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5 Minute One Cup Vegan Loaf Cake

one cup vegan loaf cakeI adore this mix and match one cup vegan loaf cake, it’s so easy and so adaptable. If you don’t like baking then this is the cake for you. Or if you have absolutely no time whatsoever, again, this is the cake for you. It’s ridiculously simple and quick to throw together.

one cup vegan loaf cake

As the name suggests, you only need one cup and you’re good to go. No weighing, no sinkful of dirty cups and spoons, no frantic googling for conversions and no convoluted stages. Just get that bowl and that cup and go for it. You can really just adapt this according to your ingredients in the kitchen cupboards so again don’t feel like you have to stick to the recipe 100%.

one cup vegan loaf cake

One cup vegan loaf cake

1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chocolate chips or nuts or raisins (or a mix)
1 cup spelt or any self-raising flour (if using plain add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder)
1 cup sugar (coconut is good)
1 cup banana or apple puree
1 cup nut milk

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC + grease your loaf pan.
  2. In the large mixing bowl add the first 4 ingredients + combine. Then add the remaining fruit puree + milk to form a cake batter.
  3. Transfer to the greased pan + bake for 40 minutes. Allow to mostly cool before tucking in.

Simple Vegan Oat Bars

It’s become a thing, but I guess it always has been a thing – tea and cake in the afternoon? Around 3 o’clock, a hot cuppa and some lovely oatiness in the shape and form of these simple vegan oat bars really does go down well. Or late morning, depends how you do things?
Out with the idea that oat bars (flapjacks to British folks) have to be greasy and buttery – out with that and in with coconut oil, sugar-free nut butters and unsweetened nut milks. The sweetness is coming purely from nature in other forms, just check out the ingredients list!

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You realise there’s a big plus to baking these and yes, apart from healthy vegan baking gone into these little beauties, they only take 20mins in the oven. Cool them on a rack or whatever you use and slice them! Great stored in the fridge until your next batch is made because….they aint gonna last too long 😉

So you’ve got the seeds, the cinnamon, the nut milk, the bananas…how is all this packed into these little innocent bars? Well they’re high up on the protein scale for a filling snack and we all know about the wealth of benefits associated with cinnamon to keep that blood sugar steady too. The bananas will also help for some slow release energy.
I’m not gonna lie, if you’ve no intention of enjoying these because they’re ‘healthier’ than other oat bars and just want a tasty snack, then just enjoy them for what they are and how they taste!

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Simple Vegan Oat Bars

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, chopped dates/apricots
1 cup nuts/seeds (we used shredded coconut + sunflower seeds)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup/honey/agave syrup/date nectar
2 tablespoons nut butter
1/4 cup nut milk
2 ripe bananas, mashed

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 190 ºC. Line + grease a square 20×30″ baking pan.
  2. Add the first 5 dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl + combine fully.
  3. Mix the remaining wet ingredients together + add to the dry oat bowl. Thoroughly combine until the mixture is fully coated.
  4. Transfer to the lined baking pan, flatten firmly + bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing + store in the fridge.

Raw Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars

There are few people you meet in life who would wholeheartedly say, “Cheesecake? Nah, I’m good thanks” (unless they’re a pure savoury addict, then I’ll let them off). Which means there’s more of this raw coconut lime cheesecake for the rest of us. Just the title makes you want to read on, check out the pictures and zoom straight down to the recipe method!raw coconut lime cheesecakeThere’s something about raw desserts that just makes me want to have more and more. Charlotte decided to make this beauty of a cheesecake, slice it all up and freeze it…I was only happy to take some photographs and test for it’s authenticity and sheer indulgent taste (without all that nasty sugar and dairy).

raw coconut lime cheesecake

As you can see from the ingredients list, the natural sweetness from dates and maple syrup are plenty to give this that satisfying sweet edge needed to be a real cake. It’s all natural and nothing processed added which means you can feel really good about asking people to give these a go (I doubt any kind of resistance will happen here).

raw coconut lime cheesecake

The lime taste that comes through is subtle enough to really taste it’s “limey” but not overpowering, and the coconut….well you know goodnessgreen’s obsession with the white stuff! Thank you nature 😉
A vegan dessert or little treat you can be proud to put out on a dish and just leave people to pick and pick. Your freezer just got real exciting.

