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.

Healthy 3 Ingredient Cookies

Life is better with fresh baked cookies… And that’s a fact girls! Therefore let’s make it not too difficult for ourselves, especially when we are not in the mood to bake all day long. 

All you need for these healthy 3 ingredient cookies which are super easy and quick, is a banana, some oatmeal and seeds. With these three ingredients you have the most delicious healthy cookies in a snap!! Oh, and your house is going to smell like a little bakery. Yummmm!

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How to make these healthy 3 ingredient  cookies

Ingredients 

  • ½ banana
  • 40 gr oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp seeds

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

2. Mash the banana with a fork and mix it with the seeds and oatmeal. If you want some extra flavours you can add some cinnamon.

3. Make little balls of the dough and press them onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Make sure the cookies will be ½ centimetre thick.

4. Place in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes turn them halfway.

5. Let them cool, aaaand they’re ready!!

Read my blog www.inlovewithhealth.nl for even more delicious and healthy recipes

Clean brownie recipe

That’s right, I said it, a healthy brownie. Did we just enter heaven’s gates? You can see for yourself – you can easily make this in your kitchen. I won’t beat around the bush, here is the clean eating brownie recipe:

Clean brownie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 250g dates (pitted)
  • 120g healthy nuts (think of almonds etc.)
  • 4 eggs
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of raw cacao powder

How to prepare:

  1. Put the dates, cocoa, cinnamon & nuts in the blender and grind them in chunks.
  2. Split the eggs, then blend the egg yolks.
  3. Stir the egg white until they are stiff, put them in the blender and mix it with the rest.
  4. Make sure a cake pan is greased and put baking paper on the bottom.
  5. Pour everything into the cake pan and put it in the oven for 35 minutes at 180 Celsius.
  6. Enjoy a bite straight from heaven.

There really is nothing better than a clean eating brownie! Special thanks to @dare2challenge for the recipe!

Healthy snack plate

People coming over for a drink, movie or just to chat a bit? You want to give them a snack and enjoy a the snacks yourself without cheating. It’s hard to be a good host and try not to be too unhealthy at the same time. Here is a bit more fun and healthier way to treat your guest without the great classics like potato chips, fat cheeses or salted nuts. My selection for a healthy snack plate.

Salmon Sashimi. Very simple. Buy a piece of raw salmon (you don’t need a big chunk, about 150 grams for 3 to 4 people). Cut the salmon in small slices and top them with sesame seeds.

Seaweed-Tuna-Kale rolls. Open a can of tuna and add wasabi and olive oil (as much as you like). It’s around two or three tablespoons of the tuna mix on one roll. Top it with a little bit of kale and roll it up!!

IMG_8908Lentils with spinach and stock. Lentils are a great source of healthy carbs. They are very filling and are rich in protein at the same time. You can buy these in a can or cook them fresh. I used a can this time, because I was a bit in a rush. If you use fresh lentils you need to let them soak for a long time. Cook the lentils until they are warm and soft. Add two to three hands per can of fresh spinach. To add taste I used a stock cube chicken flavoured. If you do not want to use that, flavour it with salt and pepper.

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Crushed chickpea’s with spinach and herbs. Chickpeas are a great source of healthy carbs too. Chickpeas are used to make falafel or veggie burgers (I made one last week teehee). Crus the chickpeas to small chunks and grill them in the pan together with fresh chopped spinach. If the chickpeas turn a bit goldenbrown add coriander or rosemary (what you prefer).

 

 

IMG_8909Grilled chicken stripes with Cajun. Cut a chicken breast in slices and marinate them with Cajun herbs. Grill them in the pan until they are well done.

 


Fresh Cucumber. 
This actually is also a classic. The fresh cucumber. Simply cut them in slices and crunch away! 😉

 

How to serve the food?

You can use small plates for everyone, or you prepare a big plate where everybody can snack from. Add small forks to eat, and small spoons to scoop. You can tell them it’s a kind of shared dining concept 😉 OOHH and dont forget the soy sauce to dip in!! Check out more healthy snacks by my fellow Fit Girl Annegeke!

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