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Simple Snack Recipes For Quarantine Cooking!

Simple Snack Recipes For Quarantine Cooking!

As the lockdown continues in several parts of the world, more and more of us are looking for fun ways to spend our time at home. And what better way to make this time fun and delicious than with some simple snack recipes!

I have found that getting into the kitchen and cooking up some delicious treats has been a great way to spend this time with my family. So today, I'd like to share some of my all-time favorite recipes with you.

These are recipes that my family has loved for YEARS and I'm excited to share them with you now — if you haven't already discovered them before!

I would love to know if you have a go at making these recipes at home, so do tag me on Instagram if you share your creations!

Toffee Caramel Popcorn

toffee caramel popcorn julie montagu

My recipe for Toffee Caramel Popcorn is excitingly healthy AND a little bit sticky – perfect for those of you who enjoy a messy treat! With this recipe you will cook up a whole batch that you can either enjoy right away or store to eat on the go another time.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/3 cup almond butter (or any nut butter)
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp coconut oil

Method:

First of all preheat your oven to 180C / 375F. Next, take a large pot and place it on the hob at a medium to high heat. Melt the coconut oil in the pan and then add your popcorn kernels. You can then put the lid on your pan and leave the kernels to do their thing! This will usually take around ten minutes but will vary so watch your pot closely.

Once you start to hear more than five seconds between each pop then you will know that your popcorn is almost ready. As soon as it is ready you should remove the pan from the heat.

The next step is to make the caramel toffee sauce. To do this, take a mixing bowl and pour in the maple syrup, the almond butter, almond extract, and the cinnamon. Whisk the contents of your bowl until it becomes a smooth paste.

Next, pour your prepared popcorn onto a baking tray and pour the contents of the bowl over the popcorn. Try to drizzle it evenly but don't worry too much as it will spread in the oven. Place the baking tray in the oven for seven minutes and your treat is then ready to enjoy!

To make this recipe alongside me, head to YouTube for the video!

Super Simple Polenta Chips

super simple polenta chips

Polenta contains trace amounts of several vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and vitamins A, B and E. Polenta is fairly low in calories whilst packing an exciting punch of dietary fibre and protein.

If you are making your polenta from scratch then I would definitely suggest using a vegetable stock to do so instead of just plain water. When you do this you are going to be making it more flavoursome.

Thanks to the booming popularity of polenta these days you can actually buy it pre-made, so you don't have to worry about making it from scratch — unless you want to!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of pre-made polenta
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

Method:

Line a baking tray with aluminium foil and pre-heat your oven to 180C / 375F.

Take your pack of pre-made polenta and cut it into thick chunks. Once you have done this, take each chunk and slice it in half. You can then line your polenta chips up on the baking tray and drizzle some olive oil over the top.

Sprinkle some salt and black pepper over the chips and if you like it a little bit spicy then you can get that cayenne pepper on there too. The final ingredient to add is the fresh rosemary. Simply place a few sprigs of this aromatic herb on top of the chips and you're good to go!

You can now place your tray of polenta chips in the oven and bake until they are golden brown. This should take approximately 20 minutes.

Once your polenta chips are a delicious golden brown you can remove them from the oven and enjoy!

To make this recipe alongside me, head to YouTube for the video!

Chia Coconut Pancakes

chia coconut pancakes julie-montagu

These pancakes are bursting with healthy ingredients — many of which are coconut-based. Coconut is one of my all time favorite things to cook and bake with, and you will certainly find it in a number of my recipes.

You will likely already be familiar with coconut oil, but you may not have used coconut flour much in your baking before.

Coconut flour is a delicious, healthy alternative to wheat and other grain flours. Ground from dried, defatted coconut meat, coconut flour is high in fibre and low in digestible carbohydrates. A single 2 Tbsp serving of coconut flour delivers 5 grams of fibre with only 8 grams of carbs — what's not to love?

The following recipe will make about 12 pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tbsp chia combined with 18 Tbsp water (let sit and expand for at least 20 minutes)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Method:

You will first need to combine the chia seed mixture, coconut oil, coconut milk, vanilla and coconut sugar in a large bowl. You can then add coconut flour and baking powder.

Mix again until lumps are incorporated. Scoop about a 1/4 cup of the mixture at a time into a hot pan with a small amount of oil to make your pancakes. And enjoy!

To make this recipe alongside me, head to YouTube for the video!

Simple Snack Recipes

I hope you'll enjoy one or more of the nutritious recipes that I've shared with you in this post!

If you are looking for more inspiration for home cooking, then do check out my selection of healthy eating cookbooks.

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