GIVEAWAY! & Vegan protein brownies recipe :)

 

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When I was researching recipes to use my Good hemp strawberry in, I noticed that many people had said raw hemp was excellent for baking chocolatey treats. I stored this in my mind for one day in the (near) future. After all, I am a chocoholic and always looking at ways to make my chocolate goodies a bit healthier & increase the protein. Very kindly, The Raw Chocolate Company sent me some of their Raw hemp protein powder to include in a recipe. They also sent me a snack pack of their Organic raw chocolate mulberries to try out. 

The mulberries are 74% cocoa and I looove dark chocolate, the darker the better. Mulberries are something I had never tried but they have many health benefits such as being a great source of Vitamin C, Iron and Antioxidants. These tasted sweet and tangy with a good layer of yummy chocolate, they make a great snack if you fancy something sweet!

With the hemp, I decided to bake chocolate brownies. I found a simple recipe but I made a few adjustments to suit my tastes and to what I had on hand. I was eager to find out what they tasted like with the hemp in. My first impressions of the hemp was that it had barely any smell, unlike others I have tried. I was excited as I thought this could really work! I quickly threw everything in the blended and had a taste of the batter… fudgey, gooey, chocolatey, hazelnut brownie batter. To. Die. For. In hindsight, they would have made brilliant truffles just like that!

 The meagre 15 minutes I had to wait while they were baking felt like a lifetime but I made it through & the wait was worth it. The warm, fudgey goodness of a brownie was just what I needed on a rainy, Saturday night in. I am so impressed and surprised with how these taste, I couldn’t taste any hint of hemp in there, they feel completely indulgent but they are good for you! Ok, ok.. I’ll get on with it.. here’s the recipe!

 

Vegan protein brownies!

Makes 2-3 brownies.


-1/2 banana,

-1 tbsp cocoa,

-1 tbsp The Raw Chocolate Company hemp protein,

-4 drops of vanilla essence,

-1.5 tbsp chopped hazelnuts,

-stevia/sweetener/sugar to taste.

 

Blitz everything in a food processor/blender.

Bake at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes in a suitable tin.

Wait to a cool a little and enjoy.

 

They taste amazing. You can make any adjustments you want too, maybe play around with other flavoured essences, different nuts etc. And so that you can try this recipe too, The Raw Chocolate Company and I have teamed up to give you the chance to win a 250g pouch of the Raw hemp protein powder.

 

 WIN THE RAW CHOCOLATE COMPANY HEMP PROTEIN!


To enter, all you need to do is:

1. Follow this blog & leave a comment to tell me you have done so & under what name. 

2. You MUST tell me your email or twitter name so I can contact you if you win.

3. Follow The Raw Chocolate Company on Facebook AND Twitter.

 

Open to the UK only, sorry. Competition ends at 9pm on Sunday 25th August. Winner will be chosen at random.  

 

Good Luck!!

  

Question: Does raw chocolate appeal to you?

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The best 15 min workout & lightened up pesto recipe!

Today, I really wanted to get a workout in whilst Sienna napped & Woz was at footie but I had a few bits of house work to do first, which meant it needed to be quick. I remembered the HASFIT 15 min insanity workout we used to do and knew it would be perfect. 

I’m not sure if I just put more into it than I used too or if it was my new Zaggora fat burning leggings I was sent, but wow did I sweat! I was dripping from my eyes, lips, everything! Gross I know, but it means it was effective. I will definitely be doing this a bit more! A WIN for short workouts & Zaggora leggings!

For my lunch today I wanted something different, we had some chicken & wraps left and pesto sprung to my mind. I had a look on some of my favourite blogs for a recipe and Courtney came up trumps with this Lightened Up Pesto recipe.

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Although mine lunch as a whole wasn’t as good as their panini’s, the pesto was delicious! I have some left over for tomorrow 😉

Now I’m off to bake brownies and have a relaxing night!

Question: Have you found any good recipes today?

Strawberry hemp protein flapjacks!

