Monday, 21 December 2015

Mini Pizza Squares

Ahhhh pizza.
The beautifully crafted meal, gone in minutes but the lingering tastiness and happy pizza memories lasting days. 

For the gluten and dairy free of us,
mainstream supermarket pizza is not something that we can add to our shopping lists. The layers of cheeses and gluten packed bases just don't work for us. Even strolling down the free from aisles and browsing certain food labels bring up scary 'ingredients' I can't even pronounce. They're not all bad, that's for sure but when looking for bases for these pizza's, I wanted an ingredients list as clean as possible.

These little pizza squares are delicious,
quick to make and colourful. The addition of my garlic and herb cashew cheese covers the cheesy taste needed with a really good pizza, the satisfying crunch of the thin base holds the toppings perfectly, of which I like to pack on as many colours as flavours as space will allow. Feel free to experiment with your favourite flavours. 

Chopped in quarters,
these make perfect canopé's at parties, or piled up in front of the tv for movie night. 

Makes 4 pizza squares

4 x square sandwich things - I use Newburn Bakehouse Seeded Sandwich Thins
enough tomato puree to cover each square
my garlic and herb cashew cheese - recipe here
4 cherry tomatoes, washed and sliced
4 raw mushrooms, washed and sliced
3 queen green olives, sliced
raw red/green/yellow/orange pepper, washed and sliced
a couple of washed spinach leaves for each pizza
himalayan salt
ground black pepper
mixed herbs
Mini Pizza Squares

Preheat your oven to 180degrees.

On a baking tray, lay the sandwich thins out. Spread the tomato purée on, then generously spread the cashew cheese over the top. It will mix together, but don't worry! 

Then, add your toppings of choice. Spread them out and try not to pile on too much on each one. 

Add salt, pepper and herbs.

Place in the middle of the oven for 6 minutes or until the edges of the thins are browning and the toppings are warm.

Place on a board with a side of home-made guacamole and dig in!

Thanks for reading!


Garlic and Herb Cashew Cheese

This is one of those foods that I wish I had known about years and years ago. What a flavour. It's so wonderful that you can take something as simple as cashew nuts, and transform them into a creamy, savoury, versatile spread. Amazing.

Garlic and Herb Cashew Cheese

I don't eat dairy in any form, haven't done for nearly 3 years and the benefits I've felt since cutting it out of my diet have been second to none. However, one of my most
favourite tastes in life is cheese. Gooey cheese, hard cheese, smelly cheese, stringy cheese. Just bring me the cheese. But my personal philosophy and my ethical values don't agree with buying or consuming cheese, nor does my tummy! 

Monday, 14 December 2015

A Visit To... 26 Grains, London

"26 Grains is all about bringing you delicious wholesome grain based dishes."

Where I went:



Almond Milk Latté - £2.50 + 30p extra for almond milk
Egg and Kale Porridge - £6.50
Total cost: £9.30


Saturday, 28 November 2015

Chia Puddings, 3 Ways

Chia puddings really are wonderful.
So easy, so tasty, so nutritious. I cannot praise them enough. The simplicity of mixing seeds into creamy milk and being presented with a delicious nutritional powerhouse the morning after really is a force to be reckoned with.

I love the fact that a mere spoonful of something can boost the goodness in a dish by miles.The three used in this recipe are all staples in my kitchen. The beauty of chia puddings are that the tiny black or white chia seeds boast an impressive level of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, making it a perfect start to the day for breakfast or a mid afternoon pick me up to help the energy levels. I find when I've had a chia pudding for breakfast, I'm still content come 11am and happily hungry by lunchtime, rather than the awful tummy rumbling and craving sugar by 10am (we all know those mornings..).

I think food is more than just the taste;
A good dish really has to hit as many senses as possible. Colourful dishes really do make such a difference, the visual hit of bright colours just makes you want to eat them so much more! I loved getting these chia puddings out of the fridge in the morning and seeing the vibrant colours they'd turned into. So beautiful and of course, delicious!


