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Nuts it.

SO working in the industry I’m in, I guess it’s a written rule that you have to be completely in love and obsessed with nuts. Especially nut butters.

Now being a big sweet treats supplier, the amount of nuts I order in is crazy. I remember the first time I made a big order with suma wholefoods and they rocked up in a huge lorry carrying just nuts… I mean, it’s totally nuts.

Well, now I have tubs (the size of huge baths) full of nuts, I’ve been experimenting with my own nut butters.

I have to say my favourite nut butter of all time is almond butter… I’m literally obsessed and I just can’t make anymore myself nor can I buy it. It’s a sad fact, that if left to my own devices, i’ll devour the whole lot in one afternoon…

I wanted to share with you though, my own recipe for almond butter because if I can’t eat my weight in it, I believe you should be able to.

Ingredients:

210g of unsalted raw or roasted almonds
1 teaspoon of coconut cream
1 tbsp of maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon of salt

Method: 

-Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and wack the almonds in the oven for 10 minutes. This help with the blending and mixing of them as they release all their natural oils once warmed up.
-Add the almonds to your blender and whizz away.
It is normal for this process to take up to 20 minutes so sit back and relax.
-after 10 minuteso f blending, scrape the sides of the blender to ensure all the mixture is getting thoroughly binded.
– Once you can see it’s becoming more of an ‘oily’ mud like state, add in the maple syrup, salt and coconut cream and blend for an extra 5-10 minutes.
-Voila, there you have it! You’re very own gorgeous, home-made almond butter.

Perfect for snacking on with sliced apples

Be Warned. HIGHLY addictive! 

Much love

Evie Xo

 

Appy A’lloween

Hello friends! Been a short while, I know; a good week?

I do apologise for the delay in publishing my posts. I’m really not this slack usually, just been insanely busy with other forms of work. Happy days!!

Okay, as mentioned in my previous MINI MOO post, I love this time of year… SO many exciting events to look forward to! Festive… Festive… Festive.

It’s nearing Halloween and so I decided I’d get crafty with a fellow fitness hunk (absolutely helpless in the kitchen…lost soul) and go wild with the classic Halloween icon…. the petrifying pumpkin!

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From using and abusing the delightful orange head, to making wacky faces… we also made pumpkin & spiced apple delights with a gluten free crumble-like topping. Baked inside miniature pumpkins, dazzled with cinnamon, they are scarily good!! In fact, freakishly delicious. Not to mention, frighteningly healthy – BLOODY PUMPTASTIC!!
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Parents, this is a great way to engage and inspire your children to learn tasty and healthy recipes whilst having a ball, improving their art and craft skills. Boo-ya! Winner!!

Go and get your hands on;

1 large cooking apple
3 miniature pumpkins (munchkins)
1 large pumpkin
1 tsp grounded cinnamon
1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar

Topping-
60 grams gluten free plain flour
30 grams unsalted butter
30 grams brown sugar

For the centre goodness, lets get everything prepped.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Large pumpkin –  chop the top off and spoon out as much of the centre as possble. Then cut into quarters and place on a baking tray, then into the oven until softened.

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Large apple – peel and chop the apple into small squares and place in a pan with a 100ml of water. Turn the heat on high and add in the cinnammon and the sugar. Stir and keep stirring. Once everything has softened and combined together, taste it to see if it’s as sweet as you’d like it. If not, add in more. Remember you can always add more. You can’t take away.

Once both of the components are ready, take the pan off the heat and the pumpkin out of the oven. The pumpkin should be easily stripped away from the skin. It should be extremely soft. Using half of the baked pumpkin, spoon the pumpkin off the skin and dice. Throw it into the pan and stir. Heat for a little longer if necessary.

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For the topping-

Using a large bowl, sieve the flour and the sugar and then throw in the butter. Using your finger tips (this is where it can get messy), rub the mixture together until it forms into bread-crumbs. Dont over-rub!

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Once all the goodness is done, cut the tops off your munchkins and spoon out the middle. Using a knife, make some incisions into the pumpkins insides and rim. Now sprinkle cinammon over and a little brown sugar …and, if you like things sweet, a drizzle of maple syrup.

Now fill in the munchkin with the apple and pumpkin mixture and top it off with the gluten free topping.

