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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.

Cake Batter Doughnuts with Chocolate Coconut Frosting (Vegan)

doughnut vegan
I had a Krispy Creme once and I didn’t like it, it was such a major disappointment to me. See, I was really looking forward to it, a little too excited perhaps but in anticipation for the doughnut of my life. The thing is, it was really just something and nothing, as light and airy as a feather, sickly sweet, a tad dry + very much a ‘take it or leave it’ kind of doughnut. Maybe I’m just weird but they just didn’t taste like real food.

These are NOT ‘take it or leave it’ doughnuts. Not at all.

vegan chocolate doughnuts

These have real substance, a subtle sweetness, creamy vanilla undertones and a hard crispy chocolate coconut frosting. This is the way I like my doughnuts; substantial, delicious, feel good and plant based. I made these twice in the space of two days, they really are that good. They may not be the glossy, uniformed, additive laden doughnuts from the supermarket but they are real, rustic and full of healthy ingredients.

chocolate vegan doughnut

These cake batter doughnuts are spelt based so much lower in gluten and higher in fibre which is why they’re miles more satisfying than regular doughnuts. With a lot less sugar, no dairy whatsoever and zero additives these are my doughnut of choice. Life’s too short to eat crappy fake, sugary, greasy doughnuts stuffed with who knows what and I really do care about this. Spelt cake batter doughnuts are surely the way forward, especially as they take five minutes to throw together and twenty to bake. Job done.

doughnut stack

Cake batter doughnuts with chocolate coconut frosting

(6 doughnuts)

1 cup spelt flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon crushed flaxseeds to 3 of water)
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup almond milk
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

frosting:
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon dried coconut

method:

1. Preheat oven to 200 ºC. Combine the first four dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl + set aside.
2. Mix the remaining wet ingredients together throughly + add to the dry mixture, taking care not to over mix.
3. Transfer the batter to a greased doughnut pan + bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
4. Combine frosting ingredients and ice each cooled doughnut well. Neatness not necessary.

Simple Spiced Cookies (Vegan)

christmas spiced cookies

When I was a kid I used to make these incredible ginger, crunchy, hollow biscuits that everybody seemed to love, including me. They must have been pretty good ‘cos I was literally making them every Saturday! I miss them. Simple spiced cookies

Anyway, these are not those biscuits but I will be having a little think about sourcing that old recipe for old times sake. These are a bit different from my childhood favourite as for a start they’re softer with no crunch and don’t contain any dairy (this is a good thing of course) but they are packed full of ginger and other warming winter spices. Think Christmas cake; orange, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon……love, love, love these flavours. Oh, these are quick too, super simple to throw together and ready in a jiffy. I actually think it would take longer to drive to the supermarket and buy a packet of ginger nuts! They have currants in too, I like currants, they seemed to have been forgotten about. It’s all about raisins and sultanas so I buy currants to keep the love alive! It’s true isn’t it?Simple spiced cookies

There’s no rubbish in these either, wholegrain, low gluten and no dairy, yep just wholesome healthful ingredients. This is my kinda cookie. This should be everybody’s kinda cookie!Simple spiced cookies

Simple Spiced Cookie

(makes 12-15)

1/2 cup currants
1 cup spelt flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon + ginger
1/4 teaspoon each of nutmeg + all-spice
3 tablespoons vegan butter
1 flax or chia egg (1 tablespoon of seeds to 3 of water)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup powdered sugar
juice + zest of orange

method:

1. Preheat oven to 175ºC. Combine the first 6 dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
2. Combine the remaining wet ingredients in a measuring jug. You will need to melt the butter for 20 seconds in a microwave.
3. Add the wet mixture to the dry + combine thoroughly to form a sticky cookie dough.
4. Using a teaspoon scoop, form small cookies + place on a lined baking tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Allow to cool before removing.
5. Mix the sugar + enough orange juice to make a thick syrup. Drizzle over the cookies + zest the orange zest over the top.

Way too Healthy Emergency Breakfast Cookies

breakfast cookies

You know how sometimes there’s a post claiming something really is the healthiest thing ever, like ever, ever? Like cookies that aren’t really that healthy, yeah it’s mostly not that true. Tragic. Of course I don’t do that here.