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

One Pot Chunky Curry

Winter to me means...
cosy nights tucked up under a blanket in front of the fire watching Christmas movies with loved ones. One of those loved ones just happens to be a big piping hot bowl of goodness, preferably involving wholesome seasonal vegetables with a generous side of flavour and spice.

I love a good veggie curry;
at the best of times but I'm not a fan of all the washing up. So I decided to pick out some ingredients and whack it all in a pot and see what happens. The result was this nourishing, warming pot of chunky curry, with a gorgeous coconutty, spicy taste. 

The beauty of this dish...
is that you can add as much or as little spice as you like depending on your preference, along with picking and choosing different veggies depending on what you have to hand. Mushrooms would be a great addition to this curry.

One Pot Chunky Curry -

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Classic Breakfast Oats Smoothie

“You know, kid, in times like this my buddy Timon here says, ‘You got to put your behind in your past...’”
“No. No. No. Amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself. It's ‘You got to put your past behind you.’”
One of my most favourite moments from The Lion King

I thoroughly enjoy smoothies;
I love starting the day with a new combo of ingredients to fill my body with wonderful nutrients. Oats are a fantastic way of digesting slow releasing energy so that you don't find yourself reaching for the sugar packed snacks.

This smoothie combines lots of natural energy,healthy fats and glorious sweetness that stays on your taste buds for hours. Gorgeous!


Friday, 13 November 2015

Foods That Help Relaxation

If someone asked you to choose one thing that you could have more of in your everyday life, what would it be? More money? More free time to do the things you love? More time with family? More time to study?  How long would it take for you to say, ‘more time to relax’?
Could you honestly say that in your busy day/week/month – in between working, studying AAT, family commitments and social events – you schedule enough time purely for yourself to relax? My guess is no. You know that when you’re tired, eating bad foods and feeling overworked, your memory doesn’t perform as well as you want to.
Source: Google. Not my photo
There are the well-known ways to relax such as having a hot bubble bath, curling up in a comfy armchair with a cup of tea and a good book, exercising for a release of endorphins (the feel good hormone) and having a technology free start to the day. There are also certain foods we can eat to help reduce cortisol and catecholamine (the stress hormones) and relax that little bit more. Great news for us students.


Sunday, 8 November 2015

My Blog is One! & A Big Birthday Giveaway

So having just celebrated my 23rd birthday, it's now time to celebrate another! On the 17th November, Nourishing Chloë turned one year old! The time has flown, I've learned so much and I've had such a wonderful first year blogging.

To celebrate the past year, I have decided to hold a big birthday give away!  


Saturday, 7 November 2015

My Favourite Recipe Apps

I love recipe apps, I think they're the perfect way of getting inspiration for meals when you're short of time or on a long train ride.  In this day and age, although I absolutely adore recipe books and have plenty, it's sometimes just purely easier and more practical to open up an app, pick a recipe and get cooking. 

Some apps have some really great features, such as being able to choose recipes based on the meal you want to cook for, or being able to type in a specific ingredient to show recipes you can make with it. I personally find this a great way of using up foods without them going to waste. Some apps even display the cooking method with a tick list and in built timers. It's great! 

Soooo with all of that being said, I thought I'd share a quick list of some of my favourite apps for you guys! These are all wonderful in their own way and each different from the last, so I get something different from each one. I regularly use these to inspire me and to teach me new methods of cooking different cuisines, exploring new ingredients and new ways of cooking certain foods. 

Not all of these apps are strictly vegan, or gluten free, or dairy free; I've just set my preferences and found dishes that I can eat. It's all about exploring!

So check my favourites out, get downloading and enjoy!

Green Kitchen Stories
Filled with tasty and inspiring vegetarian food. Perfect for trying new cuisines and their photos are to die for!


