My guilty pleasure – roast pumpkin bites

 

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Burnt Orange for warm, crispy pumpkin snacks

I am the worst when it comes to snacking, especially when I’m studying from home and all I want to do is eat and not work. But I’ve found that making a snack that’s a little more filling gives my stomach the satisfaction it needs, and stops me from eating a thousand unhealthy snacks all day.

A staple snack I make (you can also use this as a side for dinner/lunch) is roast pumpkin bites. After pre-heating the oven to 200˚C (400˚F) all I do is peel and chop up about 1/3 of a pumpkin into bite sized pieces. Then I lay them out on a tray that’s lined with baking paper, and drizzle some extra virgin olive oil over the top. Next, I season them with a sprinkle of thyme, basil, salt and paprika and then chuck on a handful of chopped walnuts. Finally, I slide them into the oven for 30 minutes.

This is a delicious little snack that stops all the cravings for food and it only takes about 10 minutes to prepare. It’s so yum and easy if you haven’t you should definitely give it a go.

Please feel free to give me any suggestions on the recipe as I am constantly changing and improving it, and leave any comments if you try it, like it or have your own method!

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Making a fresh Acai Bowl

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Magenta for a fresh, healthy snack

And I’m back after a huge dry patch of not posting – I’m sorry! I really don’t have an excuse but I’ve been having so much fun checking out other people’s blog posts that I didn’t find any time to make my own. However, today I made an acai bowl for breakfast, and I thought I would share my recipe with you.

 

For those who don’t know what an acai bowl is, it’s basically a smoothie which you eat with a spoon and put a heap of yummy, fruity toppings on. I’m definitely not a chef, and I find this recipe easy as pie so I’d class this recipe as very easy. I also prefer making my own acai bowls than going out and buying them, because I find that they are very overpriced for something that is super easy and to make.  They are also lots of fun to decorate in the bowl, so making your own makes you feel like the ultimate foodie and a world chef.

I use my Nutribullet for the recipe, and start by throwing in two or three pitted Medjool dates, a tablespoon of acai powder, a tablespoon of chia seeds, a handful of sultanas, a cup Colour pot.jpgof almond milk (I personally prefer this over cows milk, but cow and soy work too), a tablespoon of peanut butter (any nut/seed butter will do) and 1.5 cups of frozen blueberries. Then I whizz them all up together, which in the Nutribullet literally takes five seconds.

The best part of a homemade acai bowl is decorating it after. For this, I chop up half a banana, crush some walnuts and sprinkle some gourmet muesli. And voila! Here we have it, my very own acai bowl:

Please try out this super simple recipe (only take about five minutes) and let me know what you think. Works perfectly as a refreshing breakfast, brunch or lunch.

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