Blueberry & Lemon Spelt Muffins

 

Summer has finally arrived and with it an abundance of seasonal fruits such as the Blueberry. This fruit has always been a favourite in my house!

We were gifted a load recently and I was really inspired to incorporate them into a dessert of some kind. What better way than Blueberry muffins? Well?! Blueberry and LEMON spelt muffins of course!

These muffins are a great summery treat! Light, fluffy and BURSTING with fruity flavours!

I prefer to use spelt flour as it is easier for my toddler and myself to digest than wheat. It also has a better nutritional content. One cup of cooked spelt grains has 246 calories, 11 grams protein, 1.6 grams fat, and 51 grams carbohydrates and 7.6 grams fibre. Spelt is also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, iron, and manganese. It has vitamin E and B-complex vitamins (especially niacin). All in all, spelt is an excellent healthy whole grain. If you are gluten-free you can use GF self-raising flour in replacement.

The muffins turned out amazing and I’m super excited to share them with you all. If you are not so keen on lemon then just leave it out or reduce the amount added into the mix.

I personally don’t use any muffin cases for these as I try to reduce my waste as much as possible. If, like me, you decide not to use cases then just use a little bit of coconut oil to grease the pan.

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Organic Blueberry & Lemon Spelt Muffins

Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 18 Muffins
Author Homemade Vegan

Ingredients

  • 250 ml Organic plant milk
  • 2 tbsp Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 350 g Organic wholewheat Spelt flour
  • 80 g Organic Rapadura/coconut or Demerara
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 150 ml Organic sunflower oil or coconut oil melted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 Organic lemon
  • 2 cups of fresh Organic blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180c fan or 350 f (Gas mark 4)

  2. Combine plant milk with Apple cider vinegar and leave to rest for 5 mins (to curdle).
  3. Add the spelt flour, baking powder, bicarb and pink salt to a bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the oil, sugar, vanilla essence and lemon zest.

  5. Pour the plant milk mixture into the bowl containing the sugar and oil, mix well.
  6. Now add the dry ingredients and whisk with a hand whisk until all the mixture is combined.
  7. Add blueberries and fold into the mixture.
  8. Add the mixture to a muffin tin. I use coconut oil to grease the pan. You can also use muffin cases just fill them half way.
  9. Put the muffins in the oven and cook for 15-18 minutes. (Until lightly browned)

Recipe Notes

Allow to cool and serve. To store, keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Vegan Bean Fajitas

Bean fajitas are the perfect, hearty meal for those busy nights!

Whipped up within 20-30 minutes.  These bean fajitas will surely be a favourite for those of you with children or fast paced lifestyles and especially for those who just LOVE fajitas! They are certainly a crowd pleaser!

High in PROTEIN and plant based IRON this meal is likely to be a regular from now on.

The addition of the Kidney and black beans provide a great source of protein. Paired with vibrant vegetables and aromatic herbs and spices, the flavours will keep you coming back for more. Don’t believe me? Well, try for yourself!

A great tip to save time and prepare for future fajita nights is to make a big batch of the seasoning and store it in a sealed container. When you fancy the fajitas all you need to do is chop your veg, wash your beans and your ready to go!

If your short on time you can pick up some shop bought wraps or you could make your own spelt tortillas. They are quick and easy and only require 2 ingredients!

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Vegan Bean Fajitas

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Homemade Vegan

Ingredients

Seasoning

  • 1-2 tbs cumin
  • 1-2 tsp paprika
  • 1-2 tbp chilli powder mild or hot
  • 1 tbs oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt opt
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt opt
  • Pinch of cumin seeds

Filling

  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped red pepper
  • 70 g fresh or frozen sweetcorn
  • 100 g kidney beans Tinned or presoaked
  • 100 g black beans Tinned or presoaked
  • Handful of fresh chopped corriander
  • Juice from 1 lime

Salsa

  • 2 fresh tomatoes
  • 1/3 red onion
  • 1 tsp dried coriander or 1 tbs fresh
  • 1-2 tbs of fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Spelt Tortillas

  • 200 g Organic Wholewheat spelt
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt opt
  • 120 ml warm water

Instructions

Fajita Instructions

  1. In a bowl add all the seasoning ingredients and mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl add all the filling ingredients then add the seasoning, stir well.
  3. Leave to sit for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Make the salsa by mixing chopped tomatoes, red onion, coriander and lime juice.
  5. Heat 1tbs of preferred oil or water to a pan on a medium heat. Add fajita mix.
  6. Stir frequently for about 10-15 mins until all ingredients are cooked through.
  7. While the beans are cooking if you are preparing your own spelt tortilla wraps start making the dough and cooking them.

Spelt tortilla instructions

  1. Add spelt flour and salt (if using) to a mixing bowl.
  2. Slowly stir in the warm water and continue to mix until you have a dough which is still a bit sticky.
  3. Separate your dough into equal balls. Can either make 8 small wraps or 6 large ones.
  4. Roll the dough and flatten with the palm of your hands. Place on a floured surface, making sure both sides of the dough are covered in flour to prevent it sticking to the surface.
  5. Roll your dough as thin as you can without it breaking.
  6. Put a non stick pan or well seasoned cast iron pan on a low heat. Add a splash of Olive Oil. Cook for a minute on each side.

Recipe Notes

Suggestion: Serve with fresh salad and Avocado.

NB: This recipe has been created with my toddler in mind so I don't use a lot of spices.  Just adjust the heat level to your own preference.

Can be kept in an airtight container for 3-4 days and in the freezer for up to six months.

 

Vegan Hazelnut Surprise (gf)

This no bake dessert is really simple to make and doesn’t take that long if you prep all the ingredients before you start making it.

