Honey & Mustard Roasted Chickpeas

High protein, crunchy and super tasty these Honey & Mustard Roasted Chickpeas make for a perfect healthy snack.

High protein, crunchy and super tasty these Honey & Mustard Roasted Chickpeas make for a perfect healthy snack. Chickpeas are a nutrient-dense food, which provide a rich content for protein, dietary fibre and minerals, especially iron. They have been associated with a number of possible health benefits for different medical conditions but for me there is one main reason to eat them… the taste… I love chickpeas, they are perfect as a main meal such as falafels, as an addition to soups or salads and of course as shown here, as a healthy snack.Chickpeas are a nutrient-dense food, which provide a rich content for protein, dietary fibre and minerals, especially iron. They have been associated with a number of possible health benefits for different medical conditions but for me there is one main reason to eat them… the taste… I love chickpeas, they are perfect as a main meal such as falafels, as an addition to soups or salads and of course as shown here, as a healthy snack.

If you are ever stuck for ideas for what to have as a healthy snack, then why not give chickpeas a try. Roasted chickpeas make for a perfect snack and they will keep you fuller for longer due to their high protein content. They are easy to prepare and can be flavoured in 100s different ways depending on your personal tastes and desires.

Today I want to share with you one of my favourite ways – honey and mustard chickpeas, a very nice sweet and sour combination, which should appeal to most.

High protein, crunchy and super tasty these Honey & Mustard Roasted Chickpeas make for a perfect healthy snack. Chickpeas are a nutrient-dense food, which provide a rich content for protein, dietary fibre and minerals especially iron. They have been associated with a number of possible health benefits for different medical conditions but for me there is one main reason to eat them… the taste… I love chickpeas, they are perfect as a main meal such as falafels, as an addition to soups or salads and of course as shown here, as a healthy snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin of chickpeas (400g)
  • 2tsb sunflower oil
  • 2tsp raw runny honey
  • 2tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2tsp salt

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200C

Drain and wash chickpeas, then help them dry by patting them with some kitchen paper towel.

Once dry, spread them on a large baking tray and lightly drizzle with the sunflower oil.

Gently shake the tray and make sure all the chickpeas are evenly coated.

Sprinkle generously with salt and pop into the earlier preheated oven for 20 minutes.

In the meantime whilst you are waiting, mix the honey and mustard together.

When the time is up, remove your chickpeas from the oven, gently tilt the tray to move them to one side so they are all bunched up and then drizzle with honey and mustard mixture. Using a silicone spatula stir the chickpeas around ensuring that they are all evenly coated. Finally spread them out again all over the baking tray and pop back to the oven for an additional 10 minutes, stirring once half way through the cooking time.

The chickpeas should be totally dry and crunchy. If they are still slightly wet inside you might need to increase the cooking time but check them every few minutes as you don’t want them to burn.

Cool and enjoy!

High protein, crunchy and super tasty these Honey & Mustard Roasted Chickpeas make for a perfect healthy snack. Chickpeas are a nutrient-dense food, which provide a rich content for protein, dietary fibre and minerals, especially iron. They have been associated with a number of possible health benefits for different medical conditions but for me there is one main reason to eat them… the taste… I love chickpeas, they are perfect as a main meal such as falafels, as an addition to soups or salads and of course as shown here, as a healthy snack.Apparently, they can be stored for up to a week but my batches never seem to last more than a day so I cannot vouch for it. 🙂

High protein, crunchy and super tasty these Honey & Mustard Roasted Chickpeas make for a perfect healthy snack. Chickpeas are a nutrient-dense food, which provide a rich content for protein, dietary fibre and minerals especially iron. They have been associated with a number of possible health benefits for different medical conditions but for me there is one main reason to eat them… the taste… I love chickpeas, they are perfect as a main meal such as falafels, as an addition to soups or salads and of course as shown here, as a healthy snack.

Perfect pairing – Chilli Tuna Bites & Alhambra Reserva 1925

We all have different preferences and likings but trust me when I tell you those spicy chilli tuna bites and Alhambra Reserva 1925 make the perfect combo… if you like beer… chilli and tuna I suppose 🙂

I was asked by Alhambra to create a tapas which would complement their Alhambra Reserva 1925 beer. The beer is smooth, buttery a little sweet and moderately bitter so I decided to go spicy.

I’ve remade our everyday tuna burgers into Chilli Tuna Bites… OMG delicious…

Perfect pairing – Chilli Tuna Bites & Alhambra Reserva 1925Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of tuna in sunflower oil
  • 75g breadcrumbs (homemade would be ideal)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves of garlic; crushed
    1tsp chilli flakes (can add more depending on your taste)
  • 1tsp black pepper; freshly grounded
  • Handful of fresh coriander
  • Roasted red peppers for garnish (optional)

Perfect pairing - Chilli Tuna Bites & Alhambra Reserva 1925Method:

Wash and spin dry your coriander.

