Seriously hot Winter warming hot chocolate

This kickin’ hot chocolate recipe is just what you need to heat you up before you head out into the cold winter weather.
This recipe may sound strange at first but the combo of chilli and chocolate go so well together and lots of people enjoy it, it’s quite common in Mexico to add dark chocolate to homemade chilli, so give it a go and enjoy the warmth to counteract any dull winter weather.

Seriously hot Winter warming hot chocolate Desserts snack vegan

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Chocolate chip turmeric bean blondies

Anyone fancy healthy, flourless blondies? Did I mention that they’re made mostly of beans?
As they’re made with white beans to give them bulk you don’t need flour and it makes them higher in fibre and protein but also lower in calories than your typical blondies. I’ve also added some turmeric which not only helps with colour but adds some anti inflammatory goodness too.

These are also fairly light and because of their decent protein, fibre and healthy fat content they make a good pre-workout snack for anyone who may be heading to the gym after work but hasn’t eaten in a while.
What are you waiting for, tuck in!

Chocolate chip turmeric bean blondies Desserts snack

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Fudgey flourless peanut butter “hemp”tation brownies

Get it?
There isn’t temptation in these brownies but “hemp“tation due to the hemp based protein powder and hemp seed topping!

Fudgey flourless peanut butter "hemp"tation brownies Desserts snack vegan

Fudgey flourless peanut butter "hemp"tation brownies Desserts snack vegan

These are now one of my all time favourite brownies. they’re so fudgey, soft, and moist with a rich chocolate flavour but also filled with fibre and good fats PLUS there’s also some sneaky avocado in there too-win!!

Fudgey flourless peanut butter "hemp"tation brownies Desserts snack vegan

Soooo fudgey!

 

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Halloween pumpkin pie banana bread

Put that pumpkin flesh to good use this Halloween when all the carving is done.
This easy to make, naturally sweetened, nutritious, pumpkin pie spiced banana bread is such a great treat to whip up for the Halloween evening time meaning you get some proper food into you before indulging in some treats.

Halloween pumpkin pie banana bread Breakfast Desserts Lunch snack

Tip: You can use precooked canned pumpkin or squash if you want to make this at another time but don’t have any pumpkin-win!
For other pumpkin/squash recipes to use your leftovers in check out my:
spiced squash loaf cake
cashew butter squash flapjacks
mini pecan pumpkin pies

Halloween pumpkin pie banana bread Breakfast Desserts Lunch snack

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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 contentĀ (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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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 fruitĀ 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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