Nut butter, seeds and fruit …. just a few of my favourite foods. Each on their own are pretty tasty but add them together and you get a whopper snack!
The idea for this recipe came actually through one of the blogs fans who sent me a picture inspired by my Banana & Nut Butter Crunchy Bites recipe.
So here’s the recipe for you to make at home, perfect as a snack at any time of the day.
If bringing these as a snack to work, school or on an outdoor adventure, sprinkle a little lemon juice over the apple slices first to stop them browning before the nut butter.
For lots of other tasty snacks, check out more of my favourites!!
- 1 apple
- 2 tbsp nut butter
- Toppings: granola, nuts and seeds of your choice
- Remove the apple core and slice the apple into even rounds.
- Slather the nut butter on one side of each apple slice.
- Sprinkle each apple slice with the nuts, seeds or granola until evenly covered.
Granola is easily my favourite breakfast option. It’s such an easy meal, just top the granola with some fresh fruit and yoghurt and you are set for the day. Oats are a great option for the morning as they packed full of slow release energy.
This recipe for granola is perfect for someone who doesn’t have an oven or like when I was travelling around New Zealand and cooking on a portable gas stove as I lived out of my van. The even better thing about this granola recipe is that it literally takes 5 minutes and breakfast is sorted for at least a week.
I love how you can vary granola in lots of ways imaginable so your breakfast bowl is always packed of fresh flavours. Add any nuts, dried fruit, seeds or spices like cinnamon, turmeric or even ginger to your granola.
Why not try my other favourite granola recipe too.
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 200g jumbo oats
- 2 tbsp nuts (peanuts, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds)
- 2 tbsp dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, coconut, apricots)
- Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan or wok over a medium heat.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir until coated in oil.
- Stir continuously to ensure no burning for 5 minutes until the oats are golden.
- Remove from pan and allow to cool.
- Serve with some fresh fruit and yoghurt.
Muffins are the perfect treat, they are so easy to make and a real crowd pleaser.
The inspiration for these muffins came about whilst completing one of the New Zealand Great Walks called the Routeburn. These walks are generally greater than two days in length where your sleeping options are either to camp or share bunk-style huts. Either way everything you need for the hike has to be carried by you. As food is quite heavy, your meals need to be light. Oftentimes, the first day is the hardest as you adjust to your pack, being on your feet walking for hours on end and scaling repeated heights. This is where I tasted one of the most delicious muffins of all time as my friend who waved me off at the start had packed a surprise treat.
Here I’ve tried my best to recreate it to share with you.
Makes 15 medium sized muffins.
- 325g wholewheat flour
- 195g plain flour
- 130g dark brown sugar
- 6 tsp baking powder
- zest of 1 lemon
- 3 tbsp coconut, threaded or dessicated
- 150g white chocolate, chopped into small chunks
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 250g butter, melted
- 130g blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 150ml milk
- Preheat an oven to 180°C fan and oil silicon muffin trays or line metal muffin trays.
- Sift the flour, sugar and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir through the lemon zest, coconut and white chocolate.
- Add the eggs, butter, blueberries and milk to the bowl and stir to combine – try not to overmix.
- Spoon the mix evenly into the prepared muffin trays.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out cleanly.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire-rack.
A tart or quiche is a great option for a midweek dinner and doubles up as lunch the next day too as it tastes just as good cold as hot. I personally think the flavour intensifies the day after baking so don’t be afraid to bake this in advance or even freeze it before serving.
The tart pastry could be made overnight or earlier in the day to speed up the process. By refrigerating the pastry, this allows a flaky consistency which is what we all desire!! Puff pastry could also be used instead. Or if you are not too fussed about pastry then why not use the filling ingredients to make Cupcake Quiches??
I love to serve this tart alongside a mix of salads. My red cabbage slaw works great as does a simple green leafy salad.
- 170g wholemeal flour
- 100g plain flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 140g coconut oil, solid
- 3-4 tbsp cold water
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp sage leaves
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1 leek, sliced into rounds
- 100g mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 100g spinach/kale/chard, shredded
- 6 eggs
- 4 tbsp creme fraiche
- 50ml milk
- 50g feta, cubed
- freshly ground pepper
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- Make the pastry: sift the flour, salt and pepper into a large mixing bowl.
- Rub in the coconut oil in tablespoonfuls with a fork until it forms breadcrumbs.
- Gradually add the water and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough forms.
- Roll the dough into a ball shape, cover with cling-film and place in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Preheat an oven to 180°C and grease a 23cm quiche tin or use two smaller tins like I used. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out on a floured surface into a 2cm thick circular shape.
