Apple, Raisin & Blueberry Pots

img_9691I think the majority of my recipes are healthier vegan, or vegetarian versions of my childhood and this recipe is no different: apple, raisin and blueberry crumble.If you are a Brit and had school dinners at primary school, then I’m sure you’d have had some sort of crumble along with custard, as your ‘afters’ too. I loved it. Which is why I decided to make some myself.Processed with Snapseed.

The apples I used are just standard apples from the store. Although, I can’t wait until the autumn when I can get some fresh cooking apples from my aunties next-door neighbour, to bake with. The crumble topping was taken from my vegetarian protein peach crumble squares here and modified to make it vegan.

Ingredients 

  • 4 Medium Apples
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 30g Vegan Butter (koko dairy free spread)
  • 1/2 Cup Sweetener
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon

Directions 

Pre-heat oven to 170c (fan assisted)

Blend half of the rolled oats in a food processor, to form a flour/powder, then add the oat flour, coconut flour, cinnamon and sweetener into a bowl and whisk together to remove any lumps.

Next, peel, core and finally chop the apples into small chunks, before placing them into ramekins or an oven dish; along with the raisins and blueberries.

Add 1/4 cup of water to the fruit, cover the dish with foil and place into the oven for 40 minutes.

When the fruit has cooked, drizzle with the maple syrup and add the crumble topping, be sure to push the crumble on to the fruit with a spoon or your hands and then pop back into the oven for a further 10 minutes, or until the crumble has browned.

Now all that’s left is to serve with some vegan custard or coconut cream. You can even switch out the apples, blueberries and raisins for some summer berries or whatever your little heart desires.

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What Does Social Media Mean to you?

A lot of people join social media for many different reasons; to interact and stay in contact with friends and family, for business purposes, blogging and fitness, etc. And it can be a very powerful tool when utilised correctly, especially from a business point of view; it just opens up so many doors and there are so many different types of social media networks to choose from.When I first signed up for Instagram about three years ago, it was a personal account. I didn’t fully understand the concept and it was far different to Facebook. I was confused. But, after a few weeks I slowly started getting in to it and eventually started adding the odd food post. image.jpeg

I can’t pinpoint a time when it fully became a food account, but I enjoyed Instagram far more when I first joined. I would post whatever I wanted; food, photos of my dog, my gardening skills, random objects; I loved it.image

 But, for the last year or so, I’ve noticed a huge change in the way people operate on Instagram and I’m tired of it. It’s just become filled with bullshit, people liking and spamming with their comments; just to get likes, comments and follows on their own account. It’s tiring. Personally, I only tend to comment on other posts if I have something to say, but even I notice that sometimes I have too much to say and then I worry that people will lose respect for me, the way I have with many on there. I feel people like that have just taken the fun out of Instagram for me and have turned it into some sort of competition on who can get the most followers and likes, yada, yada, yada. Because of that, I took the weekend off from blogging and Instagram, to try and recollect my thought process and what I wanted to achieve from it. I still have no idea. I think it’s become more of a habit in my life, but it is also a great way to direct traffic to my blog: just one popular post from Friday has attracted over 600 followers to my blog since; so Instagram has become a huge part of my blog too. It’s also a place where I can write quick reviews for products that I know people will see.

What does social media mean to me?

For me Instagram has always been my support network and a mere comment like – this looks incredible – from a respected follower can put a cheesy smile on my face and make me feel all sorts of different feelings. I don’t often have people around me trying to uplift or make me feel good about myself and when it does happen, it makes me physically uncomfortable. So, it’s always a surprise when people I’ve never met are supportive to me every day. I think I love Instagram so much because as sad as it may sound, it is something that I have for myself; it may not be a house or a posh car, but just talking to people every day has given me confidence in my own life and has made accepting rare compliments from people easier. Granted, I’m still socially awkward and shy in person, but I’m nowhere near as uncomfortable in public as I once was and I do believe that is down to the support from Instagram. The same goes for my blog; they are both steady and stable things that I have in my life and at the minute the only good things that I have which I can call my own. They are both platforms where I can express myself to a point and have people acknowledge me and I appreciate all of that immensely: every like, comment and follow is always an unexpected comfort to me.