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

My Weekly Plant Based Shopping List

       I see a lot of questions and get asked about what to buy at the shops when switching to a plant based diet. A common misconception of eating a specific diet such as mine is that you can't shop in the supermarket and you have to start eating lots of weird and wonderful foods from the depths of the Amazon that can't be found anywhere in Waitrose. Well, I can 100% assure you that this isn't the case!

Find a routine that works for you

When I first started out, I researched and picked out some basics to buy each week and stuck to it, to make the transition less overwhelming. This also ensured that I was eating the right things, even though I ate the same things most days. But by doing this, I didn't have to think and worry about what I was going to have to eat, I just knew what to make from my basic list of foods. After a while I could start to feel and see the health benefits and knew that what I was doing was working! And this way of eating is still a philosophy I live by today. By cutting back to the basics and using a small range of foods you know work well with your body can really be the key to succeeding when you switch to a plant based diet.


Sunday, 18 October 2015

Butter Bean Choc Chip Cookies

If I could transfer the smells from my kitchen to your screen right now, you'd be jumping up and making these in an instant. I wanted to make something delicious to take to a family gathering for a cheeky plant based treat (my family are slowly warming to my diet!) and I had the idea for these cookies falling asleep last night and I got up this morning and went straight to it!


Thursday, 15 October 2015

I've been featured on the feedfeed website!

I got some wonderful news this morning - my hazelnut banana oats recipe has been chosen to feature on the 'Bowls' feed on the feedfeed website. This is really exciting news for me; I absolutely love their Instagram and website for inspiration and to be a part of that community now is such a privilege and of course it's so great to see my recipe and photo on their sexy website!

Check it out here:

And here's the recipe for my featured hazelnut banana oats - perfect for these chilly mornings we're having in England now! (or perfect for any morning in my case, but normal people don't eat a steaming hot bowl of oats when it's 20° outside!!)


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Cacao Peppermint Smoothie Bowl

Feeling very seasonal at the moment! I woke up this morning and looked out of my window to a beautiful Autumn setting. Gorgeous leaves, all different shades of browns and oranges, gently blowing in the wind , and it got me thinking. It got me thinking about Autumn colours. More specifically, about brown; cacao. 

So I created this absolutely unbelievably divine cacao peppermint smoothie bowl, to represent the colours I'm seeing today and the change in season. I really enjoy watching the seasons change, although it's a shame summer is always skipped!


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Ultimate Green Protein Smoothie

Whipped up this beauty this morning and decided it needed to be shared! Really quick to prep and throw into the blender, most of the ingredients can be chopped up and bagged the night before and it tastes absolutely wonderful!

Ultimate Green Protein Smoothie -

Fab mix of protein with the pea and hemp protein powder, the peanut butter gives it a slightly nutty flavour and covers the healthy fats and if you're looking for something even more filling for slow releasing energy, add in a handful of oats. 

Makes 1 

2 big handfuls spinach, washed* 
 1 celery stick, washed and sliced*
a big chunk of cucumber, washed and sliced*
 1 green or golden kiwi, peeled and sliced*
 1 small very ripe banana
 2 big teaspoons of peanut butter (check out my all time favourite, here:
1 teaspoon pea protein
1 teaspoon hemp protein powder
a dash of vanilla extract
3/4 cup of brown rice milk/coconut water 

* these ingredients can be prepped the night before and kept in the fridge 

Add the ingredients to your blender and blend for about a minute. Pour into a mason jar, kilner milk bottle or portable smoothie bottle and enjoy! 


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Morning Coffee Smoothie

       I know I'm not the only one who really, seriously loves coffee. Like really. My adoration started when I was living in Australia, working as a restaurant supervisor and pretty much living on coffee. It was so good. The coffee over there hit all the senses so easily, it was such good quality and so damn tasty! And I've never looked back.