Today was pretty much the same as yesterday in terms of just staying at home with Sienna. I got a few bits done for the business that I wanted to share because I really like them! Yes, that might be me blowing my own trumpet, but hey, it took a lot of work ;)!

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This is a sign for my mum’s summer house, I’m really happy with the finished product 🙂

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& these are little house numbers. I think they are so cute! 🙂

So I was busy doing that all morning and looking after Sienna of course. When she went for a nap I started a workout, I was 1/3 of the way through when the delivery man came with a massive box for me. It was a delivery c/o Good Hemp Nutrition.

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Oo look at all those goodies! If you’re not familiar with hemp protein here’s the low down:

-It is a complete source of protein (like meat)
-It includes all the Essential Amino Acids
-It’s extremely fast to absorb into the body
-It’s easily digestible and won’t make you bloated like whey products
-It’s a powerful source of dietary fibre
-It’s natural & sustainable to grow in the UK without chemicals
-It’s the only protein that naturally contains Omega 3
-It’s lactose, gluten, dairy & GMO free.
to see more, check out their website.

So it seems like a wonder product doesn’t it? I was super excited to try all these, but in particular the protein powder. I’m lactose intolerant so sometimes whey protein doesn’t have the greatest affect on my stomach, it leaves me crampy and bloated. I busted out the strawberry hemp and the enormous shaker and threw some water in to make a shake.

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I’m going to be honest, the smell put me off before I even tried it. When I did taste it, there was no way I could drink it. I was disappointed but I didn’t give up and immediately googled some recipes to use it in. I came across a flapjack recipe which I adapted slightly, put in the oven and sat with my fingers crossed.

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They came out looking good, don’t let the weird colour put you off, that is the colour of the protein. They are pretty crumbly but they taste good! Much better than drinking it ‘raw’. I think this hemp is only going to be my friend in baking, but that’s fine with me. I love sweet treats and this can help make them healthier!

Strawberry Hemp Protein Flapjacks!
-20g butter or soya replacement,
-23g honey,
-48g oats,
-40g Good Fit Shake Strawberry,
-1 egg white,
-1 splash soya milk.

I simply melted the butter and honey, then mixed everything else together, spread in a small greased tin and put in the oven for 15-20 minutes on 180 degrees. I have a fan assisted oven though so maybe do 200 degrees if you don’t.
NOTE: This only made about 5 flapjacks.

These will make a great swap from my normal processed, low protein cereal bars i have for my mid morning snack. I have a feeling they will also be good as a dessert with peanut butter on!

So far, I am impressed with the hemp products even if I had to play around with them to find something I liked. I’m intrigued to see how the milk & oil taste!

Question: Have you tried hemp products? How do you use them? 

*This was a sponsored post but all opinions are honest and my own.

PS. I did finish my workout in the end 😉

Homemade Chewy Fruit Granola!

This is my first time at trying out granola, i have always wanted to have a go at it but been a bit scared, i always assumed i’d just burn it and it would be a waste of time!

I’m so glad i braved it in the end as it came out ok and is super yummy!

Chewy fruit granola.

2 cups oats,

1 ripe banana,

3/4 cup water,

2 tbsp honey,

1tsp cinnamon,

1tsp vanilla,

1/4 tsp sea salt,

1/4 cup mixed dried fruit.

Method.

1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees. Blitz banana, water, honey, cinnamon, vanilla and salt in a blender/food processor.

2. In a big bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Then add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.

3. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and spread out the mixture onto it.

4. Pop into the oven for around 30 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy on the outside.

NOTE: My mixture was extremely wet which is why it came out rather chewy and stuck together unlike regular granola but i love it this way. Adapt to suit your tastes and make the mixture how you want it.

Recipe adapted from diet girl.

I have stored mine in a jar and have been enjoying it many ways! Because it is so chewy and fruity, it makes a great snack when craving sweets. It’s great on it own with milk or with yogurt and fruit.

Question: Have you ever braved granola? 

