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

Food inspo

This week has been very hectic! I haven’t had a chance to properly sit down and write about the competition yet but don’t worry it’s coming my friends.

Something I am glad I’ve done is meal prep. It has saved me! Lunch and dinner has been been prepped and ready in the fridge for when I’ve come home starving and it’s saved me from a lot of stress knowing I’ve already got food prepared. I don’t have to worry about food shopping or having to cook. The only thing is heating it up and maybe chopping up some veg.

I come across so many incredible recipes on Instagram and other social media platforms. I love pinning them to my Pinterest board so I have them all in one place for when I’m in need of some inspiration. I’m a Pinterest addict. It’s funny to look back on my recipe board and see how my preferences have changed! I think it’s due a tidy. Some recipes I know I’ll probably not ever make (meat) so at some point it’ll get a tidy!

Anyway, if you’re needing a bit of food inspiration, head over to my board here. Maybe even give it a follow. I add new recipes all the time! Also comment with links to your favourite. I’m always looking for new tasty dishes to try. Help a girl out!

M xxx

Internet struggles

Hello my dears! I sure jinxed it when I said I was back on the blog this week. The internet has not been on my side at all with the wifi deciding not to work exactly when I’ve tried to get a post up… It seems to be working now so hopefully I’ll at least get this up.

This week gone by very quickly once again! I feel at home in my new place and work has been good. On Tuesday I invested in a bike. I saw it on Gumtree and knew from the second I saw it it was the one. Funnily enough the girl who sold it was also called Madeleine. Talk about meant to be. I’ve had one cycle to and from work so far and it was incredible. I’ll write more about it in a separate post and get some pictures of my beauty to show you.

The gym this week has been good. The other night I managed to get nine toes to bar in a row!! Mim managed to film it and looking back they actually don’t look too bad. I can’t believe that I’m finally getting the right movement and that they’re coming together. Sorry, I feel like I’ve been talking about these toes to bars a lot but the struggle I’ve gone through to learn these has been crazy. I’ve felt so ungraceful, clumsy and lost faith entirely sometimes. Now when I finally get what it’s meant to feel like it makes such a difference and the movement so much easier. I can’t believe it’s actually happened. I keep on looking back at my video and can’t believe it’s me doing them.

We didn’t go to Mamma Mia the other day as not all of us to could make it last minute. I was really disappointed haha but hopefully we’ll all make it next week otherwise I’m going on my own at this rate. I need to see it!

Yesterday evening I invited Em, Mich and Mim over for dinner! My first dinner in my own place in Australia. Well, my place for the next couple of weeks anyway. Poor Mim had to cancel last minute because she’s very ill. Mich and Em still came and I made my falafel. It went down well at our vegan dinner party not long ago and I have had requests for them since. With it I made a tonne of sweet potato wedges, a cauliflower aubergine salad, guac and served it all with lettuce cups.

The salad I improvised together by roasting cauliflower and aubergine in the oven and then mixed it up with spinach when it had cooled down. For the dressing I used tahini, a bit of maple syrup, a bit of water, lemon, herb salt and pepper. For some texture I put in pistachios and some sweetness, dried apricots. The girls gave it a thumbs up. Afterwards we sat down in front of the TV and watched Fittest on Earth (Em had never seen it!) with a cup of tea and some raw vegan chocolate. We were stuffed. I was once again reminded of how much I love having people over and cooking for them. It makes me so happy feeding people. I don’t know why, I just love hosting and taking care of people in my home. It’s a nice feeling.

It was an early night as Mich was up early the next day for work and Em was doing a half marathon! She is incredible that girl. I can’t think of anything worse but she’s just doing it for a bit of fun as she put it. I think she’s just finished soon. I can’t wait to hear how it went!

I’m just about to get ready for Sunday track session. The sun has actually just popped out despite the fact it’s been saying rain today. A very nice surprise. I’m really excited to cycle down there on my bike. It’s going to save me like 20 minutes of travel to cycle.

After track I’m meeting a friend in Richmond (an area closer to Melbourne) for lunch. We’re going to The Vegan Shack. I’ve been following them on Instagram for a while and I can’t tell you how excited I am to try their food. I’ve been drooling over their images and I really hope it tastes as good as it looks. Then this evening I need to do some grocery shopping, cook some food prep for the week and do some laundry.

Not too bad for a Sunday xxx

My latest veggie obsession

It may seem like I’ve only been eating out since I got here from my updates but this is not the case I promise! I’ve actually been really good with cooking whilst I’ve been here in Australia too. Perhaps more so now when I’ve got an entire kitchen to myself and eating out isn’t quite as readily available where I’m staying at the moment. I think that’s probably a good thing for my bank account and I love cooking so it’s been nice to get fully into it again.

My roasted veggie obsession continues and I think it’s bigger than ever. It’s so handy to chop them up quickly before taking Taylor out for her longer walk and putting them in the oven when heading out the door. Then by the time I’m back they’re all ready to be eaten. Minimal effort but the results are delicious. Roasting veg brings out all the incredible flavours even more. Then I chuck them on top of quinoa and a massive bed of spinach and by massive I mean all the spinach. Need to get those greens in!

The veggies I’ve been roasting recently go on two different trays. The first tray I’ve put broccoli, courgette (or zucchini as it’s called here and in Sweden), red onion, garlic cloves and mushrooms. Then I just drizzle them with olive oil, black pepper, Himalayan pink salt and of course my all time favourite seasoning Herbamare’s herb salt. It needs to go on everything.

The second tray is what I really wanted to talk about, hello Kent pumpkin!! I picked this up in the grocery store last week because I was a bit tired of butternut squash and wanted to get out of always eating sweet potato. Sweet potato I love you but sometimes you need a break and need to widen your horizons. I wasn’t sure how this was going to go. It’s risky business trying new things but I’m always up for giving it a go hehe. Jokes aside, it’s fu mixing it up. I roasted the pumpkin in chunks drizzled with some olive oil, ground cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper. I kept them in the oven until they turned a nice golden brown on top.

To finish off my bowl of roasted veggie goodness I of course needed to chuck on some hummus because hummus is everything, but you could of course make like a tahini dressing or guacamole or something to go with this. I’m sure that would turn out amazing too! I was so excited to try out the Kent pumpkin and yuuuuuum, it just fell apart when I cut into it. It was incredibly creamy and sweet. I absolutely loved it. My bravery trying something new had been rewarded hehe. It was lovely and I actually bought another one the other day.

Alrighty, breakfast has been eaten. It’s time to get changed and head for the gym. It’s time to do some squats as we’re doing our squat programme today. Looking forward to lifting, yesterday was very cardio heavy so it’ll be good to something a bit more chilled for the first bit of the class.