3 Flavours of Crispy Chickpeas

Chickpeas are just the best. They have to be one of the most versatile ingredients out there. You can make hummus, falafel, edible cookie dough, cookies, or blondies from them, and you can even make meringues if you whip up the water or aquafaba from the can. But today we are celebrating the humble chickpea by just crisping them up in the oven- one of my favourite methods of preparing them.

These crispy chickpeas are the PERFECT addition to your salads, bowls, and wraps, plus they make a great snack on their own. Also, have you ever tried a chickpea salad sandwich?!!? Mix up your roasted chickpeas with some mashed avo and green onion, throw it in between two pieces of bread, and you’ve got yourself a LUNCH!

While just roasting chickpeas with salt and pepper is pretty delish, I’ve come up with three spice combos that take them to the next level. We’ve got taco-spiced chickpeas, curry-spiced chickpeas, and some soy-maple chickpeas. I think the soy-maple ones have to be my favourite, but the other two are pretty darn good as well. You could use the taco-spiced ones as a replacement for beef in tacos, and the curry-spiced chickpeas are a great snack by themselves. Make sure you try all three and let me know which one is your fave!!

3 Flavours of Crispy Chickpeas

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

Taco-Spiced Chickpeas:

  • 1/2 a can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Curry-Spiced Chickpeas:

  • 1/2 a can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Soy-Maple Chickpeas:

  • 1/2 a can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Sprinkle of chilli flakes
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In three separate bowls, mix together the chickpeas with the spices and oil for each flavour. Dump the chickpeas onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake the chickpeas for about 30 minutes, until they’re nice and crispy. Remove from the oven and enjoy!!

Have fun with this simple snack recipe!!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day, mostly because I get to make it sweet. I’m definitely a sweet over savoury breakfast person, because when you get to eat sweet stuff for an actual MEAL why wouldn’t you? I’ve posted a lot of breakfast recipes over the years, but I’d thought I’d compile a list of 10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas that you can make when you’re in a slump.

All of these are super simple and quick to make, and a couple can be made in advance to prepare for busy mornings. No matter how busy I am, I ALWAYS make time for breakfast, because it fuels me for the rest of the day. Fruit, complex carbs, protein and healthy fats are essential to an awesome breakfast, so you can kick butt all day long! Plus, breakfast needs to taste good, and all these recipes are DELISH. they have so much flavour and sweetness without any refined sugar.

I hope you find a couple of recipes in here that you really love and can keep coming back to! Enjoy;))

Pancakes

I have two pancake recipes on my blog: PB and J Stuffed Pancakes and Cinnamon Raisin Apple Pancakes. Both are made with oat flour and are SO YUM. Pancakes are a classic breakfast food, and can actually be whipped up pretty fast. My PB and J Stuffed Pancakes come together in a blender and take only a few minutes to cook. You could even make a big batch of either of these and freeze them, then pop them in the microwave or toaster for an on-the-go breakfast.

Muffins

Who doesn’t love a good muffins? They’re the epitome of a grab-and-go breakfast and taste amazing! My Scrumptious Sugar-Free Muffins are a CLASSIC and are probably my favourite muffin recipe. Then you’ve also got my Carrot and Apple Muffins, and my Mini Berry Protein Muffins. I always have some muffins in the freezer for food emergencies!

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is so good for you and makes such a heart-warming breakfast. Both of these oatmeal recipes come together in under 20 minutes, and are super tasty! On the left is my Carrot Cake Oatmeal– it has lots of spices, carrot, and some dates instead of raisins. Then you have my Vanilla Protein Oats, which have protein powder in them for a little boost in the mornings!!

Granola

I absolutely love granola- whether it’s on top of yogurt or a smoothie bowl, or just with some almond milk. Here we have my Apple and Peanut Butter Granola, Chocolate Coconut Granola, and Nutty Granola!! Granola is easy to make and can be stored in the fridge until you need to use it. Stock up for some very tasty future breakfasts!

Fruit Plates

These aren’t really a “recipe” per se, but whenever I don’t feel like making a fancy breakfast I just cut up a bunch of fruit, add some peanut butter, and go to town! I love fruit so much and I could eat it all day, so this is the perfect breakfast for me.

