Monday, 27 July 2015

Coconut Breakfast Loaf With Homemade Nutella (Paleo)


As someone with a huge sweet tooth, sometimes eggs and salmon just don't quite cut it for breakfast.

Let's face it, who hasn't woken up craving cake for breakfast?

This Coconut Breakfast Loaf (served with my favourite homamde Nutella) is the perfect solution. Not too sweet for first thing, but just sweet enough to satisfy those cravings, it makes a wonderful breakfast when all you want is a little bit of a treat.

Homemade nutella

Lovely and moist, yet totally gluten and refined-sugar free, I adore this loaf. And it tastes so decadent spread with Nutella! I also love it with homemade jams (raspberry chia jam is a particular favourite), and even plain.

What do you like to eat for a sweet breakfast?

Sam x

COCONUT BREAKFAST LOAF WITH HOMEMADE NUTELLA


coconut loaf cake

Ingredients:
For the loaf cake -
1.5 cups almond flour
1 1/4 cup coconut milk
1 cup dessicated coconut
1/3 cup coconut flour
4 eggs
4 tbsp maple syrup or honey
2 tbsp Lucy Bee coconut oil, melted
Zest and juice of half an orange
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp vanilla extract

For the nutella recipe click here

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 180C, then grease and line a loaf tin. Blitz together the ingredients until smooth, then pour into the prepared tin. Bake in the oven for 50 - 60 minutes (stopping to cover with baking paper half-way through if browning too quickly), or until cooked through. Leave to cool.

2) In the meantime, make your homemade nutella and set aside.

3) Slice the cake, spread with huge dollops of nutella and enjoy!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

No-Bake Chocolate Raspberry Torte (Vegan, Gluten-Free)


My obsession with coconut cream knows no bounds.

From serving it with fresh fruit and berries (who needs strawberries and cream?) to using alongside granola or in homemade mousses, I adore this easy peasy creation.

Earlier this week I thought I'd have an experiment and use it as a tart filling - and, boy, am I glad I did! This No-Bake Chocolate Raspberry Torte is incredible. Rich, velvety and a chocoholic's dream, it's a surefire winner.

gluten-free chocolate raspberry tart

Made dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free, this tart is suitable for pretty much everyone under the sun. And, let me tell you, sticky, messy hands from toddlers and babies will be diving right in too!

Packed with good fats from nuts and coconut milk, this tart is incredibly filling and will satisfy even the deepest chocolate craving. I sweetened mine with fruit, but you can add a little more sweetener or sugar too if you fancy - it just depends on how dark your chocolate to be! 

Paleo chocolate raspberry tart

Anyway, for a dessert so simple, this pud has rocketed to the top of my dinner party showstoppers. Or - if you're anything like me - it's good enough for making just for breakfast!

vegan chocolate raspberry tart

Enjoy making (and eating),

Sam x

NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY TORTE

vegan chocolate raspberry torte

Ingredients:
For the crust -
2 cups almond flour
1/4 cup - 1/2 cup That Protein cacao powder
1/4 cup Creative Nature cacao
4 tbsp Lucy Bee coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp hazelnut butter (I like Meridian)
2 tbsp coconut nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch sea salt

For the filling -
300ml tinned coconut milk
200g dark chocolate of choice, vegan if needed (I like Lindt 99%), chopped.
4 tbsp Jim Jams raspberry jam spread (or use raspberry puree)
1 tbsp stevia (optional)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp fresh espresso
Small pinch sea salt

1 punnet fresh raspberries

Method:

1) Make your crust by stirring all ingredients together until combined and sticking together. If the mixture feels a little too sticky, add the extra protein or some more cacao / almond flour. If it's too dry, a touch more coconut oil will do!

2) Press the crust mixture into a greased pie dish, pressing along the sides. Place in the fridge to set and firm.

3) In the meantime, heat the coconut milk in a pan until boiling. Throw in the chopped dark chocolate and stir until smooth and melted. Stir through the raspberry jam, vanilla, espresso and salt and taste - if it tastes a little too bitter for your liking, add the stevia and give a good stir.

4) Pour the chocolate mix into the pie dish, then scatter over the fresh raspberries. Place back in the fridge to firm up (the filling will become like cream cheese in texture) for a few hours, or overnight, then cut into slices and serve.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Pre-Fall With VideDressing


From the chunky, rollneck knits to the suede knee boots, teddy bear coats and oversized totes, I adore Autumn fashion.

As the pre-Fall collections start to drop into shops (hurrah!), I almost find myself wistfully wishing for cooler weather. Pulling on a pair of knee-high boots just seems so much sexier, so much more glamorous - and flattering - than a thin maxi dress.

