Mini Quick Bread (Low Carb)

Mini Quick Bread (Low Carb)

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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I recently came across this quick bread recipe and was tempted by how little effort it required (it really is quick & easy!). Wasn't sure how it would turn out - or if I would like it (since, you know, I love bread!) - but it ended up being a pleasantly tasty surprise. It's easy to make fresh from scratch and you can experiment with different nut, seed or grain flours to suit your preference. Go on - give it a try!

Tips: You can swap out the sunflower flour with other nut or seed flours such as almond or coconut. Instead of buckwheat flour you can use rice flour or any other grain flour that you like. To make this recipe keto-friendly skip the rice or buckwheat flour and use ground flaxseeds (or 100% sunflower flour) instead. This quick recipe can also be made in the microwave – cook on high for about 90 seconds & be careful not to get burned!


  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp sunflower flour
  • 1 tbsp buckwheat flour
  • 1 tbsp oil of your choice, liquid
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • dash of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
  2. In a small bowl, add egg, flours, baking powder and oil. Mix well.
  3. Line a 4 1/2-inch (12cm) ramekin with baking paper and oil.
  4. Pour mixture in ramekin and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  5. When the top is firm, but spongy take out the bread and let cool on a rack. Enjoy!


Per Mini Bread: 250 calories; 19.3g fat; 8.2g carbohydrates; 11.1g protein; 1.2g Fibre; 51% DV for vitamin E; 43% DV for selenium; 29% DV for vitamin B1; 22% DV for calcium; 22% DV for vitamin D.


Lemon Coconut Chia Cookies

Lemon Coconut Chia Cookies

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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I absolutely fell in love with these gluten-free lemon cookies the very first time I tried them! Stumbled upon this recipe when I had a pack of chia seeds that was about to expire - what a great find it was. They are gluten-free, dairy-free and require absolutely minimal kitchen/cooking/baking skills. Honestly, it's hard to go wrong with these, even if you don't follow the recipe to a T, they always turn out mouthwateringly good!

Tips: You can use baby food apple puree or a very very thick coconut cream (this last version will make the cookies a bit more crumbly) in place of applesauce. You can also swap the rice flour for any other GF flour, the ground sunflower seeds with any other nut or seed and the honey with your favourite natural sweetener. Yep this is a super-versatile recipe, so feel free to experiment!


  • Zest of a lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup finely ground sunflower seeds, flour-like consistency
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • dash of salt
  • Extra rice & coconut flour for coating


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add zest of lemon, lemon juice, applesauce, honey and coconut oil. Mix well and then add chia seeds. Mix again.
  2. One by one, add sunflower seed flour, rice flour, coconut flour, turmeric, salt and baking powder. Mix the dough well – it should not be too dry. Place bowl in fridge for 10 mins
  3. Meanwhile, line a baking tray with baking paper. In a small plate, sprinkle some rice & coconut flour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C).
  4. Once the dough has chilled, take out and using a tablespoon scoop out dough and shape in small balls. Roll into rice & coconut flour and press flat the dough ball using fingers (making it into a cookie shape). Place each cookie on to baking tray.
  5. Bake for 8-10 mins, until golden and then transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool before enjoying these gooey cookies!
  6. Store at room temperature for 3-4 days, in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for couple of months.


Per Cookie: 121 calories; 6.3g fat; 11.4g carbohydrates; 2.4g protein; 3g Fibre; 18% DV for manganese; 17% DV for vitamin K; 12.5% DV for copper; 11% DV for phosphorus; 6.6% DV for vitamin E.


Unexpected Superfoods – A Quick Breakfast Recipe

If you know me,  you would  probably know that I love bread! But you also know that I am a sucker for healthy eating and thus have had to research and come up with creative ways to have my favourite foods.

So after trying (and reading… a lot!) about all sorts of bready goodness – from gluten- and dairy-free to raw vegan types – I believe I have found the one!


Why is Ezekiel bread one of the healthiest options?

It may not be gluten-free but it packs so much goodness that you just have to give it to Ezekiel bread. Made out of sprouted grains and pulses (typically wheat, millet, spelt, barely, soybeans and lentils) this type of bread is very high in protein and fiber which means a single slice can keep you full for a long time.

In fact, due to the unique combination of ingredients, Ezekiel bread is a complete source of protein (just like eggs and milk) which contains all nine essential amino acids! To be exact, one slice has 4 grams protein, 3 grams fiber and only 80 calories, says nutrition blogger Amy Marturana.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg! Ezekiel bread is the ultimate wholegrain bread since it contains no flour or added sugar and is made up entirely of sprouted grains and legumes (which also means it has much less gluten than other conventional breads). And here’s where the difference lies between this bread and other wholegrain varieties.

You see, sprouting grains increases their nutritional value and makes the vitamins and minerals within more readily available and easy to absorb by our digestive system.

Of course you can have bread any way you want, but today I want to share with you a slightly unusual combination which tops up the nutritional benefits of Ezekiel bread. Check out the recipe below and find out the secret health powers of the za’atar herb blend.

Ezekiel Bread Za’atar Toast


Step 1: place bread on foil (less cleaning later)

imageStep 2: Prep your ingredients: Flax seed oil (healthier alternative to olive oil) with a dash of coconut oil


Step 3: Mix them up!


Step 4: Spread and bake! It needs only 5-10 mins in the oven (high heat)image

Step 5: And voila! Enjoy your crispy, herby toast with a cuppa 🙂

Easy-peasy! It’s quick, it’s yummy and it’s healthy! Who knew such things existed?

The benefits of Za’atar

If you have ever visited a Middle Eastern country you have probably come across this word. Za’atar is a savoury mix of dried herbs (thyme, oregano, sumac, marjoram, sesame seeds and salt) which is typically sprinkled over bread and other foods.

It is these specific herbs that are well known for their antioxidant properties due to the high level of flavonoids which they contain. In particular, research has shown that sumac has anti-viral, anti-fungal and cancer-fighting properties, whereas thyme and oregano have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. There are even suggestions that za’atar herbs may have cognitive and mood-enhancing properties (i.e. they can give your brain a boost).

Did you know?

Za’atar and Ezekiel bread  have more something in common that may surprise you (and no it is not my recipe). Both have their origins linked to the Bible. The word za’atar not only refers to this aromatic blend of spices but also to a variety of wild oregano and is mentioned several times in the Bible with reference to cleansing and purification rituals.

Similarly to za’atar, Ezekiel bread also derives from Biblical passages. Of course, this one is a bit more obvious with the name coming from a specific verse (Ezekiel 4:9)  which also states the list of ingredients typically found in this bread:

Take also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils and millet, and spelt and put them in one vessel…

Ah, the amount of information you can find online….