Apple Crumble

A healthy and tasty apple crumble recipe

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Ingredients

3 cooking apples

juice of 1 small lemon

10 tablespoons porridge oats

4-5 tablespoons mixed nuts

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

a drop of vanilla essence

3 tablespoons olive oil

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Step 1: Peel, core and chop apples. Put in baking dish along with lemon juice. Mix well. 

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Step 2: Put oats and nuts in nutri bullet (or alternative blender). Grind for a few seconds so oats and nuts are roughly chopped (do not grind to a fine powder).

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Step 3: Put oat and nut mixture into mixing bowl along with sugar, cinnamon, vanilla essence and olive oil. Mix everything together well. 

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Step 4: Spread mixture on top of apples. Bake in oven preheated to 180 c for about 30 minutes. 

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Step 5: It should look like this when it’s done. 

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Step 6: This crumble is nice served hot with yogurt or ice cream. 

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Healthy Chocolate Muffins: First attempt wasn’t very successful

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Here is a photo of my first attempt at making healthy chocolate muffins with oats, nuts, cacao, avocado, yogurt, milk and honey. They smell really good and the taste isn’t bad… but I think I made the mixture too wet. Hopefully next time I will be more successful at making them. Then I will share a recipe. Sometimes we don’t get things right straight away…

Carrot, Parsnip and Butter Bean Soup

Another tasty soup recipe. I love soups!

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil (or alternative cooking oil)

1 onion chopped

2-3 gloves garlic chopped

some fresh ginger chopped

1 teaspoon garam masala

half a teaspoon turmeric

5-6 carrots peeled and chopped

3-4 parsnips peeled and chopped

1 tin butter beans rinsed and drained

about 1 litre water

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Step 1: Heat olive oil in a big pot. Cook onion, garlic and ginger for 2-3 minutes. 

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Step 2: Add in garim masala and turmeric and cook for another 1-2 minutes. 

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Step 3: Add in carrots, parsnips and butter beans. Stir well. 

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Step 4: Add in water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 20-25 minutes. 

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Step 5: Blend until smooth

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Step 6: Enjoy hot as part of your lunch or dinner. This soup should be OK in the fridge for a few days. Take it out and reheat it whenever you want. 

Banana Granola

A tasty granola recipe that smells like banana bread

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Ingredients

10-12 tablespoons porridge oats

3-4 tablespoons nuts of your choice (almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc.)

2-3 tablespoons seeds of your choice (linseed, chia, sesame, etc.)

1-2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)

1 teaspoon sweet mixed spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, etc.)

1 banana

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

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Step 1: Put porridge oats, nuts, seeds, cacao nibs and spices in mixing bowl. Mix well. 

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Step 2: Mash banana with a fork.  Mix with olive oil, honey and vanilla essence. 

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Step 3: Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix everything together well. 

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Step 4: Spread mixture in a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Bake in oven preheated to 160 c for 15 minutes. Then reduce heat to 110 c and bake for a further 30 minutes. 

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Step 5: Take granola out of oven and allow to cool. Then break into pieces and store in a container. 

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Step 6: Enjoy some granola for breakfast. I like to have it with berries and yogurt. 

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Another tasty queasadillas recipe

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Ingredients

2 tortilla wraps

1 sweet potato peeled and chopped

1 tin black beans

1 teaspoon garam masala

half a teaspoon turmeric

half a teaspoon paprika

1-2 handfuls spinach

2 slices cheese of your choice (I used cheddar)

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Step 1: Steam or boil sweet potato until soft. (About 10 minutes) 

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Step 2: Rinse and drain black beans. Put in mixing bowl along with cooked sweet potato. Mash with potato masher or fork. 

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Step 3: Add in spices and mix well. 

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Step 4: Place 1 tortilla wrap on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread black bean and sweet potato mixture on top of tortilla. 

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Step 5: Put spinach on top of black beans and sweet potato. Then put cheese on top of spinach. 

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Step 6: Finally put second tortilla on top and press everything together. Bake in oven preheated to 180 c for 10-15 minutes. 

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Step 7: Cut into quarters and enjoy for lunch or dinner. If you have some leftover you can put it in the fridge and reheat it the next day.