July 22, 2014 § 3 Comments
If you’ve been keeping up to date on my blog, you may know that I’m currently in Tokyo!
I adore travelling and seeing new places and most importantly, trying new foods, BUT one thing I don’t enjoy… plane food. I just find it quite unappetising for some reason and I never feel that hungry anyway, and that’s when snacks come into place!
I always bring a range of fresh fruit and vegetables. Great things to bring are carrots, cherry tomatoes, cherries, blueberries and nuts. I also drink loads of water on the plane as it’s so important to keep hydrated.
I hope I’m not the only one saying that I feel like a raisin coming out the plane (wow, I am great at descriptive writing).
These are basically a super snack. They require only 2 ingredients, they’re gluten free, dairy free, vegan, full of fibre. Seriously, what more could you want! They taste so amazing with hummus or with some cheese (they make the perfect sophisticated party appetiser).
Flaxseed Crackers vegan, gluten free, dairy free
1/2 cup milled flaxseeds (I used Linwoods)
1/3 cup water
Pinch of sea salt
optional: oregano, garlic, rosemary, paprika (any dried herbs and spices work nicely!)
note: I use about a 2:1 ratio of flaxseeds to water, but add the water slowly, as you don’t want it too soggy or too dry.
Preheat your oven to 170ºC.
Mix the ingredients and any other optional ingredients.
Spread out as thinly as you can onto baking parchment. I use my fingers, but you can also use spatula.
You also want to make incisions into them, so they break apart easier when they’re done.
Once spread out, put into a hot oven for 25 minutes. (keep an eye on them at the 20 minute mark).
By this time, they may be dried out enough to separate.
Separate them apart and leave them in the oven for 5-10 minutes extra so they are crisp. Let them cool then store in an airtight container.
July 18, 2014 § 1 Comment
As you probably know, I’m a huge fan of oatmeal. Since I also love coconuts, I thought I’d try out a bit of a tropical flavour and it worked so well! The flavour of coconut and banana and nuts go super well together and the dollop of coconut yoghurt on top gives it that decadent feel!
I’m sure you could always make this into overnight oats and it would be equally delicious!
Sorry that there’s no video this week by the way – if you saw my last post, you’d see that I’m away so I’ve scheduled posts for the next 4 weeks! This oatmeal cooks the same way as you would make my other recipes, whether its banana bread oatmeal or strawberry oatmeal – so you can check those posts out for a tutorial!
Coco-nutty Oatmeal vegan, gluten free, dairy free
1 part oats
1 banana (1/2 mashed to put into the oatmeal)
1 part coconut milk
1 part boiling water
Handful of nuts
1 tablespoon of flaxseeds (I used Linwoods)
Dollop of coconut yoghurt (I used COYO)
Soak the oats in boiling water for about 15 minutes in the pan with the lid on.
After 15 minutes, add the coconut milk, mashed banana and flaxseeds.
Cook on a low heat for about 5 minutes until desired consistency.
Serve in a bowl with bananas, chopped nuts and a dollop of yoghurt.
July 15, 2014 § 4 Comments
I recently got to try COYO coconut yogurt to sample and review and just my luck, as COYO is my favourite yogurt!
Unfortunately, I don’t eat dairy (there have been many studies to show how it correlates with IBS, acne, etc. and it does’nt do much for my eczema! If you want a post on this, I would be happy to do one!) and so this yogurt is right up my street!
As well as being dairy free, it’s also gluten free, sugar free and vegan! Win win for all!
COYO is so deliciously thick and creamy. It’s super decadent and eating it feels like you’re having a real treat! It tastes great with strawberries instead of strawberries and cream and the thing that I love most is that it only contains 2 ingredients! Literally 99% coconut and 1% tapioca starch!
It has the consistency of very rich greek yoghurt, so you should definitely try it out if you love that. I personally don’t need to add any honey or sweetner as it has a lovely tropical flavour from the coconut!
It’s so thick that I bet it would make a great alternative to cream cheese frosting, or you could use it on top of a banoffee pie!
I’ve been a lover of COYO for a while and the original always does it for me, the vanilla is also delicious! I haven’t tried any of the other flavours but the fruity ones sound delicious!
I’ll also have a recipe up for you this Friday using COYO, so be sure to check it out! :)