5 healthy, delicious frozen treats for Spring

I’ve already been invited to go out for ice cream 4x this week. With the lovely Spring weather, it’s a go-to snack for  everyone, apparently! Sadly though, having store bought ice cream every single day can not only be expensive sometimes, but it’s also probably not the best treat to repeatedly fill your body up with. That’s where this list comes in. There are easy ways out there to create healthy frozen treats that don’t skimp on their flavor. Here’s my top 5 for you to whip up this Spring (or Summer for that matter)!

1. Vegan Banana Ice Cream

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All you need to enjoy this ice cream is two ingredients and approximately 2 minutes of your time. This recipe is vegan friendly and allows you to mix it up as much as you’d like! Round it off with your favorite toppings like nuts and fruits!

2. Dairy-free Chocolate Ice Cream 

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I love when my frozen treats are chocolate flavored. This one is full of fiber, which leads to you feeling fuller longer (and so, less likely to go and snack on something needlessly), plus free of cholesterol. If chocolate isn’t your flavor, you can also try out the peanut butter or even the mango version. Yum!

3. Blueberry Orange ice pops

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Ice cream isn’t your only option when it comes to frozen treats when the sun is out. So go ahead and try out this fruity ice pop! You only have 5 ingredients and some ice pop molds necessary (which you can find for cheap online). These are perfect for the entire family and doesn’t have any sugar added to it. Enjoy!

4. Healthy cheesecake ice cream

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This snack is high in protein, making it perfect to cool you off after a workout. Alternatively, you can choose to enjoy it for breakfast or lunch.. there’s no need to be picky about it. You only need a handful of ingredients like quark, cherries, cinnamon and bananas and you’re well on your way to enjoying this healthy, refreshing snack!

5. Vanilla, blueberry and yogurt ice pops

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Last, but certainly not least is this delicious vanilla, blueberry and yogurt pop! It’s low in calorie and super refreshing, the perfect treat during the Springtime sun. None of the treats here are difficult to make, and they’re definitely worth that little bit of effort. 😉

There you have it! What are your favorite frozen treats?

Healthy raspberry oatmeal muffins

These tasty, healthy raspberry oatmeal muffins are a hit! They are super healthy and full of those good nutrients that you need. Fit Girls Laura, Yola and Aranka got to taste them during one of our shoots, and they were gone in the shortest time, haha!

I hope that you also find these tasty! You can even store them up in your fridge for up to 5 days or freeze them, and remove them from the freezer the night before so you can enjoy them the next day. I love to take muffins with me as an afternoon snack, but these are also even good to take to parties and share!

Ingredients (for about 12 muffins)

  • 8 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey
  • 4 tablespoons grated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons stevia powder
  • 0.5 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • A glass of milk (+/- 300 cc)
  • 3 banananas
  • 150 gram frozen raspberries
  • Topping (optional): more raspberries, oatmeal flakes

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C.

2. Mix all the ingredients for 1-2 minutes.

3. Divide the mixture equally into the muffin tins and add extra raspberries and oatmeal, if you’d like.

4. Place the muffins in the oven for about 20 minutes.

That’s it! It looks like it’s a ton of ingredients, but the recipe is super easy. I hope that you all are going to try baking these muffins one time! Follow me on Instagram (@fitgirlroos) for more recipes and fitspiration. If you make the muffins, then tag me on Instagram. I really appreciate seeing your twists on the recipes and finding out what you thought of them!

Sweet potato chips with lemon guacamole

I’m absolutely addicted to chips. Luckily, I’ve learned to control myself over the past couple of months. My favorite chips are the extremely salty ones. Well, that’s not exactly true.. because these sweet potato chips are even better! They are very easy to make and they taste great in combination with the lemon guacamole. Next to that, they’re absolutely Fit Girl proof so you can eat them every day of the week.

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Ingredients

  • Sweet potato
  • Salt & pepper
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Low fat quark

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven up to 200 degrees C.
  2. Cut the sweet potato into thin slices. Yes, this is kind of hard but if you use a very sharp knife, you’ll manage!
  3. Mix the slices with the melted coconut oil and put the chips on a baking tray.
  4. Put the chips in the oven for 20 minutes on each side. This kind of depends on your oven, so make sure you check in every now and then.
  5. Mash the avocado to make the guacamole, and put some lemon juice into it. Add a bit of low fat quark if you want to get some more protein in there!
  6. When the chips are done, make sure to season them with some salt, pepper and rosemary. Done!