Both my blog and Instagram have given me opportunities that I never thought someone like myself would ever be handed and while I don’t get paid to write blogposts or product reviews for companies, I still enjoy it. I mean don’t get me wrong. It’s not easy writing and thinking of blogposts twice a week and it is very time consuming at the least: this blogpost has taken me over 2 hours already; so I’d be lying if I said that it wouldn’t be nice to benefit and earn some income from my blog. Especially as I don’t have a steady income from elsewhere at the moment and I don’t have the money to put into bettering my blog and making it more aesthetically pleasing with a logo. However, none of those things are as important to me or as gratifying, than when I see people have viewed my post and I realise my hard work hasn’t gone to waste after all. I get even more elated when I receive comments off people who have read it and can relate to whatever experience I have gone through and decided to share. It always warms my ice cold heart when I learn that people actually read what I write. Although, it surprises me more than anything, because my written skills aren’t the best and my grammar and punctuation are a work in progress too. But, none of the support goes unnoticed by me. To say I take a lot from social media would be an understatement. I learn from peoples photography, social skills and a lot more. It’s definitely taught me a lot about myself too and the way I communicate with people – which I haven’t always done well.

There aren’t always positive things that can come from social media though and it can be a dangerous territory if you aren’t careful, especially for the vulnerable and naïve. The more attention I pay to Instagram, the more I realise how toxic it can be. But, I do think that it all comes down to what you can take away and benefit from it and whether it makes you a better person in the long run. I feel when you have that mind-set, it can be a pleasant place to hang out and learn from.

What does social media mean to you? It would be awesome to hear. Do you benefit from the support or is it just an outlet for you? 

For more recipes, reviews and ideas you can follow me on Instagram, where I ramble and waffle a bit more.

Photo cred: Maizermedia.com

Where Do You Get Your Protein From?

What do you do at 12.30am on a Sunday morning, when you can’t sleep? Me. I think of blogposts that I can write and then write said blogposts, even though I have numerous other blogposts that I have a.) Not finished or b.) Finished, but haven’t posted. All done while watching repeat episodes of Gogglebox. Although, my best recipe ideas are often created late at night on a hungry stomach, so hopefully this post will be just as successful on little sleep. Continue reading “Where Do You Get Your Protein From?”

Vanilla Date Jam

imageThe more popular dates become within the vegan and plantbased community, the more I wonder why date jam isn’t a condiment that we can easily buy in stores yet. After quitting the whole macro counting thing in October, I have finally found that relationship with food that I’ve so desperately been trying to achieve for years and with that, my relationship with carbs has developed ten-fold. I love them. Probably a bit more than they love me, but I’m hoping with time, my body will adapt and the bloated feeling will disappear. That said, I haven’t been able to workout since October either, due to things going on in my body that are out of my control and I’m not entirely sure when I’ll be able to workout again. But, I’m enjoying my food at the moment, eating all the carbs, and for the first time in my life, I’m also sleeping like a baby and as always, making sure I am looking after myself through proper nutrition too. So that’s what matters to me. image

However, I’ve never had so many cravings for carbs, until lately –  it’s like I’ve created a monster: rice, pasta, potatoes, bread; I don’t know what’s going on, but I can’t stop eating and I don’t think I want to. I’ve never been more in love with toast than I am right now either: spread with coconut oil and jam it’s just heaven; which is why I’ve made some vanilla date jam today, just to add something different to my toast, but also to prevent meal boredom setting in. Although, don’t be fooled into thinking that this jam is only for toast. No. This vanilla date jam can be added into a smoothie, used to spread on cupcakes, used as a cupcake filling. You could even make sticky toffee pudding or dip apple slices into it, for an afternoon snack. It’s just so versatile, healthy and delicious.

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Ingredients

  • 200g Pitted Dates or Medjools
  • 1 tbsp Sukrin Brown Sugar Alternative
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice

Directions

Make sure the dates have been pitted and toss them into a saucepan along with the water and boil them until they are soft.

When the dates have started to breakdown and the water has evaporated somewhat, add in the vanilla extract and lemon juice.

Remove the dates from the heat and blend into a purée. Stir in the cinnamon and Sukrin sugar alternative.

Store the date jam in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.

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