Raw Peanut Butter & Banana ‘Cheesecake’ (Raw/Vegan/GlutenFree)

IMG_6122I love the idea of raw food. The idea that I’m eating my food closest to its natural form as possible and taking in those nutrients with minimal processing. I have done a lot of blending here but I’d much rather eat bananas, peanuts, dates and coffee in ‘cheesecake’ form rather than eating them on their own. This is much more appealing.

I love eating raw but right now, it’s not an option for me to do full-time. I love my hot food too much. England being generally chilly most of the year, hot food is a comfort and warmth I crave and need. If I lived in a hotter climate with an abundance of ripe, seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, I think it would be a bigger possibility.

So I’ll stick with a few raw dishes here and there for now.

This recipe comes adapted from a book my mum gifted to me recently. Its called ‘Raw Cake’ by The Hardihood. It’s a great book full of smoothie/juice recipes, raw cheesecakes, tarts and desserts. A really interesting read in terms of ingredients, some I’ve never even heard of. Collagen powder? Camu Camu powder? This does put me off a few recipes as the ingredients would take more effort to source, but if I really like the look of something I’ll go searching for it.

I chose this recipe because, first of all, I’m obsessed with peanut butter and bananas. Second, it was one of the more simple recipes in the book and included ingredients I already have. As I was tinkering away in the kitchen I decided to add coffee into the base (because one can never have enough coffee) and played around with the liquid consistency in both the base and filling. The filling seemed quite stodgy so I added a good helping of nut milk to thin it out a little as well as adding in a layer of thick sliced banana to give a banoffee pie vibe. Because… BANANAS!

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Quick, healthy Oat & Banana Pancakes (Vegan/Gluten Free)

IMG_6130Pancakes are what I live for. A day off is not complete without pancakes in there somewhere.

If you follow me on instagram then you would’ve seen my insta-stories are always packed with these babies as their one of my favourite breakfasts. This recipe has been a firm favourite since day one. These aren’t a fluffy american-style pancake, they’re filling and a little spongy in the middle.

When I wasn’t plant-based, I used to make this recipe but it included an egg. After becoming vegan, I tried to adapt the recipe without the egg and without the need of a flax or chia ‘egg’. (Because my stomach can’t afford to wait 5 minutes for the chia to soak. Lets be real.) But I could never get the ratio of oats/milk right and they were always too liquid, too dense or they stuck to the pan like a motherf*****.

Alas I finally cracked it and have been eating these for a while now. I don’t take credit for this recipe, as I found it originally somewhere on the internet a long time ago, but have adapted it to fit my needs now. This morning I cooked a batch, jumped into my bed to eat them when I thought, ‘I should really put these on the blog.’ Not because this is some sort of earth shattering amazing break-through, but because I feel like everyone deserves to have such an easy and gratifying recipe. So I ran to grab my camera and took some quick snaps (these are probably the most impromptu, quickest photos I’ve ever taken; in my bed no less.)

What I love about these pancakes is that they’re so easy to knock up and are actually good for you! Just 4 ingredients. That’s it! No flour, no butter, no eggs, no sugar. Nothing. So yes, I know you’re thinking they probably taste like crap. But I assure you, you can say goodbye to your traditional pancakes and hello to these fibre and vitamin filled delights. A sweet breakfast to keep you full until lunchtime.

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Vegan Dark Chocolate, Pecan and Almond Butter Oat Cookies (Gluten free)

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Please don’t be put off by the notion of vegan cookies. Trust me, I was a skeptic too. However, in light of recent events (which you’ll hear more about soon), this recipe testing was needed. Vegan cookies were needed.

I’m 100% sure that if someone gave me one of these cookies and didnt tell me they were vegan, I would think they were just normal butter-laden cookies. But guys, theres no butter in sight here! Its been replaced by those heart healthy friends, coconut oil and almond butter. Now I’m not at all saying these are healthy, seen as they’re still packed with sugar and chocolate. Its progress in the right direction though right?

On the other hand however, these babies are full of oats, almonds and pecans. All good for you and all filling. A few of these are a perfect snack pick me up to get you through to dinner time and if you’re anything like me, your need for a sweet treat throughout the day is covered. These can also be made gluten free with gluten free oats.

They’re basically the jesus of all cookies.

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Peanut Butter, Date and Fig Granola (Vegan/GF)

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Breakfast is by far my favourite meal. It’s maybe the only thing I’ll get up early for in the morning. Theres not a better prospect going to bed at night, than knowing that there’s a beautiful planned breakfast awaiting you in the morning. However, on a week day working 60 plus hours, something I’m short on (as many of you probably are), is time.

I simply don’t have time to stir porridge on a stove top or whip up a batch of pancakes. Especially on only a few hours sleep after staying up late in bed scrolling through the internet (I’m sure we can all relate.)

