Chocolate Chip, Banana & Oat Muffins (Vegan)

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Vegan Chocolate Chip, Banana and Oat Muffins

 

Before going vegan, I used to love baking. I used to make lots of cakes and muffins for us to have as snacks or desserts. Since I became vegan, I have been more focused on health and eating as plant based as possible. I wanted to get away from junk food vegan, and give my body the nutrition it needed. That being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with having cakes and muffins in moderation. I can’t think of a better muffin to make than this one, the whole family loves this flavour, they are fairly healthy and they are so easy to make.

 

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How To Make Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Muffins

 

I used a large bowl to combine the dry ingredients, so I could transfer the wet ingredients to it later and not have to use another bowl. The flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda were mixed together in the bowl. I mashed the bananas in a jug then added the oil, milk and chocolate chips. The wet ingredients were briefly mixed into the dry, just enough to combine. It is very important that the batter is not overmixed as this will activate the gluten and lead to a dense muffin. I lined a muffin tin with 12 cases and filled each case about 3/4 full. I preheated the oven to 180C and baked the muffins for 20 minutes. I can’t even begin to explain the delicious smell that was coming from my kitchen. Warm banana smells so sweet and my mouth was watering waiting for the muffins to be cooked. I removed them from the oven and left them in the tray for 5 minutes. I transferred the muffins to a wire rack to finish cooling, but to be honest, we ate a fair few of them before they had chance to cool down.

 

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Chocolate Chip Banana Oat Muffins

 

  • 200g plain flour (I used gluten free but regular flour will work too)
  • 60g oats
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 50g sugar
  • 365g mashed banana (I used 3 large)
  • 75ml olive oil
  • 125ml plant based milk
  • 75g vegan chocolate chips

 

Preheat the oven to 180C. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine all the wet ingredients in a jug. Transfer the wet ingredients to the dry bowl and mix just until incorporated, taking care not to overmix. Line a muffin tray with 12 paper cases and divide the mixture among the cases. Bake for 20-30mins, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave the muffins in the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

 

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They are delicious both warm and cold, and they usually don’t last more than a day before they are inhaled. There is something about the combination of warm banana and gooey chocolate. It can’t be beaten. This is a recipe that I have been using for some time. I have made slight adjustments every time I’ve made the muffins and I now believe it has been tweaked to perfection. It has just the right amount of sweet, without being too much and I love the addition of oats. It makes the finished muffins really light and fluffy. Let me know if you make them!

 

LoveAdele

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8 Things You Don’t Know About Me

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Good morning everyone. Today I would like to share a fun video with you, telling you 8 things you don’t know about me.

 

 

8 things you don’t know about me

 

  1. I live in Shrewsbury now, but I am originally from Darlington, which is a town in North East England. I left there quite a while ago so I don’t sound like I used to. I have completely lost my accent and I don’t sound like I am from Darlington anymore, but I am.
  2. When I was a child, my parents moved us to the Isle of Man. I went to school there, met lots of friends there, some of whom I consider to be like family and I have lots of lovely memories from there. I try and visit as often as I can, which unfortunately isn’t often enough, but it will always feel like home to me.
  3. When I left the Isle of Man, I moved to Liverpool. I lived there for 7 years, and went to university there. I did psychology and sociology, which I really enjoyed, more sociology than psychology if I’m being honest. Also, my two eldest children were born there.
  4. I am a trained dressmaker. I always made clothes for my children from when I was pregnant with my eldest. I taught myself to sew and crochet and knit and I made lots of clothes for them and I still make a lot of their clothes and things for the house. A few years ago, I decided to go to college, to make sure I had taught myself properly and hadn’t picked up any bad habits so I am now a qualified dressmaker.
  5. I am also a qualified nail technician. I do like to keep myself busy and I am always trying to improve myself and improve my job prospects, so I decided to go back to college after I had finished my dressmaking course, so I went back and learned how to do nails.
  6. When I was growing up I was completely adamant that when I grew up, I was going to be an author. I was sure that was what I was going to be and I can remember when I was young, I found a magazine that had an advert for a writing course in. I was so excited, I ran downstairs to show my mam and asked her if she would buy me the writing course because I really wanted to be an author. She said no 😦 That was always my dream and I have not written a book yet but I do have a blog so I am writing. I will write a book one day. The dream is there and I will make it happen.
  7. My favourite film as a child was Labyrinth and I was so obsessed that I actually named my cat after the Goblin King and all I can say is, its a good job that I got my cat before I had my baby boy or my baby boy would’ve been called Jareth.
  8. I have a very slight (massive) obsession with country music. A lot of people are quite shocked when I tell them that because they don’t seem to think that I am the type. When I was young, my gran used to take me line dancing and it obviously came from there, I really like it!

 

So there are 8 things you didn’t know about me, hopefully you now know me a bit better.

