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Vegan Squash + Cinnamon Muffin Recipe

squashThese tasty muffins are so filled with vegetable goodness, but if that puts off the kids then there's no reason they ever need to know! We've made them with butternut squash but this recipe works just as well with courgette if that's what you have in. If you've a sweet tooth then you could whip up a quick batch of vegan icing, otherwise a dusting of icing sugar works just as well. Here we've topped them with rolled oats before baking, which adds a pretty touch and an interesting texture. These measurements are American cups. It's absolutely worth getting yourself a set - they make baking and cooking a whole lot easier. Just use a 250ml mug if you don't have a set of proper measuring cups.

 

 

2 cups butternut squash, grated

2 cups sugar

3 1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup plant-based oil (ie. sunflower)

1/2 cup apple sauce

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp cinammon (or less, if preferred)

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped

handful of rolled oats

Method

1) Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and grease your muffin tins or line them with muffin cases. Leave the grated squash in a sieve over the sink so that it drains for around an hour. Squeeze out the remaining moisture.

2) In a large bowl, mix the squash, sugar, oil, apple sauce and vanilla. Add flour and other dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Fold in the nuts and raisins.

3) Fill muffin tins with the batter, sprinkle with the oats, and bake for 18-24 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Tops should be golden brown. Allow to cook fully on a rack before eating.

 

 

 

 

 

Raw Vegan Cacao Energy Balls

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Energy balls seem to be cropping up everywhere, from health food stores to yoga studios. They make a great raw, vegan alternative to sugar-packed cereal bars and other unhealthy snacks. Often they contain lots of protein and healthy fats too! Did you know that once you have the ingredients (which are readily available from shops such as Arjuna on Mill Road) these are a piece of cake to make? All that's required is a food processor. Here's one simple version to get you started, but the possibilities are endless - try experimenting with coconut, spirulina, dried cranberries and cashews. Let us know your favourite energy ball combination using the comments section below!

1 cup dates, pitted

1 cup almonds

1/2 cup walnuts

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp sunflower seeds

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp hemp protein powder

1 tbsp water

extra cacao powder for dusting

 

Method

1) Blend the nuts and seeds in a food processor until almost flour-like. This could take up to a minute depending on the power of your blender. Add the remaining ingredients and continue to blend.

2) Roll the mixture into little balls. Place the remaining cacao into a dish and roll each ball in this until coated.

3) Place the balls on a sheet of non-stick baking parchment and place in the fridge until chilled.

 

 

Vegan Banana Oat Energy Bars

banana These tasty energy bars make a toothsome snack at any time of day - perfect with a mug of tea. They also keep really well so make a big batch at the weekend and store them in an airtight container so they're on hand throughout the week for whenever you need a little something sweet!

2 large, ripe bananas, mashed | 2 cups oats | 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk | 1/4 cup apple sauce | 2 tbsp oil | 1 tsp vanilla extract | 2 tbsp agave | pinch salt | 5 large dates, chopped.

(Try also adding vegan dark choc or perhaps even some walnuts too!)

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

2. Pour the mixture into a greased and floured square baking pan.

3. Bake for around 30 mins or until golden brown. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack before slicing into bars and removing from tin.

Vegan Black-eyed Bean & Ginger Stew

Vegan Black-eyed Bean + Ginger Stew

stewThis satisfying and nutritious stew makes the perfect family dinner dish. It's also incredibly easy to make! Black-eyed beans are a great source of protein. Serves 6.

2 x tins black-eyed beans | 2 tbsp oil | 2 white onions | 6 cloves garlic | 5cm fresh ginger | 3 sticks celery | 3 spring onions | bag of spinach | 1 red pepper | 250g mushrooms | 300ml veg stock | 3 tbsp dark soy sauce | 1 tsp yeast extract | salt + pepper

 

1) Drain the beans and set them aside. Peel and chop the garlic, onions and ginger. Slice the celery, spring onion and pepper. Quarter the mushrooms.

2) Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan over a medium heat, add the onions and celery, cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally.

3) Add the garlic, ginger, mushrooms, spring onion and peppers, lower the heat, cover with a lid and cook for another 5 min, stirring occasionally.

4) Add the beans, stock, soy sauce and yeast extract. Bring to the boil then cover and simmer over a low heat for 20min.

5) Add the spinach and allow to wilt before seasoning well. Mash a few of the beans if you prefer a thicker sauce. Delicious served with rice or potatoes.

This recipe is taken from Sam's favourite cookery book, 'Another Dinner is Possible', published by AK press. It's packed full of fantastic, no-frills vegan recipes which the whole family will love. We definitely recommend investing in your own copy.

 

 

 

Top 5 Habits of Healthy, Happy Mums

Top 5 Habits of Healthy, Happy Mums

mymHow often are you left feeling frazzled as a mother? Torn between  your kids, your job, your partner and a hectic social life? Sometimes it just feels like there aren't nearly enough hours in the day, let alone the possibility of a little "me time" - what a luxury that would be, right? Well, we have some great news for you! There is time. It's simply a case of taking time to make a little time. Discover a way of being in the world that is a little less stressful, a little more luxurious, and you'll soon find that by being good to yourself, you're much more able to fulfil all of your duties and obligations to others, with ease and a genuine smile! Here's how:

1. Practice mindfulness.

Most of us don’t realise that our daily lives are dominated by distraction and mind chatter. And that distraction and mind chatter winds up being the force that drives us much of the day in terms of what we do, what we react to, and how we feel. Mindfulness teaches us simple practices to move beyond this, bringing calmness, focus, clarity and inspiration. Find out more about Mindfulness here.

2. Ask for help when you need it.

Sometimes we worry that by asking for help we're sending out signals that we can't cope, or that we're not fully independent. Healthy, happy mums are confident in just how nonsensical a notion this is! Developing a healthy interdependence with those around you can be challenging as when we ask for something, we put ourselves in a position of vulnerability. According to Brene Brown our ability to be vulnerable requires courage and forms the basis for our connection with others, a connection that is critical if we are to inspire others and live healthy, happy lives.

3. Practice acceptance.

Stop being at war with yourself. If heavy traffic is making you late, think how much more stressful the situation is because you are angry about the fact that heavy traffic is making you late. Accept that which you cannot change. By doing so, you are accepting reality.

4. Remember to breathe.

The next time you find pulling your hair out stop, step back from the situation and take 3 deep breaths. It's amazing how we have our own "reset" buttons right at our fingertips yet rarely do we fully utilise the power of the breath to change the way we think and feel. Learn more here

5. "Me time" is not a luxury!

Healthy, happy mums recognise that "me time" is not a luxury but an absolute essential. By taking time out to recharge your batteries you're not only helping yourself but everyone around you too. We're all a lot more fun to be around and more productive, after a little pampering. It needn't break the bank either. Why not take a bath, head to yoga class, try something you've never done before or simply put your feet up with a good book? You absolutely deserve it, remember that.

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