February 6, 2016No Comments

Choco brownies – Sweet treats

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I made this recipe for the first time last night and they went down a storm. The look on people's faces when I said there were choco brownies that contained no chocolate was hilarious. Have to say, much easier recipe than expected and not too long to make either! Hilariously I can't even taste the mix due to my complete dislike of anything chocolatey! This one was inspired by the amazing Ella Woodward who's recipe book I always refer back to when looking for inspiration.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
400g of black beans (canned is fine)
200g ground almonds
200ml coconut milk
2 tablespoons of coconut milk
13 tablespoons of maple syrup
7 tablespoons of cacao powder
20 red apples
1 tablespoon of cinnamon

First, you need to make the apple puree. This is needed to help keep the mix sticky and stay together. Peel and core the apples cutting them into bite-sized pieces. Put in a saucepan with only about 2cm of water and boil for about 45 minutes or until soft. Once they have gone soft, blend it altogether or mash it as best as possible mixing in 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and the cinnamon. This can then be stored for about a week in the fridge or I usually freeze it and take it out when needed. For this recipe, you only need about 200g of this mix so freeze the rest once you've made a batch!

Next, put the chia seeds in a bowl with 140ml of water and let it sit for 30 minutes.

Turn your oven on to 180 degrees, 160 degrees for fan ovens.

Put everything into a blender and mix together with the chia seeds once they have soaked for 30 mins.

Line a baking dish with banking paper and pour the mix in, spreading it out so it is as even as possible.

Bake for about 45 minutes or until you can put a knife in the centre and it comes out without any mix on it. Then let it sit in the tin for 45 minutes. I know you want to eat it hot but honestly, this is when it starts to set properly so DON'T TOUCH it!

Cut into small brownie shapes and store in the fridge for about a week.

Enjoy and let me know how you get on!

Ciao for now x

January 21, 2016No Comments

Day 21 – Sweet nut smoothie

Sweet nut smoothieThis is an amazing new smoothie recipe that I have stumbled across and made some of my own adjustments to. Try it out, maybe as another breakfast smoothie recipe and enjoy the delicious, creamy, nutty, sweet flavour.

Gosh it has reminded me of the amazing flavour so much I may just dash out and make another one!

Ingredients
125g frozen mango
2 tablespoons of almond butter
handful of frozen blackberries
2 tablespoons of yoghurt - the thicker the better. I used a lovely natural one that had fresh passion fruit in it which was so gooooood!
half a teaspoon of wheatgrass powder
100ml of coconut milk

Throw them all in your smoothie maker and blend up until smooth. Then sip and enjoy!

Ciao for now x

January 4, 2016No Comments

Day 4 – Choco spread

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Today's post is another recipe. It's day 4 into the New Year and you're probably struggling now with your sweet tooth reminding you that you haven't had anything 'naughty' for a whole week already!!

So a nice easy recipe for you today is my choco spread. Now strangely, I don't like chocolate of any kind but I do make a killer chocolate flavoured recipe that seems to go down a treat.

This recipe is nut based so the feedback I've had is that it tastes like the inside of a Ferrero Rocher so give it a try!! The spread can be had on pancakes, crackers or used in recipes for cookies to make them chocolatey too.

Ingredients
270g Hazelnuts
170ml Maple Syrup
110ml Water
3 heaped tablespoons of Cacao Powder
2 tablespoons of Coconut Milk

Lay the hazelnuts out on a baking tray and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes, then take them out and let them cool.

Once they've cooled, throw the hazelnuts and cacao powder in a blender and whizz up until it's as fine as you can get it. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend again until nice and smooth.

From this point it's down to personal preference. If you want it sweeter, add small amounts of maple syrup in, if you want it more chocolatey, add a bit more cacao, if you want it more runny then add a bit more coconut milk. Just remember to add small amounts, blend and taste as you can't take it out once it's in the mix!!

Enjoy and let me know what you have it with!

Ciao for now x

  
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