       As much as I enjoy my piping hot cups of coffee, I'm very aware that coffee is not the best thing to put in a body. It is a dehydrator, incredibly acidic and gives your body false energy that you can quite easily get from eating lots of delicious, natural, plant based foods. BUT. Coffee is coffee. If you're also a coffee lover like me, you'll know exactly what I mean when I say cutting coffee out is far too extreme for my liking.  I'm very happy with my diet otherwise so coffee is definitely my daily indulgence!


Thursday, 17 September 2015

A Quick List: Unexpected Foods Containing Gluten

There is always a big confusion on what contains gluten and what doesn't. There's the obvious and most known; bread and pasta for instance, but did you know sausages and stock cubes can also contain gluten too? I've jotted down a quick list of things to check for gluten in your kitchen; you'll be surprised how many items contain it! 
My biggest piece of advice is to ALWAYS read the full ingredients list on everything and ALWAYS look for the 'gluten free' logo on packets of food...


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Vanilla and Wheatgrass Overnight Chia Pudding

I love experimenting with chia puddings, trying different powders and creating new flavours. One of the best thing about making chia puddings with bright coloured powders like green wheatgrass, and even brightly coloured purple acai, is the colour it turns out to be! I love colourful food as it just looks so pretty and is so aesthetically pleasing. 


Thursday, 2 July 2015

Post Workout Green Protein Smoothie

This delicious smoothie is perfect following a good workout. Lots of superfoods, greens and protein for recovery! The watercress naturally has a light peppery taste, but the banana, nectarine and bee pollen balance it out to leave a really tasty, nutritious smoothie. Really loving this at the moment! 

Post Workout Green Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie

• 1 big handful spinach, washed
• 1 big handful watercress
• 1 banana (frozen works best)
• 1 ripe nectarine, chopped into chunks
• 1 teaspoon bee pollen
• 1 teaspoon spirulina
• 1 tablespoon of your favourite natural protein powder, I love hemp protein! 
• one cup of almond milk, preferably unsweetened 

Pop all the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. If you're not using a frozen banana but still want it to be cool and refreshing, add a few ice cubes. 


Thursday, 25 June 2015

A few of my favourite foodies on Instagram

Instagram is one of my main hubs of inspiration for what I eat and cook and most definitely my favourite social media app. I use it everyday! When I flick through looking for inspiration I am immediately flooded with beautiful photos of amazing dishes which get my brain ticking for what my next meal will be. My camera roll is full of screenshots of delicious looking meals which I want to try out or adapt to give it my own little flair.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Cacao and Goji Chia Pudding

Oh wow. This is so creamy and delicious. It feels so indulgent and naughty but it's really not! Totally good for you. Chocolate for breakfast? What more could you want?!!! The mixture of the raw cacao and the rice milk go beautifully together, along with the goji berries that have also softened overnight. The best thing about chia puddings is that it takes 3 minutes to prepare and put in the fridge, ready for the next day. So easy! This is just a jar of pure goodness with no guilty conscience attached!


Sunday, 14 June 2015

Homemade Cacao-Coffee Body Scrub

This scrub feels so luxurious and indulgent that you'd expect to be paying a bomb for it. But it honestly takes a couple of minutes to make and you'll most likely already have all the ingredients in your cupboards. 

The coffee and cacao go together wondefully to create a mocha like smell and the demarara sugar and coffee granules have a fab coarseness for a really effective scrub. The coconut oil binds it all together and once it gets back to room temperature the scrub will harden slightly so you get a great consistency to rub into your skin.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Roasted Veggie and Herby Garlic Quinoa

As we're (hopefully) moving into the nicer months of the year, I'm really enjoying starting to cook with lovely spring and summer produce and making fresh summery dishes. I'm still slightly in the wintery food mood so mixing light and fluffy herby quinoa with delicious piping hot roasted vegetables seemed like the perfect idea to go with until I'm ready to transition into some really lovely summer foods!


