Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Birmingham-based food blogger Charlotte who’s sharing her recipe for CHOCOLATE CHAI-SPICED WAFFLES. Also known as @charlotteemmma on Instagram, she takes a particular interest in how the foods we eat can affect our mental and physical wellbeing. Studying psychology at both undergraduate and master’s level has helped Charlotte explore the complex interactions between food and health at both biological and social levels. Charlotte aims to show that healthy, plant-based eating can be easy, accessible and delicious and creates recipes which help promote this message. Over to Charlotte… 

Waffles are my absolute favourite weekend breakfast. There is nothing better than getting up a bit later than normal, putting on a pot of coffee and hearing the waffle iron sizzling away in the corner of the kitchen! I’ve recently started experimenting with gluten free baking and I’ve found gluten free flour to be quite a challenge to work with, but these waffles made with gluten free self-raising flour (Doves Farm) worked a treat. Better still, the chocolate and chai spices work really well with my favourite breakfast topping of all – chocolate peanut butter! 

Chocolate Chai Spiced Waffles Vegan Gluten Free Recipe Eli Brecher cereal and peanut butter

CHOCOLATE CHAI-SPICED WAFFLES RECIPE (VEGAN, GF)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 and ¼ cups gluten free self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 2 tsp raw cacao powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp carob syrup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch salt

Method:

  1. Preheat your waffle iron and prepare according to model instructions – you may need to grease it with a small amount of vegan butter or coconut oil if your waffles tend to stick.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Stir in water and mix well using a wooden spoon.
  4. When your waffle iron is up to temperature, spoon 2 tbsp of mixture into each waffle mould and cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the waffle iron and repeat until you have used all the mixture – mine made 8 small waffles.
  5. Stack the waffles on a small plate and top with anything you fancy! I used chocolate peanut butter, stewed raspberries, banana stars and gluten free granola. Try making your own toppings such as this Almond Butter Coconut Granola, this Nutty Cinnamon Granola, and a spoonful of homemade Raspberry Chia Jam.

 

Don’t forget to check out Charlotte’s blog: poweredbypeanutsblog.wordpress.com 

 

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Vegan Crepes Recipe Apple Cinnamon Gluten FreeVegan Crepes Recipe Apple Cinnamon Gluten Free

I’m so excited to have vegan food blogger Romy from RomyLondonUK sharing her recipe for apple & cinnamon crepes on my blog today! I’ve tested these out for myself and they went down a treat, plus they’re gluten-free and 100% vegan. Over to Romy…

 

My name is Romy and I am honoured to share one of my favourite vegan breakfast recipes with you! Since starting my blog in 2015, I have been working to prove that going vegan doesn’t mean you’re missing out on anything. I decided to live the plant-based life in 2014 and I have since been showing that balance is key and that everything is possible on a vegan diet!

One of my favourite recipes to create are definitely divine breakfasts. I love a long Sunday brunch with friends and family – and as an early bird I love getting into the kitchen in the AM to create something super tasty. I believe it’s the best way to start the day, and it’s also themotivation I need to get out of bed.

Crepes and pancakes have always ranked high on my all-time-favourite-breakfasts list. In fact it was the standard breakfast my bestie and I would have every day on holiday when we were teens & didn’t have our parents around to tell us that pancakes should not be had every day (because it’s the kind of thing parents would say, right?)

However, my real dilemma is deciding whether I enjoy pancakes or crepes more – because that’s truly the kind of question I would not know how to answer, and let’s hope that I will never have to make such a decision!

As apple & cinnamon have always been one of my favourite flavour combinations – and crepes are generally easier to stuff with apples than pancakes are, I decided to share this recipe with you, so you can get your Sunday #brunchgoals going as well!

Vegan Crepes Recipe Apple Cinnamon Gluten Free

Vegan Crepes Recipe Apple Cinnamon Gluten FreeVegan Crepes Recipe Apple Cinnamon Gluten Free @cerealandpeanutbutter

Apple & Cinnamon Crepes Recipe (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Ingredients

(Makes 6-8 Crepes)

For the crepes

  • 20g brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 80g fine oat flour
  • 1 tsp milled flax seeds
  • 100 ml almond milk
  • 100 ml lukewarm, filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Coconut oil for the pan

For the filling

  • 2 medium apples
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • A handful of toasted pecans
  • ½ cup coconut yogurt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Strawberries for decoration