- Place the dough into your tin and trim off any excess around the edges.
- Melt one teaspoon of coconut oil on a large frying pan over a medium heat. Once melted, add the garlic, half the sage leaves, onion and leek. Gently saute for 5 minutes until the onions are translucent. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Return the pan to the heat and melt the remaining coconut oil. Add the mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Return the pan to the heat and dry-fry the shredded spinach, kale or chard for 3-4 minutes or until it’s wilted. Remove from pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl or measuring jug, whisk the eggs, creme fraiche and milk together with some freshly ground pepper.
- To assemble the tart: place half the spinach on the base followed by half the leek mix and finally the mushrooms. Repeat above until all vegetables are used.
- Pour over the egg mix, sprinkle the feta, remaining sage leaves and pumpkin seeds over the top.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out cleanly and the centre is firm.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
As most of you know by now, I love salads!! Favourites are always hard to choose but time and time again I find myself coming back to these two recipes so obviously I had to share them.
The bitter tang of feta with the smooth crunch of toasted hazelnuts make a simple broccoli and tomato salad sing for me. My second salad recipe offers you a taste of the Middle East with the addition of a simple tahini sauce to enliven a simple red cabbage slaw.
Both recipes will keep well in the fridge for at least 3-4 days once stored in a resealable container. I would regularly make these at the start of the week and refill my lunchbox daily from these along some simple salad greens and a protein source. Check out my food prep guide for more simple mealtime ideas.
Broccoli, Tomato, Feta & Hazelnut
Serves 4 as a side.
- 1/2 head of broccoli, chopped into florets
- 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 50g Feta cheese, cubed
- 2 tbsp hazelnuts
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp honey/maple syrup
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil, remove from the heat and add the broccoli florets. Cover with the lid and allow to blanch for 8-10 minutes (you want the broccoli to still have a bite but not rock hard).
- Strain the broccoli and rinse under cold running water until fully cooled. Continue to strain any excess water until ready to use.
- Toast the hazelnuts on a frying pan or in a medium heat oven until the skin begins to loosen, remove from the pan/oven and allow to cool.
- Once the hazelnuts are cooled, chop in half.
- Whisk together the olive oil, honey, sesame oil, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice in a large bowl.
- Add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well.
Middle Eastern Style Red Cabbage Slaw
Serves 5 as a side.
- 200g red cabbage
- 2 spring onions
- 2 medium carrots, peeled
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 3 tsp tahini paste
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 tsp
- 3 tbsp water
- Finely slice the red cabbage and spring onion. Julienne (or finely slice) the carrots.
- Place all the vegetables and seeds in a large mixing bowl.
- Stir through 2 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp of olive oil.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and water until you get a runny sauce (depending on the consistency of your tahini, your sauce may still be too thick or too thin – if so, just add more tahini to make it thicker and more water to make it thinner).
- Serve the salad in a large bowl with a drizzle of the sauce over the top.
Garlic, bacon and crispy potatoes – a few of life’s simple pleasures.
I was recently overseas at a wedding with a large group of my friends. As we arrived late to our rented house the night before the wedding, come morning we had no food in the house. A quick trip to the local supermarket for supplies with the thoughts of what to cook my friends that would be quick, easy and filling for the long day ahead. Initially I planned a large frittata but then we somehow managed to forget the eggs at the checkout so here I was left looking at potatoes, bacon, spinach, tomatoes, onions and garlic with the stares of fifteen hungry friends.
Hence this recipe for home fries served with fried garlic onions and a salad of spinach and tomatoes was created. These potatoes would also work great alongside grilled meat, a pie or frittata.
The happiness around that table ensured this recipe had to be shared so please enjoy and share with your friends.
Serves 6 as a side.
- 4 large potatoes
- 6 cloves of garlic, skin on
- 100g bacon lardons/rashers/streaky bacon
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Halve the potatoes and cook on high in the microwave for 8 minutes. This gently cooks the potatoes which allows a much more crispier but still fluffy finish in the oven.
- Preheat an oven to 200°C and place the garlic, bacon and olive oil in a large baking tray or ovenproof dish.
- Chop the potatoes into chunks and add to the ovenproof dish.
- Combine all the ingredients together and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until crispy. Stir the potatoes once or twice to ensure an even colour.
- Before serving, squeeze the garlic cloves from their skin and return to the dish.
