Healthy cooking with Percol and SpamellaB!

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We’ve teamed up with the talented Pamela, better known as healthy food blogger SpamellaB.Pamela is passionate about healthy living and a firm believer in enjoying what you eat. Luckily, this doesn't mean forgoing your favourite treats! She’s worked hard to find a way to 'indulge innocently' by developing recipes that satisfy your sugar cravings while using clean, unrefined ingredients.We absolutely love her recipes because they're vibrant, creative and most importantly - delicious. To top it off, Pamela brings all of these recipes to life with her gorgeous photos.We’ll be sharing some amazing Percol inspired recipes with you so keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. To kick things off, we asked Pamela to give us the inside scoop on her favourite healthy ingredients.

SpamellaB's Healthy Cupboard Essentials:

  • Oats – “My number one store cupboard essential because they're cheap and incredibly versatile. I use them in everything from porridge to oat bakes, bases for raw desserts to crumble toppings. I blend oats to form a flour, which I then use in most of my healthy baking recipes as a healthier alternative to wheat flour”
  • Cinnamon – “Something everyone should have in their cupboard. It’s a health-boosting spice offering a warming sweet flavour to so many recipes to enhance the flavour. It goes especially well with anything that has apples, bananas, chocolate or dates in”
  • Cacao powder – “A must for any recipe that requires a chocolate flavour. This unprocessed version of cocoa powder retains its nutrients and can be added to brownie or batter mixes or whisked with melted coconut oil and maple syrup to form a raw chocolate. The opportunities are endless!”
  • Coconut oil – “I love how versatile coconut oil is; from frying to roasting, melting to using solid in place of butter. Because it's packed full of good fats, it helps to promote heart health and can lower cholesterol”
  • Tahini – “This sesame seed paste is amazing for binding ingredients together in flapjacks, cheesecake bases or in cake or brownie batters. Offering a slightly nutty taste, it goes particularly well with dates, bananas and apples”
  • Bananas – “I adore blending or mashing bananas and using them in cakes, muffins, loaves and baked oats. Pairing them with peanut butter, chocolate and no added sugar jam are my favourites!”
  • Maple syrup – “Another unrefined sugar alternative. This makes a great (vegan) alternative to honey or other syrups which can cause blood sugar levels to spike.”
  • Stevia – “Rather than using refined white sugar, I use powdered stevia which you can find in most supermarkets. A natural sweetener with no calories, it is 200x times sweeter than sugar so use about 1/3 less than the recipe states”

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