Way too healthy emergency breakfast cookiesSo I’m not gonna tell you about the health benefits of this cookie. I’m not even gonna tell you that these are gluten free, or that they’re dairy free also. And these cookies contain no saturated fats whatsoever. I won’t bother telling you that these way too healthy emergency breakfast cookies are good enough for breakfast and in fact probably a lot healthier than many breakfasts out there. In fact they’re definitely healthier than most breakfasts. Really.Way too healthy emergency breakfast cookies

Just take a look at the ingredients list (I know!). Not just a New Year ‘let’s be good’ cookie but a cookie to replace all rubbish and junk filled cookies out there.
Now we can grab a cookie(s) for breakfast, guilt free. It doesn’t need to be an emergency either.

A healthy breakfast cookie

These contain most of my favourite brekkie ingredients: nut butter, oats, brown rice, raisins, COCONUT, almonds. Gosh I love all these things so of course they’re gonna go in this cookie and make my day. Yay.Delicious, whole, plant based ingredients

For those days where you gotta leave in a rush, can’t stomach a full on breakfast or just want something delightful to snack on throughout the day! Oh, they dunk well too.Healthy breakfast cookies

Way too healthy emergency breakfast cookies

(makes 12-15)

wet:
1/2 cup apple puree/sauce
1/4 cup maple syrup/honey/agave
1/4 cup smooth nut butter of choice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

dry:
1 1/2 cups gluten free oats
1/2 cup puffed brown rice cereal
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup crushed almonds (any nut or seed would work well)
1/4 cup flame raisins (or dried fruit of choice)

method:

1. Heat oven to 180ºC + line a baking tray with parchment paper. Combine all the wet ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl add the dry ingredients + mix well.
2. Combine the wet + dry, combining thoroughly.
3. Using your hands or a spoon (i’m a hands on girl) form small lumps/balls + place on the baking tray. Flatten slightly.
4. Bake for 25 minutes + allow to cool fully before removing. These stay good for up to a week.

Banana NiceCream – No Dairy, No Fat + No Sugar

Banana Nicecream – No Dairy, Fat or Sugar

banana ice cream

It’s that crazy time of year when everything just seems in excess; an obscenely huge selection of food, alcohol you would never usually drink (advocaat and Baileys anyone?), extravagant gifts we can’t afford, social expectations turning into obligations, shops packed to the brim with enthusiastic shoppers, television commercials telling us we need just one more thing and a minor meltdown when we realise we forgot the cranberry sauce. How could we possibly go ahead without this!? This stuff is tiring in a period of my life when I’m trying to detox in every sense of the word, embrace my inner minimalist, reduce everything, less is more as a mantra, de-clutter and simplify. Yes, simplify. Why make things more complicated than they need to be? It’s all very simple really and this ice cream is a celebration of less is more. But don’t be fooled, it’s pretty amazing stuff.

It’s free. Free from everything but wholesome goodness.

Liberated from unnecessary additives. simply banana ice cream

Completely unadulterated.

Happy to be just as it is and it doesn’t care what you think.  DSC_8905

Pure.

Raw.

You get the picture right?

1 beautiful ingredient. Bananas.just bananas, frozen bananas

Nature’s offering of whole food plant powered ice cream. It’s banana nicecream.

There’s no sugar, no dairy and no fat. Hallelujah!banana ice cream with caramel + nuts

It doesn’t get any simpler. It doesn’t get any better either.

Less is more. Most of the time anyway.

Banana Nicecream

Freeze your bananas for at least 4 hours + blend away until creamy. The Vitamix does a terrific job. Eat as soft serve or freeze for a harder consistency.

Healthier Chocolate Fudge Brownie (Vegan)

I’m not so much of a brownie kind of person and I just don’t feel normal being this way with so many brownie lovers out there. That’s why I made these, cos people love the brownie thing and these are to take to afternoon tea, so naturally I wanted to take something to please. People pleaser that I am!
choc fudge brownie
You just know I gave the original brownie recipe a bit of a makeover by making it vegan friendly (goodbye egg and butter) and also a lower gluten count (hello almond flour). Dark dairy free chocolate chips, pecan + a little less sugar make this a lot healthier than your average brownie.

