Chocolate Strawberry Banana Baked Oats, Vegan RecipeThis recipe for Chocolate, Banana & Strawberry Baked Oats is comfort food at its finest: a hearty bowl of porridge meets a decadent chocolate cake – can you think of any better way to start the day?! It’s bound to keep you full all morning, particularly when served with a handful of fresh fruit on top!

I’ve had a few requests for some more nut-free recipes so I’ve eliminated all nuts from these Chocolate, Banana & Strawberry Baked Oats! This recipe contains only 6 ingredients and is also vegan-friendly and contains no gluten/dairy/soy products, so it’s perfect for almost anyone with allergies/intolerances.

I’ve been incorporating some high quality plant-based protein powder into my diet recently as I’ve been trying to exercise a little more often (to aid with muscle recovery), and I’ve found that Link Nutrition’s Chocolate Fudge Protein works a treat in this recipe – it has a wonderfully smooth consistency and contains no artificial colours or flavours. It also offers a wide range of amino acids as it’s made from 4 different plant-based sources of protein!

Don’t worry if you don’t have any protein powder at home – you could just add a couple of spoonfuls of cacao/cocoa powder for that chocolatey twist. In fact, that’s one of the wonders of this recipe – it’s extremely adaptable, so you can switch up the fruit or seeds you use, and try out different types of milk (I’ve tried this with homemade coconut milk using creamed coconut, as well as with chocolate soya milk which was delicious!).

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Chocolate, Banana & Strawberry Baked Oats Recipe

Please click HERE to see the recipe on Link Nutrition’s website!

 

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There’s a reason I named my Instagram @CerealAndPeanutButter , and if you haven’t already guessed it, let me spell it out for you: there’s nothing I love more than spooning peanut butter straight out the jar or tucking into a bowl of crunchy granola. So I don’t know why it took me so many years to consider fusing the two foods together, but now I’ve been making this Peanut Butter Granola every couple of weeks for over a year – and looking back, I wonder how I survived so long without these sweet nutty clusters in my life!

This recipe makes such a lovely personalised gift idea – I love putting it in little paper bags or jars tied with a ribbon for friends and family, and it always goes down a success. In fact, it’s been so popular among family and friends that I’ve started selling it! So if you’re based in London and you’d rather order it directly from me than make it yourself at home, just drop me an email: elibrecher1@gmail.com 

I actually do the same with all my granolas, having seen the smile in brings people to receive a jar of this – Chocolate Chip Quinoa Granola, Pecan Pie GranolaAlmond Butter & Coconut GranolaNutty Cinnamon Granola and my Banana Nut Crunch Granola!

The sea salt in this recipe really brings out the flavour of these delicious baked oats. It taste incredible when sprinkled over a smoothie or on top of an Açaí Bowl. Add it to your Chocolate Mousse for another level of texture, chuck it over your Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake, or just have it with fresh berries and a splash of almond milk!

Peanut Butter Sea Salt Granola Recipe

Peanut Butter Sea Salt Granola Recipe

Salted Peanut Butter Granola Recipe – Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Makes 3 cups

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups of jumbo oats
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 6 heaped tablespoons of maple syrup or honey
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 165 C and line a baking tray with grease-proof paper.
  2. Melt the coconut oil, peanut butter and maple syrup together on a low heat over the stove, then remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt until fully combined.
  3. Place the oats in a large bowl, then pour over the liquid and mix thoroughly.
  4. Spread the granola mixture on the lined tray with a spatula/back of a spoon, and press it together so that clumps form.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and stir to ensure even baking. Sprinkle over the raisins, press together with the back of a spoon/spatula again, and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes, then allow to cool fully before storing in an airtight container.

If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @cerealandpeanutbutter – I LOVE seeing all your creations!

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Today I’m sharing 5 key nutrients to include in your diet to help you get a good night’s sleep! With our hectic fast-paced lifestyles nowadays, more and more people struggle to get a sufficient amount of sleep. 

