Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

Snacking for me is a must so I am always on the hunt for healthy snacks. I love chickpeas and can eat them in any which way, so when I came across this recipe I instantly knew I had to try it. What’s great about this chickpea snack is that all you need is a handful to feel satisfied. What makes it even greater is that it tastes just as good, if not better, the next day. This is great to make as a snack when guests are over or for yourself when you’re craving something sweet and crunchy.

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Another perk is that the cinnamon and nutmeg makes your house smell amazing!

Calorie Conscious Chocolate Cake

Just like my grandfather, I am not fully satisfied with my meal unless I have something sweet afterwards. For this reason, I am always looking for calorie conscious dessert recipes. Below is a recipe for a chocolate cake given to me by my mom (thanks mom!) This is the perfect dessert to enjoy after a meal because it is not too sweet and not too heavy. To make it even lighter, I substitute almond milk with regular milk to make it a dairy-free dessert. You will also notice that the recipe calls for apple sauce in place of oil; my favorite substitution in everything I bake! To top it off, I added some powdered sugar and a strawberry garnish. Trust me when I tell you that this dessert will be gone in a day!

Bon Appétit!

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Ingredients:                                                                                                                           3/4 cup sugar                                                                                                                          1 egg                                                                                                                                        1 cup flour                                                                                                                              1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder                                                                                  1/2 teaspoon baking soda                                                                                                   1/4 teaspoon baking powder                                                                                               1/4 teaspoon salt                                                                                                                     1 cup milk (or almond milk)                                                                                                  1/3 cup apple sauce

Directions                                                                                                                          Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray spring-form pan (or any other similar baking pan) with nonstick cooking spray.

In a small bowl, beat the sugar and egg at high speed with an electric mixer until fully combined.

In a medium bowl, mix the milk and apple sauce until combined.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the other two mixtures from the small and medium bowls into the large mixture. Mix together until smooth.

Pour the mixture into the spring-form pan and bake for 30 minutes (check to make sure it is fully baked by dipping a toothpick in the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is ready to enjoy!)

Soft Eating Licorice

A0TR_1_20120719_11822301As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I try to eat as healthy as possible and consume as little processed foods as possible. But, sometimes you have to treat yourself to some not-so-healthy snacks! Feast your eyes on Darrell Lea Soft Eating Liquorice, the most amazing soft licorice I have ever tasted. They come in a number of different flavors and are sold in stores such as CVS, Rite-Aid, Target, Marshalls, Home Goods and online at Amazon. Whenever I do decide to treat myself by purchasing a bag (or two) I try not to eat more than 2-3 pieces per day. The good thing is that the caloric content is not bad at all, as long as you consume it in moderation. So, go wild and indulge!

Two Ingredient Cookies

I love two things: anything with bananas and easy-to-bake desserts. When I came across this recipe on Pinterest, I could not wait to try it out. To the mashed bananas and quick oats, I mixed in a half cup of walnuts and mini chocolate chips and the result was amazing. These cookies are the perfect guilt-free snack and even breakfast meal. Whenever my bananas get too overripe for my liking I turn them into these cookies. They are just as delicious on the second day (if they aren’t eaten before then) as they are fresh out of the oven.

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The picture above shows my result from the last time I baked them. I like to make my cookies a bit wider (in circumference) but thinner because I feel that they bake through better. The great thing about this ‘dessert’ is that I can eat half the cookies in one sitting and not feel guilty due to its ingredients. Definitely my type of cookie!

Poppin’ Fat Free

healthy-snacks-popcornWhen I am watching a movie, whether at the movies or at home, I need to have something to snack on and nothing beats a bowl or bag of popcorn. Growing up, my brother was a pro at popping popcorn on a stove and adding the necessary toppings, so I never needed to take over that role. Fast forward 7 years, I am craving a bowl of homemade popcorn and my brother is over 200 miles away. I instantly get online and find the easiest recipe (here) for homemade popcorn; so easy that I would call it more of a trick than a recipe. All you need is a brown paper bag, some popcorn kernels and a microwave. The popcorn comes out exactly as tasty and delicious as my brother’s popcorn, but with half the hassle and zero clean up needed. It is easy to burn the popcorn so make sure you stop the microwave as soon as the popping slows down to one to two pops per second. Once it’s done popping, I add a bit of olive oil and some sea salt and there you have yourself a bowl of popcorn that is a lot healthier than movie theater popcorn or store bought popcorn. Do you have any recipes as easy as this one?

Nutella Banana Bread

Eating healthy is important to me and something that I always try to do both when cooking at home and when eating at restaurants. But, sometimes I like to bake desserts that are a bit more delicious and a bit less healthy. The minute I found this Nutella Banana Bread recipe on Pinterest, I had to make it immediately as my love for anything with Nutella is undeniable. I swapped out I cup of granulated sugar for 1 cup of ‘Sugar in the Raw’ and made sure to alternate the Nutella batter with the plain banana bread batter. Alternating the batter made my bread look more presentable than the bread shown with the recipe.

This is the picture shown with the recipe

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This is a picture of my end result

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I made the bread for a pot-luck that I was hosting at my house and it was, without a doubt, a hit. I cannot wait to make it again. For more great recipes, follow me on Pinterest (here).