Hopps and Woolf Nut Milk Maker

I was so hyped when Hopps & Woolf contacted me, looking to collaborate – I simply LOVE plant-based milks (can’t even remember when I last drank cow milk) but they’re very expensive, and so as a student, it can be a bit of a squeeze for my budget. That’s why I was thrilled to try out the Hopps & Woolf Milk Maker, since it makes a massive batch (about 1L) of nut milk within just 25 minutes and is SO MUCH cheaper! The cheapest carton-ed milks cost £1.40 per litre and contains only 2% almonds; yet with a Hopps & Woolf Milk Maker, you can make a litre for 50p and it contains 8%! That’s less than half the price but three times the almond content.

Another reason why it’s much better to make your OWN nut milk is that it will contain none of the preservatives, thickeners or sweeteners you find in cartoned nut milk. The Hopps & Woolf Milk Maker gently pasteurises the milk so that it naturally lasts longer – for a week. It’s also very versatile, almond milk may be all the rave at the minute, but with the Hopps & Woolf Milk Maker, you can whip up almost anything which suits your tastebuds! You can use any nuts (such as hazelnut/ cashew nut/ peanut/ coconut), soya, oats, hemp seeds and more. I also like to add dates, cinnamon, vanilla or cacao for a fantastic natural flavour ❤ I share below two of my favourite recipes using the Hopps & Woolf Milk Maker but to find more recipes to inspire your milk making, click here or seach ‘hopps and woolf’ in the side bar or scroll down to the ‘homemade milk’ section of my recipe page.

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CHOCOLATE-ORANGE “JAFFA” ALMOND MILK

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Ingredients:

  • 60g almonds, soaked for 12hrs
  • 6-8tbsp Creative Nature cacao powder {use code MONI10 for 10% discount off entire order}
  • 2-3tbsp coconut sugar (Optional: omit if you like the taste of unsweetened milk but the cacao is quite bitter on its own)
  • Juice and zest of 3 medium Organic oranges
  • 1L fresh water

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Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients into your Hopps & Woolf Milk Maker and select Programme 1.
  2. Wait 25 minutes for the milk maker to gently heat, pasteurise and blend the ingredients.
  3. Once the programme is complete and the machine begins to beep to signal your milk is ready, turn off the milk maker at the power and take off the lid. Gently sieve the milk into a jug/ container.
  4. Let it cool down before placing in the fridge, or enjoy fresh and hot!
  5. Consume within 7 days of making.

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STRAWBERRY “CHEESECAKE” CASHEW MILK

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Ingredients:

  • 60g cashew nuts, soaked for 12hrs
  • 15 strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1-2tbsp coconut sugar (Optional: omit if you like the taste of unsweetened milk)
  • 1L fresh water

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Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients into your Hopps & Woolf Milk Maker and select Programme 1.
  2. Wait 25 minutes for the milk maker to gently heat, pasteurise and blend the ingredients.
  3. Once the programme is complete and the machine begins to beep to signal your milk is ready, turn off the milk maker at the power and take off the lid. Gently sieve the milk into a jug/ container.
  4. Let it cool down before placing in the fridge, or enjoy fresh and hot!
  5. Consume within 7 days of making.

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Mindfully, Moni x

Sprouted Oats Breakfast Parfait

In conjunction with Organic September, Planet Organic have asked various British bloggers – including me – to create an organic recipe using one of their newest products, Sprouted Oats. Now, you might be thinking “What on Earth are SPROUTED OATS?” and so I’m here to demystify this seemingly bizarre ingredient for you!

Nuts, grains, beans and seeds are some of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet; however, in the modern-day, we are constantly discovering that foods like these can cause upset stomachs for others. These types of foods are difficult to digest In their dormant form, and other ‘trigger’ foods can extend to glutenous products, processed foods, certain oils… The list is, unfortunately, endless! Therefore, to assist those with Coeliac Disease or other sensitivities, Planet Organic sprout their oats, turning sleepy seeds into activated super foods, bursting with vitality and easily digested nutrients.

