Protein bliss balls (VGN & GF)

Life at work has been slightly hectic and somewhat overwhelming. This is because various unexpected changes (team- and job tasks-wise) have recently taken place and I am still trying to find my overall rhythm again. Since I have been getting home late and knackered, I see my time and headspace for the things that I enjoy doing and that make me feel grounded and at peace rather limited. Thus, if I am not away for the weekend I make sure to devote a couple of hours of my Sunday to meal prep. It saves me some valuable time during the week and makes me feel ready to take on the new week. I don’t know about you but I love to use my time during weekends wisely. Whenever I have a weekend free of major plans, I make sure I carve out some downtime/me time and I prioritise certain tasks that make me feel like I am more on the top of my game.

A few weekends ago, I wanted to make a snack that I could easily take to work with me and what you see in the picture below was the result: RAW VEGAN PROTEIN BLISS BALLS. The name could not be more appropriate as these no-bake balls really are mouthfuls of pure bliss. What a “cooking” accomplishment haha

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Even though this was only my second time making no-bake bliss balls, this recipe turned out to be so much tastier than the one I did for Christmas. I added vegan protein powder with chocolate hazelnut flavour and that was give it such a nice twist! This is an easy peasy recipe with only 4 ingredients. In less than 10 minutes you have a portable protein-packed and energy-boosting snack made of wholesome ingredients. So, without further adieu, here is the recipe:

Ingredients (makes 12):

  • 80gr pitted dates (I used Mazafati dates but you can use any other type such as Medjool)
  • 70gr toasted almonds
  • 15gr unsweetened shredded coconut (plus a bit more for the coating )
  • 7gr chocolate hazelnut protein powder. The one I use is made of brown rice and peas and it is from gold nutrition but feel free to use any other chocolate-flavoured protein powder that you may have at hand.

Directions:

  • Blend almonds in a food processor. Then add in dates and pulse until loose crumbs form.
  • Add in shredded coconut and protein powder and pulse until well combined. Knead together until the mixture sticks together.
  • Roll into balls and dip into shredded coconut (or in any other topping of your choice, such as cocoa or matcha powder )
Notes:
*You can store them in the fridge up to 1 week, or even longer in the freezer.
**You can also use other nuts, like hazelnuts or peanuts, instead of almonds. I am sure they would not compromise on the taste.

I am genuinely happy with how tasty these bliss power balls turned out: naturally sweetened, chocolate-y and slightly crunchy but still fudgey! I took them to the office and during a hectic week of work and it was marvellous to have them as a snack. They are just that perfect pick me up snack to have at work because they fuel you up without weighting you down, you know?

Even though they can be easily consumed as an “on the go snack on the go, you can also store them in the fridge and have them after lunch/dinner since they are a great bite-size dessert. Another alternative is to add to them to your breakfast smoothie/yoghurt/porridge bowl in the morning! I had a rushed morning the other day and as I did not have the time to have my breakfast at home as usually, I packed some puffed spelt, a power ball and a blueberry coconut-based yoghurt with me to eat at work (featured in the picture below). As featured in the picture below, super yummy and easy breakfast prepared in less than one minute!

 

Because this recipe is so quick and simple to make, I am sure I will be making it more often. If you happen to make these deletable grab-and-go bites, please let me know how you like them! 🙂 In case you have a different recipe of no-bake vegan bliss balls, please share it in the comment section below.

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

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Savoury chickpea waffle (VGN & GF)

SOOOO guys I finally bought myself a waffle iron!! I have wanted to buy one ever since my mom bought one. This is because I got to see how great it is to have some freshly made waffles for breakfast. Plus, it also reminds me of the lovely breakfasts in family we have in our balcony or garden every time I go back home for the holidays.

This is my most recently acquired kitchen appliance and I am over the moon with it! It is seriously such a breakfast/lunch/dinner game-changer!! It comes so in handy when I am having a crazy week with overtime and everything else we all deal with. In busy days, I surely prefer speed and convenience over anything else.

The recipe of the savoury waffles I am sharing with you today is something really easy that you can throw together in literally 5 minutes. All you need to have on hand are 6 real simple ingredients. I use chickpeas flour in place of regular refined flour for an extra punch of protein and because I personally love its taste. However, for a gluten free version, you can also use quinoa, buckwheat or even rice flour instead. Ok, enough of waffling around (pun obviously intended because I am that funny)! Here is the recipe:

 

Savoury chickpea waffles (makes two)

Ingredients:

  • 40 gr chickpeas flour
  • 5 gr psyllium husk
  • 4 Tbsp water
  • A splash of unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant-based milk of your choice)**
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder

 

** I always eye ball it but I probably use around 30ml

Directions:

  • While you are heating your waffle iron, combine all dry ingredients together in one bowl.
  • Add in the wet ingredients (water and milk) and stir them together/combine them
  • Let waffle batter sit for 10 minutes.
  • Scoop a few heaping spoonfuls of mixture into waffle iron and let it cook until it stops steaming and the light turns on. I actually leave for another minute or so because I like my waffles golden brown.
  • Repeat with remaining batter.
  • Transfer waffles to a plate, serve optional add-ins and enjoy!

