Chocolate Rice Crispies – Vegan & Extra Healthy

Go easy on yourself with this sweet & healthy treat!

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Ever since I started the healthy way of life, I’ve almost always cringed when a recipe requires a crazy amount of sugar! It’s all good when a dessert is served in front of me and I blissfully eat it without a clue about how it’s really made, remember ignorance is bliss? But when I actually decide to make something and see the amount of sugar added to it, I almost always take a double take and look at alternate healthier options. I wonder how many others are going through the same thing? When we educate ourselves about where things actually come from and how it’s made, even if it’s a slow process – a seed gets planted. It took me years to get here and it’s been a learning curve but I can’t complain about how much better I feel!

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Here’s a new, easy and super delicious vegan treat! I’ve never had the American version of rice crispies so I can’t really compare but here’s the vegan version with lots of chocolate and a hint of peanut butter goodness! Excuse the not so pretty images, it was a little hard trying to make rice puffs covered in chocolate look nice! 😛

  • 2 cups rice puffs
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 3 heaped tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter

1. Mix Honey, cacao powder, coconut oil and peanut butter in a double boiler so everything melts nicely.

2. Add the rice puffs and stir lightly making sure not to crush the puffs

3. Add spoonfuls into cupcake moulds and plop into the freezer for 10 mins.

4. Take it out of the freezer & the rice crispy goodness is ready!

Love,

S

Heavenly Forest DIY Perfume Blend

Smell Like Divinity with this DIY Perfume Oil Blend.

Last year, I made a conscious decision to live a clean living lifestyle, this meant cutting down on chemical and commercial products that I’d gotten used to and purchasing organic/non-GMO products or making my own products. (Read: Clean Feeling DIY Deodorant). This path introduced me to the world of essential oils and just how amazing they are! I love different scents so I started making my own perfumes and sprays, my latest concoction is a woody, earthy and heavenly blend. I’m absolutely in love with it and I hope you will like it as well!

This is a simple and easy oil based roll-on blend. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • 10 ML glass roll-on bottle – Essential oils devour plastic, so avoid anything plastic
  • Carrier Oil – You can use olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil etc – I used coconut oil because I live in a hot country so my coconut oil remains melted ALL YEAR ROUND. 😛
  • A glass dropper
  • Vetiver Essential Oil – Base Note
  • Juniper Essential Oil – Heart Note
  • Rosemary Essential Oil – Top Note
  • A few flower petals of your choice – I used dried rose petals – Optional
  • Rubbing alcohol – Optional

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Spray your roll on bottle with rubbing alcohol to clean it and let it air dry.

A 10 ML bottle will have 100 drops out of which 20% is going to be your essential oil blend and the rest the carrier oil. So that would be 40 drops of essential oil out of 100 drops and 60 drops of carrier oil.

For this recipe I used the below perfume blend ratio:

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The top note is what you will initially smell and will evaporate first, heart note will be the second and base will be the last one to leave your skin. This blend is a light one and you will need to reapply every few hours. You can go with a stronger dosage by doubling the drops.

Start by adding 16 drops of vetiver, 8 drops of juniper and 16 drops of rosemary essential oil. Lightly shake this blend so they mix well. Now fill the rest of the bottle with the carrier oil using a dropper. I filled the rest of the bottle with coconut oil and kept stirring it in intervals. Smell test and if you feel inclined to add any more essential oil drops, do it! Go with what works for your nose! 😉 You are the creator! Add a few petals to make it look pretty! Shake again and smell the Heavenly Forest!

Vetiver has a very deep, woody and grounding smell. It is very calming and good for staying centered. Rosemary is cleansing & refreshing. It stimulates the memory and great for clearing mind clutter! Juniper has a woody & fruity scent and is known to aid in growth and transformation. It also helps ease stress and anxiety.

Together you get a powerhouse of grounding and calming energy from this blend. Hope you enjoy making this.

I also wanted to mention that if you can’t find vetiver essential oil, another amazing base oil you can use is patchouli. The smell will be different but patchouli blends well with Rosemary and Juniper too.

Hope you enjoy making this. Keep spreading your light.

S

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft, chewy and tasty cookies for those on the gluten free diet.

