August Favourites

Well this is a hard one! I’m going to choose two because I’ve been away and whilst I was in Spain my favourite ingredient had to be tuna! From tuna steak to raw to tuna can! I love tuna! Or tunny as it said on many menus.. I do love the translations! Anyway tuna, I think it’s probably my all time favourite fish! I’ve always loved it sushi style but have recently loved a good tuna steak with mediteranian flavouring! So satisfying, flavoursome and just brill! I’ve also loved it seared in a salad or as part of a tapas dish and out of a can or should I say jar (that’s how it comes in Spain) so chunky and great on the end of a pintxos with an olive, pickled pepper and anchovies. And on top of a simple but amazing beef tomato and onion salad with a whole lot of olive oil!

My second ingredient I’ve just been loving is almond butter! You guys know I love nut butters to the moon and back five times but recently that love has gotten, if possible, stronger! My favourite combination has to be with carrots dipped in but I also love it on top of porridge, yogurt, avocados, in stir frys and as of today, smoothie bowls! I’m addicted and I’m not ashamed!!

Recipe

Hmmmm! I’m going to say my layered coconut and chocolate hazelnut and raspberry chia pots. One, because they are so flavoursome, creamy, comforting and all round delicious as well as being oooober healthy and two, they look super pretty and when you have got that layering off to a T it’s incredibly satisfying and you feel like an all round boss, excited for the morning so that you can eat it and well.. then it just sets you up for the day because your Instagram in the morning is going to be on point and yeah! Thats all I’m saying..

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Food

This would have to be kale chips! I must admit I’ve steered away from the kale for some time now and I’m yet to use it in my recipes but as of this month I’ve become the biggest kale chip lover! I particularly love Inspirals BBQ, Wasabi and Chocolate flavours! Sounds weird I know but believe me it works! I have made my way through about 15 bags in the space of three weeks! Super nutritious, incredibly flavoursome and so so so addictive. I’m going to have to order the bigger bags because the smaller size doesn’t satisfy my cravings and they are just so tasty! I think my favourite is probably BBQ as I like bit of spice but then it’s closely followed by the chocolate, it sounds so strange I know but it’s really good and it sort of tastes like chocolate biscuits!

Snack

Well I would say kale but I’ve used that so as I’ve mentioned earlier I’m loving carrots dipped in nut butter. It’s got that whole satay thing going on and again, very addicitve. I chop my carrots into little buttons and then flood a little bowl with my nut butter of choice and get dipping! I’ve gone for carrot instead of fruit as it’s lower in sugar and therefore better for the gut. My favourite nut butter to dip carrots in will have to be almond and hazelnut, both by Meridian! Get dipping!!

Nut butter

I only tried this two days ago but it was just so tasty and healthy I have to share! Its sweet virtues chocolate nut butter! it contains roasted almonds, coconut, coconut oil, raw cacao powder, coconut blossom, chia seeds, sea salt and ginseng! It’s basically healthy and rich chocolate spread that’s good for you and super nutty and delicious and incredible on top of yoghurt!!

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Fitness

As of yesterday my favourite new exercise is oddly a back exercise even though its my least favourite muscle group to train, but anyway seated cable rows with the rope pull. Now they kill but a good kind of burn and you really really feel them the next day!

Fashion

My love for baggy trousers has grown. When I say baggy I mean cigarette/straight leg/peg trousers. Quite classy with a nice top or casual with a T shirt. My favourites are these, these and these.

Restaurant

Australasia. I think I spoke about this restaurant in either my May or June review but honestly, this time it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my whole entire life! It was on my birthday, so rather fitting really! I had black tiger prawns, black chunky cod fish with the most amazing sweet sauce, a truly beautiful and incredible smoked salmon salad and the most delicious sea bass ever with a cucumber salsa! The video footage is on my youtube for those who want to see just how beautifully presented everything was and how delicious it all looked! So fresh, truly incredible and it always feels really special in there too! I highly recommend.