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie Bowls are my favourite breakfast of all time. I like using frozen bananas to make them thick and creamy, and so it’s kind of like eating ice cream for breakfast. They’re a great way to eat lots of fruits and veg for breakfast, and the toppings are endless! On the right is my Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl, on the left is my Watermelon and Greens smoothie bowl from my post on 2 Summer Smoothie Bowls, and in the middle is the bowl I’ve been eating almost every day recently- just blend up a frozen banana, some spinach, blueberries, and a scoop of protein powder with some water and top with peanut butter and more blueberries. Yum!!!

French Toast

I have this awesome recipe for Lemon French Toast that you should definitely try out! It’s vegan, made with sprouted grain bread, and tastes so good! Serve with some fresh fruit and maple syrup for the perfect weekend breakfast.

Quinoa Bowls

I’ve been eating more of these quinoa breakfast bowls lately too. Quinoa is super good for you- it contains 9 essential amino acids- which makes it a great way to start your day! I cook it with almond milk and top it with lots of fruit and nut butter. Here’s the recipe for my Cherry, Peach and Quinoa Breakfast Bowls.

Energy Balls and Bars

Energy balls and/or bars are another quick and easy breakfast that you can make ahead! You can add pretty much anything you wan to them, which makes them super tasty and customizable. From left to right, I have my Fig Bites, Seedy Energy Squares, and Chocolate Zucchini Energy Bites.

Cookies

Cookies aren’t your typical breakfast food, but these two recipes are so healthy that eating them for breakfast could become a regular thing! I love both of them- my Chocolate Dipped Pumpkin Seed Cookies, and my Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzle Cookies. Chocolate for breakfast is now a thing.

Happy Breakfasting!!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Lentil and Quinoa Salad

I haven’t had lentils in a looooooong time, mainly because I usually reach for chickpeas or other beans. Lentils take a little bit longer to cook, so that’s probably why. I guess I could buy the canned variety, but they’re just not the same. Yesterday I was kind of craving them, which is something I thought I’d never say. Honestly though, I wanted a good lentil salad where the lentils still had a bit of bite and there was a good freaking dressing! So I got in the kitchen because when I’m craving something, I get to work.

We didn’t have a lot of veg in our fridge, but we had everything you need for a good lentil salad. Quinoa, red onion, parsley, hummus, balsamic, olive oil, and of course, lentils. Yes, I included hummus in the dressing. Hummus makes EVERYTHING better, and in this case it adds flavour and some volume to the dressing. The parsley and red onion add some great colour to this salad. Oh, and I used red quinoa, which is fun! As far as I can tell it tastes the same as regular quinoa, it just has a nice colour. Try it out!

The lentils only took about 25 minutes to get tender. I took them off as soon as they were soft, because I didn’t want them to get too mushy. Then I mixed them up with the quinoa, parsley, onion, and that awesome hummus and balsamic dressing! So simple and so yum and so fresh. On the side of my salad I had some more hummus (duh) and sweet potato, which went really well. If you want your salad a bit heartier you could try tossing the sweet potato right in there.

Hope you enjoy this light salad that’s perfect for a quick lunch or side dish!!

Lentil and Quinoa Salad

Serves: 2 as a main, 4 as a side dish

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup dry green lentils
  • 1/4 of a red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp hummus
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Give your lentils a little rinse, then toss them in a small pot with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down a bit and let the lentils simmer for about 25-30 minutes, until they’re tender but still have some bite, and most of the water has been absorbed.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the hummus, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and some salt and pepper.
  3. Toss together the quinoa, cooked lentils, parsley, and red onion with the dressing. Serve with more hummus, and some roasted sweet potatoes.
  4. Enjoy!

This is one of my favourite simple salads to make, and I’ll definitely be making it again sometime soon. See ya later!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Chocolate Date Puffed Wheat Squares

How’s it going guys? Oh, you’re asking what you should do today? Well I have a great answer because you NEED to make these Chocolate Date Puffed Wheat Squares!