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Peppery Rocket and Chlorella Pesto

Yum! Pesto is the best! I mixed up the classic pesto recipe a bit by changing the usual basil leaves for fresh peppery rocket leaves and added in some chlorella powder for a complete protein superfood boost.

Mix this pesto into brown rice pasta with sliced cherry tomatoes or spread onto bread with sliced big tomatoes and cold roast chicken for a delicious sandwich. 

Superfood Green Smoothie

This one is packed with superfood green goodness and is naturally sweet so doesn't need any honey or almond butter. Really nourishing and delicious.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Chunky Veg Pasta Sauce

Homemade pasta sauces are an easy way of getting lots of flavours and nutrients into a meal without having to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen chopping and cooking a very complicated meal with lots of components. With this veggie sauce, you simply chop up the veg, throw it in a pan and leave to simmer for 10 mins with the tomatoes. The herbs and paprika give this a wonderfully Mediterranean feel and the different aldente veg give it a lovely slight crunch.


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Top foods to eat while studying and the importance of meal prep

Students all know the feeling of being mentally and physically drained from intense studying for hours at a time, especially in the run up to exams. It's vital that we keep our brain and body nourished to keep our concentration levels high and our much needed memory in peak working order to achieve great results. It’s too easy when you’re tired and hungry to reach for a packet of crisps or a ready meal, but by spending a couple of hours every week buying the right foods and preparing easy, healthy meals in bulk means you always have a healthy choice to eat in those moments when hunger strikes and energy levels are low. By doing this you are helping not only your overall health but your energy levels and concentration when you’re studying for long periods of time.


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Using Coconut Oil: The Beauty Version

        You've probably heard about or seen various photos of people raving about using coconut oil as hair masks, moisturisers, make up remover, but to name a few. And the truth is, these guys are seriously on to something! Coconut oil a wonderful ingredient, both in the kitchen and in the bathroom.

        It's no secret that I use coconut oil for pretty much everything: cooking, baking, spreading on toast, blending into smoothies, in soups, salad dressings and I've even attempted coconut oil coffee! (Interesting...) And now I can add beauty uses to that list too and I want to share my tips with everyone so you can all get the same benefits and have some fun with it!


Matcha Protein Banana Bread

I am so in love with this recipe. It's a super easy, simple recipe I whipped up when I had the afternoon to myself in the kitchen. I was craving something substantial and filling, but also sweet and flavoursome. I started with the idea of creating a gluten and dairy free banana bread but then decided to go a step further and add in some superfood powders to really pack a wholesome goodness punch while still tasting absolutely amazing and filling the kitchen with wonderful smells. This loaf is nice and light in texture and the outside hardens beautifully to give you that satisfying crunch when you bite into it.


Monday, 27 April 2015

The Classic Pesto Pasta

What a dish. This simply cannot be beaten when really nourishing, filling, feel good food is needed. A big hot bowl of this deliciously flavoursome food is so perfect in any season which makes it a great dish to serve hot in the winter and as a cold pasta dish at a summery barbecue.

Switch around the greens in your pesto to chop and change the flavours; both spinach and watercress also work well in this recipe. Experimenting with different types and shapes of pasta will bring lots of variety to this classic combination.


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Carrot, Banana and Baobab Smoothie

This is such a gorgeous, light smoothie to start my day off with, packed full of goodness and the added sweetness of the carrot makes it truly delicious. Reduce the rice milk to make this into a gorgeous creamy smoothie bowl.


Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Creamy Banana and Turmeric Smoothie

What a colour. This is now my favourite smoothie I've made to date, the creaminess and flavours of this make it so perfect and so more-ish. Turmeric has amazing anti-inflammatory properties as well as being an amazing anti-oxidant so I knew it would be the perfect ingredient in one of my smoothies.

Creamy Banana and Turmeric Smoothie -

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Banana and Baobab Porridge

I love bananas. I also loved cooked gooey bananas in porridge. It completely changes the taste of the dish, giving it a sweetness that is just perfect for starting the day without being overpowering. Added in with a big superfood boost of baobab and chia seeds, this is fast becoming my favourite breakfast!


