Cacao Banana Bread

CACAO BANANA BREAD

Ingredients:

  • 100 g Cocofina coconut flour {use discount code MONIFOLLOWERS15}
  • 50 g hemp protein
  • 50 g ground oats
  • 3-4 tbsp Creative Nature cacao powder {use discount code MONI10}
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 4 chia/ flax eggs (4 tbsp chia or flaxseed + 4 tbsp water)
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3-4 tbsp chocolate chips (optional)

My Cacao Banana Bread made an appearance at the vegan meet up in Primrose Hill on 29 August 2016

Method:

  1. Blend together the wet ingredients. Mix all dry ingredients separately. Then combine the wet ingredients with the dry mix.
  2. Pour into a bread tin greased with Cocofina coconut oil and lined with baking parchment.
  3. Bake at 180oC for 50-60 mins, until cooked right through and a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool on a wire rack & ENJOY!

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‘Chocolate Brownie’ Cacao Waffles

‘CHOCOLATE BROWNIE’ CACAO WAFFLES


Ingredients:

2 tbsp amaranth flour (Can be substituted for buckwheat or any other fine-grained flour)

1 tbsp coconut flour

2-3 tbsp Aduna Super Cacao powder

2-3 tbsp coconut sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs (Vegan substitute: flax eggs)

150 ml unsweetened almond milk (Or any other plant-based milk)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional: 2 tbsp (powdered, chocolate) peanut buttter

Directions:


1. Preheat your waffle iron and coat it with coconut oil.

2. Sift the flours, cacao powder, coconut sugar and baking powder into a mixing bowl, then whisk to combine.

3. Add in the flax eggs, milk, vanilla extract and peanut butter (if using), then whisk until the batter is smooth.

4. How many waffles you get will depend on your waffle iron. Mine has two square wells, so I pour 3-4tbsp of the batter onto the centre of each. Use your judgement with how your own waffle iron cooks.

5. Let the waffle iron do itโ€™s magic and repeat with the rest of the batter until itโ€™s gone!

6. Then top with whatever you want โ€“ melted peanut butter, chopped fruit, banana ice cream… You name it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Choco-Orange ‘Jaffa’ Oatmeal

CHOCO-ORANGE ‘JAFFA’ OATMEAL

Get both chocolately and zesty with this delicious breakfast bowl of oatmeal! So quick and easy to make – there’s no excuse not to cook up a storm.


Ingredients

40g jumbo rolled oats

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 sachet STRIPPD Vegan Chocolate Protein Blend

2-3tbsp Aduna Super Cacao Powder

Juice of 2 large organic oranges

250ml plant-based milk e.g. unsweetened almond, coconut, soya (I use Alpro Unsweetened Almond milk)

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the oatmeal in a cooking pots 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; itโ€™s completely up to you!)
  3. Carefully remove the oatmeal 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 smooth out the top, using the back of a spoon.
  5. Sprinkle with your desired toppings & ENJOY!


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InSpiral Cakes Review

I was so excited to be approached by InSpiral who were looking to collaborate in the lead up to Christmas as a way to promote their Limited Edition Raw Christmas Cake! Of course I said yes immediately – I simply love InSpiral; my favourite hangout in Camden and of course everything on their online website is just lush โค So to receive a box of four abolsutely delicious and wholesome raw cakes actually made my week – ask anyone, the grin could not be wiped off my face XD Anyways, I’ve written a review of the four flavours which I was so kindly sent to taste and sample… ย 

RAW VANILLA BERRY TART: I absolutely loved this gorgeously smooth, melt-in-your-mouth tart. From the word go, I fell for the cute-as-buttons packaging that although is simple, perfectly correlates to the InSpiral ethos of plant-based, wholesome food with no nasties! But I was even more blown away but the delicious flavours and textures of each layer which completed one another beautifully: the sweet, thick blueberry jam; creamy, smooth cashew and coconut oil ‘cheesecake’; and dense, sticky walnut and almond base. I kid you not that in my long, experienced history of raw vegan desserts, this was most definitely one of the top ones because it was seriously so scrumptious and smooth – a seriously pleasurable, heavenly eating experience of pure bliss. It genuinely is the perfect treat as the portion is designed for a light, single serving which is nonetheless very satisfyingly filling due to the rich texture and dense ingredients!ย  RAW PASSIONFRUIT TART: As, of course, passionfruit is naturally more bitter and has more of a tang than most fruits, this tart was very zingy. The sharpness of the passionfruit layer complemented the creamy and dense cashew nut ‘cheesecake’ in a gorgeous manner, really tickling your tastebuds with the various flavours and sensations! I liked this tart in contrast to the others as it was much less decadent and not as rich so much more pleasurable if looking for a light, fruity and not so sweet dessert๐Ÿ‘ŒEven my non-health conscious uni neighbour loved it and wouldn’t have known that it was raw, vegan or gluten free – he’s officially converted and the no.1 fan of InSpiral!

