These are one of my favourite go toe for a Breakfast on the go, or I add them to salad for lunch, So simple and packed full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and protein. I use a silicone muffin tray as they then fall out really easily rather than losing have your muffin to the dishwasher!!Read More...
This week I have a real treat for you - 3 activebite recipes! The only reason being that the kids and I loved the cookies so much that we devoured them and they are all gone. So I threw together this little number - the sweetness derives from the dried fruit, great fats from the nut butters, and some good protein from the peanuts and oats (I also threw in some protein powder as had a busy day in the gym, but you can leave that out). They don’t need cooking, which means they are great when you are in a hurry.
So today I am feeling like a bad Mummy - Little Elly is gluten free and today at school they made ginger bread men. She was uber excited when she ran out of school to show me what she had made, followed by “Mummy are these glupen (gluten) free?” Her little face when I said no pulled on all my heart strings. So we went home and made up this little gluten free cookie recipe to make up for it, which Isla supervised whilst munching on Elly’s gingerbread men (got to love Elly’s generosity).
We all know I love chocolate, especially dark chocolate - gives me some lovely happy hormones. With the kids back at school and pack lunches back on the menu, I decided it was time to reinvent my banana cake recipe to make it like a chocolate muffin, so with my little helper in tow, we came up with this little beauty. The recipe is below, but we also videoed it for you guys to enjoy.
When I was younger, I loved visiting the fudge kitchen in Cambridge. I’d nip in telling myself I was just going to get a freebie sample, and then buying a huge slab of the latest flavour. Well, when I made these, they did not turn out how I expected, they turned out like a gorgeous chocolatey fudge. Ridiculously moreish, but with only a tbsp of maple syrup and cocoa powder in the whole lot, all the rest of the sweetness come from 12 dates! What is not to like?
You may have gathered by now that I LOVE chocolate, and have recently moved from the sweetness of milk chocolate to the heavenliness of dark chocolate. Regularly, after I have trained, I fancy a boost mid morning - nothing too filling, but something I can grab out of the fridge, without feeling a running my lunch. I have rammed these full of natural protein in the form of almonds and peanut butter, and added cherries because they are a great source of natural anti-inflammatories - good for post workouts! They are really easy to make and can be stored for up to a week in the fridge in an air tight container
I love a brownie. Locally to us, we have the most amazing brownie maker - Choccolicious. They are divine. I have tried a few healthy brownies in my time, but I wanted to create something that used high protein foods, and as little natural sugar as possible, but still giving it its yummy gooey taste. I have used chocolate protein powder in these, but you could easily swop for cocoa or even better cacao. Cacao is a great ‘pick me up’ if you are feeling low, or fancy something sweet, but without all the sugar and calories. It contains theobromine, which has a similar effect as caffeine.
In France they have the most amazing bakeware, from small square bun trays, to shaped chocolate brownie , or bars of healthy fudge. So once back, I was desperate to test them out, and am well chuffed with my new baking trays. The cranberries and dates will help keep your system regular. Add to the mix the eggs and a oat flout, it is also a excellent source of protein
I created this recipe because it is still rammed with protein, but all through natural sources. Whilst I have no issues adding a good, clean protein powder to food, it is nice to create a high protein snack with natural ingredients. I also have sourced and added honey from a few houses down the road - local honey can combat against hay fever, as well as giving it sweet taste. The oats are not only a good source or protein, but also great for combating constipation and stress.
A few weeks ago I had some friends round for dinner, and cooked James Duigan’s Banana Crumble recipe, and it was divine - gooey, crumbly, sweet but healthy - just right. So I wanted to make an energy bite that was similar. The oats, quinoa and almonds all provide a great source of natural protein, and the butters are a nice healthy fat. Banana’s are high in potassium, which plays a vital part in controlling blood pressure, so in a good tool in combating high blood pressure
The recipe is -
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tbsp of coconut butter
- 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
- 1 cup of oats
- 1/2 cup of quinoa flakes (or just add another 1/2 cup of oats)
- 50g ground almonds
- 2 tbsp of almond butter
- 30g of vanilla protein powder (or 30g of ground almonds and 3 drops of vanilla essence
- 2tbsp of maple syrup
1 - mash up the banana and heat up in a pan with the coconut butter/oil and half the cinnamon
2 - pour into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, mix week, and then roll into balls
3 - pop in the fridge to cool and store in an air tight container or freeze
Meet Bella, my youngest Viszla. We rescued her from Hungry 18months ago, and have never looked back since. She is nutty, noisy but incredibly loveable. She is always pleased to see us, and loves nothing more to be by my side. So her latest trick is to jump over the garden gate and head round to the studio, sitting at the steps, waiting for one of clients to feel sorry for her and let her in. Today we resorted to tying her up with a skipping rope to the TRX to stop her licking everyone as they stretched!!
She took a fancy to this little recipe.
These remind me of my first recipe - peppermint creams. Me and my best buddy used to make it all the time, much to the dismay of our mums - the creams got stuck to the worktop, the food colouring stained the floor, and we left an icing sugar dusting all over the kitchen. Thankfully this recipe is a whole lot tidier, healthier but still yummy. I would like to dedicate this to my oldest buddy - Gemma - thanks for being you xxx
Peppermint is an awesome tool for easing sinus congestion with hayfever, but also it helps relax the digestive tract and disperse bodily gas, helping to ease wind and bloating
If you are anything like my family, I am always finding ways to sneak a few hidden veggies in, and what better way than to disguise them as chocolate cookies. And, they fell for it, hook, line and sinker! Isla loved them as the photo proves. Just need to make them look a little more attractive next.