Matcha Chia Seed Pudding

Shout out to @heidi_jones_coaching for mentioning using matcha powder in chia seeds. I thought I would give it a try and came up with the below. You can also use cocoa powder if you are looking for a chocolate fix or any other powdered spice for a flavour change.

Recipe

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 1/3 cup coconut milk

1 tsp matcha powder

Add to a jar and shake to blend. Place in fridge and shake again in 10-15 minutes as the seeds will have settled. Leave over night or at least a couple of hours.

For sweetness I add 1/2 tsp maple sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract with seeds Extras

A base of chopped bananas (1/2 banana per serving)

Chopped roasted almonds and coconut flakes with a smattering of pomegranate seeds topped it.

Serves two

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Chocolate Nicecream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for #nicecream seriously though, how easy is this recipe? Simple ingredients, antioxident rich and delicious! This recipe is great for using up ripe bananas or sneaking in your daily fruit requirement. And let’s be honest it is also significantly less expensive than the free from icecreams here in Dubai. AED47 for a small tub? No thanks.

Recipe

3 ripe bananas, frozen

3 heaping tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp honey, can omit if vegan

2 tsp vanilla extract with seeds

Blend all together until smooth add in

1 tbsp cocoa nibs

1/2 cup chopped, roasted almonds Blend together. Can keep in a sealed container in the freezer for two weeks. Serve with your favourite topping or as is. Enjoy!

Serves 4-6

Berry Good Smoothie

Pretty in pink and heart healthy. Wishing a happy mother’s day to all mums, grandmums and mother figures out there. I don’t live even close to my own mum so I will be sure to call her. Ps, you are welcome for the pun. I know there are dad jokes but are there mum jokes? We must investigate. Happy mother’s day to the funny mummies, yummy mummies and the all around awesome mummies.

Recipe

1 cup mixed berries

1 cup pineapple, diced

1/2 banana

3 tbsp old fashioned oats

1 tbsp linseed, ground

1/3 cup water, depends on your desired consistency

Blend all ingredients together. Do not over blend. I decorated with pumpkin seeds, roasted coconut and watermelon hearts. Serves two.

The Dirty Dozen vs. The Clean Fifteen

The Dirty Dozen vs. The Clean Fifteen if that doesn’t sound like a cheesy spaghetti western then I don’t know what does. But we aren’t talking about drawlin’ cowboys here instead we have fruit and veggies on the stand. The dirty and clean list refers to how much contaminants (pesticides etc.) each fruit or vegetable may contain. The list is originally from the Environmental Working Group and is an excellent guide. Your best bet is to buy organic fruit and veggies to make sure that they are contaminant free but let us be honest that can get expensive. So here are some alternatives.

  1. Grow your own. Whether you have a proper garden, balcony or windowsill try to grow something. This is something the whole family can be involved in and also teaches children where their food comes from.
  2. Buy local. Visit your farmers market, buy farm direct or have a produce swap with friends.
  3. Buy on sale. Sign up for your local organic store mailing list and ask if they have discount days. Produce like apples and potatoes can last a while if stored properly. Berries can be frozen for future use or you can even make a home made jam.
  4. Meal planning. Try out recipes that have a heavier focus on clean foods.
  5. Pick your battles. Fruit and veggies are still better than overly processed foods so even if the cost of organics is too high for you mix and match your dirty and cleans and use the guide to decide how much of each you would eat. Maybe you will decide to eat more of the “clean” produce and supplement with “dirty” produce. For example instead of eating apples, grapes and berries try pineapple, kiwi and mango.

Dirty 12, Clean 15 copy

Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl

Feed your body and your mind with an antioxidant rich smoothie bowl and a side of literature.

Recipe

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1 ripe banana

3 heaping tbsp old fashioned oats

1 tbsp ground linseed

3 tbsp oat milk (or whichever milk you prefer)

I let my berries thaw in the fridge overnight which means they let out some water. If you make the smoothie with frozen berries you may need to add some milk or water depending on your desired consistency when everything has been blended together. Only blend until mixed. Never over blend. I garnished with 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds and some more oats.

Dairy Free Banana Bread

Breakfast muffins are a great item to keep on hand and frozen in the freezer. I made these using my standard banana bread recipe.
Recipe
3-4 fully ripe bananas
1 tsp baking soda
-mash the bananas with the baking soda, chunks can remain and let sit for 15 minutes
200g flour, I like whole wheat
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 dash eat of cinnamon and nutmeg
2 tbsp linseeds, ground
Almonds, small handful
Note: I do not add sugar as I use fully ripe bananas which are already quite sweet so you may need to test the batter if you prefer sweet
Mix all ingredients together and fill into the forms. Bake at 180c for 30-35 minutes, for cake loaf it will take about 50 minutes. Let fully cool on a wire rack before packing for the freezer.