Pesach gingernuts! Book review of Hungry Healthy Happy by Dannii Martin

Since starting this blog a couple of years ago I’ve joined several online groups and forums for food bloggers, and I must say they are some of the nicest, kindest, most supportive people I’ve ever known. And while we rarely (if ever) meet in person, we help each other out where we can, with support, words of experience and encouragement, and even gifts and cookies by post where appropriate!

So when a fellow food-blogger publishes a book, you’d be right in thinking that we’re all keen as mustard to have a look and try the recipes out. And I was excited to get my hands on a copy of Hungry Healthy Happy by Dannii Martin, who writes a fabulous blog of the same name.

Hungry Healthy Happy by Dannii Martin

Dannii has a remarkable story. She had become quite overweight and found that even though she was young, her size was starting to have negative impacts on her health. After becoming frustrated with the failure of fad diets and promised quick fixes, she instead began to make small changes to the way she eats, while gradually increasing her physical activity. This approach has enabled her – over a period of a few years – to continue to enjoy eating plenty of delicious food, while losing almost 100b and dropping down to a size 8! Unlike some celeb diet/weightloss bloggers, Dannii offers a real world, sensible approach, and isn’t afraid to share her before and after photos in her book. Reading her story and recipes is like taking advice from a successful friend or big sister – believable, genuine methods that clearly work.

Dannii’s book (and her blog) are most emphatically not about dieting or quick fixes, but rather about cooking and eating good, tasty, healthy food. She has cleverly adapted and adjusted recipes, to make them better for you while still being just as delicious as their less-healthy counterparts, and the book includes recipes for chocolate bars, banana bread, perfect burgers, burritos, curry, pizza… The recipes all look and sound absolutely amazing, and each one has nutritional information clearly displayed alongside so you can make informed choices about what you’re eating.

The photographs that accompany the recipes are all absolutely mouthwatering, and my main problem with the book was putting it down long enough to actually cook something! Of course I wanted to try out at least one of the recipes before writing this, and when I noticed that the gingernut biscuit recipe used only Pesach-friendly ingredients, that had to be the one I started with! I’m always looking for inspiration for Pesach, and these biscuits looked terrific. I only made one slight modification to the recipe – Dannii uses maple syrup, but I couldn’t remember if it’s available with a KforP hechsher, so I substituted honey. 

The resulting biscuits were crisp, golden and fiercely gingery – delicious! I risked dunking one in a cup of tea, thinking it might fall apart, but it held together perfectly. The gingernuts had a spicy, slightly nutty, almost caramelised flavour that is just wonderful. I will definitely be making them again for Pesach!

Gingernut biscuits from Hungry Healthy Happy by Dannii Martin

If you’re looking to change the way you eat, and make the move to a healthier lifestyle in a sensible, sustainable way, Dannii’s book is a fabulous place to start. It is available from Amazon and all good bookshops.

Gingernut biscuits
Yields 8
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128 calories
10 g
0 g
9 g
3 g
2 g
25 g
28 g
5 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
25g
Yields
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128
Calories from Fat 78
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 28mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
6%
Sugars 5g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
4%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 70g unsalted cashew nuts
  2. 70g whole almonds
  3. 20g desiccated coconut
  4. Pinch sea salt
  5. 0.5 tsp baking powder
  6. 2 tsp ground ginger
  7. 1 tsp lemon juice
  8. 3 tbsp maple syrup (I used runny honey)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a large, flat baking sheet with baking parchment.
  2. Place the cashews, almonds and coconut into a food processor and process to a fine, floury consistency. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the salt, baking powder, ground ginger, lemon juice and maple syrup to the bowl and mix well to form a dough.
  4. Using your hands, roll the mixture into 8 equal sized balls and place, evenly spaced, on the baking sheet.
  5. Using the palm of your hand, flatten each ball to a diameter or 7.5cm; this will ensure that your biscuits crisp up nicely.
  6. Transfer the biscuits to the oven and bake for 16 minutes until golden. Leave to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before eating.
Notes
  1. My biscuits were quite well done after 16 minutes. Start checking after 13-14 minutes and remove from the oven when golden brown.
Adapted from Hungry Healthy Happy by Dannii Martin
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calories
128
fat
9g
protein
3g
carbs
10g
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Adapted from Hungry Healthy Happy by Dannii Martin
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Recipe and images extracted from Hungry Healthy Happy by Dannii Martin, photography by Jacqui Melville. Published by Jacqui Small (£20). 

I was sent a copy of the book to review, but all opinions are my own. If you’d like to read what other people think of Dannii’s book too, try these:
Breakfast Burritos and Hungry, Healthy, Happy – a review by Janice at Farmersgirl Kitchen
Chocolate Hazelnut Spread from Hungry Healthy Happy by Dannii Martin by Sarah at From Plate to Pen
Healthier Chocolate Bars from Hungry Healthy Happy by Ciara at My Fussy Eater
Quinoa Bean Burgers from Hungry Healthy Happy Book by Sophie at Penne For Your Thoughts
Spiced Lentil Pancake Wraps and a Brace of Book Reviews by Choclette at Tin and Thyme

11 Comments:

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  3. nadiashealthykitchen

    What a lovely review! I love the sounds of these heathy gingernut biscuits, the ingredients are amazing! 😀

  4. I have first hand experience how making healthy choices in your eating can make a lasting and impressive improvement both in terms of weight loss and overall health. Both the book and gingernuts look lovely!

    • Thanks Lucy. I agree – I know that when I eat better, I feel better! A diet with plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, and cooked from scratch, makes a world of difference.

  5. Ginger nuts are my favourite biscuit! I’ll have to give these a go 🙂

  6. There are *no* diets or “healthy eating lifestyle changes” which are scientifically proven to work for more than 5% of people over 1 year. I hope the book had value as a recipe book because it will have none as a weight loss tool!

    • I agree that different people react well to different approaches. However I don’t understand why you seem to hostile to the idea of encouraging healthier eating habits! Yes, this book has plenty of value as a recipe book, as I think I explained above. There are lots of wonderful looking recipes for delicious new ideas and old favourites, all tweaked and tuned to make them healthier and more nutritious. Fantastic!

  7. Love ginger nuts! Have to give these ones a go. 🙂

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