Boom, now we are ready to go! Place it into the oven for 10 minutes until the topping is golden and the pumpkin is slightly soft and crisp on the outside.

Once crisp, take it out and well… enjoy!!! Get messy with your pumpkin.

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Happy Halloween, all!!

Much Love X

A mini moo

Thrivin’ Thursday!!

I’m calling to all the chocolate fans out there, to all the sweet toothed gods and godess’. I have just perfected my delicious mini pot of chocolate heaven. A pot of pure raw goodness. Now my beautiful mother is absolute sweet fiend ( and I am too at heart ) and so I gave her a weeny pot to let her use her magical sweet taste buds to do their thing and give me their verdict. OH YES. We have a winner, she asked for another!

Okay, now sometimes you’re having one of those days/nights, you’re sat indoors and if in england, it’s probably raining outside and all you’re craving is something sweet, something delicious, something oh so dreamy.. BUT WAIT you can’t. You promised yourself you’d be good and stay clean. Sigh.

Eh presto, rub the nearest lamp next to you and I’ll give your wish. I dare you.

A GUILT FREE TREAT!

2 large soft avocados
1/2 banana
A splash of almond milk
1 tbsp of cacao powder
A drizzle of agave
1/2 tsp of coconut oil

So simple, all you need to do is get yourself a blender of some form, whack in all the ingredients and whizz and voila, you have yourself a RAW HEALTHY DELICIOUS CHOCO MOUSSE. Boo-ya. Just scoop it out in however many dishes you like and refridgerate for about an hour to ensure they’re cold yummy beauties when devoured.

 

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Topped with Chia seeds

Please have a go and Let me know! I would love see your mini moo’s.

Much Love X

 

Uni : the be all or end all

Firstly, this is just an article on how to keep yourselves in fine shape through those party months of your new chapters.

Hello European Lovers!
It’s that time of year again for us to get started or head back to university. Summer is, unfortunately, over now and term is just beginning!!

Just dropped my brother back off at Leeds university , unbelievably excited for him to start his last year of uni adventure! I’m sure a lot of you, who are just starting off in the first year of university, are feeling a whole mix of emotions! Well let me wish you all the best and assure you its all going to be tip top toe!!
Words of wisdom; Get social, and throw yourselves into uni life. Make it count!!

This post today actually applies also to the ‘travelling souls’ (my favourite kind of people!!) as well as Uni students; it goes one way or another…. I hope you’re all getting my drift.

It happens to all of us, to grow or shrink in size, so to be speak.
Don’t let Uni life get the better of you!! Keep on top of what you’re consuming, what you’re ‘downing’, and how active/inactive you’re becoming, because, trust me, this lifestyle change brings big physical change.

We all say it, think it and know it …so don’t do it!

It’s hard at uni, especially for the Freshers. For those who are heading back, you’re in a routine, you know what to expect, keep up with the good habits.
For Freshers, alcohol is going to take over your lives!
And what goes hand in hand with being blindly drunk? Fat bloomin’ food! UH OH…

TIPS FOR THE UNI BUMS –

1) Do your 15 minute morning HIIT!!
Blast that fat, dedication, determination and commitment – do not slack. Keep winning at life. Check out my ‘morning blast’ post for some ideas.

2) drink VODKA, LIME AND SODA. Oh yeeeeeeeee, my one and only. I personally believe this to be the queen and king drink of health in the alcohol society. Hallelujah. As I hope all of you know, drinking = calories. It’s ze juices and fizzy pop that contain a lot of the crappiness that ends up sitting on parts of our body we hate. Muffin top mania! SO sticking to V.L.S is the best way forward, a ‘guilt-free beverage’!  The soda also keeps you hydrated, meaning no stinky headache the next day! Hurrah!!

3) KEEP A LOCK ON THE GOODIES CUPBOARD. Now this is my WORST habit, that I seriously need to lock down. I, somewhat, turn into a fatty food eating monster when I come in from a heeeeeavy night out. It’s just not okay… I hope there are a few of you out there that can share my pain… but, yes. stay away from the midnight feasting. It’s never pretty.

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4) Choose wisely.
Okay so we all know that healthy foods costs a lot more ‘dolla’. Because that makes sense doesn’t it??? Students on a tight budget welcome to your array of Mcdonald’s burgers, whilst the other half can have champagne and caviar. Okaaaaaaay.