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients including the oil from the tuna.

Use a fork to gently mash the tuna; then mix everything until well combined and you have relatively smooth paste.

Form small balls and then squash them a little forming tiny burger like shapes. You should be able to make 16 bites from your mixture.

Preheat a heavy bottomed frying pan and fry each bite 2-3 minutes on each site or until crisped and browned.

Serve with small strips of red pepper on top as it really complements the flavour.

Perfect pairing - Chilli Tuna Bites & Alhambra Reserva 1925Chilli Tuna BitesSo, what do you think about my tapas idea?

Do you think it would or does go well together or maybe you would recommend a different pairing?

Tell me what would be your perfect tapas pairing with an Alhambra Reserva 1925 and you could win an Alhambra Reserva 1925 gift box.

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9 Homemade Snack Bars Perfect for Kids Lunch Box

9 Homemade Snack Bars Perfect for Kids Lunch BoxIt’s back to school time again which means that all of us who have kids are starting to scratch our heads yet again in search of something new and exciting to put into their lunch boxes.

I was wondering about the perfect lunch box contents but the more I thought about it, the more confused I became and I would end up turned around in my own thoughts… sandwiches, salads, fruits, veggies plus some special “pick me up” treat. Normally this treat would be a shop bought snack bar but lately I’ve started making my own energy bars… they aren’t perfected as yet so I can’t share them with you… I did however go on the hunt through my favourite food bloggers in search of that something special to put into the lunch box.

I have picked for you a lovely selection of homemade bars which would make a perfect addition to any bento lunch box.

Savoury Bars

Bacon Jam Crumble BarsBacon Jam Crumble Bars

These bars contain bacon spread which can be purchased from most supermarkets but if you are a vegetarian 10thkitchen has a few great ideas with regards to substituting the bacon content.

Oat Bars with Olives and Sun Dried TomatoesOat Bars with Olives and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Lovely vegetarian bar which can be adapted to suit omnivores too. I love sun dried tomatoes so this recipe sounds perfect to me. For the full recipe please click here.

Pizza Snack BarsPizza Snack Bars

I am sure this one will become many kids favourite. As long as you call something pizza they will eat it, am I right? These bars are whole grain, gluten and oil free. For a full recipe please visit Healthy Helper Blog.

Sweet Bars

Vanilla Almonds Granola BarsVanilla Almonds Granola Bars

Wonderful looking and packed with good ingredients and if you want to go one step further Bowsesssed has the recipe for homemade almond granola too 🙂

Chocolate Chip Walnut Granola BarsChocolate Chip Walnut Granola Bars

Lunch with no chocolate? Well not to worry, I picked some chocolate bars too. The full recipe can be found on Shweta in the Kitchen.

Kitchen Sink Snack BarsKitchen Sink Snack Bars

Don’t let the name put you off, these bars are truly amazing. They are packed with oats, nuts, seeds and berries and look like fun… oh, and they are gluten free! For the full ingredients list and the recipe itself please visit Kim’s blog.

No Bake Bars

Strawberry and Cream Snack BarsStrawberry and Cream Snack Bars

Vegan, allergy friendly, gluten free and with a paleo option, they are very kid friendly. All you need is one bowl and 10 minutes of your time. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Visit The Big Man’s World to see how they are done.

Coconut Almond Quinoa Granola BarsCoconut Almond Quinoa Granola Bars

Lots of wonderful ingredients disguised as a sweet bar, especially with a chocolate drizzle on top who would think these are the healthy option? These might not take 10 minutes to make but they are well worth it. Full recipe can be found on The Spiffy Cookie blog.

M&M Protein BarM&M Protein Bar

You have to admit they do look super kid friendly. What kid could resist a bar like this? But in addition to the M&M’s which stand out in these bars they are packed full of goodies like oats, nuts, seeds, coconut… For a full recipe please visit Mommyhoods Diary.

These are all looking like wonderful bars, wouldn’t you agree?

And they are so much better for them than many shop bought “slabs” of chocolate bars which usually take up a place in our kids’ lunch box.

And on the topic of lunch boxes…. Fancy having your lunch in style?

I have a wonderful MB original green bento box from monbento to give to one of you. Monbento boxes not only look totally fab but they are also microwave-safe, dishwasher-safe, soft touch, airtight, BPA-free and are made from food grade materials. So if you fancy winning yourself this award winning, cool looking lunch box just follow the steps on the Gleam app below.

