Healthy eating on a budget? While that may sound impossible (have you seen the prices of gluten free bread or nut milks?) Clicks has made it easier with their vast range of healthy foods in the SmartBite brand. I know my timing is horrible on this one (first day of Ramadaan), but these foods and products are such life-savers for sehri and definitely keep you full for at least 5 hours. Have a look at some of the things I have been making with a few of my favorite products from the range below and be inspired to incorporate some healthy foods to your diet!
While they have a myriad of products in the range, my favorite out of the lot is the coconut flour, coconut oil, seed bread, dark chocolate, chickpeas and seed-crackers which all have some great benefits in their own way. If you follow me on instagram, then you might have seen the coconut pancakes that I have been making for breakfast for the past two weeks now and, if you are one of the bajillion people who messaged me for the recipe, then read more below!
I usually always make coconut pancakes but have never made a gluten free version as I wasn’t quite sure on how to use coconut flour. I had a look at a myriad of recipes online and finally experimented and made one that I think works really well. It’s super satisfying but tastes quite oatey and is not as smooth and silky compared to pancakes made with wheat flour. It’s so easy to make and the batter can be left covered in the fridge for up to three days. The consistently is a bit odd and looks like clarified butter (which is due to the addition of the coconut oil) but all in all, it’s a definite winner. I also played around with different toppings and my two favorites are homemade dark chocolate sauce and caramelized bananas! If you are in a hurry then a drizzle of maple syrup will do the trick.
Gluten-free coconut pancakes
¼ cup coconut flour
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
¼ – ½ cup milk (coconut, dairy or homemade nut milk)
2 tsp sugar (you can omit this if you don’t eat sugar)
½ tsp baking powder
Whisk the eggs and sugar until pale and frothy. Slowly add the melted coconut oil in a slow stream while whisking continuously. Add the milk and then beat in the flour and baking powder. Make sure that there are no clumps of flour and that everything is well incorporated. You should be left with a yellow, almost dough like batter which, if you are a baker, would resemble the dough for choux pastry.
Heat a non-stick pan with ½ tsp coconut oil and scoop the batter in the pan. You can either make little pancakes or a few big one’s. The nice thing about this batter is that it’s not runny so it won’t slop all over the pan. Turn the pancakes over once they bubble (it should take about 2 minutes) and serve with a topping of your choice.
To make the chocolate sauce (which is what I had this morning)
Simply melt one block of Clicks SmartBite Sugar Free Dark Chocolate with ½ tsp coconut oil in the microwave on 30 second bursts. Stir well after every 30 seconds until you have a thick and glossy chocolate sauce.
To make the banana topping
While fresh banana (or any fruit for that matter) is delicious served with this breakfast, I love slicing a whole banana and putting it in the pan as soon as I scoop my batter in. turn the banana over slowly after 3 minutes so that it browns on either side.
Buy the coconut flour here for R37.95
Buy the coconut oil here for R39.95
Buy the chocolate here for R23.95
SmartBite Premix Seed and Almond Loaf
If bread is more your thing but you looking for a gluten free- somewhat homemade variant then the SmartBite Premix Seed and Almond Loaf is just for you. While I personally never enjoyed the taste of it unless it was smothered in butter, many quite seem to enjoy just how healthy this bread is (plus it’s really good to keep you gut in order). It’s perhaps the easiest thing to make and, if you don’t eat eggs or dairy, you can use olive oil and rooibos tea in it’s place!
The premix itself contains a mixture of 38% Sunflower Seeds, 27% Flaxseeds, 14% Coconut Flour, 14% Desiccated Coconut, 5% Almonds, Raising Agent, Psyllium Husk and salt. You get about 20 slices out of one loaf and it contains no sugar at all!
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a bread pan with baking paper.
Whisk together 6 eggs and 250ml buttermilk OR 250ml rooibos tea and 30ml olive oil
Simpy add the premix, let the mixture stand for 5 mins and bake for 40 -50 minutes depending on your oven.
I sprinkled my bread with nuts and some seeds before baking which gave it a delicious crunch and made it look a tad bit more homemade.
Buy it here for R59.95
Hummus is one of my favorite foods to snack on, especially at campus or when I find myself studying late into the night. Many of the store bought versions are filled with sodium and preservatives so I have learning to whip up a batch of my own at home which, after you peel them, becomes a breeze to make. I have been using the SmartBite dried chickpeas to make this and it works really well.
Simply soak one cup of dried chickpeas overnight and boil in that same water for about an hour
Save the water and, once cooled peel them each. This is a bit of a mission but, while I found that boiling it with baking powder helps to loosen the peels, it makes it a little mushy which I did not enjoy.
Once peeled, add to a food processor with:
1 tbsp olive oil
¾ tsp salt
1 tbsp tahini or 2 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
1 clove garlic
1 ½ – 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp ground cumin
Simply blitz together until smooth and creamy. If the mixture is too stiff then add about 2tbsp of the water in which the chickpeas were cooked. Store in a glass container in the fridge for about 2 -5 days (if it lasts that long!)
All products listed above are under R80 each which is great when you want to incorporate simple yet healthy foods into your diet. Do let me know if you have tried any of these above!