Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Shake Recipe

Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Shake Recipe

The August Bank Holiday this year was a gorgeous hot one! After my teaching was done for the day I was craving an ice cold milkshake, so when I got home that’s exactly what I had 😀  I decided to make this with stuff I had in the cupboard/fridge, as you do… The final result tasted delicious, so I am sharing this with you in case you fancy giving it a try. Here’s the recipe for my Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Shake:

– 1 cup milk (I used coconut milk)

– Half a frozen banana

– 1 tbsp That Protein Blissful Brown Rice & Raw Cacao Super Protein* (or substitute with cacao powder if you don’t have this, to keep the chocolatey taste)

– Half tbsp maca powder

– Half tbsp chia seeds

– 1 tsp peanut butter

– Ice cubes

Simply add all the ingredients to a blender and blend away.

Enjoy! 😀

(*NB – this post is not sponsored – That Protein is a product I enjoy using and recommend if you are looking for a good quality plant-based protein.)

Grain-Free Porridge Recipe

Grain-Free Porridge Recipe

Since the cold weather, I’ve really been enjoying this warming grain-free ‘porridge’ – this recipe started as an experiment but actually turned out quite well! Unlike oats this keeps me full up to (in fact, often beyond!) lunchtime and not craving sugar later on in the day (I also wanted a change from eggs – my usual go-to). If you fancy giving it a try here’s how I make it but feel free to experiment:

1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp milled flaxseeds (but you can also use whole)
2 tsps dessicated coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup milk (I’ve been using unsweetened almond milk)

Put all the ingredients in a pan, stir and bring to the boil. Simmer until desired consistency is reached – this won’t take long at all! I like a thick porridge but if you want a thinner consistency just stir in more milk while simmering.

Here I’ve topped mine with half a banana and some raspberries I had in the freezer and warmed through.

Enjoy! 😀

 

Cacao Smoothie Bowl

Cacao Smoothie Bowl

A Cooling Recipe for Summer

Try this tasty Cacao Smoothie Bowl

Try this tasty Cacao Smoothie Bowl

Since we’ve been having some proper summer weather recently (something that’s never guaranteed in the UK!), I’ve been enjoying having smoothie bowls for breakfast.

Inspired by @wellbeingsarah who posted a recipe on her Instagram I tried this cacao smoothie bowl and it has become a real favourite.

If you’d like to try this for yourself, then blend spinach, frozen banana, avocado, raw cacao power and milk (I used almond milk) together to your desired consistency. I’ve also added a greens power to mine or you could add a scoop of protein powder.

(The addition of frozen banana makes this very cooling which has been especially welcome on hot days!)

Complete your smoothie bowl with toppings of your choice and enjoy! 😀

Dessert for Breakfast?

Rosemary, Apple & Pear Crumble

This quick, easy dessert recipe from Honestly Healthy works just as well as at breakfast time. The addition of rosemary adds a lovely flavour too. Ever since a friend kindly gave me the Honestly Healthy cookbook as a present last year I’ve enjoyed experimenting with their various recipes.

You can find the recipe for Rosemary and Apple crumble here at the Honestly Healthy website. As I didn’t have coconut flour I tweaked my crumble topping (pictured, left) by swapping porridge oats for ground almonds and mixed those with some coconut oil and coconut sugar. I found this worked just as well, and importantly, still tasted delicious! 🙂 I like mine served with coconut milk yoghurt.

Give it a try for yourself. Enjoy!

Creamy Banana Buckwheat Porridge

Creamy Banana Buckwheat Porridge

As the Winter sets in there are few things better than a warming bowl of porridge.

If you’re a fan of porridge too, then you’ve no doubt tried all sorts of combinations to boost your porridge bowl. One of my current favourite things is to stir in some coconut oil for extra richness and a burst of healthy good fats. I’m also enjoying this Creamy Banana Buckwheat Porridge recipe from Deliciously Ella‘s fantastic blog. So simple, speedy and tasty. Also, if you are avoiding gluten and grains, with this recipe you can have your porridge and eat it too 🙂 In fact, if you are following a gluten-free diet and you’ve not checked out Deliciously Ella’s website and blog already, then I’d highly recommend it for lots of fantastic recipes and ideas.