These balls are absolutely scrumptious and easy to make. They are a great alternative to cacao based treats. Having said that you can use cacao powder instead of carob, but you’ll need to add a natural sweetener such as stevia or Natvia or xylitol to suit your taste.
Seeds offer all manner of health benefits including essential fatty acids and soluble fibre. Linseeds (flaxseed) are also a good source of inulin, a type of fibre that feeds beneficial gut bacteria. Menopause symptoms may be reduced by eating daily linseeds due to important phytoestrogen compounds they contain. These crackers are an excellent health food for everyone and can be topped with goats' cheese, my ABC Nut Spread as I have here, cashew cheese, tapenade or dips. Or simply enjoy them as they are.
You can use any mix of raw nuts that you like in this recipe. You can also add some sunflower seeds, pepitas or chia seeds too if you like. I like to include just one variety of roasted unsalted nut for some added flavour.
This is a lovely spread that far surpasses the unhealthy version of hazelnut chocolate spread in the supermarkets. You can use raw unsalted macadamia nuts or more roasted hazelnuts instead of almonds if you like. This recipe is made to my taste and you might like to make it sweeter or more chocolatey. I love to have this on a slice of gluten free sourdough toast with my protein + berry smoothie at brekky.
When you choose to be a vegetarian or if you are including vegetarian meals in your diet, it is important to eat enough protein. Some people become vegetarian by just omitting meat, poultry and fish without replacing them with vegetarian sources of protein. Chickpeas and other legumes are a good vegetarian option and when combined with a grain food such as bread, rice or pasta, make a "complete" protein or one containing all the essential amino acids. These patties are a vegetarian version of Thai fish cakes and have the added bonus of providing good dietary fibre which is great for improving elimination and also helps to reduce high blood cholesterol. Serve with sweet chilli sauce if you like.
Hummus is an ideal vegetarian addition to meals, sandwiches, appetiser plates and for snacks. This hummus teams really well with avocado and sliced cooked beetroot. You can also serve it with vegetable sticks or rice crackers as a dip.