Lately I’ve been nuts about healthy and natural food. Maybe it’s because my unborn baby is craving these things (I’m 5 months pregnant) or because I know they are good for her or simply because they are so darn delicious! In any case, here are three healthy and grain-free breakfast/snack options:
Homemade Peanut Butter
The French think peanut butter is bizarre and some would even say it’s down right unappetizing; therefore it’s simply not easy to find here. Of course the American in me loves peanut butter! On a recent trip home my dad put a gigantic tub of peanut butter in my suitcase to take back with me and it lasted all of one month. My husband didn’t understand that a spoonful of peanut butter was dessert for me! Here’s a recipe that may not be super creamy like the kind back home (it’s more like a paste), but the taste of the natural peanuts mixed with a tad of oil and some honey makes it a great snack:
In a food processor, mix 1/2 cup of unsalted peanuts until they form a paste (this make take 10 min.); add a pinch of salt and continue to mix. While the processor is on, drizzle in 1 tbs of sunflower oil and 1 tbs of honey. You may need to add more oil if it isn’t yet forming a paste. Stop the processor to scrape down the sides and keep mixing and tasting until it’s to your liking. (makes about 1 cup) Enjoy on toast or mixed with some fruit! I can’t wait to make this for goûter after school for baby girl.
Cocoa Loco Granola
I absolutely love granola in all of its different forms: salty, sweet, a mix of the two or in this case chocolaty. Granola cereals are typically packed with lots of sugar, preservatives and a bunch of fake dried fruit. I recently came across this grain-free granola recipe and had to give it a try. It’s the perfect compliment to some Greek yogurt or with skim milk. I couldn’t find all of the nuts here and quite frankly nuts are expensive (at least in France), but I did find a blend of cashews, peanuts and walnuts that worked (feel free to substitute your favorite nuts). I also couldn’t find coconut oil and used sunflower instead. The outcome is a deep roasted, chocolaty explosion!
3-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies
Lately, I’ve been craving oatmeal cookies. First, I made these, which were absolutely delicious (I substiituted the raisins for dried cranberries and added some white chocolate), but they weren’t the type of cookie you felt guilt-free in eating. So, when I saw this recipe that called for only three ingredients I just had to try them. They are more of a pop-able bite then a cookie, since there’s no flour they don’t spread out. However, at the rate in which my husband is devouring them I would say they are a hit. A perfect snack before or after a workout; a healthy option for kids; also they are dairy free, gluten free (use of oats), vegetarian, and vegan.