Sweet n Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

delicious snack

delicious snack

I think I just found my new snack!  One of the ladies in my Kin’s GreenFighter Challenge posted a recipe for Roasted Honey Cinnamon Chickpeas so I thought I’d give them a try.  We love roasted chickpeas for snacks in our home, but I had actually never considered making them sweet!  Usually we add sea salt, garlic, paprika etc…

THEY ARE DELICIOUS!  …  I didn’t really follow the recipe that was provided (no measuring done for this one).  When cooking I usually consider recipes a guideline (which is why I rarely bake!)

This is how I made them (again measurements are approximate!)… one day I’ll actually measure for you ha ha

  • 2 cans of garbanzo beans (organic low sodium)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1-3 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • few pinches of hawaiian sea salt
  • few pinches of cayenne pepper
 
*** for part of the batch I also used just the Garlic Ginger infused Honey I happened to have on hand
 
Preheat oven to 375
rinse & dry chickpeas
I roasted for about an hour at 375  (you can test them to see if they are crunchy)
once dried in oven I mixed them in (hot) with the honey mixture
back into the oven convect at 375 for about 10 mins 
 
YUMMMM!!!!!!  I love that salty sweet spicy-ness!
 

Let me know if you tried them… they are such a good option for a crunchy snack – and now, thanks to the recipe Alicia shared. I’ve learned they can be a sweet treat as well

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breakfast in a blender

If I don’t eat breakfast, then I’m not exactly the happiest person by mid-day (just ask my family!)   So I had to find something that I really enjoy, I’m not really a fan of a “sit-down-meal” in the morning.  I like something I can make and  eat (drink)  on-the-go.  I LOVE my smoothies .. about 90% of my breakfasts are smoothies.  This doesn’t mean that it’s the same smoothie every day though.  Variety is key! And you can even hide veggies in a smoothie if your kids (or you) aren’t a big fan.  I bet if you put a carrot and a handful of grape tomatoes and some spinach in with berries etc, you probably won’t even notice.  A little hint when it comes to veggies, if you put in a small amount of raw beet, the smoothie goes nice and pink (hide the green/brown look!)

I find that making sure there is protein in my smoothie means that I’m not ravenous by 10am as well.  So what do I put in my smoothie? A lot of that is dictated by what I happen to have in my fridge/freezer/pantry that week.  Now of course, smoothies can also become high in calories so I find that keeping a log in my myfitnesspal account can help me keep track.  Once you get the hang of making smoothies it can be quite fun to play around with the ingredients!  I’ve compiled a list of a few of the smoothies I enjoy (I’ve attempted to put in the amounts that I use).  As well I have made a little chart that you can mix and match, I try to get something from each column if possible.  I don’t often use honey/syrup etc, however find that some people need this to start out while adjusting their taste buds.

got questions?  comments?  ideas? I’d love to hear from you!

Pumpkin Pie smoothie

1-2 cups coconut milk (you could use any milk, I just prefer coconut)

1 tbsp hemp hearts

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 tbsp blackstrap molasses

1 frozen ripe banana

2 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

spinach

maple syrup if this isn’t sweet enough for you

sometimes I add a bit of avocado

P-nutt Butter yumm

1-2 cups coconut milk

frozen ripe banana (doesn’t have to be frozen)

1 tbsp hemp hearts

1 tbsp natural peanut butter

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

ice, if desired

Berrylicious

1/2 cup-1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup water

handful raw spinach

5 grape tomatos

1/2 carrot

1 small banana

½-1 cup frozen blueberries or any berries

1 tbsp. chia seeds or hemp hearts (you can also use flax seeds)

¼ – ½ an avocado

Tropical Smoothie

Approx. 2 cups frozen mango

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup cottage cheese

tbsp shredded coconut

1 carrot

1 tbsp chia seeds

Choco Monkey

1 small banana cut up and frozen

3/4c. coconut milk

1/2 scoop – 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 Tbsp. Flax seed can also add hemp seeds etc.

P-Nutt Choco

1 cup Coconut milk

1 tbsp Natural peanut butter

handful spinach or kale

scoop Chocolate protein powder (or 1 tbsp approx unsweetened coco if no protein powder)

Banana

Ice

Orange Mango Cream Smoothie

1 orange

Half cup of ripe mango

Half a banana

handful grape tomato

2 Tablespoons of plain yogurt

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

**** Soak the chia seeds in some of the juice from the  orange  for 10 minute to let them swell and soften Put all ingredients in your blender Blend well until creamy.

Pina colada chia smoothie

Half banana

Half an orange, seeded, peeled and chopped

Half a cup pineapple cut small

a couple of slices of ripe mango

Half cup coconut milk

Half cup pure water

1 Tablespoon chia seeds

Coconut spinach smoothie

 1 and 1/4 cup of coconut milk

2 tbsp of chia seeds or hemp hearts

1 cup of spinach

1 scoop vanilla protein powder if you wish (I don’t normally have vanilla on hand so dont’ use it)

some avocado

ice cubes

tropical smoothie

2 cups fresh baby spinach

1 cup sliced kiwi

1 banana, cut up

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup chopped fresh pineapple

1/4 cup orange juice

1 Tbsp. chia / flax or hemp seeds

Banan-a-vocado

1  banana

1/2 small-medium ripe avocado

1-2 cups of baby spinach

1/2 – 1 cup coconut milk (or whichever you like)

Ice if you wish

Date smoothie

2 dates

kale or  baby spinach

1/4 avocado

1/2 banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries

1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

2 tbsp flaxseed

some lemon juice

water

Fruit Veggie Grain Protein spices/other
apple kale oats greek yogurt (low MF%) cinnamon
orange spinach oat bran your choice of milk (coconut, almond etc) fresh ginger
lemon carrot spelt nut butter pumpkin pie spice
berries grape tomato hemp hearts molasses
banana avocado flax seed honey
pear celery chia seeds (pre-soaked) maple syrup
grapes zucchini pumpkin seeds nutmeg
pineapple beet
peach
pumpkin
 pomegranate
cranberry

 

 

As some of you are aware I am currently in a 13 week competition to help raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society, as well bring awareness to increasing fitness and health in my daily life.  Should the CCS be something that you wish to make a donation towards, here is a link for my personal fundraising site.  Thank you  🙂  http://cancerevents.kintera.org/angiebunnell

Pumpkin Bites – no Baking required

I find these little bites of energy to be so handy on a busy day for a grab-n-go snack.  My kids also like to have them on hand for in between hockey games.

  • approx 1 cup of chopped dates
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds or flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • (you can always use pumpkin pie spice as well)
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/3 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (dry)
  • 1 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia (or flax) seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg.  I don’t own a food processor (probably is easier to use one!) however I hand mix everything together.

 Once mixed together, stir in the oats, coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer (this makes it easier to mold into little bites!).

Once the mixture is cool use an ice cream scoop (or spoon) to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. You can always line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and evenly press the mixture into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  Awesome grab-n-go snack!

I also encourage you to play around with the recipe.  I’ve added dried cranberries before, or almonds…. it’s yours to play with!