3 Healthy cheats for days when you feel like being naughty!

We all want to eat super healthy and ensure we are putting the right foods into our bodies, but we are not all perfect and some days you want to sit on the sofa and eat a full packet of biscuits / or box of chocolates!! We all do it!!

We've pulled together some healthy options to help you get your fix!

One of our faves is Banana bread – its sweet and also really filling! Great for cold and rainy days!

Banana Bread
Here's what you'll need...

1/3 cup of softened coconut oil
½ cup of honey
2 eggs
2 large bananas mashed up (make sure they are ripe)
¼ cup of water
1 tsp of baking soda
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
½ tsp of salt
½ tsp of ground cinnamon
1 ¾ cups of whole wheat flour
½ cup of chopped up pecans – keep a few spare to put on top!

Preheat oven to 165degrees Celsius and grease your loaf pan (9x5 inch)

Use a large mixing bowl and beat the oil and honey together using a whisk, and then add the eggs and continue to beat. Add the bananas and water and whisk so they are all evenly combined.

Add the vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and whisk through. Swap to a wooden spoon and stir in the flour until combined and even throughout. ( a few lumps are ok!). Add in the pecans and fold through.

Pour into your baking tin and add some extra pecans on top, and an extra shake of cinnamon.

Bake for 55-60 mins. Make sure you can insert a toothpick into the centre and it comes out clean – this means it has cooked through. Let it cool in the loaf tin for 10 mins and then transfer to a wire rack to cool for a further 20mins.

We would recommend trying it after this! It will still be warm and you can spread a little butter on if you like – its super tasty!

Protein Balls, you can whip these up really quickly, this is a no bake recipe, it's super simple!
They are a great cheeky snack, and are great for on the go!

Protein Balls
Here's what you'll need...

8 Medjool dates, pitted
100g ground almonds
2 tbsp Flaxseeds
2tbsp Sunflower seeds
2 tbsp Cacoa nibs
2tbsp desiccated coconut (unsweetened)

Boil the kettle and pour enough water over the dates to cover them and leave them to soak for 5 minutes.
Once soaked, use 2 tablespoons of the water into a food processor along with the drained dates and blitz.

Tip all the ingredients into a bowl, except the desiccated coconut.

Mix together with a wooden spoon until the mixture looks even, it should only take a few minutes.

Using wet hands, roll the mixture into 12 small rounds, about the size of a golf ball.

Now roll them in the desiccated coconut.

They are ready to eat! You can also keep them in the fridge for a few days.

We love to have them with a cup of tea as an after dinner treat!

One of our ultimate favorites has to be Avocado Chocolate Brownies. Be warned! It's difficult not to eat them all in one go! They are super moreish, and the naughtiest treat on this list, but defo worth it!

What you'll need...

1 small ripe avocado (approx ½ cup when mashed)
1 large egg
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 handfuls of roughly chopped dark chocolate of your choice

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a tray with grease proof paper

Mash up the avocado into a mixing bowl with the back of a fork until smooth

Add all the other ingredients except the chocolate chunks. We use a hand blender till quickly blend to a smooth paste, but you can also you food processor.

This should only take a minute or so. Now stir in the chocolate chunks and scoop the mixture onto a baking tray into around 6 big dollops.

Pop them in the oven for 15 minutes. Check them to make sure they are cooked – they should have a crisp coating, If they look at little sticky, just leave them in for a few more minutes.

Once they're ready, pop them out the oven and leave to cool on a plate or a wire rack.

Make sure you try them when they are all warm and gooey though!! This is when they are best!


Enjoy, and thanks for reading xx