Song

Call you up – Viola Beach

Discovery

You’ll hear more about my journey and everything when my new “about” section goes up but I’ve recently been researching a lot into how mental and physical wellbeing come as a pair. if one’s off it’s most likely the other is too. Think about when you’re nervous and you feel sick or when you feel unwell you feel super sensitive or grumpy too. I want to talk about this more on both my blog and all my social medias as I think it’s quite unknown and I also want to share how mental health is just as important as physical health and how what you eat can have an affect on your mental wellbeing.

Photo

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Instagram

Green kitchen never fail to amaze me. Their holiday and travel photos, family and food are incredible. I often flick through their Instagram feed as it’s just so beautiful and inspirational. Their food styling is on point and they also create some incredibly delicious recipes! They are just so down to earth and lovely too! Such a positive and gorgeous feed to follow!

TV

The Bake Off! It’s back on! I may be a health blogger but that doesn’t stop me watching the Bake Off and loving all things foodie! I already have my favourites! Such a good and easy watch. Really motivational and inspirational too. I’ve decided every Wedneday I’m going to bake something so me and my family can sit and eat it whilst we watch because last week I got right hungry watching them bake cakes! Luckily I had some of my Livias Kitchen orange millionaire bites left! (also really good)

Event

Obviously my birthday and my holiday but in particular a certain day of my holiday!

We all decided to attend the San Sebastian food school in the Hotel Maria Christina. We went on the pintxos course which is the basque countries version of tapas. It started at 10.30am and finished at 4pm. Probably up there with my favourite day since Good Roots! That and my birthday of course! So I was a little nervous to begin with but then I felt so confident and comfortable getting stuck in and talking to everyone. I felt in my element talking to other foodies and people who shared the same interests as me. It was really nice to be around like minded people again! We also made some really incredible food, both taste and presentation wise (yes, I bought quite a few new props) and I learnt loads of new and traditional techniques which I can’t wait to try out again! Another reason why I loved it so much was that they catered for my intolerances – grains, gluten, prawns and I said red meat as at the minute I’m finding it really hard to digest but once my stomach is back on track I’m going to reintroduce it slowly! Winter won’t be the same if there’s no rich and meaty stews! Anyway I wasn’t looked at strange, I didn’t feel a pain or strange in any way and it wasn’t just me for once! There were four others with intolerances too! I actually felt quite special as the chef himself was making special dishes just for me and showing me cool gadgets and various ways of cooking! We had quite a few courses and everything was explained so well! Plus everyone was involved! We all made a classic pintxo to start ( the tuna and anchovy one i mentioned earlier) and then I had a celeriac cream with lemon infused vegetables and a poached egg cooked in its shell at 65 degrees for 20 minutes which was then cracked over my dish and the egg came out poached!! Incredible!! Then I had pan fried scallops with fava beans and chimichuri sauce, followed by anchovies in a mustard and mango sauce. Then to finish we had homemade goats milk dessert with homemade walnut butter and honey!! So so so so good! Such an amazing and enjoyable experience where I throughly enjoyed my self, learnt so much, built my confidence and ate some incredible food! And made new friends!!

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Blog

Speaking of new friends! My favourite blog of the month is from someone I met at the food school who is also a health and wellbeing blogger, recipe creator and interested in gut health! Fodder and Plonk. I’m yet to try any of her recipes but I’ve fallen in love with the website design, style of writing and food styling and photography! There are also some really positive and informative posts about mental wellbeing and health in general which I also love! Go check it out and subscribe!

So I hope you guys enjoyed hearing all about what I loved this month the most! Please let me know if I’ve inspired you to try anything new!