Chocolate brownie love

I could have gone the whole hog and really stripped the sugar, omitted the butter for apple sauce but I wanted to be popular and wasn’t sure Russ’s family would appreciate my plant-powered wellness warrior brownie!Chocolate brownie stack

The thing is Russ’s twin brother’s other half is the queen of baked goods, in a ‘Great British Bake Off’ type of way, much to the delight his entire family. Come to think of it his sister, grandmother and mother are all baking goddesses, oh god what have I done. Anyhow, these are made with love and great healthy ingredients, who knows these may even turn me into a brownie lover. The thing is I cannot taste them as I can’t really take a tray of brownies with one missing, can I?Sliced healthy chocolate brownie

Ok, I just tasted one…..and wow, I gotta say they’re delicious. Not my favourite dessert ever, but a mighty fine chocolate treat. Now I definitely gotta try a raw brownie next with a whole lotta date loving going on.easy healthy chocolate brownies

Naturally I’ll be choosing these healthier chocolate fudge brownies this afternoon and here’s why:

nil dairy
low gluten + no refined flours
low carb – hello almond flour
reduced sugar + none of the white stuff either
heart healthy
made with love….so much love. lol
deeply dark chocolate, yum
because I made them of course!healthy chocolate brownies

It really is easy to make a recipe healthier, even just by ditching the dairy but if you slightly lower the sugar and select wholegrain flours then you really are making a whole lot of goodness. Most favourite baked goods recipes can be adapted in this way without forfeiting taste and texture. Ain’t that just grand. sliced healthy chocolate brownies

Healthier chocolate fudge brownie

(makes 9 squares)

1 flax egg (1 tablespoon crushed flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water)
1/2 cup spelt flour (can use wholewheat or regular all purpose)
1 1/2 cups almond flour (or process almonds into meal)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup dairy free butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup crushed pecans + 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 175 º C. + line a 12″ baking dish with baking paper – lightly grease. Prepare the flax egg + set aside. Add the flours, salt, baking powder + cocoa to a bowl + combine thoroughly.
2. Place the chocolate chips + dairy free spread in a microwaveable dish + place in the microwave for 45 seconds until melted. Whisk the sugar, vanilla, almond milk + flax egg into the mixture until fully combined. Add this to the dry mix + stir well.
3. Add the pecans + extra chocolate chips to the brownie dough + transfer to lined baking dish. Be sure to push the mixture down well so that it is very compact. Bake for 40 minutes.
4. Leave to cool FULLY before cutting the brownie. Slice into 9 squares + enjoy the brownie love. Store in the fridge for 1 week or freeze on day of baking.

Gluten + Dairy Free ‘Snickers’ Pancakes

snickers pancakesDessert for breakfast is sometimes the only way forward. Chocolate. Peanuts. Caramel. Pancakes. I shouldn’t think it gets much better than this. Well not in pancake world anyhow! I wish I had more creativity at breakfast but I always stick to my oats and a thousand trillion toppings. It’s only when I have something like this that I tell myself – ‘eat more pancakes, you crazy person’. Everybody should be eating more pancakes….as long as they’re plant based and super good for you!snickers pancakes

So not only was I trying to jazz up my pancakes ‘Snickers’ style but was also trying to perfect my gluten and dairy free pancake and I tell you what, this was right on target. Utterly delicious actually. You know they’re a success when you literally cannot wait to make them again and eat the whole damn lot. snickers pancakes

These Snickers pancakes have an ever so slightly sweet taste (I figured they didn’t need much sugar when they’re studded with chocolate + drowned in caramel sauce!), a nuttiness from the wholesome gluten free flour, creaminess from the almond milk and flax and they rose like a treat too! So happy with that.pancakes glorious pancakes

