5 Iso-Friendly Healthy Recipes you can whip up now using pantry staples

By Salt Lab | Published the 26th Jul 2021

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Cook your way through lockdown with these easy-to-make recipes. While there is a lot going on in the world right now it is important you look after yourself, your mental health, and your physical health. We have put together recipes below using pantry staples, and they are delicious.

Another great blog to check out which we wrote last year is here.

YOU WILL NEED: These magnesium-rich pantry staples (we bet you already have them at home - which means no unnecessary trips to the shop needed!)

  • Oats
  • Bananas
  • Dark chocolate (or chocolate of any kind will do!)
  • Nuts and seeds (any variety)
  • Nut butters (peanut, almond, cashew - whichever you have on hand!)
  • Pea protein or almond meal (not a necessity - feel free to omit).

RECIPE 1: No-Bake Breakfast Cookies (serves: 6)


30g vanilla pea protein powder or almond meal

100g banana, mashed

80g traditional or steel-cut oats or quinoa flakes 

50g nut butter, softened

30g honey or sticky sweetener of choice

20g chocolate, cut into chunks 


Nuts, dried fruit, coconut


  1. To a large mixing bowl, add pea protein and oats, and stir to combine.
  2. Fold through the mashed banana, honey and nut butter until thoroughly combined into a dough.
  3. Fold through any additional inclusions like nuts.
  4. Using your hands, mould the dough into 6 even-sized cookies.
  5. Serve immediately, or keep stored in the fridge for up to a week 

RECIPE 2: Microwave Fudge (serves: 12)


200g smooth peanut, almond, or cashew butter (I used almond)

100g white (or milk) chocolate, already melted

50g honey, maple syrup, or sticky sweetener of choice

30g crushed almonds 

Sea salt, to top.

Optional: dark chocolate, for drizzling.


  1. In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter with chocolate. Stir through your honey and mix until fully incorporated.
  2. Fold through your almonds, and pour batter into a lined loaf or slice tin. Crack salt on top.
  3. Set in the freezer for at least 3-4 hours, before cutting into 12 pieces. Serve chilled and keep frozen/refrigerated. 

RECIPE 3: Chunky Homemade Granola  (serves: 4)


50g vanilla or chocolate  pea protein powder

80g traditional oats or quinoa flakes

40g nut butter of choice or 30mlcoconut oil

50g honey or sticky sweetener of choice 

20g dark chocolate, cut into chunks


Dried fruits, nuts, coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. To a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Scatter mixture onto a lined baking tray and place in the oven.
  4. Bake for 5-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Allow to cool completely before serving (so the pieces get crunchy!).  Keep in a jar or Tupperware container somewhere cool and dry for up to 1 week.

RECIPE 4: Loaded Smoothie (serves: 1)


30g vanilla or chocolate protein powder

100g/1 x small frozen banana

20g oats

15g peanut butter 

1 tbsp honey or maple syrup 

300ml water/milk 


Optional: frozen berries, spinach, kale, chia seeds.


  1. Blend all ingredients together in a Nutribullet or equivalent, and serve!

RECIPE 5: Rocky Road (serves: 12)


250g dark or milk chocolate, melted 

30ml coconut oil 

Inclusions of choice - whatever you have in the pantry to use! Marshmallows, nuts, dried fruit, pretzels, protein bar crumbled, etc.


  1. To a saucepan over medium heat, slowly melt the chocolate and coconut oil together until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and allow to cool slightly before adding inclusions.
    Fold through your inclusions of choice, and stir mixture together. 
  3. Pour mixture into a lined loaf or brownie tin or across baking paper, and place in the freezer to set for at least 2-3 hours.
  4. Once set, cut or break into 12 even sized pieces and enjoy! Keep refrigerated or frozen. 

You can shop our favorite easy-to-use Magnesium Oil here also.