Brookies… (Guest recipe by @cleanleanbakes)

Brookies I hear you say?! Brookies are a genius combination of cookies and brownie! Two of my favourite desserts combined…. what’s not to love?! What’s even better…….each Brookie contains 11g Protein and less than 150 calories. The combination of the rich soft brownie with the soft gooey cookie I promise is one you don’t want to miss. This recipe is both dairy free and gluten free.

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Ingredients:

For the cookies:

70g Cashew Butter (could use another nut butter)

30g Vanilla Protein Powder

2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar

1 egg

3 Tbsp dairy free chocolate chips

 

For the brownie:

30g chocolate Protein Powder

2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 Tbsp Coconut Sugar

1 egg

20g Ground Almonds

30ml Almond Milk

Tbsp Coconut oil (melted)

 

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180oc and line a baking tin with baking paper

2. Combine all the ingredients for the cookies in one bowl until the consistency is like cookie dough.

3. In a second bowl combine all the ingredients for the brownie to a similar consistency as the cookie dough. If its too dry add a splash of water.

4. Pour the brownie mixture into the tin and follow with the cookie mixture on top

5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes (if you prefer your cookies crispy rather than gooey leave in for longer)

6. Leave to cool slightly then slice into squares,

 

Enjoy xx

 

Overnight oats.. the basic recipe.

If you’ve never heard of overnight oats before, let me give you a quick little primer. Overnight oats are a no-cook method of making porridge. Instead of cooking your oats with liquid in the microwave, you mix your oats with the liquid and other mix-ins, and let it rest in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, you have a pudding-like porridge that is perfect for easy grab-and-go breakfasts. It doesn’t have the same texture as microwave oats. It’s creamier, denser, and in my opinion, so much tastier.

So, what do you need to make them?

The basic staples are:

  • oats (as many as you need to suffice your hunger needs),
  • Liquid (I use dairy free milks but you can use yogurt, water, milk, coconut water… ANY liquid)!

Mix these together, with the optional add ins below and leave for a minimum of 8 hours!

The optional add ins:

  • Chia seeds/ Flax seeds; these make a gloopier consistency but will help to keep you full for longer.
  • Frozen berries; these are great as they add in a natural sweetness,
  • Nut butter; this makes it even creamier,
  • Superfood powders; cacao powder adds a great chocolate flavour, lucuma has a lovely caramel taste, maca for a natural caffeine kick, acai to add a lovely colour..
  • Nuts and seeds; this adds a great texture to your breakfast plus adds in healthy fats,
  • Grated apple; this is more like a bircher recipe but tastes great!
  • Protein powders; great to add in a protein kick post/ pre workout!

Great flavour combinations:

Here, you use the basic staples and then add in your optional add ins to mix things up!

  1. Cacao orange; cacao powder (or chocolate protein powder) + grated orange zest,
  2. PB and J; Peanut butter + Frozen Berries + chia seeds,
  3. Vanilla; Vanilla protein powder + Chia seeds + Fruit,
  4. Carrot Cake; grated carrot + raisins + vanilla protein powder,
  5. Banana Choc chip; Cacao Nibs + Banana coins + Vanilla Protein Powder,
  6. Tropical fruit; frozen mixed tropical fruits + chia seeds + Vanilla Protein Powder,
  7. Chocolate coconut; cacao powder + coconut milk + desiccated coconut,
  8. Apple Pie; Diced apple + cinnamon + Nutmeg + Raisins

 

Let me know if you try them!

 

Hannah x

 

 

Black Forest Skillet Brownie..

Brownies. Everyone loves them. But have you ever tried to make brownies using ice cream? Well, I can tell you that this is delicious! Enjoy!

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  • Serves 2
  • Prep time – 5 minutes
  • Cooking time – 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 200ml of melted Oppo Chocolate Hazelnut ice cream
  • 1 tbsp of cacao powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (or more flour)
  • 50g of flour
  • 100g of Black Forest fruits
  • Toppings of choice

Method:

  1. Grease your skillet and pre heat your oven to 180’C
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients
  3. Mix the wet ingredients in with the dry and then stir in the fruit
  4. Pour the mix into your skillet
  5. Put the skillet in the oven and cook the mix for 15 minutes
  6. Add your toppings and ENJOY!

