Oatmeal season is here and I’m loving every minute. A hot, creamy bowl of oats is one of the most comforting, cosy breakfasts in the world they never get old. I’m snuggling up with a bowl and giant cup of coffee every morning. As apple season is in full swing, it seemed only right to create an Autumnal twist on my porridge with this classic, spiced apple pie oats! …
Are you a fan of moist, cinnamon infused cakes? What about sugar free, naturally coloured, creamy frosting? Well look no further friends, these cinnamon cupcakes with blackberry cashew frosting are here to bring a little Autumn magic into your life this September! …
There’s a couple of milkshake shops in my city and for years I’ve walked by them, glancing longingly at the extensive menu and wishing they’d have a change of heart and decide to go dairy free. You can get pretty much any sweet or chocolate you can think of blended up with ice cream or ice cold milk. As tempting as they look, I can’t stomach dairy or huge amounts of sugar any more, so I decided to create these super easy, delicious and secretly nutritous cookie dough milkshakes! …
Hey, friends! Happy first day of spring! Although you wouldn’t know it here. It’s about -9 degrees and set to be freezing for the rest of the week. I figured that these sub zero temperatures are a perfect time to share my favourite cinnamon roll recipe, I’m basically hibernating by my oven. A cup of coffee and a cinnamon bun is totally acceptable in this weather, don’t you think?
Fluffy, cinnamony and sweet, these beauties are a doddle to prepare and baking them in a cake tin makes them extra special. I added some chopped apple to the filling which is one of my favourite flavours with cinnamon, but feel free to leave it out if you’re a traditional cinnamon bun person.
Hey, friends! How’s November treating ya? Aside from the shorter days and chilly mornings, I think Autumn has so much to offer. An excuse to snuggle up under blankets, drink even more herbal teas and play with new seasonal ingredients, pumpkin being a favourite right now! These pumpkin spice muffins are gently spiced and warming, just the thing with a hot cuppa for breakfast. They’re also the perfect way to use up any pumpkin or squashes you have hanging around your pantry, I’m still working my way through the backlog.
I’ve used cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and allspice in these babies, but feel free to adjust the spices according to your taste, I just love any excuse to use all of them together. Nothing smells more seasonal to me than the smell of cardamom and nutmeg baking in the oven. They’re also made with spelt flour, which I’m diggin’ for it’s wholesome, subtle nutty flavour. If you find regular flour bloats you, give spelt a go, spelt gluten is water soluble and easily broken down by heat, so it’s easier to digest. It’s also packed with many nutrients, minerals and vitamins that you just don’t get in regular wheat flour.
I rarely see pumpkin puree in tins over here, so tend to make my own. I’ve included some instructions on how to make your own pumpkin puree below, if you make too much it’s great for adding to pancakes, oatmeal and pasta sauces, win win! Much better for the environment to make your own too.
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- 2½ cup spelt flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cardamom
- Pinch of ground cloves
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp allspice
- 5 tbsp vegan marg
- 1 cup light brown sugar/coconut sugar
- ¼ cup veg oil
- 1 cup pumpkin puree*
- 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax mixed with 5 tbsp water)
- ¾ cup buttermilk (3/4 cup soya milk and 1 tsp apple cider vinegar)
- Preheat oven to 190•c and line a 12 cup muffins tin with cake cases. In a large bowl, mix spelt flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, all spice and cloves.
- In a medium bowl beat together vegan margarine and coconut sugar until well combined, or cream together with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer. Make flax eggs and set aside for 2 minutes to thicken.To the margarine and sugar, add oil, pumpkin puree, flax eggs and vegan buttermilk. Mix well until smooth. Fold in the flour mix until just combined into a batter. Try not to overmix, or the muffins will be heavy.
- Fill each cake case ¾ full with the mixture and sprinkle on pumpkin and sesame seeds and extra coconut sugar if desired. Bake for 23-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely. Extra delicious served warm with a piping hot cup of tea, but keep well for up to 4 days in a tin.