Craving for something sweet? Here’s a really nice recipe for soft and yummy chocolate chip cookies with gluten-free flour.

 

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Here’s what I used:

  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour – Blend of potato, rice, tapioca, buckwheat
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp of chia seeds/xanthum gum
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup roughly chopped Chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F. In a bowl, mix melted coconut oil with sugar and salt until well blended. Add the egg and whisk for 2-3 minutes. You will have a runny texture.

Sift gluten-free flour and baking soda. Add chia seeds and fold. Finally, my favourite part, add the chocolate chunks. The dough should be mouldable. Add spoonfuls of dough on a baking tray covered with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes.

Gluten-free flour requires a binding agent when used for baking. Since I didn’t have any xanthum gum, I substituted it for chia seeds.

Let it cool and enjoy!

Granola Lovin’

Make healthy, guilt-free, easy granola in less than an hour.

I was recently craving for something crunchy to add over my smoothie bowls. I’ve made granola bars (recipe soon) in the past yet I hadn’t tried making just healthy crunchy granola before! Here’s what I whipped up, it’s super easy with no extra fluffs and doesn’t take more than an hour to make! Also, it’s way more tastier than store-bought ones and a great guilt-free snack.

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Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 and a 1/2 cups of large oat flakes
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of pumpkin seeds
  • 2 heaped tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon of flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of dried sultanas
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped almonds
  • 3 tablespoons of honey/maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Heat oven to about 170 C (338 F). Mix all the ingredients, what you’re looking for is a clumpy but crumbly consistency to your granola before you start baking, making sure everything is covered with oil and honey.  Add this to a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20-22 minutes and stir it occasionally so all sides get evenly baked. Let it cool completely and let the snacking begin!

The best part about this recipe is that you can just grab whatever is there in your pantry and bake! 🙂

Enjoy!

Pokhara, Nepal

A quick adventure in the land of the Himalayas. Keep reading for travel tips to Pokhara, Nepal.

I was blessed to visit the land of the Himalayas recently, here’s a detailed look at our vacation with tips for new travellers to Pokhara! Enjoy!

We arrived in Kathmandu towards midnight and since we were heading to Pokhara on the next day’s flight, we picked an Airbnb place that was close to the airport. The first act of kindness we experienced in Nepal was when we couldn’t find our destination and our cab driver kindly obliged to call up Buddha (No, not for praying. The Airbnb flat owner, Buddha) to get directions. We arrived in less than 10 minutes and we weren’t sure which building to enter so he let us use his phone to call up Buddha again! Buddha immediately came down to show us the way and we were greeted by Kriti and shown our room. It was nice, clean and airy, just what we needed after our long journey. What I truly enjoyed was their rooftop, we immediately went up to check the night view, the city was quiet and the air was cool and energizing. With sunrise, we were greeted with a massive view of the city surrounded by hills and the sight of people going about their daily tasks over their neatly gardened rooftops.

Kriti and Buddha were kind, warm and helpful in answering all our little questions and after a nice breakfast, we wanted to explore the area. After the quietness of the night, towards 10 AM, the city was bustling with vehicles, people, and activity! There were lots of college students in the area and I was enamoured by how trendy people dressed! Kathmandu felt like a young city!

Since we were in Nepal for a few days only, we took the 25-minute flight to Pokhara. You can also choose the 7-8 hour bus journey. However, during monsoon season, there are chances of landslides blocking your way! During monsoons, flights are your best option especially if you’re short on time like us. We flew with Yeti Airlines, after hearing that there are fewer delays with them compared to other domestic flights.

Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal. Surrounded by endless hills, the gigantic Annapurna range hovering over the city and Lake Phewa at the helm of it, the views are like beautiful alive paintings. We wanted to stay a little far from the city and chose the Peace Dragon Lodge about 1100 meters atop Ananda Hill and right beside the famous Peace Pagoda. We arrived at Pokhara in the afternoon, after being dropped at the parking lot of Peace Pagoda and a 5-minute climb up an array of stone steps we finally arrived at Peace Dragon Lodge sitting atop the beautiful hill. We were greeted by an adorable dog (PS: Pokhara is a dog lover’s heaven) and Juliette, a delightful British woman who owns Peace Dragon. Peace Dragon has some truly breath-taking views, being surrounded by the cacophony of nature’s sounds, big fluffy clouds passing above us and sometimes through us and breathing the refreshing air is all any nature lover like myself could ask for! For dinner, I ordered the Tibetan dish, Thukpa, a delicious hot noodle soup that accompanied incredibly well with the cool breeze.