Something I really love to make is Granola. Make a large batch to last you the week on your days off and you have one less worry for the week ahead. Weekday breakfasts needs to be quick, filling and satisfying. Bland, sugary, box cereal simply doesn’t cut it anymore.

So venture into your store cupboard, follow my recipe or pick out what you love and make it your own. Change the peanut butter for almond butter or switch out the dried cranberries and add in some cocao nibs for some chocolatey crunch. Now I’ve typed that, that sounds damn good! Definitely going to throw some of those in my next batch.

Heres to easy fulfilling breakfasts which hit the spot on a monday morning.

P.s my recipe and video use honey as part of the ingredients, but for a totally vegan granola, change the honey to another sweetener (agave syrup/coconut nectar/maple syrup.)

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Soft, Chewy Chocolate dipped Mini Coconut Macaroons (GF)

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I do realise its Christmas Eve and your all probably either working (bah humbug) or chained to your oven looking like a deranged version of your former composed self after all the hours of planning, shopping, wrapping and cooking.

You’re probably thinking, why the hell is she posting on Christmas Eve? I’ve already bought my ingredients, I’ve already planned my Christmas table, theres no time for making bloody coconut macaroons. I do realise I’m a little late on the Christmas baking train but believe me when I say, these literally take about ten minutes to make.

Never one for being a fan of coconut, these are the last thing I thought I’d ever make. However, one thing thats changed on this whirlwind of a journey thats growing up, is that I love coconut! I sincerely apologise to all the mini Bounty chocolate bars I turned my nose up to as a child, from the Christmas Celebration box.

I decided to make mine really small. At the time, I thought it would be absolutely adorable and that it’d mean I wouldn’t eat as much because they were so small. Fast forward to half an hour after they emerged from the oven; I ended up eating like 15 and it turned out making mini versions of things doesn’t really work out for me.

I dipped mine into glistening melted dark chocolate and sprinkled them with slithers of toasted almonds. This outside crunch makes a lovely contrast to the soft chewy centre. The combinations here are endless; dried apricots and white chocolate, add in a spoonful of chocolate chips or just keep them plain. Whatever takes your fancy, there’s a variation for everyone.

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope your days are filled with happiness, gratitude, family, friends and festive cheer. What a wonderful year its been.

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A trip to the healthy side: Raw Brownie’s (Vegan/GF)

IMG_4856If someone had told me a year or two ago that I’d be someone that ordered a salad regularly in a restaurant, I’d run away and hide all the goodies I could get my hands on thinking they were about to go extinct. It’s true, I whole heartedly adore baking. I revel in the warm fuzzy feeling it gives me, especially when theres Frank Sinatra and a glass of something involved.

It’s 100% my favourite thing to do and I can’t imagine not being a kitchen person. However, I feel like I’ve grown up from being the person who’d buy a metre long slush puppy from the cinema and eat four cream cakes in five minutes (I admit this does occasionally still happen.) I still love my sweets and conjuring up my next indulgence. But most of the time, I’m pretty good with eating well.

Its fairly obvious that I have a raging sweet tooth. So eating well and avoiding cake at work on a regular basis is hard. The struggle is real! So recently I’ve been dabbling in the world of raw food and healthier food in general. I’ve become really interested in super foods and packing my meals with all sorts of grains, seeds, vitamins and more. (I’ve even been making my own Almond Milk guys, like… wow.) I no longer look at food and wonder how many calories is in it, I look and think about how nutritionally dense it is. I have no idea how long this will last but its been about 6 months now and I’m still feeling it.

I’ve been scouring pinterest for interesting energy bar type recipes to power me through the day and keep my cravings at bay. And I think I’ve found it. I want to send a big virtual hug to Sarah at My New Roots for this recipe.

I know that these little snacks are called ‘brownies’ but I want to tell you now, as you can see… these aren’t brownies. At all. But I can imagine that for someone living a raw lifestyle, these would be like heaven on a plate. Nothing can compare to a gooey warm brownie for me, but these babies definitely do the job when it comes to sweet chocolatey satisfaction with none of the guilt.

These are so easy to make and are a delicious snack throughout the day. They keep me full without bloating me and give me bags of energy. These are defiantly going to become a staple in my kitchen. What about yours?

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Chocolate Orange Pots de Creme with Cinder Toffee (GF)

IMG_0633I woke up this morning with the sun charring my bare arm. My limb sticking out of the covers like a flower thirsty for light. I turned over, blinded by the sunlight, and let the blond rays tingle my cheeks.

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Mocha Pecan Fudge (GF)

FudgeeeI’m one of those people who constantly moan about the inflation of cinema food prices. This consequently makes me the person who sneaks food into the cinema too. Yes, I’m that person who sits there rustling away with her freezer bag full of homemade goodies wrapped in glamorous aluminium foil. Continue reading “Mocha Pecan Fudge (GF)”