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Raw Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars

base:
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup oats
1 cup dates
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
pinch of sea salt
filling:
1 cup soaked (at least 6 hours) cashews
1 cup coconut cream
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
juice + zest of 1 lime

  1. Line a small baking pan with baking parchment.
  2. Blitz the base ingredients until a sticky dough forms. Press firmly into the pan + freeze.
  3. Blend the filling ingredients until super smooth + creamy. Pour over the base + freeze until set.
  4. To enjoy, remove from the freezer to thaw a little + slice away. Eat up or place in the fridge.

The Tastiest + Easiest Gluten Free Vegan Waffles Ever

My favourite breakfast recipe hands down.

Gluten Free Vegan Waffles

These gluten free vegan waffles are as light as a feather, free from oil, dairy, egg and gluten but best of all, absolutely delicious. Just as important, they are so simple I can make them in my sleep. Literally measure the whole lot into a blender + whizz away. I’m sure there’s a more technical way of preparing waffles, but why would you when these are tasty, fluffy and so simple that you really can get away with waffles for breakfast whenever you want!

Gluten Free Vegan Waffles Gluten Free Vegan Waffles

I’ve played around with the flours a lot and have settled on sorghum and millet for the taste more than anything. Oat and almond flour are also pretty good. Adding the coconut flour gives a great consistency and a hint of sweetness too, but as it makes the batter thicker please add more of the sorghum or gram flours if you are omitting. I find that once the batter sits for 5-10 minutes it thickens a little. Depending on which coconut flour/flours you use, be sure to adjust the liquid accordingly to get the right pancake consistency. I haven’t sweetened the batter as I usually don’t find it necessary as I like to smother in date syrup but if you’d prefer a sweeter waffle then add liquid sweetener of choice or some regular cane sugar.

Gluten Free Vegan Waffles

Gluten Free Vegan Waffles

(makes 10 waffles)

1/2 cup gram flour
1 cup sorghum flour (millet works well too)
2 tablespoons coconut flour (or add more sorghum or gram)
1/4 cup tapioca starch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 banana
2 – 21/2 cups dairy free milk

Method:

  1. Add the ingredients to a blender + whizz until smooth. Adjust liquid/flour until pancake consistency is reached.
  2. Heat + grease your waffle iron + cook waffles as per your maker’s instructions. Mine typically takes 6 minutes per batch.

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies (Dairy Free + Gluten Free)

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

OK so time for something sweeter on the blog, it’s been a little while we know! These simple pumpkin chocolate brownies really have very few ingredients and are just truly satisfying. It’s getting cold outside and when someone’s made you a hot drink, these accompany that quite nicely.

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

With some pumpkin puree leftover and the urge for a chocolatey gluten free treat, these came to mind and proved a real success! Made with healthy brown rice flour and almond flour, combined with some other truly special plant based ingredients, you really do feel good eating these (well we did anyway!)

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

Invite over a friend or take to someone’s and share a heathy indulgent moment or two.

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

1 cup pumpkin puree
2/3 cup dates
generous sprinkle cinnamon
pinch of sea salt (I used pink himalayan)
1 cup almond flour
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup raw cocoa
4 tablespoons liquid sweetener (I used maple syrup)

Entirely optional but you could also drizzle with raw chocolate sauce:

2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoons maple syrup

(just combine this little lot over a low heat + drizzle away)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC + line a small baking dish. Blitz the pumpkin + dates until smooth.
  2. Add this mixture to a bowl with remaining ingredients, combine well + transfer to the baking dish.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until inserted skewer comes out clean. Once removed allow to stand for 20 minutes before slicing.
  4. Enjoy now as is or drizzle with chocolate sauce.

