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Chocolate for breakfast does not have to be a bad thing! Cocoa itself is a superfood and when combined with slow release energy from oats, a hit of antioxidants and protein from chia seeds and the fibre and MCTs of coconut all without refined sugars, suddenly you HAVE to eat this Dark Chocolate and Coconut Granola for breakfast.
Mass produced granola’s can be full of sugars and transfats, this one sticks to natural ingredients and delivers an intense chocolate hit with plenty of crunch. The coconut adds some natural sweetness, as does the secret banana and a little maple syrup. This vegan, nut free breakfast can be made gluten free too by using the appropriate oats. I love it over coconut yoghurt with berries. But I equally find myself grabbing a handful as a dessert or snack during the day too.
Dark Chocolate and Coconut Granola
- 200g jumbo rolled oats
- 100g finer rolled oats
- 100g desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 50g cocoa powder
- 50g coconut oil
- 50g maple syrup
- 1 ripe banana mashed
- Step 1 Preheat oven to 170°C / 150°C Fan / Gas 3.
- Step 2 Mash the banana well in to a large bowl then add the oats, coconut, chia seeds and cocoa powder and mix well.
- Step 3 Melt the coconut oil and maple syrup together and pour over the oat mixture. Combine really well.
- Step 4 Spread over a couple of baking trays – ensure there is plenty of space for the granola and it’s in a single layer. Use your hands to scrunch some of it into bigger clumps if needs be.
- Step 5 Bake for 15mins then stir on the tray and return to the oven for another 10mins.
- Step 6 Leave on the tray to completely cool this is when it turns crunchy.
- Step 7 Store in an airtight container for a few weeks (if it lasts that long!).
If you are looking for more healthy chocolate recipes then try these Free From Everything Healthy Chocolate Brownie Muffins
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Whatever it is about putting something hot in a bun with some salad and sauce which makes some delicious magic happen, we can’t get enough of it! But you don’t always need to turn to meat or fake meat to make that happen. These Mushroom and Butter Bean Burgers are delicious and flavourful while still giving you the burger experience.
If you don’t like mushrooms or you aren’t a butter bean fan you should still give these a try as the flavour from either is not overwhelming. The butter beans provide the bulk and texture and the mushrooms the earthy, meaty flavour. Along with my secret ingredient which I use to add a savoury kick to all veggie dishes which require it – Marmite or any other yeast extract. Give it a go, it always gives that certain something without actually tasting like what it is.
To see this recipe come together in stages, go to my Instagram stories where it is saved @the_happy_food_kitchen
Mushroom and Butter Bean Burgers
- 15g dried porcini mushrooms
- 2 tbsp oil
- 500g mushrooms, chopped small
- 2 x 215g can butter beans, drained
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 heaped teaspoon yeast extract (like Marmite)
- Step 1 Place the porcini mushrooms in a small bowl and pour over 4 tbsp boiling water and allow to steep until soft. Then remove from the bowl, pat dry and finely chop.
- Step 2 In a frying pan add 1 tbsp oil and cook the mushrooms and garlic until they are soft and any liquid has evaporated. Remove from the heat, add the chopped porcini and stir in the yeast extract so that it melts through the mushrooms.
- Step 3 Mash the butter beans well, a potato masher is great for this, until they resemble mashed potato then mix in the mushroom mix.
- Step 4 Season with black pepper to taste.
- Step 5 When cool, shape the mix into 6 burger patties ready for cooking.
- Step 6 Heat another tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and gently place in the burgers. Cook them on a medium heat for 8mins before turning and cooking for another 8mins on the other side. Add a little more oil if you need to when you turn them and keep an eye on the pan temperature. You want the outside to be golden but not burnt!
- Step 7 Serve in buns with salad.
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Personally I am not gluten intolerant, but I’m always looking for ways to bring different foods into my diet to make it as varied as possible as this is so good for our gut flora. That means not just using wheat flour in everything and perhaps something a little different from time to time. Like these Sunflower and Pine Nut Cookies which are made with a flour created with the seeds.
These protein packed biscuits are so tasty and sweet despite having no refined sugar in them. They have a little bit of sweetness from the agave nectar / rice malt syrup / honey – you decide – but much of the sweetness and flavour comes from the delicious pine nuts which are so naturally sweet. All the seeds also means these cookies are high in omega oils. They contain no nuts, so can be put in a kids lunchboxes and are good for anyone who has a nut allergy and is looking to include more plant protein in their life.
You can top them with nothing at all, some traditional jam (I’ve used some home-made blackberry and apple because we still have lots of jars left) or you can use my 5 minute chia jam instead. If you don’t want the extra crunch of the seeds which you put to one side when making flour, then just make a flour from the whole lot and have a smoother texture.
These Sunflower and Pine Nut Cookies can be frozen, so I like to make as a double batch, wrap and just pop straight into a lunchbox box from the freezer. There are also a brilliant breakfast on the go or a post gym snack.
Sunflower and Pine Nut Cookies
- 180g sunflower seeds
- 40g pine nuts
- 50g buckwheat flour
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- 50g coconut oil or butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons agave nectar, rice malt syrup or honey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Around 3 tablespoons of jam of your choice
- Step 1 Preheat the oven to 150°C Fan/ 180°C/Gas 4. Line a baking tray with parchment or a silicone liner.
- Step 2 In a dry frying pan toast the seeds and pine nuts by stirring them while they begin to colour. Remove from the heat and set 3 tablespoons to one side, blitz the rest in a food processor or high speed blender to make a flour.
- Step 3 In one bowl mix the seed flour, whole seeds, flour, arrowroot, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
- Step 4 In another bowl beat the egg, melted oil/butter, nectar/syrup and vanilla.
- Step 5 Add the wet mix to the dry and combine until you have a firm dough.
- Step 6 Take tablespoons of the mixture and form into round patties, make a dip in the middle for a half teaspoon of jam.
- Step 7 Bake for 10-15mins until golden brown, allow to cool before serving as they will get firmer as they cool.
Frozen vegetables are brilliant if you’re trying to eat healthy, quickly and on a budget. Which let’s fact it is our January! They’re brilliant way of eating veggies that are out of season but still at their peak, and actually finding them at reasonable price. […]