Unfaithful

So i have been slightly unfaithful to this blog.. i have got back into my fitness a little bit, i only did 1 workout last week but it was my ‘time of the month’ and i just get so exhausted its unbelievable! This week i have done one (yesterday) and i’m a bit unsure about whether to count it as a workout. You see, i did a different workout DVD, that i haven’t done in ages.

Now sometimes i do the ‘cardio’ section from this, but being only around 15-20 mins long, i never feel i work hard enough. So yesterday, i decided to follow it up with the ‘toning’ section.

Well, i nearly died.
Honestly.
I don’t remember it being that hard, i had to switch it off not even half way through.. bad!

So, i did work hard, i felt it and i bloody feel it today! My bootie and my back/arms muscles definitely worked.

But because i switched it off not even half way through, i feel like i failed. What’s your take on it?

On the food note, i haven’t really been watching what i eat at all. You see, we’re pretty skint right now.. and it’s SO hard to eat well on no money, no matter what anyone says. So i’ve been eating whatever we can afford really. Its bad but i don’t feel too horrible about it because i know its not my choice. I love to eat healthy, i love to be healthy and i would CHOOSE to be healthy, but its not feasible at the moment and i don’t really  have a choice right now, i’ve got to make do.

I just got in from grocery shopping and just wanted to share a few ‘new’ products to me and my shopping trolley.

First up, these blue diamond spicy BBQ almonds! I always see these on other blogs, mainly american girlies, so i was excited to see these and just bought them because of that reason! I’m sure they’ll make a yummy snack though!

And these wholegrain crisps! YUM! A little way to make my lunches/snacks healthier and get my wholegrains 🙂

Lastly, on the baking front, i’m super excited to make a breakfast oat cake  pretty soon!

What’s your fav thing to eat for breakfast?

Almond, Oats & more!!

Yesterday afternoon,  i had a lovely lunch, inspired by Gabriela’s post here.


A  whole wheat wrap with 2 vegetable fingers, a low fat cheese slice, a grated carrot and ketchup. It was really yummy and warm! But i didn’t really taste the cheese, so i might take it out next time! No point consuming calories if i can’t taste ’em! 🙂 I also had a teaspoon of PB and a naturally light bourbon vanilla yogurt with it.

My boyfriend came to see me in the afternoon, and like all Sundays we got a little bored. After thinking of what we could do, we decided to do my favourite thing and bake!! We made yummy crumbly squares!

Crumbly Banana Oat Squares.
Serves 8-10.

You will need;

  • 175g butter/marg,
  • 175g caster sugar,
  • 225g self-raising flour,
  • 100g porridge oats,
  • 2 bananas,
  • cinnamon (optional)

1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees,
2. Grease and line a small loaf tin,
3. Cream together the sugar and the butter in a large bowl


4. Sieve in the flour and cut in the oats to make a thick textured mixture.

WARNING: Do not attempt to try the mixture at this point, you will NOT have any left! ;)

5. Split the mixture in half and spread one half into the loaf tin.
6. Mash the bananas together and spread ontop of the mixture, add the cinnamon on the top.


7.
Spread the other half of the oat mixture on top of the mashed bananas. Don’t worry if some of the banana squelches out the sides, this will just caramelise and become even more gooey! :) It should look something like this;


8.
Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, depending on how efficient your oven is. It should have risen and be golden brown on top.

9. Leave to cool, then cut into squares and serve!
10.
Enjoy all that lovely oaty banana gooeyness! :)

There’s so many different versions of this you could make! To make them a protein snack, swap half the flour for protein powder or make low fat/sugar versions by using low fat butter and a sugar substitute. You can use any fruit you like; stewed apples and raisins is one i want to try! If you have a go at these, i’d love to see how they turn out and what you thought 🙂

As i mentioned yesterday, i got some lovely new cereal from the supermarket, i had it again his morning with 1/2 a banana, some cinnamon a big mug of coffee.


Almond, Oats and more! This is seriously good, i cannot explain! Soo much better than granola! There’s something so yummy and comforting about oats, i love them in every form!!