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5. The winner will have 7 working days to claim the prize, after this time, a new winner will be selected.
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Snacking with Graze Good To Go

Snacking – we all do it, some of us more often than others but at one point or another we all do it. Snacking is deemed to be unhealthy and disrupting to a healthy diet but what about healthy, smart snacking? What about fruit or a handful of nuts instead of the staple bar of chocolate or pack of crisps? Well I would say that if we have to snack we should at least explore the options out there and pick the most suitable and healthy one if possible.

Snacking with Graze Good To Go #grazeonthegoSmart snacking just got easier as the online snacking company Graze have launched their new good to go range of 12 new snacks available nationwide in a range of high street stores. So far they are available in Boots, WHS and Sainsbury and their price ranges from 99p to £1.49.

We were lucky to be able to try them before they hit the shelves 🙂

Snacking with Graze Good To Go  #goodtogoEach of the 12 new good to go range snacks has been carefully put together by the graze Taste Experts. Using their flavour expertise and new ideas they put together good quality ingredients in interesting ways to create exciting snack combinations.

New Graze #grazeonthego rangeThe range contains the following snacks:

  • Chocolate Pretzel Dippers – 26g, 141kcal
  • Dark Chocolate Cherry Tart – 46g, 175kcal
  • Herby Bread Basket – 18g, 90kcal
  • Juicy Peach and Raspberry – 30g, 95kcal
  • Lemon Drizzle Flapjack – 53g, 239kcal
  • Mini Strawberry & Banana – 39g, 120kcal
  • Original Fruity Flapjack – 53g, 228kcal
  • Punchy Protein Nuts – 35g, 210kcal
  • Salted Fudge and Peanut Cookie – 44g, 241kcal
  • Smokehouse BBQ Crunch – 31g, 137kcal
  • Thai Sweet Chilli Dippers – 25g, 83kcal
  • Veggie Protein Power – 28g, 132kcal

Snacking with Graze Good To GoSnacking with Graze Good To Go  - Juicy Peach & RaspberryAs you can see from the selection above the snacks are very different and I am confident everyone can pick something they fancy at the time. Sweet or salty whatever your taste, Graze will have something for you. There are even a few super healthy options with dry fruits or punchy protein nuts.

Personally I really like the idea of these small snack packs. I wish they were in every store. They are handy, super tasty and well-priced.

What do you think?

Do you see yourself munching on some Graze good to go range any time soon?

Chocolate, Nuts & Banana Bites

Chocolate, Nuts & Banana BitesDo you remember the “Go On It’s Healthy” cookbook review that I wrote just a few days ago? I had picked a few recipes which I really wanted to try but as it ended up I had none of the ingredients with which to make any of them. I almost made some superfood chocolate bark but upon looking for the final ingredient it started to look like someone had “hoovered” all the cranberries.

I was determine to make something new, so next I settled on some Wholemeal Banana Flatbread Bites; the only problem being once again I had no necessary ingredients; out of the main ingredients all I had were some bananas… a total fail… It was time for plan B and a round of the replacement game as trip to the store was not an option at the time.

The original recipe called for wholemeal tortilla wraps, tahini, date syrup and bananas… all I had were bananas… and a whole pantry of other ingredients to play with… so if you want to try my version of banana bites you will need:

Ingredients per person:

Method:

Chop the nuts very finely or if you prefer (like me) just pop them into a food processor. You want to achieve a coarse nut dust. I used both almonds and pistachios as I had just received a lovely parcel full of nuts from Wonderful but you can use one or another or even replace them with a different nuts like pecans or walnuts.

Preheat a heavy bottom frying pan (I used cast iron) and warm your chapattis for 30 seconds on each side.

Place the warm chappati on a cutting board. Add a thin layer of Nutella (one table spoon per chapatti seems just right) and sprinkle with you nut dusting.

Peel a banana and place just a little off centre, then roll up tightly.

Cut into thick slices, add wooden toothpick in case they aren’t staying rolled up and enjoy!

Chocolate, Nuts and Banana BitesMy Chocolate, Nuts & Banana BitesI wasn’t sure if my creation would be nice but as it ended up it was extremely pleasant.
I know it is not as healthy an option as the original recipe but it is coming pretty close.
Chapatti flour which chapattis are made from is good source of fibre and it is low in sugar, which we will get more than enough of from the Nutella; bananas are great source of potassium and don’t even get me started on nuts… we all know that nuts are great for us and to make things even better almonds have the lowest calorie count within all the nuts… except for chestnuts 🙂

Do you play the ingredients replacement game at times or do you prefer to follow each recipe to the letter?

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