Chocolate Orange ‘Jaffa [Pan]Cakes’

Happy Saturday! We all know what tomorrow means… Pancakes! I simply love Saturdays as it’s always followed by Pancake Sunday and I simply had to share this recipe with you all in anticipation of tomorrow morning πŸ˜€

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The flavour of this pancake stack was inspired by a childhood favourite of mine – Jaffa Cakes which are a biscuit covered in a chocolate coating and with an orange jelly centre. Now, I wish I could veganise Jaffa Cakes *drifts into a chocolatey-orange daydream* but I am no magician so until then, these pancakes will just have to do!

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Remember, that you can purchase Creative Nature’s cacao powder with a 10% discount if you use the code MONI10 at the checkout!


CHOCOLATE ORANGE ‘JAFFA [PAN]CAKES’

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Ingredients:
40g wholewheat flour
40g oat flour (simply blend Jumbo rolled oats)
2tbsp Creative Nature Cacao Powder
200ml unsweetened almond milk and juice of 1 medium-sized orange OR 1 (330ml) Rebel Kitchen Chocolate Orange Mylk Carton
1/2 tsp baking powder
1tsp coconut sugar (any granulated sweetener of your choice is fine)
1tsp coconut oil, melted
orange zest

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Method:

  1. Combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cacao powder and sweetener) in a deep, medium-sized bowl, leaving a well in the centre of the bowl.
  2. Pour all the wet ingredients (almond milk and melted coconut oil) into the centre of the bowl where you made a well in the dry ingredients.
  3. Mix thoroughly until the batter is well-combined, smooth of lumps and fairly thin (add in the orange zest at this point, if using).
  4. Heat a small blob of coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan over a low-medium heat.
  5. Pour batter (I use three flat tablespoons but it will differ according to the size of your pan) onto the centre of the pan while swirling the pan’s handle, using a circular movement of your wrist, to cover the base and create a thin pancake.
  6. Wait until bubbles appear on the top side of your pancake (approx. after a minute) before flipping over with a spatula.
  7. Repeat with the rest of the batter until all your pancakes are cooked.
  8. Layer up the pancakes, filling with banana slices and serving with coconut yoghurt.
  9. Top with your favourite toppings & ENJOY!

Serves 2-3 people.

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Remember to use the hashtag #mindfullymade on social media platforms to share with me your creations πŸ™‚

Mindfully, Moni x

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Mindfully, Moni x

Raw Vegan ‘Snickers’ Nana Ice Cream

RAW VEGAN ‘SNICKERS’ NANA ICE CREAM

Ingredients

For the nougat nana ice cream:
3-4 frozen bananas
150ml unsweetened almond milk
1tbsp peanut butter
3tbsp raw peanuts
Drop of vanilla


For the date caramel:
5-6 medjool dates (If using other types of dates, they may need to be soaked overnight)
3tbsp unsweetened almond milk (Add more if you desire a thinner caramel)
Pinch of Creative Nature Himalayan salt
Dash of vanilla
3tbsp peanuts


For the chocolate ‘magic sauce’:
1tbsp coconut oil, melted
3tbsp rice syrup (Can be substituted for agave, maple, coconut, date or apple syrup)
1tbsp Creative Nature cacao powder


Method:

  1. Blend the first two ingredients for the nougat nana ice cream until smooth. Then, add the remaining three ingredients and blend once more until all the ingredients have been incorporated – the ice cream should be quite thick and smooth. Transfer to a jar/ bowl and place the ice cream in the freezer whilst you prepare the remaining components of this dish.
  2. Next, make the date caramel by blending the first two ingredients until as smooth as desired. (Note: I stopped my blender mid-programme as I wanted the dates to be slightly chunky and the caramel to be thick). Next, add the remaining ingredients and blend again until peanuts are roughly chopped. Transfer the caramel to a small, shallow bowl whilst you prepare the chocolate hardening sauce.
  3. Melt the coconut oil in a small, shallow bowl (I actually use a shot glass or egg cup in order to pour out the sauce more easily) and then add the rice syrup as well as the cacao powder. Mix well and put aside.
  4. Remove the banana ice cream from the freezer, drizzle with the date caramel and chocolate ‘magic sauce’.
  5. Finish off with your favourite toppings & ENJOY!


