Recipe: Delicious Drop Scones with Warm Berry Compote

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Sunday

There's something incredibly warming about pancakes served in the winter, especially when you know all the ingredients are completely unrefined and wholesome. This recipe makes 14 delicious mini pancakes which are are ever so slightly reminiscent of fluffy American pancakes and English drop scones. They are refined sugar, gluten free and completely melt in your mouth, gorgeous. This recipe calls for banana which is a great source of potassium and fiber. Oats are great for keeping you fueled throughout the morning, buckwheat and brown rice flour both of which are wholesome alternatives to wheat flour, flaxseed is a rich source of omega-3, and topped with warmed berries will have you dreaming of the summer months yet to come. It's the perfect weekday pick me up for when you're in need of a healthy treat, or obligatory pancake Sundays, and you needn't feel bad tucking into them.

Gluten Free & Vegan
(Serves 2 / Makes 14 or 7) 

40g oats (Certified GF, if intolerant)
30g brown rice flour
30g buckwheat flour
1 tsp milled flaxseed (I use Linwoods)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp olive oil
3/4 ripe banana
170ml almond milk (I use Rude Health)
coconut oil (I use Chi)
pinch of salt

Berry Compote
1 tsp coconut oil
handful of frozen berries

To start, preheat your oven to a low temperature (50 OC).
Pulse your oats in a food processor until it forms a flour. Remove the oat flour from your food processor and add the rice and buckwheat flour, along with the remaining dry ingredients. Set aside. In a separate bowl mash your banana with a fork. Add to the dry ingredients, and slowly poor in the milk, and oil mixing as you go along until you reach a loose porridge like consistency. Heat a teaspoon of coconut oil on a pan at medium heat and add your pancake batter, flip the pancakes with a spatula as the top starts to show air bubbles. As the pan dries out add more coconut oil so the pancakes do not burn or stick to the pan. When the pancakes are cooked leave them to heat in the oven. Once all your pancakes are cooked add a little bit of coconut oil and your frozen berries to the same heated pan and leave them to soften on a low heat for a minute, stir as to ensure that they do not burn. Finally, serve your pancakes with a generous dollop of coconut yogurt, pomegranate seeds, strawberry halves, a drizzling of maple syrup and top with your warmed berry compote.

Books for wellbeing: 'Nourish: Mind, Body & Soul'

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Wednesday




'Nourish: Mind, Body and Soul'

I once held a job at a well known book chain and spent many hours a day unpacking fresh books in their rightful places. When i wasn't lucky enough to be reliving my former years in teen fiction, i spent more time than allocated lingering around the self help aisles, fascinated by their bold claims to be life changing. Some of these books were spiritual, some religious and others written from personal experience. This is when i made my first wellbeing book purchase - 'The Little Book of Confidence'. With it's claims of confidence, i was sure the little book would be the catalyst in re-branding a happier, more confident version of myself. Fast forward a number of years, and it seems my habits haven't much changed. My latest purchase in the wellness category was Amber Rose, Holly Davidson & Sadie Frost's 'Nourish: Mind, Body & Soul'. A book after my own heart, addressing all the areas i feel passionate for, with gorgeous photography from the offset. It covers all the areas that contribute to a general sense of wellbeing - from the inside, out. 


The book is divided into three sections. The food section has wholesome ingredients and home cooking as a central focus. It is filled with nourishing recipes, some of which include Amber's own nostalgic family recipes, to healthy alternatives on classically indulgent food such as banana and coconut pancakes and chocolate mousse. Sadie then goes on to share her personal experiences with some holistic methods to better wellbeing which is so refreshing. This section covers yoga, meditation, personal health and tips on improving your surrounding environment for wellness, in detail. In the final part of the book Holly shares her personal story and takes a unique approach to explaining exercise by focusing on mindful thinking. She further covers the importance of exercise for general wellbeing, and includes a detailed four week exercise programme. To say i completely adore and recommend this book is an understatement. It's everything i hope a book on wellbeing to be - honest, informative and written from personal experience. Most of all, i admire that this book is honest. Three women speaking from the heart, passing on what they've learnt and sharing their inspirations.

Recipe: Cacao, Almond & Chia Superfood Bar

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Sunday



I've fallen head over heels in love with raw energy bars, they are as delicious as they are quick and effective and with medjool dates as a base you can make many fancy flavour combinations. Packed full of natural sweetness and omega 3, this bar is great for feeding your brain with the nutrients it needs to leave you feeling great as well as combating sugar cravings. This raw date bar is packed with cacao for a boost of antioxidants, chia, almonds and cashew nuts which I've learnt are a great source of calcium, plus cacao nibs for an added crunch, and from one ex chocoholic to another, they taste better than the real deal. This is how you go about making them.

Gluten Free & Vegan
Makes 6

150g pitted medjool dates
30g almonds
20g cashews
1 tsp cacao (I use the raw chocolate company)
1 tsp chia (I use chia bia)
1 tsp cacao nibs (optional)

Pulse your cashews and almonds in a food processor until they are coarsely ground (or, use a pestle and mortar/rolling pin method). Pop your pitted dates, chia and cacao powder in the food processor and blitz for a few minutes, until the mix is thoroughly combined. Remove your date mixture and place any escaped nuts back into the mix, together with the cacao nibs. Grease a baking tray with coconut oil and pop the mix before pressing down. Pop your tray into the freezer for an hour and a half. Once frozen, remove your tray from the freezer and cut into square bars which you can then store in the fridge, or freezer until a sugar craving strikes.

'Tabula Rasa' - A blank slate

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Wednesday



'Tabula Rasa' - Blank Slate.

I was one of those pupils fascinated by Latin at School, although it was tared as one of those 'why are we learning this, again - will this really benefit us in our adult lives?' subjects. Little did they anticipate the success of Harry Potter and of course, apt blog post titles. Tabula Rasa, is a Latin phrase meaning blank slate, which is the view i hold of the new year.

I've learnt a lot in the space of a year, and although the pessimist in me says that 2014 wasn't the best year, the lessons I've learnt are invaluable. In among those things i also rekindled my passion for writing and fell back in love with the idea of sharing my endeavors on this here blog, so the last part of the year was spent jotting down ideas to share with anyone who will take the time to read.

Now more than ever, my blog is a space that i wish to document my new found passion for health, and well-being from the inside, out. I hope to share the recipes and practices that i embarked on in the latter of 2014 as they have become a permanent feature in my life, so to share this information on my little internet space would be the greatest pleasure.