I love banana. Anything flavoured with banana or made with banana and I’m there for it. I mean, all you have to do is look through the blog and you will see my obsession for banana in all the banana flavoured recipes that I have shared over the years. My chunky monkey protein cake being my absolute favourite and one I remember making all the time when I first wrote the recipe. Continue reading “Double Chocolate Banana Protein Loaf Cake (DF)”
Now I’m sure most of us would agree that it’s incredibly important to be healthy right? That’s kind of a no-brainer.
But what happens when we focus so much on eating the “right” foods and doing the “right” workouts, to the point where we are extremely stressed out about what we put in our mouths and how often we workout.
You see there is so much more to health than just food, exercise, and our physical body. Health includes ALL kinds of health – physical health, mental health, emotional health, and spiritual health. However, most people now-a-days only focus purely on the physical side: trying to cut back on their calories, restricting certain macronutrients, while spending hours every single day “killing” it at the gym. Continue reading “Why We Should All Stop Worrying About Food! Guest Post: Tracey McGowan.”
I rarely ever had luck with normal pancakes, let alone vegan pancakes: too thin, too flimsy, too fragile; the list of faults I’ve had with pancakes over the years is endless. Not to mention that they are also too time consuming.
Today however, all that changed. Today I made pancakes and they were none of the above.They were a success.Yes. You heard right – successful pancakes made by yours truly – the pancake assassinator.
I was shocked. I was so shocked that I may have squealed with delight and gave my back a cheerful pat, when I saw my pancake success rate keep going up – 6 whole pancakes and not a broken one in sight.
So obviously I had to share the recipe.
It all started when I watched Sophia Devita’s recent vlog on YouTube – she was making Oreo choc chip pancakes and while those pancakes looked delicious, I was focusing more on her pancake making technique and how she managed to successfully make these delicious looking pancakes with banana – she mashed it. That was it. That’s exactly where I was going wrong all these years. I wasn’t mashing the banana, I was pureeing the s*it out of it, in a food processor. Now, it all made sense.
And that my friends, is how these successful pancakes were born – thank you Sophia Devita 🙏🏻
Makes 5-6 Pancakes
- 1/2 Cup (50g) – Self Rising or Oat Flour ( I used SR)
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 Cup Blueberries
- 1 Lemon
- 1/4 Cup (60ml) Dairy Free Milk
- 1/3 Cup (45g) Alpro Vanilla Soy Yoghurt
- 1 Tbsp Tapicoa Starch or Cornflour ( Tapioca = Arrowroot)
- 1 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tbsp Sweetener of Choice ( I used raw cane sugar)
- Low Fat Cooking Spray
If you are using oat flour, blitz the rolled oats in a food processor until you have a powder/flour.
Add all of the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk with a fork or ballon whisk to remove any lumps.
Next, mash the banana with the back of a fork and combine it, with the dry ingredients. Add the remaining wet ingredients to the batter and combine until you have a smooth batter.
NB: If the batter is too thick, add a little more water – too thin add more starch or flour.
Lastly, fold the chocolate and blueberries gently through the pancake batter, until evenly distributed.
Now heat a frying pan, or skillet on a medium heat and when hot enough, spray with cooking spray, add three tbsps of pancake batter to the centre of the frying pan, cover with a lid or plate and leave to cook for two- three minutes. Remove lid, flip the pancake and cook for another three minutes.
Continue this method until all pancakes have been cooked.
You can serve plain with vegan butter and syrup, or add some stewed berries too.
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I 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.
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.
- 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
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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Looking for a quick dessert recipe for the weekend, with minimal ingredients? Look no further because these peanut butter brownies take less than 20 minutes and have only three ingredients; well five if you count the baking powder and sweetener, but we won’t.😉