Cardamom, Pear and Cacao Porridge

Morning! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. I certainly did! Saturday we went to see my brother to celebrate him handing in his dissertation. We went for a fancy meal and then took him back to his house. Sunday I went to manchester to meet my girly Yas for lunch and a catch up. We’ve organised a night out with one of my mates in a few weeks and I actually can’t wait! Then Sunday evening we just chilled and watched TV. Monday was a LeitchyCreates admin day, emails and to do lists and then Tuesday I was in Liverpool at a meeting! Today I’ve got another meeting, I’m going to do some flavour development and then I’m off to meet two of my friends for cocktails this evening!

So today I’m sharing a super comforting bowl of porridge. Cacao and cardamom are two of my favourite things and paired together they work wonders! Topped with creamy yoghurt, lots of seasonal fruits, seeds and more chocolate. Just dreamy. Enjoy.

Ingredients – serves one

Porridge –

50g rolled porridge oats

200ml oat milk

a pinch of salt

1 tbsp cacao powder

0.25 tsp cardamom

0.5 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp maple syrup

half a pear, chopped

Toppings –

2 tbsp full fat live/coconut yoghurt

half a pear, diced

1 tbsp freeze dried/fresh blackberries

1 tsp toasted pistachios, chopped

1 tsp toasted sunflower seeds

1 tsp toasted pumpkin seeds

2 chocolate covered hazelnuts/1 piece of chocolate, chopped

a pinch of red berry powder to decorate – optional

Method

Pour the porridge ingredients into a pan, place over a low to medium heat and stir until thickened.

Pour into a bowl.

Dollop the yoghurt on one side of the porridge and then scatter the fruit over the other.

Sprinkle the toasted nuts, seeds and chocolate down the center of the bowl.

Decorate by sprinkling over the red berry powder if using.

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx

Coconut Miso and Cardamom Porridge

At first glance this may seem so so odd, but honestly its a match made in heaven, sweet and comforting miso with sweet coconut and aromatic cardamom. Delicious. Don’t knock it until you try it.

Ingredients – serves one

Porridge –

50g rolled porridge oats

200ml oat milk

1 tsp brown rice miso

1 tbsp coconut milk powder

0.25 tsp cardamom

Apple –

1 tsp butter

1 apple, diced

Toppings –

2 tbsp full fat live/coconut yoghurt

1 tbsp roasted hazelnuts, chopped

1 tsp coconut nut butter

1 tsp almond butter

1 piece of chocolate, chopped

Method

Fry the apples in the butter in a small pan until golden and then pop to one side.

Pour the porridge ingredients into the pan and stir over a low heat utnil thickened.

Pour into a bowl.

Dollop the yoghurt and nut butters on one side and scatter the apples on the other.

Sprinkle the nuts and chocolate down the middle.

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx

Grilled Apple and Maca Porridge

Morning my lovely lot. What a wonderful long weekend I’ve had. Thursday I had my hair done for the first time since may and then I met my boyfriend and Dad and we went out for a meal and cocktails to celebrate my Dads birthday. Friday was a slow start, I challenged Rob in the gym haha, got the odd life chore done and then my friends and mums friends started arriving as we were having everyone round for food and drinks as we were appearing on Jamie Olivers and Jimmy’s friday night feast! Such a good night! Then Saturday we chilled all day, finished booking our holiday and then Rob went off to the Wednesday match, me and mum cleared up and then settled down for a night infront of the TV. Sunday I took one of my favourites out for breakfast to celebrate her birthday and then I spent the rest of the day working and thennnnn that evening I went out again with my Dad to celebrate his birthday, just us two. Monday was back to LeitchyCreates business! I’ve got five super exciting meetings this week, restocking my website to do and new flavours to develop!

So today I’m sharing a recipe I made over Christmas. Malty maca porridge with sweet grilled apple, creamy yoghurt, granola for a spiced nutty crunch, a little choc because why not and pomegranate and maple for colour and sweetness.

