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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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💪

 

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.

 

Herbal Cold Remedy

This is made like a home-made herbal tea (most of the spices are things you may already have in your cupboards at home) but it works and is, in my experience, more effective than
western medicine which over time can wreak havoc with our bodies. I’ve made a promise to myself to try to avoid things like parecetemol and ibroprofen and go for more natural solutions or simply endure the pain.

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After suffering with a cold on and off for a good 3 weeks I was introduced to this traditional Ayervedic recipe. I recommend drinking this and sleeping until you feel 100%.

Here is what you need:

1 large saucepan of boiled water

2 teaspoons of turmeric

Turmeric is an anti-inflamotary and antioxidant and is said to be beneficial for every part of the human body.

1 large knob of fresh ginger

Ginger is great for digestion and treating things like nausea and lowering blood sugar. It’s also an excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant .

2 teaspoons Cumin

Cumin is high in iron, aids digestions and prevents premature ageing. It is also said to relieve stress, anxiety and is an effective remedy for insomnia.

3 teaspoons cinnamon

Cinnamon lowers blood sugar, protects against cancer and is a powerful anti-fungal and ant-bacterial.

10 black peppercorns

Black pepper is a rich source of manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin-C, vitamin K, and dietary fibre as well as being an excellent digestive aid.

4 cloves or 2 teaspoons of ground cloves

Cloves are known to have antioxidant, antiseptic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties.

Pinch of pink salt

Bring to the boil and let it simmer for 15- 20 minutes

Strain into a cup and drink. Then sleep. Repeat.

Courgetti

By adding more raw fruits and vegetables to your diet you can obtain maximum nutrition from these foods and better absorption of the nutrients. The nutrients from raw foods are more abundant and result in cleaner blood and healthier cells. This is our mission.  The superior nutrition you get from raw foods will return your cells to their more  natural functioning – the benefits are endless. Because raw foods are easy to digest, this frees up your energy enabling it to focus on its purpose, which is healing and cleansing. I try to eat 50% raw and I do this by having raw foods with (almost) every meal.

This is one of my easiest, most convenient raw recipes…

For the courgetti, you can buy fancy machines which are over-priced… OR for 10 euros I bought what looks like a potato peeler but actually makes these lovely noodles, look out for them in good kitchen shops:

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Grate/peel your courgettes until you get to the seeded middle ( you can juice this later). Your courgetti will look like this:

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For the sauce you will need:

3 tomatoes

1 small red bell pepper

Clove of garlic

Pinch salt and pepper

Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast (optional)

Blend ingredients and serve with avocado garnish.

Voila!

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