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Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Get your chocolate fix with no added nasties, as these are refined flour and sugar-free,   naturally sweetened with dates, black beans for binding and darkness, cocoa for chocolatey richness and hazelnuts for a nice nutty crunch. Add all this to a creamy base of oats and you’ve got one tasty chocolate hazelnut cookies recipe. A future cookie. The future of cookies and baked goods is going this way, you heard it here first. Recipes like this prove that gluten, refined flours, sugar, dairy and eggs are not quite cutting it these days. Choose these chocolate hazelnut cookies and you’ll be feeling pretty good after too. Protein rich, fibre packed and only minimal healthy fats mean these are the cookies that just keep giving, lol (seriously, when I hear myself I just sound like such a dweeb!).

chocolate hazelnut cookies

Like chocolate and hazelnuts, hello…..I’m thinking ferrero rocher but better. Yep, they were definitely better and way more filling too.

Did you know that cocao is the HIGHEST plant based source of iron? Just sayin’. It’s true. That’s why I have absolutely no shame in indulging in rich cocoa drinks and dark chocolate EVERY day. Iron is important to a girl. Ummmmm, 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries……well I’m impressed.

I recommend using a good quality cocao powder and the best place to purchase is no doubt online. I get a kilo bag of Peruvian organic raw cocao powder from Ebay for about £12 and it lasts ages and tastes soooooooo bloody good. Ummmmm, chocolate 🙂

chocolate hazelnut cookies

Anyway, give these a go and see how you get on. I reckon you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

(Makes 10)

1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts
1 can black beans
1/2 cup date syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons cocoa

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC + grease a baking tray with coconut oil.
  2. Add the oats, salt, hazelnuts to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Throw everything else into a blender + blitz until smooth. Stir this runny chocolatey mix into the dry to form cookie dough.
  4. Roll into 10 balls + flatten into cookie shapes. Bake for 20-22 minutes.

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.

Chickpea Omelette (Soy, Gluten, Grain free)

It’s an omelette to me but I can see others would argue a pancake so let’s settle on pomelette…..more omelette than pancake though 😉 I love these kinds of recipes, super simple, tasty and obscenely healthy. These are a surefire way to get that lunchy brunchy savoury fix.

chickpea omelette

I love using chickpea flour in my recipes, and this chickpea omelette is further proof! In fact, I have a love affair with chickpea/gram/besan flour. It has magical versatility!!  Chickpea + water = magic! It all started with the socca which is that good I made this daily for a while there! This sweet potato omelette blows my mind still. It makes mean waffles and sweet pancakes too not to mention pasta and tofu (yes really!).

chickpea omelette

It’s just a complete bonus to me that chickpea flour happens to be an amazingly healthy ingredient. This gluten free flour is packed full of protein, iron + fibre and if that’s not reason enough to invest in a big pack of this good stuff then check out these stats on it’s amazingness in terms of health and adaptability.

chickpea omelette

Chickpea Omelette / Pancake

(makes 4/5)
2 cups chickpea flour
2 1/2 cups almond milk or water
1 tablespoon psyllium husk (optional)
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
salt + pepper
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
favourite vegetables (onion/tomato/pepper works well)

  1. Mix all the ingredients excluding the vegetables + allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat + ladle the batter to cover the pan to desired thickness.
  3. Add your prepared veg + cook for 4-5 minutes. Bubbles will form + it will be obvious when to flip the omelette or fold over for a minute or so. Both options work well.
  4. If you are making a batch, keep them warm in a very low heat oven.

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!

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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.

Raw Carrot Cake Balls (Nut + Fat Free)

raw carrot cake balls

Quick, delicious, healthy on the go fuel. Carrot cake balls.

Dates, carrots, oats, coconut, cinnamon = some of my favourites. So you just know how I feel about these already. I have quite the love for cinnamon (and it’s amazing health benefits) so I used a generous amount. Also cinnamon is super good for blood sugar control so a great condiment to add to anything and everything. A quick and simple post today…enjoy your cake!

raw carrot cake balls

Raw carrot cake balls

1/2 cup soft dates
2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave syrup
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1 cup oats
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup of carrots
desiccated coconut for rolling

  1. Blend this pile of goodness until a smooth but slightly textured dough forms.
  2. Make into as many balls as you like + roll in coconut. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.Note: You may need to adjust the milk quantities according to how much liquid your particular coconut flour absorbs. 😉

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.

