Mr H, baby H and I recently went on a lovely long weekend to Verona in celebration of me turning old (30, eek). It turns out travelling with a baby is much easier before they start a) crawling and b) eating, but whilst there's not much you can do about the former apart from being in party entertainer mode for the duration of the flight, the latter can be helped by careful planning and a whole backpack of snacks (or 'the snackpack' as we now refer to it). Continue reading →
I never quite realised until I started my market stall at Hampstead Market in January just how many people are turning vegan. I know it might be ‘in vogue’ at the moment, but whatever people’s reasons behind the craze, it’s so great that so many of us are becoming more aware of our health and what we are eating, as well as contributing to a greener planet and less animal suffering. It’s win win if you think about it! Continue reading →
I made this shake a couple of weeks ago because I fancied something a little bit indulgent, it was a hot day (well for May anyway) and I was craving cookies and cream.
Turns out that this delightful beverage not only hit the spot BIG TIME in my book, but Mr H loved it too and has been requesting it ever since. It has most certainly therefore become the flavour of the month as far as shakes are involved!
It definitely tastes super creamy and indulgent (which is why I’ve called it an ice cream shake and not a smoothie) but it’s packed with good fats from the cashew butter and slow release energy from the oats and bananas. So all in all it’s a bit of a winner really – perfect if you fancy something that tastes totally heavenly, takes 5 minutes to make, is good for your body and fills you up until lunchtime! So what are you waiting for…go get your shake on!
2 medium ripe bananas
1 cup ice
4 medjool dates
1/2 cup oats
4 tbsp cashew butter
2 tbsp cacao nibs
Blitz all the ingredients except the cacao nibs in a blender for around a minute or so until smooth, then pop in the cacao nibs and whizz for another 10 seconds. Pour into glasses and enjoy! Berries optional.
Carrot cake is a funny old thing isn’t it? It’s like it was way ahead of its time; these days people are putting all sorts of vegetables into their sweet baked goods – courgette, sweet potato, beetroot, you name a vegetable and there is probably a cake recipe that uses it somewhere. Except maybe kale, but I could be wrong – if anyone has any good kale cake recipes do let me know! Continue reading →
Christmas is a time for deliciousness. There’s just no doubt about it. And (contrary to what some people might think) that doesn’t stop if you’re vegan, plant-based, raw, paleo, or whatever you might be, if you’re healthy then Christmas can be just as delicious for you too. Continue reading →
It’s Hanukkah this week, so to celebrate I wanted to make a recipe for guilt-free donuts. It might seem a little random but there is a reason behind it – the Hanukkah story talks of the miracle of the oil, whereby oil that would have only kept a special lamp alight for one day actually lasted eight days – and because of this it’s traditional to eat foods cooked in oil, like donuts or potato latkes.I’ve used a little coconut oil in these as a nod to tradition but unlike normal donuts these are baked (not fried) which makes them heaps healthier but just as yummy! Continue reading →
I’ve always loved a good crumble – it’s such a delicious thing to eat all year round, not to mention how simple it is to make! Traditional crumbles are a tad on the unhealthy side – loaded with flour, sugar and butter (yuk, yuk and double yuk) but luckily it’s just as easy to make one just as yummy without any gluten, dairy or refined sugar. Continue reading →
There must be some unwritten rule somewhere giving coleslaw the right to turn up at every salad bar, crash every barbecue and sneak into every family party buffet. To us, cabbage and carrots drowned in mayonnaise shouldn’t even be classed as a salad, maybe a condiment or a side dish, but a salad!? Never.
You might have realised we aren’t the biggest fans of traditional coleslaw. For starters it’s incredibly unhealthy (we’ve seen so many people load up their plates with coleslaw under the pretence that they are ‘being good’) and to be quite honest our taste buds are of the opinion that it’s a little bit bland. And don’t even get us started on all the nasties that lurk in shop bought versions! Continue reading →
When I was a little girl, my Grandpa used to have a magical orange tree. All year long it would stand in his lounge producing little tiny oranges which were never bigger than a golf ball. But amazingly once they fell off the tree (so the story goes) they would turn into Terry’s chocolate oranges, packaging and all. Of course we never ACTUALLY saw this happen and my brother, cousins and I always took Grandpa’s word for it.
Even after the truth came out, the tree still continued to produce its ‘fruit’ on birthdays and other special occasions. At the end of last year Mr H and I bought a house together and shortly after moving in a little orange tree turned up on our doorstep, a housewarming present from who else but my darling Grandpa.
But my chocolate orange tree is a little different you see. Mine is like chocolate orange tree 2.0; it produces four ingredient chocolate orange energy balls. Ok so it doesn’t, but I do use the zest of its little fruit to make them. Here’s how;
Makes around 10 small balls
1 cup dates
1 cup cashews
4 tbsp cacao powder
zest of 1/2 an orange
In a food processor, first blend the cashews until they are all chopped up super small. Then add the dates, cacao and orange zest and blend until all the ingredients are mixed together nicely. Then shape the mixture into small balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Magic!