Hope you liked it,

Leitchy xx

Raw Gorilla Cereal

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Cacao and Lucuma

The nicest choc cereal I’ve ever ever ever had! It actually tastes like real chocolate! Not a hint of chocolate! Proper chocolate bar chocolate! And guys, it contains coconut and you know how much I LOVE coconut! I put it on everything! So we’ve got chocolate and coconut in one place and in breakfast form! Is this granola made for me or what? The crunch is so satisfying! It’s nutty and reminds me of coco pops and childhood chocolate bars! It’s so clever that they have used buckwheat to create that cluster effect we all know and love! It’s also easy to digest and adds to the whole nutty chocolate goodness vibe! The almonds help too! The lucuma takes the edge off of the rich cacao and makes this cereal more sweet yet without a ton of added nasty sugars! It’s also packed full of vitamins and nutrients so I’m not complaining! Sweet and nutritious! It’s also raw and soaked, so again I’m a happy bunny, as it will be easy on my stomach! So now I can enjoy chocolate, coconut and cereal for breakfast that is healthy and easy to digest!! I mean?!? This is my idea of breakfast heaven! I’m currently dunking my hand

It’s also easy to digest and adds to the whole nutty chocolate goodness vibe! The almonds help too! The lucuma takes the edge off of the rich cacao and makes this cereal more sweet yet without a ton of added nasty sugars! It’s also packed full of vitamins and nutrients so I’m not complaining! Sweet and nutritious! It’s also raw and soaked, so again I’m a happy bunny, as it will be easy on my stomach! So now I can enjoy chocolate, coconut and cereal for breakfast that is healthy and easy to digest!! I mean?!? This is my idea of breakfast heaven! I’m currently dunking my hand

I’m currently dunking my hand in to the box and devouring this as I type! It’s so addictive! Such a great replacement for sugary chocolate kids cereals you find in the supermarkets! And believe me they will love it! Yes it’s healthy but it’s not like you’re eating it thinking, I could be eating coco pops! Because it’s just as good, in fact it’s nicer! It’s got so much more flavour and coconut!!! Secondly it’s a thousand times better for you! Another pointer! The packaging is all funky and cool! It’s got a gorilla on and you can see the delicious goodness through a window which I like because you can see how delicious it looks! Plus I like the pink contrast against the brown and the colours are linked with the ingredients and it’s all round inviting and makes you want to buy it! Presentation is key guys! So yeah! It’s paleo, organic, raw, sprouted and it’s gluten, dairy and grain free! And it tastes like heaven! So go buy yourself a box! Oh and top tip! If you have it with milk you get that whole chocolate milk t

So go buy yourself a box! Oh and top tip! If you have it with milk you get that whole chocolate milk think going on which you can just drink from the bowl like a cat after, or sip through a straw or eat with a spoon, whichever takes your fancy! Also amazing as a snack eaten straight out the box, with yogurt, banana and strawberries annnnnnnd on smoothie bowls! Basically on everything! Such an all rounder and definitely one I’ll be repurchasing! Free from refined sugar, no artificial flavours or preserves, soy free and vegan! Great for anyone from any background! Just amazing!

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Pana chocolate

Fig and orange

Enjoying one of many purchases from last weekend 😍 I’m finding it hard to snack at the minute as my stomach is constantly bloated but when you feel like something, you’ve got to eat it! I love chocolate orange! I think it might be my favourite chocolate flavour! At Christmas I would always get every single version of the Terry’s chocolate orange from the original to the popping candy etc and eat them all in one go! No shame! And I’ve also always loved figs! Not in the same way I do now.. I now love fresh figs with honey and cheese or yogurt and nuts! Back then in a roll form but hey I was happy then and I’m happy now! We change as we get older and that’s ok! We live and learn ☺️ eat what makes you and only you feel good ☺️ at one part of my life I wouldn’t of gone near a bar of chocolate and I’m glad I can now reach for it without panicking about calories ☺️Now I love them both in this form! Dark, melt in your mouth silky chocolate with the flavour of Terry’s but the chocolate of much higher quality and it’s got yummy chewy bits of dried figs! And oh I do love a fig in any form whether that be fresh or dried! They are sort of date like! I just love them! Such a perfect healthy alternative but in my opinion tastier, higher quality and more flavoursome version! You can’t find chocolate of this quality, creamy and silky consistency in any old supermarket! This is high end and handcrafted! 😍 Indulgent and delicious! It’s also raw, organic, handmade, low gi, dairy free, soy free, gluten free and refined sugar free! No guilt (let me just add, you should never feel guilty when treating your self or eating anything for that matter! Your body deserves self love so give it to it!!) just pure indulgence and heaven! I must have had this bar three times in the past few months! I absolutely adore it! If you want to try a flavour you know you’ll love, try this! Oh and don’t even get me started on the packaging! A cardboard box with beautiful illustrations and writing on the front! Inside the chocolate is wrapped in a gorgeous patterned paper and the chocolate itself is decorated with hearts and positive words! What a lovely gift for someone or your self! Love love love!