Easy Vegan Cheese (No Soy, Heart Healthy)

Easy Vegan Cheese

Why make cheese when you can go to the supermarket and buy it? Well vegan cheese is pretty good these days, it melts, it grates, it slices, it tastes good – everything cheese should do but without the dairy. In my opinion, I think everyone should be trying the alternatives and not being all cheese-snobbish about the whole thing ” but it’s not even real cheese”. We all know cheese is a love for many people (in fact virtually everyone I know), so creating this vegan version is something to be proud of.

Easy Vegan Cheese

Not only is it delicious, it’s heart-healthy – it’s made with almond milk and olive oil, grates beautifully over ya beans ‘n’ tacos and slices up a treat in a sandwich toastie with some fresh organic wholemeal bread. There’s no dairy and no soy, just flavour and a nice solid block of cheese.
This recipe is simple, it’s quick and needs nothing more than five minutes of love and care, plus a bit of space in your refrigerator. Nice.

Easy Vegan Cheese

Looking forward to attempt number two at this cheese, a few changes for flavour perhaps or a few changes for colour perhaps..?

Easy Vegan Cheese

Easy Vegan Cheese

2 cups almond milk
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon hot mustard
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
4-6 tablespoons nutritional yeast
3 tablespoons agar powder
1 teaspoon chili flakes (optional)

Method:

  1. Throw all the ingredients into a pan in no particular order + whisk away for 5 minutes on a low to medium heat until the mixture thickens.
  2. Transfer thickened cheese mixture to your preferred moulds and refrigerate until set. It’s really this easy.

Pineapple + Ginger Cake – Dairy free + Gluten Free

I’ve had this tin of pineapple for sooooo long, ages actually, ha ha! I really do love my pineapple but much prefer the fresh variety so that’s why it’s been sitting around, plus Russ is my chief pineapple chopper-upper! Don’t worry, it was still in date 🙂 The truth is, I’ve been so lazy with the blog lately and it’s been kinda hard to pull my finger out and get moving with things and when I opened the cupboard and saw this tin, my irrational pregnancy hormones got the better of me and I HAD to use it. This cake is so quick to throw together and whilst it’s cooking for an hour I have no excuse but to listen to my hypnobirthing tracks. At least I’ve finally gotten rid of that can of pineapple!

pineapple & ginger vegan cake

So yeah Russ and I will be hypnobirthing this August! So far it seems to be working really well for me and it’s already helped put some of the usual pre-birth anxieties at bay. Society seems to be full of so many negative images and messages towards birth but if you actually look past these and filter through there are plenty of positive images. Hypnobirthing teaches you to retrain your brain to see yourself as the capable, prepared, adaptable and strong person that you are, perfectly able to birth your child in a calmly excited manner. It’s surprising how much we tell ourselves otherwise, whether that originates from the media or friends and family. The only downside of hypnobirthing is that most people don’t really get it, seeing it as some sort of ‘trance induced’ birth. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s more so a preparation tool before birth to ease birthing anxieties and prepare for the physical aspects of labour by mindfulness, deep breathing and hypnosis tracks. It’s a bit of a commitment – about 40 minutes a day to be precise but I think it’ll be more than worth it come birth time. Added to that the 30 minute hypnosis track is so relaxing, I actually look forward playing it and relaxing more than I ever felt possible. I know already that this is going to help me immensely before and during the birth. In the meantime, I’ll keep reminding people that I won’t be hypnotised during labour but rather utilising the techniques of mindfulness, breathing and visualisation I’ve learnt so far.

pineapple & ginger vegan cake

Anyway, my digestion has been pretty good so far through this pregnancy but I do think I’ve been glutenizing myself a lot lately, what with toast, pittas, pasta – it’s all too much. Hence the gluten free cake plus I’ve been dying to try out Bob’s Red Mill variety of GF flours. I’ve gotta say, pretty impressed. Shame we don’t have it more readily available here in the UK but it’s easy enough to make yourself. Not being gluten intolerant I wont be swapping every time but it’s nice to make a change and cook for all sensitivities and preferences.

vegan pineapple & ginger cake

The cake’s ready and Russ is doing nursery stuff (mural, shelves and cot building) so time to make a cuppa and slice this gingery thing! See ya sooner rather than later…………..

