This is the ultimate indulgence, delicious figs packed with good fats and energy. The only downside is that they are so moreish it’s hard to stop eating them.
Makes 10, prep time 15min10 dried figs (soft eating variety)
1/3 C almond butter
¼ C dark chocolate
¼ C coconut threads
Using a small sharp knife make slits in the sides of the figs and push a teaspoon into them to open up a space inside. Melt chocolate in a small bowl and set aside.
Stuff the figs with about a ½-1 tsp of the almond butter then dip the opened part of the fig in the melted chocolate. Sprinkle the chocolate with coconut threads and place on a lined tray. Repeat until all the figs are done. Transfer to freezer for
A crunchy savoury snack that is perfect for lunches, hiking or movie marathons.
Prep time 10 min, cook time 10-15 min, makes 2 cups
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
¼ tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp garam masala
¼ tsp garlic powder (or small clove minced)
2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
½ tsp honey
½ tsp apple cider vinegar
1 ½ Tbsp tahini
1 C cashew nuts
½ C sunflower seeds
½ C pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 160C and line a tray with baking paper.
Place nuts and seeds in a food processor and pulse a few times until slightly broken up.
In a medium sized bowl mix all other ingredients to form a thick paste. Add nuts and seeds and mix well so paste coats them evenly (you may need to add a little water if it’s too thick).
Place 1 teaspoon sized clusters of the mixture (it should hold together lightly) onto the tray. Bake for 10-15 minutes until clusters are crunchy golden and dry all the way through. You can also just evenly spread the mixture onto the tray and then bake if you prefer.
Allow to cool fully before storing in an airtight container.
Delicious and quick to make, these can be frozen a head of time and defrosted as needed. If you want to make it gluten free simply swap the spelt flour for gluten free flour of choice.
Makes 12 mini muffins, prep time 10 min, cook time 15 min.
1 large carrot
½ C sugar-free jam
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. water
¼ C sunflower seeds
¼ C pumpkin seeds
1 tsp egg replacer (can be found in most supermarkets)
1 C spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp cinnamon
Grease a mini muffin tray and preheat oven to 180C. Grate carrot into a bowl and mix in jam, oil, and water. In another bowl mix together seeds, egg replacer, flour, baking powder and spices. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined. Spoon mixture into muffin tin.
Bake for 12-18 minutes until golden and springy to touch. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a couple of minutes before transferring into wire rack. Store in an airtight container in fridge.
An easy to make savoury cracker that can be eaten on its own or topped with your favourite spreads. These will keep well and are full of flavour.
Makes 10-12 squares, prep time 10 min, cook time 15-20 min.
1 cup sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp chia seeds
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp turmeric
½ tsp rock salt
1-4 Tbsp water
Preheat oven to 160C.
In a food processor grind sunflower and chia seeds until they resemble course grainy flour. Add crushed garlic, soy sauce, paprika, turmeric and salt and pulse to mix through. Slowly add water 1 tablespoon at a time (you may not need all of it) until mixture just starts to form a ball.
Rollout mixture between two sheets of baking paper until its about ½ cm thick. Remove top sheet of paper and slide bottom sheet with mixture onto a baking tray and score into squares with a knife.
Bake for 10-15 min or until crisp and golden brown.
Remove from oven break into squares and cool on rack. Store in airtight container.
Recently I was given a new product to try out, its called a Heylo bag. It’s a handy bag that retains heat when you put a hot pot of food in it. It’s very useful when hiking as it saves on fuel and will actually keep cooking the food after you initially simmer it on the stove, you can even use it to make yoghurt, steam rice and keep food warm when going to a pot luck. This recipe is hearty dahl with loads of flavour, protein packed and perfect for any Indian meal. For more information on the Heylo bags check out this link.
Prep time 15 min, cook time 80 min.
5 cloves garlic – minced
2 onions – diced
1 cup pumpkin, cubed small
1.5 cups split red lentils
1 tbsp olive oil
1 green capsicum
2 cups veggie stock
2 cups water
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Sauté diced onions in oil until soft, add spices, capsicum, pumpkin and minced garlic and fry for 30 sec. Add in tomatoes and paste, lentils, stock, kidney beans and 2 cups water. Bring to boil then simmer 20 mins before transferring to the Heylo bag for 1 hour (or if you don’t have one then simmer gently on the stovetop for 30-40 mins stirring regularly). After an hour check the dahl it may need a quick reheat with a little extra water on the stove top before serving. If you have a smaller Heylo bag, then half this recipe.
Serve with poppadums, tamarind chutney and brown basmati rice.