Note: I never use cooking spray or oil because my waffle iron has non-stick plates. However, please bear in mind that you might have to use some oil in your batter or cooking spray in your iron in case this is not the case with the waffle maker you use.

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I love to pair my crispy waffles with tofu scramble (you can find my recipe here: Tofu Scramble) but you can top them with whatever you like. I have also topped my waffles with some smashed avocado, sautéed mushrooms, capsicum and scallions and they tasted great.

Wish you all a great week ahead xx

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

Baked pumpkin cinnamon oatmeal (VGN & GF)

My favourite time of the year – FALL – has arrived and this season calls for baking soul-warming comfort food recipes! Hence why I am here today! If you guys did not know already, I am a huge lover of pumpkin. I eat it all year around but… as soon as Fall arrives, I feel this huge urge to come up with new recipes where I can use it! I have been eating pumpkin nearly every single day and I don’t seem to get enough of it haha what can I say..? It is too big of a love!! I will certainly be sharing some fall-inspired recipes with pumpkin. So, my friends, please get ready for tons and tons of pumpkin everything!

Oatmeal is one of my favourite go-to breakfasts. I find it to be so satisfying and comforting, regardless of how hot or cold might be outside. Plus, you can really get creative with it according to what you’re craving: spices, seeds, nuts, dried or fresh fruits, nut butters…whatever floats your boat! Nevertheless, if I am at home and have the Sunday afternoon all to myself, I usually like to try out a new recipe. For this reason, last Sunday I decided to twist up the oatmeal game and do this fall-inspired baked pumpkin cinnamon oatmeal instead! It filled my house with the cosiest aroma and, as the result turned out quite good, I am here to share the recipe with you! It is easy to prepare and down right delicious. Plus, it is an easy make-ahead breakfast that is down right delicious and that you can enjoy all week.

 

Ingredients:

  • 70gr gluten free oats
  • 180 pumpkin puree
  • 180ml almond milk (I used the unsweetened roasted almond milk from Alpo but if you want to make it sweeter, you can use the regular version instead)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • A handful of cacao nibs
  • A handful of any kind of nuts: pecan, walnuts, pumpkin, almonds… (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl
  2. Once the ingredients are well incorporated, pour the mixture into a baking dish
  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees until the oats become tender and the liquid tick.
  4. Cut it into slices or squares and serve warm or store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. Leftovers are just as good as reheated! 🙂

 

For a perfect final touch, you can drizzle your slice with maple syrup or even a plant-based milk (I reckon that adding a splash of almond or coconut milk would make it even tastier!), add a spoonful of coconut yogurt and/or fruit on top if you like.

 

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This breakfast recipe is just perfect for rushed mornings because all you need to do it to pull out a serving, pop it in the oven or microwave, then add any toppings you like to finish it off! It is filling, heart-healthy and wholesome. Please do let me know in the comments if you make it or if you have a similar recipe of baked oatmeal! 🙂

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

Tofu Scramble

Nothing beats a slow and steady weekend brunch at home with your beloved one(s)!♥ It was so wonderful to slowly wake up to a bright and sunny day this morning and since my boyfriend was at home, I decided to treat him (well, treat us..) to an entirely homemade brunch. Since my boyfriend is British, I promised that I’d include a sort of vegan English breakfast in our brunch. Gladly, he was not disappointed with the result. *phew*

So, today I am here to share my absolute favourite brunch staple: TOFU SCRAMBLE!! It is not only super easy and quick to prepare but it is also very nutritious due to its high protein content and 0% cholesterol.

The recipe below includes the basics I usually use often but you are free to play around with the spices and use any veggies you have left in the fridge.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 200g firm tofu
  • 1 small thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 red, yellow or orange pepper diced (I actually used a mix of the three)
  • A big handful of spinach leaves
  • 50 gr mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1/4 finely sliced leek
  • Fresh parsley to garnish

 

  • Seasonings:
    • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
    • 2 tablespoons of nutrional yeast
    • Cracked black pepper to taste
    • Salt to taste

Directions:

  • Start by pressing the tofu, which increases its capacity to absorbe any flavourings and seasonings added to it. You can leave it draining with something heavy on top for about 10-15 minutes
  • While the tofu is draining, you can prepare and chop all the veggies.
  • Warm a skillet over medium heat with some water on it. Once hot, you may add the already thinly sliced onion and pepper(s) and saute until fragrant (about 3 to 5 minutes). Stir ocasionally.
  • Once the tofu is well pressed, you can crumble it slightly using a fork (or simply your hands) to get the preffered consistency for your scrambled tofu.
  • Add the sliced mushrooms, leek and crumbled tofu to the skillet as well as the nutritional yeast and the rest of the seasonings (make sure that the tofu is well coated). You will have most likely to add some more water to thin. Stir until well combined and let it cook it for approximately 5 to 7 minutes, until the tofu starts to get brown.
  • Serve immediately with some fresh parsley on top.

