So, after a lot of pondering I decided that cashew nuts are definitely my favourite nut!
And after some more pondering, I also realised that cinnamon is my favourite spice!
I also feel extremely happy when my cookie jar is filled with healthy treats – and it was looking a bit empty- so I came up with this super simple recipe….
Cinnamon and cashew cookies.
♦ 160g of ground cashews
♦ 2 1/2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
♦ 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
♦ 2 1/2 table spoons of maple syrup
♦ 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
♦ 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl to form a nice cookie dough.
Measure and roll 1 tablespoon of the dough and lightly press a cashew nut in the centre. Then place on a lined baking tray. This mix should make 8 – 10 cookies depending on the size you want.
Pop them in the oven for 10-15 min on 170C/340F and bake until they are a nice golden brown. Then leave them to cool for about 20 min. They may still be a bit soft when they come out the oven but they will firm up once they cool down.
Then devour them !!
Health note – and why you need cashew nuts in your life…
They are packed with selenium, copper and magnesium
They help prevent gallstones
Lower blood pressure
Protect the heart ♥
Fight free radicals
And help keep our bones and nerves in tip top condition.
Cashews also contain flavonols called Proanthocyanidins which help fight against tumor cells by stopping them divide further.
They are a health essential for me and I would highly recommend putting them on your wellness shopping list!
Enjoy your cookies.
You can’t beat a lovely warm slice of banana bread!!
Its an autumn essential!! And with nice clean ingredients it’s perfect for breakfast, lunch or after dinner!
I thought it was time to master a quick easy recipe and this one definitely ticks the box! And it’s always a bonus when it’s sans dairy and refined sugar!
You will need…
♥ 4 medium ripe bananas
♥ 1 and 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
♥ 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
♥ 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
♥ 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
♥ 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
♥ 1/3 cup of coconut sugar, or sweetner of your choice. You can also add chopped walnuts.
Preheat oven to 350F/175 C .
Grease your loaf tin.
Sift the flour into a bowl, then add the flour and ALL the ingredients into your blender and blitz until it forms a nice batter.
Pour the batter into your loaf tin and bake for 25-35 min, or until a chopstick or toothpick comes out clean.
Give it about 20min to cool off – then dig in!
Trust me, it won’t last long.
And don’t forget..
Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing protection from free radicals and chronic disease. They contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan, protect against type ll diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system and help with the production of white blood cells – all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.
Have a wonderful week wellness warriors!
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I literally can’t stop making these pancakes!
I think it’s because they are so easy!! Ridiculously easy!
So if a sugar craving strikes, whip up these grain, gluten and dairy free little beauties.
You will need….
♥ 2 medium banans
♥ 2 medium eggs
Tip…adding a bit of ground cinnamon is nice
♦ Whizz the ingredients on your blender to make a nice runny batter. If you don’t have a blender you can just mash it with a fork.
♦ Heat your pan on medium heat and add your oil of choice. I use coconut oil – about a table spoon so they don’t stick.
♦ Then add two table spoons of batter per pancake. Small batches have better results.
♦ Cook for about 3min on each side. Done!
It’s so simple, once you’ve got the hang of it you can totally pimp them up! I love to drizzle mine with maple syrup.
Bananas are a good source of vitamin B6 and C. They are also a good source of manganese, potassium, biotin and skin loving copper.
Bananas improve your mood, reduce swelling, aid in weight loss and help strengthen the nervous system.
Bananas help overcome depression due to the high levels of tryptophan which is converted into serotonin ♥ the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter ♥!!
Pancakes that put you in a good mood, what a winner!!
Have a wonderful week ♥
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I think in a past life I might have been Italian!
I absolutely adore pasta, I could eat it every day!
It used to be toruture in my low fat – low carb days and was seen as a real treat. Now I eat it about three times a week.
I am obsessed with spaghetti! Even just with a bit of garlic and olive oil is a dream for me!
There is such a fabulous range of healthy, good quality pasta around these days and I usual stick to the whole grain or spinach versions.
So now my creamy carbonara and meat bolanaise days are long gone, I’ve been experimenting with pestos and plant based sauces.
Here are my two favourites at the moment……
Pumpkin seed pesto
1 cup of pumpkin seeds (soak in filtered water for two hours)
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 big handful of basil leaves
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Tip….you can always pimp it up with a tsp. of honey
Put all the ingredients into your food processor and blitz to the consistency you like.
Creamy Avocado Pesto
2 tbsp. of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
Juice of half a lemon
1 big handful of fresh coriander
1/2 tsp. of sea salt
Tip……you can always replace the coriander with basil, both taste divine!
Put all the ingredients in your food processor and blend into a nice creamy consistency.
Remember….recipes are there to be played with. Adapt, tweek and add your own flare to make your masterpiece.
Have a wonderful week
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