Sweet potato cakes/ Golden nuggets (Vegan or Vegetarian recipe)

This recipe is a nice healthier substitute for chicken nuggets.  I tend to make the cakes a big bigger, small-hand held size.  The dip is vegetarian, but you could omit it or make a vegan version (with vegan yoghurt and cream).

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 Cakes

  • 3 large or 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, chopped & steamed.  (I usually steam them in the morning then leave draining, covered in a colander to make into cakes and bake later).
  • Gluten-free flour (around 2 cups, varies on desired consistency )
  • 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (most contain fish however Henderson’s Relish is vegan, as is mushroom ketchup from Geo Watkins @ Waitrose)
  • 3 spring onions (finely chopped)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Coconut oil for frying (or olive oil)
  • Frying pan
  • Fish slice for turning
  • Bowl/ plate with lined with 2 pieces kitchen roll

 

 

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St Valentine’s chilli-chocolate hearts recipe! (Raw Vegan & Palm-oil free)

You will need:

  • heartsheart-shaped silicone moulds (recipe makes approx 24 chocs, so you can use two trays, or one and a regular ice cube tray)
  • A bain marie(or saucepan of hot water and heat-proof bowl) to melt cacao butter in
  • a balloon whisk

* ensure these are all washed and dry, as water can cause the ingredients to separate

  • 1 tsp organic chilli powder
  • 100g raw cacao butter
  • 6 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2-4  tbsp agave nectar
  • pinch of sea salt (helps to bring out the sweetness)

Method:

1. Place the pan with around ½ inch of water over a low heat.

2. Chop the raw cacao butter into small pieces and place in the heat-proof bowl

3. Place the bowl over the water and gently melt the cacao butter

4. Once cacao butter has melted, Add the remaining  ingredients to the bowl and mix well with the balloon whisk.  I      would add the sweetener and chilli sparingly and adjust to taste.  Remember the spiciness will increase on cooling, so don’t over do it :)

5. Melt the ingredients, blend well with the balloon whisk, tasting as you go :)

6. When all is melted, mix again and taste to ensure  you have the right level of sweetness.  Remove from heat.

7.  The consistency should be runny and smooth. Pour/ spoon the mix into the moulds.

8.  Leave in the freezer for 15-20 minutes or in the fridge for around 2 hours.

9. Once made, store in the fridge or freezer until ready to be enjoyed.

* Notes: if you don’t like spice, you could replace with vanilla, orange, or peppermint essences. You could also sprinkle the tops with nuts, seeds, spices, citrus peels or even add liquors such as orange or coffee.

If are making these bad boys for yourself, I recommend doing as I did, putting a bit of extra chilli in to limit your consumption to one at a time ;)

If you would like to read more about the issue of palm oil (which is in most commercial chocolates) please take a look here

Or here.

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Calcium-rich breakfast/ biscuit bars

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Calcium-rich breakfast/ biscuit bars

You will need:

  • 2 small bananas
  • 180g/2 cups raw porridge oats (I bought mine from Raw Living EU. But you could also use ordinary or steel-cut oat flakes)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (again, I used raw, cold pressed, organic, whole tahini, but any nut butter would do)
  • 2 tablespoons mixed seeds, ground (I used hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and flaxseed)
  • 4 tablespoons chopped dried fruit, I used raisins ( I added them in to the food processor after grinding the seeds, I got distracted and let it process too long, it still worked fine but the raisins were more than chopped!) if you don’t have a processor, buy ground seeds and chop the dried fruit by hand.
  • 1  tablespoon freshly squeezed Lemon juice
  • Pinch of Pink Himalayan salt (This makes it more sweet)
  • A shallow (preferably square, tin) roughly 24/15cm/ 9×6 inch square container lined with cling film or plastic wrap. (Make sure this fits in your freezer).

This was a really easy recipe, so easy I managed to get in done in toddler-attention span time, with my two little helpers :)

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Raw chocolate treats I made this week…

These two recipes go together.

