No-Bake One Bowl Peanut Butter Quinoa Balls

A healthier version of the classic no-bake cookies, using quinoa instead of flour. Vegan, gluten-free, and no refined sugar. So can satisfy your sweet tooth while your treat your inside with care, and not have the guilt. Without the sticks of butter and with lots of other fun healthy ingredients thrown in. And they’re perfect for breakfast, snacks, or even as we all agreed — dessert!
So no excuse why can’t have a healthy treat keep them in the fridge for snacks and breakfasts-on-the-run, or post work out treat instead of all the process stuff from protein powder.

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Ingredients
3 cups cooked and cooled quinoa (from about 1 cup uncooked quinoa)
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup chopped mixed nuts
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
mini dark chocolate chips/ cocoa nibs (optional)

Some other fun substitutions for the chocolate chips (or an addition to them) could include:

chopped dried fruit (apricots, dates, raisins, etc.)
dried berries (cranberries, cherries, etc.)
chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, or sunflower seeds
other chips (butterscotch, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, M&Ms, etc.)

Directions
Combine all in a bowl and use an ice cream/ cookie scooper/ spoons to form balls. Place in fridge to let them firm up

Benefits:
Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and can even help regulate levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
Quinoa is food of high protein quality and is typically regarded as an adequate source of all essential amino acids. Only 172 calories per 1/4 cup dry (24 of the calories from protein and only 12 from sugars, the rest are complex carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats).

Healthy Brownies

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Who says you have to skip dessert to stay lean? If you keep an eye on your health, but you still love to indulge in decadent desserts, you’ll be glad to know that you can have a brownie and know it was Only 90 Calories! Yes I said it… bet you didn’t think you can have such a treat without breaking your calorie bank for the day. The ingredients and process is so easy that I was able to make it at university. You can play around with the ingredients to work best with you. So try it at for yourself and enjoy my recipe for these scrumptious treats.

Ingredients
3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
1/4 cup or 50ml skimmed milk (or equivalent)
1/4 cup or 30g Carob powder
1/2 cup or 50g oats
1/2 cup Truvia (or any natural/stevia based sweetener)
1 egg
2 tbsp agave nectar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt

Directions
Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 400°F.
Grease a square baking dish (I used a bread tin all i had at university) and line it with baking paper.
Combine all ingredients into a food processor or a blender, and blend until smooth.
Pour into the prepared dish and bake for about 15 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before cutting into 10 bite size squares.

No need to deprive yourself. These yummy sweets are full of flavor without all the calories

Healthy Sweet Delight: Carob Avocado and Banana Mousse

Healthy Sweet Delight: Carob Avocado and Banana Mousse

Want a nice healthy treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth. I know you probably are thinking oh gosh avocado and carob??? How can that be yummy?? That is what i first thought as well, but it really is addictive.

Benefits:
Carob can be a substitute for chocolate, found in health food stores. It is high in protein and phytonutrients that may protect you from cardiovascular problems and help you maintain your weight. Contains no caffeine and had a significant amount of calcium—about three times as much as you’d get from cocoa.

Avocado have many health benefits including a healthier heart, better skin, helping you lose weight and treating or avoiding serious health problems like diabetes and arthritis.

Bananas help you reach your weight-loss goals, keep your bowels healthy, provide nutrients that regulate heart rhythm and have vitamin compounds for eye health

Ingredients:
15g carob
30g avocado
100g frozen banana
50 ml semi-skimmed milk (or other dairy alternatives)
1 tsp sweetener/honey/agave/etc.

Direction:
Place all in blender and blend until smooth.
Add more sweetener or less to taste.
You can scoop into a bowl and eat right then and there. On the other hand if you want more of a frozen yogurt texture put in the freeze for a few hours and eat later. This delightful goodie will really satisfy your dessert cravings. Plus it provides great nutritional benefits for you. It is truly a very simple recipe and doesn’t require many ingredients and you can use loads of substitutions. Just try to combine all your super -foods 🙂 We all want to stay healthy and fit this holiday season. If I can do it at university others can as well.