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Having had the chance to experiment around with Planet Organic’s new product, I’d like to share with you my favourite recipe using their 100% Sprouted Rolled Naked Oats! Other ideas using this ingredient are: simply use in place of regular oats for oatmeal/ smoothies; and in raw bread, crackers and cakes; as well as add to cereal for a different texture. It’s totally versatile so happy experimenting 🙂


SPROUTED OATS BREAKFAST PARFAIT

Ingredients for the oatmeal:

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Method:

  1. Cook your oatmeal by boiling the Raw Sprouted Naked Oats in 2 cups of water until the water is fully soaked in.
  2. Once the oats are boiled, pour 1/3 of the oatmeal into a blender (or use a handheld blender), and blend with the dates, banana and cinnamon. Pour into the bottom of a jar. (I added a layer of granola at the very bottom of my jar stage purely for presentation purposes).
  3. Next, blend another 1/3 of the oatmeal with the berries and pitaya. You can blend until smooth, but I like to blend just a little bit so that some of the fruit pieces remain chunky. Layer on top of the date-banana layer.
  4. Pour the rest of the oats into a bowl and mix it with 1tbsp Creative Nature cacao powder until your oats are chocolatey. Add more cacao if you want them even creamier. Layer on top of the pink oats.
  5. Top the chocolate oats with any toppings such as fresh fruit, Creative Nature cocoa nibs etc.
  6. Decorate with desired toppings & ENJOY!

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

Mindfully, Moni x

Very Berry Pitaya Smoothie

After spending three weeks touring China and experiencing a different culture, it would be unthinkable to not write a few blog posts/ recipes dedicated to my travels. Having been inspired the many food markets and street vendors of Chengdu; Guilin; Guangzhou; Hong Kong; and Yangshuo, I decided to buy some local food products and experiment around with them. Here’s the first recipe I’d like to share with you all: a dragonfruit and lychee-based smoothie! Although pink pitaya and lychee are difficult to source outside of South America and Asia, you can try track them down at Asian markets or the worldwide aisle in big supermarkets. Alternatively, you can buy powdered pitaya in pouches to get that truly gorgeous, deep pink colour ❤

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VERRY BERRY PITAYA SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

1/2 pink dragonfruit

3 lychees, peeled and pit removed

2 medium-sized bananas

1 handful frozen blueberries

1 handful frozen strawberries

1 handful frozen raspberries

1tbsp cranberry powder (Optional: for extra vibrance)

1tbsp coconut sugar (Optional: for extra sweetness)

100ml almond milk

Suggested toppings: Creative Nature chia seeds, crumbled health bars

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Method:

  1. Combine all the listed ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend on medium to high for 40 seconds, or until smooth. Alternatively, if you use a BlendTec, select the “Smoothie” programme.
  3. Pour into a glass or bowl & enjoy!

As featured on the Creative Nature website {use code MONI10 for discount off all purchases}.

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

Mindfully, Moni x

Attention Britons: WIN FREE Blogathon 2015 Tickets

Calling all British health bloggers, fitness fanatics, foodies, organic promoters, conscious consumers, nutritionists, mindful eaters etc.!  

 

You’ve probably all heard that this month is (or hopefully even participated in) Organic September; and Of the Earth Superfoods is hosting an Organic Blogathon on Sunday 27th September at the Ice Tank Kitchen in London. I’ve been fortunate enough to be selected to participate in this amazing event! I will join eight other bloggers to hold cooking demonstrations – we will cook one ORGANIC recipe each, within just minutes, to show how easy it can be to eat organically! 

 

GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate this incredible event and to coincide with Organic September, I’m giving away 5 tickets (!!) to the Organic Blogathon.  

 

All you have to do is comment on this blog post your favourite healthy meal. 

Five tickets to be given away to five individuals. Tickets will give the holder guaranteed entry to the event. Entries must be received by 23rd September to be eligible.

Nosh Raw Review

Nosh are a wheat, dairy and gluten-free company as well as vegan. None of their products are heat-treated so all the nutrients and enzymes are as nature intended. 

 

Their Philosophy – Well Being, Well Delivered

Nosh was founded in 2008 by Geeta Sidhu-Robb as a result of spending years fighting her son’s multiple food allergies and anaphylaxis as a baby. Geeta had to give up her work as a lawyer to look after her son and meanwhile, developed her own solutions using nutritious, balanced meals, alternative therapies and natural supplements. Using just these natural methods, Geeta completely cured his eczema and amazingly, reduced his asthma to an intermittent event!