Peace Dragon View

The next day, we wanted to go to the lakeside. Walking past the main entrance of Peace Pagoda, there’s a pleasant one-hour walk down the hill towards Lake Phewa that Juliette explained to us in detail. The scenic stone path down the hill was teeming with pretty butterflies, moths, foliage, and sounds of birds and insects. At the lakeside, we took a boat ride to the main lakeside area and spotted a few monkeys on treetops. You can stop by Tal Barahi Temple but it can get pretty crowded, we decided to skip this and head straight to the main lakeside area. We hired a boat for a few hours by ourselves that cost us a little less than NPR 700. Thanks to my boyfriend’s rowing skills, we were able to get out of the jungle of boats into the open lake! The views from the lake of the surrounding hills are gorgeous, the sound of the water hitting the boat as it waded through the lake, the occasional dragonflies that went past our boat and feeling the sun hit our faces as we lay on the boat was amazingly satisfying. I can say that by the end of our 4-hour Lake Phewa escapade I am now an expert at rowing boats Haha. Probably not but I have learnt a thing or two. 😉

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Lake Phewa ViewBy the time we were out of the lake, there was a light drizzle and our growling stomachs were asking for something to bite on. The lakeside is a tourist driven area so you’ll find a myriad of restaurants serving food for predominantly tourists. From burgers to pasta to Nepalese food all being served in the same restaurant. It felt like all the restaurants were going through an identity crisis trying to cater to a variety of mouths. What was surprising was spotting a lot of Korean, Japanese and Chinese restaurants in the area. On the lakeside, expect to pay at least 2000 Nepali rupees or more for 2 people. Seeing that all the restaurants had the same thing to offer we walked into Maya Pub and Restaurant and chose the special which was a Thai curry (Yes I know, but we were hungry!!) and Nepalese Momos (dumplings). The food was good but it wasn’t the local experience we’d hoped for. Looking outside from the open balcony of the restaurant, we people and dog watched haha (because dogs are adorable) as they strolled past trekking shops, souvenir shops, painting and clothes shops. The area is great for shopping however if you’re a tourist, the prices are hiked, so make sure to ask for a better rate.

Nepalese Momos

For the rest of the evening, we window shopped and looked around for a motorbike rental shop. (More on this below). We took shelter in White Rabbit Coffee once it started raining, a warm and plush coffee shop with an array of drinks and most importantly comfortable sofas to chill in. When we decided to leave, it was still raining outside and the roads were flooded! We flagged the first cab we saw and thus began our journey upwards. With only the car’s headlights lighting our way, we spotted a few streams of water flowing through the road. When going towards Peace Pagoda’s parking lot there’s a turn uphill that needs to be made before a waterfall. Due to the rain that night, this waterfall was in full force! Our cab driver having traversed through these roads before, was initially a little hesitant which got us anxious but after stepping out to check it, he said he could do it. True to his word, he managed to drive past the stones and water but as soon as he turned the car uphill, it stalled and started reversing into the water! I was nervous but he managed to kickstart the car and off we went uphill! Phew! Hats off to the Nepalese Cab drivers for being able to race their tiny cars through floods and waterfalls! (NOT for the faint-hearted!) Upon later discussion with Juliette, I found out that this waterfall is benign, though it looked daunting at first, it wasn’t anything to worry about. A lot of people stop their cars and bikes to wash their vehicles which I was later able to witness. Quite an amusing sight for a person who’s used to fancy car washes, Nepal was definitely opening my mind!

The next day,  we wanted to trek around the area, check out Peace Pagoda and eventually go to the Tibetan community down the other side of the hill. Peace Pagoda was built by Japanese Buddhist monks to promote world peace after the war, they built several such Pagodas around the world and one of them was here. Entry is free and sculptures about Buddha’s life story is depicted on the Pagoda with descriptions. The views from Peace Pagoda of the surrounding area is spectacular.

