Vegan “Blueberry Banana Bread” protein oats

Wow, we’re here again. Who would’ve thought? The blog has once again been incredibly silent but for a moment like this, where I’m sharing my favourite oat recipe I thought it needed to be uploaded somewhere you can find it easily again. Whilst I am a massive fan of Instagram and I’m still fairly active on there, I think this is the best place to keep it in case you are ever inclined to give it a go.

This recipe came to me because I absolutely love banana bread, I love blueberry muffins and combine this with cinnamon it’s like a match in heaven. This oat recipe is like eating cake for breakfast and it’s my main motivation for getting out of bed in the morning to have this bowl of deliciousness (if I may say so myself). S

o, without further ado, here is my latest life’s work when it comes to recipes, my oats. Thank you granddad for cooking them for me growing up. This is dedicated to you, even though he would deeply question this recipe. It is definitely not the traditional Swedish style oats he would serve us haha. One thing I am adamant about, which he was too, is they must be made on the stove. No microwaves here. Unless on days when I bring mine to work and reheat them in the microwave. Cold oats are just depressing.

Vegan “Blueberry Banana Bread” Protein Oats

50g oats
A sprinkle of chia seeds
A sprinkle of flaxseeds
A pinch of salt
1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (Massive fan of White Wolf Nutrition if you’re in Australia and Form Nutrition if you’re in the UK)
About double the amount of water to oats

For serving 
40g frozen blueberries
50g banana
Cinnamon to taste
10g almond butter
Some walnuts
A sprinkle of cacao nibs
A pinch of salt
1/2 cup of Rebel Mylk (Semi skimmed)

Method

Grab a pot, throw in the oats, water, chia seeds and flaxseeds and the salt. Bring to a boil and let it simmer until desired consistency. You may need to add water as you go. I like when they are cooked through and creamy. Not too thick.

Whilst they are cooking, heat your frozen blueberries. I do this in a little pan on the stove too. Once they are cooked through I put them aside and then I chuck in the banana that I’ve cut up and get it all nice and caramelised. God it’d good.

When you’ve got the oats to your desired consistency it’s time to add the protein powder. This will make the oats go really thick, I usually add more water afterwards and let it reheat slightly before pouring them into my coconut bowl (yup I have a specific porridge bowl and wooden porridge spoon).

Top the oats off with the banana, the blueberries, almond butter, walnuts, cacao nibs, the pinch of salt and finally the cinnamon (the more the better in my book, okay there is such a thing as too much cinnamon though). The cherry on top is the Rebel Mylk, I am obsessed with their mylk. It’s amazing but any plant mylk you like will really do to be honest. Pour that on top, sit down and enjoy!

I hope you love them as much as I do!

M x

Let’s give this another try

 

Heeellooo my dears! I have awakened from my long blog sleep. I have felt zero reason to write here and I decided to let go of the blog entirely. I felt for so long that I was forcing out content I wasn’t excited to write about. I had to turn my brain inside out to wring out something decent to say and every word felt like an effort. Eventually I admitted defeat and thought, if you love something you should let it go and see if it comes back. This day I woke up from a horrible night’s sleep, sleep has not been my forte this week, and felt a strong need to open up this page again and write. It was the first time in a very long while I have even opened up WordPress. At times I will admit I completely forgot about this blog but I think it was the right thing to do to have this break and we’ll see if this is a long term thing me writing here or not. I don’t want to feel pressure or that I have to do it but that I want to.

Anyway, it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride the past couple of months. Lots of things happening that I don’t really want to get into but it finally seems to calming down a bit which is a relief! Whilst it may seem from my Instagram pics like it’s been smooth sailing, they only show a millisecond of a moment in time and anything you want to show can be captured. Of course this is most likely going to be of the easy happy moments rather than the more trialling and stressful ones. I’m all for being open and vulnerable but I’m not one to spill my guts and bare my soul online either because you never know who reads it, which I’m sure you guys understand.

I was thinking about what I’d be sharing with you guys now when I’m trying to get back into things and I’d love to share my first Aussie summer in some of the upcoming posts. It was the best summer ever I think. Travel to Byron Bay with Mich and Em, beach days in Melbourne, lots of training, food, nights out, a festival, a concert, friends and just enjoying the crazy hot weather. It was pretty much everything I could’ve wished for. I look at my friends and just think, wow you’ve lived like this your entire life. Like this has always been their lives and that’s pretty incredible. A lot of them have never lived anywhere else than Melbourne and why would they? This place is amazing and I can’t explain how special it is.

