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Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Breakfast Bowl (Dairy-Free)

I’m pleased to report that summer has finally arrived here in Bath. Hooray! And when the temperature’s soaring, I like nothing more than starting the day with a cooling bowl of ice cream. Yes, ice cream for breakfast. Now we’re talking!

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Breakfast Bowl

However, this is no ordinary dairy, sugar laden ice cream, but one made with nutrient rich bananas When frozen then blended, bananas transform into the most delicious, creamy ice cream. And it’s super healthy, so you can indulge in it to your heart’s content.

The recipe I’m sharing today is for a chocolate-flavoured banana ice cream bowl. Chocolate porridge, chocolate overnight oats, chocolate waffles, chocolate banana ice cream… rarely does a day pass where I don’t eat chocolate for breakfast in some shape or form! Continue reading


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Top 5 Vegan Pancake Recipes

Shrove Tuesday (‘Pancake Day’) is arriving early this year. It’s actually next Tuesday…. February 9th! And if you’re new to veganism, or just fancy trying something a little different, I have my top five vegan pancake recipes to share with you. They’re super easy to make and use basic pantry staples that you’re bound to have on hand. Since they’re vegan, they’re suitable for anyone with dairy or egg allergies. They can also be made gluten free.

So let’s kick off with my number one favourite pancake for Shrove Tuesday – the Vegan Crêpe

1. Vegan Crêpe-Style Pancakes

A huge fan of crêpes, Lil’ L declared that he loves this vegan version as much as he loves the crêpes he eats in France. Endorsements don’t come much bigger than that!

Vegan Crepe-Style Pancakes

And, if you’d like a gluten-free version of this crêpe, check out this recipe. Continue reading


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Chocolate Waffles with Crushed Nuts and Raspberries. Dairy free. Egg free. Vegan.

When it comes to weekend treat breakfasts, waffles are a firm family favourite. They are so easy to make and take very little time to prepare. We love experimenting with different ingredients and flavour combinations. I’ve already posted recipes for our Easy Vegan Waffles and Gingerbread Waffles and today, we’re sharing the recipe for our quick and easy Chocolate Waffles.

Chocolate Waffles with Crushed Nuts and Raspberries

These waffles have a decadent dark chocolate flavour, which works in perfect harmony with the nutty, berry toppings. Continue reading


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Gluten-Free Vegan Crepe-Style Pancakes

Every year, I wish Pancake Day could be extended into a week-long celebration. One day is just not enough to give the humble pancake the attention it really deserves

So, this year, I decided to take the matter into my own hands and declared this week to be ‘Pancake Week’ in our house. There’s at least one other family member that’s extremely happy about this 😉

Fancy joining us?

For last year’s Pancake Day, I posted our recipe for easy Vegan Crepes. I absolutely adore these crepes, and I was so delighted to hear they were a hit with others too.

Vegan Crepes with Lemon and Sugar

This year, I decided to go one step further and challenge myself to make a pancake that was not only egg-free and dairy-free, but also gluten-free. And if that wasn’t enough, I specifically wanted to make a crepe-style pancake – one that’s super thin and easy to fold. Oh, and it also had to taste as good (if not better) than ‘regular’ crepes.

I do like a challenge!

Gluten Free Vegan Crepe

This week, I think I cracked it.

The texture of many GF pancakes I’ve tried before has been very different to ‘regular’ pancakes; they’ve been drier, spongier or split when I’ve tried to fold them. This version though, is none of these. The texture is very similar to wheat and egg pancakes; it’s light and very pliable so you can easily add your fillings and fold or roll.

Gluten Free Vegan Crepes

Lil’ L is the pancake connoisseur in our house and he’s declared this gluten-free vegan crepe to not only be “delicious” but just as good as any crepe he’s ever tasted (even rivaling authentic French crepes!) It can’t get much better than that can it?

Lil' L eating crepes Summer 2013


Products Used in this Recipe (UK Stockists)
Tesco Golden Linseed (to save money, I grind my own seeds in a coffee grinder, but pre-ground / milled flaxseed is widely available too).
Alpro or Tesco UHT Soya Milk
Doves Farm Gluten Free Plain White Flour
Clarks Pure Canadian Maple Syrup
Steenbergs Organic Fairtrade Vanilla Extract

And here comes my favourite part of food photography… the tucking in shot :p

Gluten Free Vegan Crepes

Happy Pancake Week everyone! xx


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Vegan Gingerbread Waffles – Suma Blogger’s Network

The waffle obsession continues! And for this month’s Suma Blogger’s Network entry, I thought I’d share another one of our favourite vegan waffle recipes. Filled with the warming spices of cinnamon, ginger and Blackstrap molasses, these waffles are perfect for this time of year  

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I wrote about the amazing nutritional profile of Blackstrap molasses in this Gingerbread Cookie post. With just one tablespoon containing 3.6 mg of iron (more iron than 1/2 cup of cooked lentils, beans or spinach), it’s easily one of my favourite ways to boost iron levels.

The recipe is largely an amalgamation of our favourite gingerbread and banana pancake recipes, with a slight reduction of the liquid to make a sturdier batter. Banana acts as a great binder for the waffles and adds a touch of extra sweetness.

Gingerbread Waffles

I’ve really enjoyed reading about your favourite waffle toppings under last week’s Easy Vegan Waffle Post. As I would have expected, maple syrup came out on top. Nuts, banana and chocolate were very popular too, and I’m totally with you on those. One of my favourite lazy Sunday breakfast/brunches is these Gingerbread waffles, served with banana slices, chopped walnuts and pecans, and a big drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Gingerbread Waffles with Chocolate Sauce

Sometimes I make the chocolate sauce myself, other times I simply grab a bottle of Sweet Freedom Choc Shot. Have you tried Choc Shot before? As well as tasting yummy, I love the fact that it contains all natural ingredients, is free from cane sugar and has a low glycaemic load (GL). Can you see how shiny it is too? It’s got the most awesome sheen!

And if I’m going all out, I’ll also top them with a sprinkling of desiccated coconut.

Pure. Waffle. Heaven

Gingerbread Waffles with Chocolate Sauce

Products used in this recipe
Doves Farms Gluten Free Brown Bread Flour  or Doves Farm Gluten Free Plain White Flour
Meridian Organic Blackstrap Molasses
Sweet Freedom Choc Shot

And now for my favourite part of the photo shoot. Tucking in time! 😛

Gingerbread Waffles with Chocolate Sauce



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