Black bean brownies ( gluten free & vegan)

The best black bean brownies !

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  • 2 cups of black beans
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup, local honey, or agave
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • Optional: chocolate chips

Put all ingredients into a blender or a bowl and blend.

Place in a grease proof papered tray or cup cake trays and bake for approx 20 minutes on 180c. Bear in mind all ovens vary.

 

Great for after workout snack!

Delicious Fruit cake (Vegan low fat and gluten free)

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Ingredients:

14 oz / 400g mixed raisins and currants

350 ml cold black or chai tea

8oz / 250g spelt flour ( this does contain gluten but it is well known for it to not cause problems for those with allergies; if unsure go for rice flour)

7oz / 200g sugar (use coconut sugar for a more nutrient dense and healthier option)

1 teaspoon mixed spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 chia eggs (1 teaspoon chia seeds per ‘egg’ + 3 teaspoons water) soak for 15 minutes

Method:

Soak the fruit in the cold tea overnight or if you don’t have time for minimum of 15 minutes but the linger the better.

Skak the chia seeds in the water as instructed above. Check they are a gooey consistency.

Mix all ingredients together.

Pour mixture into a loaf tin. Any extra mixture use to make some little buns in cup cake moulds.

Bake at around 160 for approximately 30 minutes depending in the size of the cake and heat of the oven.

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What’s in my bag?

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Waleeda skin food: My absolute favourite skin product and the only one I buy!

I use it as a moisturiser on my face about twice a week;

Mix it into foundation to give a brighter more luminous finish;

Use it on my feet at night then put socks on.

It is the ultimate moisturiser🌱

Carob bar: The best alternative chocolate bar; and it’s pretty healthy and filling (although high in fat).

Bio-kult probiotics: Probiotics have made a great difference to my health and since taking them I can eat gluten based foods again. If you’ve taken antibiotics, had a lot of stress or have had a poor diet probiotics are probably a good idea. This brand is pretty good but I also recommend Optibac.

Alfalfa sprouting seeds: I love to sprout these at home and then have them in my smoothies!

To sprout:

Soak seeds in bowl if water overnight

Drain and spread out on a flat container and sprinkle with water so they are kept wet and watered.

You can cover them but store them where they can get sunlight like on your window sill.

They should take a couple of days depending on the climate and sunlight.

Keep refrigerated once sprouted and use within 4- 5 days. After this time if they go bad they can be very harmful, so the fresher the better!

Nag Champa insencse sticks: Just because they are my favourite ones. I burn them to clear the air, help myself relax or burn them during yoga or meditation.

Tip: I put the sticks in my plant soil so the ash doesn’t fall on the carpet.

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Simple (oil free) vegetable curry💪

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Ingredients:

1 small onion

Veg of your choice. I like to use green beans, red peppers, button mushrooms and potatoes. In the picture I was using courgettes as we had so many.

1 tin of cooked chickpeas

1 tin of coconut milk

1 -2 tablespoons of curry mix powder

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

Pinch of chilli powder ( depending on taste)

Pinch of cayenne pepper ( depending in taste)

Generous handful of raisins

1 teaspoon of local honey or alternative sweetener

Method:

Sautee the diced onion in a tablespoon of water in a large pan. Cook until soft.

Chop up your vegetables and add them to the pan stir for a few minutes. Add a splash more water if necessary.

Add the spices and keep stirring them into a paste into the vegetables.

After 5 minutes of stirring add a tin of coconut milk and continue stirring

Add the raisins and honey/ sweetener cover on a low heat to simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Serve with rice💪

 

Sunday shop

In case you can’t see all the items here is the list:

Bag of baking potatoes

Cherry tomatoes

Organic spinach

Organic leafy greens

Frozen berries

Oatcakes

Vegetarian sasauges

Whole earth baked beans

Rice pasta

2 jars tomato pasta sauce

Nutritional yeast

2 bottles raspberry kombucha

3 passion fruits

Detox tea bags

Chocolate oat milk

Total: £24.15

My staples are rice (Which I’m stocked up on), potatoes and pasta and i keep it high carb low fat 🌱

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Today’s food in photos.

This is how I eat to stay satisfied and full! I missed out my lunch photos which was quinoa ( I always take a box of quinoa for lunch) spinach and baby tomatoes plus a small side of pasta. I eat high carb through the day and save fats for evening as the fats are harder to digest and slow you down through the day. Plus it makes going to the toilet much more efficient🙄 I don’t always eat processed foods like chips and veggie sasauges but I do have them sometimes and as I was feeling quite tired today so it was just what I fancied.