I absolutely love rosemary but if you prefer another type of seasoning you should use that one! The variations are endless. 

Have you ever made chips out of vegetables or potatoes? 🙂

Fruity yogurt bread for an instant spring feeling!

I love the feeling I get once spring arrives! Starting the day with the smell of flowers in the air and the warm sun shining on your skin. During spring time I also love to eat sweet and refreshing snacks. Therefore, I have made this fresh, light and fruity bread with a soy-yogurt base.

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Recipe: Fruity yogurt bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups of vegan (dairy-free) yogurt + ½ cup for the topping
  • 1 ½ cups spelled flour
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 ½ oz frozen cranberries + roughly 2 oz for topping
  • 3 ½ oz frozen blackberries + roughly 2 oz for topping

Preparation:

  1. Add the cranberries and blackberries in a bowl and let them thaw.
  2. Preheat oven to 356 ºF.
  3. Stir the eggs and yogurt together.
  4. Mix the spelt flour, flaxseed oil and cinnamon through the egg and yogurt mixture.
  5. Gently stir the blackberries and cranberries into the batter.
  6. Pour the batter into a cake mold (with some baking paper so the bread can easily be removed).
  7. Let is bake for 40 minutes in the oven.
  8. Let the cake cool and add the remaining yogurt and berries on top.

Bon appétit! 

Love, 

Maartje 

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Sugar free cocochoco almond muffin

Want to make some easy sugar free healthy muffins?

Then try these Cocochoco almond muffins, you will be amazed! If you look at half the recipes on #FITGIRLCODE, I think we can all agree that we love anything chocolaty and legally healthy. Since I bought some almond flour at the market, I was looking for a healthy and yummy recipe. I came across this site with only sugar free and healthy recipes and found this yummy pastry. This healthy sugar free muffin recipe also happens to be lactose and gluten free. Snacking has never been this guilt free. This is what you need (serves 6 muffins):

How the magic happens

Preheat the oven on 170°C and use use a muffin tray or muffin papers. If you don’t have that you can also make a cake by using a greased baking tray.

Melt the chocolate drops in the coconut milk. Let it cool for 10 minutes and add the two eggs. Stir so they are well mixed together.

Grab a bowl and mix the almond flour, grained coconut, salt and baking powder. Mix it together with the chocolate mixture with a mixer or spoon (use a mixer if you can).

Pour the batter in the muffin tray or other baking tray and top off with some grated coconut and almond slices. Bake for 25-30 minutes until perfect! I put mine directly in the freezer so I could take one with me to work every day for a week.

That’s it! Enjoy! ♥

(Source: blijzondersuiker)

Healthy sweet potato brownies

Huh? Brownies made of sweet potato? Yes you read it right, girls! Sports model Elze-Mieke is sharing a recipe for healthy brownies that contain, among other things, sweet potato. This makes them the ultimate healthy alternative to regular brownies. The recipe is based on that of Rens Kroes, and as well as being healthier, they are also vegan, gluten- and lactose-free. Mmm … 

Healthy Sweet Potato Brownies

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INGREDIENTS

Topping

  • Piece vegan or dark chocolate (note: dark is not vegan and lactose free)

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them in half lengthwise. Brush with a thin layer of vegan margarine and put them in the oven for 20 minutes or until they are cooked and soft. You have to be able to cut through them easily with your knife.
  3. Leave the oven on at 180°C. Allow the potatoes to cool.
  4. Optional: toast the hazelnuts and walnuts briefly on a low heat in a frying pan until light brown colours occur on the nuts. Personally, I think this gives then more flavour. Let them cool down on a plate quickly.
  5. Add the hazelnuts to a food processor and grind until fine. Don’t have a food processor to chop them finely? Place a tea towel on a hard surface area and lay a piece of parchment paper over it, lay out the hazelnuts, fold the parchment paper over it and the towel too, then crush the nuts finely with a rolling pin or other solid utensil.
  6. Put the chopped hazelnuts in a bowl, add the buckwheat flour, five generous tablespoons of cacao, ginger, vanilla and cinnamon powder and a pinch of sea salt and stir to combine.
  7. Put the dates in a food processor until a paste. Put the cooled sweet potatoes in a food processor and grind finely. Add the dates and the sweet potatoes in a bowl and mix together. Again, if you have no food processor, use a potato masher to mash and combine the mixture.
  8. Spoon the potato mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture and combine everything together into a smooth dough.
  9. Add the walnuts to the dough and knead it.
  10. Place a piece of baking paper into a baking dish, grease it with some vegan margarine, place the dough in it and make the top flat with a spatula or your hands. I do not use a baking dish, so instead I shape my mix into a rectangle on a greased cookie sheet.
  11. Put into the oven for 30 minutes.
  12. Prick the brownie with a fork or skewer to check if the dough is cooked. If the skewer is clean and not sticky take out of the and leave the brownie to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into pieces.
  13. Melt a piece of vegan or dark chocolate in a pan and drizzle over your brownies to decorate.

