Spicy Peas

Spicy, Crunchy Peas

Spicy Peas

Crunchy peas are the perfect healthy snack and so nutty in taste that you don’t even realise you’re eating peas. These little guys are a popular snack food in south-east Asia but they lend themselves to any kind of flavouring, like onion, garlic + chilli powder. They will keep in an air tight container in the pantry for 3-5 days so they are great to keep on hand over the festive season for drop-ins.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of McCain Peas
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Optional – ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Method

  1. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180°C and line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Completely thaw McCain Peas, and bloat with paper towel to remove any excess moisture. This will ensure your roasted peas are crunchy.
  3. Combine spices and salt in a mixing bowl, add McCain Peas and toss to coat. Evenly spread peas on lined roasting tray. Drizzle with olive oil and roast for 30-40 minutes, shaking the tray every 10 minutes so they roast evenly.
  4. Remove peas from oven and allow to fully cool before serving. The peas will crisp up as they cool down.

Enjoy!

Apricot Energy Balls

Apricot, Almond and Coconut Balls

Apricot Energy Balls

These Apricot, Almond and Coconut balls are packed with all the goodness of dried apricots and almonds. They are a delicious snack that make a fabulous mid-morning or afternoon treat. They are also perfect for kids lunchbox treats. They have no added sugar, no artificial nasties and you know exactly what has gone into them!

There are so many variations of this recipe out there, with some recipes calling for condensed milk, chocolate, biscuits etc. I tried to keep this  recipe healthy and full of non-naughty ingredients. That way you can have your treat and eat it too!

To make these chewy sweet apricot balls, you can either chop the apricots into small pieces and combine, or use a food processor to chop and mix as I did. The way I see it, there’s no point in making extra work for yourself! Once you have your mixture, all you need to do is roll it into small balls, then roll them in the coconut. I recommend that you wet your hands to avoid the mixture sticking to them as much – but unfortunately if it unavoidable. There will be a mess at the end.

This recipe is simple, yummy and easy to get kids involved with! Kids love to help out, so get them to roll the balls and to roll them in coconut!

Ingredients

  • 200g dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup of almond meal
  • 1/2 cup of desicated coconut
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of water/milk/almond milk

Method

  1. Combine all apricots, almond meal and cinnamon in a food processor and blitz until they resemble a fine crumb.
  2. Add liquid add pulse until all ingredients come together.
  3. Place coconut in a small place and use a teaspoon to portion the mixture into balls.
  4. Roll the mixture into tight balls using the palms of your hands, roll in coconut and place in a container to refrigerate.

Enjoy!

 

Banana Bread

Banana and Raspberry Bread

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of McCain Season’s Choice Raspberries
  • 1 ¼ cups of mashed banana – about 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  • 2 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1/3 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 eggs – lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup of light olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nuts – toasted and roughly chopped
  • Icing sugar and extra McCain Season’s Choice Raspberries – to serve

Method

  1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 160C and grease a standard loaf pan with butter, lining the base and sides with baking paper, allowing the sides to overhang by 4cm.
  2. Combine the banana, sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk, eggs, and oil. Add flour, macadamias and cinnamon and stir to combine. Gently fold through frozen, McCain Season’s Choice Raspberries.
  3. Spoon into prepared loaf tin, smoothing the top. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes and turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Serve dusted with icing sugar and topped with additional, thawed, McCain Season’s Choice Raspberries.

Enjoy!

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Crisps

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Step away from the Kettle Crisps, put down the Doritos and whip up a batch of these homemade sweet potato crisps! They are the perfect snack food and what’s best – you know exactly what goes into them! Eaten stuffed into your mouth by the hand full or served with dip they will disappear in a flash.

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato – peeled and very thinly sliced. Use a mandolin to slice them if you have one and are confident you won’t slice your fingers off. The thinner the slices, the crisper your crisps!
  • 1 tbs of olive oil – don’t give into temptation and add too much oil. You are trying to dry out the sweet potato not fry it
  • A sprinkle of cumin, sweet paprika and freshly ground sea salt

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Toss the sweet potato slices in oil and season with cumin, paprika and fresh sea salt.
  3. Arrange in single layers on lined baking trays and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turning halfway through, or until crisp and golden.

Tip: add an extra sprinkle of dried herbs and spices like rosemary and garlic or smoked paprika and chilli for a flavour hit!

Enjoy!