Raw Vegan Brownie Bites

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These are the easiest brownies ever! Okay, they’re not going to be the gooey, fudgy, super chocolatey ones you get when they come straight out of the oven, but they’re a really delicious raw alternative. They’re also vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. AND they only take five minutes to make!

You could play with these a bit and add in some extras if you wish. I’ve made a basic batch but things such as cacao nibs or some nuts and seeds could enhance them as well. I made mine with a 100% organic cocoa powder as I had run out of raw cacao but you could easily use either or. I would start with one tablespoon if using raw cacao and add more to your liking.

I like to pop these in the freezer for about an hour and then take them out for a few minutes before serving. This recipe doesn’t make too many but they’re pretty rich and moreish and you could always double the recipe if you’d like a few more.

Makes approx. 6-8 brownie bites

Ingredients:

1 cup ground almonds

2 tbsp. cocoa powder

2 tbsp. maple syrup

1 ½ tbsp. coconut oil

Optional add-ins: cacao nibs and extra cocoa powder to roll them in

Directions:

  1. Add all your ingredients to a bowl and mix well until everything comes together and combines evenly.
  1. Take ½- 1 tbsp. amounts of the mixture and roll into balls coating if you like in cacao nibs, cocoa powder, nuts, seeds, etc.
  1. Arrange on a tray and place in the freezer or fridge until ready to serve.

 

 

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Red Lentil Curry

Red Lentil Curry, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, vegan, vegetarian, simple curry recipe, vegetarian curry recipe, vegan curry recipe, gluten free curry, Indian curry, veggie curryThis recipe is sort of between a curry and a stew but it somehow feels a little lighter while still full of hearty flavour.

When curry comes to mind, I often think of a cozy, warming winter dish. However, it’s become a staple of mine throughout the year as it’s really easy to change up and suit to what you like. Plus there are so many flavours and textures to experiment with. It’s also a great way to use up any veggies you have.

What I really love about this dish is adding the chilli in whole. It softens while everything simmers and the seeds “melt” into the dish leaving a subtle heat distributed throughout.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 carrots, chopped

2-3 sweet potatoes, chopped

2 cloves of garlic

1 red chilli

1 tbsp grated fresh ginger

½ -1 bunch fresh coriander

1 ½ cups red lentils, rinsed well

1 x 400mL tin of coconut milk

800mL of water (use the tin from the coconut milk)

½ tbsp turmeric

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp coriander

1 tsp cinnamon

salt and pepper

1 lime, juice and zest of

1 tbsp coconut oil

½ cup toasted flaked almonds and/or pumpkin seeds

Optional add-ins: 450g prawns, 2 chopped onions

Directions:

  1. In a large casserole pot, add the coconut oil to melt over a low-medium heat. If using onions, finely chop and add to the pot. Mince the garlic, grate the ginger and add, along with the spices. Chop the stalks of the fresh coriander and add them as well.
  1. Chop your carrots and sweet potato and add them to the pot allowing them to soften for about 5 minutes. Then add the rinsed lentils, coconut milk, water, and the whole chilli.
  1. Bring everything to a boil, then turn the heat down, pop the lid on, and let everything gently simmer for 35-45 minutes. Give it a stir every once in a while and add more water as needed.
  1. Lightly toast the almonds/pumpkin seeds in a frying pan until golden. When ready to serve, remove the chilli from the pot. Taste to season, add the zest and juice of the lime, the toasted nuts/seeds, and a sprinkling of fresh coriander.

This is a really simple dish to put together, layered with lots of delicious flavours. It fills you up for dinner and is perfect for a leftover lunch the next day.

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Almond Milk

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If you haven’t tried making your own almond milk (or any nut milk for that matter) you should definitely try it out! I had never given much thought to the difference between shop bought almond milk and homemade almond milk. Having made it myself I can definitely say that it is amazing and far outweighs anything that you’ll find on a shelf (which often contain fillers) It’s creamy and delicious and so very versatile in replacement of dairy milk. Making your own nut milk is a great way of knowing the exact ingredients you are consuming . It’s also incredibly good for you! This is how I make mine:

Ingredients:

2 cups of organic almonds (I usually buy the blanched almonds but you can easily use the ones with the skins on)

5-6 cups of filtered water (depending on how creamy you would like the milk)

pinch of sea salt

Optional add-ins: ½ tsp vanilla extract, ½ tsp cinnamon

You will need: Nut-milk bag, cheesecloth, or muslin cloth

Directions: 

  1. Place almonds in a bowl of water to soak overnight. This not only softens the almonds to allow them to blend better but also breaks down the enzymes on the outer skin of nuts for easier digestion.
  1. When you’re ready to use, drain and rinse your almonds, then add to a blender with the 6 cups of filtered water and blend until smooth (Note: Depending on the size of your blender, you may want to do this in batches)
  1. Place your milk bag (or if using muslin cloth, line a fine mesh strainer with it) over a large bowl and slowly pour the milk through it.
  1. Use a spatula to lightly press down the liquid through the cloth and strainer in batches until you’re left with just the pulp in the cloth. Squeeze through the rest of the liquid and set aside the almond pulp.
  1. Return the milk to the blender adding in sea salt, vanilla extract, and/or cinnamon and blend again. When finished, add to a sealed jug and keep stored in the fridge to enjoy all week long.

Makes approx. 1 1/2 litres of almond milk

Use this in place of dairy milk in smoothies, porridge, breakfast, and baking recipes, or just on its own.