Peace Pagoda

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By afternoon, we started our trek downhill towards the Tibetan community from the other side of the hill. There are a few different paths to go there and when we eventually found a way, we had to jump and loop through a few areas before we could get to a stone path again. Since it was monsoon season, while walking down the hill we got caught amidst heavy rains. We were surrounded by shrouds of grey clouds and we took shelter at a small temple beside our path. The sky was getting darker and after contemplating if going uphill or downhill was our best option, we decided to keep heading down. By now, our stone path had become a fast flowing stream covering most of the stone path aside from a few big stones. My thoughts during these moments were all the possible worst-case scenarios that could happen to us! I only hoped and prayed we didn’t have an incoming landslide or worse! In retrospect, the one life lesson that I take away from this was – Stay Calm! There was only one way to go and we had to take it one step at a time, making sure not to slip. As we reached closer to the end of this path, we spotted a few locals and school kids walking up the path we had come from! Phew! It seemed like this was normal for the townsfolk. We found a waterfall right at the end of our stone path that joined the main road, all the water we walked past was accumulating at this waterfall and joining the main road!! It was an overwhelming and thrilling experience! I let a big sigh of relief once we reached the town and we took shelter at the small stalls that peppered the area.

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Apart from a few grocery stores, there were no restaurants in sight. So, we went to the place where we knew would have dry clothes and some warm food – Lakeside. We saw a few buses but no cabs in the rains and approached a bus in the hopes that they could direct us to a cab. The bus had a few local teenagers who obliged to take us to the lakeside if we paid them the fair of a cab (about 800 NPR, hiked up prices but we were ready to take anything at this point) and so we went to the lakeside on a public bus! Haha! As soon as we found the area, we hopped down to the nearest Trekking shop and got some dry clothes to wear. We went to Lemon Cafe and got some warm food and much-needed shelter! Our second day was ending at yet another adventurous note.

The next day, we were greeted by the sight of the gigantic and elusive Annapurnas at sunrise, having been covered by clouds all the previous days. This was a stunning sight we were waiting to see! I was so awestruck by the gigantic beauties in front of my eyes! It was overwhelmingly magnificent and divine.

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After all the adventure from the previous days, we decided to take it easy so we hired a driver/guide to take us to the Tibetan village and around the area. The Tibetan community was a small quaint village with its own school, houses, and shops. We visited the traditional carpet weaving factory where they create elegant pieces of handcrafted carpet. There was a charming old lady weaving wool while singing old Tibetan songs in the small makeshift factory. Since a lot of machine-made factories are cropping up and competition is high, the traditional route of making these carpets, are sadly dying! However, the carpets are exquisite, albeit expensive. We couldn’t buy any carpets but we did donate some money towards the growth of the community. We visited Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery within the community.  It was opened for us by an adorable 7/8-year-old monk! There are also lots of small stalls selling antique souvenirs. I had been longing to get a handmade Tibetan singing bowl for a while so I purchased a beautiful piece that was older. The owner mentioned that the old ones have a nice bass tone and are thicker whereas the new ones are thinner with a higher note. The handmade ones are special, each one sings differently. You don’t get that quality with the machine made singing bowls.  I loved visiting this community, the vibe was so peaceful and the Tibetan people were so kind and welcoming!

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Shree Gaden Dhargay Ling Monastery

We also went to Davis Falls, there are big bars all around the falls and since it was monsoon we had a good view. I believe during the non-monsoon season, you can’t see as much. Having been through the previous day’s adventures, Davis Falls wasn’t as adventurous as I thought it would be. If you’re going to Pokhara and want to avoid touristy areas, you can easily skip this one. At this point, we were craving for some authentic food so we asked our guide to take us to a good Nepalese restaurant. He took us to Mithra Restaurant! This did not disappoint! The food was heavenly here, we ordered for a vegetarian thali and we got a variety of curries with mushrooms, black beans, potatoes, greens, bitter gourd and other vegetables with rice and papad. It was a hearty and delicious meal! Finally! Some good authentic Nepali cuisine. The best part was that they refill any of the dishes you want and it cost us NPR 700 for two! Less than half of the lakeside food and much tastier.

