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

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.

Pomegranate + Raspberry Popsicles

Hot summer days in Dubai need a cool simple treat like these pomegranate raspberry popsicles.

Recipe

6 tsp pomegranate seeds

6 tsp coconut milk

1.5 cups frozen raspberries – I blended half the raspberries as is and the other half with a 1/2 cup coconut milk

Fill each popsicle form with one tsp pomegranate seeds and one tsp coconut milk, freeze for 30 minutes Then scope in 1 heaping tbsp of the pure raspberry mix in to each form and top with the raspberry coconut mix. Freeze again for at least an hour.

I used the popsicle forms from IKEA they are easy to clean and store. The extra raspeberry mix can be used in a chia seed pudding or kept in the freezer for future use. Enjoy!

Forest Berry Smoothie.

Last smoothie I promise. This is a super refreshing summer smoothie with berries and cucumbers. Perfect for a patio date or tricking your kids or husband into eating more greens. I also like to decorate it a bit either with a berry skewer, watermelon hearts or even a cucumber stick as a stirrer. The possibilities are edible endless.

Recipe

1.5 cups frozen mixed berries, partially thawed

1 small cucumber, chopped

2 tbsp old fashion oats

1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice (I like it with pulp)

1/2 cup water

Blend until smoothie. Do not over blend. Serve in a pretty glass with decorations if you are feeling fancy. Serves one.

Mango Smoothie Bowl

And the #smoothiebowl adventures continue with this pretty and delicious little number.

Recipe

1 cup frozen mango

4 heaping tbsp old fashion oats

1 tbsp ground linseed

1/2 cup water

Blend all in ingredients together until mixed. Do not over blend. I decorated with the left over pomegranate seeds from my previous recipes, pumpkin seeds and oats. Enjoy!

Ps. This is so quick to make (including decorating) I managed to do everything while the tea kettle was going.

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.

Matcha Rice Krispies Squares

Matcha Rice Krispies Squares for the Dubai long weekend.

Recipe:

6 cups rice krispies

10 ounze pack plain marshmallows

3 tsp margarine, coconut oil or butter

3 tsp matcha powder

Melt the margarine in a large size sauce pan on middle high heat, add in the marshmallows once the marshmallows have melted stir in the matcha powder until well combined. Combine the marshmallow mix with the rice krispies and then press into a greased form and let cool. Once cool cut into individual portions and store in an airtight container for up to 10 days (it goes without saying the area should be cool and out of direct sunlight).

You can either leave it like this or dip the squares in dark chocolate for a naughty treat … because rice krispies themselves are clearly not naughty enough 😉

Note: Kellogg’s Rice Krispies contain malt which do not make them gluten free. If you will be serving rice krispies to someone who is celiac you need to buy rice krispies which are gluten free.

Enjoy!

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.

Power Jar Muesli

Power up as if everyday was an adventure.

Recipe

4 heaping tbsp old fashion oats

1 heaping tbsp chia seeds

1 heaping tbsp linseeds (ground)

3 heaping tbsp pumpkin seeds

Small handful chopped almonds

1/2 a banana, chopped up

2 dates, chopped up

Half a cup of milk, I used oat milk

If you need some sweetness add a tsp of honey or maple syrup. Add all the ingrediants to mason jar and keep in the fridge overnight. Perfect for breakfast or a hearty snack.