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Vilma, reporting live from London

Walnut – cranberry flap jacks

After 48hrs of labour and emergency C section there was one thing I was really looking forward to having after getting home from the hospital: flap jacks.

As I don’t have much time for cooking I always look to make my food simple, quick, delicious & healthy. These little beauties are perfect if you are looking to have a healthy treat in between running errands or have some guests around.

To make approx 40 mini walnut – cranberry flap jacks you’ll need:

2 cups of oats

1, 1/2 cups of walnuts

1/2 cup of dried cranberries

1 tbsp cinnamon

4 tbsp melted coconut oil

7 tbsp honey

To start off add oats, cinnamon, honey, coconut oil & 1/2 cup of walnuts to the food processor. Whizz together. This will form smooth dough. Next add the rest of the walnuts and whizz until they break down in chunks (no longer than 30 seconds). Mix in dried cranberries and place the dough into a baking tray.

Pre-heat the oven to 140C and bake for 25mins. Cut into bite size flap jacks and enjoy!

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Apricot – mango breakfast bars

These energy boosting apricot – mango oat bars are an absolute dream! So chewvy, fruity and fragrant, a real crowd pleaser. I love having these in the morning with some warm milk or in the afternoon when I need a bit of energy boost.

And the best part? They take literally 5min prep time and 25min in the oven.

This recipe will make 16 chunky oat bars. You’ll need:

2 cups of oats

1 cup of dried unsulphured apricots

1/2 dried mango

2 tbsp almond butter

7 tbsp honey

1 tbsp cinnamon

4 tbsp melted coconut oil

1/2 cup of almonds

Pre-heat the oven to 140C.

Add all ingredients except almonds to the food processor and blend until a sticky dough forms. Then add almonds and whizz for a minute until they break down in chunks and mix in with the dough.

Transfer the dough into a baking tray and gently press down. Bake for 25mins, take out the oven and cut into oat bars.

Strawberry – coconut cheesecake energy balls

These strawberry cheesecake energy balls are a lovely snack for when you need a bit of a boost for the day.

You’ll only need 4 ingredients & 5 mins to make these.

To make 15 energy balls you’ll need:

2 cups of cashews

1 cup freeze dried strawberries

2/3 cup of desiccated coconut

7 tbsp maple syrup

Garnish

1/2 cup of desiccated coconut

Simply whizz all base ingredients in a food processor until a crumbly & sticky dough forms. Be careful not to over-blend it as the nuts will start to break down and form a smooth paste if left too long.

Roll the dough into bite size balls and cover with coconut flakes.

Cherry smoothie bowl

Taking a break with this delicious smoothie bowl. With only 4 ingredients, it makes a perfect afternoon treat and is so quick to make.

To serve 2 you’ll need:

200g pitted cherries

2 peeled & frozen bananas

1/2 cup of cashews

Garnish

100g pitted cherries

2 tbsp toasted seed mix. I used pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds & linseeds

Whizz banana, cherries and cashews in a food processor. When the mixture turns creamy, scoop the mix into couple bowls.

Add garnish and enjoy straight away.

Spinach – clementine smoothie

Starting the day with this delicious green smoothie. I love adding greens to my smoothies as it’s an effortless way of getting all the vitamins and nutrition needed in these gloomy autumn mornings.

To serve 2 you’ll need:

1 peeled & frozen banana

3 peeled clementines

2 handfuls of spinach

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup of oat milk (or any other milk)

Whizz all ingredients in a blender and garnish with a slice of clementine ✨

Banana – almond smoothie

Banana – almond smoothie to start the day on this frosty morning.

To serve one you’ll need:

1 peeled & frozen banana

1 tbsp almond butter

1 tbsp cacao powder

1 cup of milk (I used oat milk)

Simply whizz it together in a blender and voila!

Hazelnut milk

This mega delicious hazelnut milk is fast becoming our family favourite. It tastes like Nutella, but without any nasties. And it takes literally 2 min to make!

To serve 3 you’ll need:

2 cups of milk (I used oat milk)

1/2 cup of raw blanched hazelnuts

1/2 cup of dates

1 heaped tbsp raw cacao

Dash of vanilla powder (optional)

Whizz all ingredients in a blender and you’re good to go!

The ultimate breakfast smoothie

Starting the day with this amazing smoothie. This smoothie is so full of protein, magnesium, potassium and good fats, all promoting healthy skin and heart so give it a go ✨

To make 2 you’ll need:

2 peeled & frozen bananas

1 avocado

2 tbsp almond butter

1, 1/2 cups of oat milk

5 dates (optional)

Simply whizz all ingredients in a blender and top with some pomegranate seeds. So yum!

Hazelnut brownies

These brownies are a dream. Crunchy base coupled with perfectly creamy icing makes these brownies a winner!

To make a batch of 20 brownies you’ll need:

1 cup of roasted blanched hazelnuts

1, 1/2 cups of dates (soaked in hot water for 5 mins and drained)

5 tbsp raw cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

Icing:

3 ripe bananas

1/2 cup of dates

3 tbsp raw cocoa powder

1 tbsp honey

To make the brownie base simply start off by pulsing hazelnuts in the food processor until they have crumbled. Next add the rest of the base ingredients to the food processor and mix until a sticky dough forms. Fill the cake tin with the dough and set aside.

Move on to making the icing. Simply add all the icing ingredients to the food processor and mix until smooth. Spread the icing onto the brownie base and garnish with some hand-chopped hazelnuts. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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