Gluten Free Sweet Potato Brownies

I have been in the baking mood for the past couple of months. Always trying out new recipes, and making huge flops of them, of course! The last couple of days I have been on the hunt for an easy fudgy type recipe. Now the first issue I have with the recipes: there is a ridiculous amount of coconut oil going into these fudge recipes. Now I am all for coconut oil and the amazing benefits, but it is still oil, which means FAT. So basically all these fudge recipe are just high fat.

The second issue that I have is my flatmate. Even though I love her dearly, her peanut allergy makes it impossible for me to find a fudge recipe, since all the fudge recipes has nuts in them! (Even though I think it’s good that she is allergic to nuts, or else we would just never have peanut butter in the house).

So a few months ago, flatmate and I bought ourselves Kayla Itsines’ 28 Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide. To anyone who does not have this book yet, what are you even doing?? There are such amazing recipes inside of this book, I use this book about every second day and I am always finding new recipes I want to try. So last night I went through the sweet treats and came across a delicious Sweet Potato Brownie Recipe! Yay! Finally! Something new I can try! I edited this recipe according to my flatmate’s needs (nut free) and I added some protein powder (because gainz).

You are welcome to also edit the recipe if you wish, I am sure it would taste amazing with some nuts, maybe add some chocolate chips (you can never have enough chocolate). Give it a try and let me know how it tastes!

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Delicious Gluten Free, Nut Free Sweet Potato Brownie:

(Makes 16 brownies)

Ingredients:

2 Medium Sweet Potatoes

60g Protein Powder of choice

1 tsp Cinnamon

10 Medjool Dates

1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder

1/8 Cup Honey / Maple Syrup

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Method:

  1. Peel the sweet potatoes and steam until soft. Mash up sweet potatoes in a bowl.
  2. Place dates in warm water for a few minutes until softened, then chop up.
  3. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend!
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes.

So easy! Please leave me a comment if you tried the recipe!

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Homemade Hangover Cure

We are all guilty of this. You’ve had a tough week, you cannot wait until Friday to see your friends and relax. So what happens? Usually in my case, my friends invite me for a braai (or Barbecue for the Americans).

So the process goes as follow: I finish work, stop by the shop, buy myself a bottle of wine, snacks for the braai (usually popcorn) and any sides needed. We get there, I have a glass of wine and dig into the chips! By the time the chips are finished, it’s about 8pm and I am stuffed. The boys are having such a good time, they don’t even realise that none of us have actually eaten a good meal. By the time they do realise this, it’s after 10pm already. They start to prepare the braai for the food, put the meat on and we only eat at after 11pm.

Next, everyone gets tired and we all go home with full tummies and feeling sick. The next morning we wake up feeling terrible. People tell you to have a greasy meal afterwards, but that is actually the worst thing you can do. Feeling this one too many times, I decided to do some research regarding foods to eat the next day. Here is what I found:

1. Bananas

The first thing that most websites lists are bananas. Bananas are easy to digest and they contain pectin, which firms up loose stools.

2. Ginger and Cinnamon

Ginger relieves nausea as well as vomiting. Add some fresh ginger to herbal tea, with some lemon and honey in order to mask the flavour. Add some cinnamon to toast or oats.

3. Yoghurt

Most people advice you not to have any diary while having an upset stomach, but plain yoghurt helps to balance out the stomach and restores all the good bacteria in the tummy.

4. Eggs

Eggs are filled with amino acids, such as cysteine and taurine. Cysteine assists in breaking down acetaldehyde while Taurine boosts liver function – remember, your liver worked pretty hard last night!

I found all of this so interesting, but I wanted to create a quick and easy recipe to fight the hangover blues. Something that you can quickly get up and make, and slip right back into bed and rest for another hour or so.

Easy Hangover Cure:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats

1/2 teaspoon honey

1 banana

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Method:

  1. Add oats to a bowl with some warm water. (Enough to cover oats and a little more)
  2. Microwave for 1 min 30 seconds.
  3. Add cinnamon to oats and mix.
  4. Slice banana in coins and add it on top of the oats. Add some honey to sweeten it a little.
  5. To drink, have some herbal tea (I drink green tea) add some lemon juice and honey (optional) to sweeten.

Quick and Easy Curry Recipe

We all have those days. You look at the watch thinking “it must be at least 4pm now”. To your surprise, it’s only 1pm. You have eaten all your food, because you are just too hungry to focus today! You keep thinking of everything you need to do after work, cooking dinner is literally the last thing on your mind. Don’t you worry, my dear. I’ve got you covered!

I was in this situation today. After work I still had to go run a few errands and go grocery shopping! One thing is true – never go grocery shopping when hungry. I bought some yoghurt covered peanuts and had a handful immediately when I walked out of the shop! So unnecessary! So walking out of the shop, I realised I only defrosted a small chicken breast and a packet of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. What was I thinking? What am I even going to make with that? I decided to just go home, look in the fridge at what I’ve got and just put something together. It came out pretty tasty in my opinion!

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30 Minute Curry Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 1 cauliflower head
  • 4 medium sized carrots
  • 1 tin chopped tomato
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (Coconut milk would work really good in this!)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a large frying pain or pot.
  2. Steam the carrots for about 2 minutes in the microwave.
  3. While the frying pan is heating, cook rice either in microwave or small pot.
  4. Add chopped red onion until softened. Add the chicken breasts. Cook for about 8 minutes until it’s almost cooked.
  5. Add the curry powder, ginger, turmeric, coriander and cumin. Cook for about 5 more minutes.
  6. Place the veggies to the pot and cook until softened. (About 8 minutes)
  7. Lastly, add the chopped tomatoes, milk and water. Let this mixture simmer.
  8. Put rice into a bowl or plate, as preferred. Add the above recipe as well as some salt and pepper according to taste.
  9. And there you have a nutritious, quick meal!

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