Remember to use the hashtag #mindfullymade on social media platforms to share with me your creations πŸ™‚

Mindfully, Moni x

Super Green Vegan Smoothie

SUPER GREEN VEGAN SMOOTHIE 

Ingredients:

200ml unsweetened almond milk OR coconut water

1tbsp almond/ peanut butter

1 handful spinach

1⁄2 Haas avocado, peeled & pitted

1tsp chia seeds OR 1tbsp mulberries

1 overripe banana

1tsp each of chlorella, wheatgrass, moringa, hemp protein powder

Method:

  1. Add almond milk, nut butter, spinach and avocado to blender jar.
  2. Hold blender lid and blend on low for 10 seconds.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and place blender lid on jar.
  4. Blend on a low speed for 10 seconds, then a medium speed for 10 seconds, then Medium-High speed for 40 seconds.
  5. Pour smoothie into a bowl and decorate with your favourite toppings. 

 
Remember to use the hashtag #mindfullymade on social media platforms to share with me your creations πŸ™‚

Mindfully, Moni x

Tossed Review

When the lovely people at Tossed messaged me, inviting me to review their food, I couldn’t turn down that offer! I was so excited to make my way to their store in Baker Street (yes the road where Sherlock Holmes ‘lives’!) as I’ve been meaning to stop by for ages, and this gave me the perfect excuse to kick my ass into gear and finally find out what everyone on social media is raving about – and I wasn’t disappointed, oh no!

Tossed pride themselves as having a simple mission: to create a new, healthy and exciting food experience, that doesn’t compromise on taste or portion size, for the UK market. They believe that healthy eating isn’t – and shouldn’t be – boring. To them, it’s about following a balanced diet that includes lots of fresh vegetables, lean protein, low GI carbs and the occasional treat as a reward!

By keeping food simple, fresh and natural, you can eat to your heart’s content.

At Tossed, you can create your own lunchtime masterpiece using their extensive range of fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Alternatively, like me, you can opt for one of their signature house salads, wraps, toasties, soups, pho and breakfast dishes, all of which undergo rigorous taste tests and only the very best recipes make the cut. Amazingly, all their food is made fresh on site daily so healthy eating on-the-go has never been easier. And with both vegetarian and vegan options also available, there’s no excuse not to pop in ASAP! 

 

As I mentioned, I ordered a pre-set dish from their menu and chose the Thai Green Tossed Pot with chicken. The service was really quick and I had my hot food served to me, all packaged and ready to go, even before I finished deciding which smoothie to order! I ate in-store as I simply loved the atmosphere (quirky, stylish and fun decor with lively music to suit the energy of the place and staff’s spirit) and was surprised to have my smoothie brought to me at my table, unlike at other takeaway places where you have to wait around the till for your order. The staff really cater their service to your convenience and is just an added bonus to the fact that their food is nourishing and satisfying, having a low GI content to provide longer-lasting energy. Therefore, it’s safe to say that I’m 10000% happy with service as the employees are so friendly and welcoming – I was greeted on my way in by a worker (even before they recognised who I was and knew that I would be reviewing them)! 

 

Another important point for me was that Tossed is conscious not to further endanger our vulnerable planet and so sell their food in environmentally friendly packaging. Their bowls are recyclable; their smoothie cups are made from 70% recycled plastic; and their menu is produced from 100% recycled materials!

