Chocolate Banana Protein Muffins (oil-free & Vegan)

When i’m craving something sweet, i want these soft, gooey chocolate protein heavenly oil-free vegan muffins! YUM! These are super delicious and i used my favourite vegan protein powder by MyVegan – Lucky you can get 30% off any MyVegan products by using my discount code ALEX30 at the checkout.

  • soft
  • gooey
  • dense
  • fudgey
  • Chocolatey
  • oil-free
  • vegan
  • sweet
  • bouncy

Makes 12-14 muffins

Ingredients

  • 150g plain flour
  • 150g oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 100g light soft brown sugar
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 3 tbsp MyVegan Organic Cacao Powder / unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 scoops MyVegan Chocolate protein powder , (add discount code ALEX30 for 30% off)
  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed well
  • 400ml any dairy-free milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional add-ins:

  • 100g dark chocolate chips
  • 100g dark chocolate bar, chopped into small pieces
  • a handful cacao nibs
  • Sweet Freedom Chocolate Sauce, (to drizzle on the muffins 10 minutes before end of cooking time)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan oven/375F/Gas mark 5, line a muffin tray with paper or silicone muffin cups.
  2. First make the oat flour by measuring 150g oats, then using a hand-stick blender or blender, blitz the oats until you reach a flour consistency.
  3. Add all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl, stir well until all is combined, then in a separate bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together including the mashed banana and whisk well.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients, then pour the wet into the dry, keep whisking well until everything is combined, until you form a thick but pourable muffin batter. (You can now stir in your optional add-ins such as, chocolate chips or broken up chocolate bar into the batter)
  5. Add a few heaped tbsp of the muffin batter into your muffin cups until you almost reach the top. (I added some broken up chocolate bar pieces on the surface of the muffins before cooking)
  6. Bake the muffins in the oven for 25-30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle. Enjoy!

PS – If you make this recipe, i would love to hear what you think! Let me know what you think by commenting below. Or if you take a photo, post it on Instagram and tag @nourishingalex and i will happily share it on my Insta-Stories! THANKS, Alex  ❤

Easy Simple Chia Pudding

Creamy, thick chia pudding that’s easy to make, nutritious, and so delicious! Just 4 ingredients required for this tasty breakfast, snack, or dessert!

Chia seeds maybe really tiny, but they really are a super seed because they are full of important nutrients! They are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids which is normally found in fish, so as a vegan, its really important to include seeds in your diet! These seeds are full of fibre which will make you feel fuller for longer. They are also full of antioxidants, iron & calcium!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 70g (1/4 cup) chia seeds
  • 1 cup (about 250ml) dairy-free milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

To Serve:

Method:

  1. Pour the chia seeds & milk into a bowl, stir everything well using a whisk.
  2. Whisk in the maple syrup and vanilla extract (if using). Whisk well until combined.
  3. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave in the fridge to set for 10-15 minutes, or until it has thickened and the chia seeds have absorbed all the liquid.
  4. Serve with creamy Alpro coconut yoghurt, sliced bananas, strawberries, coconut shreds and drizzle with maple syrup! Enjoy!

PS – If you make this recipe, i would love to hear what you think! Let me know what you think by commenting below. Or if you take a photo, post it on Instagram and tag @nourishingalex and i will happily share it on my Insta-Stories! THANKS, Alex ❤

Pecan & Cacao Engery Balls

These energy balls are heavenly! They’re chewy, nutty & chocolatey and theyre full of all the goodies that will help keep you feeling energised in between meals. I make a big batch and keep them in a airtight container and keep them chilled in the fridge. I like to help myself whenever i need a little pick-me-up! They’re soooo moreish!

Ingredients

  • 200g dates, pitted
  • 150g pecans
  • 2-3 tbsp raw cacao powder/cocoa powder
  • 1 heaped tbsp peanut butter/almond butter
  • desiccated coconut, for decoration (optional)

Method

  1. Add the pecans to a food processor, then process for about 1 minute until the nuts are fine.
  2. If the dates are too tough and hard, soak them in a bowl of hot water for 1-2 minutes until they are soft. Drain the water from the dates.
  3. Add the dates, cacao powder & peanut butter to the food processor and process until you form a dough.
  4. Scoop out 1 heaped tbsp for each energy ball, roll into ball shapes using your hands, then roll into the desiccated coconut, then place them into an airtight container and keep them chilled in the fridge. Enjoy!

PS – If you ever end up making this recipe, let me know what you think by commenting below. I always love to hear what people think! Or if you managed to take a photo, post it on Instagram and tag @nourishingalex so i can see it and i will share it on my Insta-stories! THANKS! Alex ❤

Cashew, Oat & Vanilla Energy Balls

I LOVE these energy balls, they are my favourite thing to snack on right now! They’re so sweet and chewy and full of all the good stuff to help keep you energised! I like to keep a big batch of these in an air-tight container in the fridge, and just grab some when i need a little pick-me-up! These are great to take away whilst travelling too. I took a few batches away on vacation with me to share with my family and they LOVED them!

Ingredients

  • 200g dates, pitted
  • 120g raw cashew nuts
  • 3 tbsp oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 heaped tbsp cashew butter/peanut butter
  • Desiccated coconut, for decoration

Method

  1. Pour the cashews & oats in a food processor and process for about 1-2 minutes until you form fine cashew & oat crumbs.
  2. Meanwhile, soak the dates in a bowl of hot water for 2 minutes until they have softened (only do this if your dates are too hard and tough) Drain the water from the soaked dates.
  3. Add the dates, cashew butter/peanut butter & vanilla extract to the food processor with the cashews & oats, then process until you form a dough.
  4. Scoop out 1 heaped tbsp per ball, roll into a ball shape with your hands, then roll the energy ball into the desiccated coconut until coated. Do this until you have used up all the dough.
  5. Place the energy balls into an airtight container and keep them chilled in the fridge. Enjoy!

PS – If you ever end up making this recipe, let me know what you think by commenting below. I always love to hear what people think! Or if you managed to take a photo, post it on Instagram and tag @nourishingalex so i can see it and i will share it on my Insta-stories! THANKS! Alex ❤