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After lunch, we were taken to Jangchub Choeling Monastery where they perform prayer chants at 4 PM every day.  The Gong had just started ringing when we arrived, calling all the monks to enter the monastery and so the chanting began. The heavy rain clouds above us, the smell of burning incense and the sound of the chanting was divine! They had trumpets and cymbals, it was like an orchestra with the periodic throat singing and chanting of the monks. I felt my body being pulled and pushed by the sounds. It was intensely captivating and surreal! The young monks went about pouring milk tea for all the monks chanting inside the monastery and offered some milk tea to us as well! So kind! It was nice to sip on while listening to this intense and heart-centered prayer. Walking away from the monastery, I spotted young monks cleaning the steps of their quarters. They were splashing water, laughing and being playful while cleaning, it was amusing to watch kids being kids at a place that I had previously thought would be strict. Yet another bubble burst. The purity of the place was right there in their freedom and that is special.

Jangchub Choeling Monastery

This brings me to the end of my short yet amazing Nepal journey. I can’t wait to go back and I hope this will encourage you to feel the magic of Nepal too.

We booked Peace Dragon through Booking.com and our stay included breakfast. If you like being active, going for nature walks and want to have the city at an accessible distance, this is a great place to stay. Juliette and Dinesh were great at helping us with whatever we needed and directing us to places to visit. They also book paragliding trips that we weren’t able to go for, we had had enough adventure of our own! Next visit perhaps!😊 Hiring a cab to Peace Dragon or anywhere up the hill, costs between NPR 800-1500. Here’s a link to their website: http://www.peacedragonlodge.com/

For our stay in Kathmandu, here’s a link to the Airbnb room rented out by Kriti and Buddha – https://www.airbnb.ae/rooms/14722198

Renting a motorbike in Pokhara is a great way to get around. On the lakeside, there are not many individual bike rental shops but they are all hiding in plain sight! Just go to any of the trekking shops or if you spot a bunch of bikes in front of any of the trekking shops, ask if they are renting bikes! That’s how we found quite a few! The rate that was charged by most shops was NPR 1000 per day for a Pulsar/Yamaha etc. The scooter bikes are cheaper. We skipped this only because it would mean wading through flooded areas and being wet most of the time.

Nepal has made a lasting impression on my soul and I hope this helps you when you visit Pokhara. Hope you enjoyed reading this!

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Love and light,

S

Creamy Tomato Vegan Pasta

My easy go to pasta dish with the delicious creaminess of white sauce and the acidic tartness of tomatoes. Yum.

I recently watched a video about how the timing of adding salt while cooking affects the flavour of food. The video talked about how adding salt in the beginning of cooking adds more flavour as opposed towards the end of cooking. The salt added in the beginning lets it trickle down to the core of vegetables/meat and evenly distributes while dishes that had salt added towards the end meant that the salt would not be evenly distributed or as flavourful.

So me being a relative newbie with cooking decided to try this for myself. All this while, I never gave a second thought about the timing of when I should add salt and most of the time I’d carelessly throw some salt towards the middle or end of my meals. When I recently made some pasta I followed this rule and I was honestly flabbergasted by how good the pasta tasted! The flavour definitely heightened and I felt I’d unlocked the holy grail of cooking well! Haha.

Here’s my go to pasta dish, it has the best of both flavours with a good taste of tartness from the tomatoes and creaminess from the white sauce. Here’s my Creamy Tomato Vegan Pasta!!