And enjoy your healthy brownies!

Look for more recipes on www.elze-mieke.com  and check out her Instagram account @elzemiek.tijl for more inspiration.

4 Healthy chocolate recipes to make you drool

It’s that point in January when your healthy eating and lifestyle changes have you feeling energized, but you’re starting to crave a sweet treat or some not so healthy goodies. Rather than buying a bar of dark chocolate and eating a couple of squares every few days I like to feel as though I am really treating myself with a true dessert now and again. Instead of trying to deprive myself of what my heart and soul desires, I turn to these healthy chocolate recipes to satisfy my cravings!

1. Chocolate Mousse

This recipe is just one of the many healthy pleasures you can find from inlovewithhealth.nl on our blog. The best part is, it’s super easy to make.  And if you don’t have a blender, all you need is some elbow grease and a little patience. It’s sure to satisfy your sugar craving and chocolate mousse is a great light and healthy dessert to serve to others.

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For one portion you will need:

You can find the instructions for this Chocolate Mousse here .

2. Raw Chocolate Brownies

This raw recipe from Fannetiek.nl is tried, tested and loved by our chocolate addict Shelley. These brownies are super delicious and the prep doesn’t take up a lot of time. The perfect healthy treat to make with your BFFF and enjoy them together over a cup of tea.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Remember you don’t even need an oven for this raw chocolate brownie heaven. Check out the recipe and some handy tips from Shelley here.

3. Hot Chocolate

With the winter still going strong and potential snow days ahead, of all the healthy chocolate recipes to make, this  hot chocolate from deliciouslyella.com is one to try now. Put on your fluffy socks, cosy up in a big hoodie and watch your favourite movie with a mug of this stuff for those warm fuzzy feels.

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Ingredients for 1 mug:

Simply place all the ingredients into a saucepan and heat gently. For extra sweetness… make it for your roomie when they come home after a long cold day this winter 😉

4. Chocolate Orange Torte

Last but not least is a truly decadent healthy chocolate recipe. Rich, creamy, but most amazingly, vegan and gluten free. Originally from the The Blender Girl, this is one to make for a special occasion so that you can share it out (the unwritten rule of cheesecake making if you cant stop yourself from burying your face in it)!

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See the full recipe and instructions for this yummy cheesecake-like dessert here. But don’t be put off by what looks like a long list of ingredients because you will use them time and time again.

I choose not to attempt to go cold turkey from chocolate because it leaves me scavenging around my house eating everything in sight. Sometimes all you want is chocolatey goodness. So now you can have it with these healthy chocolate recipes. Which one is your favourite?

Sugar free banana cake

I have repeatedly thrown myself into the kitchen to find the perfect recipe to deliver such results. Besides wanting an anti-stick,  sugar free banana cake, I also wanted it to be a recipe that would succeed every time. Hundreds of attempts later, I finally found it!

This non stick, sugar free banana cake makes one thing very clear: sugar free food does not have to be boring! But why zero sugar? Let me tell you briefly.

When you touch something sweet with your tongue, your taste buds send a message to your brains: mmmm, yummy! Your body then spoils themselves with the reward hormone, dopamine. While all this happens, the sugar has arrived in your stomach. There, it is diluted by various digestive juices, after which it then passes to the small intestine. There enzymes begin to break down every particle into glucose and fructose. And these two molecules cause annoying effects.