Coconut and goji
I am a coconut obsessive… This is my idea of of heaven! Dark creamy artisan chocolate with an essence of coconut and little flakes and coconut running thoughout and then firey red and sweet goji berries scattered around! To create the most perfect mid week treat! I love the variety of textures! It makes this so addictive and enjoyable to eat! I want another 10 bars! Coconut flakes are my favourite topping ever! I add them to pretty much everything as they go with pretty much everything whether it be sweet or savoury and they look pretty! Goji berries however I never liked until now… I never new what to pair them with/how to incorporate them into my recipes! But I must admit they look stunning against the rich dark chunks of heaven! So bright and vibrant! They’d look great on choc smoothies and in summer tabouleh bowls! Soft sweet and nutritionally super! I’m a changed woman after this bar! That’s how good it is! And I was unsure about this one! Oh how wrong I was!! Its just as good as the rest! I don’t know how these guys do it but they manage to amaze me every time! I will never go back to eating supermarket chocolate! EVER! It’s probably a good job I don’t live in Australia because I’d just live off of this.. My caffeine and sugar levels would be out of this world!! Speaking of sugar though it’s actually quite low considering it’s a chocolate bar!! So that’s a plus too write! I have no complaints guys! Red raisin like dots of colour which are packed full of nutritional gold and coconut! I never have anything bad to say about coconut! Just perfect!

Hemp and nib
Im eating this on national chocolate day! I say it’s fitting no? And definitely not disappointing! want to say minty but there’s no mint in it? But that’s no bad think! Crunchy minty nutty goodness! But again no nuts… Dark choc lovers dream bar! A bar of dark chocolate with nutty hemp and crunchy nibs through out! Strangely refreshing and palette cleansing! Fancy word eh? But again I don’t know how but it just is! I love how this bar still manages to be silky smooth and crunchy at the same time! Pana chocolate have some skill! I’ve just looked at the ingredients and I can see cinnamon! It’s funny some bites I see where the cinnamon is coming from but I’m still feeling mint! That’s no bad thing but the way! I love mint! Refreshing and cooling, you can’t go wrong! This bars combination of flavours and textures is the perfect after dinner treat and would work well after anything you had eaten! Probably not the best idea to have cacao at night because of caffeine but hey! That’s when I fancy chocolate, every Wednesday/Thursday night it seems! My mid week cravings! Strange how it hits the same time every week… But I always choose Pana chocolate and they never fail to disappoint! I’ve never tried this bar before but I’m impressed as always! If someone was to offer me a piece/bar of course id take it! Every bar j try makes me love these guys more and more! So healthy, natural and raw! Love!