Geeta hopes that her story inspires others to change their own lives as it has changed so many of her clients’ lives.

Issues Nosh Work With:

Nosh produce amazing results using unique diets that only they supply such as:

Every day, we eat things we shouldn’t and come into contact with all sorts of toxins without even knowing it. We are not designed to deal with this sort of overload and can become backed up. Our systems then start to fail. Doing a detox allows your body to catch up and process all of that build up bringing your body into homeostasis or balance.

Raw Food Rocks! Nosh bottle live vitamins, minerals & nutrients without heat-treating. Raw fruit on the go. Natural, unsweetened, delicious. Well being, Well Juiced!


I am so honoured to say that I had the opportunity to sample and review some of their products as below…

RASPBERRY, APPLE & PEAR RAW FRUITY JUICE: Blissful explosion of sweet berries – I love love love this juice! Definitely my favourite as it’s sweet (raspberries naturally contain xylitol), tangy and berry gorgeous. The intense raspberry flavour is exquisite, and of course the ingredients are just 100% raw fruits! Not only is the taste on point, the fruits – apple, raspberry and pear – will also help you to immune your body. Specifically, raspberries are high in Vitamin C; whereas apples are rich in Vitamins A, B & C as well as minerals such as iron; whilst pears contain high levels of boron which helps the body retain calcium and prevent osteoporosis! The incredible immune-building health benefits are just a bonus to the delicious taste, so it’s a no brainer as the perfect drink to accompany your breakfast on-the-go.    

CARROT, APPLE & ORANGE RAW FRUITY JUICE: I really enjoyed this juice as you could tell that it was made from simply 100% natural, raw fruits (and their goodness) and nothing else! The carrot juice was deliciously sweetened with the addition of the orange and apple juices to constitute a refreshing drink which wasn’t overly decadent. Loaded with vitamins and live nutrients, it’s perfect to help fight viral infections plus is generally extremely nourishing… You can have your daily requirements on Vitamin A just by having this bottle! What is also amazing is that carrots are rich in beta-carotene which helps improve vision, apples help detoxify the liver and boost immunity, whilst oranges have Vitamin C and flavonoids to protect against heart disease – WOWZA! I drank this after lunch to really notice it’s amazing effects 🙂

    

RAW VEGGIE AVOCADO, SPINACH & MANGO SMOOTHIE: An interesting combination of veggies and fruits which you might not expect to work but it did actually taste quite good! The mango was the strongest flavour with the spinach and avocado subtly adding a hint of green veggies into the mix. The joy of this cleanse is that all green leaves are abundant in chlorophyll which cleanses and hydrates the intestines. This bottle has more than 50% of your daily requirements on Vitamin A, C & K. With spinach, avocado, mango and apple being the natural anti-inflammatory that boost your energy, this is definitely the smoothie to have along side your breakfast in the morning.

 

SPIRULINA, APPLE & MINT SMOOTHIE: I’m going to be brutally honest with you all and say that I really didn’t enjoy this smoothie. I absolutely hate mint and felt that it was all I could taste when drinking this, despite the base of mango and apple juice. Nonetheless, the nutrients are worth battling through the not-so-nice taste as when you replenish your system with fresh, raw superfoods, they deeply nitrify and purify you! This vitamin formula of loads of green super powers and sea greens is low in calories but brimming with nutrients. This little booster is cleansing as it is super green which makes it alkaline. The health benefits are truly remarkable: the smoothie contains the green pigment chlorophyll which oxygenates the tissues of the body whilst contains food state Vitamin C to boost immunity. Moreover, it is an excellent source of gentle fiber due to the linseed. So drink up! (Your body, not your tastebuds, will thank you for it.)

 

RAW WHEATGRASS SHOTS WITH FRUIT JUICES: These products come in three flavours: mango juice, mandarin juice, strawberry juice and contain 100% Raw Wheatgrass. I am completely surprised to say that I actually enjoyed drinking these wheatgrass shots! Usually I recoil at even the thought of wheatgrass, but the addition of the various fruit juices make it a pleasurable experience and not so horrifying (mandarin is definitely the nicest one!) The benefits are totally worth the little unpleasant aftertaste – wheatgrass is actually known as the “liquid gold”! It contains 12 amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. It’s rich in chlorophyll, which has a molecular structure almost identical to blood. It helps to cleanse the cells and purify the blood. By having 2 shots per day you will definitely see your body changin. I took a half shot before then the rest of the bottle after lunch and certainly felt the detoxing effect the next morning!