Sweet Egg White Omelette..

It seems so simple but it’s soooo good! The perfect way to fix up any sweet craving you may have. This omelette is packed full of protein and is a great pre-workout or rest day breakfast/ snack. This is definitely a high protein treat with a low calorie count.

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Serves: 1

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 150g of egg whites,
  • 1 tsp cinnamon,
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract,
  • A dash of milk (I used Pip and Nut almond milk).
  • Toppings of choice.

Method:

  1. Simply mix the ingredients together; I used a whisk to make it nice and fluffy.
  2. Spray a medium pan with nonstick spray, pour the mixture in, and cook on a medium heat. I like to cover the pan to help it cook evenly or pop it under the grill once the under side is cooked.
  3. Once cooked, pop it on to your plate and top with whatever you fancy.

Let me know what you think!

 

Hannah x

 

Peanut Butter Choccy Courgette Bites (Guest post by Bites By Becs) 

These healthy Peanut Butter Choccy Courgette  Brownies are gooey, decadent, and perfectly sweet! They’re free of refined sugar, flour, butter and can be gluten-free.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large/2 small courgettes, grated 
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed (the riper the better) 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 80g peanut butter  
  • 50g oats, ground (simply blend regular oats in a blender) 
  • 50g coconut flour 
  • 20g coconut sugar  
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon  
  • Pinch of salt  
  • ½ tsp. baking powder 
  • 75g 85% dark chocolate, broken into small chunks  
  • 50g walnuts, chopped  

 

  • 25g 85% dark chocolate, melted 

 

Method: 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a brownie tin.  
  2. In a large bowl mix together the grated courgette, mashed banana, eggs and peanut butter until well combined.  
  3. Add the ground oats, coconut flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and pinch of salt.  
  4. Finally, chop the dark chocolate and walnuts into small chunks and fold them through the mixture. Ensure everything is well combined. 
  5. Pour the mixture into the tin and cook in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.  
  6. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Once cooled drizzle the cake with melted dark chocolate. Let the chocolate set and slice into portions.  
  7. I think these little bites are delicious how they are, warmed in the microwave or even cold out of the fridge.  
  8. Enjoy these little bites as a perfect afternoon pick-me-up, weekend or after dinner treat!

Becs

 

x

 

3 Ingredient Protein Pancakes…

Telling someone that you’re having pancakes for breakfast sounds super unhealthy (not that having that sometimes is a bad thing)! They’re often laden with syrups, cream, toppings of all sorts (if you’ve been to the Pancake house at Centre Parcs, you’ll have seen allllll the topping options) and made with butter, full fat milk/buttermilk and your bog-standard flour. HOWEVER, having a healthy pancake breakfast is such a simple task.. there really is no excuse.

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These high protein pancakes are whizzed up in seconds and, if you don’t want the chocolate option, contain only 3 ingredients.

So, here they are:

Serves: 1

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1 banana,
  • 1 scoop of protein,
  • 150ml of egg whites or two eggs,
  • Optional: Cacao powder
  • Toppings of choice.

Method: 

  1. Pop all of the ingredients in your blender and whizz until well combined,
  2. Heat a frying pan on a medium heat and grease with either coconut oil or fry light spray,
  3. Pour 2 tablespoons amount in to the pan in a circulaur shape.
  4. Cook your pancake for around 2 minutes before flipping on to the other side.
  5. Continue to do so until all your mix is gone.
  6. Add your toppings and ENJOY!

xxx

Triple chocolate cookies…

Does anyone else feel like a total cookie monster this month?! 🙋🏻 Why stop now?! I have a cookielicious recipe for you that is absolutely a must-make!

These are the best of the best. If you are the type of person who doesn’t understand it when someone says a dessert is “too chocolatey” {like seriously, what does that even mean?!} then these cookies are for you.

