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gingerbread men

Gingerbread Men

gingerbread men

I had so much fun making these yesterday, rolling out the dough, shaping them and then decorating them. It’s such a great festive activity! There’s something so awesome about the childish nature of it too and even better the end result tastes so amazing! They just have such a great texture, which perfectly balances crunchy and chewy, while the flavour is deliciously sweet with incredible ginger overtones. I did spend a while figuring out how to decorate them using natural ingredients, but it ended up working amazingly! I made a strawberry infused icing to stick on goji berries, raisins and pumpkin seeds for the buttons, mouths and eyes and then used coconut butter for the snow covered feet and hands!

I have lots more festive recipes coming your way over the next few weeks, including the perfect hot chocolate, candied pecans and of course my favourite Christmas dinner recipes, plus an awesome video! I’m really so excited to share my favourite holiday with you all! In celebration of all your amazing support I’ve also put together an amazing Christmas giveaway competition too, so please keep an eye on my Facebook for more info!

gingerbread men

Makes 16 gingerbread men:

- 2 cups of buckwheat or brown rice flour (plus extra for rolling)

- 2 cups of pecans

- 1 cup of almonds

- 1/2 a cup of water

- 1/2 a cup of pure maple syrup

- 4 tablespoons of ground ginger

- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds

For the icing:

- 6 strawberries

- 2 tablespoons of almond butter

- 1 tablespoon of buckwheat flour

- 1 tablespoon of coconut butter

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Pre-heat the oven to 180C

Place the almonds and pecans in a food processor and blend for a minute or so until a flour forms. Then add all the other ingredients and blend into a sticky mix.

Get a couple of baking trays ready, either greasing them with coconut oil or laying a pice of baking paper on top.

Then cover the top of a counter and a rolling pin in buckwheat or brown rice flour and roll your mixture out on it until its nicely thin and perfectly smooth. At this point use your gingerbread man cutter to make men, then put the cutouts onto the baking trays to cook. Once you’ve made the first batch of men re-roll the remaining dough and make some more until it’s all used up.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden then leave to cool before decorating.

For the icing just blend everything together in a food processor.

banana bread

Banana Bread

banana bread

This is the perfect recipe, it’s so simple, incredibly delicious and amazingly healthy. I’ve been enjoying it this week on it’s own for breakfast or spread thick with almond butter or homemade nutella for my afternoon snack (seriously the ultimate winter comfort food for these darker days!) Either way it tastes amazing. It’s so perfectly sweet thanks to the banana with amazing caramel-like overtones from the maple syrup and a slight spice form the cinnamon. The texture is divine too, nicely soft and squishy yet still so satisfying and slightly hearty. It’s a wonderful thing to keep stored in your kitchen too for when you’re after something sweet as it’s just so easy to make and has only seven, really easy-to-find ingredients and no complicated cooking instructions!   I think you’re going to love it!

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Makes one loaf

- 5 large over-ripe bananas

- 1 cup of almonds

- 2 cups of pecans

- 1 cup of buckwheat or brown rice flour

- 1/2 a cup of maple syrup

- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds

- 2 tablespoons of cinnamon

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Start by pre-heating the oven to 145C. Then blend the almonds and pecans in a food processor so that they form a flour, this should take about thirty seconds. Once it’s smooth remove the flour and add it to a mixing bowl with the buckwheat flour, maple syrup, chia seeds and cinnamon, mixing them all together.

Next mash the bananas together until smooth before stirring them into the bread mix, at this point the mixture should be really nice and sticky.

Grease a loaf tin with coconut oil and then pour in the mix and allow it to bake for about an hour.

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Banana Bread Energy Bites

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When I tell anyone about the way I eat one of the first questions they ask is what do you snack on?   Snacking can be tricky with a totally clean lifestyle as basically all shop bought snacks are out, however the list of what I snack on is still so long and so delicious – dates and dried figs dipped in almond butter, fruit and veggie juices, deliciously creamy berry smoothies, homemade hummus and crudités, tangy guacamole with flax chips, cheesy kale chips, raw brownies… the list goes on forever. The thing about all of these awesome snacks though is that they aren’t very on-the-go friendly – eating guacamole on a bus isn’t always a very pretty site – which is where my energy bites come in. They are so delicious, so portable, so easy to make and so energising. I made some before with walnuts and cacao, which were so popular so I decided to switch it up a little and make a new version with banana, maca and almonds, three amazingly life giving foods, which combined with dates create the perfect banana bread flavour. I think you’re going to love these! I loved them so much that all 30 balls were gone within the first four days!

I’m sure you all know why bananas and almonds are so good for you with all of their awesome health-enhancing vitamins and minerals, especially plant protein, potassium, fibre. However, you may not know about the magic ingredient in these balls: maca, a superfood powder made from a Peruvian root. I’m pretty obsessed with maca at the moment, it’s making me feel awesome and I’ve been drinking it in my smoothies almost everyday. The best thing about this wonderful superfood is that it gives the most amazing energy boost, which is why it’s so perfect in these balls. But that’s not it’s only selling point – it also contains all the essential amino acids, which means that it’s a plant-based source of B-12, an important vitamin that can be missing from vegetarian diets. On top of this it’s a great source of calcium, magnesium and iron, and is even known to help balance your hormones. So it’s a serious superfood, one that we would all benefit from eating, and these bites are the most delicious way to do that!

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Makes about 30 bites

- 2 cups of almonds

- 2 cups of medjool dates

- 2 over-ripe bananas

- 1/2 a cup of ground flaxseed

- 3 tablespoons of maca

- 3 tablespoons of chia seeds

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First place the almonds in your food processor and blend for a minute or two until they break up and start to form a flour like mix. Then gradually add the pitted dates, peeled bananas, flax, maca and chia as the mix continues to blend. After a few minutes the mixture should be smooth and sticky, at which point the balls are ready to be rolled.

