Spicy Roasted Chickpea Salad

I love chickpeas and have been obsessing about these little gems since I was pregnant with my first daughter. Chickpeas are versatile and I use them when making hummus, in stews and pasta sauces and salads.  

Chickpeas are good source of protein and just one cup (200g) contains 39 grams of protein! They also contain fibre which is good for gut health, helps to balance blood sugar and are good for health health.  

This recipe is so easy and gives a spicy twist to my usual chickpea salad.

Spicy Roasted Chickpea Salad

  • 1 can of chickpeas (400g)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • Sprinkle of chilli flakes
  • half tablespoon olive oil
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Handful of salad leaves
  • Dollop of hummus

Preheat oven to 180C.  Drain and rinse the chickpeas and put in a bowl.  Add spices and tomatoes. Mix well.  Put on oven tray and roast about 35 minutes.  Rip some salad leaves to your plate and pour chickpeas and tomatoes on top.  I love serving this with dollop of hummus.  You could also add some sliced avocado.



Summer Berry Pie

The berry season is at full swing here in Finland.  You can pick your own blueberries from the forest or from raspberries from bushes or buy a variety of berries from the markets.

Blueberries are antioxidant powerhouses containing vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese and fibre and raspberries are great source of vitamin C, fibre and manganese.   Perfect for a sweet tooth! 

This summer berry pie is easy to make and tastes heavenly!

  • 2 big handfuls of blueberries
  • 2 handfuls of raspberries
  • 250g gluten-free flour
  • 200ml organic butter, melted or use melted coconut oil for dairy-free version
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 150ml runny organic honey
  1. Melt the butter in a pan.  Mix baking powder with flour.  Preheat oven to 200C.
  2. Whip butter and eggs together.  Once foamy add the honey.  Mix the mixture with the flour.  Mix in and pour into a pie dish.
  3. Drop in the berries and bake for 30 minutes.


Healthy treats

Our youngest daughter turned 4 today!  As part of the Dutch tradition, parents usually prepare 'traktaties' for pre-school, birthday treats to share with all the kids.  We made raw cacao, nut and date energy balls which were a huge hit.

These little balls are sugar, dairy and wheat-free and packed with protein. 

Makes about 20 balls

  • 1 mug of almonds
  • 1.5 mug of pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoon of raw cacao
  • 1.5 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon of peanut butter (good quality, try to choose sugar-free)
  1. First put almonds in a food processor and grind until fine consistency.
  2. Add dates and rest of the ingredients.  Let it process until it looks quite sticky.
  3. Make little balls and refrigerate for a few hours. 
  4. Take out of the fridge before serving to soften.

Great as treats or as a snack! 



Celebrating Banana Bread

Rainy Saturday morning.  Hubby's birthday and I had no idea what cake to bake. I saw bunch of ripe bananas in the fruit bowl and there it was - my ingredients for banana bread!  

There's something heart-warming about banana bread.  It's great for breakfast or to enjoy with a cup of herbal tea.  

Free from gluten and refined sugars. 

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 160ml organic honey 
  • 60g organic unsalted butter (you can also use melted coconut oil) 
  • 2 eggs
  • 250g gluten-free flour (I mixed buckwheat and almond flour)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 100g chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon zest

Preheat oven to 180C and grease loaf tin with little coconut oil. Put butter bananas, eggs, honey, flour, baking powder and bicarb soda into bowl and blend with hand blender until smooth. You can also use a food processor. Add chopped pecans, flaxseeds and lemon zest and mix in with a wooden spoon. Pour the mixture in the tin and bake about 40min until cooked through (insert a skewer or little knife into centre and if it comes away clean, it's ready). Allow to cool before taking out of the tin.

Slice and enjoy!


Banana bread