 

LoveAdele

What I Eat In A Day As A Vegan Mum #2 (Plant Based)

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What I Eat In A Day As A Vegan Mum #2 (Plant Based)

 

I enjoyed making my first YouTube video so much that I decided to make another one. I have learned from some of my mistakes in my first video and the second video is slightly better. Hopefully the more I make, the more I will learn and the better they will become.

 

 

What I Ate

 

I started off my day with a lemon and ginger tea, then for breakfast I had two bagels with vegan cream cheese and hemp seeds. For my morning snack, I was in a cafe and there was barely any choice, so I picked a chocolate flapjack that was at least vegan, if not healthy. For my lunch I was really hungry so I had two big helpings of a chickpea and vegetable stew I created. This stew was seriously so delicious, I will definitely be making it again. The recipe is in my video description box, for anybody who wants to make it. I didn’t end up having an afternoon snack, because I was so full after my massive lunch so for my dinner I made myself a salad. In my salad, I had spinach, rocket, half of an orange pepper, quarter of a cucumber, half of an avocado and some tahini and maple syrup dressing. It was so tasty.

 

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I hope you enjoyed watching the video and seeing what I ate. I love seeing what other vegans eat in a day.

 

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like:

What A Vegan Mum Eats In A Day (Healthy, Clean Eating, Plant Based)

How To Eat Clean On A Vegan Diet

 

LoveAdele

Birthday Party Ideas For A Two Year Old Boy

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Birthday Party Ideas For A Two Year Old Boy

 

My baby boy turns two this week (where did the time go?!) so I have spent the past few weeks with my head firmly stuck down the Pinterest rabbit hole, trying to decide on a party theme for his birthday. His party will only be small, because let’s face it, he doesn’t exactly have any friends yet. We have some family and close family friends coming to celebrate with us and have decided on a tea party after school. That way, we will be able to have his party on his actual birthday, as opposed to at the weekend.

 

I have put together a list of my favourite party themes that I think would be suitable for two year old boys and I hope that you will get some inspiration from this list for your own baby boy’s birthday party. Most of these ideas will work for older boys aswell as girls, so just take the bits you like and leave the bits you don’t like or don’t think will work for your child. None of the themes are vegan so please bear that in mind. Most of them can easily be made vegan though, with a little imagination.

 

Pokemon Party

 

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This is by far my favourite party theme, by Fab Everyday. As a family, we are all slightly obsessed with Pokemon, and I bought my son a Pikachu teddy as his birthday present, so this theme would go perfectly!

 

Superhero Party

 

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I thought this superhero party, by Turtle Crafty Girl, was a pretty cool idea. I don’t know many young boys who don’t love the idea of superheroes, so I think this would go down well.

 

Dinosaur Party

 

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This party looked like so much fun, and I am in love with the dinosaur tails, made by Buggie & Jellybean. The footprint sugar cookies look so good too.

 

Outer Space Party

 

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This outer space party by Frost Your Cake is definitely out of this world. The rocket cookies are perfect and the cake looks amazing. I love the black backdrop with the paper planets, the whole thing is so cool.

 

Peppa Pig Party

 

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Lastly, I couldn’t possibly leave out this Peppa Pig party by The Experimental Baker HomeMaker. All I hear in my house lately is “ig! ig!” as the baby asks me to put it on yet again on Netflix for him. This is super cute and I know it would go down so well with both boys and girls!

 

I hope you enjoyed this round up and found some inspiration for your own party planning. Hopefully, all going well, I will be sharing my baby’s party in a future post.

 

LoveAdele

 

 

 

About Me

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Welcome to my blog

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog, I appreciate each and every one of you. Please take a look around and if you like what you see, be sure to let me know 🙂

 

About my life as a vegan mum

 

My name is Adele and I am a vegan mum living in the UK. I have three beautiful children who are being raised as vegans. With my children, I prefer to follow a natural parenting approach, as I feel that this is the best way for us.

 

With this blog, I would like to show other mums how easy it is to raise children in an abundant vegan lifestyle, without breaking the bank. I will be sharing delicious, healthy vegan recipes that the whole family will enjoy, aswell as meal plans to get you started, or just for inspiration if you are already following a vegan lifestyle.

 

I strongly believe in living as simply as possible and will be sharing my tips and tricks on how to be a frugal family; how to spend less money on the things you need, how to grow, make, craft and refashion instead of buying new and how to happily live with less stuff.

 

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LoveAdele

What A Vegan Mum Eats In A Day (Healthy, Clean Eating, Plant Based)

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What A Vegan Mum Eats In A Day (Healthy, Clean Eating, Plant Based)

 

Morning beauties. Yesterday, I filmed and edited my very first What I Eat In A Day video. This was such a challenge for me because I was learning as I went, and a lot of things I realised too late that I had actually done wrong.

