Cacao-coconut oatmeal

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It doesn’t get much more indulgent (and still clean!) than this!!

All you have to do is serve yourself the same sized portion of oats you would for porridge… about 1/4 of a cup.

(Make sure your oats aren’t flavoured or anything! All natural here please darlings!)

Stir a heaped tablespoon of raw cacao powder (or sugar free cocoa powder) in to your oats. Fill the bowl with water (you can use almond milk if you prefer but water’s my preference) and stir until oats and powder have now made a chocolate shake looking mix.

Stir in a little honey or agave nectar to taste.

Top your cacao-oatmeal smoothie bowl with a sprinkling of coconut, and think about adding almonds, walnuts, pistachios, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or mint – whatever’s to hand! – to sex it up a little.

Chocolate for breakfast? Who wouldn’t?! And this way it’s totally guilt free!

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Love that Body chocolate shake (protein powder free)

12801307_535229466651547_8913664360817129029_nA lot of you like the idea of a healthy shake that can double as a quickie breakfast, pre or post workout snack, or something to sip on mid afternoon to keep those office biscuit cravings at bay. So many of you have been asking for recipes that fit these criteria that you can make confidently without protein powder – and still get that great taste.

We’ve been doing a little taste-testing and concluded that this is the best of the bunch!

It’s a useful one to whip out if you’re staying with friends or relatives who don’t have protein powder in the house, or if you don’t tend to buy and use protein powder generally. I was never a shake fan at all before I discovered making my own natural protein shakes. Just remember to use them as part of a healthy balanced diet – they shouldn’t be used consistently as meal replacements.

For the Love That Body Chocolate Shake, you will need:

1/2 ripe banana

1/4 cup or 3 generous tablespoons of natural yoghurt (greek yoghurt adds too much of a tang; you ideally want natural yoghurt with live cultures. I like the Yeo Valley one. You should try to avoid fat free varieties as they often have added sugars and flavourings. A little good fat is not bad for you!)

1 heaped tsp raw cacao powder (if you’re in the UK, you can find this at Holland and Barrett. This Choc Chick Organic Raw Cacao powder is my personal favourite!)

Optional – 1 tsp organic honey or agave nectar

1/2 cup of water (if you want it to be milkier, you can use almond milk here, but you may be surprised how great it tastes with just water… try it out for a lower calorie version)

Blitz your ingredients in a blender and serve!

This mason jar is from Paperchase, and I like to have my shake with a handful of fresh raspberries, but you can vary and have it with strawberries, a sprig of mint, or even add a little chilli into the mixture for an extra kick.

What are your favourite healthy shake recipes?

‘Rum Truffle’ Protein Potion (natural!)

12801252_10154029063109571_7977042735221010885_nYou can do this a couple of ways – plain, the way I opted for this evening – essentially a cacao protein shake, great for a post-workout smoothie or a snack to keep you going if you’re gonna have to work all evening and can’t make dinner. Or, you can ‘FriYAY’ it a little, with or without alcohol. I’ll let you decide ❤ This was inspired by The Aztec, which is a delicious (treat day!) chocolate tequila cocktail which I first tried at Freud, London – you can find yours here. It’s significantly less healthy than this brew though, I’ll tell you right now!

There’s lots of ‘approving’ in this recipe; don’t worry too much, and you may want to season a little differently to suit your tastes anyway, for example, I’m not a huge sweet tooth, but you might be!

You will need:

Approx 3/4 tablespoon raw cacao powder

Approx half a cup of oats

Approx half a cup of cold decaf coffee (you can use caffeinated, but if you’re making the alcoholic version it’s best to use decaf!)

3/4 scoop soya protein powder (natural flavour, but you could use chocolate). Whey is also ok, but I prefer soya for numerous reasons. Have a little read up on protein powder and pick what’s best for you.

Splash of water or almond milk to fix the consistency

1/2 a frozen banana (if you are more of a sweet tooth, you may prefer a ripe, fresh banana instead!)

FriYAY extras:

1/2 tsp vanilla extract (for non alcoholic version – optional)

1 tsp honey (for non alcoholic version – optional)

Splash of dark rum (optional)

Fruit & cocktail umbrella to garnish (strongly recommended!!)

 

This is SO SIMPLE and quick to make, I promise.

Put all ingredients in your blender.

Blend.

Pour.

Serve!

 

Enjoy. Happy Friday, folks.