Hummus with toasty dippers

Prep: 0:10 | cook 0:15

Ingredients

Hummus 1 x tin (400g) chickpeas

60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp ground cumin

Toasty dippers4 slices bread, crusts removed

2 tsp butter

 

Method

Hummus

Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until just smooth.

Toasty dippers

Preheat oven to 190°C conventional (or 170°C fan-forced).

Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Roll each slice of bread with a rolling pin until flat.

Butter each slice and cut into four triangles or rectangles making 16 pieces in total.

Place bread on the tray and bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

Serve hummus and dippers on a tray or pack a small serve into lunch boxes.

Notes

Try wholegrain bread dippers cut into triangles or rectangles and a squeeze of lemon juice on top of the hummus to add a citrus zing.

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Sesame bars

Ingredients

6 tbsp honey

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/2 cups powdered milk

1 cup shredded coconut

1/3 cup chopped raisins

1 cup sesame seeds

Method

In a small saucepan, over a low heat, warm the honey and peanut butter until combined. Remove from heat and leave to cool.

Add the honey mixture to the rest of the ingredients and combine.

Line a slice tin with baking paper and press the mixture in firmly and press with the back of a metal spoon.

Refrigerate and when firm, cut into squares.

Notes

The ingredients will seem a little dry at first but when it is pressed into the tin it all amalgamates well.

You could heat the honey and peanut butter in the microwave for one minute on high if you don’t want to use a saucepan.

This recipe is called sesame bars but you can also cut them into squares too.

Baked cauliflower tots

 

Serves: 5 makes: 15 | prep: 0:15 | cook 0:45

Ingredients

550 g cauliflower floret

1/4 cup onion

1/4 cup parmesan

1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs

1 egg

1 tsp salt and pepper

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and add the cauliflower florets. Cook for 5 – 10 minutes, until just tender.

Drain the florets and transfer them to a food processor. Pulse lightly until the florets break down to about the consistency of rice.

Tip the florets into a large bowl and add, onion, parmesan cheese, egg and salt and pepper. Mix to combine.

Use your hands to form 1 – 2 tablespoons of the mixture into ‘tot’ shapes and place them on the baking tray. (You may need two baking trays, depending on how big you make your tots.) The recipe should yield you about 12 – 16 tots.

Bake the tots for 20 minutes and then flip them over and bake for a further 10 – 15 minutes. They should be browned and crisped when ready.

Remove from the oven and serve with hummus and a squeeze of lemon.

Notes

One medium head of cauliflower will easily yield you 550g of florets.

Make sure you dice your onion really finely for this recipe otherwise your tots will be lumpy and the kids may rebel.

When pulsing the cauliflower, don’t overdo it, if you reduce them to mush, your tots will be too liquid-y and won’t hold together.

Healthy chocolate crackles

 

Prep: 0:10 | cook 0:05

Ingredients

200g coconut oil

1/2 cup honey

4 cups puffed kamut

1 cup desiccated coconut

3 tbsp cocoa

 

Method

Line a 16cm x 23cm slice tin with baking paper and set aside.

In a saucepan, over low-heat, stir coconut oil and honey until melted.

In a large bowl, combine kamut, coconut, cocoa and sultanas.

Pour over melted coconut oil and honey and mix well.

Press into a lined slice tray or dollop into patty cases. Refrigerate until set.

 

Notes

The coconut oil and honey won’t come together completely, they will look a little bit separated, but this is OK.

I used kamut but you can use any puffed grain or even toasted muesli.

I used Dutch cocoa, which is darker and richer and has a deeper flavour.

Ham and Cheese Cauliflower Pizza

 

Ingredients

Crust

1 medium-sized cauliflower, grated (by hand or in a food processor until it’s rice-sized, but not pulverised) and par-cooked, well drained, cooled slightly and water squeezed out.

100 g goat’s cheese, or grated cheddar cheese.

1 egg.

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

Topping

1/4 cup homemade tomato sauce, you can also use tomato paste.

100 g ham-off-the-bone.

1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Method

To make the Ham and Cheese Cauliflower Pizza: preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 and line a baking tray with baking paper.

In a bowl, mix the cauliflower with the cheese and egg, and season with salt and pepper.

Using a wooden spoon or your hands, shape the mixture into 1 large pizza base or 4 small crusts. The bases should be about 1–1 1/2 cm thick.

Bake for about 30–35 minutes, or until firm and golden, then remove from oven.

To make the topping, smear the Homemade Tomato Sauce or tomato paste over the base. Sprinkle half the cheese and then scatter the ham on top. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese.

Bake for a further 8–10 minutes, until the cheese has melted and serve warm.

 

Sugar-free breakfast muffins

muffins

Having a quick and easy breakfast, that is low in sugar, will help regulate your blood sugars through the day and prepare you for school. Muffins are easy to prepare and to grab and go, leaving no excuse for not eating!

Makes: 12 | prep: 0:10 | cook 0:20

Ingredients

2 apple (peeled, grated)

150 g butter

2 banana (ripe, medium)

1 1/2 cup whole meal self-rising flour

2 eggs

2 tsp baking powder

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C 160°C fan-forced).

Line a muffin tray with paper cases.

Put apple and butter in a saucepan and cook for 5 minutes until soft, then peel and mash bananas with the back of a fork (the riper they are, the better).

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake for 20 minutes.

Allow to cool before serving.

Nutty Teeth

 

These Nutty Teeth afternoon tea snacks combine apples with nutritious nut butter to provide a delicious snack that the kids will love to help prepare!

Ingredients

1 red or green apple, cut into thin wedges.

1-2 tablespoon nut butter.

2 teaspoons slivered almonds.

Method

Spread nut butter over an apple slice and stick on another slice at a “jaw-like” angle.

Spike some almond slithers into both slices to form teeth.

Make two or three and serve as a snack.

Notes

  • You can use any nut butter that is available such as peanut, almond or cashew.

Pumpkin Pikelets

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup pumpkin purée.

1 tablespoon coconut flour.

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

2 eggs.

Butter or coconut oil, for frying.

Method

Combine the pumpkin purée, flour, eggs and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Heat some butter or oil in a small frying pan over medium heat and drop in 2-tablespoon dollops of the pikelet mixture.

Cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden.

 

Roasted chickpeas

 Prep: 0:05 | cook 0:45

Ingredients

2 x cans (400g) chickpeas, rinsed and drained

2 tsp olive oil

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp pepper

2 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried rosemary

Method 

Heat oven to 210°C (190°C fan-forced).

Dry chickpeas well between paper towels making sure you remove as much moisture possible.

Line a large oven tray with baking paper.

Toss chickpeas in oil, garlic salt, pepper and dried herbs.

Pour mixture over baking paper, making sure the chickpeas are in one layer and not too crowded.

Place tray in the oven and roast for 25 minutes. Move the chickpeas around and continue to roast for a further 20-25 minutes.

Turn off the oven, open the door and allow to cool in the oven.

 

Notes

Don’t crowd the chickpeas on the tray. If they’re too crowded, they won’t roast dry and go crunchy; if you haven’t got a tray big enough, use two but you may need to cook for a little longer.

Feel free to include your own herb or spice combos – cumin, paprika, oregano, dried chilli or cayenne pepper. Just stir it through with the oil.

 

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