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Smoothie Bowl Recipe – Quick & Easy Breakfast

Now the weather is warming up here in the UK, I’ve started to add aย smoothie bowl recipe back into my weekend routine. It’s always easier getting up on the weekend when you have a delicious breakfast planned! This is a super easy recipe that only takes about 5 minutes to make. It’s healthy, filling andย full of antioxidants from the berries too.

This smoothie bowl recipe is easily adapted to suit what ingredients you have around. If you have a pear, fresh berries, pineapple etc then these will be just as delicious. Just be sure to have enough frozen fruit, at least half, so that the consistency is correct. As a breakfast, you’ll be enjoying a mixture of delicious vitamins, minerals, fats and fibre. If you have them handy, you can add extra goodness by addingย in a teaspoon of Maca, Lucuma, Cacao Powder or other superfood powder. I tend to had a sprinkle of each just for good measure, to add extra nutrients!
Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Getting creative with the toppings is the best bit. Try adding granola topping, seeds, chopped figs, toasted coconut flakes, or sliced apple. You can go as fancy or plain as you like – it will taste amazing whichever way you choose. Nuts and seeds add healthy fats and additional nutritional value, as well as more crunch!

My favourite thing is that it’s a pretty cheap breakfast, bananas and frozen berries are great value products that you can get in even the smaller supermarkets. I tend to make my own Oat Milk using a blender, which is a great money saver too. Read myย article on plant-based milks here.

I first got into smoothie bowls when I visited friends Bali, over there they even have smoothie bowl bars dedicated to these dreamy breakfasts! One of the more well known cafesย is called Nalu Bowls. If you’re ever over in Bali you definitely need to check them out.

I hope you enjoy the recipe,

Ruth x

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Smoothie Bowl Recipe - Berries & Banana
Here is a simple and quick smoothie bowl recipe thats great for a weekend treat!
Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Smoothie Bowl Recipe
Instructions
  1. Blend banana and berries until they are chopped into little pieces.
  2. Then add the powder and milk and blend again until you've reached the desired consistency. Ideally, your mixture will be thicker than a regular smoothie but thinner than ice-cream.
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Easy Vegan Courgetti Bolognese

This easy vegan courgetti bolognese recipeย is tasty and quick to make, the ideal dishย to throw together if you are tight for time but still want a comforting meal. Even a complete cooking novice willย ace this one – simple and satisfying. ย If you’re looking to get more organised, this recipe is great to make in batches so you have some meals ready for the week ahead. ย This is one of my favourite โ€˜stand-byโ€™ recipes, as almost all corner shops and supermarkets will have the ingredients.

I tend to use the frozen Linda McCartneyโ€™s mince, however there are lots more options now with other brands such as Fry’s and supermarket own-brands introducing Vegan Mince too. You will find it in the veggie frozen section in most supermarkets. ย The bestย thing is that if you arenโ€™t able to find vegan mince in the local shop, you can use a tin of lentils instead.

Easy Vegan Courgetti Bolognese

 

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Easy Vegan Courgetti Bolognese
This courgette bolognese recipe is simple and tasty, great to throw together if you have friends over for dinner last minute. If you aren't able to find vegan mince you can use lentils instead.
Easy Vegan Courgetti Bolognese
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 20
Servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 20
Servings
Ingredients
Easy Vegan Courgetti Bolognese
Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan, melt the coconut oil over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and red pepper. Fry on a medium heat and when they start to soften, add the chopped mushrooms and herbs.
  2. As the mushrooms start to brown, add the frozen mince and fry for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. If the mixture sticks add a splash of water. If you have some to hand, add 2 tbsp refried beans.
  3. Add the tomato purรฉe and tinned tomatoes, stir well and simmer for 10 minutes over a low/medium heat - (If you are using the lentils then drain them, rinse in a colander and add to the pan).ย 
  4. Serve on the bed of raw courgetti (the hot sauce will warm it up, or if preferred sautรฉ gently for a few minutes) and sprinkle with grated dairy-free cheese (Violife Prosociano is good) or nutritional yeast flakes and chopped olives.
Recipe Notes

*If you are wondering why I specified an organic pepper and tomatoes check out the Environmental Working Groupโ€™s Dirty Dozen for a list of the fruit and vegetables that contain the most pesticides.ย  I try to buy these ingredients organic whenever possible.

I like to throw in frozen peas or sweetcorn sometimes to add some extra flavour - if you'd like to do this too then add these with the chopped tomatos and tomato puree.

If you fancy doublingย  the ingredients to make a bigger batch, the leftovers are safe to freeze.

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Raw Vegan Chocolate Orange Slice

Christmas usually means there are lots of sweet treats around.ย  With so much temptation itโ€™s great to have a back up that you know is delicious and homemade, so you’re ready for when you decide to indulge! The time off work is a great opportunity to experiment in the kitchen, and one of the triumphs I’ve createdย is this recipe forย Raw Vegan Chocolate Orange Slice.

As ready-made treats usually contain processed sweeteners, preservatives and other nasties, itโ€™s a healthier and tastier to make your own.ย  Thisย Raw Vegan Chocolate Orange Slice isย deliciously festive and a great balance of crunchy and smooth caramel textures.ย  The chocolate is laced with warm and fragrant Christmas spices that add a richness, and the freshness of the orange balances these flavours perfectly.

Raw Vegan Chocolate Orange Slice with Christmas Spices

Raw Vegan Chocolate Orange Slice with Christmas Spices Zoom

As the slices are raw, the cacao and maca retain all their goodness and antioxidant properties. Oats contain a good amount of the minerals Manganese and Magnesium. The raw cacao powder is full of flavanols, plant-based antioxidants that help support heart health.