Method

  1. Start by sifting your oat flour – it’s important that it’s fine, with no big chunks, so that your batter mixes smoothly.
  2. In a large bowl combine the sugar, baking soda, oat flour and flax seeds.
  3. In a separate bowl combine all your wet ingredients: almond milk, water, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  4. In the meantime heat a large pan over medium heat and add a little coconut oil to the pan. Ensure that the pan is well coated in the oil – I usually use a paper towel to coat the pan in the liquid oil, of course make sure the pan is not too hot yet.
  5. When your pan is hot, use a ladle to transfer a ¾ loading of the batter into the pan. Pour out the batter in the centre of the pan and let the batter naturally distribute. Wiggle the pan once to get rid of any air bubbles, then leave the crepes alone to firm up. Ideally leave the pan between low and medium heat – if the pan is too hot, your crepes will become crispy (If that’s what you’re after, go ahead and give it some heat of course).
  6. Flip the crepes once the top of it is firming up, the crepes should not have any liquid batter anymore before you gently flip it.
  7. When both sides of your crepes are golden brown, it’s ready to leave the pan. Make sure to stay by the pan at all times to not burn your crepes.
  8. Repeat until all the batter is used up. To keep the crepes warm, you can add them to an oven-proof plate and set them in your oven at around 50 C.
  9. Whilst you’re making the crepes, start on the filling by washing & peeling your apples, then cutting them into thin slices. Place them in a pre-heated medium size pan together with a little coconut oil and sprinkle the cinnamon on top. Gently cook the apples on medium heat until they become soft, then drizzle in half of the maple syrup.
  10. In a separate pan toast the pecans, if they’re not toasted yet, then set aside.
  11. Assemble your crepes by adding 1-2 tbsp of the apple mixture to each crepes, then adding a dollop of coconut yogurt and close the crepes. Finish off by drizzling the remaining maple syrup on top & sprinkling the toasted pecans. Decorate with fresh strawberries (optional) and you’re ready to go!
  12. Enjoy & share with your favourite people!

 

Thank you so much to Romy for sharing her delicious recipe on my blog today! Make sure to check out her blog here.

I’d love to see if you make these so be sure to tag me on Instagram @cerealandpeanutbutter !

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Matcha Overnight Oats Breakfast Recipe, Gluten/Dairy-Free

Anyone else obsessed with matcha? If you’re reading this and thinking what on earth is matcha (have you been living under a rock?) it’s basically strong green tea powder which boasts a long list of health benefits. Matcha is grown in the shade for 20 weeks before being harvested, which boosts its levels of chlorophyll and catechins. It’s then ground into a powder, so you consume the whole leaf as opposed to the water of a green teabag. It’s the perfect alternative to coffee as the caffeine is released at a slower rate so avoids the “crash” later on.

Cinnamon Matcha Latte

3 ways to add matcha to your diet today

  1. Cinnamon Matcha Latte – A nourishing and antioxidant-rich replacement to coffee, leaving you calm with a gentle buzz. 
  2. Matcha, Mango & Spinach Smoothie – The mango gives a tropical sweet base, while the spinach adds a vibrant green colour! 
  3. Matcha Blueberry Overnight Oats (recipe below!) – These thick and creamy Matcha Overnight Oats take less than five minutes to prepare. All you need to do is stir together all the ingredients, refrigerate overnight and grab-and-go in the morning! Plus, it’s sweetened naturally with just a ripe mashed banana.

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Matcha Blueberry Overnight Oats Recipe

This recipe was developed in collaboration with Indigo Herbs using their ingredients.

Ingredients:

(Serves 2)

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ⅔ cup (175g) dairy-free yoghurt
  • 2 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • ¼ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (plus 2 tablespoons for topping)
  • 3 tablespoons hazelnuts, roughly chopped (plus 1 tablespoon for topping)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon maple syrup/honey, to drizzle on top

Method:

  1. Mash the banana with a fork, then stir in all other ingredients until fully combined.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  3. Remove from the fridge, place in two glass jars or bowls, and top with remaining blueberries, hazelnuts and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Alternatively, heat it up over the stove or in the microwave for a warming 2-minute breakfast!

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

Don’t forget to check out my other matcha recipes: Cinnamon Matcha Latte and Matcha, Mango & Spinach Smoothie.

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Gluten Free Bread Recipe Eli Brecher

If you managed to read the whole title, yes it’s true – I really have developed a recipe for a loaf of bread that is gluten free, grain-free, dairy free and suitable for the paleo diet. So if this Flourless Nutty Bread is free from so many ingredients, I’ll bet you’re wondering what IS in this loaf?!