Late in the summer, I always find myself starting moodboards for pre-Fall. This year, I'm all about the suede midi skirts, the statement knits (again), the traveller-inspired prints, knee boots and a whole lot of fringing.


I'm always lured into buying high-end designers - their knits just seem so much more fluffy! - when I don't necessarily have the budget. Which is why I can't wait to do this year's shopping on Videdressing - an accessible, affordable second hand luxury clothing site.

An online Aladdin's cave of vintage and second-hand (sometimes new) designer clothing, this is a dream for fashionistas on a budget. Take your pick from ultra-luxe, glamorous Chanel and Hermes, or invest in a little downtown cool with Acne, Alexander Wang or Rag and Bone.



If you're looking for something to really add sparkle to your wardrobe, then the certified luxury section of Vide is utterly tempting. As a sunglasses fan (needed when you have two young children), I adore the Miu Miu shades, while some of the handbags are to die for.

Teresa and I are both HUGE fans of gorgeous bags, so it seems a no-brainer that we fell straight in love with Vide's handbag section.  While a Hermes may still be out of reach, I'm determined to save those pennies for a Givenchy or Saint Laurent to swish on my arm.

What would you shop for on Vide?

Sam x

*Please note, this is a sponsored post

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Chocolate Hazelnut Donuts (Paleo)


Is there anyone in the world who doesn't love a perfect donut (doughnut?)

Not just the food of choice of Homer Simpson, these are one of my all-time favourite treats. Give me a Krispy Kreme (glazed, incase you're asking. Or perhaps filled with jam) any day of the week, and I'll be a happy lady.

When the lovely Jim Jams (inventors of an incredible sugar-free Nutella-esque chocolate spread) sent me some of their products to try, I hopped straight to it and decided to make these healthier Chocolate Hazelnut Donuts. 

Paleo chocolate donuts

I mean, how tempting do these look? Made using coconut flour, these beauties are full of flavour, but are also paleo and gluten-free. Incredibly low-carb for a donut and something so cakey and satisfying, too! 

Have you ever tried to make healthier donuts?

Sam x

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT DONUTS

paleo chocolate hazelnut donuts

Ingredients:
(Makes 6)
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/3 cup cacao
1/4 tsp bicarbonate soda
4 eggs
3 heaped tbsp Jim Jams chocolate hazelnut spread
1/3 cup Lucy Bee coconut oil, melted
3.5 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping:
80g melted dark chocolate
1.5 tsp Lucy Bee coconut
1 tsp Jim Jams chocolate hazelnut spread

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 180C, then grease a donut tin with a little coconut oil or butter. Stir together the dry ingredients in a bowl until combined. Blitz the wet ingredients in a food processor, then slowly tip in the dry ones and blend until mixed. 

2) Spoon the batter into the doughnut tins so that they are just over half-way full. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until cooked through. Leave to cool.

3) Once the donuts are cooled, mix together the topping ingredients then drizzle over each ring. Scatter over sprinkles, if desired, then serve and enjoy!



Monday, 13 July 2015

Aubergine "Meatballs" With Gluten-Free Spaghetti (Vegan)


Meat-lovers, fret not: these delicious vegan meatballs are the bees knees.

Super cheap to make, incredibly filling and immensely tasty, these Aubergine Meatballs (served with my favourite Rizopia gluten-free spaghetti) are the perfect Meatless Monday wonder.




Adapted from a wonderful Abel and Cole recipe, these were a huge hit in my house, and taste delicious with a rich, homemade tomato sauce. I promise you won't miss the meat!

Sam x

AUBERGINE "MEATBALLS" WITH GLUTEN-FREE SPAGHETTI

Ingredients:
(Serves 2)
1 aubergine, diced
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Juice and zest of one lemon
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp mixed herbs
Handful fresh basil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1.5 slices rye bread, ground into crumbs

300g Rizopia spaghetti, cooked to instructions

For the sauce:
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
1/2 vegetable stock cube
1 tsp coconom coconut sugar
Squirt lemon juice
Handful fresh basil
1/2 glass red wine (optional)

Method:

1) Make your meatballs by gently frying the onions, garlic and aubergine, along with the chilli and mixed herbs, until starting to colour. Season with plenty of salt and pepper, then add the lemon juice and zest.

2) Tip into a food processor with the remaining meatball ingredients and blitz smooth. Stop to shape into "meatballs" (if the mix is too wet, add a little more bread. Too dry and a splash of oil should do), then place in the fridge for 15 minutes to firm up a little.

