Snacks and Sweets
There are tons of recipes out there for oven roasted chickpeas, but I question the need to turn the oven on for one, or even two can’s worth of this tasty legume. Instead, we’ll show you how to roast chickpeas in a skillet, and give them a variety of flavors each time — spicy, savory, and even sweet.
The result might not be quite as crispy as what you’d get from oven-roasting, but it also sidesteps the tendency to dry out. What you’re left with are flavored chickpeas to snack on with no guilt, and far fewer calories than the equivalent volume of nuts. more→
These not-too-sweet little no-bake shortcut vegan strawberry shortcakes are made simple, by using rounds of prepared polenta in place of baked biscuits. It makes a lovely spring dessert that’s easy enough to make for an everyday treat or for holidays like Easter. For these, we used So Delicious Coco Whip, which is surprisingly low in fat considering that it’s made from coconut, and since it’s naturally sweet, very low in sugar, too. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
Many of the “energy balls” recipes you’ll find require a machine and/or lots of ingredients. These crunchy granola-peanut butter energy balls require neither. Readymade granola provides several healthy ingredients in one mix (oats, nuts, dried fruits, and sometimes seeds). Since I’m always looking for ways to incorporate healthy maca powder in food I like to add some to these for an extra boost. more→
Often, I’ll make a fairly elaborate (and for me, elaborate is a relative term) meal for company, and then lose energy when it comes to the dessert. Lately, I’ve turned to this clever dessert hack for chocolate granola clusters, which always has my guests proclaiming my culinary genius and begging for the recipe. The “recipe,” such as it is, can practically be given verbally; that’s how simple it is. Ten minutes of prep (at most), no machines, no baking — just a short time in the fridge to resolidify the chocolate.
It’s hard to say how many this will serve — so let’s say an average of 6; only 4 if your guests are voracious; 8 if they’re full from the meal or just plain dainty. more→