It’s jam-packed with all sorts of nuts and seeds, and the beauty of this recipe is that it’s incredibly versatile – you can use any nuts and seeds you have lying around and play around with the suggestions I’ve given to suit the ingredients you have at home!

Once you’ve tried this recipe, I can guarantee it’s one that you’ll keep coming back to again and again, both for its flawlessly dense texture or simply the enticing malty smell of it baking, which is enough to make my mouth water. It also freezes really well making it easy to have on hand when you want a quick breakfast or snack!

The best part is that it’s actually good for you! Not only is it very low in carbs and free from refined sugar, it’s loaded with protein and healthy fats, and extremely high in fibre thanks to the psyllium seed husk powder, which stands in for the flour to hold it all together. This may sound like an unusual ingredient but it’s available in all major health stores.

I love serving this bread toasted, alongside a selection of spreads and dips, such as guacamole, classic hummus, roasted red pepper hummusGreek fava bean dip and Baba Ganoush (smoky aubergine dip). Of course, this bread pairs equally well with sweeter spreads, from Walnutella (chocolate walnut spread) to my famous Sticky toffee date caramel spread!

Gluten Free Bread Recipe Eli Brecher

Flourless Nutty Bread Loaf Recipe

Ingredients

Makes 1 loaf

  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, roughly chopped (or any other nut e.g. Brazil nut/hazelnut/pistachio)
  • 1/2 cup of almonds, roughly chopped (or any other nut)
  • 1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped (or any other nut)
  • 1/4 cup cashews, roughly chopped (or any other nut)
  • 1/2 cup mixed seeds (e.g. pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds)
  • 4 tablespoons (60ml) olive oil
  • 1 heaped tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons psyllium husk powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 eggs (beaten)

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160 C and line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, oil and maple syrup. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir well.
  3. Pour the mixture into the lined tin and bake for 50 mins. Allow to cool in the tin before turning out and slicing. 

 

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

If you want some dips/spreads to serve with this, try these:

Inspired the “Life-Changing Loaf of Bread” by My New Roots and “Gut Makeover Bread” by Jeannette Hyde.

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Vegan Vanilla Mocha Milkshake Smoothie Recipe Dairy Free Eli Brecher cereal and peanut butter
I don’t know about you, but milkshakes were one of my favourite treats growing up! I used to thrive off that sweet sugar rush and dream of slurping every drop of a refreshingly icy vanilla milkshake. Needless to say I was a little worried how I’d get my milkshake fix after cutting out dairy for my health and slashing my intake of refined sugar…
 
However, I spent a while playing around with natural alternatives and discovered that frozen bananas provide the perfect base for “milkshakes” as they are naturally sweet and creamy, while coconut flour is a fantastic thickener which boasts health benefits such as being high in fibre and essential heart-healthy fats. A spoonful or two of nut butter helps bind everything together, and a scoop of protein powder makes it extra filling and helps to curb your sugar cravings.
 
The “mocha” element comes from a combination of coffee with chocolate – or raw cacao powder to be specific – which is full of minerals like magnesium and a natural stimulant, making it the perfect way to start your day on an energising note!
 
The BEST part of this has to be the chocolate sauce, which is a variation of my 3-ingredient raw chocolate recipe. If you like it runnier, feel free to add a small dash of almond milk. It is unbelievably satisfying and spoonably-thick (if spoonable isn’t a word it should be!)
 
Make sure you check out my other smoothie recipes (all are vegan), like this Strawberries and Cream Smoothie, these Top 3 Green Smoothiesthis Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie and this Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake
 
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Vanilla Mocha Milkshake Recipe

This recipe was developed in collaboration with Indigo Herbs using their ingredients.

Ingredients

Makes 1 large or 2 small servings

FOR THE SHAKE
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground coffee
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use MissFits Nutrition – use code CPB5 for £5 off)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon maple syrup, cacao nibs (for garnish)
FOR THE CHOCOLATE SAUCE
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon nut butter of choice

Method

  1. Simply blend all ingredients for the shake together until completely smooth and pour into a glass.
  2. Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and whisk until fully combined and no lumps remain.
  3. Pour sauce over the smoothie, garnish with cacao nibs, and serve immediately.
I’d love to know if you try this recipe! Leave a comment and rate it, and be sure to take a picture and tag me @cerealandpeanutbutter on Instagram!

Vegan Vanilla Mocha Milkshake Smoothie Recipe Dairy Free Eli Brecher cereal and peanut butterVegan Vanilla Mocha Milkshake Smoothie Recipe Dairy Free Eli Brecher cereal and peanut butter

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