Cocoa-Nutty Pancakes

Hey y’all 😀 Now that my second year at uni is wrapped up and (almost) long-forgotten about, I’ve got plenty of time to experiment around in my kitchen this summer to create some new recipes!

The first recipe I’m sharing with you is a breakfast treat featuring Jake’s Boost SuperBoost Butter (aka one of the yummiest nut butters I have EVER tasted!) which will also be posted as part of their exclusive nut butter eBook – how exciting! I actually met the two co-founders, Ansje and Dan (plus their doggo and inspiration, Jake), at a Bloggers Event in Cambridge a few weeks ago and totally fell in love with them, their story, their ethos, and, of course, their products so knew that I had to collaborate with them ASAP – and what better way than a delicious pancake stack recipe!?

Jake’s Boost at the Cambridge Bloggers Event

So without further ado…


COCOA-NUTTY PANCAKES


Ingredients:
40g oat flour (simply blend jumbo rolled oats)
3tbsp sesame seed flour, or any plant-based flour of choice
2tbsp Creative Nature Cacao Powder 
1/2 tsp baking powder
1tsp coconut sugar (any sweetener of your choice is fine)
200ml unsweetened almond milk, or any plant-based milk of choice
1 medium ripe banana, mashed
1tbsp plant-based yoghurt
1-2tbsp Jake’s Boost SuperBoost Butter


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, yoghurt, nut butter and mashed banana) 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.
  4. Heat a small blob of coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan over a low-medium heat.
  5. Pour batter (I use two 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 fruit slices and serving with more nut butter if desired.
  9. ENJOY!

Serves 2-3 people.


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Cacao and Berry Layered Smoothie

Hey everyone! It’s been so hectic at uni with my exams, rowing training schedule, and general life so I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging, but I’m back with a new breakfast recipe featuring Vita Coco’s new Coconut Milk – a dairy-free alternative which is a perfect substitute for regular milk. It’s generally been so much fun to experiment around with their new Coconut Milk Alternative so I hope that you’re inspired to do the same.


CACAO & BERRY LAYERED SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1 cup almond milk

2 tbsp oats

handful of berries

1 tsp cranberry and lingonberry powder (optional)


1/2 medium avocado

2 tbsp cacao powder

3 dates (soaked if needed)


Method:

  1. Blend the first 5 ingredients until super smooth and creamy. Pour half of the mixture into a glass or jar.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the remaining smoothie mix and blend once again.
  3. Carefully pour the chocolate smoothie into your serving jar or glass then pour a layer of the berry smoothie mix.
  4. Alternate between the smoothie mixes.
  5. Then top with some nibbles and more fruit!


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N.B. This recipe is an entry into the Dairy Free Style Your Breakfast challenge with Vita Coco and Foodies100. See more great breakfast ideas athttp://vitacoco.com/uk/