Sour cherry and vanilla
So creamy and sweet! This reminds me off milk chocolate but on the darker side of milk! It’s heavenly and may even be my favourite so far!! It tastes like melted chocolate, that silky fondue choose we all know and love and like chocolate icing! I’m honestly amazed! Then there’s pieces of sour cherry throughout! The sour cherry next to the creamy vanilla chocolate is to die for! I can’t get over the flavour and taste of the chocolate! It’s just so creamy and indulgent and the perfect combination of vanilla and dark chocolate! They have got the favouring perfect! It’s just so silky and delicious! The cool, creamy chocolate sort of reminds me of ice cream in a weird way too! So creamy and smooth! It’s got that whole Lindt truffle feel if you know what I mean! And I was and still am the biggest Lindt fan! And now I’ve found a healthy replacement! I couldn’t be happier! That cool, creamy, silky, melt in your mouth, indulgent, want to eat 10 bars in one go thing going on! It’s just incredible! Definitely my favourite! Have I said this about every bar? Well guys they just keep giving! Honestly.. I’m never going back to shop bought chocolate ever! This is the perfect gift for both your self and a loved one! There’s actually not one bad thing I can say about this bar! It’s just perfect! Ever so perfect! So buttery and just, you just need to try it ok! Think truffles, silky, milk truffles but in bar form and healthy and natural and free from pretty much everything! I mean what’s stopping you buy this really?!? I’m in love! And so will you be! It’s the best one! My Thursday night dreams have come true and it’s certainly brightened my mood!

Orange
Think Terry’s chocolate orange but 10 times better and creamier and indulgent and just delicious! Creamy, dark and silky chocolate with the right amount of orangey goodness! It just melts on your tongue! Pure perfection! It’s all your Jaffa cake and terry chocolate orange dreams in one! Yet again, more flavoursome and creamier chocolate and more delicious and a thousand times better for you! So if you love a bit of guilty chocolate orange in your life! This is s perfect and better replacement! I’m eating this on a hot day and the chocolate is at the perfect consistency! It’s just melting on my tongue! So indulgent! The taste is so simple yet it packs so much punch! It needs nothing adding and nothing taking away! You don’t need to eat it with anything, it’s perfect on its own! And one you can just keep coming back to every time! There’s nothing not to like, it’s just perfect guys! These guys are insanity clever! They just know how to create the perfect bar! Such a luxury chocolate bar!

Mint
Basically healthy after 8 chocolate! But so much more creamy and indulgent! Basically a luxury after eight chocolate bar but thicker, creamier and way more delicious! Yes, that is possible! It just melts in your mouth! So cooling, calming, palette cleansing and a great after dinner treat! If you like strong minty things this is your guy! It doesn’t blow your head of, it’s just right! Not subtle, strong but not too strong! These guys just know how!! I think this is up there with my favourite bar! Either this one, orange or cinnamon! The simple one ingredient ones are my favourite! It’s just so flavoursome and crazy how something this good and indulgent can be healthy! It’s mad guys! Raw, organic, handmade, low gi, dairy free, soy free, gluten free and refined sugar free! So so so so so so good and so healthy! The perfect Monday night, movie night treat! It’s just perfect! You NEED to try this! I have it my dad for farther a day and he’s ft a massive sweet tooth and said this was the nicest chocolate bar he’s ever had! Healthy or not! And that’s saying something… You need to try this guys that’s all I’m saying! So refreshing!

Nuts
Creamy silky chocolate with chunks of cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts and Brazil nuts throughout! Heaven or what? I can’t get over how creamy this chocolate is! Everytime I try a new flavour I say it’s my favourite! Every now just wows me! This one is so milky and silky with chopped nuts throughout that chew nicely and don’t get stuck in your teeth! The variety of nuts makes this bar so much more exciting to eat as every bite and every piece has the same silky chocolate surrounds but a completely different flavour within with every bite! Just so so so delicious! Me being the nutaholic I am, this bar is a dream come true! It’s like a farro Roche but in bar form! Actually it reminds me of my favourite chocolate ever! Italian bache! Oh my… I’m in love! I can’t believe there’s a healthy alternative out there!! Today is a good day! So incredible! I’m trying to savour every piece but it’s so hard when it tastes this good!! I’m starting to have a bar a day… Is that bad? Or is it ok because it’s healthy? Maybe we should only worry when I start to eat more than one a day.. Oh and one more thing! The box packaging is my favourite! Illustrations of the nuts inside! So funky and arty! Like pop art! Love it!

