Chocolate Protein Pancakes

So it’s pancake day today! So here is a recipe for one of my favourite pancakes:

Ingredients:

  • 15g chocolate soy protein isolate (from myprotein)IMG_1223
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 small/medium banana, mashed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk
  • 1tsp coconut oil

Method:

  • Mix all of the ingredients together with a whisk or a fork.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a pan.
  • Pour the mixture into the pan (in a large pan this will make one large, thick pancake).
  • Leave it on the pan for 1 minute and then flip the pancake and cook it for a further 40-50s. If you have trouble flipping it, you can always place it under the grill for a minute instead!

Enjoy!

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Cinnamon & Pecan Granola

If you follow us on Instagram you will see a lot of our home made granola. Shop bought granola is fully of nasties, often high in both sugar and fat – not what you want to top your yoghurt with. So here is our clean granola recipe. Everyone in the family loves it and everyone you live with will love the smell it makes in the kitchen when its being made!IMG_2471

Ingredients:

  • 150g gluten free whole rolled oats
  • 100g whole pecans (or any other nuts you might fancy!)
  • 50g dried cranberries (golden berries or raisins will do too)
  • 5 tbsp of sweet freedom dark syrup (male syrup or agave will do too)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (or more if you love cinnamon as much as we do!)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Method:

You will need one large mixing bowl, a wooden spoon and either a Tefal air fryer or two flat baking trays and an air tight container.

In the Air Fryer:

  • Mix all the ingredients except the dried fruit in a bowl.
  • Put it all into the Tefal Air Fryer. Cook for 7 minutes in the Air Fryer.
  • Then add the dried fruit and if cooking in the air fryer and cook for a further minute.
  • Leave to cool slightly then transfer to a storage container. When completely cool secure the lid and give it all a good shake. It will keep for around a week.

In the Oven:

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Put into two flat baking trays and make sure its compact by pressing together.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes on 180 degrees Celsius (fan assisted).
  • Leave to cool slightly and then transfer into storage container. When completely cool secure the lid and give it a good shake. It will keep for around a week.

Enjoy! If you do make it let us know by tagging us on instagram @whygowithout.

My Self Proclaimed Bake Off Challenge: Week 5

So I, along with many others I’m sure, was thrilled to hear that this week bake off are doing an ‘alternative ingredients’ week. So no dairy, sugar or gluten. YAY! Finally, a week where I can watch the contestants struggle as much as I do to create delicious baked goods which are dairy free with sugar alternatives and aIMG_2570 lot of the time which contain zero gluten. I’m so excited to see what they come up with.

Here’s what I came up with this week: Nutella Cookies – dairy free, gluten free and refined sugar free. And to top it all off they are also vegan friendly.

The recipe will be available in my Ebook which will be released in October. It was definitely a winner and the whole batch went as soon as I brought them to a friends house. I can’t wait for you all to try them.

Here are my top tips for baking with alternative ingredients:

  1. Apple sauce makes for a great replacement for butter, as well as adding sweetness meaning you can use less sugar in the recipe (however be careful to keep the same consistency).
  2. From my experience, self raising gluten free flour does not work! You are much better off using a normal gluten free flour (my favourite is buckwheat) and adding a teaspoon of baking powder per 100g to make it self raising.
  3. Bananas always do wonders in cakes where you are missing butter – they help make it moist and lovely. But be careful not to lose the flavour of the rest of your ingredients by adding in a banana as replacement. Banana bread is wonderful but not when it’s everything you bake!
  4. Maple syrup and agave syrup do make lovely cakes, cookies, cupcakes etc but you may need to add in some ground nuts or more flour so that the mixture is not too loose.
  5. Dates. They really help to naturally sweeten a bake (when well blended and mixed into the mix) – using dates however will take some trial and error as it changes the consistency a lot and you may have to change up a lot of quantities. Practice makes perfect!
  6. Try the batter. Even though some times I end up eating a bit too much, it really does help you get a feel for the recipe and if you need more sweetener or chocolate etc.

Good luck and get baking!!

Why Instagram loves Maca

In the last year, Maca has been making an increasing number of appearances around the internet. But why? What is so great about it? Lots have people have asked me, expecting that I would know but embarrassingly I’ve always had to say I have no clue. So I decided to do some research.IMG_2248

What is this miracle Maca?

Maca (Lepidium Meyenii) is a plant which originates from the high Andes in Peru. The nutritional value of Maca has on average 60-75% carbohydrate, 10-14% protein, 8.5% dietary fire and 2.2% fats. It is rich in so many different nutrients, particularly calcium and potassium. So if you have a diet low in dairy like me, or a vegan diet then it might be good for you to start having some Maca as you may be finding it difficult to consume enough calcium.

But what does it do?

1) Improves sexual Function

Maca helps to balance hormones and acts as an aphrodisiac to help increase your libido. It also works to increase fertility.

2) Boosts Energy

Athletes also have Maca to improve energy levels and boost performance. As well as this it is thought alleviate symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. So why not replace your morning coffee with a Maca smoothie?

3) Balances your hormones

If you are more prone to getting migraines, having Maca daily could help alleviate these issues, as frequently an imbalance of hormones is a cause for recurrent headaches. In a similar way, it can help those who suffer from high stress by helping to reduce the effects of the stress hormone ‘cortisol’ on the internal organs and mental wellbeing. Studies have also found that Maca may help to lower high blood pressure too.