GLUCOSE

The glucose sneaks through the walls of the small intestine, this triggers the pancreas to secrete insulin. Insulin is a hormone that takes the glucose from the blood and turns it into energy. This sounds positive, but it’s not unfortunately. Because when you ingest too much glucose, your body can not handle it. This means that the energy boost that you get it is short-lived. And what do you get after an energy boost? Right, that oh-so-famous sugar crash! Most likely, you sometimes have to deal with that annoying little voice in your head that says after a treat, “more, more, more”. That voice is all thanks to glucose. Because when you consume a lot of sugar and for a prolonged time, the number of dopamine receptors (substances that provide for the transmission of nerve impulses) decrease in your brain. This will make you crave sugar even more, sometimes this can even be be like an addictions!

FRUCTOSE

Fructose, like glucose, creeps through the walls of small intestine. Unlike glucose however it only flows directly into your bloodstream, after which it goes to your liver. Your liver then works hard to digest fructose and is soon overwhelmed, especially when you get an oh-so-famous sweet attack and you can no longer control yourself. If this continues for a long time the excess fructose can ensure the growth of fat globules in the liver, which in the end may result in a fatty liver . In addition, fructose lowers your good HDL cholesterol and increases the production of triglycerides. Triglyceride is the type of fat that can move to the arteries. And this increases the risk of heart attack or stroke.

In short (too much) sugar is not good for you. And this is why I made this sugar free banana cake!

HOW TO MAKE SUGAR FREE BANANA CAKE

sugar free banana cake

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 25 g coconut oil
  • 100 gr crushed oats
  • 50g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 40g mixed unsalted nuts
  • pinch of salt
  • some coconut oil for greasing the pan along greasing

PREPARATION:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mash the bananas in a bowl.
  3. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave oven (30 sec.)
  4. Add the coconut oil and the eggs to the bowl with bananas and mix well. This can be done with just a fork or spoon.
  5. Put all the remaining ingredients into the bowl and stir until you have a nice batter. You can choose to chop the nuts into smaller pieces if you like.
  6. Grease the baking tin with coconut oil and place it in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Et voila, there’s your perfect anti -stick, sugar free banana cake! Need more ideas for easy, healthy recipes? Then take a look at my Instagram!

Sweet potato pancakes

I don’t like to label myself, but if there is a word I like to use it’s ‘balance’. I always try to find a balance in everything I do. Whether it’s yoga, nutrition or my daily life. For me, living a balanced lifestyle means alternating good with the bad. Especially when it comes to nutrition, it is important to be aware of what you put into your body and what kind of energy you get it. 

The last three years I experimented with  clean eating and I tried to transform unhealthy dishes into something healthier and ‘cleaner’ with various recipes. And of course I love to share some of those recipes here! My weekends are always full with baking and certainly on Sunday is #pancakesunday with me. Here is the sweet potato pancake recipe I made last Sunday!

SWEET POTATO PANCAKES

Yes, you read that right. A pancake made ​​from sweet potato. By making the pancakes with sweet potato, you get a natural sweet taste to it. The sweet potato pancake has an airy texture and are light orange in colour. These pancakes remind me of my favourite Thanksgiving dish and I’m so glad I’ve found a good way to experience these flavours more often, not only once a year!

 

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • Half cup oatmeal (or oatmeal)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup almond milk

 

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PREPARATION:

  1. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into small pieces.
  2. Bring some water to boil and cook the sweet potato until soft (about 10 minutes).
  3. In the meantime, make your oatmeal. Take a blender or food processor to chop the oats into fine pieces until it is in powder form.
  4. Use a blender to mix all the ingredients. Blend until it is smooth. The texture that you need is thicker than the traditional Dutch pancake.
  5. Put a pan on medium-high heat. Grease the pan in use with a cooking spray or a little oil (e.g., coconut oil, sunflower oil, or vegetable oil).
  6. Cook the pancakes for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  7. When they are ready, remove them from the pan and start building your tower pancakes!
  8. Pour a little honey over it and add some fruit and you’re ready to eat them!

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Give this guilt-free sweet potato pancake recipe a chance and let me know what you thought of them, I am very curious! You can always follow me on Instagram to get an insight into my balanced lifestyle and for more clean recipes. Use the hashtag #libertysuares so I can see your creations 🙂

xoxo

Liberty

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The 10 ultimate party snacks for New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve parties obviously need good finger food. To help you a bit with your preparations I’ve collected a lot of great party snacks. All of these snacks are easy to make and some aren’t even that unhealthy. You will definitely make your friends very happy with all of this food! 

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1. Cheese straws

These are by far my favourite party snacks. I used to make these quite a lot when friends came over. And when you have some puff pastry left it’s easy to use it for these kind of snacks. All you need to do is set up your puff pastry, top it with cheese and herbs and put it in the oven. Simple!

