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. 

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