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Article: Sweet & savory snack ideas for the summer (simple + vegan)

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Sweet & savory snack ideas for the summer (simple + vegan)

Especially in summer, you don't always feel like standing in the kitchen for hours or testing complicated recipes. That's why today I have two sweet and savory snacks that I would like to recommend to you. For all recipes you only need a maximum of 5 ingredients and the preparation is really easy!

1. Zucchini rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini
  • Hummus / guacamole / other dip
  • Peppers / carrots / other vegetables
  • optional: fresh herbs

preparation

  1. Wash the zucchini and cut/grate into thin strips. Also wash the remaining vegetables and cut them into small sticks or pieces.
  2. Spread the dip (my recommendation is definitely hummus) on the zucchini slices. Spread the carrot and pepper pieces on one half of the now coated zucchini slices. If necessary, sprinkle fresh herbs on top. Then roll up the filled zucchini slices like a sushi roll.
  3. It is best to secure it with a toothpick as the zucchini can unroll again. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The zucchini rolls will keep there for 2-3 days.

2. Roasted Chickpeas

roasted chickpeas on a tray

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of chickpeas (approx. 530g drained weight)
  • olive oil
  • Paprika powder and/or chili powder
  • Salt

preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees top and bottom heat.
  2. Rinse the chickpeas in a sieve with water. Place in a coated baking pan or on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for 25 minutes.
  3. Take the chickpeas out of the oven, sprinkle with olive oil and the spices (salt, paprika powder and possibly chili powder). Mix everything well (warning: hot!). Of course, you can adjust the spices as you like and try using onion powder, for example. :)
  4. Put it back in the oven for about 15 minutes and then serve.

3. NiceCream

NiceCream ice cream made from bananas

The classic, I know. Still an absolute must for me on hot summer days! Please note that NiceCream should always be consumed as freshly prepared as possible and is not suitable for storing in the freezer for a long time. I will now introduce you to three variations of NiceCream. I use a food processor to mix.

The basis (same for all variations):

  • Peel, slice and freeze 1-2 ripe bananas (at least 3 hours). You can freeze the bananas in reusable freezer bags (press air out of the bag for better shelf life) or of course in a can. Bananas last 3-4 months in the freezer. So it's worth always freezing a few bananas because you can use them not only for NiceCream, but also in smoothies or cakes!
  • Allow to thaw for approx. 10 minutes before processing.

Chocolate NiceCream:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • possibly some plant milk (e.g. almond drink)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • dark chocolate chips or cocoa nibs as a topping

Mix the frozen banana pieces with the cocoa powder and vanilla extract. If necessary, mix in some plant milk. Then sprinkle with the chocolate chips.

Strawberry NiceCream:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 handful of frozen strawberries
  • possibly some plant milk (e.g. coconut milk or almond drink)
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut as a topping

Mix the frozen banana pieces with the strawberries. If necessary, mix in some plant milk (coconut milk, for example, works well here). Then sprinkle with the coconut flakes.

Peanut Butter Chocolate NiceCream

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter/peanut butter
  • possibly some plant milk (e.g. almond drink)
  • Peanuts and optionally some sea salt as a topping

Mix the frozen banana pieces with the cocoa powder and the peanut butter. If necessary, mix in some plant milk. Then sprinkle with the peanuts. If you like, you can add a little sea salt (be careful with the dosage).

4. Apple and nut “sandwiches”

red apple hanging on a tree

Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter (peanut butter or almond butter are particularly suitable)
  • 2 tbsp muesli, granola or oat flakes
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips, cocoa nibs or raisins

preparation

  1. Wash the apple and cut it into an even number of slices (the thickness of the slices is a matter of taste, I personally prefer thinner slices).
  2. Spread a slice with a little nut butter and then sprinkle with granola and chocolate pieces for the “crunch”. Top with another apple slice.
  3. Repeat until all apple slices have been used.

ENJOY YOUR MEAL! :)

If you would like to find out more about the topics of healthy eating, mindfulness, family & pregnancy or sustainability, take a look here .

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