Choc Chip and Banana Chocolate Mousse (secretly healthy & vegan)

Choc chip and banana chocolate mousse. A luxurious chocolate mousse that is made in seconds. It's low in fat and calories as well as full of good stuff. This will becomes your go-to quick dessert and there's no guilt attached.


Chocolate Mousse. That can't be healthy right?

It can the way I make it. Only three ingredients too. Bananas, silken tofu and cocoa powder. That's it!

A rich indulgent chocolate mousse that's good for you. Although I do admit I added some dark chocolate chips for a change this time, but you could leave those out if you like..

This luxurious mousse is made in minutes, then you just pour it into glasses and pop it in the fridge to chill until you're ready to serve it.

  related - Chocolate Caramel Tart (vegan, dairy-free, vegetarian)  

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Beet Salad Lunch Wrap (vegan)

A salad wrap with a powerhouse of flavours and textures including pickled baby beets, sundried tomatoes and pesto

A salad wrap with a powerhouse of flavours and textures including pickled baby beets, sundried tomatoes and pesto.

Beet Salad Lunch Wrap


Doesn't that look good? It's my favourite lunchtime wrap. And when I say favourite, you can fill in the blanks and figure out I eat this a lot. It is so darn tasty.

The beets are pickled, the tomatoes are sundried for that rich flavour, the peppers are sharp and crunchy as is the juicy cucumber. The salad leaves are the filler and the tortilla is spread with dairy free pesto before the toppings are pilled on. It's a flavour explosion in the mouth!


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Creamy Blueberry, Banana and Coconut Porridge for the Perfect Breakfast

Creamy Blueberry, Banana and Coconut Porridge for the Perfect Breakfast

I have to hold my hands up and admit I'm the worst person at eating breakfast. When I head to work in the morning I never eat breakfast. It's just too early for me and I can't face it. Somewhere between 9 am and 10 am is my optimum time to eat and enjoy breakfast. Before that? Nope! Not going to happen. I have to say in my house it's do what I say and not what I do, so Cooper never leaves the house without a tummy full of breakfast, which is usually a hearty bowl of porridge.

I do eat breakfast on my days off, when I will quite often enjoy a bowl of porridge. I'm not a great fan of cereal. Now and again I will take a notion for it, but not very often. I quite like a toasted bagel with cream cheese or a toasted teacake, the occasional slice of toast or an blueberry oaty breakfast bar.

On a Sunday we eat breakfast late and we all enjoy baked beans on toast or a full cooked veggie breakfast.

Do you eat a special breakfast on Sundays?

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Beet, Grape & Cream Cheese Salad with Herby Yogurt Dressing (vegan)

Beet, Grape & Cream Cheese Salad with Herby Yogurt Dressing (vegan)

This beet, grape and cream cheese salad is a big tasty salad for one. It's all singing and dancing. It has salad leaves and cucumber as the base and it given a ping with some tasty pickled baby beets, which have the tang of vinegar and a slight sweetness. There is sweetness from the grapes, salty crunch from the pistachios and a hit of fresh herbs and garlic in the creamy yogurt dressing.

Oh yes my friends this is a winner.

And it's all mine. 

Well actually it was all Graham's. I told him I'd make him a tasty lunch on Valentine's Day to enjoy after his dog walk (I shall not tell you I made him do housework and iron on his day off which just happened to be Valentine's Day, let's focus on the good stuff!).  I had already eaten a salad wrap, but I did taste all the ingredients as I was assembling the salad. I mean what's a girl to do?


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Healthier Blender Chocolate Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce (vegan)

Healthier Blender Chocolate Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce (vegan)

Pancake day is nearly here and it's the perfect time to brush up your flipping skills and try out a new recipe. Today I'm sharing a recipe for healthier blender chocolate and banana pancakes. They are quick to make a super tasty!


Why are these pancakes healthier?

Generally pancakes are made with eggs, milk, sugar and flour and don't get me wrong, that makes a delicious pancake, but if you're looking for tasty pancakes that are healthier, lower in calories or suitable for a dairy free or vegan diet, then these are the pancakes for you.


These pancakes:


  1. Contain no egg
  2. Are sweetened with banana
  3. The milk is replaced with almond milk
  4. The chocolate flavour comes from good quality dark cocoa powder. 
  5. There is also an extra nutritional boost from chia seeds
  6. They are topped with berries for a second portion of fruit
  7. They can be cooked oil-free if you use a non-stick pan


The sauce has is made with cocoa powder and coconut milk with a little maple syrup to sweeten it.