Basically I was making a fudge cake for a party, but I couldn’t get all the fudge out of the blender.

You could use a food processor, or, as I did, make a  rich raw chocolate for adults, and then add milk and 2 bananas to the remaining fudge, to create a chocolate mix for iced-lollies.

This is also good use of the walnut milk, which is a by-product of the cake recipe, great!

The lollies contain very little cacao, so work well as healthy treats for young children.

I was in a hurry so unfortunately no photo :( (except for the kids enjoying the lollies!)

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Recipe yields:

6-8 iced lollies

4-6 adult portions of fudge cake

 

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Snowball sweets

imageMany years ago I spent a lot of time in the kitchen perfecting raw food desserts.  They are so easy to make and so delicious.

As winter closes in, we find ourselves indoors more often, thinking of comforting memories that revolve around feel-good foods.  It is therefore only natural that making desserts with children is a popular pastime at this time of year.

It drives me a little crazy when people think my kids miss out as I don’t buy chemical-laden biscuits, cakes and ice-creams.  I make all of the above for them, ones that taste and feel better than their DNA-changing counterparts, and this is one of those recipes.

It’s not all celery and hummus in a healthy diet :-)  Even though this recipe contain mineral-rich green powder, the balls do not taste and are not green, but look a  delicious chocolate-y colour.

These snowballs are also a great source of protein, iron, calcium and energy!  (more…)

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Chocolate-chip Cookie Dough Muffins

imageI love these muffins.

I have only ever made raw vegan desserts.  I find them, healthier, simpler and always tastier than any cooked alternative.  These muffins are no exception.

They are ever so simple to make and versatile (Scroll down for the recipe)!

I am quite the chocolate connoisseur, or addict, however you would like to word it :-)

Raw cacao is a controversial raw food.  Some swear by it, some say it is a drug and you are better off having organic, cooked, dark chocolate.

This is my personal experience.  Raw cacao contains anandamide.  According to wikipedia, Anandamide, also known as N-arachidonoylethanolamine or AEA, is an endogenous cannabinoid neurotransmitter. The name is taken from the Sanskrit word ananda, which means ‘bliss’ or ‘delight’

Chocolate is the only food to contain anandamide.  This ‘bliss chemical’ sets of feelings similar to a workout high or falling in love.

The below excerpt is taken from a great article at Natural News:

Cacao is derived from Theobroma Cacao beans, which literally means “Food of the Gods”. Cacao contains over 300 compounds including: protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium. Magnesium helps to build strong bones and is a muscle relaxant associated with feelings of calmness. Cacao is also high in sulfur, which helps form strong nails and hair. (more…)

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Natural whitening toothpaste recipe

My fridge

If you eat a predominantly plant-based diet, two things are likely to happen.

1) You will be eating smaller meals more frequently.

As this food is typically lower in calories (per gram) than animal-based foods, you will, most likely, be eating a higher volume of food on a fruits and vegetable based diet, therefore regular brushing is even more necessary.

Your teeth will not be getting as long a break to repair between meals, so it is important to have good dental hygiene to avoid the wearing away of enamel or gums.

2) You will likely naturally become averse to the taste and feel of harsh chemicals in your mouth, or, more sensitive to them.

Therefore I have been making my own toothpaste for a while now and following a diligent dental routine (with regular dentist check-ups to confirm to me I am doing the right things). (more…)

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Carrot slices/ rainbow slices

Rainbow slices: with beetroot, carrot, red and white cabbageThis is a recipe I have been meaning to write up for ages.

I make it for almost every weekend, or for long journeys.  So that where ever we go we have a healthy snack. breakfast/ lunch/ dinner that everyone loves.

Oats are full of B vitamins, so great for post-natal depression.

This is also quite a grounding, nourishing and fulfilling food to take on flights.

I used to make it on Sunday when the twins were at school, for packed lunch, and even the teachers asked for the recipe :)

Whenever anyone has smelled it cooking, or tasted some, they have asked for the recipe.  I have not yet met someone who hasn’t enjoyed it, so hope you will too!

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