We served our tofu scramble over some gluten free multiseed toasted bread and paired it with vegan sausages. I do not consume processed meat-alternatives like this on a regular basis but it is good fun to switch things up every once in a while. Plus, I could not call it a vegan English breakfast without the sausages, could I?

If you try this recipe, please let me know in the comments how you like it! 🙂

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Small remark: I always buy organic tofu and would advise everyone to do it since, from what I have read, non-organic tofu is most likely genetically-modified and sprayed with toxic chemicals, which is just stuff our bodies do not need.

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

Pumpkin microwave cake (VGN & GF)

As a breakfast lover, I oftentimes find myself searching for new breakfast ideas in blog posts, Instagram and Pinterest. These platforms always make me feel inspired to try new recipes. Having a yummy and nutritious breakfast is definitely my best morning hack to jumps start the day!

I came up with this microwave cake recipe as an attempt of keeping things simple and easy for myself in busy mornings.

As this cake is meant to be baked in the microwave, it takes literally less than 5 minutes. So easy and quick!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp of coconut flour
  • 1 Tbsp of oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp of pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp of unsweetned soya milk (or any other plant-based milk)
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon to taste

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl or mug that is microwave-safe. Use a spoon to stir together until combined. The batter might seem lumpy at first but keep stirring until it is totally smooth and lump-free.
  2. Microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds
  3. Once the cake is out of the microwave you can add just your favourite toppings! I used peanut butter and goji seeds but you can add anything you want. ENJOY! 🙂

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If you fancy the idea of having a moist, healthy and tasty cake for breakfast that takes no time to bake, then you should give this recipe a try! If you do, please let me know how you liked it 🙂

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

 

 

4-ingredient pancakes (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

I am a self-proclaimed breakfast lover and, therefore, I need to have a good, healthy and nutritious breakfast to start my day off right! Today I am here to share my go-to recipe for pancakes, which is quick, vegan and gluten free!

 

Ingredients:

  • 30 gr of gluten-free oat flour (I just make my own by blending rolled oats until they are powdery and finely ground)
  • 5-10 gr of vegan protein powder. The one I used is the hazelnut-flavoured brown rice and pea protein from gold nutrition but you are free to use any that you have on hand.
  • A splash of unsweetened soya milk (or any other plant-based milk of your choice)
  • 1 tsp of baking soda

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all the ingredients.
  2. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. If you have a good nonstick pan that actually is nonstick (it can be quite a challenge to find a good one, trust me), there is no need to coat it with any type of oil.
  3. Drop the batter from a tablespoon and cook until the top surface bubbles. When it does, just flip it and let the other side cook a little bit more. Two-three minutes in total should be enough.
  4. Now only you need to do is to serve the pancakes with your fthumbnail_image1-2-e1516227748762.jpgavourite toppings! They can be fruits like berries or banana, yoghurt or even your favourite nut butter. I ate the ones you see in the picture with raspberries and coconut yoghurt and they tasted heavenly! Yum yum.

If in the morning you are rushing off in a frenzy and don’t really have the time to make pancakes, you can also make them the night before and leave them in the fridge overnight. All you are required to do when you wake up is to heat them up and they are ready to eat! I have done that various times and they are just as tasty! Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

P.S. Please try not to eat all the pancakes while you’re cooking them. BEEN THERE. DONE THAT.

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

Pumpkin Porridge (Vegan & Gluten free)

Who wants to skip a hearty and warming breakfast on a cloudy and rainy autumn morning?

Even though a bowl of creamy porridge is my go-to breakfast all year round, I do love to add pumpkin to it in this special time of the year! I also get a particularly different kind of satisfaction from eating porridge in this lovely season of fall. Plus, if you knew me, you would know that my love for pumpkin runs deep. Very deep.

I really like this recipe not only because it is super easy, quick and nutritious, but also because I see it as a sort of sweet treat. It could easily be considered as a pumpkin spice dessert!

Now, let’s go to what really interests us

Ingredients:

  • 25 gr of gluten free oats
  • 20 gr of cooked and pureed pumpkin
  • 40-50 ml unsweetened soya milk (or any other plant-based milk of your choice)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 ground ginger
  • 1/4 ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract or vanilla-flavoured vegan protein

Cooking Instructions: 

Bring all the ingredients to a boil.

Cook for 5 -7 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

Remove from the heat and allow to stand for a few minutes before devouring it. Trust me, “devour” will be the right verb to be used in this case!

As this is quite a versatile recipe, now comes the nice part of the process, where you can be creative and play with the textures and flavours by adding all the toppings you want.  As you can see in the picture above, I actually made by porridge quite simply by topping it with ground cinnamon and some slices of a persimmon. However, you can also choose other toppings such as:

  • Toasted pecans, almonds and walnuts
  • Raw cocoa-nibs
  • Goji berries
  • Some seasonal fruit like apples, pears, persimmons diced up
  • …and of course, if you have a sweet tooth, you can also finish the bowl off with a nice drizzle of maple syrup and/or some chopped dates!

Hope you give this tasty and energy-boosting porridge a try and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! ♥

 

Much love,

Blissfully Grateful