Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Balls

We love meeting inspiring and talented founders of other food brands. A few weeks ago we shared smoothies with Mary - a founder of Onist Food. Mary is a nutritionist who used to work for Jamie Oliver (omg!) and then started her own business making delicious Avocado Choc Pods. We loved them so much that we could not wait to try them with one of our mixes!
The result was SO good, that would have been unfair of us not to share the recipe with you (we have eaten half of the batch within an hour of making it!). 
Recipe (makes 15 balls)
 
Energy balls
Agave Nectar  10ml
Coconut Oil 1 tbsp
Juice of half an orange and orange zest
Desiccated coconut to decorate 
 
energy balls
Method
Put all ingredients in a blender. Blitz until well-combined. 
Taste for sweetness and add more agave nectar if necessary. 
Roll into balls, decorate with desiccated coconut and orange zest. Refrigerate for 15 minutes before eating! YUM!
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Recipe: Raspberry Ripple Pancakes

We love working with people who understand us and with whom we share the same ethos. We've met Squirrel Sisters about a month ago and instantly felt the connection! They believe in the same things as we do: finding the perfect balance between health and fun, and nourishing your body with healthy and delicious food! 

It was only natural that we would try and see how to incorporate their snack bars into one of our recipes... 

Raspberry Ripple Pancakes with Caramelised Banana

banana pancakes

 

Recipe (for 2-3 people, depending on your appetite)

For the pancakes

Morning Dreamers Pancakes 1 pack

Eggs 3

Milk 255ml

For the caramelised bananas

Caster sugar 25g

Vanilla essence 1/4 tsp

Hot water 1 tbsp

Banana, peeled and sliced 1

Unsalted butter 2-3 tbsp

For the topping

Raspberry Ripple Bar 1

Raspberries

Method

For the pancakes

Preheat the pan on medium heat, add some vegetable or coconut oil. Whisk together milk and 3 eggs, add Morning Dreamers Pancake mix and mix until well-combined. Use a ladle or a large spoon to scoop the mix and put in the pan. Fry your pancake on one side until the top appears dry, then flip. Once cooked. place on the plate and repeat.

For the caramelised bananas

Heat the sugar, vanilla essence and water in a pan over low-medium heat, until it forms a caramel. Add the banana slices to the pan and make sure the caramel coats the bananas. Add the butter to the pan and heat for another two minutes.

For the topping

Crush the Raspberry Ripple bar, and serve with some raspberries and maple syrup!

Voilà! 

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Recipe: Pancakes with Cashew Mousse and Coconut&Vanilla Popcorn

We LOVE our pancakes. We love them so much that we've had them with every imaginable topping (coconut jam, anyone?), so we decided to up our game and try something more... creative. 

How about a...

Gluten-Free Pancake Stack with Cashew Mousse and Coconut & Vanilla Popcorn..? 

Gluten Free pancakes

Recipe (for 2-3 people, depending on your appetite)

For the pancakes

Morning Dreamers Pancakes 1 pack

Eggs 3

Milk 255ml

For the mousse

Roasted cashew nuts 1.5 cup

Coconut oil (or vegetable oil) 4 tbsp

Agave nectar 6 tbsp

Vanilla powder (or some vanilla extract) 1/2 tsp

Lemon juice 1 tbsp

A pinch of salt

Water 3-6 tbsp depending on the consistency

Coconut and vanilla popcorn for decoration

Method

For the pancakes

Preheat the pan on medium heat, add some vegetable or coconut oil. Whisk together milk and 3 eggs, add Morning Dreamers Pancake mix and mix until well-combined. Use a ladle or a large spoon to scoop the mix and put in the pan. Fry your pancake on one side until the top appears dry, then flip. Once cooked. place on the plate and repeat.

For the cashew mousse

Add cashews into a blender and blitz on high-speed for a few seconds. Then add all remaining ingredients and continue mixing. Add water if necessary. The mousse should be smooth without cashew bits.

Once the mousse is ready, spread it between the layers of the pancake stack and decorate with some popcorn!

Voilà! 