Summer is now coming to an end now and autumn has slowly come creeping with darker and colder days. However, next week it’s going to be 29 degrees again after it being about 14 on and off recently. One day I’m on the beach in my bikini, the next I’m in my winter jacket with my beanie on. Glasgow’s weather has got nothing on Melbourne weather I think. I still can’t get my head around it.

Alrighty my friends, I think I’ll leave it here right now. Today is Saturday. It’s around 7.40am now when I post this. I’ve been awake since 5.05am. Don’t ask me why, I have no clue! I’m about to get on my bike and cycle down to the gym for class and then the plan is to go to the Farmer’s market in Elwood to see what nice veggies I can get. Then we have some house viewings, yes Mim and I are looking into moving again haha. As if we haven’t had enough of that already! We want cheaper rent and live a bit closer to our friends basically so we’re right now looking at places with some people from the gym. Then this evening I’m going to my first Aussie 21st! It’s the lovely Tala’s birthday and I’m excited to see what an Aussie 21st is like. You always experience something new living abroad. Mim thought it was quite funny when I told her how excited I was but I find it so interesting and fun.

Now it’s almost time to get my things together. Speak to you soon my dears. It’s nice to be back. I have missed talking to you!

M xxx

 

Bondi to Coogee coastal walk


Bondi Beach
The trio on our way

Cliff climbing

Tamarama Beach

Lunch stop in Coogee


Coogee Beach

Mackenzies Bay

Back in Bondi

Acai bowls to round off a good day
A definite highlight during my Bondi stay was walking the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Everyone who I spoke to before going away was telling me I had to do it so it was only right I made it happen. I’m glad I did because it was stunning and highlight of my trip. Christian and Sam joined me on this little adventure and they sure made it into more of an adventure than I had first anticipated. We would be  walking along the path and all of a sudden they would decide to run off and start climbing cliffs randomly. Very fun haha.

The coastal walk is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, passing a variety of beaches and a massive graveyard amongst other things. We stopped to have a couple of swims along the way to cool off. My favourite out of all the beaches we passed was Tamarama Beach. This was one of the beaches we had a swim at. We weren’t in for very long because the waves were so big and strong I thought we’d be pulled out to sea. It was quite intense.

On the way back we stopped at the rock pools in Mackenzies Bay, another highlight of the walk. The pools were a beautiful turquoise and gave us a bit of shelter from the massive waves that were coming in.

We were gone for a large portion of the day walking to Coogee and back but time flew by, it never got boring. I’m glad I had Sam and Christian’s company, walking it alone wouldn’t have been the same.

I love doing active things like these, mixing it up from lying down on the beach (as much as I love doing that). A great way to get some movement in your day whilst being out in the sun and exploring.

We rounded off a great trip with acai bowls back in Bondi. So satisfyingly cooling and refreshing after a long hot walk.

 

Sydney food live


My happy place, with some delicious food in front of me!

Need to get the good angles

Poké bowls on Manly beach

Bumped into Simon Hill of Plant Proof at Cha Cha’s my last night in Bondi. I love his work and was slightly starstruck!

Aaaand it’s live! My mini vegan eating guide for the Sydney area. Bondi was filled to the rim with amazing vegan places and so was central Sydney and Manly… There was no way I was going to get through all the places I wanted to go but it left me wanting more so I probably will have to back to Sydney one day. I’m sure I will.

I’ve never been to a place where it’s been so easy holidaying and eating plant based as Bondi. You could find everything you’d possibly want. Vegan ice cream from Cha Cha’s was just a short walk from the beach. Usually such a thing wouldn’t even exist where I’ve been before. It was nice to feel like you weren’t missing out and can still indulge a bit. After all, that’s what holidays are for. That’s the one thing I never want to feel, like I’m restricted or missing out because of what I choose to eat or not eat.

Syndey you blew mind with your food. If you’re curious of my favourite places I visited during my stay, check out the Vegan Eats in Sydney page HERE.