Coconut Chia Pudding

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I recently picked up a bag of coconut flour because it looked interesting, and have been trying to find ways to use it . Clearly I struggle with forward planning. Impulsive purchase aside, this is a delicious spin on traditional overnight oats / chia pudding. It’s got a lighter consistency than the overnight oats, but is still more filling than straight-up chia pud. Definitely a must-try for breakfast fans.

Quick side note: when I was looking at coconut flour uses, a lot of the recipes that came up were ‘keto-friendly’. When I checked the macros on this breakfast, it is also keto-friendly. So if you’re into that, try this out. It’s also suitable for vegans if you’re using the ingredients listed below, but if you don’t have plant-based milk and yogurt then feel free to swap things out.

Last thing – frozen berries and peanut butter are the best toppings.

Ingredients 

  • 25g chia seeds
  • 20g coconut flour
  • 100g thick yoghurt, I used Alpro Go On
  • 100ml unsweetened almond milk, depending how thick you want them
  • OPTIONAL – add in a few drops of stevia (I tried these with caramel flavour stevia drops and it was amazing)

 

Method

Mix everything together in an air-tight tub, seal and chill overnight for a minimum of 8 hours. In the morning scoop it into a bowl, add toppings and dig in!

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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

IMG_20180703_112702_103.jpgThis pasta is so easy, and it keeps really well. I can make a massive batch and eat it for lunch for four days, so it’s definitely on my back-to-uni meals list for when I leave in September. It also uses ingredients you can keep at the back of the cupboard for when you really can’t be bothered leaving the house to food shop…

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 400g pumpkin puree
  • 250ml light coconut milk
  • 1 medium onion (or a dried onion seasoning to taste)
  • 250g pasta (this is a dried weight of about 60g per person. If you’re feeling hungrier then up it to 75g per person)
  • Salt and pepper to season, to taste
  • Nutritional yeast flakes, to taste
  • OPTIONAL: Dried Italian herbs

Method

  • Add the onion to a large pan and lightly fry until golden.
  • Add in the pumpkin puree and coconut milk, then stir together. Simmer over a low heat for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes boil some water in a pan and add in the pasta. Cook until al dente (cooked, but still slightly firm when you bite into it – this takes about 4-5 minutes)
  • Drain the pasta and add into the sauce. Stir and heat through. Season well and plate up.
  • Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and add more seasoning if needed.

Overnight Chocolate Proats *Vegan Friendly*

IMG_20180703_080906_402.jpgThis is one of my favourite quick and easy breakfasts, and if you like my regular overnight oats, this vegan version is just as good. It only makes a few simple substitutions and I promise you won’t be able to tell the difference. If you’re thinking of going vegetarian or vegan, it’s a great recipe to start your day with, and you can mix up the toppings as you see fit.

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 80-100ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 100g non-dairy yogurt of choice (Alpro unsweetened soya yogurt is my choice)
  • 1 scant scoop vegan protein powder, I used My Protein Chocolate Smooth powder
  • Toppings: hot apple chunks (chop and microwave one apple for 1 minute), frozen berrries, frozen banana chunks, peanut butter… all work well

Throw all of the ingredients but your toppings into an airtight tub and mix together. Seal the tub and place into the fridge overnight, for at least 8 hours. In the morning scoop into a bowl and add toppings, or throw your toppings into the tub and take it with you on the go.

TIPS, TRICKS & OPTIONS –

  • Add in 1tbsp chia seeds for SUPER THICK oats. Just be sure to add a splash more milk too.
  • As you make these more often you’ll figure out how to eyeball the measures of ingredients that create the texture you want, so keep experimenting with it!

Easy Vegan Banana Muffins

IMG_20180426_100711_305.jpgOne of my friends has recently gone vegan and I have to admit, it’s made me want to try a few more vegan options myself. Including some vegan baking options.

These muffins are incredibly easy and have that soft, moist texture that a traditional banana bread does, with a crisp top. It’s just a case of throwing everything into the food processor, and baking.

A word on the baking process: these muffins will be cooked when they come out of the oven, but due to the coconut flour-banana combination they will be slightly mushy until they set. This means you have to hold off eating them until they’re completely cool!

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Chocolate – Banana Dessert Hummus

IMG_20180330_102747_754.jpgRecently on IG and Pinterest I’ve noticed a few recipes for “Dessert Hummus” popping up. If you’re more of a sweet snacker then it’s definitely something you might want to try dipping some fruit, rice cakes, or pitta chips into. Maybe try spreading it onto some crumpets or toast. Perhaps pop it into a wrap with some banana. You can pretty much make a sweet version of whatever you would use regular hummus for, without the garlic breath afterwards.

Chocolate-Banana not sounding like your thing? Then check out my Sticky Ginger or Choc-Chip version instead… Continue reading

Easy Avocado Pasta Sauce (Avocado, chilli, basil & balsamic vinegar)

IMG_20170821_123410_482I’m having a bit of a love affair with pasta at the moment. I don’t know where it has come from, all I know is that if it contains pasta, I shall eat it. You know what goes really well with pasta? Fresh herbs. And chilli. And balsamic vinegar. And, surprisingly, avocado.

I usually opt for a spicy tomato, pesto, or even butter-based sauce, and am generally not a fan of creamy concoctions coating my fusilli. Avocado is just the right kind of creamy though. Its also a great substitute if you’re a vegan who misses creamy sauces, but obviously isn’t going to be pouring carbonara sauce over your pasta any time soon.

You can always add extra vegetables or some quorn, chicken, meat substitute, or fish into this pasta dish- but try it as it is at least once, because sometimes keeping it simple is best… Continue reading

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Pancakes (you know you want them)

IMG_20170818_094128_433Have you ever seen a title with three more beautiful ingredients within it? I think not.

These pancakes are super simple and fast to make- you can even make the batter and leave it in the fridge overnight, ready to chuck into a hot pan in the morning. At the moment – just on the side- I’m liking to cook my pancakes and anything else in a pan with a bit of coconut oil. Mainly because I have a jar of coconut oil that is close to going off, because I’m not normal a fancy oil kinda gal. It does give a nice taste to pancakes though. So if you have a jar of long-forgotten spur-of-the-moment-purchased coconut oil, you know what to do. Continue reading