I don’t buy dates very often because they’re a tad expensive, but someone gave me a bunch a little while ago so I knew I had to do something special with them. I’ve been eating them by themselves (which is amazing), and I’ve also heard that they’re spectacular with peanut butter, but there are so many awesome desserty things you can do with dates. I decided to make these CHOCOLATE DATE PUFFED WHEAT SQUARES. Sweet, gooey, and a little crunchy, they’re the perfect treat!

These squares are pretty easy to make, too. You just soften up some dates in warm water, them blend them up to make a kind of paste. Then you mix that with cocoa, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla, heat it up a bit, and mix it in with puffed wheat. I let mine harden in the fridge overnight after I pressed them into a greased pan, but you should be good to go in a few hours. That simplicity mixed with the fact that these squares taste AMAZING and have no refined sugar makes them a winner in my book.

So yeah, go make these squares and you WILL NOT regret it:)

Chocolate Date Puffed Wheat Squares

Serves: Makes 9 squares

Total Time: 30 minutes, plus at least 3 hours cooling time.

Ingredients:

  • 10 large Medjool Dates
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 cups puffed wheat

Directions:

  1. Heat some water in a small pot over the stove until it just begins to simmer. Remove from the heat and add in the dates. Let them sit for about 10 minutes to soften them up.
  2. Remove the pits from the dates and add them into a blender or food processor. Blend until a kind of paste forms, but don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be completely smooth.
  3. Transfer the date paste back into the small pot and add the cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla. Place over low heat on the stove for about 2 minutes as you stir to combine.
  4. Remove the date mixture from the heat. Dump the puffed wheat into a large bowl and mix in the chocolatey dates. Press the soon-to-be puffed wheat squares into an 8×8 pan greased with coconut oil.
  5. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge until firm enough to eat; around 3 hours. You can try and speed up this process by throwing the squares into the freezer.
  6. Once the puffed wheat mixture has cooled, cut it into 9 squares and enjoy!
  7. Store in the fridge.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

Yours Truly,

Olivia;))

Tuna and Sweet Potato Cakes

Hey guys! I’m like REALLY excited about this recipe- it’s a good one. I had the idea to make these Tuna and Sweet Potato Cakes a while ago and got all psyched up about it, but then I realized we didn’t have tuna! But now we have some so it’s all good, and I was able to whip up these super tasty cakes.

This recipe takes a little while to make, but I promise you it’s worth it. You’ve got the sweetness from the sweet potato and red onion, some garlic powder, and fresh herbs, which all totally transform that canned tuna into an AMAZING fish cake. I used an egg as a binder which I don’t normally do, but it helped these beauties bake up and get some nice colour on the outside.

I served up these cakes in a nice salad bowl, but they’re honestly SO versatile. Throw them in a wrap or sandwich, or just eat them by themselves for a quick protein-filled snack. That’s another great thing about these tuna cakes; they have lots of protein from both the tuna and the egg, plus some good complex carbs from the sweet potato. Healthy and delicious all in one! Hope you enjoy;))

Tuna and Sweet Potato Cakes

Serves: Makes about 9 cakes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a large sweet potato, peeled and diced into small cubes
  • 1 can of light chunk tuna, well drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 of a red onion, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oats
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized pot, bring a little bit of water to a simmer and place a veggie steamer inside. Dump the chopped up sweet potatoes in there, cover, and steam for about 20-25 minutes, until they’re very soft and mashable.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Mash the cooked sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Add in the tuna, parsley, red onion, garlic powder, and oats, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the egg to the sweet potato and tuna mixture and mix until combined. Scoop out heaping tablespoons, form into about 9 patties, and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake the cakes for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a spatula to flip them over. Proceed to bake for another 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the cakes from the oven and use the spatula to flatten them even further. This will help to cook the insides. Place back into the oven to cook for 5 minutes, then remove, flip, and cook for a final five minutes. (total baking time: 30 minutes)
  7. Take the cakes out of the oven (finally) and let them cool before enjoying in bowls, salads, wraps, sandwiches, or just by themselves!

I love this recipe so much and I hope you love it too! These cakes have such a beautiful flavour, colour and texture. See you Wednesday!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))