RAW CHOCOLATE BLACKOUT TART: If you’re one for sweet treats and devilish decadence, then this is the perfect dessert for you! The rich, smooth, creamy texture simply melts in your mouth within seconds and is so luscious due to the avocado base. You really can’t taste the avocado but it most certainly contributed to the gorgeous texture. The taste as well is absolutely divine – think rich, dark and chocolately heaven. Accompanied with this velvety mousse-like pudding is a chocolately walnut and almond base which complements the main layer perfectly. It might be far too indulgent for some and I would definitely advise eating in two sittings but an all-round guilt-tripping yet totally wholesome, natural treat.


ย – RAW CHRISTMAS CAKE: As InSpiral’s limited edition cake, I was most excited to taste this one! I’ve been feeling more and more Christmassy as the countdown gets closer and closer to 25th December so this plant-based goodness has just heightened my festive spirt. Delving into the luscious coconut vanilla cream frosting and then the raw marzipan layer and dense, spiced raw fruit and nut base was a whirlwind of all things Christmassy. Perfect treat for the festive season and deliciously wholesome as usual of course. Compulsory to serve with a Christmas playlist in the background and whilst wearing your favourite Xmas jumper ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ

Hasslacher’s Sample Box Giveaway!

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I’m very excited to say that I’ve teamed up with Hasslacher’s to host a giveaway which offers one very lucky person an entire range of Hasslacher’s goodies! Click here to enter, or copy and paste the giveaway URL into your searchbar: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b0ddb2331/

The prize includes:

Hasslacher’s drinking hot chocolate is simply divine – a unique tasting 100% cacao gourmet hot chocolate made in Colombia where the finest native South American Criollo and Trinitario beans are grown! These rare beans are superior in flavour and constitute only 7% of the total world cocoa produced every year.

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Their company ethos is also admirable, using 100% cacao in all their products and adding no nasties – no added sugar; it’s 100% natural which is why I’m already addicted ๐Ÿ™‚
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To get your hands on some gorgeous, chocolately treats, then enter my giveaway or purchase straight from Amazon.
Mindfully, Moni x

Early Bird Snacks Review

As a student, I’ve always been a fan of weekly snack box services which deliver a range of delicious and nutritious food products right to your door – there’s no need for the weekly shop. I have tried out several companies but none were quite like Early Bird‘s Snack Box!

Early Birdย deliver 5 deliciously healthy snacks and 2 unique teas every week, designed to help through the working week. To make snacking time that little bit better, the TasteBox also contains music and art from up and coming artists, creating a festival feeling every week!

What I love, is that each TasteBox is unique not only does Early Bird provide 5 snacks and 2 teas, the design of their TasteBox also contains new monthly illustrations from emerging artists (it feels like an exclusive invite to an indie concert!) I think itโ€™s inspirational to see a company giving back to the creative community – it creates such a positive and loving vibe.

From the initial moment of delivery, I feel in love with the vibrancy of the box and then was so excited to open it up to reveal the goodies inside! I like how there’s a mix of sweet and savoury amongst the 5 snacks to really curb those mid-afternoon hunger pangs and cravings. The packaging is really convenient as each snack is in a bite-sized plastic bag which you can slip into your handbag/ rucksack and pull out as and when, without having to rip into loads of exterior packaging.

Another reason to love Early Bird is that they include all the nutritional information for each snack in a handy little leaflet so you can keep an eye on those numbers and remind yourself about how healthy and nutritional these snacks are! Guilt-free snacking in a pleasurable atmosphere is all I can say about Early Bird – I just LOVE the idea of including an exclusive link to an EB music studio mix up ๐Ÿ™‚ Great fun and wholesome food.

Mindfully, Moni x

‘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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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