  

Mindfully, Moni x  

Raw Vegan ‘Snickers’ Treats

Seeing as peanut butter and chocolate is a match made in heaven, I wanted to create and share with you a recipe that is as decadent as it is nutritious. As a wholesome foodie, I’m crazy about healthy foods but do understand that balance is key – and that no everyone is super keen on green smoothies – so I was inspired by Snickers bars to create this surprisingly healthy treat 🙂 But be warned: it’s more tempting as it sounds and very difficult to resist!

   

(By the way, for the London foodies out there, this was my contribution to the Plant-Based Picnic held at Tanya’s Cafe on Sunday 23rd August! I also demonstrated cooking this recipe at the Organic Blogathon 2015 held by Of The Earth Superfoods on Sunday 27th September.)

 

In the midst of oreparing my Snickers Treats at the Organic Blogathon 2015!

 

Spot the Superfood ‘Snickers’ Treats amongst the other plant-based goodies


RAW VEGAN ‘SNICKERS’ TREATS

Ingredients:

125ml Coconut Merchant coconut oil (can be substituted for coconut or cacao butter)

2-4tbsp Creative Nature cacao powder

2-3tbsp lucuma powder

1-2tbsp maca powder

1tbsp coconut sugar

5tbsp (125ml) peanut butter (or any nut butter of your choice – but I do think peanut butter works best in this recipe)

30g raw peanuts, roughly chopped

Additional superfoods: Creative Nature Goji berries, Creative Nature chia seeds, Creative Nature cocoa nibs, white mulberries, golden inca berries, apricot kernels, etc.


Method:

  1. Gently melt the coconut oil on a low-medium heat in a medium sized pot.
  2. Once the oil is completely melted, stir in the coconut sugar as well as the Creative Nature cacao, maca and lucuma powders. (The exact quantity of each powder can be adjusted according to your own personal preference.)
  3. Next, add in your chosen superfood. (I used Creative Nature Goji berries because I think the chewy texture adds another dimension to the treat as well as a speck of vibrant red amongst the brown colours – but that’s just my blogger’s mind thinking!) Stir the mixture thoroughly until the desired consistency is reached.
  4. Pour half of the cacao mixture into the bottom of each individual chocolate mould, muffin/ ice cube tray or cupcake case. Follow with a (tea)spoonful of nut butter and sprinkle of chopped peanuts (for a delicious crunch); then top with a final layer of the cacao mixture.
  5. Place in your fridge for at least 30 minutes to set.
  6. Remove the ‘Snickers’ treats five minutes before serving & ENJOY!

As featured on the Creative Nature website.

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

Mindfully, Moni x

GLORIOUS! SkinnyLicious Soups Review

I was super excited when GLORIOUS! contacted me, asking whether I was interested in collaborating. Of course I wasn’t going to turn this opportunity down, so they decided to introduce their SkinnyLicious range to me.

The soups are not only packed with bold and exciting flavours, but also nutritional goodness from the fresh ingredients used. Each SkinnyLicious soup is less than 2% fat and under 150 calories per portion, without ever compromising on taste. So they are the perfect light lunch to heat up quickly in the office microwave or on the hob at home!


– MORE BANGALORE: This SkinnyLicious soup most certainly delivers on flavour, satisfaction and texture! The blend of rich Toor Daal lentils and chickpeas is absolutely first class, providing the soup with a hint of Indian tastes without being too overwhelming. I usually don’t enjoy Indian food but this soup is definitely unlike anything I’ve ever tasted – GLORIOUS! always gives MORE than the average food. I especially loved the subtle tastes of garam masala, curry leaves and mango chutney to present all the amazing flavours of India in one pot! To describe the taste would be impossible as there’s so many herbs and spices bursting in this pot – but it is definitely one for the exotic taste palettes. This thick and very filling soup is surprisingly only 147kcal per serving as well as 1 of your 5-a-day, and is vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free. But these factors seriously do NOT compromise on flavour. I recommend serving with a sprinkle of chopped nuts and teaspoon of coconut yoghurt for a light, refreshing lunch which will transport you to the heart of India.

