Autumn spiced baked fig & apple yogurt bowl

This recipe is perfect for the autumn/winter times of year due to the warming spices that somehow manage to bring a sense of comfort to you when it’s cold outside. Not only that but the spices are great anti-inflammatory foods and contain beneficial antioxidants too, all great especially as people tend to feel a little run down in the colder months.

Autumn spiced baked fig & apple yogurt bowl Breakfast Lunch snack vegan

I’ve made this recipe a few times now and although it’s optional I really liked the addition of some cinnamon flaxseed from Linwoods, plus this helps to boost the beneficial omega 3 fat content (which can be increased further if you use an organic dairy yogurt).
Autumn spiced baked fig & apple yogurt bowl Breakfast Lunch snack vegan

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Cinnamon raisin cashew quinoa porridge

Normally I’m not a big fan of quinoa but to diversify my food I do like to include it in some recipes where possible but because I’m not overly fond of the flavour I do prefer it to be in a recipe that’s sweet or has a lot of flavour running through it which is why I chose this recipe. The juicy raisins plus sweet, fragrant cinnamon provide great flavour plus a generous helping of creamy cashew butter finishes it off nicely.

Cinnamon raisin cashew quinoa porridge Breakfast vegan

I used the Pip & nut cinnamon cashew butter for extra flavour but plain cashew butter works fine too.
I’ve also used the new Pip & nut almond coconut milk that has no thickeners/emulsifiers, I found it really pleasant and with no separation between the milk and water even though there are no emulsifiers used in it. Thumbs up for this milk!

Cinnamon raisin cashew quinoa porridge Breakfast vegan

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Low sugar creamy beet & baobab smoothie

I always try to balance out my smoothies with some greens such as spinach & good fats to balance out the sweet fruit but I’ve taken it one step further and created a smoothie recipe that is particularly low in sugar but still tasty and satisfying. This one is perfect for people who don’t like to use the sweeter fruits in smoothies.

Low sugar creamy beet & baobab smoothie Breakfast snack vegan

Sweet veggies!
The creaminess for this recipe comes from avocado, which not only provides good fats but also fibre, the natural sweetness comes from some cooked beetroot and some baobab powder. Veggies like carrots and beets are actually sweet but most people don’t notice this as their taste buds are very accumulated to highly processed sugary foods, but when you eat a raw carrot on its own you really notice how sweet it can be but they tend not to blend that well and beetroot is great for the liver but also for regulating blood pressure so I decided to use it instead.
I used the vacuum packed pre-cooked beetroots that you can now get in all supermarkets, just to make life easier.
The baobab also provides a mild citrusy sweetness without loads of sugar and gives you a decent dose of Vit C as well.
Tip: You can find baobab on the Aduna website, in Holland & Barrett stores or online at Amazon.

Give yourself time
If you’re still new to/adjusting to an eating pattern that’s real food based rather than your usual processed one then feel free to add some more baobab into the smoothie for flavour as you may need time for your taste buds to adjust to less sweetness.

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Garlic and cheese flax snacks AKA cracker surprise!

Initially, I allowed my mum to name these and she came up with “cracker surprise”, the surprise being that they aren’t crackers because they aren’t crispy, they’re softer than they look! But then I felt that flax snacks had a better ring to it and as they contain flaxseed it seemed like an appropriate name.

Garlic and cheese flax snacks AKA cracker surprise! Breakfast Lunch snack

These are a great savoury snack on their own as they have a lot of flavour from the cheese and garlic powder, however, feel free to top them with whatever you like, options that I like are some homemade spiced baked beans or tomato puree with chilli flakes.

Garlic and cheese flax snacks AKA cracker surprise! Breakfast Lunch snack

Eat plain or add desired toppings

Cooking note: Personally, where possible, with recipes that contain lots of seeds, I like to dehydrate them at a low temp to preserve as much nutrition and good fats as possible, plus this prevents the edges from burning which can happen quickly at higher temps.However, I’m aware that some people won’t have the time for this so I have also given another cooking temp and time for anyone who wants to cook them faster.

Garlic and cheese flax snacks AKA cracker surprise! Breakfast Lunch snack

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Chocolate chip banana avocado pancakes

This may seem like a strange combo but the banana and avocado in the pancake mix help to keep it really soft and moist even if it does have a slightly green tinge! Plus it’s a great way to get avocado into your diet without really noticing, making it a great recipe to use when introducing kids to avocado for the first time.

I used a wholegrain buckwheat flour for the mix which provides a gluten free source of fibre but the end result still remains light and soft because of the amount of moisture in the other ingredients and due to the baking powder, so don’t forget to add this.

Chocolate chip banana avocado pancakes Breakfast Dinner Lunch

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Protein cookie crumble nicecream with salted caramel sauce

The other day I really fancied making my nicecream (frozen banana icecream) a bit more indulgent and was also craving one of my cricket flour protein Sensbars, the peanut butter cinnamon is my favourite because of the taste and slightly crumbly texture which reminds me a little bit of a cookie, so I decided to crumble some of it through my nicecream to get a “cookie dough” effect and it was amazing!
Sens have also kindly given me a code to share with followers for 10% off any of their products and delivery is free, so try them out now as the code is only valid for 30 days (from 24th Aug). Code: DONTFRIG10

Protein cookie crumble nicecream with salted caramel sauce Breakfast Desserts snack
Bonus: I’m always trying to sneak veg into my meals where you won’t recognise it and this recipe worked a treat as there’s cauliflower in there but it’s mixed with such dominant flavours that you seriously can’t even tell it’s there (try it once and you’ll see).
There is also the option of making a salted caramel drizzle too if you have tahini (easily found in the world section of the supermarket) which contrasts really well with the sweet banana and rich protein bar.

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