Pineapple + ginger cake

2 tablespoons chia seeds + 6 of water
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup pineapple juice (from the can)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 cup GF flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill all purpose)
1 heaping cup grated carrot
1 can pineapple (227grams, 137 grams drained- keep pineapple juice for recipe)
sesame seeds, optional

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180º Celsius + grease a 7 inch cake tin.
2. Add the ‘chia egg’ to a mixing bowl + allow to gel. Add the oil, syrup, juice + combine well.
3. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl + combine well. Transfer to the greased cake tin, sprinkle with sesame seeds + bake for 60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

One Bowl Cinnamon, Apple + Hazelnut Cake

This is the kind of cake I need with a cup of good tea (or two) every afternoon. I definitely prefer a fruity spiced cake as opposed to chocolate fudge varieties. Just more to it I guess, plus the taste seems to stick around a wee bit longer, but ultimately I find it more satisfying and it’s usually spiced with yummy cinnamon (major addiction) and nutmeg. I always use a wholegrain flour such as spelt as it’s nuttier, tastier, healthier and I find I don’t get the sugar crashes you often get with white refined cakes.

vegan apple cake

Anyway, this cake has real substance with nutty spelt, sweet Braeburn apples, spiced warming cinnamon and crunchy hazelnuts.

vegan apple cake

Apple + cinnamon = can’t get enough, ever!

This is the kind of cake you eat and feel good after, after all it is:

Wheat Free
Dairy Free
Low Fat
Wholegrain
Full of fruit

vegan apple cake

I’m a sucker for a quick one bowl cake as it ultimately means there’s never any excuse not to have your cake and eat it. Minimal mess, minimal ingredients but maximum taste. You know you want it.

vegan apple cake

One bowl cinnamon apple hazelnut cake.

2 tablespoons chia seed + 2 water
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup almond milk
1 cup spelt flour
1 level teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 heaped teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups chopped apple
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
1/4 cup cranberries (optional)

Method:
1. Place chia + water in a bowl and allow to gel. Preheat oven to 160º Celsius + grease an 8 inch cake tin.
2. Add the oil, maple syrup + milk to the chia mix + combine fully. Next add the flour, baking powder, salt + spices + combine well.
3. Fold through the chopped apple, hazelnuts + cranberries if using + transfer the mix to the cake tin. Sprinkle with extra hazelnut if desired.
4. Bake for 50 minutes + serve warm. Still delicious served cool so don’t worry. Stores well in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

Polenta Taco Pizza (Gluten Free + Vegan)

Who doesn’t like pizza?

polenta GF pizza

I really like it but rarely eat it these days seeing as it is so hard to find gluten free or even healthier alternatives. I just don’t have the stomach for doughy, heavy, stretchy glutenous pizza bases. Which is why I love (am loving!) polenta based pizzas! Not only does it allow for a gluten free base but it really is so much tastier than wheat pizza – really.

I’m not sure I’ll bother with regular pizza again after this. Polenta is pretty magical stuff, like instant pizza dough but way more delicious and gluten free. Why are we not seeing more polenta pizza out there, c’mon Zizzi and Pizza Express – get with the program!

polenta pizza

Seriously, this is so quick, no yeast, no rising, no kneading, no resting but rather instant dough that you can form into the pizza of your dreams whether that be thin, fat, round, square or mighty irregular! This is a vibrant, nutrient dense easy peasy pizza crust! The smoked chipotle sauce and a little avocado later and you have a Mexican polenta pizza for one. Just double the recipe if you care to share. I didn’t feel much in the mood for sharing mine.

polenta GF vegan pizza

Don’t buy pre-made pizza – make polenta pizza because it really is that easy and have a personal polenta pizza party.

