So I’m that girl who, the second I finish my last mouthful of lunch, I’m thinking about what to eat next. Sat at a desk for 11-12 hours a day and eating every meal out of gross stained tupperware does, unsurprisngly get boring. No matter how hard I try and how many different recipes I experiment with, eating the same chickpea and lentil curry for lunch and dinner 4 days in a row just. isn’t. fun. However, I still don’t want to spend 95% of my evenings cooking up the latest Madeleine Shaw recipe, eating it at 9:30pm (lukewarm post insta photo) and getting into bed on a overly-stuffed belly because I was that hungry. So, I keep on doing it and have now eaten chilli for lunch 5 days this week and never, ever want to see a kidney bean again in my life.
One area in which I do not think it is acceptable to be boring with is snacks, or as I like to call it, the 3pm snaccident. For some reason, eating a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk every day doesn’t sound boring, nor does a Protein House Protein Snickers shake. But… 1. let’s face it, it’s just not gonna happen and 2. I do want to have some money left at the end of the month. So… here is the first in a series of recipes to spice up your snacks with healthy, wholesome recipes that will keep your tummy from rumbling mid-avro and help you power through the last few hours of work.
I starting with an absolute cracker. I give to you: The Cacao & Orange Protein Loaf. A little bit naughty but tastes way more indulgent than it really is. Now, this isn’t the lowest fat recipe you’re ever going to see and it is relatively high in calories at 200 per slice, so I’m not telling you that you can eat the whole loaf in one sitting and not feel guilty about it. But our bodies need fat and they need energy.
The majority of the fat in the recipe comes from the almonds which are high in mono-unsaturated fat. This is the same type of fat that is found in olive oil and has been proven to be associated with reducing the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol. See, not all so bad!
However, if you are following a lower fat-intake diet, just substitute the almonds out for another flour of choice or use 100g ground oats instead of 50/50. Keep on scrollin’ for the recipe!
INGREDIENTS (Serves 8, 200 kcals per serving)
75g chocolate protein powder (I used Sweet Supplements Chocolate Fudge Brownie)
50g almonds (ground)
50g oats (ground)
25g desiccated coconut
2 tbsp cacao powder
15g orange zest (zest from 1 large orange)
2 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
50g chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and line a loaf tin with grease proof paper.
2. Chuck all the dry ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine.
3. Whisk the eggs separately before adding to the dry mixture.
4. Add honey and mix thoroughly.
5. Pour into prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes/until a knife comes out clean.
6. Serve with greek yog, honey and whatever else you bloody like 🙂