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Ingredients

  • 1 packet of pasta of choice – I used Fusilli
  • 1 talebspoon salt

Red Sauce

  • 1 can organic canned tomatoes
  • Veggies of choice – I literally had nothing in my fridge that could work but mushrooms are my go to.
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4-5 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dry chilli flakes – optional

White Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt and some pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme

How to make it:

  1. Prepare pasta and follow directions, make sure to add salt!
  2. Prep your vegetables and to a pot at medium heat, add olive oil and chopped garlic. Make sure garlic is submerged in oil and stir for a minute.
  3. Add chopped onions, dry chilli flakes, salt and stir for another minute.
  4. Add your vegetables, parsley and thyme and stir for a approx 1-2 minutes.
  5. Now all that’s left is to add chopped tomatoes and stir. Lower heat, close with a lid and let is simmer of 10-12 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile drain your pasta and keep it ready.
  7. For the white sauce, add olive oil to a pan and let it heat up at high flame.
  8. Now add a tablespoon of flour and stir quickly.
  9. Let the flour fry for less than minute until you see it thicken and immediately pour the almond milk in.
  10. Turn down the heat to low and add salt, pepper and thyme. Let it simmer for 5 – 10 minutes, the sauce should thicken up. You can turn down the heat once you’ve reached the thickness you want.
  11. Now all that’s left is to stir the white sauce into the red sauce so you get a beautiful creamy texture. The best of both worlds!
  12. Pour this over your plate of pasta and enjoy! 🙂

Vegan Reese’s Cups – Second Edition

There’s no such thing as over indulging on this vegan version of Reese’s cups.

 

Hello there!

Courage! The biggest changes in our life come from having the courage to taking those life-changing steps towards something new! All of us have this within us and while you may not realize it, every step you take towards yourself or for the sake of someone you love is out of you having the courage to do so! I honour you and applaud you! 🙂 I’ve been MIA because of taking those long-awaited steps towards a new change so I’m here now, rejuvenated to start posting more! 🙂

I woke up this morning craving for something sweet, indulgent and healthy! While browsing through Instagram, I came across vegan peanut butter cups. On careful inspection of my fridge, I spotted a little bit of everything I needed to make some heavenly tasting peanut butter chocolatey goodness! I have a weakness for anything peanut butter + chocolate (as you may have seen from my previous post, my sweet tooth revolves around making a “nice” version of anything Reese’s 😉 )

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Here are the ingredients I used – Makes 6 cupcakes

Chocolate layer:

  • 3 heaped tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
  • 4 tbsp of melted coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp sweetener of choice – I used honey
  • A pinch of pink Himalayan salt or sea salt

Peanut butter layer

  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp sweetener of choice – I used honey

For the chocolate layer, mix all the ingredients and add a tablespoon each into a lined cupcake tin. Spread evenly with a spoon until the base is covered and refrigerate for 5 minutes.

For the peanut butter layer, mix all the ingredients, it should be watery and easy to spread. Add more coconut oil if needed. Pull out the muffin tin from the refrigerator, the chocolate layer should be hardened by now. Add 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter mix into each and spread evenly. Refrigerate again for 5 minutes.

Once the peanut butter layer has hardened, add 1 tablespoon each of the chocolate base and spread evenly. Sprinkle a pinch of Himalayan salt or sea salt to each cupcake tin. Refrigerate again.

What you’ll get is a seriously delicious and healthy indulgent snack! The coconut oil melts quickly in your hand so be sure to keep them refrigerated. I loved this copy cat Reese’s cupcake and I will definitely be making this again!

Enjoy!

S

Rise and Shine Breakfast Bowl

Weekends are when I like to indulge in making my breakfast smoothie bowls look pretty! I love how filling, easy and healthy they are and no matter what you add, it always tastes so good!

Here’s a quick and easy breakfast bowl recipe I made over the weekend.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon of date syrup or sweetener of your choice
  • A teaspoon of Flax seeds
  • A teaspoon of Chia seeds

Blitz and add this to your bowl! Now the above alone doesn’t usually fill me up so I make sure to add different toppings! This is when creativity flows! 🙂

Here’s what I added – Chia seeds, flax seeds, almond flakes, cacao powder, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and Baobab powder.

When assembling, I use a measuring glass as the small curved edge makes it easier for ingredients like flax and Chia to flow forming straighter lines.

I felt my stomach needed that little boost so I added extra of both Chia and Flax seeds. Flax seeds are amazing, it’s full of fiber so it keeps the stomach fuller and quickly cleanses the digestive tract! I can definitely vouch for this one! 😀 I’ve mentioned about the benefits of Chia seeds in my previous posts but this is an equally amazing super food for aiding digestion. However upon further research, chia works for some people and doesn’t for others so always go with your intuition. Also, make sure to pre-soak chia ideally before eating it.

