Chocolate Spread/Nutella 

  • 1/2-1 Cup of Cashews, pre soaked (can use hazelnuts for Nutella-esque flavour)
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa or Cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons Rapadura sugar (I used 1 1/2 Rapadura and 1/2 tbspn white sugar in mine) 
  • Splash of vanilla extract 


Method:

  • Mix sugar and cocoa together and add hot water to make a smooth paste 
  • Mix cashews through 
  • Blend until smooth consistency -may need to add water and/or dairy free milk to help it go a smoother, or to your desired consistency

Love and chocolate fondues🍫🍌🍓,

Michaela xx

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Microwave Cookies are the new Mug Cakes 🍪☕️

So, you know when it’s Saturday morning and you’re binge watching Gilmore Girls because the reboot last week made you need to binge watch all the previous seasons ..and, so you need coffee… 

but you also wish you had cookies for that coffee, but there is nothing in the house? Of course you do!
So instead of having self control

or begrudgingly sipping your coffee cookie-less …

I whipped up this easy vegan microwave cookie for you to try…

Cinnamon Almond Microwave Cookie


1 tablespoon Nuttelex or any dairy free butter (melted)

2 tablespoons of Sugar (I used coconut and rapadura)

2 -3tablespoons of Dairy free milk

3 tablespoons of Flour ( I used Coconut Flour, Almond Meal & Wholemeal Spelt Flour)

pinch of cinnamon

splash of almond essence


mix together until smooth consistency

Place on microwave safe surface and shape into a cookie (or 2)

sprinkle cinnamon sugar and slivered almonds on top

Microwave for 30 seconds. let it stand. another 30 seconds. 20 seconds and then another 10. Let it stand before you eat.

317-357 calories (depending on choice of flours etc.)

🍪Love and impatience,

Michaela 💃

( if you prefer choc chip, replace the almond essence & cinnamon  with vanilla essence and the slivered almonds for dairy free chocolate chips and add extra to mix through aswel 🍪😍)

Casa Vegan 

Once upon a time there were 3 young actresses who moved to Los Angeles to pursue the seemingly impossible dream, although they trailed from 3 very different places Brighton, (UK) Bourne End, (UK) and Perth (Australia) they soon found each other as “valley girls” residing in the community of Sherman Oaks.

They quickly learned that late night acting classes led to late night snacks at the many Mexican restaurants in L.A, for the class of out of work actors a place where there was free chips and dip and cheap margaritas suited just fine!

Having 2 vegetarians in our party the menu was to suit, but as one transitioned to vegan the menu got a lot smaller; and chips and dip were the only option and not just by cheap default.

I love Mexican food, but it can be unhealthy if always eaten out. I find it’s become quite a staple for me in my vegan diet as rice and beans is an instant complete protein, so I’ve tried to make healthier options while retaining the flavour and Mexican feel.

So here is one of my ideas I have used when I feel like I want to add a bit of spice to my life and feel the nostalgia of late night L.A talks about acting, annoying people in class and how we shouldn’t be eating the chips because we’d been at bootcamp all week and wanted to keep our “bootcamp bods” intact. -but that conversation is for another post…

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Burrito Bowls!

So this is one of the healthier and simple options for Mexican….

Beans, Rice, salsa, veggies and guac!

 
Burrito Bowl …
– As a base I use kale or spinach (slightly steamed)

– cooked Rice and/or Quinoa -add paprika, garlic powder

– Steamed Black or Kidney beans

– Steamed Corn

– Homemade Guacamole – mash an Avocado with a fork, add fresh finely diced clove of garlic, finely diced 1/4 of a red onion & (diced tomato, jalapeños, salt & pepper -optional)

– Homemade Salsa – tinned diced tomatoes, add paprika, Mexican chilli powder, garlic powder (to taste)…can add real chilli if you like it hot 🔥 (I use this because store bought salsas etc have a lot of added sugar …I save my sugar for chocolate 😜🍫) (can add tomato paste if you want it thicker)

– Cashew Cream Aioli (recipe click on link) https://luxuryveganstyle.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/cashew-cream-4-flavours/

– Melted Vegan Cheese (optional – bio cheese is best)

 
This recipe is low sugar, is a complete protein, has magnesium and iron, aswel as other benefits; and you can have some cheeky chips to scoop it up aswel if wanted!

 
Shout out 🙌🏻 to Casa Vega 💃 and El Torito🌯 in Sherman Oaks – the restaurants we frequented whilst living in L.A.🌮

 
More Mexican to come…
**watch this space**image

Love and Chihauhas,

Michaela 💃🏼