Month: June 2015

Sugar Free Chocolate Brownie Loaf

A sugar free chocolate brownie loaf, sounds good for you right? It is.
Dates, oh how I love thee. I am head over heals with dates…….on their own, stirred through porridge, in smoothies, smothered with nut butter (oh you haven’t tried this? Please do, immediately!), in ice cream, pure date paste, in caramel sauce……I just REALLY like dates.

sugar free chocolate brownie

Naturally these brownies are jam packed with date loving, making them free from nasty sugar but rather packed full of goodness. Here’s 7 damn good reason’s to eat more dates from naturalsociety.com. Oh these brownies are whole grain too :-), just sayin’. Recipes like this sugar free whole grain brownie loaf highlight how redundant eggs + dairy really are in sweet treats. Not necessary at all.

sugar free chocolate brownie

Date + chocolate = so much yum. Guilt free yum. A sugar free chocolate brownie.
And did I say how easy these are? Yep, add this little lot to a blender/processor and Bob’s your Uncle and Annie’s your Aunt.

sugar free chocolate brownie

I reckon I’ll be whipping this up for future last minute dessert ‘needs’ as they’re really tasty as hell, healthy to boot and ready in a flash.

Sugar Free Whole Grain Brownie Loaf

200 grams pitted dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
250 ml almond milk
150 grams spelt flour
50 grams cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
100 grams dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 200 ºC. Blend the dates, milk + vanilla until smooth.
Add the flours + combine thoroughly. Stir through the chips + transfer to a baking pan.
Bake for 20 minutes.

Fig and Tahini Energy Bites (Calcium Rich + Dairy Free)

So, like, where do you get your calcium? Just kidding.
But really, this here from MindBodyGreen is a great little visual piece if you were wondering the best sources or perhaps wanting a few quick fire responses up your sleeve!
OK, let’s get to it, fig and tahini energy bites.

Vegan RAW Fig Energy Balls There are tonnes of plant based sources of calcium that nourish our bones rather than acidify them as dairy does. Many people worry about folk on a plant based diet in terms of their protein (yawn!), iron and calcium intakes. Calcium has long been associated with dairy which is completely misleading as nature is chock full of it and more nourishing to our skeletal system. What I’m saying is don’t sweat the calcium, especially now you got balls of calcium steel.

Vegan RAW Fig Energy Balls

Calcium rich, protein pumped, fibre packed little balls of pure RAW goodness. Quick to knock up, these are ready when you are!

Vegan RAW Fig Energy Balls

Fig and Tahini Energy Bites, a calcium love affair.

1 cup dried figs
1/2 cup dried dates
3/4-1 cup oats
1/4 cup light tahini
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Add this little bundle of goodness to a food processor or blender + process til a real smooth dough forms. Divide into amazing balls of calcium rich energy. Enjoy.

Black Bean Mocha Brownies (Gluten and Sugar free, Vegan)

Black bean mocha brownies…for that day when you NEED brownies like now! Blender brownies that are not only super quick to make but oh so healthful. These are those brownies that tick every box – no dairy, grain, gluten, egg or sugar.

Black Bean Mocha Blender Brownies

But but but, honestly they are still tasty as hell. Oh, and oh so adaptable too. Swap out the black beans for white beans, sub the walnuts for pecans, tahini for PB or coconut oil, ditch the coffee altogether + sweeten as you like. See, really, these are like a brownie for anyone and everyone 😉

Black Bean Mocha Blender Brownies

Black Bean Mocha Brownies

(make 12-16)

2 tablespoons chia seeds soaked in 6 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons tahini
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 can black beans, drained (230 grams drained weight)
2 tablespoons dark strong coffee granules soaked in 2 tablespoon hot water

Dark chocolate chips  + walnuts

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 175 ºC + line a small baking tin (8X8 inches is good).
2. Throw the lot into a blender (not the chocolate chips or walnuts) + blend until smooth.
3. Transfer to the tin, press copious amounts of chocolate chips and walnut pieces into the batter + bake for 25 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven, allow to cool, slice + enjoy. Freeze like a dream.

One Pot Veggie Pasta

vegan pasta pot

A great way to use leftover veggies or clear the fridge for a filling, healthy meal. This is pretty much a full meal in itself and can be on the table in less than 20 minutes. It’s super adaptable and really delicious.

vegan pasta pot

vegan pasta potThe end result is kinda soupy but definitely not soup! This recipe is an easy go-to recipe for when you’re short of time, have limited ingredients but still require a complete meal. A complete, healthy, delicious and quick as hell meal.

vegan pasta pot

One Pot Veggie Pasta

(serves 2)

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon rosemary/oregano/thyme
veggies (carrot, courgette, pepper, mushroom, spinach, brocoli, tomatoes, chili, olives)
200 grams pasta (I used spelt spaghetti, but GF brown rice pasta is great too)
750 ml vegan vegetable stock
1 can lentils/bean of choice

  1. Saute the garlic, onion + herbs until fragrant.
  2. Stir in your chosen veggies (I chose carrot, pepper, broccoli, mushroom).
  3. Add the remaining ingredients + bring to a gentle simmer until the pasta is cooked. You may need to add more stock/water to get the required soupy consistency.
  4. If using spaghetti, you may have to separate the strands at the beginning of cooking. Fusilli/penne are much easier options!

 

Plantain Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain Free + Vegan)

Chocolate chip cookies…they’re a go-to comfort snack to match that cool refreshing glass of almond milk or your favourite hot drink during the day or evening. It’s a social snack, most people’s eyes light up when ‘cookie’ is mentioned as an offering. It’s a fact. As you may have guessed (from the way we do things on the blog here) it’s not any old cookie, it’s made with…plantain?!

Grain Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Err, why? Well you searched for grain-free vegan paleo cookie recipe. And you got plantain chocolate chip cookies as your answer.
These are as good as they look too.
The facts:
Plantains are high in fibre, vitamin A & C, rich source of B vitamins (B6) and loadsa minerals too just look for yourself here livestrong will tell you more than you need to know.

DSC_2841 Grain Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Personally, we love how these are healthy and yet you’d find it hard to find anything wrong with the taste and texture…they’re that good! Small, moreish, yet simple to make!

Grain Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Plantain Chocolate Chip Cookies

(makes 12)

1 ripe plantain
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
2 tablespoons coconut flour
2 tablespoons tapioca starch
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 175 ºC. Lightly grease baking tray.
2. Combine all the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips in a blender/food processor. Once processed fold through chocolate chips.
3. Spoon tablespoon sizes of cookie dough onto the baking pan + bake for 12-15 minutes.

Recipe minimally adapted from this recipe at Purelytwins.