Midnight Chickpea Munchies

ImageEver get hungry late into the evening? You have tried your hardest to fend off those ice cream or pretzel cravings – however, waiting too long into the night gets the best of you. You feel your tummy grumble unhappily and you end up giving in and diving into a favorite not so good for you treat.

Believe me; I’ve done that – full admittance here. However, wouldn’t’ it be nice to have a good for you treat in the house, in case those cravings get the best of you?

Well, now you can – midnight chickpea munchies! Baked in the oven for crispiness perfection, these little guys are actually a good option to snack on when you have to have that crunchy treat. And, they are *gluten free.* By now, I hope you are catching on that I really don’t make a dish that isn’t gluten free.

You will need: 2 cans of chickpeas, 2 cap fulls of olive oil, 2 tbsp. cumin, 1 tbsp. chili powder and 1 heaping tbsp. garlic powder. You can also salt and pepper to taste.  

I start with pouring the chickpeas into a mixing bowl and adding all the ingredients in one at a time. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a long baking sheet with foil (I generally spray the foil with cooking spray too) and pour out the seasoned chickpeas onto the pan.

Bake for about 25 minutes – or a little longer for a crunchier taste. Yum! Snack on this at night instead of that fat filled favorite food!


Very Skinny Brownies

ImageShut the front door – a skinny brownie? That’s right – a VERY skinny brownie, in fact. It’s also *gluten free* and packed with loads of fiber. Sounds almost too good to be true; but, it’s true and you too can make this healthy, jaw dropping dessert.

I got this recipe from Undressed Skeleton’s blog. She has the best ideas. Love them. I modified this recipe to my own taste below.

Get cooking – this would be perfect for a little healthy dessert tonight. Satisfies that sweet tooth and fills you up! No more of wanting to eat a whole tray of brownies (I’ve been there!), you’ll be satisfied with 2 (but, no worries, if you are not – these are guilt free – a whopping 2.5 grams of fat each!) Eat one for me!

You will need: 2 bananas, 3 tbsp. ground flax seed, 3 tbsp. chia seeds, 2 tbsps. sweet leaf (or any natural sweetener), 1/2 tbsp. baking powder, 1/2 tbsp. baking soda, 2 scoops whey protein powder, 2 heaping tbsps. cocoa powder & 1 cap full vanilla extract.

First put the bananas in a food processor or blender – blend away! Then pour out this goodness into a mixing bowl. Add all the dry ingredients and stir them in good. Taste the mixture (just for fun, it tastes great!) Mist a pan with cooking spray and empty the brownie mixture in the tin.

Preheat the oven to 350 and pop the very skinny brownies in for about 15 minutes or less.