If you have any other recommendations for brunching in London, please let me know in the comments!
Now let me tell you. These delicious treats are nothing like you’ve ever tasted before.
VEGAN, AT LEAST.
All of the products are hand made, and they offer a variety of vegan, gluten-free, raw, baked and refined sugar free treats as well as a savoury brunch menu that is sure going to knock your socks off. And coffee you say…? Well, coffee was artisan and simply delicious.
For that morning, I went for the vegan and gluten free matcha waffles with strawberries and dairy-free ice-cream, with an oat milk latte. My boyfriend went for the creamy avocado on toast with fried eggs and sautéed mushrooms. He also took a matcha smoothie with honey and almond milk.
If any of you are in London and want to come down with me, let me know!
I don’t have access to Planet Organic nor Whole Foods up here, so not only this website offers a great deal of health foods, but you really can’t beat the prices either. I tend to order things to come to my office, and voilà! It’s super easy and you get most things you need in a vegan diet.
2. Raw nuts
To make these energy balls, you’ll need:
1 cup of pitted medjool dates (8-10 dates)
1/2 cup pistachios
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 Tbsp shredded coconut
1 Tbsp almond flour (optional)
Start by pulsing the dates in a food processor, until a big ball forms. Add the rest of the ingredients, and pulse until a thick paste forms. Then make little balls with your hands. This recipe will yield 7 energy balls, which you can keep in your freezer until you need one! Yummy stuff.
Since I moved houses in June this past year, I’ve found myself baking a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean a cake a week! ok, maybe not that much. But having an oven has definitely changed my life.
When you transition from student life into a young professional, cooking becomes so much more pleasurable, as I have been investing in good equipment and good ingredients.
Anyways, onto today’s recipe. I’ve made these gluten-free and vegan coconut cupcakes that are super yummy for any time of the day. I made them gluten-free so my friend Larissa could eat them. To make gluten-free cakes you just need to use gluten-free flour with a little bit of xantam gum. It doesn’t taste any different and it helps it all hold together.
These muffins are coconutty, satisfying for sweet teeth and perfect size for a little bite. I did not use coconut oil, so I could keep the cost down, and instead I use coconut extract. You can find this in the baking section of your local supermarket.
You’re going to start off by preheating the oven to 180°C, and line you cupcake trays with little cases.
For the dry ingredients, you will need:
3 cups of gluten-free flour
1 + 1/2 tsp of xantam gum
2 cups of sugar
2 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp salt
Start by mixing the dry ingredients in a big mixing bowl.
For the wet ingredients:
1 can of coconut milk (400ml) + 100ml water
1 cup of vegetable oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp coconut extract
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
Mix all wet ingredients in another bowl or measuring jug (like I did), until a soft liquid is formed.
Combine both parts, by adding the wet mixture into the dry one. Add your liquid gently and whisk until no lumps remain. The batter should be thick.
With ice-cream scoop, add the batter onto muffin cases. I only own a 6-muffin case, so I baked the rest onto a big cake tin.
Bake in the oven at 180°C for 30-35min, or until you stick a fork or a knife and it comes completely clean.
I brought these to the office and it was a hit! Perfect for that morning or afternoon tea or coffee. They would also be really nice with some vegan coconut whipped cream. Yum!
Let me know if you recreate these little gems.
|Picture by Pure Ella|
Berries are a natural source of antioxidants thanks to their colourful and bright colour. They are at their best flavour by the end of spring and beginning of summer. Their beautifying properties? They fight against the damage of free-radicals and this is great for our skin and hair.
Now on the superfoods talk, did you know that Goji berries are a complete protein?
Not surprisingly, coconut oil had to be on the list! Known for its multi-purpose capacities, coconut oil is rich in palmitic and lauric acid, which have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inframmatory properties. Coconut oil acts almost as a natural repellent to all external threats to your body, and is amazing for external use as well. If you haven’t used coconut oil in your hair or nails, you’re missing out!
Probably my favourite of all these, but why is avocado so amazing? Because it’s rich in Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant and protects our skin from radical damage. It’s also rich in protein and contributes to the healthy functioning of all our body cells. Historically, avocados have been considered a fruit boosting fertility, as it’s pit looks like a mother’s womb. Oh, and they’re also full of omega fatty acids!
Or sunflower seeds if the green from pumpkin seeds puts you off. Pumpkin seeds are a legitimate source of iron, plant-based protein and obviously fiber. If this wasn’t enough, they are super rich in magnesium thus promoting heart health, and zinc for immune support. Just like any other nuts and seeds, these little beauties are packed with omega 3 fatty acids. So ditch the mercury-filled fish and eat these crunchy buddies instead.
I have to confess I’m a huge fan of lemon water in the morning, because I feel like it cleans my throat and my body inside and out. And in fact it does! As amazing as it can be in a salad dressing, lemons help our digestive system to cleanse and for the liver to eliminate toxins quickly. This bright companion is obviously also loaded with Vitamin C, which is essential for cell renewal, iron absorption (crucial if you’re also on a vegan diet), and collagen synthesis. Lemons will boost your immune system too, so let go of those pills and drink your lemon water when you’re sick!
Sautéed in garlic or in pesto, kale is your new best friend. Loaded with Vitamin A, which is essential in sight quality, indispensable to growth, for healthy skin, kale will have noticeable effects in our endocrine system which, in turn, is essential for our immune system. For those who are fussy about their greens, maybe stick with spinach if you’re not used to the crunch. Don’t forget to massage the kale in order to deliver the most youthful glow.
Fun fact: did you know that kale has more iron than beef per calorie?
I hope you enjoyed this little article a little different than usual, but food is a topic that fascinates me. Let me know what you think in the description below, and I’m going to make myself a salad with all these delicious ingredients that have made me hungry!