You gotta expect a slightly denser pancake when your using GF flour and no eggs and these were still much lighter than I envisaged. Let’s face it, who wants a pancake you could break into someone’s house with? Not me and in taste terms these are miles better than any white processed pancakes I’ve had in the past. I’d always recommend using roasted nuts as the taste is way better and makes them super crunchy too. These Snickers Pancakes are really very delicious. I want them again, right now. snickers pancakes + caramel sauce

Gluten + dairy free ‘Snickers’ pancakes

(serves 2)

1 cup all purpose gluten free flour (I used Dove’s Farm)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon flaxseed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts
1/4 cup dark dairy free chocolate chips
raw caramel sauce or shop bought

method:

1. Combine the first 4 dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Meanwhile add the milk, apple cider vinegar, flax + vanilla extract to a jug + whisk thoroughly.
2. Add the wet mixture along with the coconut oil to the dry ingredients + mix thoroughly. Stir through half the peanuts + half the chocolate chips.
3. Grease a non stick pan with coconut oil + scoop 1/4 cup size amounts of the mixture onto the griddle pan. Allow to brown (about 2 minutes) on one side + flip for another 2 minutes. Transfer to a warm oven whilst cooking the remaining pancakes.
4. Top with the remaining peanuts + chocolate chips. Drizzle generously with caramel sauce + revel in all this snickers glory.

Healing Miso Noodle Soup (Vegan)

Healing Miso Noodle Soup
Have you ever read the back of a pot noodle pack? Don’t do it, it’s really quite scary. Instead make yourself these 5 minute instant ‘pot’ noodles that are crammed to the brim with goodness. Loads of it.

Healing Miso Noodle Soup

This is the polar opposite of a pot noodle. It’s a healing miso noodle soup!Healing Miso Noodle Soup

A soup to cleanse. Heal. Invigorate. To simply feel good. Just what you deserve.Healing Miso Noodle Soup

Buy some miso soup right away, the stuff is an amazing health tonic. Just add hot water. Chop a little veg with a little love. A lotta love. Get some really nice noodles (wholegrain always). Put it all together and smile at what you just did.Healing Miso Noodle Soup

A great big heaping bowl of healing goodness. Make this your winter soup. Your cold fighting, immunity boosting broth. Your go to ‘I need to feel good food’ food, flavoured with garlic, ginger, a little chili, onion and mighty miso. Healing Miso Noodle Soup

I defy you to eat this and not feel really good after. It’s impossible. Use this as a weapon, a powerful weapon against getting ill, run down or coldy and you’ll be smugly dodging all those seasonal nasties. Good stuff.Healing Miso Noodle Soup

Super quick + healing miso noodle soup

(serves 2)

150 grams brown rice noodles
3 teaspoons miso paste
thumb size piece ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, finely sliced
1 carrot, peeled
large handful broccoli florets
6 mushrooms quartered
handful baby leaf spinach
1 chili, deseeded + finely chopped
2 spring onions, chopped finely

Method:

  1. Cook the noodles according to packet instructions + set aside. Heat the miso paste over a low heat with 4 cups water + turn off just before it reaches boiling point. Add all the vegetables to the broth.
  2. Refresh the noodles with cold water, add to the miso broth + vegetables. Stir well to combine.
  3. Serve immediately topped with spring onion + a little chili. Actually top it with whatever you like. Smugly slurp on your own wonderful pot noodle.

Pumpkin Spiced Coconut Pancakes (Gluten Free + Vegan)

Pumpkin spiced coconut pancakesToday is mostly about delicious stacked pancakes and awe inspiring quotes. These words of wisdom made their way into my life this morning:

“Only the truth of who you are, if realised, will set you free.”

Eckhart Tolle

Deep eh? Man I gotta read ‘The Power of Now’, like now!  I love it when a quote just sparks something in me, inspires, motivates, ignites and this is definitely one of those quotes for me. Discovering and accepting our true authentic selves, existing as we truly are, the good, the bad and the ugly, practicing self acceptance and lending the same sentiment to others. It’s authenticity that I value more than anything and it’s clear to see when someone is being their true and authentic self, these people are magnets as we’re always drawn to the real. I vow never to be afraid of being the truest realest me, embracing self discovery always, because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be free? Pumpkin spiced coconut pancakes

Who we are when people aren’t looking, listening, simply observing ………… well that’s how we should allow ourselves to be all the time. It’s a journey at the end of the day so let’s have some pumpkin + coconut spiced pancakes along the way. See how I did that, eh?

