Here is a deliciously simple one to brighten up your mornings! A light, tasty yet very filling breakfast bowl of overnight oats, made lovingly with lucuma and cinnamon to sweeten your world up a little. Packed with health, Lucuma powder is made from the subtropical fruit of the Pouteria lucuma tree, which is native to Peru, Chile and Equador, and provides 14 essential trace elements, including a considerable amount of potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. It has a caramel-like flavour and is a great healthy way to naturally sweeten and flavour your dishes without raising your blood sugar levels. Added to the dish are chia seeds which will keep you full and hydrated. They contain calcium and phosphorous which promote bone health, fibre which promotes digestive health, omega 3 to reduce inflammation. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. They are high in protein and regulate insulin levels. So..... can you imagine a better way to start your day?!
Are you sick of buying ridiculously expensive granola that is laden with sugar and odd chemicals, and only has about 6 portions per box? Yeah... I was too. That's why I made THIS! It is super easy to make, super filling, super energising and most importantly: It's really, really yummy!! The first batch I made lasted less than two days due to the yumminess.
Once you try this I promise you won't go back to the shop bought type. I urge you, give it a go, you WILL love it!
So I'm back. I had the best 9 weeks of my life in Asia (Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam. We meant to go to Laos but ran out of time!) and am aching to go back. Of all the places we went, it was Northern Thailand that was my very favourite. It felt like a spiritual home and I miss Chiang Mai with all my heart!! Before I went away I assumed that I would lose lots of weight and waste away into nothingness, being a gluten free vegan and all. As it happened that wasn't the case at all. We ate like KINGS there! Happy Cow was our best friend, and being that much of Asia is Buddhist, there were tons of vegan restaurants around, and not just for tourists/westerners. We found many local vegan restaurants, where there was no menu or English spoken, and it was a case of pointing and smiling at what you wanted piled onto your massive portion of rice. The food was really incredible and we didn't feel like we were going without at all, which was totally unexpected! I did two cooking classes while I was out there, one in Vietnam and one in Thailand, and now I am back and armed with some great new recipes to share with you! Here are a few to drool over. Apologies for the photography, my camera lens got a bit dirty out there!
So this is what I had for lunch. Since the coconut and cinnamon muffins, I have still not been shopping, so am in the lazy process of creating meals from whatever I can find in my cupboards or at the back of the fridge. One thing I do always have a full stock of however, is a large collection of spices, herbs and seasonings. I really have everything, from Chinese and Thai spices, to every Indian spice you can think of. Inbetween all of those, I have Jamaican seasonings, Japanese, French, Italian....you get the picture. I also have a separate section for sweeter spices such as the obligatory cinnamon, nutmet, allspice, cloves etc. Then in the other cupboard I have the health boosting goodies, so the wheatgrass, spirulina, hemp protein, maca, chia seeds, lucuma, raw cacao powder, cacao nibs, milled flaxseed, seeds and nuts etc. What is the point in me telling you all of this? Well, it's to show that as long as you have all the right seasonings, herbs, spices and whatnot, you can create lush vegan feasts with very few ingredients. This is what I have been doing for the last couple of lazy days, as I gradually run out of food in the house. As you can see, I have not gone hungry in the slightest!! With a bit of imagination and a store cupboard full of herbs and spices, I have created this Moroccan inspired chickpea and lentil stew, and it's mighty good!
I just made these. Like, literally just now. You can tell that because the chocolate drizzle hasn't even set properly which you can see from the photo. I couldn't wait for it to set. The reason I couldn't wait for it to set is because I have now scoffed 4 of them, and I didn't want to have to wait any longer before I stuffed my face!! I usually have far more patience than that. Bad Leah. Anyway, the reason I have just eaten 4 in a row is because they are REALLY GOOD!!
I had a hankering for something sweet. Thought about what ingredients I had in the house (not an awful lot at the moment, I've been far too lazy to go shopping) and conjured up a coconut based dream in my head!! Being gluten free, I used a mixture of coconut flour and brown rice flour for these, and what did I bind them with? That's right! My old trusty friend the banana!! Well, two bananas to be more exact. I had no idea how they were going to turn out, but from the smells coming from the oven, I knew something magical was happening.