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2. Zucchini crisps with Parmesan 

These snacks can’t be left out during your NYE party. They are veggie-proof and actually quite healthy. And even better: They’re done within 15 minutes.

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3. Swedish meatballs

Believe me, these homemade ones taste even better than those from IKEA. You can even stock up your uncooked meatballs in your freezer for another party.

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4. Cinnamon sugar coated nuts

The aroma of freshly roasted nuts is definitely something that suits the party season. And did you know that it is quite easy to make these at home? These nuts are even covered in cinnamon sugar. YUM!

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5. White chocolate dipped Oreo balls

You should definitely try out the classic Oreo Ball recipe by Avery Cooks. This special version has been coated in white sugar and topped of with sprinkles. How cute is that?

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6. Cheesy flat breads

When you want to make some snacks that will keep you satisfied a bit longer, you should work with Turkish bread or Lebanese flat breads. You can easily fill these with delicious ingredients and put them in the oven. It’s done within no-time too. This cheesy snack is the ultimate comfort food.

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7. Antojitos

Using wraps is always a good idea when it comes to prepping food for your party. You can fill them up with literally anything. These spicy antojito’s (which literally means: little craving) are sold at a lot of markets in Mexico. Luckily it’s very easy to make these at home!

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8. Pretzel wrapped hotdogs

These adorable hotdogs made of homemade pretzel dough are perfect for your party. Make sure you prep your dough in time and they’re ready to serve in no-time.

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9. Easy crab cakes

These healthy and easy to make crab cakes are prepared in a pan but you could also fry them. And they don’t crumble! This is definitely very important when it comes to party snacks because you’ll have less crumbles to clean up.

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10. Baked ham and cheese rollups

These snacks are ideal for your extremely hungry party guests. They’re made of crescent dough, Swiss cheese and baked ham. Yummy!

Hopefully these delicious snacks have inspired you for your own New Year’s Eve party. Which one is your favourite? 

Healthy chocolate fudge

Do you just love snickers, nuts and chocolate fudge too? But do you feel a bit guilty after you have eaten them? With Elze-Mieke’s healthy chocolate fudge recipe we can finally snack away guilt free. Bonus: you only need three ingredients!

Healthy chocolate fudge

Ingredients (8 pieces):

Instructions:

  1. Grill the raw walnuts in a skillet until the walnuts turn light brown. Place the walnuts on a plate and leave them to cool down.
  2. Heat the peanut butter over low heat in a saucepan with a good non-stick coating.
  3. Break the chocolate into pieces and add to the peanut butter. It is important to let it melt really slow over low heat because if the mixture sticks to the pan it will have a burnt taste so you will need to throw it away.
  4. Take the pan from the heat when all the chocolate is melted.
  5. Keep eight walnuts separate, add the rest of the walnuts into the chocolate mixture and mix well.
  6. Pour the mixture into a moulds or small ramekins.
  7. Top each bar with 1 walnut. Just because it looks fancy! ?
  8. Put the fudge in the fridge for at least 3 hours. I always make these kind of snacks in the evening so they harden properly by the next day.

Check out  www.elze-mieke.com for more healthy and delish recipes, you won’t be disappointed!

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Vegan chocolate cookies with peanut butter and dates

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Photo credit: Our Holistic Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

For biscuits (4 pieces):

Date cream centre:

For the coating:

  • half a bar of dark chocolate, melted

PREPARATION

  1. Knead the ingredients for the cookies until a sticky dough and roll into four balls then flatten with your hand.
  2. Place the cookies on a tray of baking paper in the freezer for about 15 minutes so that the coconut oil can solidify.
  3. Blend the dates with water until a smooth cream and add a pinch of cinnamon.
  4. Remove the cookies from the freezer and spread a layer of the date cream onto each biscuit.
  5. Place the cookies back in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate au-bain-marie.
  6. After 30 minutes, when the cookies are well frozen dip them in the melted chocolate.
  7. Place the cookies on backing paper and place them in the refrigerator to set the chocolate. Once the chocolate has hardened, they are ready to go.

WARNING: serious risk that you will want to put all four in your mouth one after another!

These cakes are almost entirely free of refined sugars and are vegan if you use the vegan chocolate. Make them just once for your friends, colleagues, family and / or parents and you are sure to score big points! Are you going to make them? Tag #FITGIRLCODE so that we can enjoy your creations with you.

