Cure ‘hangry’ with caramel

We all know that time of day, 3.30 in the afternoon. Everyone’s energy slumps and we all get a bit hungry. Never fear, I have a couple of snacks you can whip up in minutes to cure the ‘hangry’ hour. The next two recipes rely on natural and healthy foods to create that ‘caramel’ flavour, so you feel like you’re having that naughty snack you want, all the while nourishing your body.

The first recipe is none other than the trusty smoothie. I love smoothies, they are a great way to add extra nutrients to your day and make excellent snacks or a quick meal. I usually add a smoothie to my son’s day to compliment his diet and add extra goodness and variety to what he is eating. We love our green smoothies especially and I enjoy the fact my son is getting a boost of greens. This recipe is not green but is twist on an old favourite, the banana smoothie.

bananas

 Caramel Banana Super Smoothie

Serves 2

2-3 Large very ripe bananas

1 heaped tsp Mesquite powder

1 heaped tsp Maca powder

300g filtered water

200g ice (adjust depending on how thick you like your smoothies)

60g cashews

6-8 dates

3 TBS natural yoghurt (coconut yoghurt, if dairy free)

1 tsp honey (optional)

Thermomix: Put all ingredients in bowl and blend Speed 9/ 2 minutes

Blender: Place into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth

 

This next recipe is something you can have on hand in the pantry, take on long trips in the car or serve at kids parties. It’s fun, it’s tasty and you can rest easy knowing there are no nasty additives lurking within.

popcorn

Coconut Caramel Popcorn

Ingredients:

1 quantity of popped popcorn (You will need a large bowl of popped popcorn for this. I use a popcorn machine, but you can pop your own in a hot pan with 1 TBS of oil – check your pack for instructions. Try to buy organic popcorn if you can, it’s a budget friendly snack that goes well into kindy/school lunch boxes.)

100g almonds (leave out for nut free option, and add coconut and salt straight to bowl of popcorn and mix through, rather than use the Thermomix)

50g desicated coconut

1 tsp Himalayan salt

150g honey

30g real maple syrup

Thermomix

1. Pre-heat oven to 180C (fan forced) and line two baking trays with baking paper

2. Add almonds, coconut and salt to Thermomix bowl and set to ‘close lid’. Press turbo 3 times. Add mixture to popcorn and stir through.

3. (Don’t worry about rinsing the bowl out) Add honey and maple syrup to bowl and cook for 1 minute/ 60 degrees/ speed 4

4. Add honey mixture to popcorn and mix through to coat evenly

5. Spread mixture over baking trays and bake until golden, mixing a few times the break up the mixture. Once cooked, set aside to cool completely as it will harden as it cools. Store in an airtight container in the cupboard.

*For nut free option: Leave out almonds and add coconut and salt straight to bowl of popcorn and mix through, rather than use the Thermomix.

Traditional:

1. Pre-heat oven to 180C (fan forced) and line two baking trays with baking paper

2. Add almonds, coconut and salt to food processor and roughly chop.  Add mixture to popcorn and stir through. (Or to save on dishes simply chop almonds by hand and add almonds, coconut and salt to popcorn and mix)

3. Add honey and maple syrup to a saucepan and gently heat while constantly stirring. Cook until the mixture comes together and looks a bit like caramel. Do not boil.

4. Add honey mixture to popcorn and through to coat evenly.

5. Spread mixture over baking trays and bake until golden, mixing a few times the break up the mixture. Once cooked, set aside to cool completely as it will harden as it cools. Store in an airtight container in the cupboard.

 

Enjoy!

Until next time,

Belinda 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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