 

 

What I Ate

 

First thing in the morning, as most days, I had a glass of water with lemon water. I followed this up with a bowl of oatmeal. I mixed together 2/3 cup oatmeal, 2/3 cup almond milk and 2/3 cup water in a pan and left it to simmer for about 5 minutes, until it had thickened. I transferred the oatmeal to a bowl, then topped with banana, raspberries, chia seeds and cacao nibs. For my first snack, I made myself a big smoothie, with 2 bananas, a box of blueberries, 70g kale and 1tbsp flaxseed. I added water and blended it all up. For my lunch, I made myself a massive salad with a mango salsa dressing. I started with a handful of spinach, a handful of rocket, 2 celery stalks, half of a cucumber, 10 cherry tomatoes and 15 grapes. I chopped them all up into a bowl and then dressed it all with the mango salsa. To make the mango salsa, blend one mango with 10 cherry tomatoes. It barely needs to be blended at all, as it should be a bit chunky still. I found that a few seconds was plenty. For my second snack, I had a small galia melon and a handful of cashew nuts. For my dinner, I made a delicious sandwich with red pepper hummus, spinach and half an avocado. I usually have a bigger “proper” dinner, but I was so tired by the end of the day that a sandwich was all I could muster the energy to make.

 

That was my full day of eating. Let me know what you think below!

 

LoveAdele

How To Eat Clean On A Vegan Diet

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How To Eat Clean On a Vegan Diet

 

Although I try my best to be as healthy as possible now, it definitely wasn’t always that way. I was what some would call a junk food vegan. In fact, before that I was also a junk food non-vegan. I have always striven to feed my children healthy food, limiting sweets and “unclean” foods and making sure they eat good food, but I have had crisps and chocolate for dinner too many times to count. The idea of eating clean was always really appealing to me, but I didn’t think I could give up my snack addiction and I didn’t think I could give up dairy. Today I want to share 10 tips that really helped me drastically clean up my diet. I have seen various versions of clean eating that claim that dairy, eggs and meat are clean foods, so for the purpose of clarity, I consider clean eating to be a primarily whole food, plant based diet. Please be aware that I am not a qualified dietitian and all of my knowledge about nutrition is self taught through my own research or experiences. You should always consult with a doctor before starting on a new diet plan.

 

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10 Tips For Eating Clean On A Vegan Diet

 

  1. Eat mostly whole grains, leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, chickpeas, nuts and seeds
  2. Cook from scratch wherever possible, to avoid hidden ingredients
  3. Make sure to drink plenty of water
  4. Fill up on as many fruits and vegetables as you want
  5. Add leafy greens to every meal. My favourites are kale, rocket and spinach
  6. Make sure to get enough healthy fats, such as avocado, nuts or seeds
  7. Add some whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, oats, barley or millet
  8. Add beans, lentils or chickpeas for protein
  9. Avoid sugar, salt and processed food
  10. Eat organic as much as possible

 

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Clean Eating Vegan Meal Plan

 

So how would that relate to a day’s worth of food? I like to eat three meals and two snacks a day so, for me, a sample clean eating vegan meal plan might look like:

Breakfast – Oatmeal, made with water (or almond milk), topped with a banana, raspberries, blueberries, chia seeds and cacao nibs

Snack – Handful of raw nuts and enough fruit to feel full

Lunch – Massive salad, made with mixed leafy greens, a full avocado (or some shelled hemp seeds) and plenty of raw vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, radishes and celery, with a lemon juice and tahini dressing. I also love to add mango to my salads as it adds such a lovely sweet flavour and goes really well with the vegetables

Snack – Banana, leafy greens and fruit smoothie, with added ground flaxseed and I also like to add spirulina powder

Dinner – Massive bowl of leafy greens, topped with brown rice, beans and plenty of orange and green vegetables, sprinkled with sesame seeds (or shelled hemp)

Snack – I am usually full by this point but if I am having an extra hungry day, I will add some hummus and chopped vegetables, such as carrots, red pepper, courgette, cucumber and celery

 

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Benefits of Eating Clean

 

Since starting to eat cleaner, I have noticed a massive improvement in my energy levels, my mood, my skin and my digestion. For me, that is reason enough to keep going as I am. This does not at all mean that I never eat sweets or cakes or processed vegan food. If I do eat those foods, I do not beat myself up about it, I just make my next meal clean. All we can do is our best, and sometimes eating clean is hard. Sometimes all we want is a bag of crisps and a bar of chocolate. I know the feels. The key for me is to make sure that those types of foods do not make up the majority of my diet. Fruits and vegetables are the majority of my diet, with whole grains, legumes and enough healthy fats to keep me full and satisfied until my next meal. I believe this is why my body is stronger and I feel much better.

 

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Should I Be Eating Healthy Fat?

 

I am not averse to eating a spoonful of a clean nut butter out of the jar if I feel like I can not get full. I definitely find that sometimes I can eat and eat and not fill up and then I know I need to increase my healthy fats to feel satiated. Sometimes, as much as I love my carbs, they are not enough by themselves and the fat is needed for me to feel full. That is completely ok. As long as they are healthy fats, I know that they will not hurt if I eat them in moderation. My favourite healthy fats are avocado, flax, chia and hemp seeds and nut butter. I make sure to add some to each meal and this stops me from reaching for the junk food.

 

LoveAdele