Happy October, friends! It’s that time of year when I’m baking almost every day, it’s my favourite way to spend time indoors. These chai latté donuts are so delicious and moreish, plus they’re mini so you can get away with having a few at once. They’re frosted with a seriously creamy cashew icing, that’s refined sugar free but just as creamy and lush as you’d expect. I added some cacao to the mix, as I think it gives that rich latté flavour I was craving. Finished with a dusting of cinnamon and cacao, these little chai donuts are a joy to eat….
These jam tarts are sugar and gluten free and contain my favourite superfood, chia seeds. …
Granola is just one of those things I wish I’d started making years ago. It can be so expensive to buy and they are often laden with as much sugar and salt as regular cereals. I set about making my own after trying several recipes and I’m now sharing the result with you. Making your own granola means you can make it just how you like it, it’s fairly hard to go wrong! This recipe is super flexible, so if you don’t have any of the ingredients just stick with the same rough proportion of wet to dry ingredients and you can be sure to whip up your own exclusive batch of breakfast heaven. The most important thing to remember is not to break it up on the baking tray while cooking and to let it cool completely before smashing to pieces (I enjoy this bit). Granola is amazing with yoghurt, on top of oatmeal or just on its own! The perfect nutritious snack.
Chunky almond granola clusters
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup almonds
- 3/4 cup walnuts or pecans
- 1 cup dried fruit (I used cherries)
- 2 tbsp Organic Burst chia seeds (optional)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave
- Pinch of himalayan pink salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp Organic Burst maca powder (optional)
- Preheat oven to 140°C and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
- Blend almonds in a food processor into a rough crumb, leave chunkier for a crunchier granola. Add the almonds and oats to a large mixing bowl.
- Briefly pulse walnuts /pecans, just to break them up a little. Add to the mixing bowl.
- Add all other ingredients to mixing bowl, stirring really well until everything is coated evenly.
- Press the mixture down into a large flat piece of granola (almost like a flapjack) and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the granola around in the oven, don’t break it up (this is the key to clusters).
- Check again after 15 minutes and if it’s starting to brown around the edges, take it out. It should take no longer than another 20 minutes until it’s ready.
- Take out the oven and leave to cool completely before breaking into chunky clusters. Stores in an airtight jar for two weeks.
Everyone needs pancakes right? Or maybe it’s just me. I love the endless array of toppings you can use, plus they only take a few minutes to whip up. Perfect for a lazy Sunday morning or a post work out refuel. I’ve kept these gluten free, but feel free to sub the buckwheat for plain all purpose flour if that’s all you have. I’ve added cinnamon and maca powder to the dry ingredients. Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and is a powerful anti inflammatory. Did I also mention it tastes amazing in pancakes? I love it! Maca powder really energises me and has a powerful balancing effect. I like to have it when I have a big day ahead. It also has a slight caramel flavour, which lends itself perfectly to this recipe. The chocolate sauce is made with carob powder, which is even better for you than cacao, but much cheaper and has more of a rich, dark chocolatey flavour. It’s worth getting your hands on some if you can.
- 1 cup buckwheat flour*
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 2 tsp Organic Burst maca powder (optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 mashed banana
- 1 3/4 cup dairy free mylk (I used almond)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Juice of half a lemon
- Coconut oil (for frying)
- 2 tsp carob powder
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- Combine all wet ingredients apart from the coconut oil in a jug and add to dry mix. Stir until combined, try not to over mix. You want the mixture to be thick, but very pourable, I always do a little test pancake first and then add more liquid if needed.
- Heat your pan up to medium heat and add a dab of coconut oil. Spoon in half a ladel of batter into the pan and fry until bubbles appear all over. Turn over and cook on the other side. Keep in a warm oven until you’ve made all your pancakes.
- To make the chocolate sauce, just mix carob powder and maple syrup. Mix well with a fork until the mixture is smooth and glossy.
- Serve warmed pancakes with chocolate sauce, fresh fruit and more maple syrup!
*If you don’t have buckwheat flour (it can be expensive, I never buy it), just make your own from buckwheat groats. Simply grind buckwheat groats in your blender until they turn into flour, it only takes a couple of minutes!