7 Awesome Nutella recipes

A while ago this post about 7 Life changing recipes with Oreo’s was published on #FITGIRLCODE. One of my other guilty pleasures is Nutella and you can use it for a lot of delicious snacks. So I selected a few of THE most awesome Nutella recipes for this post. Which one are you going to make? 

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Cafe delites

Nutella Churro Balls

Nutella is awesome. Churros are awesome. Combine the two and you’ll have the best snack EVER. These aren’t fried but you make them in the oven. For this you can use a mini muffin tray. Or you could choose a big muffin tray which will give you enormous Churro Balls. Awesome!

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The food charlatan

Nutella stuffed blondies

These soft, chewy blondies are filled with Nutella. The perfect dessert for each and every chocolate lover!

Nutella

Crazy for crust

Rocky Road pudding cookies

These rocky road cookies are made of chocolate pudding, nuts, marshmallows and Nutella. YUM!

Nutella

Baking a moment

S’Mores cupcake jars

Combine your favourite chocolate spread with marshmallows and cookies. That’s always a good idea! This is perfect as a dessert for your Christmas dinner. If you’re not already completely stuffed from the other with food, that is. 😉

Nutella

Bell’alimento

Nutella covered bacon

The combination of Nutella and salt is my favourite. I always sprinkle a little salt over my Nutella sandwich. So you’ll definitely understand that a piece of bacon covered in Nutella sounds like heaven on Earth for me. What about you?

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Cleobuttera

Nutella therapy cookies

These feel good cookies are soft, chewy and filled with Nutella, chocolate chips and sea salt. Need I say more?

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Culinary Hill

Nutella banana croissants

These Nutella banana croissants only need 4 ingredients and they’re done within 20 minutes. I love to make these treats for my Sunday breakfast!

I’m really curious to know about your favourite Nutella recipe. If you have a few share them with us by leaving a comment! 

Healthy egg salad with avocado

Are you guys also fed up with the to-go salads from the grocery store? I really prefer to make my own salads so I at least know what kind of ingredients are in there! I’m really happy to share this recipe for a healthy egg salad from (sports)model Elze-Mieke, it’s finger-licking good! No additives, a smooth, light taste and delicious on a slice of bread for lunch or a snack. Are you Fit Girls going to try it out?

Healthy egg salad with avocado

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread of your choice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 branches of fresh dill
  • ½ celery
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp apple vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • black pepper
  • Himalayan salt

Topping:

 Instructions:

  1. Boil the eggs for 7 minutes to ensure they are fully hard boiled eggs.
  2. In the meantime, roast the sunflower and pumpkin seeds in a small frying pan. They are done when the sunflower seeds turn light brown. Put them on a plate to cool down.
  3. Remove the eggs from the stove, peel the shell off, cut into pieces and let it cool down on a plate. It is important that they have really cooled down before you put them in the salad as hot eggs with the rest of the ingredients does not taste very good.
  4. Peel the avocado and cut it in pieces.
  5. Cut the fresh dill in little pieces.
  6. Cut the celery in little pieces.
  7. Put the eggs, avocado, dill, celery, mayonnaise, cider vinegar, Greek yoghurt, pepper and salt in a glass bowl.
  8. Take two slices of bread and put a good amount of salad on it. I always choose for a hearty bread filled with seeds from the bakery.
  9. Garnish it with some alfalfa, arugula, cress, roasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds, dried flowers, black pepper and Himalayan salt.

The toppings are optional, you can choose whatever you like, but I love these simply because it looks pretty!

Take a look at  www.elze-mieke.com for more delicious recipes.

Delicious buckwheat pancakes

(Sports)model Elze-Mieke shares her delicious buckwheat pancake recipe with us today! Healthy, easy-peasy to make,  and the perfect meal if you don’t feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. You can have it for breakfast, lunch or as a snack! Mmm… delish!

Ingredients(6 buckwheat pancakes):

Instructions:

  1. Mix the buckwheat flour with a small pinch of salt in a bowl.
  2. Add the egg and mix together.
  3. Add the soy milk and whip it up until the batter becomes smooth.
  4. At the very last moment, add the baking soda to the batter and mix it well.
  5. Put a small pan on the stove on a little less than medium heat and add a some coconut oil to it.
  6. Pour a small amount of batter into the centre of the frying pan and fry it until the pancake starts to solidify on top and then flip it over to cook the other side.
  7. Make all the six pancakes like this. Don’t forget to put coconut oil in the pan for each pancake.