I had a hard time naming this dessert. It has a nutty base similar to that of cheesecake, a sweet layer of date caramel and a creamy layer of hazelnut dark chocolate.

I discussed it with family members and “hazelnut surprise” came about. Mainly because they were surprised at how something that was vegan and healthy was so tasty! Not to mention the delightful hazelnut flavour! Somehow it just fit.

This creation is sure to wake up your tastebuds! It also makes for the perfect snack for anyone on the go!

You can add extra health boosting ingredients to the base as well. My favourite is hemp hearts. A great source of Omegas and other important nutrients.

I normally make my own oat cream but it can be bought in store too! Here is the recipe for homemade oat cream- https://homemadevegan.blog/2018/01/25/homemade-vegan-oat-cream/

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Vegan Hazelnut Surprise (gf)

Course Dessert
Servings 10
Calories 176 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of gf oats
  • 14 sayer dates or 7 medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup of oat cream
  • 50 g dark chocolate

Instructions

First layer

  1. Add walnuts, half of the hazelnuts, Oats and 4 sayer dates (or 2 medjool) to a food processor or blender and blend until mixture is crumbly.
  2. Add 2 tbs of Organic maple syrup or Agave. You could also use date syrup.
  3. Blend until all mixed together.
  4. Transfer to a dish and put in the fridge or freezer to cool while making the rest.

Second layer

  1. Soak remaining dates for 15 mins in hot water. I normally do this right before making the dessert as it saves time. I normally use about 10 sayer dates or 5 medjool. You could use more depending on how much date caramel you want.
  2. Rinse the dates but save 1-2 tbs of the water.
  3. Add dates and water 1 tbs of water to blender and blend for 2-3 minutes until a thick paste like mixture. Add the other tbs of water if necessary.
  4. Remove dish from freezer and spread the date caramel over the first layer.

Third Layer

  1. Roast hazelnuts for 15 mins on 180c (fan). I normally do this step when I soak the dates too.
  2. Remove hazelnut skins by allowing them to cool and rubbing them together in your hands.
  3. Blend the hazelnuts until crumbly.
  4. Melt dark chocolate on a low heat.
  5. Once melted stir in the oat cream then the hazelnuts. (Save about 2tbs of the blended hazelnuts for the topping)
  6. Spread the mixture over the 2nd layer and sprinkle the left over hazelnut to top.
  7. Put in the freezer for up to one hour or the fridge for up to 2 hours.

Recipe Notes

Will last for upto a week in the fridge covered or in the freezer up to 6 months covered just thaw before serving.

 

 

Ginger and Turmeric Lemonade

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This four ingredient, refined sugar free lemonade is not only extremely refreshing and tasty but it is undoubtedly the best way to detox and fight inflammation in the body.

Turmeric and ginger are widely known for their anti-inflammatory compounds. Curcumin an active ingredient in turmeric has been shown to be a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Although Curcumin is great for inflammation it isn’t absorbed that well by the body on its own. So if you are looking to enhance its benefits you can increase the absorption by upto 2000% by consuming it alongside piperine, the active ingredient in black pepper.

This would be really beneficial for anyone that has Arthritis or inflammation. Just add a pinch into the lemonade and stir.

Read more here about the benefits of curcumin/black pepper here.

Last but certainly not least! The element that  brings this all together, the Lemon juice. Great for flushing out the system and detoxing.

Renowned for many of its healing properties, lemon is great for the immune system and this lemonade can be used to help fight colds and throat infections.

So not only is this a tasty drink you can enjoy drinking it knowing that it’s nourishing your body too!

Ginger and Turmeric Lemonade

Ingredients

3 peeled organic unwaxed lemons
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tbs organic Agave syrup
60g fresh organic ginger
1 litre filter water

Optional extras

Ice
Sliced lemon
Black pepper

Instructions

1. Add lemon, ginger and turmeric into a juicer.
2. Add agave syrup and water to the juice. Serve with ice or put in the fridge to cool.

Alternatively you could put all the ingredients in a blender and sieve the pulp if you don’t have access to a juicer.

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Vegan Oat, Spelt and Ginger biscuits

IMG_5879IMG_5882These biscuits are just what I have been looking for! They are so good! That good in fact I had to make an extra batch when taking photos for you all because my toddler helped herself to a bite out of each of them!

The spelt flour and oat combo creates a fibrous crunchy biscuit. The subtle hint of ginger with the sweetness of coconut sugar makes for a slightly addictive treat!

A healthier alternative to a normally overly processed convenience food! These cookies are full of health boosting ingredients.

Spelt aids in circulation, builds strong bones, boosts the immune system and aids digestion.
Ginger is a highly potent antioxidant and is great for reducing inflammation amongst other things. These biscuits are especially great for pregnant woman experiencing morning sickness as ginger can also help to relieve nausua too!

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Organic Oat, Spelt and Ginger Biscuits

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12-15 mins
Yields: 11-15 biscuits

Ingredients

100g Organic oats
100g Organic wholegrain Spelt Flour
50-60g Organic Coconut sugar or demerara sugar
1-2 tsp Fresh ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
100g Vegan butter or Organic Coconut Oil
1 tbs plantmilk
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of pink salt

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 180c.
2. Add oats, spelt flour, baking powder, cinnamon and finely chopped ginger into a bowl and mix.
4. Mix sugar and butter together either by hand or with a mixer.
5. Add the dry ingredients in parts mix well. Add plant milk to combine the ingredients easier.
6. Use hands to knead the mixture and ensure it’s all mixed in. Flour your surface and roll out the dough. You can make thin or thick biscuits it comes down to preference. Both work out great!
7. Cut your biscuits out and put on a greased non stick pan or on grease proof paper.
8. Put in the oven for 12-15 mins. Allow to cool.

Biscuits can be kept in an airtight container or sealed jar for up to 2 weeks.