Rose
Turkish delight! I must admit I’m not the biggest fan of flower dented things but this wasn’t too bad! Super delicious creamy chocolate of star quality as normal and a subtle rose/Turkish delight taste! Super gorgeous packaging and a lovely calming bar of chocolate! It wasn’t my favourite but I’ve never liked flower tasting things and I didn’t mind this so that’s saying something!!!!

Raw cacao
Rich, slightly coconutty, incredibly creamy and incredibly delicious chocolate! Chunky, soft, dark but not as dark as you would think! But that’s no bad thing because it means it’s not bitter in any way! This bar is just coconut butter, cacao powder, dark agave nectar, coconut oil, carob, cinnamon and salt! That’s it! It tastes like hot chocolate in bar form! So creamy and luxury! Not as creamy as some of the other bars but not in a bad way! This bar is still incredible just in a different way! You can taste the hints of coconut and cinnamon but ever so subtle! The main taste is rich chocolate but not dark! I mean it’s dark but not too dark! I’m not a dark dark chocolate lover so trust me, it’s just the right amount of dark! This is probably the most versatile bar I’ve tried so far! You can eat it as it is, top pretty much everything and melt it down! A strong bar with a luxury taste but a taste that would work with everything whether that be porridge, smoothies or chili con carne! Or hot chocolate as I said! This is hot chocolate in a bar!

Eighty

A lot darker and harder than all the bars I’ve tried so far! But still mega creamy and delicious! Plus as its more solid it means it lasts longer as it doesn’t all just melt away on your tongue so there’s a positive! Also it’s not bitter dark! There’s sweet creamy hints from the agave and cacao butter! This bar is super low in sugar for a chocolate bar! It says it serves three but let’s be honest.. Who makes a six piece chocolate bar feed three people.. Not me anyway and not when it tastes this good!!! This bar is like the raw cacao one meaning it’s a lot more versatile and a smaller amount satisfies you where as with the others they are so flavoursome and creamy you just devour the whole thing! But that doesn’t mean to say that this bar isn’t addictive and as delicious as the rest because it is! It’s just more dark and classy and less is more sometimes! Does that make sense? This bar would be yummy with nuts and dried fruit as an after dinner treat or even with cheese and honey! Don’t knock it until you’ve tried! Super rich and indulgent and ever so tasty!!

Cinnamon

I mean you guys know how much I love cinnamon so it’s pretty obvious that I was going to love this! In fact I kinda already new I was going to love this as I’ve tried it twice before… Save the one you know till last right! Anyway super creamy, super strong and cinnamony and super rich and just all round indulgent! It’s not sweet cinnamon, it’s strong cinnamon! That strong cinnamon you get in those German biscuits around Christmas time! Not one for those who don’t love cinnamon! I however am obsessed! Super strong but not like cough your head of strong! Just the right amount! So festive but also able to have all year round! So yummy and so cinnamony! It just floods back all the thoughts of Christmas German markets and all things Christmas! But it’s still yummy enough to eat all year! Especially if you are a cinnamon lover like my self! The perfect next to the fire, Christmas songs playing, board games on the go and Harry Potter playing in the other room snack! That’s all I’m saying! Accompanied by a cinnamon hot Maca milk! Just picture it…

 

Recipe Of The Month – Raspberry Brownies

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I’m not kidding when I say these are the best brownies you’ll ever taste! So rich, gooey, moist (I apologise if you hate the word moist, but I like it) and indulgent! Just what a brownie should be!! Better yet… they are healthy!! Grain, gluten, dairy and refined sugar free!! You need to try these!

So I came up with these beautiful brownies on Saturday when it was chucking it down and dark and no longer felt like summer. I don’t know about you, but when it’s chucking it down and dark, all I want to do is bake! So I headed off to the kitchen, as you do and found we had none of the ingredients I needed to make some muffins I wanted to trial and I was feeling chocolatey!! So instead these were created.

