Choco-Cherry ‘Black Forest Gateau’ Nana Ice Cream

CHOCO-CHERRY ‘BLACK FOREST GATEAU’ NANA ICE CREAM

Ingredients:

For the chocolate nana ice cream:

2 frozen bananas

1tbsp Aduna Super Cacao Powder

Splash of plant-based mylk e.g. coconut, unsweetened almond, hazelnut

1tsp plant-based syrup e.g. agave nectar, maple syrup, date syrup


For the cherry nana ice cream:

2 frozen bananas

Handful of fresh cherries

1tsp Arctic Berries lingonberry powder

1tsp Arctic Berries cranberry powder

1tsp plant-based syrup e.g. agave nectar, maple syrup, date syrup


Method:

  1. Add the ingredients for the chocolate nice cream in a high-speed blender; then blend until desired consistency. (You can add more liquid if you would like soft-serve ice cream).
  2. Place chocolate banana ice cream in the freezer whilst you make the cherry nana ice cream.
  3. Add the ingredients for the cherry nice cream in a high-speed blender; then blend until desired consistency. (You can add more liquid if you would like soft-serve ice cream).
  4. Remove the chocolate nice cream from the freezer and transfer the cherry nice cream from your blender to your bowl.
  5. Top with fresh fruit, raw chocolate and small nibbles for an additional crunchy texture.

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‘Bounty’ Chocolate Coconut Milk

For the last of my three-part Hopps & Woolf featured posts, I would like to share with you all the most deliciously decadent nut milk recipe of all! I’ve always loved the flavour combination of chocolate and coconut as I think it just works so well – the cool, sweet, tropical coconut complements the bitter and chocolately cacao in such a dreamy way that you’ll probably have to save this recipe to your homepage, or print it out to be framed in the kitchen 😉 or of course, you can just memorise it of by heart (which will just naturally happen!) 

 


“BOUNTY” CHOCOLATE COCONUT MILK

Ingredients:

  • 60g coconut shavings, soaked for 4hrs (This can be substituted for 60g hazelnuts which have been soaked for 12hrs, in order to make Chocolate-Hazelnut “Nutella” Milk)
  • 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)
  • 1L fresh water

 
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

Banana Almond Milk

As a follow-up of my previous post where I introduced and reviewed the Hopps and Woolf Milk Maker, I would like to share with you all another delicious nut milk recipe. I’m seriously going mental with all the different flavour combinations possible for making homemade nut milk – it’s an amazing way to personalise your breakfast and add some interesting flavours to your coffee or afternoon tea! Once you’ve experimented with making your own milk, trust me, you will never look back 🙂 

   


BANANA ALMOND MILK 

 

Ingredients:

  • 60g almonds, soaked for 12hrs
  • 3 medium over-ripe bananas
  • 6-8 medjool dates (soak for at least 4hrs if hard)
  • 1L fresh water
  • Optional spices: 2tsp chai, 2tsp cinnamon, 2tsp apple spice, 2tsp nutmeg (These are simply ideas as a suggestion but feel free to experiment in wake of your own taste preferences; I’d love to hear your own take on this recipe so please drop a comment below!)

    

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.

   

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

Mindfully, Moni x

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

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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Mindfully, Moni x

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  

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. 

 
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Mindfully, Moni x