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Vegan Chocolate Protein Waffles

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Everyone loves a waffle. Add chocolate to the equation and you’ve got the ingredients for something truly magical. Plus knowing these waffles are vegan, and help with recovery from exercise thanks to the added protein, means they don’t have to be eaten as an occasional treat, but can be enjoyed as a healthy breakfast, snack or dessert any day of the week! Make a batch of these vegan chocolate protein waffles, freeze any leftovers, then pop one straight from the freezer into the toaster for two minutes for an instant pudding when you next crave something sweet but healthy.

The peanut butter ‘caramel’ sauce I topped this with is a stroke of genius - just two ingredients and 10 seconds in the microwave is all it takes. Then you have an incredible sweet peanut butter sauce with the consistency of caramel that you can drizzle on anything, from these chocolate protein vegan waffles, to your morning porridge, or even vegan ice cream (where it almost sets and goes chewy over the cold ice cream thanks to the golden syrup). Try this sauce and you can thank me later :)

Don’t have a waffle maker? Still want a sweet vegan chocolatey protein snack? Try these chocolate protein microwave mug cakes that literally take 5 minutes to make.

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VEGAN CHOCOLATE PROTEIN WAFFLES RECIPE

Ingredients (makes 6 small waffles):

  • 3/4 cup flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar

  • 3 tsp cocoa powder

  • 1 scoop Vega Chocolate Essentials

  • 1 cup soy milk

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil

Peanut Butter Sauce (enough for 6 small waffles):

  • 1 Tbsp smooth peanut butter

  • 2 Tbsp golden syrup

Method:

Turn on the mini waffle maker to heat up while you prepare the batter

Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, cocoa powder and vegan protein powder) in a bowl

Add the soy milk and vegetable oil, and mix until smooth

Pour a small ladle of the batter mixture into the hot mini waffle maker and cook for around 6-7 minutes until golden and crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside

Once ready, remove the waffle and set aside on a wire rack while you cook the remaining waffles

To make the peanut butter sauce, simply spoon the peanut butter and golden syrup into a ramekin and microwave on full power for 10 seconds until warm. Stir together with a teaspoon until smooth and caramel-like in texture.

Pour the peanut butter sauce over the vegan chocolate protein waffles and top with your favourite fruit (here I used banana, chopped Medjool dates, and some raw cacao nibs for extra chocolate goodness!)

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Nutrition (per vegan waffle with peanut butter sauce):

  • Protein: 7.0g (Women: 14.0% / Men: 12.7%)

  • Iron: 1.6mg (Women: 10.8% / Men: 18.4%)

  • Calories: 189 (Women: 9.5% / Men: 7.6%)

  • Sugar: 11.2g (Women: 12.4% / Men: 9.3%)

  • Total Fats: 7.4g (Women: 10.6% / Men: 7.8%)

  • Saturated Fats: 1.3g (Women: 6.5% / Men: 4.3%)

  • Salt: 0.1g (Women: 1.7% / Men: 1.7%)

  • Fibre: 1.8g (Women: 6.0% / Men: 6.0%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.

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My Go-To Green Smoothie

I can think of a hundred reasons why smoothies are such a great choice for breakfast. They're easy to take with you to have at work or on-the-go, they're quick to make, and they're delicious. But for me, the best part is just how incredibly good for you they can be. Check out my article on why smoothies can be so healthy and I'm pretty sure you'll be convinced!

In short, the extra portions of fruit and veg they help us consume have some incredible health benefits, including lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, some cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a lower risk of becoming overweight. Smoothies can also be really high in iron and protein, great news for vegans. And they're perfect for keeping hydrated. So start your day with a healthy smoothie and you'll stay on top of your game! 

Another great thing about smoothies is just how versatile they can be - you can switch up the ingredients depending on what you have in the fridge. This recipe for my go-to green vegan breakfast smoothie is a favourite but I often switch up the ingredients which helps to get a variety of nutrients and flavours each day. 

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My Go-To Green Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:

Ingredients for my go-to green breakfast smoothie - vegan and high in protein

Method:

This bit is really simple. Wash / rinse everything, chop up any larger ingredients, and chuck everything into a blender, topping up with water then adding the protein powder (optional). Blend until smooth then enjoy your healthy green vegan smoothie right away or keep in the fridge for later in the day (may need a stir if leaving 'till later). 