True Company Review

When True Company (a beauty company) approached me to ask whether I’d want to collaborate with them, I initially thought that they’d sent the DM to the wrong Instagram account. My usual collaborations are, of course, with health food and fitness companies/ brands so I was confused as to how we could work together. But, alas, the message was for me and it made me realise the importance and intimate link between skin care/ oral hygiene and nutritional health/ regular exercise. Therefore, I’m really excited to announce that I’ve been asked to review two of their products and highlight to you all that looking after your body is crucial from the outside and inside – there’s too much focus in the social media sphere on clean eating, gym routines, and even fad dieting but not enough on the necessity to combine these efforts with an awareness of, and proactive mindset towards, cosmetic care and beautician routines… It’s time to change that!
MIRAI TOOTHBRUSH: This is the product of a truly revolutionary quality! As the newest innovation in the Dental Industry, you’re sure to get top-of-the-range features and quality oral care. After using the rechargeable Mirai toothbrush for just under a fortnight, I can already say that I’m hooked and never going back to my old electric toothbrush. The innovative silicone bristles DO NOT retain bacteria and so ensures the upmost hygiene that you want (especially after a wholesome breakfast) and so a quick, simple 2-3 minute daily and nightly brush keeps those pearly whites looking (well) white and glossy. It’s incredible that the non-porous silicone also prevents bacteria build up, making the Mirai toothbrush virtually self-Sanitising on its own without a separate sanitation unit!!
Because it’s so hygienic and bacteria-free, you only need to replace the brush head ONCE a year – meaning that you’ve got one less thing to worry about in your day-to-day hectic life and more time to cook those waffles or spread peanut butter on your toast… Brilliant – practicality, convenience, and efficiency at its finest👌 It’s also won me over because, yes I am a young female who likes shiny, new, sleek technological products, and the Mirai Toothbrush has a beautiful smart elegant design which will get you feeling modern, hip, and ultra suave. It feels so soft in your hands (unlike other plastic toothbrushes with a poor handle grip) and the bright red colour looks really cool amongst my other toiletries/ bathroom appliances. Plus, it’s really comfortable when brushing; it even has a gentle gum massage function which is so relaxing, soothing your stresses, and maintains the health of your gums at the same time 😁 Basically what I’m saying is that you can freely go eat that falafel wrap or pancake stack because the new Mirari toothbrush has your back and will prevent any nasty bacteria colonies building up in your mouth, and on the toothbrush itself so you get the best possibile oral care today!img_8526
MIRAI FACE BRUSH: As a stressed-out student-cum-rower-cum-food-blogger-cum-socialite-cum-girlfriend (etc. etc.), I lead a very busy life which has definitely taken its toll already (the bags under my eyes are insane), even at the age of 19; so I was so excited to try out one of the most innovative anti-aging tools on the market. I’d say you’re never too young or too old to start taking care of your skin and treating yourself to a pamper session – not just for the visible effects but also for the mental effects i.e. The pleasurable feeling of taking a few minutes out of your life to de-stress and self-indulge in a nightly beauty regime which will give your skin a healthy and happy glow!
Combined with the Mirai face cleanser, I now enjoy the deepest cleansing facial experience ever – my pores have never felt so unclogged in my life; and generally my skin feels more elastic and healthy! It’s remarkable how quickly I’ve started seeing immediate results… Gently massaging and stimulating the skin, the Mirai Face brush has (even after just a couple of uses) established a firmer, and more smoother, more vibrant and youthful appearance. So with the Mirai Cleanser (which is formulated for maximum results), they really are an advanced anti-aging duo to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles 👍
It’s also designed to suit skin types of all kinds – I naturally have slightly oily skin and have found the Mirai Face brush to be particularly helpful in removing excess oil (as well as make up) but it has silicone bristles compatible for all skin types, so is perfect even if you have dry skin 🙌 It really is the prettiest, softest, most convenient and gorgeous face brush on the market which has rechargeable features so is good for the planet as well – hooray for non batteries! It’s particularly effective when accompanied with ‘superfood smoothies‘ with chlorella or spirulina which also help to promote healthy, happy skin – the Mirai Face brush is the way to go for direct, immediate results if that’s what you’re after!

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OMG Tea Matcha Review

As part of Thrive Magazine‘s blogger project, co-hosted with OMG Tea (Organic Matcha Green Tea), I was commissioned to create two matcha recipes accompanied with social media posts, two recipe videos (which was so exciting and new for me!) as well as a review of OMG Tea‘s matcha powder…


For those of you who don’t know much about matcha green tea and are confused about what I am talking about, matcha is a powdered green tea grown in specific regions of Japan. Matcha green tea is absolutely incredible in terms of nutrient content as it contains over 137 times the antioxidants of standard green tea, as well as a ‘feel good’ amino acid derivative called L-Theanine. It is also known to improve mental focus and awareness; boost your metabolism (i.e. you can burn fat faster and easier); detoxify the body as it contains cleansing chlorophylls; help fight diseases; and have anti-aging properties.


Now, as a healthy food blogger, of course I’ve heard the plethora of amazing health benefits of matcha powder, and tried the superfood in a variety of ways – in smoothies, sifted and drunk as a tea, sprinkled over oatmeal etc. However, to be honest with you, I was not particularly taken by the craze of matcha – it is definitely for an acquired palette as the taste of matcha is quite strong; it is the chlorophyll and amino acids that give matcha its unique rich taste. I was also not so convinced that I could notice any significant difference in my concentration levels or metabolism – that was until I tried OMG Tea Matcha.


What makes OMG Tea special is that it is the highest quality matcha powder that you can find on the market – you can even tell by the colour of their matcha which is a lighter, more vibrant green colour than other brands of matcha which have a darker, duller colour! I most certainly felt much more energised and relaxed after starting to incorporate their matcha in my meals – blended in smoothies, sprinkled over my breakfast porridge bowl, at afternoon tea time… It was the increase in concentration levels and reviving feeling that most took me by surprise, and as a student I need to be in a focused and stress-free mood, I will definitely continue drinking OMG Tea daily for an energy boost – it’s much healthier and more effective than coffee! It’s now part of my daily routine and is the perfect way to put that extra spring in your step and feel more motivated 🙂 Taken daily, OMG Tea has helped me (and my parents) to shed a few pounds and keep generally fit and healthy.


All in all, I most certainly recommend you try OMG Tea ASAP!