4) Helps with Healing

Zinc is a key element in Maca which is linked to wound healing, so it will benefit your skin by ridding it of marks from cuts or even blemishes from spots or acne. So why not try adding some Maca to your diet? Zinc is present in many different foods, particularly red meats and seafood so if you do not eat these often it may be a good idea to add some Maca into your diet.

5) Enhances your Immune System

Maca contains natural Vitamin C, as well as zinc, both which are thought to help boost immunity, protecting you from illness and improving your general wellbeing. Even more reason to add it in your morning bowl of porridge or smoothie.

You can find loads of great recipes and ways to get it in your diet. I don’t have any I think are good enough to share yet but as soon as I do, expect a post! Hope this helps explain why the internet has gone so crazy about Maca.

– See more at: https://www.wellbeingnetwork.com/en/post/5-reasons-to-be-maca-mad

Dairy-Free Ice Cream?

The other day my friends insisted that we all went to get some ice cream from a delicious, but very expensive, ice cream shop near where we live. I went along thinking I would only be able to stare at what they ordered and feel sorry for myself. So when I asked “Do you have any dairy-free ice cream?” and the answer wasn’t a straight out “No” I was extremely excited. I tried all of the ‘dairy-free’ options that they had to offer me and in the end settled for a delicious dark chocolate sorbet and some pistachio ice cream.

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Literally too good to be true

I raved about it so much, my dad went out to buy some pistachio ice cream for my mum and I the very next day. And that is when I realised I wasn’t feeling that well, and that I hadn’t been feeling that great since I had this suspiciously delicious ice cream. I put it down to the few cocktails I had that evening but I’m not one to feel too bad after a few drinks so I thought something was up. My mum then started to feel ill too after she mooed over the tasty flavour.

After calling up the different branches of the ice cream shop, it came to light that this was not in fact dairy free. It took my stomach around 3-4 days to really get over being given dairy for the first time in months and my mum and I were not happy at all!

It really is awful that this could happen, it may seem silly to someone who doesn’t know how it feels but imagine if someone was dangerously allergic and they had been told it was okay for them to eat it?!

The worst part about all this is that we actually went back into the store and they still claimed it was dairy-free. This is despite the fact we had already been told it wasn’t and that they make all of their ‘dairy-free’ ice creams in the same containers as their normal ones.

This is why I think that all restaurants should disclose their allergens to you on the menu. Or at least have the allergen menu available for anyone to observe, or even properly educate their staff. Some of my favourite dining experiences recently is when I’ve told people I can’t have dairy and instead of trying to recall from memory (which is notoriously unreliable.. psychology degree coming in here) they have just provided me with an allergen menu so I can eat without any worry.

People may read this and think, ‘Surely this wouldn’t normally happen?’ – you would surprised. The amount of times people have responded to ‘I can’t have any dairy’ with ‘Okay so no eggs? No cheese? Wait – no – you can have cheese?’ or something along those lines is shocking.

So I do apologise for this slight rant, but to sum up I think that allergens should be made clear on all menus, everywhere, for safety and everyone’s health!

“Why would anyone eat anything besides breakfast food”

The quote is from one of my favourite TV shows (Parks & Recreation) and I have to say I agree. Nothing beats breakfast for me. I prefer a sweet breakfast of pancakes, overnight oats, cinnamon and raisin bagels, lots IMG_2188of fruit or just anything covered in chocolate. However, some days will always call for some eggs and smoked salmon (mainly those preceded by some drinking).

Before I found out I could no longer have dairy and was hugely careless as to what I ate, I used t
o have a huge bowl of sugary, chocolate cereal with lots of milk. So the biggest issue for me when I went dairy free was trying to figure out what on earth I could eat for breakfast. I was in university halls at the time so the only option seemed to be some suspicious looking eggs or toast and jam. Toast and jam it was… for months. I kept getting so hungry later in the day and ended up eating more as a result.

When I went home I discovered overnight oats, and my world was changed forever! I missed my indulgent breakfast and this really hit the spot, and if anything I prefer it. It is basically cold porridge, however I’ve found myself getting far more creative with it than I ever did with porridge. It is also gluten free, so if you think you have problems with gluten this is an ideal, quick and easy breakfast recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 50g jumbo rolled oats
  • 15g soy protein powder from myprotein.com (my favourites are chocoalte or vanilla flavour)
  • Around 100ml, depending on how dry or wet you like your oats, of a milk of your choice (my favourites are dark chocolate and almond alpro milk or sweetened almond milk).
  • I’ve also started added a teaspoon of cinnamon in and mixing every now and again, I really recommend it!

Method:

  • Mix the oats and the protein powder in a jar together and then add the milk.
  • Close the jar and then leave it in the fridge overnight ideally (or if not for a few hours) to let the oats soak up the liquid and puff up.

Toppings:

I always top mine with a banana and tend to add goji berries for some extra texture. Sweet
freedom chocshot (any of their flavours) goes lovely with it along with some peanut butter or PB2.

It really makes for an idea breakfast which you can take with you if you’re running late for work or indulge in with lots of toppings if you have the time. It’s high in fibre and protein and low in fat and will leave you feeling full until lunch time!

If you make it and like it please let me know by tagging @whygowithout on instagram/twitter/facebook and using #whygowithout!