Honestly Healthy Alkaline Nutty Granola

Honestly Healthy Alkaline Nutty Granola

Stop buying expensive granola at the supermarket. Instead buy the raw ingredients and do it yourself and this will guarantee no preservatives, or extra oils aided to it. You have full control over
Ingredients:
Chopped Whitworths – Soft Dates, 50 g
Tesco – Scottish Porridge Oats 50g,
3 tablespoons Groovy Food Company – Agave Nectar,
Cashews – Raw, 1/4 cup
Raw Almonds, 0.25 cup, whole
Tesco Whole Foods – Pumpkin Seeds 15 g
Whole Foods Organic – Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Cold Pressed, 1 Tbsp (15 mL)

Direction
1.If do not have a dehydrator preheat the oven to 160 C/ 310 F
2. In a sauce pan simmer 2 inches of water and place dates in the water. Let cook until tender. Then drain water and place soft dates into blender. Pulse until smooth.
3. Combine the remain ingredients and then spread on a baking tray that is lined with parchment paper.
4. Bake in pre-heated oven for 15 minutes then reduce the temperature to 110 C/ 225 F for another 20-25 minutes.
5. Then it is ready!
It can serve 8 snack size portion or 4 meals.
Per Serving (snack size) :144 calories 18g carbs 7g fat 4g protein and 7g sugar.

If made simply and responsibly, granola can provide some decent health benefits for its consumers. Rolled oats provide lots of fiber, which is important for digestion, and the fruits and nuts in granola can contain important vitamins and promote good health. For example, almonds can help lower cholesterol.Oats also contain antioxidants, which can help strengthen your body and prevent disease.
Granola isn’t all good health news. Modern-day granola bars and cereals can be loaded with sugars and oil, making them deceptively dense in saturated fat and calories. Granola’s reputation as a health food is shaky, mostly because consumers tend to prefer processed, heavily sweetened brands to more natural ones.

Remember: everything in moderation! Certain brands of granola can be healthier for you than others.

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Skin Booster Alkaline Green Smoothie

Skin Booster Alkaline Green Smoothie

Again a recipe from my favourite cookbook Honestly Healthy. Wanted to try a green smoothie for a refreshing snack. I have never but celery in a smoothie before but wasnt to bad. There was a bit too much lemon though for my taste.
Ingredients
1/4 avocado
1 kiwi
2 celery sticks chopped up
450 ml of water
the juice of 1 lemon
handful of spinach
AND BLENDDDDD

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Spelt Bread

Honestly Healthy Cookbook is an excellent book. It shows the alkaline lifestyle and great recipes to follow in order to have a clean healthy lifestyle. So I wanted to try a nice easy recipe that I could do at university.

This recipe is so simple to do and it is extremely clean. The bread had no yeast, milk, butter, sugar, etc. It is a plain bread that can be paired with anything, but is so filling on its’ own.

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Baked Lemon Cheesecake

I wanted to make a healthier crust for the cheesecake. As a lot of the times it is the crust to the dessert that adds the extra calories.

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Almond Crust:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp of light butter
  • 1 tbsp of agave nectar

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 180
  • Place almonds and oat in food processor and blend until turns into flour
  • Add remaining ingredients and pulse until all is combined
  • Place in cake tin and press all in firmly
  • Place in oven until brown (about 10 minutes)
  • Remove and let cool

Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 500g light cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sweetener
  • finely grated lemon rind
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar

Directions

  1. Beat cream cheese, sugar and lemon rind together until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until combined. Add lemon juice and agave. Beat for 1 minute.Pour mixture into cool crust.
  2. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until filling is just set (mixture may wobble slightly in centre, but will firm on standing). Cool in oven with door slightly ajar. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until cold.