Simply use a teaspoon to scoop up a batch of the dough, then roll it in your hands to form a ball. Place the ball on a plate and continue doing the exact same thing until you’ve used all the mixture. If you want to add goji berries or chia seeds to the outside then roll the balls in either before placing the plate of bites in the freezer for a couple of hours to set before enjoying. Store them either in the fridge or freezer.

Spirulina Smoothie

Spirulina Smoothie

Spirulina Smoothie

Some days we all just need an extra boost of health and this beautiful glass of green goodness is the best way to get it. Finishing this smoothie is seriously one of the most amazing, empowering feelings as you know that you’ve just taken in everything that your body needs and that you’re treating yourself with so much sef-love, which is so important for a healthy happy attitude. If you’re new to healthy eating and are yet to try a green smoothie, just do it – I know that it initially seems so daunting to drink something this colour but trust me, you’ll get addicted to them soon enough! I never thought that I’d be drinking classes of broccoli, avocado and spinach for breakfast before I started my healthy eating adventure but now I just can’t get enough! Don’t worry though, this recipe doesn’t go as far as to contain broccoli and thanks to the blueberries and banana it’s actually nice and sweet so it’s the perfect introduction to green smoothies. It will also give you so much goodness you’ll be glowing and dancing around the room with incredible energy all morning! It literally doses you up on every vitamin and mineral that you could possibly need, thanks to the mighty combination of kale, spinach, blueberries & banana, as well as all the super foods – hemp, chia and flaxseed – did you know that flaxseeds, for example, are the best source of omega-3 fatty acids, with just two tablespoons of the ground seeds giving you over 130% of your required daily intake! This awesomeness, however, is trumped by the most amazing ingredient here – spirulina, you might not be familiar with this superfood, so I’ll tell you all about it!

Spirulina is a health-enhancing algae, composed of 62% complete protein, which means that each spoonful of powder gives you a whole four grams of complete protein, so you’ll get all the essential amino acids that the body can’t produce and can sometimes be lacking in an unbalanced plant diet. As well as all the amazing protein each spoon of spirulina also gives you an incredible dose of B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It’s known to cleanse the liver, lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and even discourage allergies! So get drinking, it will do wonders for you mind and body, making you beautiful inside and out.

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Makes one glass

- 1 ripe banana

- 1 cup of frozen blueberries (I buy them fresh then freeze them)

- 1 cup of spinach

- 1 cup of kale

- 1/3 of a cup of water/almond milk/coconut water

- 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds

- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

- 1 teaspoon of hemp protein powder

- 1 teaspoon of spirulina

Optional: 2 medjool dates (this sweetens it)

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Simply place everything together in the blender, peel the banana and pit the dates first though! Then blend for a minute or so until smooth. I like my smoothies thick so that I can eat them with a spoon, so you may want to add more water/almond milk/coconut water if you like it runnier. Then sip, love and enjoy!

Creamy Mango & Banana Overnight Oats

Creamy Mango & Banana Overnight Oats

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, I just love it. I find that it’s so important to start the day with something delicious, satisfying and filling and yet really healthy. That’s why I love huge glasses of rainbow smoothies filled with a million different flavours and textures and bursting with goodness! I often add granola to my smoothies, but sometimes I feel like changing it up even more, so I make overnight smoothie oats, like this. They’re awesome and the easiest thing in the world if you’re after a super speedy on-the-go breakfast – you can even make these in a plastic cup and take them with you!

The blend of mango and banana is just divine, it tastes like happiness and summer! Whilst that might sound ridiculous, the wonderfully fresh, crazily sweet and perfectly light nature of the blend really does recall those feelings, which is so happy. The consistency is also awesome, it’s just like yoghurt – so thick and creamy, which means that when combined with the oats the whole thing beings to resemble bircher muesli – except that I think this version tastes way more delicious thanks to the mango, but the idea is quite similar. I also like to add ground flaxseed to the mango blend for extra goodness as it gives such a incredible burst of fibre and omega-3′s without changing the taste at all. In fact, the whole thing tastes more like a dessert than a healthy breakfast! You would never know how good it is for you, even though each glass is bursting with awesome nutrition. Mango’s are wonderful fruits, filled with fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, while oats are some of the best complex carbohydrates around as they contain a particularly awesome type of fibre which keeps you full for hours, lowers blood cholesterol and stabilises blood sugar. Chia seeds are also pretty incredible – did you know that gram for gram they contain more calcium than milk, more potassium than bananas, more iron than spinach and more omega-3 acids than wild salmon?! So a glass of this oaty, mango goodness will fuel you up perfectly for any day!

Serves 2

For the mango puree:

- 1 mango

- 2 ripe bananas

- 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed

- a splash of almond milk (enough to make it blend)

For the oat mix:

- 1 ripe banana

- 2/3 of a cup of gluten free oats

- 1/2 of  a cup of almond milk

- 3-4 tablespoons of chia seeds

- 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed

- 1 tablespoon of raw honey

Creamy Mango & Banana Overnight Oats

Simply peel the mango and two of the bananas and place them in a food processor with the ground flaxseed and a little almond milk, then blend everything together into a smooth, creamy mix. Fill the bottom third of two glasses with this mango goodness.

Put your oats in a bowl with the chia seeds, almond milk, ground flax and honey and stir well. Then add the banana and mash it into the mix. Next divide this mix in two and put it into the two cups on top of the mango. Then fill the remainder of the glasses up with the left of the mango mix.

Place the glasses in the fridge over night before enjoying for breakfast!