These are great as a light dessert if youโ€™re having a big meal such as a Vegan Roast, or just as a sweet treat because after all โ€™tis the season when cautious eating is abandonedโ€ฆ

INGREDIENTS

Oatย base:

  • 100g Whole Organic Oats
  • 100g Mixed Cashews and Walnuts
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • A splash of almond milk

Date caramel layer:

  • 2 cups Medjool Dates
  • 1 cup mixed Cashews & Walnuts
  • 2 tbsp melted Coconut Oil
  • 2 tsp Maca Powder
  • 1/3 cup Plant-based Milk (e.g. Soy or Almond)
  • 1/2 tbsp Maple Syrup

Chocolate truffle layer:ย 

  • 40g Cacao Butter
  • 35g Coconut Oil
  • 5 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
  • 3 tbsp Maple Syrup (or alternative sweetener)
  • 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 5 Freshly Ground Cloves (to grind use a pestle & mortar)
  • 1 tbsp Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1 tsp Orange Zest
  • Pinch of Himalayan Salt to taste

Raw Vegan Chocolate Orange Slice with Christmas Spices - Tower

METHOD

For the base: Blend all the oats and nuts together until ground into fine pieces like breadcrumbs.ย  Add the coconut oil and maple syrup and continue to blend. Add splashes of milk little by little until the mixture is sticky and doughy, and holds together when pressed between fingers.

Prepare a shallow dish, with sides an inch or so high, line with cling film. Firmly press the mixture into the dish.

For the caramel layer: Blend all ingredients together and process until smooth and caramel like. You may find there are small chunks of dates that wonโ€™t blend but this is ok.ย  Pour the caramel onto the base and spread evenly. Pop into the fridge to set whilst you make the top layer.

For the chocolate topping: Melt the coconut oil and cacao butter in a glass bowl by resting the bowl on top of a small pan with an inch of gently simmering water in the bottom. Make sure there is space between the bottom of the bowl and the water. You donโ€™t want the mixture to get too hot, just to melt. Once melted, take off the head and mix in the maple syrup and orange juice. Then add in the spices, cacao powder and other dry ingredients. Have a taste of the mixture and add more spices or salt to taste. ย Pour the mixture onto the caramel layer and return to the freezer for 10 minutes or until set.

I recommend using your sharpest knife to carefully cut up the pieces so that the chocolate doesn’t crack. You may want to let these warm slightly before cutting. ย You can store yourย raw Vegan Chocolate Orange Slice in an airtight container in the fridge – itย will keep for about 3 days. ย Here’s to a little indulgence and wishing you a fabulous 2017!

Ruth x

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Buckwheat Porridge Recipe – Winter Comfort Food

At this time of year porridge is unquestionably the Queen of breakfasts! ย In my world, breakfast is the best meal of the day. I love to experiment and create tasty recipes for my friends, so Iโ€™m trying some new flavours. It’s time to give bog standard porridge a bit of a makeover!ย  On a cold Sunday morning when youโ€™re craving a comforting breakfast, buckwheat porridge is a great alternative to oat-based porridge (and is arguably healthier and more nutritious).

Buckwheat is a gluten-free seed containing more fibre than oats. ย As a nutrient powerhouse, buckwheat contains higher levels of copper, zinc and potassium than other regular cereal grains. In addition, there are some wonderful benefits toย these nutrients. The magical nutrients in buckwheat support cardiovascular health, aid exercise recovery, boost the immune system, ensures strong bones and teeth, speeds wound-healing, and supports normal thyroid function.

With a naturally nutty flavour buckwheat porridge is tasty on its own, but comes alive with some warming spices and fruit.ย  You can add berries, chopped pear, grated apple, goji berries or even banana to jazz this up! I added some bakedย blueberries and blackcurrents from Urban Fruit for an antioxidant boost (and I’d ran out of sultanas!). You can also add a dollop of palm-oil free Pip and Nut almond butter if you’re feeling cheekyย ๐Ÿ˜‰

INGREDIENTS

  • 200g Buckwheat Groats
  • 450ml almond milk
  • 260ml water
  • ยฝ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Small handful of organic sulphur-free sultanas (or alternative dried fruit)
  • 4 chopped dates

ADD MORE NUTRIENTS BYย SERVING WITH…

  • Sprinkle of cacao nibs, chia seed or hemp seeds
  • Maple syrup
  • Chopped almonds (or nut of choice)
  • Dollop of almond yogurt
  • Chopped fruit
  • Drizzle of flax seed oil
  • Pomegranate seeds

METHOD – Serves 2

First of allย add the buckwheat groats, water, sultanas ย and cinnamon to a saucepan and bring to the boil.ย  Once starting to bubble, reduce the heat so you have a gentle simmer.ย  The groats will start to absorb the water, at which stage gradually stir in half the almond milk.

Cover the pan with a lid and wait for the groats to absorb more of the liquid.ย  Give the mixture a regular stir with a wooden spoon, and when most of the liquid is absorbed add the rest of the almond milk and stir in.

Before replacing the lid, stir in any berries or fruit that you want to mix in. ย If the groats are looking dry, add some more liquid. You want to be sure the groats have finished cooking so itโ€™s a good idea to do a taste test to check.ย  In total, the process should take 25 minutes.

Finally, once the buckwheat groats have finished cooking, serve the porridge into two bowls and decorate with your chosen toppings. Goldilocks eat your heart out!

Bon Apetit!

Ruth x