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Oh So Gooooood Chickpea Muffins! (Gluten-free)

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Ok, so these muffins are so amazingly yumms that they have been a real hit in my house! I’ve made them 3 times in the last 2 weeks and every time I make them they’re gone as soon as they come out of the oven! They’re SUPER easy to make and are packed with protein, fiber, and a whole lot of Goodness. They’re great to have as breaky on the go, a quick snack between meals or even for lunch…..pretty much any time of day and guess what- every single ingredient is totally good for you!! PLUS, its so moist, savoury and absolutely delish! Here’s how to make it…..

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (1.5cups)
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh spinach
  • 2 carrots – shredded
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp greek yogurt or cottage cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

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What you have to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. Blend chickpeas with olive oil and yoghurt til smooth
  3. Add egg whites to chickpea mixture and continue to blend
  4. Add baking powder, cumin, salt and pepper to the mixture and blend
  5. Finally add in chopped spinach and shredded carrots to the mixture
  6. Spoon mixture into a muffin tray
  7. Place in oven and bake for around 20-25min depending on your oven

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That’s it!!! Super easy right? You can also make it with just shredded carrots or just chopped spinach- totally up to you. You must MUST give this a try! It’s great for the whole family. So ENJOY!!!! ūüôā

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Earthy Bean Dip

IMG_3481Beans are high in fibre and protein and are a great piece of goodness to add to our diets! Here’s an incredibly easy bean dip recipe that you can whip up in less than 15min. Its so earthy and creamy that it’s almost evil. It goes great with carrots, celery, cucumber….you name it! Such a great way to¬†include more veggies in your diet as well! So here it is….

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Cooked Beans (Any kind will do. I used a mix of 3 different beans for this recipe)
  • 3 Tbsp Tahini
  • 2 Tbsp Orange Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp Garlic Powder (can adjust depending on how ‘garlicky’ you want it)
  • 1 tsp Lemon Pepper (optional)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

What to do:

  1. Blend (puree) all ingredients above in a food processor (blender) thoroughly until you get a thick, creamy texture 
  2. Dish up and serve with any veggies or even rice crackers

That’s it! So easy right? Easy, but a totally yummy and guilt-free way to satisfy the munchies! ūüôā

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Yogurt 2 Ways

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Yogurt is an awesome snack just in itself! It is loaded with good bacteria (probiotics) which offers many health benefits especially for your belly! It’s packed with calcium, potassium and magnesium, just to name a few. Nowadays there are so many different flavours and types that we can choose from. We can even find an entire aisle at the supermarket dedicated to just these yummy goodies.

I for one am a HUGE fan of yogurt! Sweet, creamy AND healthy….whats not to love?! One of my vices is that I love snacking as such, I am always on the lookout for healthy alternatives. So I thought I’d share with you two incredibly easy Goodness snacks that you can make from yogurt. Use flavoured yogurt or if you have a that extra bit of time, you can whip up your own concoctions by blending plain yogurt with different fruits. Using the same yogurt, the same preparation, but two different methods….you get completely different snacks! The difference in the turn out and taste is amazing! One is a creamy, ice-cold treat and the other is a sweet, chewy delight (almost evil to the palate!).

FROZEN YOGURT DROPS

What you’ll need:

  • yogurt
  • parchment paper
  • sandwich bag or teaspoon
  • cookie tray (you can use a plate if you don’t have enough room in the freezer)
  • freezer
  1. Stir yogurt thoroughly¬†(If you are making your own¬†flavoured yogurt, make sure to blend the plain yogurt with your fruit(s) of choice thoroughly. Both methods work perfectly however for this blog I’m using flavoured yogurt)
  2. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie tray
  3. Scoop yogurt into the sandwich bag and cut a small bit off the corner (a teaspoon works great as well) and place rows of droplets on the sheetIMG_3441
  4. Place cookie tray in the freezer for several hours  (usually takes around 3-4hrs, depending on how big your drops are and how cold your freezer is)IMG_3357
  5. Once the drops are frozen, peel off from the parchment paper and place in a container

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They usually don’t last long in my house, but you can easily store them in an airtight container in the freezer for days! You can even make multiple batches of different flavours and just mix and match when you feel like a cooling treat! ūüėČ

DEHYDRATED YOGURT DROPS/ ROLLS

What you’ll need:

  • yogurt
  • sandwich bag or teaspoon
  • parchment paper
  • dehydrator (If you don’t have a dehydrator, your oven will do just fine)
  1.  Stir yogurt thoroughly
  2. Place parchment paper on dehydrator tray **Depending on your dehydrator you may need to cut the parchment paper to fit accordingly** (If you are using your oven you can spread the parchment paper on a cookie tray )
  3. Scoop yogurt into the sandwich bag and cut a small bit off the corner (a teaspoon works great as well) and place rows of droplets on the sheet IMG_3432
  4. Or you can spread the yogurt onto the parchment paper into a thin layer
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  5. Dehydrate for around 5-6hrs. All dehydrators are different so probably best to check after several hours. If you are using an oven, just set the oven at the lowest temperature (~70-90C) and bake for the same amount of time but be sure to keep checking back. IMG_3437
  6. Once done, just peel off and enjoy! If you spread the yoghurt into a sheet you can roll it up for easy storing and to add a bit of fun when you snack. ūüôā

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