Nutrition:

  • Protein: 15.4g (Women: 30.8% / Men: 28.0%)

  • Iron: 3.9mg (Women: 26.4% / Men: 44.8%)

  • Calories: 277 (Women: 13.9% / Men: 11.1%)

  • Sugars: 29.2 (Women: 32.4% / Men: 24.3%)

  • Total Fats: 3.1g (Women: 4.4% / Men: 3.3%)

  • Saturated Fat: 0.4g (Women: 2.0% / Men: 1.3%)

  • Salt: 0.3g (Women: 5.0% / Men: 5.0%)

  • Fibre: 9.9g (Women: 33.0% / Men: 33.0%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.

Ingredients for my go-to breakfast smoothie - healthy, vegan and high in protein

Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

Vegan blueberry protein smoothie bowl recipe

I have to admit, until quite recently I was a little skeptical of smoothie bowls. I thought they were kind of impractical and just a way that Instagrammers could make their smoothies look better for photos. But having made a few now I've realised they're pretty awesome because: 

  • Using a spoon to eat your smoothie takes much longer than simply drinking it, which really helps control your eating speed

  • You can make smoothie bowls much thicker - this adds variety and it kind of feels like you're having ice cream for breakfast which is obviously a massive morning win

  • You can appreciate the toppings - for example I love kiwi fruit but if it were blended up with the smoothie the flavour would be kind of lost

  • Yes, they look prettier too, but this is actually important because good presentation of food is a major component to the enjoyment of a meal

I still drink my smoothies most mornings because time is often short, but when I get the chance I'll definitely be making smoothie bowls more often now. This one was delicious - here's how I made it:

Blueberry Protein Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients (serves 1):

Toppings:

  • 1 fresh kiwi fruit

  • 1 Tbsp toasted almond flakes

  • 2 Tbsp fresh bueberries

  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Method:

Chuck all ingredients in a blender and whizz up until smooth... that's it! You can add a little more water if you want a more liquid consistency, or a few ice cubes to make it thicker. Cut up the kiwi fruit and arrange on top along with the other toppings. It's that simple.

These are great for post-workout refuelling. The natural sugars in the fruits and the protein from the Vega powder, nuts, and seeds is the perfect combination for muscle recovery and growth. 

Nutrition:

  • Protein: 17.8g (Women: 35.6% / Men: 32.4%)

  • Iron: 4.2mg (Women: 28.4% / Men: 48.3%)

  • Calories: 359 (Women: 18.0% / Men: 14.4%)

  • Sugars: 32.9g (Women: 36.6% / Men: 27.4%)

  • Total Fats: 8.4g (Women: 12.0% / Men: 8.8%)

  • Saturated Fats: 0.8g (Women: 4.0% / Men: 2.7%)

  • Salt: 0.3g (Women: 5.0% / Men: 5.0%)

  • Fibre: 13.8g (Women: 46.0% / Men: 46.0%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women. 

Garlic and tarragon mushrooms on toast

Vegan garlic and tarragon mushrooms on toast recipe

The perfect way to start the weekend - mushrooms on toast is so incredibly quick and simple but packs so much comforting flavour. When cooked like this with some garlic and tarragon, they take on an aromatic, almost meaty flavour, and the toasted white bread absorbs the woodsy juices to become a delicious treat in itself. Some rocket dressed with balsamic provides a little tang and mixes perfectly with the warm mushroom juices.

And it's a nutritional powerhouse, because with just 372 calories you're getting over a quarter of your daily iron needs, three quarters of your daily vitamin D intake, plus a good amount of protein and fibre. 

