White Chocolate and Flaxseed Blondies

White chocolate flax blondies

I love an afternoon snack with a matcha latte, and especially as I’m breastfeeding, I need extra energy but I have to make the effort to eat healthy snacks with great nutrients in them so I added flaxseeds to this one for omega 3 essential fatty acids – essential when breastfeeding. These went down a treat in my house and unfortunately I wasn’t left with many for myself!

Ingredients

1 tbsp coconut oil
50g cacao butter
3 tbsp organic natural peanut butter
3 eggs
Pinch Himalayan salt
2 tbsp flaxseeds
70g coconut palm sugar
2 tbsp pure maple
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g ground almonds
Vegan white chocolate chips

Method

Preheat the oven to 160. Line a square silicone baking tin with baking paper and grease with coconut oil.

Melt the coconut oil and cacao butter in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan with boiling water. Once it’s melted, add the peanut butter and stir until it all melts in together.

Remove from heat and set aside.

Beat the eggs in a large bowl and once beaten, add the coco palm sugar and whisk with a fork until totally combined. Then add the salt, vanilla and maple and mix.

Add the peanut butter mixture and mix well, then add the ground almonds and flax and mix until combined.

Flatten the mixture out into the prepared baking tin and put in the oven for 20-25 minutes. In my oven it only needed 20. You want it to be moist but cooked through but don’t overcook otherwise it will go dry.

Enjoy!

Love,
Lauren

Multi-Seed Gluten-Free Crackers

Crackers 1

I have to thank Lisa Roukin from My Relationship with Food for this recipe. I saw it on her website and just had to make them! I’ve adapted it from hers slightly.

I’m eating six small meals a day now instead of three larger ones so healthy crackers are the best choice for at least one of those meals! I ate this along with some homemade hummus and Moroccan matbucha but you can have with anything you like. They are so much easier to make than they look and are just super yummy and nutritious.

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Ingredients

70g ground almonds
2 tbsp buckwheat flour
20g pumpkin seeds
20g sunflower seeds
20g flaked almonds
25g flaxseed, sunflower & pumpkin (linwoods)
15ml coconut oil,
60ml cold purified water
Pinch Himalayan or Oryx Desert salt

Topping
1 handful flaxseed, sunflower & pumpkin (linwoods)
1 handful pumpkin seeds
1 handful sesame seeds

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 300°F, gas mark 2, 150°C (130°C fan-assisted).

In a food processor add all the dry ingredients and salt and pulse a couple of times, then add the coconut oil and water, blend until slightly sticky texture (do not over process) leave a little texture for crunch.

Have two sheets of parchment paper, collect the dough from the food processor, shape into a square in the center of one sheet of the parchment paper, flatten slightly. Cover with the second sheet of parchment paper and roll to 1/4 inch (or less thick). Using a sharp chefs knife, trim off the edges and even into a square. Make the squares by cutting into equal strips (4 x 3).  Press the toppings into each square (I divided 1 handful of each topping on 4 squares).

Bake in the pre-heated oven for 25 minutes, remove from the oven leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

Crackers 2

Enjoy!

Love,
Lauren

Lemon, Coconut & Baobab Bliss Balls

Lemon Coconut Baobab Bliss Balls

I fancied having something in my fridge that is sweet but refreshing at the same time, and healthy of course, and I haven’t made any form of bliss balls for a while so I just made these. All the ingredients are natural, organic and raw and the Baobab adds extra superfood goodness for added energy and an immune boost.

Ingredients

1 cup organic medjool dates
Half cup hazelnuts
Half cup almonds
Juice of 2 lemons (I like it quite lemony but you can reduce if you like)
1 tsp baobab
About half a cup desiccated coconut, give or take

Method

First soak the nuts for at least 4 hours (you can soak them together in a bowl with purified water)

Add all the ingredients, including 4 tbsp of the coconut to the food processor and process until the nuts are totally ground into a butter and everything is well incorporated and soft.

Take about a spoonful out with your hands and roll into a ball and place on a large plate. Continue this until you have finished the mixture, leaving a gap in the middle of the plate. You may need to add a tiny bit of water to your hands to help roll the balls if they are too sticky.

Once they are all on the plate, sprinkle the rest of the coconut in a heap onto the middle of the plate and coat each one individually with the coconut.

Once they are ready you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week or in the freezer for about a month.

Enjoy!

Love,
Lauren

Vegan Pesto

Vegan Pesto

A quick and simple recipe for a yummy, healthy pesto that also happens to be high in vitamins and vegan…

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado
Quarter cup extra virgin olive oil
5 tbsp lemon juice
5 Brazil nuts
Handful pine nuts
2 cloves garlic
Handful kale
Pinch Himalayan salt

Method

Simply place all the ingredients, apart from the kale, into a food processor and blitz until fully incorporated. If it’s too thick add some more olive oil. Once ready add the kale and blitz once more until you can see little bits of the kale incorporated.

Enjoy!