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Guacamole and Sweet Potato Fries

Holy Guacamole indeed. This is possibly the best dinner/lunch/snack/anything ever! Think hot crunchy-on-the-outside sweet potato fries and creamy, flavoursome guacamole. Just beaut. Here's the easy recipe:
For the Sweet Potato Fries:
Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • 3 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • coconut oil
  • ground black pepper
  • himalayan salt

For the Guacamole:
Prep time: 10 minutes

  • 1 large ripe avocado, peeled and chopped up
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered 
  • 1/4 of a red onion, diced 
  • 1/2 a lime
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • dash of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • pinch of himalayan salt 

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

Wash and chop up the sweet potatoes, leave the skin on. Cut them into big thick chunks as they'll shrink when they cook!

Place them on a baking tray and drizzle them with melted coconut oil (pour boiling water in a bowl and place the jar in to melt).

Grind black pepper over add the himalayan salt. Mix up the sweet potato chunks and oil so that they're fully coated on all sides, then pop in the oven for 40 minutes. Check and turn them over after 15 and 30 minutes. At 40 minutes they should be nice and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

While the fries are cooking, make the guacamole. Blend up the chopped avocado, a small dash of apple cider vinegar, black pepper, salt and smoked paprika, either using a food processor or a hand blender. 

Then squeeze the lime in (this stops the avocado going brown and gives it a beaut tangy flavour), add the diced tomatoes and onions and crush in the garlic clove.

Mix it all up, grab the hot sweet potato fries and get dipping!

Superfood Pesto

This lovely, easy, tasty, nutritious pesto is nice and creamy from the pine nuts and nutritional yeast flakes and the hemp protein powder gives it the all important boost of goodness - which I love! I have my pesto spread on lovely hot toast with sliced tomatoes, through pasta for a classic pesto pasta and in big colourful salad bowls! Here's my gluten and dairy free recipe:


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Beetroot, Blueberry and Acai Smoothie

This smoothie is so beautiful. Beautiful colour, beautiful taste, beautiful texture.  The sweet taste of beetroot works perfectly in a smoothie! If you're hesitating to try this smoothie because of it containing beetroot, trust me. It's absolutely gorgeous! The banana makes it creamy and the coconut water is so hydrating, and the superfood boost of the acai powder makes it a winner for me!


Monday, 16 March 2015

Paprika-Sumac Crunchy Chickpeas

I used to absolutely love an occasional bag of crisps but considering I can't eat potato, it never went down very well with my digestive system. 
Chickpeas really are one of my favourite ingredients - I love using them in curries and hummus - and creating this recipe means that I can still have my crunchy 'crisps' without having to sacrifice my health!

Kale, Fig and Beetroot Salad

This is a beautiful light but flavoursome salad that goes perfectly on its own or as a big sharing salad in the middle of the table. The chopped figs go beautiful with the greens and the tomatoes and the miso dressing adds a slight zing to it all, setting off all the flavours beautifully. All in all it's a pretty delicious dish!


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sunday Night Positivity

Little thought to end another beautiful weekend with my favourites and start a new week with a positive mindset. 

Friday, 13 March 2015

Kale, Cucumber and Spirulina Smoothie

This gorgeous green smoothie is perfect for a nutritious breakfast, it's a great one for me to prep the night before when I'm on the go in the morning and great for topping up my protein intake and green goodness; 

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Overnight Cinnamon Spiced Apple and Raisin Bircher Oats

This beautiful recipe is by the lovely Deliciously Ella and was in last weekend's Telegraph, so I thought I'd share it for those of you who didn't get a chance to see it. This is a really wonderful recipe, apple and cinammon are a famously gorgeous combo and the raisins with the crunchy nuts also go really well together. Enjoy! 