3) In the meantime, start by cooking your sauce. Heat some oil in a pan and fry the garlic for a minute or so. Add in the remaining ingredients - except the basil - give a good stir, and leave to simmer for 5 - 15 minutes, or until rich in taste and reduced. Stir in your basil.

4) Cook your spaghetti according to packet instructions, then fry your meatballs in oil in a pan until golden and brown on each side. Serve on a bed of spaghetti, with heaps of tomato sauce and fresh basil scattered over. Enjoy!


Saturday, 11 July 2015

Raspberry & Lemon Poppyseed Protein Muffins (Gluten-Free)


Lemon and poppyseed muffins have always been one of my guilty pleasures.

It sounds weird, given that so many others would opt for double chocolate, or something a little more...well...exciting. But, there you go. I love anything with fruity, simple flavours. 

Way back when, I used to always stop by at my favourite coffee shop to pick up my favourite lemon muffins. These muffins were special because they were stuffed inside with the gooiest, tastiest raspberry jam - and I've been craving them ever since.

These Raspberry & Lemon Poppyseed Protein Muffins are my cleaner, healthier ode to those beauties. These are gluten-free, paleo and simple as can be, but they taste incredible.

Gluten-free lemon poppyseed muffins

Made using my favourite Jim Jams raspberry jam (very low in sugar), these have become a firm favourite in my house.

Enjoy!

Sam x


RASPBERRY & LEMON POPPYSEED PROTEIN MUFFINS

Ingredients:
(Makes 12)
1.5 cups almond flour
0.5 cups protein powder, vanilla or lemon flavoured
3/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup stevia
3/4 cup Lucy Bee coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup almond milk
4 eggs
Zest and juice of one lemon
1 tsp lemon flavouring
2 tbsp poppyseeds
12 tsp Jim Jams raspberry jam


Method:
1) Line a muffin tin with 12 liners, then preheat the oven to 180C. Sift together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then set aside.

2) Blitz together the sugars with the coconut oil and eggs for a couple of minutes, then blend in the almond milk, lemon zest and juice and flavouring. Stir in the dry ingredients until combined, then fold in the poppyseeds.

3) Spoon a tablespoon or so of mixture into each muffin case, then add a teaspoon of jam to each. Cover with the remaining muffin mix, then bake for around 20 minutes, or until golden. Leave to cool, then enjoy!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Homemade Cashew & Almond Yoghurt (Dairy-Free, Paleo)


On a hot summer's morning, I love waking up and tucking into a bowl of granola and yoghurt. I love the combination of two, of how light yet satisfying it all tastes.

However, sometimes I do struggle with a mild dairy intolerance. When this pops up (usually when I'm stressed or over-worked - hey, 90% of the time!), I have to ditch my beloved Total Greek and resort to other options, such as Co-Yo, instead.

On the days I don't have Co-Yo in the fridge, this Homemade Cashew & Almond Yoghurt is a delicious alternative. Creamy, sweet and so versatile. I love dishing mine up with fresh berries, or straight-from-the-oven homemade granola. Plus, nuts are packed full of healthy fats and proteins - perfect for starting the day with!

Sam x

HOMEMADE CASHEW & ALMOND YOGHURT

cashew yoghurt recipe

Ingredients:
3/4 cup almonds, soaked overnight
3/4 cup cashews, soaked overnight
1 1/2 - 2 cups water
2.5 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Method:
1) Drain the soaked cashews, then toss them into a high-powered blender with the other ingredients and blitz until smooth and a yoghurt-like texture. If desired, add a little more water.

2) Pour into a bowl, then place in the fridge to cool. Once ready to eat, top with deliciousness (I love mine with berries) and enjoy!


Thursday, 2 July 2015

Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies (Paleo, No-Bake)



It's no secret that I love Nutella. In fact, scroll through our blog archives, and I'm sure you can find thousands of posts detailing my love of the chocolatey goodness, as well as recipes too.

When the lovely people at Jim Jams sent me their no-added sugar Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, it was instant love. Even the toddler (the fussiest of children) agrees with me, and will often be seen wandering around, chocolate spread smeared across his face.

Anyway, who needs Nutella when you have this healthier pot of goodness? Using the amazing Jim Jams spread, I thought I'd whip up some fast and easy Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies to enjoy mid-afternoon.

Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

These little bites of heaven are insanely moreish and really help with chocolate cravings. However, they are completely natural, paleo and gluten-free - and pretty much anyone can make them!

