa powder provides protein and adds to the flavour, as well as the pinch of salt as they make up for the lack of fat in the recipe.

Homemade Granola Recipe

January 11, 2016
Homemade Granola

This is a simply delicious breakfast recipe and one of my favourites!

It will set you up nicely for the day or alternatively can be consumed as a dessert depending on your taste. It is made with oats and various nuts and seeds which allows you to use the nuts of your choice. I used almonds, apricot kernels, sunflower seeds, and chia seeds.

Oats are high in fibre helping your digestive health, and help you to release energy slowly throughout the day curbing those cravings and aiding in weight loss. Apricot kernels contains vitamin B17 and vitamin E making it high in anti-oxidants and increasing immunity levels. Chia seeds and sunflower seeds are packed with nutrients promoting immunity and digestive health. Almonds are rich in fiber and protein and are cholestrol free. The cinnamon and apple juice compliment each other in taste and help to warm the belly on those colder mornings. The dried cranberries and black currants not only add a great flavour to the crunchy nutty texture but are also full of nutrients and anti-oxidants. The great thing about granola is that you can eat it alone as a snack, or mix it with natural yogurt and fruit or pour it on top of your oatmeal as part of your breakfast.

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Overnight Chocolate Chia Pudding

January 11, 2016
Choc Chia Pudding
Serves 2

This is a gluten free and vegan pudding that works well if you are looking for a lighter type dessert. A really quick recipe to prepare and to satisfy the sweet tooth while still benefiting from the goodness of the Chia seeds. Chis seeds is a superfood packed with anti-oxidants, fiber, iron and omega 3 necessary for digestive and brain bealth as well as boosting energy, lowering cholestrol and fighting inflammation.

You can use a non dairy milk of your choice to suit your own taste and it includes cocoa powder and dark chocolate for a chocolate twist. Himalayan rock salt is definitely a healthier choice over your regular table salt, as regular salt is highly processed while himalayan salt contains natural elements and minerals such as magnesium, potassium and Iron vital for bone strength, energy and blood sugar regulation. The guideline for the amount of honey is 1 tablespoon but again you can use more depending on how sweet you want it. This is one recipe that allows you to measure the ingredients to satisfy your own tastebuds.

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4 Ingredient Chocolate Chia Cookies

January 11, 2016
4 ingredient choc chia Cookies
Serves 10-12 cookies
Prep time
5m
Cook Time
10m

This 4 ingredient recipe is not only so easy and quick to make but is also gluten free and low in sugar. Chia seeds are packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants, and along with the peanut butter and cocoa powder this makes for a great recipe thats full of fibre and protein. Its also a healthy snack for kids as these tasty cookies will help them benefit from nutrition of the chia seeds which are fantastic for your digestion and keeping your heart healthy.

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