 

– GOA EXPRESS: I loved the warming combination of tomato and lentils in this soup, providing a unique twist to the classic and much-loved tomato soup. The spicy kick presented by the addition of smoked paprika, turmeric, cumin and chilli powder really presents an extra dimension to the tasting experience and captures the Goan lifestyle/ diet. This SkinnyLicious soup was quite thick, meaning that it was very filling and incredibly satisfying as a meal – helped by the fact that one of the main ingredients is low-fat yoghurt, whilst also constituting a creamy yet coarse/ granular texture. Because of its dense consistency, it is the perfect meal as it will make you feel fuller for longer, and with only 150kcal per serving, it simply feels like you’re cheating the system: packed full of flavour, low in fat and calories, plus satisfying… What more could you wish for!?

 

– SUN-KISSED IN SICILY: It’s safe to say that this one was definitely my favourite SkinnyLicious soup! The gorgeous blend of rustic pomodoro tomato and balsamic vinegar is just a match made in heaven ❤️ Now this is a traditional hearty soup transformed beyond its classical reputation into an Italian beauty! The subtleties of roast garlic, fennel and parsley all complement the pomodoro tomato flavour perfectly to constitute the most flavoursome and warming soup I’ve ever tasted. Absolutely incredible when served with bruschetta bread to dip in the steaming soup and drift off into an Italian, dreamy reverie!

  

– THAI TUK-TUKS & TURMERIC: A simply divine infusion of carrot and coconut that totally inspires me to dust off my rucksack and go travelling to Thailand. I usually find carrot soup bland and in exciting, but this wasn’t the case with this SkinnyLicious soup – the addition of coconut presents this dish with a creamy, sweet taste whilst constituting a smooth, rich texture. I loved the mix of flavours, spices and herbs – including lime, lemongrass, turmeric, ginger, coriander and chilli – which, when all combined, made this a totally ass-kicking soup to really set your taste receptors rocketing! With perfect taste, texture and consistency, I’m digging this Thai-inspired product. And with only 119kcal per portion, it’s totally acceptable 🎉🙌

– NEW ENGLAND IN AUTUMN: The beautifully luscious, deep orange colour of this soup is so inviting and welcoming – perfectly appetising on a cold, wet autumn evening. The smooth, creamy texture of this butternut squash soup is so light and easy on the heart. It’s truly a dreamy SkinnyLicious soup with a subtle hint of cumin for a bit of a spicy kick if you’re a fan of strong flavours! I loved the thick consistency provided by the potatoes which also help to make this a very filling meal. The autumnal flavours of nutmeg, cumin and smoked paprika were so soft and almost nostalgic as summer bids us farewell. I served a portion with a seeded wholemeal bagel for the perfect accompaniment 🙂


– SINGAPORE FLING: Mmm spicy, flavoursome and exciting. I can see why there’s an illustration of fireworks at a festival on the packaging of this SkinnyLicious soup: the heat will take you on a rollercoaster of a ride! No one can say that this is a regular tomato soup since there’s nothing bland about it whatsoever. The rich tomato taste is beautifully complemented with coconut for a delicious, hearty Asian soup that will release the inner spice fanatic within! What makes this SkinnyLicious product even more unique is the addition of basmati rice to provide a different texture, completing the meal gorgeously and leaving you satisfied for hours. With only 130kcal per portion, this is not a lunch you want to miss out on! 

    

– SAN ANTONIO FIESTA: Arrribaaa! This soup is definitely a FIESTA of flavours and all things yummy, encouraging you to rummage through your wardrobe and find that Mexican sombrero of yours! I would actually liken it to a fuse of chilli con carne, gazpacho and Mexican chilli dip. This hearty chilli sin carne soup (meatless) is slightly spicy to provide a fiesta kick to it but the heat is slightly softened due to the addition of a four bean mix (haricot, red kidney, black eye and black turtle) and basmati rice. The consistency is quite thick, resembling more of a sauce than soup and thus feels more filling as you have to chew a lot more than ‘regular’ soup. So at only 99kcal per serving, you most certainly get an impacting, flavoursome and satisfying meal but without any guilt👌 

    

Mindfully, Moni x

P.S. Taking photos of soup is actually really difficult!! It’s so hard to make it look interesting or appetising so sorry for the not-so-great pics :/