New Year health-conscious recipes

Not much partying going on this year, so you can indulge yourself for New Year without overdoing it

Bounty Bites
Bounty Bites

with Leisa Cockayne’s Sugar Free Recipe’s.  So if one of your resolutions is to shed weight (and whose isn’t?) here’s a starter, a main and a sweet one.

Parmesan Crisps with Guacamole

180 grams of parmesan cheese

This is really so simple!
Finely grate the parmesan and place in little portions on to grease proof paper.
Flatten the portions down, but leave a space between each portion.
Cook at 180 degrees for 20 mins.
When the cheese starts to bubble, remove from the oven and leave to cool.
When they’ve cooled down, they’re ready to eat!
Alternatively, you could bake a giant crisp and then break it up into smaller pieces once it’s cooled.
I’ve added cheddar and chia seeds into this one…


Fried Black Beans


1 400g Can of Black Beans, drained
1 chilli chopped
3x garlic cloves minced
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
1 pint chicken/veg stock
Pinch of salt
Knob of butter



Heat the butter to the frying pan and add the onions.
Saute for 3-5 minutes until they’re lightly browned.
Add the garlic, chilli, parsley and coriander and cook for more minutes.

Add the drained black beans. Cook for a couple more minutes until the beans start to gently stick to the pan, then add the stock.
Put a lid on the pan and let it simmer away stirring occasionally to ensure the they don’t burn.

When the liquid has reduced and the beans start to get starchy and mushy, take them off the heat and serve with a dollop of guacamole (see the recipe), sour cream and a wholemeal wrap or pitta.

Bounty Bites / Bounty Bliss Balls

1 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup cashew butter
1/2 cup almond meal
8 dates
1/4 melted coconut oil
For coating – Homemade sugar free chocolate (editor’s note: you try vegan or real chocolate)

Add all the ingredients to the processor and combine.
When well mixed, roll in to balls and place in the fridge to set.
Melt the sugar free chocolate
Dunk each one of the bounty bites in the melted chocolate.
Return back to the fridge for the chocolate to set.
They’ll last a few days in the fridge in an airtight container (of you don’t end up eating them all in one go!).

See Leisa Cockayne’s blog


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