Best-ever Healthy Banana Bread

There is nothing bad about this recipe. Its super quick, seriously easy and you can eat it without feeling the tiniest bit guilty! At 104 calories a slice, well more like a wedge, and only 1.6g of fat this is the perfect naughty but nice treat. This is my basic healthy banana bread recipe so why not try adding your own extras such as; cocao nibs, chopped nuts, peanut butter or even extra fruits.
Whether you choose to toast it or eat it as it is, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Toasted and smothered in peanut butter… oh my

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Ingredients (makes a 1lb loaf)

120g wholegrain Spelt flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 + ½ large free range eggs
2 tbsp agave syrup
75g low/non fat natural yoghurt
1 + ½ medium-large very ripe (almost black) bananas

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C an grease/line a 1lb loaf tin. Personally I prefer to use a silicone loaf tin as no prep. is required.

In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarb, cinnamon and salt.

In a separate bowl, mash your bananas with a potato masher then mix in the eggs, syrup and yoghurt until combined.

Now pour the wet ingredients into the dry and quickly mix together.

Transfer the mixture to the loaf tin and level the top. Bake for 35-40 mins until the top is lightly browned and a knife through the centre comes out clean.

Leave to cool before slicing into 8 slices.

 

Nutritional Info (per slice)

104 Calories
1.6g Fat
0.6g Saturated fat
18g Carbohydrates
1.8g Fiber
8g Sugar (natural sugars)
4g Protein

Skinny Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

From Christmas to Skiing to Scotland, it has been 3 months of eating a ridiculous amount and drinking endless mulled wine. With the spring and summer months creeping up on us, it is time to get back into shape and start eating healthy again (with the occasional treat, obviously, I am a baker after all!).

My problem is that I have a serious sweet tooth and after dinner I neeeeeeed something to satisfy my ‘want to eat everything naughty’ cravings. So I have recently been experimenting with some healthy desserts and have come up with this… A rich chocolate fondant cake which is completely guilt free but tastes ever so good, and it only takes less than 5 minutes to make!

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Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s One Minute Chocolate Cake

Ingredients (makes 1 cake)

1 tbsp plus 2 tsp cocoa powder
3 tablespoons Spelt flour
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tablespoon natural sweetener (I used Truvia)
2-3 tsp unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons milk of choice (I used skimmed)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

 

Method

In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients well. Now add the liquids and stir until all ingredients are completely combined. Transfer cake mix to a mug that has been sprayed with spray oil/cake release spray.

Pop the mug in the microwave on full heat for approx. 1.20 minutes, keep checking to see if the cake is cooked on top. Remove from the microwave and leave to cool for 5 minutes before turning upside down onto a plate. Serve on it’s own or with Greek yoghurt, fresh fruits or peanut butter.

Nutritional Info (without toppings):

Calories: 140
Fat: 2g
Carbs: 30g
Fiber: 6.5g
Protein: 5.5g

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

Who remembers the film Parent Trap?
You know the one with Lindsay Lohan where she plays herself and her twin sister?

Well anyway, it was one of my all time favourite films growing up and a few days ago I had a little flashback to the scene where she dips Oreo’s in Peanut Butter….YUM (If you haven’t tried it before you are missing out!). Then it got me thinking how amazing would this delicious combo be in cupcake form!!! So prepare yourself people as I introduce you to quite possibly one of my tastiest bakes ever… Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes…

A whole Oreo hidden in the base of a vanilla sponge, topped with creamy peanut butter frosting and sprinkled with crushed Oreo biscuits. HEAVEN ON EARTH!

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Ingredients (makes 12 large/24 small cupcakes)

Cupcakes:
150g self-raising flour
150g caster sugar
150g Stork tub for baking
2 medium eggs, room temp, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
12/24 (depending on the size of cupcake) whole Oreo’s

PB frosting:
120g smooth (or crunchy if you prefer) peanut butter
80g unsalted butter, at room temp
150g icing sugar, sieved
2 tbsp semi-skimmed milk

Decoration:
5-6 crushed Oreo biscuits

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 12/24 hole cupcake tray with cupcake cases and place a Oreo in the bottom of each cupcake case.

  1. Make the sponge mixture by first creaming together with a wooden spoon the stork and sugar until smooth, creamy and fluffy. Then slowly mix in the beaten eggs along with a little flour each time to stop the mixture curdling. Once eggs are all added, add the vanilla extract and mix.
  2. Finally, fold in the remaining flour and milk until mixture is combined, smooth and drops of the spoon easily. Divide the mixture evenly between your cupcake cases, making sure the Oreo in the bottom is completed covered.
  3. For small cupcakes bake for 12 mins, for large cupcakes bake for 17 mins. Cupcakes should be a golden brown colour. Transfer cakes to a cooling rack and leave to completely cool.
  4. Now make the buttercream by beating the butter until pale in colour and fluffy. Now mix in the peanut butter. Add half the icing sugar and mix until fully combined. Add the remaining icing sugar and milk and beat together for approx. 5 mins until buttercream is soft, smooth and fluffy.
  5. Pipe your frosting on top of your cooled cakes, or simple spread it over with the back of a spoon. Finally, sprinkle the crushed Oreo biscuits over your cakes for the finishing touch.

Healthy Cocoa & Peanut Butter Energy Bites

I cannot believe it has taken me this long to make ‘energy bites’, I honestly think they are the best thing in the entire ‘healthy food’ world right now. Okay that may be a little over the top but seriously you need to try these! A five minute no bake recipe that will give you 12 delicious bites that are packed with natural sugars, protein, fiber & all good fats. At just 67 calories each, these babies will rid you of any hunger pain or sugar craving whilst giving you a burst of energy.

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Ingredients (makes 12 energy bites)
10 soft pitted dates
85g chopped almonds
1 tsp raw cocoa powder
1 tbsp reduced fat peanut butter
Coconut shreds for sprinkling (optional)
Method
Soak dates in water for a few minutes. Put the almonds in a blender and blend until ground. Add the cocoa powder and blend until combined. Add in the dates & peanut butter and blend until it all comes together and forms a dough (you may need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides a few times). Take a tsp of the dough and roll into a bite-size ball. Repeat until you have 12 equal sized energy bites. Finally, sprinkle with coconut. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Nutrional Information (per energy bite)
67 Calories
4.6g Fat
0.5g Saturated fat
3.8g Carbohydrates
2.4g Sugar
0.9g Fiber
2.5g Protein