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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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

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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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Rhythm108 Review


I was very excited to be offered a chance to sample the Rhythm108 Dessert Bar range – of course I wouldn’t decline such an opportunity! And I wasn’t disappointed either; look at that amazing parcel of goodies they sent including some matcha order, coconut chips and dried strawberries to experiment around with in the kitchen 😍


– BANANA MUFFIN: From just tearing open the colourful, vibrant and attractive packaging, my senses were raised by the luscious, dense banana-y smell reminiscent of banana bread. Excited to sample this Rhythm108 bar, I eagerly chopped up a half to try it as it was and oh my was it delicious! I loved the dense texture of the bar and that it wasn’t too chewy but held together nicely.. But the taste was simply perfect: not overly sweet that the treat felt decadent and sickly, but sweet enough to curb those afternoon cravings!
The other half (which I heated up as the instructions on the back recommended) was, of course, naturally softer and chewier but also slightly more crumbly which changed the texture to resemble more of a muffin which I really enjoyed as it felt more like a dessert so satisfied my sweet tooth!
– LEMON CAKE: Mmm this was so scrumptious – zesty, lemony and so light! Loved the spring/ summery feel to this dessert bar; totally getting me into a more positive and energetic mood πŸ™‚ Loved how the texture was dense like the other bars, but not as rich which meant that it felt more like a snack rather than a heavy, decadent dessert so is more suited to the current warmer weatherπŸ‘Œ

Warmed up, this bar was even more delicious as the texture was softer and more gooey so a gorgeous warm and melty feeling in your mouth ❀️

– COCONUT MACAROON: I liked how this dessert bar had a different texture than the others: slightly more crumbly, although still dense, less fudge-like and more brownie-like! The taste was, as usual, spot on with the right balance between sweet and decadent; however, as a nutter for coconuts, I would’ve liked a stronger coconut taste but for most people it will probably be just right πŸ™‚

When heated up, this bar simply came alive with a warm, pull-apart feel to it to perfectly accompany your afternoon tea ❀ I also think that the coconut flavour came out more strongly so I’d advise coconut lovers like me to heat this baby up 😜 And at only 175 per bar, it’s the perfect guilt-free treat!

– APPLE PIE: Omigosh this flavour was simply gorgeous! I loved the dense yet soft and chewy texture which was so easy to bite into and the melt-in-your-mouth sensation ❀️ The taste was, as ever, absolutely delicious with a strong cinnamon kick and apple flavour which reminded me of Christmas and warm apple pie on cold wintery evenings!

Perfect for the nostalgic sentiments of colder days – so is even more special when baked in the oven for a couple of minutes to get that soft and melty texture accompanied with a lovely cinnamon smell wafting around the kitchenπŸ‘Œ

– CHOCO-WALNUT BROWNIE: Yummy is all I can say! I was actually pleasantly surprised when I bit into this bar as the texture and taste was not what I was expecting 😱 I thought the bar would be dense, rich and guilt-trippingly decadent but I was, instead, met by a light, crumbly, cake-like texture and a dark cacao taste that wasn’t overly sweet or sickening! It was love at first bite, I’m telling you ❀️ And the chopped up pieces of crunchy walnuts were a treat to complement the cake-like texture of the barπŸ‘Œ

For extra ooziness and cacao love, I’d definitely recommend heating this bar up as it really intensifies the cacao taste and creates a melt-in-the-mouth feeling of chocolately heaven.. Mmmm 😍

Mindfully, Moni x

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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 BirdΒ 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 it’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 πŸ™‚ Great fun and wholesome food.

Mindfully, Moni x

Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwich

I’ve been meaning to share with you guys this recipe for ages! But it’s taken me a while to finalise the recipe – I’ve been through so many ingredient combinations and quantity variations, it’s actually ridiculous πŸ˜› So here it finally it – and although I’ve posted a few teasers of the recipe/ pictures on my social media accounts, I wanted to save this recipe until I’m away and disconnected with the world, travelling somewhere in the depths of China, because you know what they say – good things come to those who wait! πŸ™‚ And boy, is this a good’un… 

   

Please do feel free to comment below or send me a quick message if you have any feedback – either when ogling at your screen or when you’ve made this beauty; I’d love to see your recreations of my recipes! 

 


COOKIE DOUGH ICE CREAM SANDWICH 

 

INGREDIENTS

For the cookie dough layers:
1 (450g) tinned can chickpeas in water, drained and rinsed
2-3tbsp plant-based milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
2tbsp coconut/ date/ rice syrup (or any other liquid sweetener of your choice)
1tsp coconut oil, melted
3tbsp smooth almond butter (you can substitute for any nut butter you’d like but I think almond/ cashew would work best)
35g coconut flour
50g vegan chocolate chips/ raw cocoa nibs 

 


For the ice cream filling:
3 medium-sized very ripe bananas, frozen
2-3tbsp plant-based milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1tsp coconut oil, melted
Splash of vanilla extract (optional) 

 


METHOD:

  1. In a high-speed blender, combine the chickpeas, milk, coconut oil, syrup and almond butter until completely smooth. (If, like me, you have a BlendTec, then select the ‘batter’ programme – it may be necessary to complete the programme 2 or 3 times).
  2. Remove the cookie dough batter from your blender and place in a deep, medium-sized bowl. Fold in the coconut flour, using a wooden spoon until the consistency is firm but crumbly. (The dough should hold together and sticky enough to form one ball of dough).
  3. Fold in as much chocolate chips/ cocoa nibs as you wish.
  4. Line a 20cm x 20cm square baking dish with grease-proof paper, leaving excess to overlap the dish. (This is so that you can easily remove the ice cream sandwich when done).
  5. Press the cookie dough into the prepared dish and freeze for at least 90 minutes.
  6. Remove the cookie dough from the freezer and let it soften whilst blending the bananas. Blend the frozen bananas, milk, coconut oil and vanilla extract in your high-speed blender until thick, creamy and the consistency is of soft-serve ice cream. (If, like me, you have a BlendTec, then select the ‘ice cream’ programme – it may be necessary to complete the programme 2 or 3 times).
  7. Cut the cookie dough in half and remove one half to set aside.
  8. Spread your banana ice cream on the cookie dough inside the dish, then carefully sandwich with the other half of the cookie dough.
  9. Place back in the freezer for another 30 – 40 minutes (or until you can’t wait any longer!) Slice into 8 equal rectangular slices and eat immediately.
  10. The cookie dough ice cream sandwich can be stored in the freezer for 3-4 days after making… But let’s be honest, it won’t last that long anyway! 

  
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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

Love Your Blender + Giveaway!

Hi everyone!

Firstly, I’d like to personally thank you all for your incredible support throughout my blog launch as well as for these first couple of weeks blogging! I’m having such an amazing time and love sharing my recipes with you, but also really enjoy communicating much more directly and building a connection – which I think is very important.

To thank you all for your immense support and to supplement Love Your Blender‘s product launch, as showcased at the LNLO Show at Olympia on 3-5 July, we have collaborated to host an amazing GIVEAWAY! Love Your Blender have kindly supplied 3 gift boxes (including all 5 of their smoothie sachet blends – worth Β£14.95 each) which means there will be THREE WINNERS 😱 Please scroll down or click any of the links throughout this page to access the giveaway – there’s 15 possible ways to enter (across all social media platforms in order to allow as many participants as possible and not leave anyone out!) so there’s honestly no excuse not get involved.

*LINK TO GIVEAWAY* Click here or copy this URL into the address bar https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b0ddb2330/

Mindfully Moni with Nev, a co-founder of Love Your Blender, at the LNLO Show on 5 July

Mindfully Moni with Ruth and Nev, the two co-founders of Love Your Blender, sampling the Cherry Rose blend at the LNLO Show on 5 July

For those who haven’t yet heard much about Love Your Blender – you soon will as they’re bound to fly off the shelves! They specialise in creating the most perfect sachets of superfoods, nuts and seeds to boost smoothies with flavour and nutrition. All you need to do is pop in all the ingredients from the sachet into your blender along with fresh ingredients such as milk or a banana. As previously mentioned, there are five blends in total and each packet has full instructions inside each label – so it’s totally fool-proof and hassle-free in rushed mornings!

The Love Your Blender pre-prepared smoothie sachets are over 90 per cent organic so ties in perfectly mine and most of your ideologies as they use the highest quality ingredients which are chosen with much care and deliberation. They are also totally vegan and gluten free – fitting in with most modern day dietary requirements but please do check the labels for allergens (they are of course not suitable for nut allergies!!) Due to the nature of these sachets being pre-prepared for smoothies, the ingredients are whole where possible (particularly the nuts) to protect their flavour and nutrition until they hit your blender blades so be sure to adjust your blender settings/ programme to account for this. 

 

The five Love Your Blender blends are:

  1. Cherry Rose
  2. Super Berry
  3. Bright Greens
  4. Spicy Cacao
  5. Sweet Lacuma

 
Each of the above five blends are delicious and unique in their own right so you can only get the full experience of this genius product by tasting all of the blends. To be honest, I could rave about the yumminess of these blends all day if I had the chance as I not only love smoothies, but I love top quality ingredients and innovative flavour combinations – I’m happy to say that Love Your Blender delivers exceptionally well on both! Having said that, if I had to pick a favourite, it would have to be the very decadent Sweet Lacuma because, whilst satisfying my sweet tooth (resembles a gorgeous, creamy caramel), it is so flavoursome and with such diversely textured/ tasting ingredients of lacuma; carob; pecans; mulberries; flaxseed and hemp seeds, your tastebuds are really sent on a rollercoaster of exciting flavours!

With nothing else left to say, I now present to you our co-hosted giveaway which will run between today (Friday 10th) until Monday 27th July:

Mindfully Moni & Love Your Blender giveaway!!

Feel free to share the giveaway link with friends since there will be THREE WINNERS so a high probability of winning! I hope you’re all as excited as I am about this opportunity as well as for the Love Your Blender smoothie sachets to hit the shops soon… Stay updated through their social media platforms as well as their website.

For my own recipes using Love Your Blender sachets, click here.

Here’s to healthy living and balanced eating!

Mindfully, Moni x

PS. Winners will be announced on my blog shortly after the closing day as well as all my social media accounts. Links can be found in the sidebar of my blog/ my about page.