Vegan Garlic and Tarragon Mushrooms on Toast

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 2 slices fresh white bread, toasted

  • 1 Tbsp cold-pressed rapeseed oil

  • 150g chestnut mushrooms

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tsp fresh tarragon, finely chopped

  • 30 fresh rocket

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar

  • Salt & pepper to taste

Method:

Heat the rapeseed oil in a pan. Meanwhile chop your mushrooms in half lengthways, add to the pan, and shake around in the oil. Sauté them for around 5 minutes until the juices that come out begin to evaporate and the mushrooms are turning golden. For the last few minutes, add the garlic and tarragon and continue to stir round the pan. Meanwhile, toast the bread (and spread with vegan butter if desired) and dress the rocket leaves. Season the mushrooms with salt and lots of pepper, then spoon over the toast with the juices and top with the dressed rocket leaves.

Nutrition (per serving with toast and dressed rocket):

  • Protein: 11.0g (Women: 22.0% / Men: 20.0%)

  • Iron: 3.8mg (Women: 25.7% / Men: 43.7%)

  • Calories: 372 (Women: 18.6% / Men: 14.9%)

  • Sugars: 5.7g (Women: 6.3% / Men: 4.8%)

  • Total fats: 21.9g (Women: 31.3% / Men: 23.1%)

  • Saturated fat: 2.6g (Women: 13.0% / Men: 8.7%)

  • Salt: 0.9g (Women: 15.0% / Men: 15.0%)

  • Fibre: 5.2g (Women: 17.3% / Men: 17.3%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.

Chocolate & peanut butter overnight oats

Vegan chocolate and peanut butter overnight oats recipe

These hot summer days provide a bit of a dilemma... I love oats in the mornings, but don't want a steaming hot bowl of porridge, as I'm already sweltering by 7am (first world problem, I know). So I've rekindled my love for overnight oats, as I get to enjoy all the tasty goodness of oats, but instead from a cold glass straight outta the fridge, condensation running down the side of the glass and everything. And the best thing is, it's even quicker than making porridge - literally chuck a handful of ingredients into a glass the night before, and you have an instant breakfast waiting for you in the morning. Oats are a great source of zinc, which is really important for energy and immune function, and this breakfast provides about half the UK recommended intake of zinc! 

Vegan Chocolate & Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1/2 cup oats (not instant)

  • 1/2 cup almond / nut milk

  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds

  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup / agave

  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder

  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter

Method:

Chuck all the ingredients (minus the peanut butter) into a glass and stir to thoroughly combine everything, then pop the glass in the fridge overnight or for at least 6 hours. In the morning, dollop the peanut putter on top or swirl it into the oats, and enjoy! If it's really hot, place the cold glass on forehead. 

Nutrition:

  • Protein: 13.1g (Women: 26.2% / Men: 23.8%)

  • Iron: 4.6mg (Women: 31.3% / Men: 52.9%)

  • Calories: 391 (Women: 19.6% / Men: 15.6%)

  • Sugars: 13.9g (Women: 15.4% / Men: 11.6%)

  • Total Fats: 17.0g (Women: 24.3% / Men: 17.9%)

  • Saturated Fat: 2.6g (Women: 13.0% / Men: 8.7%)

  • Salt: 0.2g (Women: 3.3% / Men: 3.3%)

  • Fibre: 12.6g (Women: 42.0% / Men: 42.0%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.

Healthy Vegan Pancakes with Cheat's Blackcurrant Sauce

Healthy vegan pancakes recipe

Looks like you can have your (pan)cake and eat it too... because these pancakes are really healthy - the only ingredients are oats, banana, and almond milk. But they are seriously tasty too - when cooked in a little coconut oil, the banana in them caramelises and they turn sweet and crispy on the outside, but stay soft and fluffy in the middle. I use a bit of a 'shortcut' with the sauce so that's ready in literally two minutes. Try these this weekend - they make the perfect Sunday morning treat, but you can rest assured knowing you're still getting the goodness of oats, a powerhouse grain filled with protein, iron, zinc, and beta-glucans, which have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease. 