I hope you enjoy them as much as my house did,

Sam x

RAW CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT BROWNIES


Raw chocolate brownies

Ingredients:
1 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup Lucy Bee coconut oil, softened
1/2 cup cacao
2 tbsp Jim Jams chocolate hazelnut spread
1 tbsp Naturya organic blends chocolate
Pinch sea salt
Pinch stevia

Method:
1) Blitz the hazelnuts in a high-powered blender until they start to stick together. Add the dates, cacao and sea salt and stevia and process some more.

2) While the blender is still going, add in the coconut oil and hazelnut spread, then blitz on high until you get the texture you desire. Spoon into a lined loaf tin, pressing down tightly, then place in the freezer to set for an hour, before transferring to the fridge.

3) Once ready to eat, cut into squares and enjoy.



Method:

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Socca Pizzas (Gluten-Free, Paleo)


This post needs no introduction, really. Except to say that Socca Pizzas are utterly INCREDIBLE.

Say goodbye to cauliflower pizzas because, seriously, these will blow your mind!

Socca Pizza recipe

Made completely gluten-free and Paleo (high-protein, too!) using chickpea flour, these delicious pizzas are about as natural and unprocessed as they come. Plus, you have all the benefits that go with not using stinky cauliflower in your house!

You can top these however you fancy, making them as indulgent or as simple and healthy as you like.

Enjoy,
Sam

SOCCA PIZZAS 

Socca Pizzas

Ingredients:
(Serves 2 large pizzas)

For the dough:
1 cups chickpea (gram) flour
1 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
1 tsp (or less, if you don't like spice!) chilli flakes
1/4 tsp sea salt

For the topping: Whatever you fancy! (I used homemade tomato puree, ricotta, spinach, tomatoes, red onion and prosciutto ham)

Method:

1) In a large bowl, mix together the dough ingredients until smooth and lump-free, then allow to sit at room temperature for around one hour.

2) Preheat the oven to 180C, then lightly oil a frying pan until red hot. Pour half of the mixture into the pan and heat for a few minutes until the edges are browning and you can toss it over. Repeat on the other side.

3) Set aside your cooked pizza base, then repeat with the remaining chickpea batter.

4) Once each base has cooled to allow you to add your toppings, go wild! Throw on whatever takes your fancy, or simply toss on your favourite pizza toppings (I love spinach, ricotta and prosciutto ham).

5) Place on baking trays and bake in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes, or until crisp and cheese (if using) has melted. Serve and enjoy!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Latest High Street Edit - 60 Top Fashion Picks


Hello ladies, you are in for one heck of a treat today!

If you still haven't bought your holiday wardrobe then fear not, there are some beauties amongst the hitlist this week. And if you are not off to warmer climes then there has been some seriously stunning coats hitting the shops ready for Autumn season; some of which we have included below.

Oh and we can assure you, you are going to drool over the most amazing pair of flats we have ever seen! You may as well grab your credit card now and be ready to make your purchase. There's no way you can scroll past them without needing them in your life immediately.

Don't forget, you can click on any pic and it will take you direct to the item on the shop's website so you can take a closer look. We do like to make life easy for you.

Feast your eyes on the latest fashion picks....


TOPSHOP


green white stripe dress,
Side split maxi dress by Love, £38
blue camisole silver strap
Satin camisole by Goldie, £35
topshop boutique skirt, hawaiien print skirt,
Hawaii print jacquard skirt by Boutique, £90
red love jumpsuit, red off shoulder jumpsuit,
Cold shoulder jumpsuit by Love, £45
pink cross strap dress, pale pink halter dress, love halter neck dress,
Halterneck pencil dress by Love, (image is of back) £34
topshop green coat, bottle green coat,
Slim pocket coat, £59
coral playsuit, v neck playsuit, lace hem playsuit,
Lace front playsuit, £48
hawaii shirt dress,
Hawaii silk shirt dress by Boutique, £85
black crop lace tee, black crop lace top,
Lace insert tee, £29
white frill top dress, white tencel dress, white bardot dress,
Tencel bardot dress, £36
khaki summer dress, khaki sun dress, khaki frill dress, khaki bardot dress,
Tencel bardot dress, £36
pink flower frill dress,
Floral print ruffle dress, £48
green suede coat, topshop suede coat,
Suede duster jacket, £250
white yellow swimsuit, cage swimsuit, oh my love swimsuit, deep plunge white swimsuit,
Deep plunge cage back swimsuit by Oh My Love, £38
red flower appliqué dress, red floral dress, topshop red floral dress,
Floral lace A-line dress, £100
black tassel top, black fringed top, black tassel front top, black top religion,
Glow tee by Religion, £55
grey fringe dress, grey maxi fringe dress grey tassel dress,
Sleeveless fringe dress, £30
navy shirt  jumpsuit, navy utility suit,
Utility jumpsuit, (other colours available) £55
topshop yellow trousers, mustard trousers cropped,
Cropped trousers £40
70s style trenchcoat, 70s style mac, belted duster coat, beige trenchcoat, topshop trenchcoat, belted trenchoat,
70s belted duster coat, £79
striped maxi shirt dress, maxi shirt dress, maxi dress jovonna,
Stripe maxi dress by Jovonna, £65
leopard fur coat,
Faux fur animal swing coat, £89
grey shirt dress
Drawstring utility shirt dress, £40
suede strap ankle flats, tan ankle tie flats, suede ankle tie flats, tan suede flats, kaiser tie flats,
Kaiser ankle tie shoes, £56