– THAI GREEN TOSSED POT:

soy bean sprouts, carrot, red onion, spicy Thai dressing, coriander & mango slaw, crispy shallots, Thai green sauce, supergrains

I truly have nothing negative to say about this main, it ticked all the right boxes and more! Starting with the spicy Thai dressing and ending with the crispy shallots, this hot dish is beyond delicious. Every single ingredient is added for a reason – either for flavour, texture or nutrition – and not just thrown in for no reason: the spicy Thai dressing provided flavour, the supergrains constituted a satisfying meal whilst adding nutrients, and the mango/ vegetables presented the dish with a vibrant colour, varying textures as well as wholesome flavours! 

 

Even though I’m not a fan of hot, spicy food, I loved the kick which accompanied every constituent of this Tossed Pot – it was just enough to excite your taste buds but not too overwhelming so that you wouldn’t be able to finish your meal. The spicy Thai dressing was in fact more like a broth as it was quite thick, but jam-packed with flavour which was soaked up by the grains and other ingredients (not just a sauce which is left in a puddle at the bottom, having dripped off everything) so that everything was a bombshell of Thai flavours. This meant that none of the ingredients were bland – every mouthful was orgasmic for my taste buds! And also, this burst of spices was perfectly softened by the refreshing, cool mango and thus never overpowered the other ingredients in the dish.

 
What I also enjoyed was that the chicken was cooked beautifully so that it was soft and superbly complemented the more crunchy texture of the supergrains and crispy shallots. I was also pleasantly surprised by the fact that the soy bean sprouts were cooked thoroughly until soft, rather than left raw and crunchy like in most salads. However, my favourite component of the dish had to be the ‘mango slaw’ as (well, I love all things tropical anyway) it was incredibly flavoursome, subtly lending a tropical taste to the whole dish and complementing the other spices as well as heightening the general tasting experience! 

 

From a foodie/ aesthetics point-of-view, I was also happy to see the addition of the carrot strips, mango and parsley as they all provided the Tossed Pot a gorgeous colour to make the whole dish even more appetising and appealing to the eye! This simply made the entire tasting experience even more sensuous so that I eagerly finished off every last bite (and wanted more even though I was so stuffed). Despite being served a very generous portion – I ordered a medium not even a large – and feeling full half-way through, I practically scraped the bowl clean as I’d never tire of this ass-kicking dish which is chockfull of flavours and nutritional yumminess! 

 

– PASSIONISTA SMOOTHIE:

mango, strawberries, passion fruit, banana, orange juice

As a massive fan of smoothies who drinks them almost everyday, I do consider myself a Smoothie Queen so am very judgmental and brutally honest if I buy a smoothie that is not up to my standards. With that in mind, it means even more when I say that Tossed‘s Passionista Smoothie was the bomb! 

 

It was just the right consistency for me: thick enough so that it wasn’t watery but not so much so that it was difficult to drink. The smoothie felt so refreshing since it was cold and bursting with fruit. Because it was blended fully, the texture was really smooth and free of any chunky bits which would get stuck in your straw and block it, making it the perfect on-the-go snack to boost not just your mood but your vitamin intake too πŸ™‚

I probably loved it so much because the Passionista Smoothie is sweet, having banana as one of its main components which not only provides the sweetness but also presents the smoothie with a thick, slightly frothy texture whilst being deliciously satisfying. Also, the combination of strawberries with banana is heavenly and the strawberry taste comes through strongly as does the topical taste of the mango and zesty, citrusy flavour of the orange (the passion fruit is slightly lost amongst the fruity flavours but that’s not a criticism).

Once again, the bright, attractive orangey-pink/ peach colour appealed to my sense and taste receptors in anticipation, prior to drinking. Sipping these vibrant, citrusy and tropical flavours was even more vivaciously fruity than its luscious colour and sent my serotonin levels rocketing! Plus, like with the main, the portion size was very generous so was also really filling – not to mention that it constitutes 3 portions of your 5-a-day… What more could you want!? 

 

All in all, I was completely blown away by the impressive service, quality of food and amiable atmosphere; I can’t wait to pop in again and am already choosing my next meal here – their menu is just so appetising with mouth-watering options!