A lack of sleep can directly affect our physical and mental health, energy levels, hormones, weight, memory and creativity. The good news is that food you consume during the day has the potential to impact the quality of your sleep, so it’s time to evaluate the effect your daily diet could have on your sleep pattern…

 

1. Fibre

Melatonin is a hormone which makes you tired at nighttime and is released in both the brain and the gut, so supporting a healthy digestive system is essential. Foods rich in fibre, such as whole grains, oats and beans, are broken down slowly so do not cause blood sugar levels to spike which could lower melatonin. As a population, we are largely failing to consume enough fibre, and should aim for 25 grams per day – so be sure to try my Creamy Coconut Porridge or Cinnamon Chia Oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow to kickstart your day with a boost of fibre!

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2. Tryptophan

Tryptophan is an amino acid which helps to boost the sleep-hormones serotonin and melatonin. It is found in protein-rich foods, including tofu, nuts, eggs, chickpeas, lentils (try my Indian Lentil Dahl!) and fish (especially tuna, halibut and salmon) and chickpeas (so try my Hummus recipe here!). It’s best to consume it later in the day, given its ability to promote a good night’s sleep.

Hummus Recipe Eli Brecher

3. Calcium

Calcium works together with tryptophan to make serotonin, and research has shown that being deficient in this mineral could make it harder to fall asleep and to reach deep sleep cycles. While milk is the most well-known source of calcium, there are plenty of dairy-free sources, including sesame seeds, bony fish, whole grains and green leafy vegetables. 

Porridge Oatmeal Recipe Eli Brecher Blog

4. Magnesium

Magnesium can help us relax and is important for normal adrenal and psychological function, as well as for muscles and nerves. Good sources of magnesium include dark leafy greens (like spinach and kale), legumes, dark chocolate, nuts and seeds, particularly pumpkin seeds (you’ll love this Quinoa, Almond & Pumpkin Seed Brittle!). I’ve also recently started taking the Link Nutriton ‘Night’ supplement which contains a substantial dose of magnesium.

Quinoa, Almond & Pumpkin Seed Brittle (Vegan, Gluten Free)

5. B vitamins

A combination of B Vitamins work to enhance your sleep by regulating the level of tryptophan in our bodies. For example, we need Vitamin B6 in order to make serotonin (the sleep-inducing hormone) from tryptophan. Dietary sources of Vitamin B6 include fish, beef, turkey, eggs, chickpeas and bananas. 

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Foods to avoid

It goes without saying that sugar, alcohol and caffeine all wreak havoc on our body’s circadian rhythm, which is the natural sleep-wake cycle. Excess consumption of these stimulants – or any consumption at all to an extent – may inhibit the sleep-inducing chemicals being released in the brain, so can result in restlessness and shallow sleep, while making you more likely to wake up during the night. Did you know that caffeine stays in the body for up to six hours? So that afternoon coffee could leave you tossing and turning. Swap it for this caffeine-free Golden Milk recipe instead!

 

Top Tip: Bedtime Routine

Develop a bedtime ritual to help you unwind in the evenings – this could include a warm bath, reading a book in bed, listening to a podcast and sipping on some soothing chamomile tea. Try to avoid all screens for at least one hour before bed. I know this is easier said than done – I struggle to resist a late night Instagram scroll or an episode on Netflix, but the blue light that these devices emit suppresses melatonin production so disrupts your sleep rhythm. 

I’d love to hear if you try any of the tips above! Let me know how you get along adding these into your diet, on Instagram @cerealandpeanutbutter

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Nutella Fudge Recipe - vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free Eli BrecherIf you’re a Nutella-straight-from-the-jar type of person, or a fan of the chocolate-hazelnut combination in general (everyone loves Ferrero Rochers), then this recipe is for you!

Despite naming them Nutella Truffles, which admittedly sounds ultra decadent, if you’ve read my blog you won’t be surprised to hear that they’re entirely dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan, as well as free from refined sugar depending on which chocolate you use.