Healthy Vegan Pancakes with Blackcurrent Sauce

Ingredients (makes 10 small pancakes):

  • 1 & 1/2 cups oats

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1 ripe banana (ripe with black spots essential)

  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil to fry

For the 'shortcut' blackcurrent sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp blackcurrent jam

  • 2 Tbsp water

  • 1 Tbsp golden syrup

Method:

Blend the oats in a food processor (or chopping attachment of a hand-held blender) until a rough oat flour has formed. In a cup, mash the banana with a fork to make a puree, then add the banana puree and almond milk to the oats and mix well to form a batter. Heat a little coconut oil in a non-stick pan, then pour small ladles of the batter into the pan (you should just fit four pancakes into a large frying pan). Fry for 2 minutes, or until golden and crispy, then use a spatula to carefully flip them over to fry for a further 2 minutes. To make the sauce, simply spoon the jam, water and syrup into a pan and stir over a gentle heat until thick but pourable. Stack the pancakes up and top with the blackcurrent sauce and some fresh fruit. 

Nutrition (per 5 pancakes plus half the sauce):

  • Protein: 9.3g (Women: 18.6% / Men: 16.9%)

  • Iron: 2.8mg (Women: 18.9% / Men: 24.8%)

  • Calories: 427 (Women: 21.4% / Men: 17.1%)

  • Sugar: 24.2g (Women: 26.9% / Men: 20.2%)

  • Total Fat: 11.8g (Women: 16.9% / Men: 12.4%)

  • Saturated Fat: 6.3g (Women: 31.5% / Men: 21.0%)

  • Salt: 0.2g (Women: 3.3% / Men: 3.3%)

  • Fibre: 8.2g (Women: 27.3% / Men: 27.3%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.

 

Quick & Easy Vegan Chia Seed Plum Jam

Easy and Quick Vegan Chia Seed Plum Jam Recipe

This chia seed plum jam really is seriously quick and easy to make. Plus, it requires less added sugar than conventional jam recipes, which means you get to spread it really thickly on your toast! The chia seeds are what helps the jam to set - so there's no boiling to precise temperatures or worrying if it'll set properly - just stir them through and in 15 minutes it'll be a perfect jam consistency. Those chia seeds also pack a nutritional punch too, containing lots of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, iron, and calcium. This vegan jam recipe is hugely versatile too - switch the plums for strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries, and stir it into porridge, dollop on pancakes, or even serve with vegan cheese and biscuits!

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Quick & Easy Vegan Chia Seed Plum Jam Recipe

Ingredients (makes one large jar):

  • 2 cups fresh, ripe plums

  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

  • 2-4 Tbsp golden or caster sugar (to taste)

  • 3 Tbsp chia seeds

Quick and Easy Vegan Chia Seed Plum Jam Recipe

Method:

Wash and chop the plums to remove the stones, and stir in a saucepan over a low heat, until they break down and become syrupy, about 20 minutes, mashing them up with the back of a wooden spoon (this only takes 5-10 minutes if using berries instead). Stir in the lemon juice, sugar, and chia seeds, then taste for sweetness (adding a little more sugar if desired). Remove the pan from the heat and leave to chill for 15 minutes, and that's it! If you want to make your jam a little thicker you can add more chia seeds, (just one teaspoon at a time, remember it takes 15 minutes for the seeds to thicken). The jam will also set more once it has chilled in the fridge for a while. 

Transfer to a clean jam jar, and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. Although it doesn't last as long as normal jam, it's so quick and easy to make that you can try it with a new fruit every fortnight. I've made this chia seed jam with strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries - each came out really well. Leave a comment to let me know what other fruits have worked well for you! 

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Nutrition per portion served with 2 slices wholemeal toast (jar divides into approx. 7 large portions):

  • Protein: 9.4g (Women - 18.8% / Men - 17.1%)

  • Iron: 2.0mg (Women - 13.5% / Men - 17.7%)

  • Calories: 212.7 (Women - 10.6% / Men - 8.5%)

  • Sugar: 9.0g (Women - 10.0% / Men - 7.5%)

  • Total Fat: 4.0g (Women - 5.7% / Men - 4.2%)

  • Saturated Fat: 0.6g (Women - 3.0% / Men - 2.0%)

  • Salt: 0.4g (Women - 6.7% / Men - 6.7%)

  • Fibre: 7.7g (Women - 25.7% / Men 25.7%)

See the Nutrition Info page for more details on % of Dietary Reference Values for men and women.

The plums starting to break down and become syrupy. I added some chopped apples to the plums in this chia seed jam

The plums starting to break down and become syrupy. I added some chopped apples to the plums in this chia seed jam

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