Chocolate chip cookies are heavenly and make the perfect treat with a glass of milk. As a lot of cookies are laden with sugar, using nut butter and chickpeas provides a natural sweet flavour.
These cookies use chickpeas instead of flour so are naturally gluten-free and rich in protein so great for our muscles.
Store the cookies in a resealable container in the fridge for at least one week or freeze.
- 1 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 125g almond butter
- 60g dark chocolate
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat an oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400°F and line a baking tray with parchment.
- Place all ingredients excluding the chocolate in a food processor and blitz until smooth.
- Stir in the chocolate chips and place tablespoons of the mix on the baking tray.
- Flatten with a fork and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Once fully cooled, store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Pulses like chickpeas and butter beans are great additions to baking. Try my Dark Chocolate & Cashew Bites for another pulse based treat.
If you are a religious follower of my blog, you might notice recipes with eggs being the dominant ingredient don’t feature too prominently and that’s because I don’t like eggs!
Don’t get me wrong, I still eat eggs just not in the boiled, poached, scrambled, fried or scotch-egg format. I even wouldn’t touch a quiche for a long time until I discovered if I added enough vegetables and other ingredients I could stomach them.
First came my Frittata, followed closely by my Cupcake Quiches, Fluffy Yoghurt Omelette and now an Egg Crepe has been added to my safe zone of egg dishes.
Eggs are probably one of the most versatile ingredients to have in the cupboard and they don’t need to refrigerated once fresh in the shell. Free-range organic eggs are the gold standard as the colour and flavour can never be matched by battery laying hens (we have hens at home so honestly I know).
This crepe recipe can be adjusted really easily with whatever is lying around your fridge which makes it perfect for those days when you’re staring desperately at a very barren shelf. Swap any fresh or dried herbs, kale, spinach or any leafy green for the cabbage in the crepe, replace the cottage cheese with feta, mozzarella or even hummus; substitute tomatoes, roasted vegetables, leftover stir-fry instead of mushrooms. You really can’t go wrong with this recipe.
- 4 eggs
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
- 2 heaped tbsp sliced cabbage
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 10 button mushrooms, sliced
- 4 tbsp cottage cheese
- 1 tbsp mixed herbs
- In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, spring onions and cabbage. Set aside in the fridge until ready.
- Heat a frying pan over a medium heat with a drizzle of oil.
- Once hot, add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and toss until nicely golden. Mix through the cottage cheese and herbs until well combined. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Rinse the frying pan and return to a medium heat with another drizzle of oil. Whisk the eggs one last time and pour half the mixture over the pan. Ensure the cabbage is evenly distributed.
- Once the crepe begins to cook through, place half the mushroom mix on half of the crepe and fold over.
- Continue to cook for another 2 minutes until the crepe is cooked through.
- Remove from the pan and repeat with the remaining egg and mushroom mix.
This recipe is yet another of my hostel kitchen creations inspired by the “free food” basket. Tinned chickpeas are a staple item on my shopping list. Tinned items are a backpackers dream as they last forever, travel well on buses & need minimal preparation.
I created this recipe over the weekend and have been eating them on a near daily basis since. Apologies in advance if you get a little addicted like me!
Serves 4 as a side.
- 1 x 400g tin chickpeas
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp curry powder
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas and place in a bowl.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir well together.
- Taste, if you like a stronger curry flavour just add more to your desired taste.
- Add to a green leafy salad or serve alongside falafel like I did for a chickpea feast!
If you enjoyed this chickpea recipe, you might like to try my Chickpea, Ginger and Chicken Curry.
Oats is the preferred option for many to start their day. Oats are not only a great source of slow-release carbohydrate but also a really versatile ingredient to have in your kitchen cupboard. They don’t go off, are inexpensive and can be eaten as any meal of the day.
Meals that can be prepared in advance are great for time short people, find more meal prep tips here. Overnight oats are a great option for any busy person as all the work is done the night or even day before. A little bit of chopping and stirring is the only work required with eating taking the longest!
The options with overnight oats are endless and I have plenty more inspiration on the blog for you. My latest variation is inspired by my travels through South America and perfect for the summer season. Top with some more yoghurt, seeds, nuts or berries as you like.Serves 2.
- 4 tbsp jumbo oats
- 2 tbsp dessicated coconut
- 1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
- 5 tbsp yoghurt, plain
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 passion fruit
- Using a clean resealable jar or tub. Place all the items into the tub.
- Mix thoroughly together and place in the fridge overnight.
- Remove from the fridge in the morning, stir again and serve with a sprinkle of coconut, pineapple pieces and passionfruit.