Mindfully, Moni x

Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal + Creative Nature Discount Code

Before I share with you one of my favourite breakfast recipes, I’d like to draw your attention to the fabulous company Creative Nature! I’m very lucky to have been part of their newly designed website launch as a member of their Partner Programme in order to present the opportunity to my followers – YOU – an exclusive 10% discount off online orders. They have everything you could possibly imagine from chia seeds to goji berries and from fruit bars to Himalayan salt; so check out their online shop and use the code MONI10 at the checkout for your special discount πŸ™‚

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So without further ado, here’s another delicious recipe for y’all – featuring Creative Nature’s cacao powder:

PEANUT BUTTER CUP OATMEAL

Ingredients


For the chocolate oatmeal:

35g jumbo rolled oats

1 ripe banana, mashed

250ml plant-based milk e.g. almond, coconut OR Rebel Kitchen chocolate mylk

1tbsp Creative Nature cacao powder


For the peanut butter oatmeal:

15g jumbo rolled oats

100ml plant-based milk e.g. almond, coconut

1tbsp smooth peanut butter OR powdered peanut butter


Suggested toppings:

1 crumbled peanut butter cup

Chopped up Creative Nature Heavenly Cacao Bar

1tbsp cocoa nibs

Crumbled chocolate pieces

Handful of chopped peanuts

Sliced strawberries


Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the peanut butter and chocolate oatmeal in separate pots until both mixtures are smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Cook each oatmeal flavour on a medium-low heat until the milk no longer separates from the oats, when stirring with a wooden spoon, and the desired consistency is reached. (Note: Some people like to add in the mashed banana after cooking but I do this before cooking; it’s completely up to you!)
  3. Carefully remove the oat flavours from the hob and allow to cool for a few minutes whilst you prepare the toppings/ wash the fruit.
  4. Pour the chocolate oatmeal into a breakfast bowl and make a small well in the middle.
  5. Pour the peanut butter oatmeal into this well and smooth out the top oatmeal layer, using the back of a spoon.
  6. Sprinkle with your desired toppings & ENJOY!

Remember to use the hashtag #mindfullymade on social media platforms to share with me your creations πŸ™‚

Mindfully, Moni x

Strawberries and Cream Crepes

STRAWBERRIES & CREAM CREPES

Ingredients


For the crepes:

45g wholemeal/ buckwheat flour

25g oat flour (Note: blended oats is fine; that’s what I use)

2tbsp coconut sugar or any other granulated sweetener/ sugar of choice

1 egg (vegan substitute: flax egg)

200ml unsweetened almond milk or other plant-based milk


For the cream filling:

100g plain, white-coloured yoghurt e.g. coconut, Greek or quark

1tbsp berry powder or fruit jam

1tbsp plant-based milk (if needed, to loosen mixture)


For the strawberry drizzle:

2tsp vegan strawberry syrup/ sauce


Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the crepes in a deep, medium-sized bowl and whisk, with an electric whisk, until the batter is smooth and free from lumps. The batter will be quite thin.
  2. Melt a drop of coconut oil (vegetable oil will work as well) on a low-medium heat, in a small pan.
  3. Pour batter (I use three flat tablespoons but it will differ according to the size of your pan) onto the centre of the pan while swirling the pan’s handle, using a circular movement of your wrist, to cover the base and create a thin crepe.
  4. When the underneath is golden, flip the crepe (Note: the edges of the crepe should be peeling upwards and so I use my fingers to flip them as it’s much easier than using a spatula).
  5. Remove when the crepe is completely cooked on the other side and repeat with the remaining batter.
  6. Whilst the crepes are cooking, combine the ingredients for the cream filling in a small, shallow bowl until the mixture is smooth and free from lumps. Add more liquid as required to thin the filling.
  7. Fill each crepe with the cream filling. Top with strawberries, a chopped bar and drizzle with the strawberry sauce.

Remember to use the hashtag #mindfullymade on social media platforms to share with me your creations πŸ™‚

Mindfully, Moni x