There are ways around this – Don’t use the money thing as an excuse, because if you’re that determined, and that well driven, maybe you’ll think that you don’t need that pair of shoes this week or you don’t need to go out boozing tonight… No, instead you’re going to help yourself to something else, bar the super noodles.
Try having eggs for breakfast, value eggs? They’re still eggs. Learn to love eggs. I adore them. Have your lunch, whatever that may be, and, perhaps for a dinner, Chilli con carne. Use turkey mince (leanest meat) as your base and go ahead as normal. Make a big batch and freeze the rest for later use.

Most of all, just be active. Join a sports team, get a job, or even dance all night… All of these things, although different, allow your amazing machine (body) to move and stretch and twist whilst being SOCIALLY ACTIVE too.

Do not turn Uni life into Sloth life. Be aware of the environment you are in. Enjoy it but stay on top.

Remember:

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Much Love X

SWEET POT : RED PEPP : COCO MILK WARMING SOUP

Holy effin’ Moly,
Unbelievable that September is here and SO winter is already on it’s way to our front doors… Don’t get me wrong, this time of year I love!! I’m the biggest festive person. Hurray. If we jump ahead a month or two : I loooove wrapping up snug, having fires, getting huuuuuge sausages, delicious hot chocolates and mulled wines at the christmas ( german ) markets ( so blooming excited!! Yes… 4 beautiful months away), going ice skating and doing all those other winter things. OH YES, IT’S BECOMING THAT TIME OF YEAR.

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However, ( and that is a strong however) as I’m sure the majority of you, who too experience cold winters will agree with me, the delightful winter chill is just not okay; not being able to button up your shirt properly because your fingers are frozen, or catching the lovely cold that seems to pass round like wild fire or even looking so pale it’s ghostly. Meh.
WELL I guess my positive inner self is meant to jump in at this point and say ; “Where there’s a high, there’s a low” . But  SERIOUSLY eh presto, CHRISTMAS IS ROUND THE CORNER.

Anyhow I’ve gathered you all here today because I want to share a little loco something with you, so read  c a r e f u l l y  because I’m bringing to you… as promised, a bloomin’ loco with coco soup. Boo’ya!

How does this tickle your fancy – SWEET POTATO, RED PEPPER AND COCONUT MILK SOUP. Eh?

Absolutely spandanglin’ delightful.
Okay here goes; you may want to note this down for your next food shop-

 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large onion – diced 
 60 mL Coconut oil
freshly ground black pepper
3 Celery stalks  – chopped 
3 large Carrots – chopped
3  cloves garlic, minced
4 large roasted red peppers – coarsely chopped
1  Litre vegetable stock
250 ml  coconut milk
Large handful of fresh sweet basil, thinly sliced

Okay firstly preheat your oven to 190 degrees, then prep all your veg as advised in the ingredients list.
Done??
Now the boring bits over, lets get down to it!

Place the sweet potatoes and the onions on a baking sheet. Drizzle with a teeny bit of the Coco oil and sprinkle black pepper to taste. Toss to coat and roast those babies for around 20 minutes or until golden.

Time over?? Fab, now set aside.

Heat the remaining coconut oil in a large  pan over a medium-high heat and then throw in the celery, carrots, garlic and seasoning(  I, for one, do not use salt…it’s the devil but If one loves the salt rocks, add in as desired.) Stir in the roasted red peppers and sweet potato mixture and cook on medium for 10 minutes.

Oh yea, now it’s time to get LOCO WITH COCO. Add the vegetable stock and coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper and increase the heat  in order to bring the bubbles alive. As soon as it starts boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer soup, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes. Once done,  remove from heat and allow to cool for five minutes before using a blender.

I use a blender but you can use whatever instrument fits in order to puree the soup to the desired consistency. I loooove it thick and creamy with a hint of spice ( got to love the pepper ) but YOU can tweak it to make it  your own.

Finalement, garnish with basil or coconut shavings and boom, you’ve just got bloody LOCO with COCO in a winter special soup.

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Let me know how you go and please send me your versions!! I would love to see how you go. Go get cosy on the sofa, get the fire lit and round the troop up.
Enjoy your loco with coco soup!!

Much love X