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!

 

Sugar Free Breakfast Oat Cupcakes

Breakfast to go, well actually healthy breakfast to go…..AND in cup cake form too. It’s as good as it sounds, honestly.

breakfast oat cupcakes

The amount of sugar-laden cereal ‘breakfast’ bars out there are really NOT breakfast at all and kind of just rude. These beauties use very few easily accessible ingredients that actually make a ‘breakfast to go’ worth shouting about. Really.

I’ve never been the sort of person to miss breakfast as I absolutely love breakfast foods!………….BUT…………………

breakfast oat cupcakes

If you struggle for time in the morning, no need to miss breakfast with these simple, healthy breakfast oat cup cakes to go. A couple of these (yeah, maybe make double!) combined with good coffee (our current favourite: UK-based Smokey Barn), maybe a banana there’s no need to EVER miss breakfast again! They can even be frozen so go ahead and make a month’s worth 😉

breakfast oat cupcakess

So let’s look into some of the lovely things up close.
They’re easy + healthy,
sugar free,
gluten free,
dairy free,
under 90 calories,
and they’re take away.

The apple can be subbed with banana puree and if you do need that little extra bit of sweetness then some maple syrup or stevia would be healthier alternatives to the crunchy white stuff.

breakfast oat cupcakes

Sugar free breakfast oat cupcakes…to go

(makes 12 but in hindsight not enough!)

2 1/2 cups oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup apple puree (ripe banana puree would be good too)
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 cup water + a splash more
optional: sweetener of choice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate chips

  1. Line a muffin tray with 12 liners + preheat oven to 190C.
  2. Combine first two dry ingredients in a large bowl and combine all remaining wet ingredients in a jug.
  3. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix until fully combined. Of course feel free to add any additional extras- cinnamon, raisins + walnuts would be too good. If the mixture seems a little dry add a splash more water.
  4. Transfer mixture to muffin tin + bake for 20-25 minutes. Leave until fully cool (overnight) + enjoy breakfast on the go.

Breakfast Oat Cupcakes adapted from this awesome recipe at Chocolate Covered Katie.
Amazing coffee, online (UK) here Smokey Barn Coffee.

Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts with Coconut Frosting ( Gluten Free + Dairy Free)

Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts

OK, so i’m sure you’re wondering how you make a ‘healthy doughnut’? Do they even exist? Of course! But aren’t they supposed to be an indulgent treat when you just need something sweet and comforting to eat?
Well these are both of those, combined we’ll call them a ‘healthy treat’ as they are just the treat you’re looking for with that afternoon tea or coffee – all the pleasure, none of the guilt!

Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts

Using coconut nectar sugar, no dairy, pumpkin purée (with all the goodness of high fibre, heart healthy, mood boosting pumpkins) these are already set to be a satisfying nibble.
Always the coconut fan, using coconut oil & sugar gives these a great taste and texture alongside the cinnamon/nutmeg/vanilla – not a processed ingredient in these, too right!

The recipe makes 6 pumpkin spiced doughnuts, you may however be referring back to this recipe and letting your friends and family know that there is life beyond Krispy Kremes…

Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts

Pumpkin spiced doughnuts

(makes 6)
1 cup oat flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon ginger, nutmeg + cinnamon

3/4 cup pumpkin purée
1 tablespoon flaxmeal + 1/4 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/ teaspoon vanilla extract

coconut cream frosting:
3 tablespoons coconut cream,1 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 tablespoon shredded coconut + 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 ºC. Combine the flax + coconut water in a small bowl.
  2. Add the first 7 dry ingredients to a bowl + mix thoroughly.
  3. Add the pumpkin, oil, maple syrup + vanilla to the flax mixture + whisk well. Add this mixture to the dry bowl to produce a thick batter.
  4. Transfer the batter to a silicone or greased doughnut pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Blitz the icing ingredients together + smother. Eat any leftovers.

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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.

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