Try serving it with some honey and fruit!

Take a look at www.elze-mieke.com for more delicious recipes like this one. 

Warm smoothie with apple and chai

Are you crazy about smoothies? I definitely am! I drink one every day during summer. Last week I tried a new recipe to make a warm autumn smoothie. I wasn’t sure if a warm smoothie would taste good, but this one is seriously delicious so I just had to share my not-so-secret recipe with you Fit Girls. It’s the perfect healthy replacement for a cup of hot chocolate in chilly weather, with 1/2 of your daily dose of fruit in it! 

Ingredients:

  • 200 ML (almond)milk
  • apple
  • teaspoon chai powder
  • cinnamon
  • pumpkin spice
  • honey

Preparation:

  1. Peel and slice the apple into small pieces and mix with a bit of cinnamon. Heat it up in the microwave for about 2 minutes.
  2. Pour 200 ml milk into a cup and heat it in the microwave for about 2 minutes as well.
  3. Put the apple and the milk into your blender and add some honey, pumpkin spice and cinnamon.
  4. Then it’s time to mix it up!

I always taste a bit after each blend so I can make sure that I like it enough to pour it into a cup. This often results in me adding a bit too much honey, but hey I just love sweet smoothies! 🙂

How do you feel about a warm smoothies? I think it’s a matter of trying it out, and once you have, you just won’t stop making them. I definitely would choose this warm smoothie with apple and chai over a cup of hot chocolate any day.

Yummy oatbars recipe

Healthy snack recipe alert! I’m always looking for healthy recipes which are easy to make, so you can imagine my excitement when I got the cookbook of the Dutch book Voedselzandloper. The book deals with many recipes, from breakfast to dips, but I absolutely love the snack section. I made the healthy oatbars to try them out, and let me tell you: they are absolutely awesome!

What do you need?

The ingredients are simple, no foods you can’t pronounce the name of, which is always a big plus for me:

  • 150 g oats
  • 50 g peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 50 g hazelnuts
  • 60 g dark chocolate (at least 75% cocoa)
  • A bit of olive oil

Now that you got all these ingredients, of which most of them you probably already had lying around, we can go straight to the preparation part!

What do you do?

  1. First, you preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius.
  2. Now that the oven is heating up, you can start preparing your oatbars. Get your food processor out and mix the oats with the banana, the egg, the peanut butter, and a bit of olive oil to smoothen everything up. It should look like this after you’ve blended everything.
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  3. Cut the hazelnuts into chunks and add them to the rest in your food processor.
  4. Take an oven dish and cover the bottom with baking paper.
  5. Put the contents in the food processor in the oven dish and spread it evenly. Press on it tightly so you really get an even spread. My result look liked this.
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  6. Bake the bottom of your soon-to-be oatbars in the oven for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, let it cool for a bit.
  7. Finally we’re getting to the chocolate part. Melt the chocolate au bain-marie: this means that you have to put the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl in a pan with boiling water. Officially, the heat-proof bowl shouldn’t touch the water, but mine did so and I didn’t really experience any consequences. Back to business – the chocolate will slowly melt in the heat-proof bowl. Let it cool for a tinie tiny bit now (seriously, really short or it will get solid again).
  8. Spread the melted chocolate on your oatbars. Now you can let the chocolate cool off for a long while.
  9. Cut everything up into 8 pieces, and voila, there you have your healthy, delicious oatbars!
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Wait, what?… Chocolate and healthy? That’s right, so keep reading…

That’s right! Cocoa is good for your brains. It will keep your vessels healthy and will enhance the insuline sensitivity of your brains, which sounds fancy but basically means that your brain won’t get old as fast as normal. Studies even showed that elderly with mild cognitive impairments have better results at cognitive tests when they have eaten cacao for 8 weeks. So you don’t have to feel guilty eating those oatbars!

Of course, chocolate also contains sugar, that’s why you should always look at the percentage of cacao in it and make sure it is as high as possible, at least 72-75%.

Source: Voedselzandloper Cookbook by Pauline Weuring

Healthy Fish Fingers

It’s time for some delicious fingerfood! This week I have made no less than some super easy and healthy fish fingers. Which even I, being not much of a fish fanatic, absolutely LOVE them!!