Healthier Blender Chocolate Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce (vegan)

Linwoods nutritional seeds, grains and powders

Linwoods kindly gave me this recipe to try and to share with you. 

They do a fabulous range of individual and mixed grains, seeds and powders, which a perfect to boost the nutritional content of your recipes. I personally use their flaxseeds, hemp and chia seeds to add to dishes. I use them a lot in porridge, smoothies, sauces and dips.

I used flax seeds and chia seeds in my Scottish oaty walnut and raisin flapjacks and in this rather lush Oreo chia shake. I added hemp and chia seeds to a fruity green smoothie and flax seeds to sticky toffee pudding energy balls.  I use ground flax seeds to make flax eggs to replace regular eggs in puddings and cakes and I add hemp to homemade kale hummus.

Linwoods also have a recipe page for inspiration.


What is the story of Pancake Day?


Pancake Day is celebrated every year in February. Pancake day falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, but a quick Google search will quickly tell you which Tuesday it falls on each year. This year it falls on Tuesday 13 February (2018). If you aren't sure what day it falls on this year, just do a quick google search.

Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. Pancake Day is also the day before Lent so traditionally a time to use up rich foods such as butter, sugar and eggs before Lent begins.

Lent is a time of moderation and reflection for Catholics and many Protestants. It starts on Ash Wednesday, the day after Shrove Tuesday (pancake day) and lasts up until Easter Sunday when the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross is celebrated.




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Yield: 6-8 pancakes depending on size
Healthier Blender Banana Pancakes topped with Chocolate Sauce and Blackberries

Healthier Blender Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce

Healthier chocolate pancakes made with oats, banana, chia seeds and cocoa. Served with a chocolate sauce and berries. The sauce is optional, but totally delicious.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 15 mins

ingredients

Pancakes
  • 60g porridge oats
  • 15g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 60g ripe banana
  • 125ml unsweetened almond milk (or your favourite nut milk)
  • 1 tbsp milled chia seeds (ground chia seeds, you can do this yourself in a blender or pestle and mortar)
  • 1 -2 tsp maple syrup (optional, the bananas add sweetness)
  • 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract or paste
Chocolate Sauce
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tsp arrowroot starch (or cornstarch) and 1 tbsp warm water

instructions


  1. Place all pancake ingredients in a blender or food
    processor and blend until the mixture is smooth. If you don't have a food processor or blender, you can use a stick blender.
  2. Heat a non-stick frying pan and test a little of the pancake batter to see if the pan is hot enough. It should puff up and start to bubble a little, then it is ready to flip. Use 2 heaped tablespoons of batter for each pancake.
  3. Cook each pancake for 2 to 3 minutes then flip and cook the other side for a couple of minutes.
  4. To make the chocolate sauce whisk together the cocoa powder, maple syrup and coconut milk in a small pan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes.
  5. Mix together arrowroot or cornstarch with the water. Add this mixture to the pot and whisk well. This will help to thicken the sauce. It will take a couple of minutes.
  6. Serve the pancakes topped with a drizzle of chocolate sauce . To make them extra special add a scattering of hemp seeds and desiccated coconut for a bit of crunch and blackberries for adding flavour.
  7. Enjoy!

notes

The sauce can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for a couple of days.

Calorie is per pancakes (if you make 6) with sauce.
calories
93
fat (grams)
3.4
sat. fat (grams)
1.6
carbs (grams)
14.7
protein (grams)
2.8
sugar (grams)
4.2
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Disclosure: Linwoods shared this recipe for me to try. I was not paid in money or goods for this post.

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Easy Vegan Chilli Mince Bean Wraps

Warm tortilla wraps filled with a rich flavourful spiced chilli made with soya veggie mince and beans, layered with salad, vegan cheddar and vegan creme fraiche in place of sour cream. A real family favourite with a printable recipe.

What can I say? These easy chilli bean mince wraps are well tested in our house and I mean well tested We've been eating them for years and they are Cooper's favourite dinner. When I asked him what he would like for dinner yesterday, of course he said chilli wraps and how could I refuse him?

I usually make a big pot as everyone loves them and always want them a second night too. I usually make enough chilli for two nights then enough leftover to pop in the freezer for another meal, but sometimes I just want to make enough for what we need.

This batch makes enough for 4-6 tasty wraps, depending how deep you fill them. Graham and I like wraps really well filled, but Cooper prefers then a bit thinner and to be honest if I fill his a bit more modestly there is less chance of him getting in a total mess eating them.

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