Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies!

When I hear the words ‘healthy’ and ‘cookies’ in the same sentence, I usually think “oh here we go again” – a so called ‘healthy’ recipe, which either isn’t that healthy when you look at the ingredients, or it is healthy but tastes prettimage-9y awful and nothing like a real cookie. However, this recipe is a complete game changer! For one, the ingredients are wholesome, nutritious and won’t put a dent in your waistline, but most importantly, they taste AMAZING!
I found this recipe online (I’m always on the look out for healthy bakes), and I just had to write about it. I usually try these recipes and they never turn out like the official photo, but these actually look pretty decent! (I made a few changes as I was limited to the ingredients in my cupboard, so feel free to personalise it too!) So, low and behold: refined sugar-free, good-for-you, chocolate chip cookies! (They look pretty good, don’t they?!)

Anyway, here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup agave nectar
1tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla essence
85% dark chocolate (broken into small pieces)

Method:

Set your oven at 180c and line a baking tray well. Then, simply blend the chickpeas, peanut butter, honey and baking powder until the mixture is a smooth paste. Stir in the dark chocolate pieces.
Now spoon the mixture onto the baking tray in even mounds (they can be however small or large depending on the size you want your cookies). Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Make sure you check on them regularly, then remove, let cool and devour!

(Original recipe from zannavandijk.co.uk – there are some awesomely healthy and delicious recipes on there!)

Advertisements

Sweet potato chocolate brownies!

image-1

Here is a recipe which is quick, simple and most definitely helps to satisfy your sweet tooth. I love baking healthy treats which you can pack in your lunch box or sit down with a cuppa and enjoy. I found a few sweet potato brownie recipes on the internet and adapted them according to what I had in my cupboard, so feel free to take this as a base and create your own variations! Sweet potatoes are a great, nutritious carbohydrate source – they are rich in fibre and full of vitamins and minerals, making them a healthy-living must have.

Ingredients: 

1 medium sized sweet potato
1 tbsp nut milk (I like almond or coconut but normal milk could also be used)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
4-6 squares of dark chocolate (70% and above)
2 tbsp natural sweetener (such as Stevia or Xylitol)
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup ground almonds (coconut flour is an alternative)
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 scoop whey protein powder (optional for a high-protein snack)
Handful of nuts/chocolate chips (depending on preference)

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

2. Peel and boil the sweet potato until soft. Once cooked, drain off excess water and add the milk. Mash potato until smooth.

3. Add coconut oil and eggs to the potato and mix.

4. Add dry ingredients (cocoa, sweetener, ground almonds, baking powder, protein powder) and mix.

5. Melt 2-3 of the dark chocolate squares in microwave or by using a bain-marie and stir into mixture.

6. Add in nuts/chocolate chips  etc (sometimes I break up another square of dark chocolate if I don’t have any chocolate chips to hand).

7. Pour into a loaf tin or any medium-sized cake baking tray.

8. Bake for 20-25 mins, or until cake is cooked all the way through (you can test this by sticking a knife in it and if it comes out clean then it’s probably done!). Then leave to cool on a wire rack.

9. Melt the remaining 2-3 dark chocolate squares and drizzle over the top of the cake for an extra-indulgent chocolatey taste. Let chocolate cool.

10. Cut up into snack-sized potions (I get about 8 slices from one loaf-tin). Finally, enjoy!