Energy balls – also known as bliss balls or energy bites – are one of my all-time favourite snacks that I regularly prep in advance. Besides taking them to work as a pick-me-up I also have them for a quick breakfast sometimes, along with a cup of hot matcha milk.Continue reading “Cinnamon Raisin Energy Balls”
It’s time for another seriously chocolatey recipe. I present to you a ridiculously easy and wonderfully satisfying vegan chocolate cream (it’s almost mousse-like), perfectly paired with a raw, oat-based cacao crust. Both elements require minimal ingredients and are so easy to whip up. This may well be one of my favourite recipes I’ve made (of course it had to be a chocolate one).
Double Chocolate Cream Tarts
Makes: 3 small tarts (each serving 1-2 people)
Ingredients: Tart base
- 75g oats, ground into a flour
- 15g cacao powder (ca. 2 tbsp)
- 10g ground flaxseeds (ca. 1 tbsp)
- 2.5 tbsp soft coconut oil (I use a neutral one; melted cacao butter should also work)
- 2 tbsp maple syup
- pinch of salt
Ingredients: Chocolate cream:
- 115g silken tofu (drain the water from the package; further pat dry with a kitchen towel if necessary);
- 2.5 tbsp cacao powder
- 2.5 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp peanut butter (ideally a thick, spreadable texture – the less runny it is the more firm the cream will be)
- pinch of salt
- optional: fresh or frozen raspberries and hemp seeds to decorate; you could also use edible flower petals or toasted nuts.
- For the base combine all ingredients (ground oats, cacao powder, ground flaxseeds, coconut oil, maple syrup and salt) in a bowl until there are no dry bits.
- Divide the mixture into three mini pie dishes and, starting from the base and working your way up to the sides, press it down to form an equal layer covering the inside of the dishes. If your dishes do not allow for an easy removal you may want to line them with cling film to avoid a crumbly crisis later. Once done place the dishes in the fridge. If you do not have pie dishes you could try using a muffin tray.
- For the chocolate cream simply blend together all ingredients (silken tofu, cacao powder, maple syrup, peanut butter and salt).
- Remove the tart dishes from the fridge and evenly distribute the chocolate mousse among them. Optional: Feel free to add a jam or peanut butter layer first, if desired. I found them perfectly indulgent just as they are, but depending on my mood I may try variations in the future. Top with any desired toppings. I simply crumbled some frozen raspberries on top and added some hemp seeds.
- Place back in the fridge until ready to eat.
Note: You can also use the cream as a frosting for muffins or (cup-)cakes. I recently made my chocolate sponge cake into muffins and sliced them in half after they had cooled. I spread chocolate cream onto the bottom part and iced the muffin top with it, adding some fresh raspberries for the final touch – definitely another combo I can highly recommend!
Feel free to tag @blueberrysmiles22 if you share your creations on Instagram, so I can share in the joy 🙂
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This recipe combines all the fun of cute and colourful donuts with the respectability of a wholesome, nutritious breakfast. The oaty base is the donut-version of baked porridge, sweetened largely by applesauce and fragrant from the vanilla. The silky cashew butter-based icing is where the party’s at, due to the punchy colours and flavours. I’ve started with three (berry, matcha and saffron-turmeric), but might expand the range by a chocolatey-/peanutty version. The icing is also pretty wholesome, with only a splash of maple syrup as added sweetener and no artificial colouring or flavouring. A true feel-good breakfast bake that takes ca. 30 min to prepare and bake.Continue reading “Mini Vegan Breakfast Donuts”
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The inspiration – and by that I mean the urgent trigger – for these muffins were the overripe bananas that I’d subliminally assumed my boyfriend would eat and could suddenly ignore no longer. I had to act.
The result: these incredibly easy, nourishing and versatile muffins that kept me going in the afternoons and provided an easy breakfast option – plain or sometimes with a dollop of peanut butter.Continue reading “Banana nut muffins”
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