VEGAN BLUEBERRY OATMEAL WITH MACA POWDER AND PECANS {gluten, dairy, egg, soy & ref. sugar free, vegan, paleo}

Chock-full of healthy fats, minerals, vitamins and fibre, this 10 minute vegan blueberry oatmeal with maca powder and pecans tastes just like blueberry pie. The ideal healthy oatmeal recipe for a nutritional powerhouse of a meal that still tastes like dessert.

Vegan Blueberry Oatmeal with Maca Powder and Pecans - Chock-full of healthy fats, minerals, vitamins and fibre, this 10 minute vegan blueberry oatmeal with maca powder and pecans tastes just like blueberry pie. The ideal healthy oatmeal recipe for a nutritional powerhouse of a meal that still tastes like dessert.

You know when you have an “off” day? It’s especially after you’ve been ill for a while, and your body tries to find some semblance of balance, and starts, for whatever reason, behaving downright bizarrely. That was me a few days ago. My usual breakfast fare tends to include oatmeal (remember this chocolate peanut butter decadence?) or smoothies, or occasionally a yummy omelette. But that morning, my body decided to conduct itself like a petulant five-year-old and turned up its nose at all the usual breakfast foods. Now, this may all sound really strange to you. Nonetheless, I am a firm believer that we should listen to our bodies – which is how I ended up with a big (delicious) bowl of salad in front of me at 7am. Yep, so, that happened.

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CINNAMON SUGAR PUFF PASTRY PALMIERS {egg, nut & soy free}

25 minutes and 4 ingredients is all you need to feast on these delightfully flaky, buttery cinnamon sugar puff pastry palmiers. Easy and quick to make, they are so out-of-this-world delicious, you will want to make them again and again!

Cinnamon Sugar Puff Pastry Palmiers - 25 minutes and 4 ingredients is all you need to feast on these delightfully flaky, buttery cinnamon sugar puff pastry palmiers. Easy and quick to make, they are so out-of-this-world delicious, you will want to make them again and again!

A-and, we’re right back to the sweet stuff. Didn’t take long, did it? Today brings to you the second instalment of the puff pastry saga (I hope you didn’t miss the first part, those prosciutto puff pastry twists sure were delicious). Today’s recipe: cinnamon sugar puff pastry palmiers. Wikipedia (such a reliable source of information, don’t you think?) tells us that the word “palmier” is French for ‘palm tree’ (Where? I cant see it. I suppose if you squint really hard… in a dark room…), and that these sweet, buttery, flaky pastries can also be called ‘pig’s ears’ or ‘elephant ears’. Nope, again, don’t see it.

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SAVOURY PROSCIUTTO PUFF PASTRY TWISTS {egg, sugar, nut & soy free}

These savoury prosciutto puff pastry twists make the ideal last-minute party nibble or appetiser, or simply a delicious snack. Buttery, flaky puff pastry teams up with salty prosciutto deliciousness in what just might be the easiest and quickest recipe to date.

Savoury Prosciutto Puff Pastry Twists - These savoury prosciutto puff pastry twists make the ideal last-minute party nibble or appetiser, or simply a delicious snack. Buttery, flaky puff pastry teams up with salty prosciutto deliciousness in what just might be the easiest and quickest recipe to date.

I don’t survive solely on sugar, you know? I do realise why my recipes up to now might (totally do) give you that idea. My day-to-day life is actually full of savoury stuff – salads are my go-to lunch (more on that in a later post, suffice it to say I make this 3-ingredient dressing you most definitely want to get your hands on), carrots and hummus are definitely up there on the favourite snacks list, and I make a mean spinach omelette. 

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QUICK VANILLA SHORTBREAD COOKIES {egg, nut & soy free}

This easy recipe guarantees perfectly crumbly, buttery, melt-in-the-mouth vanilla shortbread cookies every single time. Requiring less than 45 minutes, it’s ideal for satisfying sneaky cookie cravings, or as a mid-week bake when you want something sweet and delicious, but are short on time.

Quick Vanilla Shortbread Cookies - This easy recipe guarantees perfectly crumbly, buttery, melt-in-the-mouth shortbread cookies every single time. Requiring less than 45 minutes, it’s ideal for satisfying sneaky cookie cravings, or as a mid-week bake when you want something sweet and delicious, but are short on time.

We’re going really basic today. We’re making quick vanilla shortbread cookies. I’m not being patronising. It’s highly likely you’ve made them before, and yes, they are really simple to make. But perhaps you’ve had problems with them being too crumbly or not crumbly enough or too dry or without the ‘snap’ or, or, or. What I’m getting at is that we shouldn’t underestimate how much can go wrong even with simple recipes. Which is why having a good basic recipe is so important and why you should definitely read on. Because this recipe ensures you get perfectly buttery, crumbly vanilla shortbread cookies that will melt in your mouth and can… also be used as air fresheners. Just put a cookie in each room and your house will smell a-h-mazing. Plus, you won’t have to leave the room when that sneaky cookie craving strikes. It’s a win-win situation, really.

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