Baobab powder is a relatively recent addition to my super food list. It’s native to Africa and it’s super rich in Vitamin C with nearly 6 times the amount of Vitamin C compared to oranges. Vitamin C is absolutely amazing for our skin, it increases the collagen in our skin which in turn increases elasticity. This basically translates to less wrinkles! The more elastic our skin is, the less wrinkles we have. No wonder, people from Africa have such beautiful complexion! 🙂

I hope the above was informative to you!

Love and Light.

The Rebel Pasta!

Let’s break rules today!

If you’re a red blooded Italian, go to my next blog post. You’ll not find anything good  here. Haha. If you’re a red blooded Italian who likes breaking rules? Then keep reading. The one pot pasta madness breaks every rule about traditional pasta recipes! It’s easy, it’s yummy and it’s liberating. Hehe. I know I’m a little late to join this craze, but I have a feeling this one’s going to stick around for a while especially because it’s so easy and of course, every one of us has a little rebel inside that’s screaming with joy when cooking this. Forget what you know about pasta, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this one, at least I was! 🙂

Here’s what I used:

  • 1 pack of whole wheat spaghetti or pasta of your choice – Go gluten free for a nice gluten free recipe here
  • 1 can of organic chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can of organic kidney beans
  • 2 whole tomatoes – chopped
  • 2 onions – diced
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic – diced
  • 1 tbsp of ginger – sliced
  • 1 sweet potato – chopped
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth – I used Kallo’s organic garlic and herb stock cubes
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder or chilli pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp of turmeric because turmeric is always good
  • 1 tbsp of dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp of dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A little bit of oil
  • An extra big and deep dish for cooking with a lid
  • A little bit of nutritional yeast and pepitas for sprinkling

How to make it:

Heat the deep pan dish with oil, sauté the garlic and onion for a few minutes, turn off the heat. Now toss in the rest of the ingredients except pasta and broth! Stir all of this so it’s evenly mixed up, now add your pasta and broth. Make sure your pasta is all covered up. Add water if needed, it’s okay if you see bits of pasta rise up. Cover with lid and wait until your pasta is cooked and the water has reduced, which should take about 15-20 mins tops. Toss onto plate and sprinkle with some yum nutritional yeast and pepitas!

I’ve not added a sweetener to reduce the tartness of the tomatoes as the sweet potato covers that bit, plus they’re good source of potassium and vitamin D! I’ve added kidney beans to cover protein but add whatever beans you like. This is a delicious, wholesome meal that’s great if you need to meal prep for the week! Enjoy!

Love,

S

Melt With Me Chocolate Cake

Moist, rich, chocolate-y goodness. Say Hello my new favorite vegan chocolate cake!

If you’re looking for a rich, indulgent, delicious gluten-free cake, then this one is for you. It’s moist, rich and oh so good! I have a feeling I’m going to keep making this. I have to apologize in advance for the bad picture! Before I could click a decent pic, the cake was almost over! 🙂 I got this recipe originally from The Happy Pear (Click on the link for their recipe). Absolutely love them! I tweaked this one by using gluten-free flour and skipped the chocolate frosting entirely as it’s already so rich!

What you’ll need!

Dry Ingredients

  • 150 grams gluten-free flour
  • 100 grams ground almond or almond remains from your almond mylk
  • 25 grams cacao powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder – Increase to 3 tsp if you want more of a rise.
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 100 ml almond mylk or mylk of your choice
  • 150 grams melted coconut oil
  • 250 grams maple syrup

How to make it:

Sift the flour in a bowl and add rest of the dry ingredients. Stir and all the wet ingredients. Mix until well combined. Bake for 170 degrees for at least 45 minutes and devour!

It’s that simple and so good! 😀

UPDATE:

I made this cake again but with date syrup instead of maple syrup and it was amazing!!! The taste is completely different though, it’s less sweet, more nuttier, moister and darker, so choosing a different sweetener will give you a completely different taste and texture. Equally good as with maple syrup. Enjoy! 🙂