Easy and healthy lockdown snacks

Article written by Sofia Jayne

Has lockdown got you endlessly munching? Do you need a healthy snack to nibble on, because you can’t boot the chocolate addiction Easter brought back? 

When there’s nowhere to go but for a walk passed the fridge, I, Sofia Jane has come to the rescue. Here’s some healthy, vegan recipes to help you out and keep you busy.  

Seedy Crackers and Beetroot Hummus 

These seed-packed crackers got that crisp of your usual buy AND are full of goodness. The seeds used are rich in protein, fibre, iron and healthy fats. In other words, they do lots of great things for your body!  

Read more information on all seeds used in these recipes here.  

The beetroot hummus has been made in my family kitchen and devoured at the dining table for years. The hands of all ages (including the bubs) have gone back for more and more each time!  

Seedy Crackers recipe from Vegan Goodness by Jessica Prescott: 

Total time needed: 35 minutes 
Recipe makes roughly 8~12 crackers in 4cm squares 

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup flaxseeds 
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds 
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds 
  • ¼ cup poppy seeds (I used chia instead) 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • ½ tsp sea salt 
  • 1 tsp cumin 

Method: 

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C 
  2. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until evenly blended but so the seeds still have form. Use up to 5 tablespoons of water to aid the process.  
  3. Scrape out content and roll into a ball. Place on a piece of baking paper and place another piece of baking paper over the top. Roll with a rolling pin until a few millimetres thick. Ensure to roll in all directions to keep consistency.  
  4. Sprinkle extra seeds and salt on top (I added rosemary leaves as well). Then place in the oven for 20-25 minutes.  
  5. Allow time to cool and then break it into pieces of your preferred size.  

Family Beetroot Hummus recipe: 

Total time needed: 24 hours from scratch, or 30 minutes from canned chickpeas. 
Recipe makes roughly 1L of delicious hummus 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup chickpeas (dried is preferred) 
  • 1/3 cup olive oil 
  • ½ tsp cumin  
  • 3 cloves of garlic 
  • 1 lemon juiced 
  • Salt (to taste) 
  • 1 tablespoon tahini 
  • 2 baby beetroots (pre-cooked packet or boiled) 

Method: 

  1. Bring dried chickpeas to boil and leave simmering for up to 2 hours. Then cover and leave to soak over-night. (it is possible to skip this process and use canned chickpeas instead but there will be a difference in flavour.) 
  2. Drain the chickpeas and place in a food processor. Put all other ingredient EXCEPT the beetroots in the food processor. Blend until smooth and consistent. Taste and add extra salt to your liking.  
  3. Once you are happy with the flavour of your hummus, add the beetroots and process until smooth and consistent.  
  4. Empty contents into a bowl or jar and allow to cool in the fridge. 

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Fudge Bites 

These bite sized snacks are a great little munch to keep you going and a healthy way to satisfy your sugar cravings. They’re also full of nutritious seeds and nuts (optional), as well as cacao which has been proven to boost serotonin. So, eat chocolate and elevate your mood! 

Total time needed: 1 hour 
Recipe makes roughly 12~16 balls in 3cm diameters.  

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup hemp seeds 
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds 
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds 
  • ½ cup cacao powder 
  • ½ cup peanut butter 
  • 1/3 cup plant-based protein powder (pea, hemp or soy based, more on plant-based protein powder here
  • 4 dried figs chopped into small pieces (or dates) 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil 
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup (or any plant-based syrup) 
  • Extra seeds, cacao powder or coconut 

Method: 

  1. Put the coconut oil and honey in a small dish and stir-in a dash of hot water to melt down.  
  2. Place coconut oil and honey in a food processor with all other ingredients. Pulse until smooth and consistent.  
  3. Sprinkle seeds, cacao powder or coconut flakes onto a plate. Place a spoonful of mixture onto your hand and roll into a little ball. Roll the ball in what you have sprinkled on the plate.  
  4. Repeat with all the mixture.  
  5. Leave to harden in the fridge for up to 40 minutes. 

Endless variations of flavours are possible to play around with.  

For nut allergies, simply take out the peanut butter and enjoy a simple chocolate flavour.  

For an even crunchier texture, add almonds and other nuts.  

For different flavours, omit chocolate and peanut butter all together and use ingredients like lemon and coconut instead. Tea infused water can also be added to make an aromatic chamomile or green tea flavoured snack.   

Have fun with these recipes and explore different flavours! Play around and even put the little ones to work!  

Vegan Easy has lots of great recipes to try. Depending on where you are in the world, what you’re craving will probably differ. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of warming comfort food and light, fresh options to fill your bellies and take-up your isolation time.   

Go get busy and get fed!  

Don’t forget to share your experience with me on Insta @sofia.jayne_ or #babylongreychange 

Article written by Sofia Jayne

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