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Overnight Chia Oats with Coconut Yoghurt

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This is my favourite breakfast at the moment. It’s honestly one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten and I can’t stop craving it this week – on Tuesday I ended up eating it for my breakfast, afternoon snack and as part of my dinner and I still woke up on Wednesday wanting more, it’s that good! Each bite is just so unbelievably creamy, which is my favourite thing about it. It’s a wonderfully simple recipe too and just contains four amazing ingredients: oats, chia seeds, coconut yoghurt and almond milk. The oats and chia seeds are soaked overnight in the yoghurt and almond milk, which means that the oats become wonderfully soft and the chia seeds expand to create a wonderful mix of textures. I then add a mixture of things to it in the morning to add extra goodness and flavour. My go-to’s are sliced banana, cacao nibs, goji berries, almond butter and pumpkin seeds but you can add anything you like – slices of mango, fresh berries, granola, honey, grated apple, raisins and nuts all taste amazing with it. The other awesome thing about this is that it only takes two minutes to mix together, it also requires no chopping, cooking time or washing up and it’s so portable so it makes an amazing breakfast if you’re mornings are very rushed. Just take the jar to work with you and enjoy it there! It’ll make you feel amazing too as it’s bursting with great fibre, omega-3′s, healthy fats and plant protein so you’ll be glowing from the inside out!

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Serves 1

- 3 tablespoons of oats

- 4 tablespoons of almond milk

- 2 tablespoons of coconut yoghurt (I use plain or vanilla Coyo)

- 2 teaspoons of chia seeds

Serve with a mixture of the following

- 1/2 a banana

- a tablespoon of almond butter

- a handful of cacao nibs, goji berries or raisins

- nuts or pumpkin seeds

- granola

- grated apple

- fresh berries or mango slices

- a drizzling of raw honey or maple syrup

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Simply place the oats, chia seeds, almond milk and coconut yoghurt into a jar and stir them together. Then place the lid on the jar and store it in the fridge overnight, or for at least four hours.

Once it’s ready to eat add your toppings and enjoy!

This should last about two to three days in the fridge if it’s kept in an air-tight container.

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Baobab Energy Balls

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Energy balls are a total lifesaver, I always keep some in my fridge as they’re the best snack with you’re in need of a pick me up or something to sate your sweet tooth. I’ve been eating them like crazy over the last few weeks as I work (a bit like a mad person) to finish my first book and they’ve really given me all the energy I need, and a lot of happiness as they taste so good. I made this recipe for the superfood company Organic Burst and I loved it so much that I really wanted to share it with you too, plus we made an awesome video together and I know that you all want more recipe videos – so here it is! The reason that these balls are so is that they’re full of goodness. The nuts and nut butter give you such an amazing boost of plant-protein, while the dates give you lots of fibre, the coconut oil is full of life-giving fats and the baobab doses you up on insane amounts of iron and vitamin C – so you’ll be buzzing after every bite!

P.S for anyone in the UK – I’m going to be talking on Channel Four’s Sunday Brunch show at around 10am on Sunday morning, which is so exciting so please tune in!

You can watch the recipe video below or on my you tube channel

Ingredients to make twenty balls:

- 1 cup of medjool dates

- 3/4 of a cup of almonds

- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds

- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

- 1 tablespoon of almond butter

- 1 tablespoon of raw cacao

- 1 tablespoon of baobab

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Place the almonds into a food processor and blend for a minute or so until they are crushed. Then put the dates and add them, plus all the other ingredients, to the processor with the almonds and blend until the mix is nice and sticky.

Roll the mix into small balls, place these in the freezer for an hour or so to set and then store in the fridge.

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Gingerbread Men

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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!

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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.

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Banana Bread

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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.