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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

'Tis the season for all things pumpkin! I shared a pumpkin spiced latte recipe on my Instagram the other day which went down a storm, so I thought I'd share another pumpkin recipe that I'm obsessed with at the moment.

This pumpkin pie overnight oats recipe is my current go-to breakfast. It couldn't be more autumnal, it's completely delicious, super satisfying, easy to make and it makes a great breakfast when you know you're going to be in a rush. I love porridge but overnight oats can be made the day before and will be ready to go straight away in the morning, which means you get that precious extra time in bed!

These overnights take all of 2 minutes to make then the magic happens overnight. Leave the oats to soak in the delicious pumpkin spice mixture for a minimum of 6 hours in the fridge and in the morning you'll have the most delicious, creamy oats to enjoy. The oats also become much easier to digest this way and will leave you feeling so full of energy and ready for the day!

If you have a little more time in the morning and prefer a warm breakfast, why not make this recipe into classic porridge? I've tried it myself and it's scrumptious either way!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Chocolate Salted Caramel Energy Balls VIDEO - With Indigo Herbs

Ever since I started getting into healthy eating and creating healthier recipes to share on my blog I've loved the Indigo Herbs products. Indigo Herbs is an online natural health product store that sells absolutely everything you could ever need for healthy baking and cooking delicious, wholesome meals. They're all about optimum nutrition, as well as looking after the environment which I just love!

I'm so excited to be working with Indigo Herbs on a series of recipe videos to show you just how easy and quick it is to whip up some truly delicious, nutritious recipes using their products. Starting with these wonderfully more-ish, heavenly Chocolate Salted Caramel Energy Balls.

These are chocolate balls full of pure goodness! They're full of healthy fats, natural sweetness, heart-healthy carbohydrates, naturally energising maca powder and detoxifying himalayan salt. Salted caramel is the most incredible flavour and I'm so excited to have recreated a healthy version using these ingredients from Indigo Herbs.

The full recipe is written below, as well as step-by-step video to show you exactly how to make these sweet treats.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Cookie Dough Truffles

I'm putting it out there, these cookie dough truffles might be the best things I've ever made! Ok, I've said that about a few things but these really are ground-breaking. They're unbelievably more-ish, exquisitely delicious yet full of goodness! They also have a secret ingredient which may sound a little odd but just trust me, go with it and be prepared to be blown away!

The magic ingredient? Chickpeas. You might associate chickpeas with hummus, curries, salads perhaps but probably not sweet treats, am I right? I used to do the same but I'd heard of people making things like meringue and blondies from chickpeas, so I had a go at making this cookie dough truffles using chickpeas as the main ingredient for the cookie dough and I was beyond happy with how they turned out! The chickpeas soak up the vanilla flavouring, the creamy cashew butter and the sweet maple syrup - you end up just getting the cookie-dough like texture with none of the chickpea flavour. In fact, I made all my family try one of these truffles (they all LOVED them) but none of them guessed chickpeas were in them, even when I said there was a strange ingredient in them.


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

My Favourite Goodness Bowl

I've been feeling a little rundown lately, I think due to a mixture of lot of stress in my personal life, a heavy workload in my business and the change in the weather taking it's toll. So i've been trying to cram in as much goodness as I can into my diet, through lots of delicious plant-based nourishment and an abundance of natural colour to get all the vitamins and minerals I need.

Below is my absolute favourite goodness bowl at the moment! The combination of ingredients is a pure dream, it's incredibly easy to make, it's full of flavour and it looks pretty too.

The bowl consists of crispy kale, turmeric roasted cauliflower, steamed edamame, cherry tomatoes, garlicky brown rice, herby sautéed courgettes, a sprinkle of fresh coriander and crunchy pumpkin seeds. This bowl holds so many nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, fibre, vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium and plant-based proteins too. A true wellness bowl!

To cook the kale, I just gentle massaged a little olive oil and sea salt into it then baked it in the oven on a medium heat for 6-8 minutes (be careful it doesn't burn!). To make the turmeric cauliflower, I coated cauliflower florets in a little olive and plenty of ground turmeric, paprika, salt and pepper and cooked in the oven for 20-25 minutes. I sautéed both the courgette and cherry tomatoes in a frying pan with 1 clove of garlic and some dried herbs and simply cooked the brown rice in boiling water (according to packet instructions). So simple, so good!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Autumn Recipes - In Collaboration With Yankee Candle

When Yankee Candle contacted me and asked me to create a couple of Autumnal recipe cards to go with their new 'Fall collection' I was so excited! I've been a Yankee Candle lover for years and always get so excited for new scents coming out, so this was a dream collaboration for me.

I was asked to create a recipe to compliment the Vibrant Saffron candle and the Mulberry & Fig Delight candle, so I came up with a delicious and warming vegetable curry with saffron rice and sweet Fig & Mulberry tarts. Both recipes are so comforting, so seasonal, full of flavour and easy to make. They're also both gluten free, suitable for vegans and refined sugar free.
I'm really proud to have collaborated with Yankee Candle and I'm delighted with the recipes I created, so of course I had to share them on my blog for you too!

The fig & mulberry tarts are the best autumnal sweet treat. The raw pastry is made of oats, ground almonds, dates and coconut oil - so all natural and all delicious, the fig jam is super easy to make and any leftovers are delicious on toast, the chewy dried mulberries on top add an extra touch of sweetness to the tarts and are full of nutritious goodness!


Monday, 25 September 2017

Smokey Lentil Quesadillas in GF Tortillas (Vegan)

I love tortilla wraps, always have done, but since being diagnosed coeliac and thus going completely gluten free I had to make the switch to gluten free wraps. Thankfully, BFree Foods make the most amazing gluten free tortilla wraps (in 3 flavours too!) with the healthiest ingredients and a texture just like regular tortilla wraps. The thing I really love about these wraps is how light they are, as sometimes gluten free products can be a little heavy or almost stodgy...these wraps are far from that. One of my favourite things to make with the tortilla wraps is fajitas, but this week I decided to get more creative and come up with a vegan quesadilla recipe using the multigrain wraps and they were a huge success!

 The BFree multigrain tortilla wraps go super crispy when cooked in a pan and the natural flavours in them seem to come out even more. Then there's the filling which is a delicious mixture of lentils and wholegrain rice in a homemade smokey tomato sauce, as well as nutritional yeast which is totally optional but adds a cheesy taste to the quesadillas - totally recommend if you can get your hands on it!

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