Ingredients:

  • 4tbsp (100g) of Chocolate protein powder (I used this one from That Protein),
  • 50g of coconut flour,
  • 200g of egg whites (I used Two Chicks Products),
  • 2tbsp of cacao powder,
  • 50g of white chocolate bites.

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper,
  2. Simply combine all of the ingredients until they are fully mixed and everything is chocolate coated,
  3. Spoon in to tablespoon size balls on your baking tray and flatten in to circle shapes,
  4. Pop in the oven for 12 minutes,
  5. Take out the cookies out of the oven and leave them on the tray to cool,
  6. Keep for up to 1 week in an air tight container,

ENJOY!

 

xxxx

Easter energy bites…

This combination is so creamy and tastes so naughty yet is super healthy and delicious. The avocado adds healthy fats, the dried fruit is a brilliant carbohydrate source and the protein is added for muscle repair so these are ideal pre or post workout!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of protein powder,
  • 1 avocado,
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder,
  • 20g of chocolate spread,
  • 30g of agave nectar,
  • 50g of dried mixed fruit,
  • 30g of cacao nibs.

 

Method:

  1. In your blender, combine the first 5 ingredients together until well combined (you may need to add some water),
  2. Once well blended, hand mix in the dried fruit and cacao nibs.
  3. Pop the mixture in the fridge for around an hour to set,
  4. Take the mixture out and role in to balls!
  5. Keep in the fridge and enjoy!

Hannah x

 

Easter French toast skillet

Skillets are one of my favourite breakfasts; you can easily mix it all together and then pop it in the oven. Simple! I love this one as it is seasoned with cinnamon and filled with mixed dried fruits; a healthy take on an Easter favourite!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 crumpet (shredded),
  • 20g of coconut flour,
  • 50g of egg whites,
  • 100ml of milk,
  • 30g of dried fruit,
  • 1 serving of protein powder,
  • ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • You will also need one skillet or baking dish!

 

Method:

  1. Pre heat the oven to 160C,
  2. Combine all of the ingredients together until well combined,
  3. Pour the mix in to your skillet,
  4. Pop the skillet in to the oven for 25minutes or until golden on top!
  5. Enjoy!

Hannah x

 

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Chocolate covered cookie dough Easter eggs… (Guest recipe: @mrshollingsworths)

Easter is totally one of my favourite times of year – spring is springing, we get a four day weekend and it’s completely acceptable to eat as much chocolate as physically possible. What’s not to like!

I wanted to celebrate this year by creating something a little different, because as much as I love chocolate eggs (and boy do I love them), it’s nice to mix it up sometimes too. We’ve got four days after all! Now these beauties may look and sound pretty fancy, but they’re actually really easy to make. You just need a handful of ingredients, a quick whizz in the food processor, and then a dip or three into the most delicious raw chocolate imaginable.

They’re great fun to make with little ones too, and because they have no nasties in they’re a wonderful healthier alternative for big and small people alike! We’ve got through quite a few batches of these already in our house, so something tells me I may be making them all year round!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 1/2 cups dates

For the chocolate

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cashew butter (or peanut butter)
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt

To make the eggs, simply combine the ingredients in your food processor and whizz for a couple of minutes until a sticky mixture forms. If the dates aren’t super soft, you may need to add a little water in, so add this in one tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Shape the mixture into eggs and pop them in the freezer while you make the chocolate (the longer they are in the freezer for the better the chocolate will stick to them when you dip them in).

To make the chocolate, melt the coconut oil in a bowl over a saucepan half full with boiling water until it is totally liquid, then pour this into a mixing bowl, add the other ingredients and stir well.

Remove the eggs from the freezer and dip them in the chocolate one by one, placing them on a flat surface (a chopping board works well) to harden. Repeat as many times as you want – the more times you dip the thicker the chocolate coating will be! After you’ve dipped for the final time, decorate if you like with edible dried petals (I use rose, marigold and cornflower) or just keep them plain – they’ll still taste amazing! Store in the fridge, that is if you don’t polish them off straight away!

Love, Mrs H

xxx

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