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Coconut & Wheatgrass Chia Pudding

Chia puddings are quite literally the best thing ever. There are so many combinations of flavours that taste so good and they're so easy to make! This version involves coconut and wheatgrass - coconut because it's one of my favourite flavours and the coconut milk makes it extra creamy, and the wheatgrass for a superfood nutrient boost. Perfect to make for an on the go breakfast or a mid afternoon snack!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Broccoli, Banana and Wheatgrass Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are a great way to get lots of nutrients into your breakfast (or lunch, or dinner!) and one of my favourite types is a green smoothie. I love green vegetables on their own so blended up with bananas and almond butter make them extra delicious! I realise that on first glance at the ingredients you may think 'Wow, that sounds actually disgusting?!', but trust me, the flavours go beautifully together and the banana, coconut water and almond butter overpower the 'savoury' taste to give make a really sweet and nutritious superfood smoothie bowl! 


Monday, 2 March 2015

Sesame and Garlic Guacamole

Just can't get enough of avocado. Guacamole is pretty much the best thing ever. I came up with this combination while going through my fridge and grabbing anything I could to see what happened! And this is it!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Exciting news

Soooo guys some exciting blog news - I've now renamed my blog (previously Chloë McGuire Nourish) to Nourishing Chloë. 

I'll be actively blogging under this new name from now on, blogging about recipes I've tried and tested and sharing ones I've created myself, and writing about general mind and body wellness! I hope you all continue to enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it!

Thank you so much to every single person for all the wonderful love and compliments and motivation you give me and my little blog every day :)


Thursday, 26 February 2015

Blueberry, Fig and Acai Smoothie

I had lots of figs and blueberries to use up in my fridge and decided to throw them in my blender with a few other ingredients and see what happened! And the result was a delicious, filling breakfast smoothie! The dry ingredients can be mixed together the night before to make it quicker the next morning, along with washing the blueberries and chopping up the figs separately. All you need to do the next morning is chop up the banana, add the fruit and dry ingredients and top up with almond milk and you're set to go! Lots of nutrients and energy releasing ingredients along with a big superfood boost from the Acai!

Blueberry, Fig and Acai Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie 

• 2 chopped up figs
• 1 handful washed blueberries (about 15-20)
• 1 dessertspoon dessicated coconut
• 1 teaspoon bee pollen 
• 1 teaspoon acai powder
• 1 peeled and chopped banana
• 1 dessertspoon of gluten free rolled oats 
• 1 cup of almond milk
• 1 generous teaspoon almond butter 

Simply place all the above ingredients in your blender and whizz up!


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Blueberry Chia Jam

I've always been a big fan of jam, I love the different flavours and the beautiful jars they come in. I don't, however, love the sugar content. It's mad! So of course, as a passionate foodie, it was time to make my own! Chia seeds are a wonderful, versatile ingredient and are perfect to make a lovely fresh, fruity jam, with natural sweetener and fresh berries. It's so easy and you can experiment with combining different flavours to find your favourite. 


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Banana Ice-Cream

Otherwise known as nice-cream. Or nana ice-cream. Or the best thing ever to exist. I am so obsessed with trying new flavours, I simply cannot get enough. And it's so easy! Try experimenting with different superfood powders or frozen fruit. 

Baked Maca Carrot Cake Oatmeal

This is the first time I tried out carrot cake oatmeal and am so pleased with the results! It's beautifully healthy and the added Maca powder and ground flaxseed gives it a lovely superfood boost. It came out with the perfect consistency, all the flavours worked really well together and the maple granola on the top added the perfect crunch to the soft spongey cake. The best thing about this is that you can get about 3 portions out of it so there's plenty left over for the next day or share it with a loved one. Gorgeous! 

