I love making sweet treats and desserts that look and taste naughty but are actually wholesome and not bad for you 😋 because it means I can eat all these doughnuts and still feel great 🏃🏼♀️🤸🏼♀️🍩
I don't use oil or refined sugar in my cooking/ baking. These bad boys also happen to be gluten free.
No exact recipe (forever making things up as I go along) but the ingredients for the dough were: buckwheat, coconut, flax, nuts dates, spices and water. For the frosting: dates, avo, cocoa, vanilla and a pinch of salt.
I'll make them again for sure, so I can upload a proper recipe post and so @plantfedmonkey can share them with me because he missed out this time 😅
This baby 😍 mango, nectarine, orange and a dash of turmeric & cayenne ✨ and topping it with passionfruit brought it to the next level 👌🏼
However, no flavours compare to the most beautiful fruit out there... jackfruit 💖✨✨ Yesterday morning @plantfedmonkey and I ate jackfruit in the sun, loving every bite, totally in awe of Mother Nature and her ability to create such incredibly tasting things. So so grateful 🙏🏼
Chickpea and corn crackers for when I'm craving avocado toast, but can't have it body isn't reacting well to gluten (again) 🙄 so made these with a few simple ingredients: chickpeas, sweet corn, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika and herbs. Splash of water to blend and spread onto tray (with reusable non-stick sheet) scored lines, sprinkled on sesame seeds and stuck in oven til crisp 😜
When you want a smoothie, but you're feeling a bit extra and it turns into a glass full of magic ✨💃🏼
Pink = raspberry & banana.
Purple = blueberry & banana.
Blue = plain soy yoghurt, oat milk & spirulina.
BTW good job to @tescofood for creating a great unsweetened plain dairy free yoghurt! My mum always complained that the alpro plain was still too sweet for her and finally we discovered Tesco's freefrom one only had 3 ingredients (plus water) - hulled soya beans, calcium phosphate and bacterial cultures. This is also a plus because you can have the plain yoghurt with savoury food without it tasting weird and sweet.
Just did a quick comparison with a popular brand of dairy plain yogurt (onken) and the freefrom one is higher in protein, same amount of calcium and lower in saturated fat & sugar (show comparison on today's story) 😋
On a real mustard dressing kick atm 😍 also enjoying experimenting with cooking dishes with mango in them 😋
Not the most attractive of pictures, but this was really more of a "clear out the fridge" sorta thing, finding any veg I could and chucking it together 😅
Always excited for dinner when potatoes are involved...(okay, always excited, but even more so with potatoes 🌝) I feel sorry for people who don't realise you don't need oil to cook potatoes. A table spoon of oil has about 14g of fat, which is the same in half an avocado. But with avocado you get all extra nutrients, beautiful texture and tastes so damn good!! Whole fats ftw 😍
And omg that salsa... toooo good - tomato, red pepper, mango, garlic, lime, chilli, coriander and a touch of salt & pepper 👌🏼
Turmeric oats are such an easy, tasty and wholesome breakfast 👅 and oi oi check out them poppy seeds, local and zero waste...we had so many poppies growing in the garden I've managed to fill a whole jar 😋😋
Apple & rhubarb crumble with strawberry nice cream. I found some ripening rhubarb in the garden and couldn't help myself 🙈 no sugar or oil used as usual!
And no that's not a hair in the spoonful... rhubarb fibres 😅
Probably one of my favourite meals (even though I realise I say that about everything 🙄) the avocado was just so dreamy... the mustard dressing banged too 👅 brown rice and quinoa mixed is oh so lovellly! The only way I could've made it better would've been if I added some black beans or chickpeas... either way @plantfedmonkey and I loved it and ate all the leftovers too 😋
Healthy chocolate brownies?!?👀 damnnn 👅
I love desserts, but also love eating healthily... so most of the time when I'm in the kitchen I try coming up with things that tick both those boxes! I always stay away from oil & refined sugar when cooking and baking, they make me feel like 💩 and I don't want them in my body 🙅🏼
Recipe for these bad boys👇🏼
For the base:
• 2 cups oats
• 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
• 1/2 cup cocoa
• 2 tbls ground flaxseed
• Small handful of nuts
• Pinch of cinnamon
• 4 medjool dates
• Crushed nuts
• Chopped dates
1. Blend/ process all dry ingredients (not the dates or optional ingredients) into flour consistency.
2. Soak 4 medjool dates in 1 cup hot water for a minute, blend until smooth.
3. Combine with dry ingredients. Add more water if too dry.
4. Mix in crushed nuts and chopped dates (optional)
5. Spread onto lined try (I used a reusable teflon sheet)
6. Bake at 180 for about 10 mins & allow to cool
For the frosting:
• 4 medjool dates
• 1 small avocado
• 1/2 cup cocoa
• Pinch of salt
• Vanilla essence/ inside of vanilla pod
• Tsp Agave/ coconut sugar
1. Soak dates and process ingredients until smooth
2. Spread onto cooled base and decorate as desired.
3. Cut & enjoy!
Super easy oil free, refined sugar free coconut oat biscuits!
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or sweetener or choice)
- small handful of mixed nuts
- Cinnamon and ginger powder
Blend/ process ingredients, add a little water until dough texture. Roll out & cut into circles/ desired shape. Bake for about 10 minutes at 180.
Cool & enjoy 😋😋 I had these with soft medjool dates, homemade raspberry chia jam & almond butter.
We love lentilsssss 😍😍😍 and that avocado was the most beautifully ripe and creamiest thing to have blessed our lips 🥑
But for real tho, let's talk portions... a lot of people who know @plantfedmonkey and I know that we like to EAT. For example dinners like this ☝🏼 there's always extra in the pan and it always gets eaten, then we usually will have some form of dessert too 🙄 (e.g. fruit, nuts & soy yoghurt)
We were talking about the topic of portion sizes the other night and saying how we love to eat as much as we want, which usually tends to be "a lot" compared to most people. This lead us to thinking about nutrients... Eating more, varied foods means you're more likely to get all the micronutrients your body needs. Ensuring you exercise/ keep active also, helps balance it out because say if you do eat more calories than your BMR then you can easily and happily burn it off and maintain a healthy body, whilst allowing muscle growth.
Whereas restricting may mean micronutrient targets aren't reached, less energy for workouts and muscle growth isn't as optimal.
Eat big and move 😋👊🏼
*Disclaimer* I'm not saying stuff yourself until you're sick, nah just if you're hungry eatttt!!! Don't be scared to eat lots, as long as it's wholefoods and you're keeping active, go for it 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼
When the cupboards are looking a bit empty I usually opt for some sort of noodle dish, as there's normally always some rice noodles lurking at the back...
Jazzed it up a bit adding spiralised courgette and carrot and green beans from the garden. With a peanut and sweet chilli sauce 😋