polenta GF vegan pizza

Polenta taco pizza

for the crust:
1 cup polenta
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil

for the sauce:
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
2 teaspoons chipotle paste
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 garlic clove, crushed

toppings:
tomatoes, sliced
green bell pepper, sliced
sweetcorn
avocado
preferred vegan cheese

method:
1. Heat the water in a small pan until bubbling + slowly pour in the polenta, stirring continuously until smooth + thick. Turn off the heat + stir through seasoning + olive oil.
2. Preheat oven to 200º C. + line a baking pan with parchment paper (I used a round 8″ pan).  Pour the polenta mixture into the pan + flatten with the back of your spoon, allowing for a thicker crust. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3. Bake for 30 minutes. Prepare sauce + toppings whilst base is in the oven. Remove pizza + top with all toppings apart from avocado + bake for a further 10 minutes.
4. Remove + serve with copious amounts of avocado + wedges of lime for a taco inspired pizza.

Vegan Coconut Chia Balls

coconut chia ballsOh my, hello coconut powder, woweeee, where have you been all my life? I wanna tell you guys how amazing this stuff is but you should check out a more informed write up about coconut powder’s wonderful versatility because I want you to get involved. It’s not coconut flour nor desiccated coconut but pure coconut powder and I reckon I found another absolutely delicious way to put coconut powder to work- vegan coconut chia balls. So simple, yet sooooooo bloody tasty and the best part is these cost nothing, well they cost a little tiny bit. I got a huge 1 kg bag for £3 from my local Indian supermarket and probably used only 50 pence worth for this one recipe. Thank you very much. Coconut powder is officially high up on the list of my coconut loving, coconut milk on tap (now there’s a thought) and creamy curries make this stuff pretty special…..oh god, what would happen if there was no coconut….shudder. Life would be pretty awful though, wouldn’t it?delicious coconut chia balls

My day was filled with dull training and long team meetings, oh and what a drag it was to see the sun finally come out only to be stuck in a huge strip lit meeting room. That’s the worst for me – being cooped up indoors when there’s sunshine and blue skies outside but luck was on my side as my meeting finished really early! Obviously I came straight home to make these delicious coconut chia balls whilst sitting outside in the sunshine and generally chillaxing. Yes I did just use that word.

Making coconut + chia balls

I think people across from the canal, usually walking dogs wonder what I’m doing with my kitchen utensils and camera laid out all over the garden furniture. I do get some funny looks! Oh no, I just had a horrid thought, soon it will be winter and really cold so where am I going to make all my food…………of course I have a kitchen but it’s really not the same as al fresco food prep! I guess I’ll survive, inside, in my kitchen…..just like normal people!The ball making station!

So the mixture only made 10 balls which really wasn’t enough for me so just double or triple the mixture for a larger batch because they really don’t last long. Packed full of creamy coconut and ultra satisfying, I can honestly say that these are way tastier than any shop bought sweets I’ve ever had. You know what I love on top of all that, there’s no ridiculous ingredients or additives either, zero hydrogenated fats and very low in sugar. In fact they’re a very healthy treat. You know what else, coat these in some raw dark chocolate and you can say goodbye to Bounties forever!Ball station!

I just wanna persuade you to make these coconut chia balls, so here goes: they contain the amazing superfood chia and coconut, very cheap to make, no blender involved so minimal mess and super duper quick to throw together, healthy and better than a Bounty! No problemo If you don’t have any chia to hand as sesame seeds, cocoa, carob or any crushed seed or nut would work wonders as a coating. Enjoy. Delicious coconut chia balls

Vegan coconut chia balls

(makes 10 balls, yeah double this recipe!)

1 cup coconut powder
pinch of fine sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 cup crushed chia seeds

Method:

1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl + combine well.
2. Using your hands form 10 small smooth coconut balls. The mixture should be very maleable when squeezed together but if it’s a bit dry just add a little extra coconut oil.
3. Lightly dampen the outside of each ball + roll in the crushed chia seeds.
4. Transfer to freezer for 30 minutes + store in an airtight container if you haven’t already devoured them. Consume within 4 days.

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