Baked Maca Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Prep time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 25-35 minutes
Makes 3 portions

For the cake:
• 250ml gluten free oats
• 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder 
• 2 dessert spoons of ground flaxseed
• 1 teaspoon of maca powder
• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence 
• 2 medium grated raw carrots
• 1 handful of raisins 

• 250ml plant based milk - I used almond milk
• 1 egg or chia 'egg' mix for alternative 

For the maple granola:
• 2 tablespoons of maple syrup 
• 1 tablespoon of melted coconut oil
• 200g of mixed nuts and seeds

Preheat the oven to 180degrees C. Grease a baking dish with coconut oil then set aside. 

Mix the oats, baking powder, ground flaxseed, maca powder and spices in a bowl. Then add the grated carrot and raisins and mix up again. 

In a separate bowl, add a whisked egg to the milk and mix up. Set aside. 

In another smaller bowl, make the maple granola. Add the maple syrup, nuts, seeds and coconut oil in a bowl and mix well so everything is well coated. 

Spoon the oats mixture into the baking dish and then slowly pour the milk and egg evenly over the mixture. 

Then spoon the sticky granola over the top so it's evenly coated and flat. 

Pop in the oven for 25 minutes. Check it after 25 and if the granola isn't very brown, give it an extra 10 minutes to brown it fully and give it extra crunch.

Leave to cool before tucking in! 


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Acai, Coconut and Vanilla Smoothie Bowl

I love Acai and I love smoothie bowls - so put them together and I'm in heaven, especially when the mixture turns out such a beautiful lilac colour. This was an experiment to see how mixing coconut yoghurt and Acai would turn out and the result was truly delicious. 


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Baked Orange, Raisin and Oat Energy Bars

Ah these are so tasty. Beautiful little bars packed full of energy giving goodness and amazing flavours. I love fresh oranges and mixed with the raisins and mixture of nuts and oats, it's a perfect combination for me! And I definitely eat one of these for a quick breakfast if I'm up and on the go. They're also great for me to have about an hour before I workout which keeps my energy levels up and they're equally as great for my afternoon pick me up followed by a gorgeous green tea. Here's my recipe:


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Banana and Pear Protein Milkshake

I had to up my intake of protein since starting the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide at the beginning of January, so it was a good reason for me to start exploring different ways to get protein into my diet. I love having smoothies and smoothie bowls in the morning rather than a big cooked meal so adding extra protein into different recipes is great for me to have the required amount needed while still enjoying a lovely nutritious tasty jar of goodness when I wake up! And I love adding superfood powders in wherever possible to boost my nutrient intake. Here’s a lovely, creamy milkshake recipe I came up with this morning:

Banana and Pear Protein Milkshake
Makes 1

• 1 medium banana, peeled and chopped
• 1 pear, skinned and chopped up
• 2 tablespoons of rolled oats, I use gluten free
• 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 
• 1 scoop of protein powder of your choice – either vanilla or unflavoured 
• 1 teaspoon of maca powder
• 1 ½ cups of almond milk – or milk of choice

Simply place all of the above ingredients in your blender and blend up for a minute or so. It will be nice and creamy but shouldn't be too thick. If it is, add a dash of water and re-blend. Enjoy!


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Vanilla, Maca and Spinach Protein Smoothie

I have a real thing about protein smoothies at the moment! I love experimenting with new flavour combinations and came up with this one this morning. I think maca goes beautifully with vanilla, the flavours really compliment each other, and the banana and almond milk make it really smooth and creamy! I added in a handful of spinach to give it a green boost which was delicious. 
Here's the recipe:


Monday, 12 January 2015

Berry Protein Smoothie Bowl

I whipped up this gorgeous bright pink smoothie bowl this morning and it was so fruity, nutritious and definitely a huge energy boost to start my day off right! Here's my recipe!


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Green Superfood Protein Smoothie

This is such a tasty smoothie, packed with nutrients, which was perfect for my energy boost before the gym! I love spinach, mango and banana together in a smoothie, it gives the smoothie such a creamy consistency and the wheatgrass and hemp protein powder combined are perfect for my extra superfood nutrients! 

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