Pumpkin spiced coconut pancakes

I’m really rinsing the pumpkin thing at the mo and seeing as i’ve never had pumpkin pancakes there was very good reason to keep going with this pumpkin theme, I mean obsession. It’s hardly a crime is it?! Honestly, it’s fair to say I have a pumpkin preoccupation all year, not just halloween!Pumpkin spiced coconut pancakes

Well what about these then, a stacked pile of loveliness. So yum but unfortunately I didn’t make enough. Their moreishness (yes, in my world it is a word!)  plus sharing with Russ proved hard to do…..soul destroying really.Pumpkin spiced coconut pancakes

These pumpkin spiced coconut pancakes are oat based, eggless and pumpkin packed so they’re great for dairy and gluten free diets or for anyone who is simply cutting back on these things. I used a little coconut oil for greasing, maple syrup for drizzling and nuts for dressing. A pretty good breakfast I’d say.

Be happy and proud of who you really are and eat pancakes, often. Pumpkin spiced coconut pancakes

Pumpkin Spiced Coconut Pancakes

(Serves 2)

1 cup gluten free oat flour (make your own by processing oats to a fine flour)
1/3 cup desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg + ginger
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup almond milk
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flaxseeds combined with 3 tablespoons water)
pecans + maple syrup
coconut oil for frying

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk the pumpkin puree, milk + flax egg in a measuring jug.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry + combine thoroughly to form a thick batter.
  3. Using a 1/3 cup, ladle the batter into the pan + cook well on both sides. Transfer to the oven to keep warm whilst cooking the remaining pancakes.
  4. Tower the pancakes on a plate, sprinkle with pecans + drizzle with maple syrup.

Guilt Free Cookie Dough Butter (GF + Vegan)

Guilt Free Cookie Dough ButterBetter than peanut butter, chocolate spread, shop bought cookie dough…actually I don’t think you can buy raw cookie dough in the UK? If you can, it’s definitely better than this. I know this because its flies through the ‘can you eat it straight from the jar’ test.Cookie dough butter!

Whatever, this is a continuation of my sweet chick pea lovin’. I’ve been making little chick pea chocolate cookie bites and I usually end up eating half the ‘raw’ dough before I’ve made them……and then it dawned on me. I couldn’t believe how blind i’ve been – why the hell did I not make this guilt free cookie dough butter sooner?Cookie dough process.....

I hate words like ‘guilt free’ because I don’t think we should let guilt interfere with our enjoyment of food but let’s face it, it does all too often. So calling these ‘guilt free’ is just a way of conveying that this cookie dough butter is unprocessed, low in sugar, protein rich, has zero bad fats but more a big bowl of healthy. It’s hard not to eat the whole jar, I did urge Russ to take half to work to get it out of my reach….he forgot and I finished it….all of it. So delicious, it’s equally dangerous to prepare especially when spooning it into the jar, near impossible to do this without eating some. I’m just trying to tell you how good this is….and good for us, thank the lord it’s good for us. So happy that food like this is healthy cos it sure as hell don’t taste like it.Cookie dough butter

Add a little more or less milk for your desired consistency, I like mine quite thick but a little looser works well poured over ice cream – whatever floats your boat really.

Butter, a dip, dolloped in your morning oats, on cereal or yep…..straight up out of the jar, whatever.

Is it wrong to wanna dip a cookie in this cookie dough butter……I think I’ve answered my own question……no of course not. Enjoy.Cookie dough butter

Guilt Free Cookie Dough Dip

250 grams drained + rinsed chick peas
2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons vanilla essence
4 tablespoons maple syrup or 1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flaxseeds
1/4 cup almond milk
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (dairy free)

1. Place all the ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. Stir through the chocolate chips and transfer to a glass jar ready to dip your spoon into.

Store in the fridge in an airtight container and use within 7 days.

Adapted from ‘Healthy cookie dough dip……..the famous recipe’. 

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