 

 

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7 Morning Rituals to Make You Healthier and Happier!

Here at Superfood Bakery, we love our morning routine! Living an entrepreneurial lifestyle calls for some discipline, as well as for some healthy rituals to prepare us for the joys and troubles (they happen too!) of the day ahead. 

Today we'd love to share with you the morning routine we swear by!

 

1. Wash your face with cold water (or use an ice-cube!).

This simple trick does wonders to your skin, leaving it glowing and supple. Perfect before you apply your favourite moisturiser!

 

2. Scrape your tongue.

This ancient Ayurvedic recommendation is something you will keep doing once you start! Not only it helps you get rid of the morning breath, but also remove the bacteria that built up overnight, making sure you don't eat it with your breakfast (yuck!).

 

3. Drink a glass of warm water.

You may or may not add lemon, but this one glass is very important to get all your internal systems going and prepare your body for the day.

 

4. Move a little.

Whether it's a 7am HIIT class at your local gym or a 5 minute series of push-up, sit-ups and jumping jacks, moving your frame in the morning will get your blood flowing and will lift your mood! 

 

5. Meditate for a few moments.

Take a few minutes to close your eyes and sit in silence. It's a great time to ponder what you are grateful for and set the intention for the day. 

 

6. Have your favorite breakfast. 

As much as we would prefer having our Morning Dreamers pancakes with some maple syrup and blueberries every morning, sometimes we simply don't have the time for it. So we go for a quick and healthy breakfast (our top breakfast choices are porridge or yogurt with nut butter). 

 

7. Have a cup of your favorite morning drink.

Some may debate the benefits of a cup of coffee in the morning, but you know what? If it makes you happy, then have it! If it's a cup of green tea that gets you going - even better! 

 

This may sound time-consuming, but unless you do a 1-hour gym session in the morning, the above set of tips should take you no more than 25 minutes to do! 

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5 Ways To Replace Eggs In Baking

The number of vegans in the UK grew by 360% over the past decade. Nearly half of them are young adults aged 18-34. Few things have contributed to the rapid rise of veganism: health, environmental concerns, animal welfare and, to a great extent, social media. Only 10 years ago it was cool to drink, smoke, experiment with drugs and be skinny to the point where one appeared sickly. Our social media feeds were endless streams of drunken parties and sleepovers. 

Thankfully, these days the trend has turned: we drink vegetable smoothies, practice meditation and exercise to be healthy and look fit. Our Facebook feeds now show our friends running half marathons, getting into handstands, drinking vegetable smoothies and saving up for a £3k yoga retreat to Iceland. 

From smoothies and juice cleanses, the next step for the most health conscious of us, is going vegan.

When we do samplings for Superfood Bakery, we bake vegan and non-vegan cookies. Both disappear at the same speed. What it surprising, though, is that very few newly converted vegans know about how to substitute eggs in vegan baking. Below are our best tried-and-tested methods. 

1. Egg replacer powder

Easy to use, the powder typically contains starch, raising agent, and some kind of acidity regulator. Simply mix it with water in recommended proportion and add it to your dough. In many cases, you can't taste it, but it does the job. Works well for cookies.

2. Ripe mashed banana

This one can be tricky because banana adds moisture and some sweetness, as well as rather obvious banana taste. To replace one egg, take a small whole banana or half of a large one and mash it. If your banana is green, bake it skin-on for 10mins. Perfect for cakes and brownies, works for cookies as well, albeit with a bit of banana flavour. 

3. Chia seeds

This one is for superfood advocates: to substitute for 1 egg, take 1 tablespoon of chia and mix it with 2 tablespoons of water. Great for cookies. 

4. Flax seeds

Similar to replacing an egg with chia seeds, simply take 1 tablespoon of flax and mix it with 2 tablespoons of water. Adds a bit of a nutty flavour to your oatmeal cookies and bran muffins. 

5. Vinegar and baking soda

To replace an egg, mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar (e.g. apple cider) with 1 teaspoon of baking soda. This replacer is perfect for light and airy cakes and cupcakes! 

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