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Matcha Chia Pudding Parfait

MATCHA CHIA PUDDING PARFAIT (with accompanying video recipe HERE or see below for embedded video!!)


Ingredients:

For the chia pudding:


For the smoothie:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 mango, frozen
  • 200 ml Cocofina coconut water {use discount code MONIFOLLOWERS15}
  • Handful of raspberries


Method:

  1. Mix the chia seeds and matcha powder in a small bowl or glass, and pour in the plant-based milk. Stir well until all the ingredients are incorporated before adding the agave nectar, if using. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 3-4 hours.
  2. Remove the chia pudding from the fridge. Transfer half the chia pudding into another bowl or jar (if serving two) and top with fruit and/ or Go Green Wholeplus Toppers.
  3. Add all the smoothie ingredients into your blender, except the raspberries, and blend until smooth. Pour about 2/3 of the smoothie over the chia puddings.
  4. Add the raspberries to the remaining smoothie mixture and blend well. Pour over the tropical smoothie.
  5. Top with fresh fruit & ENJOY!


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Greenyilicious Oatmeal

GREENYILICIOUS OATMEAL (with accompanying video recipe HERE or see below for an embedded video!)

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Ingredients:

Suggested Toppings:

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Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the greenyilicious oatmeal in a pan until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
  2. Cook the oatmeal 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 oats from the hob and allow to cool for a few minutes whilst you prepare the toppings/ wash the fruit.
  4. Pour the oatmeal into a breakfast bowl and smooth out the top, using the back of a spoon.
  5. Sprinkle with your desired toppings & ENJOY!

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Young Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

Calling all mindful eaters, health foodies, fitness fanatics, budding food entrepreneurs and everything in between!

I’ve got a very exciting opportunity to share with you today which could change your life and turn your entrepreneurial dreams into a reality! Cotswold Fayre is offering £1,500 in funding and a year of mentoring from company Founder, Paul Hargreaves to help you progress your business.

Their annual awards aims to support young, budding businessmen and women between 16 and 25 years old who have a new fine food product that they are looking to bring to market. Whether you’re in need of a boost to materialise your ideas and dreams into a flourishing business, or a bit of extra advice to take your business to the next level be sure to check out the application page – don’t end up regretting a missed opportunity which could accelerate YOUR business plan.

My support for this scheme

As a young, ambitious person myself who is deeply passionate about the healthy food and drinks industry, I am 110% behind this scheme as I understand how difficult (and scary) it is to take a leap of faith and dedicate all your efforts to accomplishing one goal, especially if it is contingent on having the right contacts, investments, social media followers, endorsements, brand identity etc.

Starting up my blog – with the incentive to inspire others to lead healthy, balanced lifestyles which aren’t extreme in one way or the other and to look after their bodies from the inside and out – was nerve-wracking because I knew it was an already concentrated market. However, I refused to let any self-doubt prevent me from doing what I love and my desire to connect with others like me across the globe, who share my passion for wellbeing and wholesome eating. And since my first blog post, I haven’t looked back – my only regret is not setting up my blog earlier! This is why I couldn’t express strongly enough the extent to which I support Cotswold Fayre‘s start-up support scheme. I think it’s the perfect motivation and support network for young, ambitious and determined entrepreneurs-in-the-making who would otherwise struggle to secure the final boost they need to successfully get their concept, prototype, or product in its early stages on the market!

Why apply?

Now in its fourth year, the initiative aims to help food entrepreneurs aged between 16-25 years old with financial and mentoring support to make their business a success.

The winning food and drink business will be awarded £1,500 to help grow the business as well as monthly mentoring sessions with Paul Hargreaves to discuss and develop their business plan and support from Cotswold Fayre’s in-house designer to build a strong brand identity through design and take things to the next level.

Having started a business himself 17 years ago, Paul Hargreaves completely appreciates that the hurdles to starting a new business can be daunting; therefore understands the value of, not only offering a small amount of monetary support but also, mentoring the winner of the start-up support scheme throughout the first year.

The winner of Young Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Last year’s winner, Jerome Jacob, founder of PHROOTI, said: “Winning the Cotswold Fayre Young Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 award has helped me achieve industry recognition, helped with my start-up costs and, most importantly, given me an invaluable mentor in Paul”.

Jerome Jacob

Don’t waste one more second of deliberation and send off your application NOW (before 30th June) to ensure that you don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity; you never know, you could surprise yourself and end up achieving all your hopes and ambitions as a result of one simple application! Don’t kick yourself later by thinking ‘what if I had applied…?’ For more information and to apply now head here… https://www.cotswold-fayre.co.uk/young-entrepreneur-of-the-year

Mindfully, Moni