They’re made with only 3 ingredients, and if you’ve got chocolate moulds at home then you’re all set! Don’t worry if not – feel free to use cupcake liners, or even a plate lined with greaseproof paper.

I love storing these Nutella Truffles in the freezer to make them a bit more firm and chewy, but they’re equally delicious when stored in the fridge and will remain soft enough to literally melt in your mouth!

The chopped hazelnuts pack in another crunchy layer of texture to the rich dark chocolates – and the best part is that you can make them from scratch in less than 30 minutes! What are you waiting for?

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Nutella Truffles Recipe – 3 Ingredients, Vegan, Paleo 

INGREDIENTS

(Makes 12 mini truffles)

  • 1/3 cup crunchy hazelnut butter (I used Meridian) (or any nut butter of choice)
  • 1/3 cup (60g) dark chocolate (make your own healthier chocolate using this recipe)
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • Optional: 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1/8 tsp sea salt

METHOD

  1. Melt the chocolate on a very low heat, stirring regularly – either in a bowl over a pan of hot water on the stove, or in the microwave.
  2. When almost entirely melted, stir in the nut butter and continue to melt together until completely smooth and combined.
  3. Fold in the chopped hazelnuts and salt.
  4. Fill each chocolate mould to the top or place 1-2 tablespoons into cupcake liners.
  5. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes until firm. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @cerealandpeanutbutter – I LOVE seeing all your creations!

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On a recent trip to Marbella in the southern Spain, I was lucky enough to spend a few days exploring the health food scene in this sun-drenched hotspot. When you think of Spanish food, the first thing to spring to mind is probably paella, so I was blown away by the extensive selection of healthy eateries offering gluten-free and dairy-free options, as well as a vast array of vegan dishes. I’m here to give you the lowdown on my 5 favourite brunch spots, so be sure to add these to your list if you’re planning a trip anytime soon!

1. Organic Market

Situated across the road  from The Marbella Club Hotel, Organic Market opened in 2014 and has already established itself as one of the prime spots in Marbella for organic healthy food. The menu ranges from creative raw vegan dishes to fish and chicken, so it truly caters for everyone. The food is served on wooden chopping boards to enhance the rustic feel of the place, while the shop inside sells all kinds of superfoods and healthy products.

See their menu here.

2. Rosa’s Cafe 

From the moment you walk into this stunning cafe, you’ll be blown away by the two giant flower walls, the swing bench and the beautiful interiors. Set in the heart of Puerto Banus, be sure to check it out – for the colourful lattes, healthy organic food, phenomenal waffles and indulgent desserts!

See their menu here.

3. Celicioso 

Celicioso started off as a gluten-free bakery and has expanded its menu to offer a huge range of food all day long. Their build-your-own smoothie bowls offer an exciting twist to the standard açai bowl and the fluffy banana pancakes with vegan salted caramel sauce are exceptional!

See their menu here.

4. Manuka

This restaurant is “flexitarian”, meaning that their menu is primarily plant-based but they still offer meat and fish, so you can bring along the whole family! They avoid refined sugars and chemicals and place an emphasis on fresh wholesome ingredients. Their breakfast menu ranges from paleo hash browns made from sweet potato, to homemade crunchy granola with passion fruit coulis and coconut yoghurt. There are two locations in Marbella but I prefer the one right by the beach so you can see and hear the waves crashing as you sip your superfood smoothie.

See their menu here.

5. Rachel’s Eco Love

Located by the gorgeous Puente Romano Hotel’s outdoor swimming pool, the setting is enough to lure you in. Pop in for brunch – avocado rye toast, smoothie bowls and savoury crepes – or go for dinner and order the falafel wrap, aubergine with yoghurt or even a hamburger. They also have a second location in El Corte Ingles shopping centre in Puerto Banus.

See their menu here.

 

 

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