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Month: April 2017

Hazelnut, Pumpkin seed & Date Breakfast Bars

Hazelnut, Pumpkin seed & Date Breakfast Bars

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Hazelnut, Pumpkin seed & Date Breakfast Bars
Delicious healthy nutty bars, ideal for elevensies
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  1. Chop all the ingredients with a sharp knive until they are very small. I usually do this because I like my bars chunky. You can also throw them into a food processor and process until you get a sticky mass that can be rolled out. If it is too crumbly add a drop of water. Really only a drop until all the ingredients come together.
  2. Roll out into a square about 1cm high, obviously you can make thicker bars but then you will have less bars.
  3. Cut into bars
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Lemon Lime Orange and Goji Berry Tartlets

Lemon Lime Orange and Goji Berry Tartlets

I’m not sure How I came up with this idea, I just wanted something really fruity and not too heavy. Sometimes I find chocolate a bit too much. So I thought and thought and while I was putting my two monkey to bed this idea came into my mind. Citrus fruit is so refreshing, add some goji berries  and you have a treat full of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants.

Did you know that fruit that goes brown once cut open (I’m thinking apples, bananas, pears) have very little antioxidants on their own and fruit that never changes colour when cut open has a lot, blueberries for example? I didn’t know that and only recently found out. So this is why we put lemon juice on apple when we cut them, to stop them oxidising by adding antioxidants. Makes sense right?

This along with the superfood goji and loads of nuts and seeds makes my delicious tartlets not only super yummy but also super healthy and do you know what also childproof. I made eight tartlets and five are already gone they’re so good.

But judge for yourself and as always let me know what you think.

You will need a high speed blender and 8 silicone muffin cases (approx. 5cm Ø). Actually a word of warning, these take a while to make or I was just very tired and experimenting didn’t help but I remember thinking, hopefully they are worth it and let me tell you they are.

 

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Lemon Lime Orange and Goji Berry tartlets
Delicious superfood tartlets full of antioxidants and nutrients
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  1. For the base: Place the first three ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined. Divide by eight and press tightly into the muffin cases. Refrigerate.
  2. For the filling: Now place the next four ingredients into a blender and blend until very creamy. Slowly pour in 2 tbsp. of the 3 tbsp. coconut oil while still blending
  3. Remove two thirds of the mixture leaving one third in the blender.
  4. Now add the lemon and lime juice and peel along with 1/2tsp psyllium husk and 1/3 tbsp. coconut oil. Blend until well combined and creamy. Spoon one eighth into each muffin case and spread.
  5. Take one third of the remaining creamy mixture and place into the blender. Add orange juice and peel along with 1/2 tsp psyllium husk, 1/3 tbsp. coconut oil and 1/2 tbsp. goji berries. Blend until combined and creamy and spoon into the eight muffin cases. I didn't completely flatten this layer as I wanted uneven layers
  6. For the last layer place the remaining filling into the blender and add the remaining goji berries, the remaining 1/3 tbsp. melted coconut oil and 1/2 tsp psyllium husk and blend until combined and creamy. Spoon into the cases and flatten.
  7. Freeze overnight. defrost for at least an hour before serving
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Blueberry Chocolate Mousse Mocca Tart

Blueberry Chocolate Mousse Mocca Tart

 Do you know anyone who doesnt like blueberries or chocolate mousse? I dont. I also dont know anyone who doesn think chocolate and coffee is a great combo.

So to make things even better than great I combined the three and made a delicious blueberry and chocolate mousse tart which is vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free.

I brought it for dessert to an Easter dinner with all non-vegans and they all loved it. So as a result of that I only have a tiny slice left for myself. 

But judge for youself and let me know what you think. Recipe is below

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Blueberry Chocolate Mousse Mocca Tart
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  1. For the base: Process the first six ingredients in a food processor until well combined.
  2. Line a 15'X 4' tart tin with cling film and press the dough into it. Freeze for about 20 minutes.
  3. For the filling: Blend the remaining ingredients except the coconut oil and cacao butter blueberries and coffee beans in a blender until smooth.
  4. Continue blending on a low speed and pour the coconut oil and cacao butter and blend until silky smooth.
  5. Pour into the tin and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Before serving decorate with blueberries and coffee beans Enjoy
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Superfood Smoothie with Chiapudding

Superfood Smoothie with Chiapudding

Superfood Smoothie with Chiapudding

 

 

Do you travel a lot for work? I kinda do. Not a lot lot but enough. Its always to Paris and I always struggle with food when I travel. I try to get prepared by making sandwiches for the flight and snacks for throughout the day. But my usual day looks like this. We get the flight at 7am, so I get up at 4. We land at around 10 French time and get a taxi to the office, where we consume a lot of coffee. Then its off to meetings and at around 12 or 1 we have lunch. this is where the trouble starts. The French office have a canteen and guess what? No vegan options, they do have what they call a salad bar which consists of pickled veg and creamy dressings. All full of dairy. So what do I have? Some “Salad” from said bar and chips. YUP, very healthy. After lunch its off for more coffee and meetings. We work until around six and then its off to the hotel for a quick rest and then some dinner with my non-vegan colleagues. Its never fancy, I don’t mind that, but its also never healthy. Think Pizza, pasta etc. Again no vegan options here, except the last time I got pasta with tomato sauce. So guess what I have, either chips or Pizza without cheese. I’m back in the hotel then and off to bed. The next day its bread at the hotel with peanut butter full of sugar and jam for breakfast. Only recently did they get soya milk so I had cereal (the sugary type).

Super food bowl

Back to work after this and the same lunch again at 12ish. At 3 I leave for the airport. Guess What? Aerlingus do not have a single vegan option for snacks on their flights.

By the time I get home Ive had pizza, chips, bread, all sorts of sugary food and loads of coffee. Am I just unorganised or do you struggle when travelling for work?

So I do need to detox big time and get some nutrients in. This is where my superfood smoothie with chiapudding comes in. Its packed full of vitamins, antioxidants and is super yummy.

Recipe is below if you need time out from junkfood.

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