Enjoy xx

Ingredients – serves one

Porridge –

50g rolled porridge oats

a pinch of salt

200ml oat milk

1 tsp maca

Apple –

slice into thin sticks

Toppings –

2 tbsp full fat live yoghurt/coconut yoghurt

1 tbsp spiced granola/muesli

2 tsp pomegranate

1 tsp maple syrup

2 chocolate covered hazelnuts, chopped

2 pinches of cranberry powder

Method

Preheat the grill to high and line with foil.

Pop the apple sticks on the ined grill and grill until they turn golden at the edges.

Meanwhile, pour the porridge ingredients into a small pan and stir over a low heat until thickened.

Pour into a bowl.

Dollop the yoghurt on one side of the bowl and arrange the grilled apple alongside.

Scatter over the muesli and pomegranate.

Decorate with the chocolate and cranberry powder.

Drizzle with maple syrup.

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx

Roast Squash Risotto

Ingredients – serves four

Squash-

1 butternut squash, peeled and deseeded and then chopped into bite sized pieces

olive oil

salt and pepper

1 tsp rosemary

Risotto –

2 onion, diced

300g risotto rice

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

boiling water

2 tsp dried sage

salt and pepper

100g full fat live yoghurt

100g creme friache

25g parmesan, grated

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Toppings –

2 tbsp roasted hazelnuts, chopped

Method

Preheat the oven to high.

Pop all the squash ingredients in a roasting dish, drizzle with oil, mix well and then roast for 30 minutes or until soft and golden.

Meanwhile, pop the onions, rice and cider in a large pan over a high heat, add a ladel of boiling water and simmer over a medium heat until soft. Add the sage and season well and keep adding a label of water then letting it boil away and run dry and keep adding more water until the rice has cooked.

Stir through the roasted squash, yoghurt, creme and parmesan adding a little mor ewater if needed to make it creamy.

Stir through the balsamic and then turn off the heat.

Divide the risotto between four bowls, top with the toasted nuts.

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx

NutriBombz – Review

Raspberry

Remember Jelly Tots? Sugary little taste bombs of flavour. Well thank them but healthy and one flavour. Lovely and chewy and really do take some chewing so not a snack that’s gone in a second. A satisfying chew. Look and taste like sugar. But aren’t. How clever is that? I love them and kids will too. A healthy treat bursting with flavour. I wonder if they do other fruits too?
Try them.

Salted Caramel Protein Boost

Omg absolute heaven! It tastes just like caramel, proper salted butterscotch caramel! I thought the chia would be too much but it actually adds a nice subtly crunchy texture to to bite. Absolutely incredible. Smooth, silky and so so indulgent. I can imagine this one melted into porridge or used in place of caramel on a healthy nice cream sundae would be ace! I can’t get over how so few ingredients can create such a like for like taste and flavour. Favourite from the pack so far! I will not be sharing this one!!

Carrot and Walnut Cake

Sweet, sticky, spicy and rooty! Just what you expect a carrot cake to taste like! A moist and gooey toffee like spiced cake bite with a subtle nutty texture run throughout. Topped with a bitter crunchy walnut that creates a perfect pairing and beautiful contrast with the sweet and smooth base. Just the right size to have with a cuppa mid afternoon as a pick me up. I also love how natural the ingredients are and how there’s only a few. Perfect handbag size to have handy on the go too! Love love love!

Oaty Raisin Flapjack

Crumbly yet soft with a strong taste of sweet and tart apricots, a subtly zing from the baobab and depth from the rich raisins. Nice and oaty and the perfect balance of crumbly and moist. The cashews and flaxseed add a nice nuttiness and enhance the nuttiness of the oats. The perfect rainy afternoon snack to keep me going until tea. I also love the dry and crumbly topping contrast against the more moist and compact bite. Yum! Not too sweet either. Perfect to calm cravings.