I’ve seen bean blondies before and vegetables used in place of flour in things like carrot, beetroot and courgette cake and I’ve also seen sweet potatoes used in brownies but never beans! Never chickpeas anyway! I know, chickpeas… You wouldn’t believe it but you can’t taste it and they give the brownie the most incredible texture as well as being super good for you!

Chickpeas are high in protein, so great for anyone on a vegetarian or vegan diet. They are also a great source of fibre meaning you won’t get any sugar highs followed by sugar lows and they will ensure you stay full and satisfied longer than a sugar and processed shop bought brownie. But that won’t stop you from reaching for another slice..

I’ve used unrefined maple syrup instead of refined sugar. Maple syrup is mineral and nutrient rich and you don’t need to use as much because it’s stronger in taste. I’ve also used a little bit of natural almond extract for sweetness and because I’m obsessed with the amaretti like flavour..

Instead of butter/margarine I’ve used coconut oil as it stays stable at a high temperature. Leave butter for gentle frying or sauces and spreads. Coconut oil is amazing for your health whether that be rubbed all over your body and hair or used for cooking. It’s immune boosting, antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral and it helps control blood sugar levels and improve the bodies ability to store minerals. It’s also energy boosting so it helps these brownies be the perfect afternoon pick me up.

I’ve used raw cacao instead of shop bought coco powder as the higher the cacao the less additives. Cacao as well as never failing to put a smile upon your face is also high in antioxidants and magnesium. However, if you struggle getting to sleep at night, its also high in caffeine, so maybe don’t have it too close to bed time!

Can’t go wrong with eggs! I’ve used eggs as a raising agent and they are also a great source of protein, omega 3 and dietary cholestrol. Make sure you use room temperature for best results!

To finish off these…I was going to say bites of delight but its more like great big slabs of delight the way I’ve cut them up… but anyway to finishing off the best brownies ever I’ve folded through some frozen raspberries, for a nice little tarty fruity taste, they look pretty, and raspberries and chocolate are a winning combination in my book!

Feel free to fold through a different fruit or replace with some nuts instead! Or both! Pistachios would be delicious!

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Ingredients – Makes 16

2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed thoroughly

100g raw cacao powder

240g coconut oil

3 eggs

200ml pure 100% maple syrup

1 tbsp natural almond extract

200g frozen raspberries

Method

Preheat the oven to Gas mark 5.

Line a baking dish/caserole dish with parchment, around 20×25 cm.

Start by melting the coconut oil in a small pan over  a low heat and leave to cool.

In a blender place the chickpeas, cacao, eggs, maple sryup and extract and blend until smooth and silky.

Add the coconut oil and blend until combined.

Pour the brownie mix into a large bowl and fold through the raspberries.

Using a spatula pour the brownie mix into the lined dish.

Level out the batter with the spatula and then pop the dish in the oven for 50-55 minutes until cracked on top and springy in the centre.

Take the dish out the oven and leave to cool before slicing.

Once cool cut the brownie into 16 pieces.

Keep in an airtight box.

Leitchy xx

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Top Ten Things That Happened This Month – August

  1. I turned 19 and the best day I’d had in ages with my family! We went to Manchester shopping and out for tea at my favourite restaurant – Australasia
  2. Going out for my birthday lunch with my best friend and walking back in the sunshine talking away.
  3. Finding out more and more about my stomach and finally understanding and knowing what upsets it.
  4. Booking a whole load of courses to look forward to in September.
  5. Finally being able and having the confidence to re write my ‘About Me’ (coming very soon)
  6. Going on holiday to Spain and feeling the most relaxed I have in a while!
  7. Going to the San Sebastian food school and cooking all day, learning techniques and feeling confident and talking to lots of people and just having a lovely day with amazing food!
  8. Going out for some delicious meals (posh) and healthy and getting so much inspiration
  9. Feeling happier day by day – the more my stomach heals, the more my mind does too!
  10. Wanting to learn more and more and share that a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy tummy and how they are both totally connected! Starting project ‘healthy head and healthy tummy’ and wanting to help others nourish both their mind and body naturally with no restrictions and always delicious and fun!