Love,
Lauren

Creamy Cashew Yoghurt

Cashew Yoghurt

I love yoghurt and I think it’s one of the things I found I missed most when cutting out dairy. But don’t fret! We can make our own dairy-free version of course! And I used cashews here. Mainly because cashews go really nice and creamy and are also quite sweet so they make a great yoghurt. The magnesium content in cashews also helps keep our bones strong and are packed with flavanols which starve tumours and stop cancer cells from spreading, which is essential in this day and age with all the cancers around.

I added 2 probiotic capsules to this also, firstly to help keep my gut strong (read about that here) but also to help build yoghurt cultures in the yoghurt, so it’s not just a cashew cream.

In order for nuts to survive, nuts contain inherent toxic inhibitors that protect the plant from germination until the ideal conditions are present (nature is amazing!) It is not until they get wet and there is sufficient moisture that they germinate. It can wreak havoc on your digestive system if you don’t soak them because these protective enzyme inhibitors do not digest in our bodies, your body will fight them, so you must soak them to release these toxins. Not soaking nuts first will also inhibit the absorption of nutrients. I suggest soaking overnight but 4 hours will do it.

You can top this with anything you like, I used strawberries, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts.

Ingredients

1 cup cashews
1 and quarter cup purified water
2 dates
2 tsp organic natural maple
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 probiotic capsules

Method

First, you must soak your cashews in purified water for AT LEAST 4 hours. Soak overnight if you can. Do not omit this step. (See above for explanation). Once the nuts are ready, drain and rinse, then put them in the blender with the water and blend for around 7-10 minutes. You need it to go super smooth and creamy. If you have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix, the mixture will heat up like a soup, don’t worry.

After around 4 minutes of blending, add the rest of the ingredients and proceed to blend until completely smooth like a yoghurt. Add more water if it’s too thick.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge (once it has cooled) for up to four days and enjoy with your favourite toppings.

Happy weekend everyone!
Love,
Lauren

Peanut Butter Nana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Yes yes, here I am again talking about breakfast, but I can’t help it! I just love breakfast! I also think it’s hugely important to get a good amount of protein intake in the morning, but if you’re vegetarian (and you don’t like eating chicken for breakfast!) you have to find other ways, and smoothies are amazing for that. This one is a great pre or post workout smoothie or simply good to start you off with heaps of energy. It also means you can whip it up quickly and drink it on your way out if you’re in a rush.

You can use homemade peanut butter by simply putting peanuts in a Vitamix and blending until they make a butter, or you can use store bought but it MUST be a natural, organic butter with no added ingredients, just peanuts. I like Meridian.

Ingredients

250ml almond milk
1 heaped tbsp peanut butter
2 dates
1 banana (sliced and pre-frozen)
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp flax seeds

Method

Blend and drink!

Happy, healthy thoughts 🙂
Love,
Lauren

Cacao Maca Overnight Oats

Cacao Almond Butter Maca Overnight oats

Before getting used to this lifestyle of natural, real, non-processed, organic and plant-based food, it’s easy to wonder what one might have for breakfast every day. Westerners are the perfect consumers; we fall to the feet of advertising campaigns and as a result, we believe that breakfast means either toast (gluten), boxed, store-bought cereals (gluten, sugar, salt, dairy) or, if you’re from England, a full English (fried, fatty meats). So when I’m helping people with their diets, the first thing they ask is ‘what am I supposed to have for breakfast?’ Actually, breakfast is one of the easiest meals to be vegan, gluten free, dairy free and sugar free! You just need to get into the swing of it and, well, forget everything you’ve ever been taught! Of course, any change of lifestyle takes some getting used to and it may seem like a lot more work than pouring some cereal out of a box but seriously, give it a go! You’ll realise how easy and delicious our recipes are and how easy it is to start your day right and help your kids do the same. Just check out our breakfast page. If you make small changes, like starting with learning new breakfast recipes, you’ll slowly notice the chemicals in all the foods we buy, and you’ll see how easy it is to make a full change.

I’ve become a massive fan of superfood powders recently and Maca is just amazing. Maca is from Peru and legend has it that it was taken by Incan warriors before going into battle because of its amazing energy-enhancing qualities. It is known in the natural health world as the ‘natural caffeine’ and is an amazing substitute because it doesn’t give you any of the nasty side-effects associated with caffeine but it gives you a huge energy boost, with none of the comedown. It also increases stamina and boosts sex drive. All great reasons to add it to your diet! I get mine from Organic Burst. Just adding a spoonful into your oatmeal, porridge, cereal or smoothie will help your energy levels. I also added cacao and almond butter to this for extra protein. It was so yummy I made it again the next day!

Ingredients (makes one portion but double ingredients to make enough for 2)

Half cup organic rolled oats
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp almond butter
1 tsp agave

Method

Simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl, making sure you mix really well so that the powders get fully absorbed. Put it in a jar with a lid or cover bowl with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning topped with fruit, nuts, seeds – anything you fancy!

Love, light and positive energy for the weekend.
Lauren