The frozen fish fingers from the supermarket do not define my idea of healthy food, but Oh Boy do I love them… This is why I started my quest to find a healthy version of it! This recipe was my first try, but it tasted surprisingly good so I really had to share it with you guys. You can really taste the fresh fish and the crust is nice and crispy. Add a bit of salt and squeezed lemon juice and you have a perfect, healthy and delicious meal!

P.S. Also a perfect dish for kids! No cutlery needed. They will love it 😉

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So here’s what you’ll need to do:

Ingredients (1 portion)

  • 150gr cod
  • 1 egg
  • 30g shredded coconut
  • Dill
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika powder
  • Lemon juice

For the Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp (0%) quark
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey

Cooking instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 230 degrees Celsius.
  2. Cut the cod into pieces of about 4 cm. Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika powder and dill.
  3. Get two plates: one with a beaten egg and the other with the shredded coconut. Then dip the pieces of fish firstly in the egg and then in the shredded coconut. Place them on a lined baking tray and sprinkle with a bit of olive oil.
  4. Place tray in the oven for about 10 minutes. When you’re about 5 minutes through, flip the fish fingers to bake the other side.
  5. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce together. Season with salt, pepper and dill if needed.

 

Now time to enjoy! 😉 Eet smakelijk Fit Girls. Be sure to follow me on my BlogFacebook and Instagram for more delicious and healthy recipes!

Delicious chicken celery salad

We all know the famous Waldorf salad… Traditionally made with chicken, walnuts, apple, celery and mayonnaise. Mmmm, it’s one of my favorites! Since I don’t eat mayonnaise anymore, (as always) I’ve chosen to make an alternative… A healthy and delicious chicken celery salad! And I hope you guys will believe me when I say that this salad tastes even better than the original Waldorf salad!

Tip: I always bake enough chicken for 2 days. That way, I can enjoy this salad again the next day!

Delicious chicken celery salad for 2 portions:

  • 300 gr. chicken filet
  • 1 banana
  • 5 celery stalks
  • Roughly crushed walnuts
  • 2 tbsp quark
  • Salt, pepper and garlic spices
  • Optional: pieces of pineapple

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How to do it:

  • Bake the chicken with some garlic, salt and pepper spices
  • Cut the celery and the banana into pieces
  • Cut the chicken into slices and add the celery and the banana
  • Add the walnuts and quark and mix
  • Taste if the dish needs some more spices like salt, pepper and garlic
  • Serve and enjoy!

This delicious chicken celery salad can also be served as a appetizer, a small bite or a sidedish with a BBQ.

See you next week!

Lisa (Inlovewithhealth)

Sweet Green Tea Berry Pudding

Fall has officially arrived and it is getting super COLD outside! We need to treat our bodies well to help our immune system fight viruses, and to fuel our bodies with energy. I created a recipe for #FITGIRLCODE with lots of vitamins and nutrients to give you the energy you need. This sweet green tea berry pudding is super easy and yummy! It tastes like summer, but has the health benefits we need during winter time. 

You’ve probably heard of the health benefits of green tea. It’s packed with flavonoids, which are thought to help prevent cardiovascular disease and even certain cancers, because of their anti-oxidative function. Combined with the berries, full of vitamin C and more anti-oxidants, your body is off to a great start.

 

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These are the ingredients:

4 green tea bags

200ml hot boiled water

200ml Greek yoghurt 0% fat

4 tbs stevia powder

4 gelatine leaves or agar agar

200 mg of your favorite berries (frozen or fresh: I used frozen raspberries and blackberries)

 

Step 1: Prepping:

  1. Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for 5 minutes
  2. Soak the green tea bags in 200 ml boiled water for 5 minutes (make a very strong tea!)
  3. Cook the berries slowly in a small cooking pan for 5 minutes. Mash them up into a puree. Optional: use a mixer for a smooth puree

Step 2: Assembling:

  1. Squeeze out gelatine leaves. Mix with stevia and hot green tea
  2. Add the berries. Let this mixture cool off for a minute. Slowly add yogurt and mix well.
  3. Divide into cups or fancy glasses. Cool overnight.
  4. Optional: top them with pretty pieces of fruit, your favorite mixed nuts or some extra yoghurt to make them extra pretty!

 

That’s it! Its such an easy and healthy recipe. These puddings are great for dessert or snack. Are you gonna try them?