ASOS


coral asos dress, coral midi dress,
Orange cupro pencil dress, £55
selected shirt dress, square shirt dress,
Selected riley shirt dress, £70
gestuz black midi dress, gestuz body con dress,
Gestuz Ellie dress, £100
Ganni black midi dress, ganni black neck dress,
Ganni midi dress in texture with deep plunge, £135
white plunge dress,
Splice shoulder drape dress, (also comes in red) £48
warehouse navy gold dress, gold detail shoulder dress,
Embellished sleeved midi dress, £80
silver sequin dress, sequin midi dress, river island grey sequin dress,
Premium embellished kimono dress, £85
pimkie khaki jacket, pimkie jacket, pimkie coat, khaki short coat, khaki short jacket,
Pimkie utility jacket, £31.99
red cropped jumpsuit, new look red jumpsuit,
New Look culotte bandeau jumpsuit, £19.99
beige culotte jumpsuit,
Tailored wrap jumpsuit with midi leg, £45
suede shirt dress, laden showroom dress,
The Laden Showroom absence of colour suede dress, £175
milk it blue dress, vintage high neck blue dress, milk it vintage dress,
Milk It vintage high neck 70s mini dress in paisley floral, £42
2nd day white maxi dress, 2nd day maxi dress, square print maxi dress,
2nd Day maxi dress in mesh square print, £120
black beach dress, gold necklace black dress,
Gold necklace jersey beach dress, £26
red cold shoulder dress, orange cold shoulder dress, open shoulder dress,
Dress in rib with cold shoulder, £38
orange suede bag, orange suede tassel bag, suede fringed clutch bag, fringed clutch,
Suede fringed clutch bag, £28
daisy street ankle boots, beige ankle boots,
Daisy Street taupe ankle boots, £27.99

RIVER ISLAND


mustard cardigan river island, yellow cardigan, yellow cardigan river island, mustard cardigan,
Slouchy textured cardigan, £35
river island denim dress,
Denim shirt dress, £40
high neck top river island, high neck jumper, orange high neck jumper,
Textured high neck jumper, £35
black cheesecloth dress, river island black maxi dress, black bardot maxi dress,
Cheesecloth Bardot maxi dress, £35
yellow embroidered vest, yellow button vest, mustard embroidered cami,
Embroidered cami, £24

& OTHER STORIES


stories white cardigan, alpaca white cardigan, white wool cardigan,
Wool-blend cardigan, £79
t back black dress, black maxi dress stories, maxi dress with pockets,
T-back maxi dress, £69
white dice dress, dice print dress,
Elastic waist dice dress, £55

ZARA


zara denim jacket,
Denim jacket, £29.99
zara suede cardigan, zara tassel jacket, zara fringed jacket,
Fringed jacket, £39.99
zara lace dress, zara yellow lace dress, zara lemon lace dress, lemon lace dress,
Lace dress, £39.99
zara dungarees,
Denim dungarees, £39.99

MISS SELFRIDGE


pink suede skirt, pink midi skirt, pink suede midi skirt, selfridge pink skirt, pale pink midi skirt, pink box pleat skirt,
Suede midi skirt, £85
maroon suede skirt, burgundy suede skirt, selfridge red suede skirt,
Suede skater skirt, £65

FINERY LONDON


finery orange flower dress, orange floral dress,
Ellington garland print cami dress, £59

DOROTHY PERKINS


dorothy perkins tan wedges, tan wood wedges,
Tan leather wedges, £35
paisley dress, pinafore dress black white,
Paisley pinafore dress, £25
navy waisted dress, navy t-shirt dress, navy midi dress, navy casual dress,
Navy t-shirt midi dress, £15

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