Vegan Breakfast Banana Spelt Muffins

_DSC7793.jpgKick start the morning with these delicious vegan breakfast muffins. They are great for children too. My little one loves to pull them apart and eat whilst I clean crumbs off the floor. All ingredients were procured from Spinneys, Abu Dhabi._DSC7791Recipe:  Breakfast, Snack, Vegan

Serves: 12

Cooking Time: 30 mins  Fan oven 180 degrees.

Ingredients
  • 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp (7g) mixed with  2 Tbsp warm water)
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 Tbsp coconut Oil
  • 3 Tbsp apple puree
  • 1/4 cup sweet freedom fruit syrup
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 180 ml koko unsweetened coconut milk
  • 240g spelt flour
  • 100g oats
  • Optional: cocoa nibs, dried fruit, berries, walnuts, almonds, poppy seeds or pecans.

Make from Scratch:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 and grease muffin tray
  • Prepare flax egg
  • Mash banana with fork or food processor.
  • In a mixing bowl add flax egg, mashed banana, vanilla, coconut oil, apple puree, fruit syrup, salt, cinnamon, coconut milk, spelt flour and oats. Mix it all together with the wooden spoon.
  • Spoon the muffin batter into the muffin tray.
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes depending on oven.
  • Devour with your favourite topping!

Nutritional Information 

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Wellness Travel: Ubud

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After travelling for over thirteen hours from Abu Dhabi to Denpasar Airport, Bali one cannot contain the excitement of reaching the final destination, Ubud (pronounced “oobod”). Stepping outside the airport there is a sea of people waiting in arrivals to collect tourists, its mayhem. Organised mayhem.

I had organised a driver prior to leaving, Mr Bedu’s Private Tours.  On the road to Ubud, Bali’s craft capital, the colours of Bali come alive. The sky is blue complimented by green terraced rice paddy fields, tropical flowers and mopeds are zipping everywhere. The travel time to Ubud is about two hours, depending on traffic. The streets of Ubud are bustling with locals and travelers filled with an abundance of craft shops, tattoo parlours, temples, museums, restaurants and located in the centre is the market. Ubud is peaceful and serene, life floats by freely and time was of the essence. There are so many things to do and places to eat but with only four days, I had to pick and choose wisely. Below is a list of activities and places to eat.

Accommodation

Booking.com offers accommodation options for all budgets.

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Get Around

Hire a moped – most accommodation provides this service.

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Activities

Yoga Barn  An oasis of calm in the centre of Ubud , there is a cafe and juice bar on the premises.

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Green Bike Tours – Excellent tour and the ride is down hill with the offer of an off road track and cycling through rice paddy fields.

Below is a series of images I took over the duration of the cycle in the countryside of Ubud.

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Campuhan Ridge Walk, Ubud – free and easy trek with beautiful views.

Below is a collection of images taken along the ridge trail.

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Places to Eat

Clear Café Vegetarian Cafe with a delicious breakfast menu.

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Alchemy Raw. Vegan. Organic.

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La Pacha Mama Plant-based Cantina Mexicana & Cocktails

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The Elephant Cafe  100% VEGETARIAN 110% AWESOME

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Kafe Great Music, Healthy Foods, Yummy Desserts & True Espresso. I came across Kafe walking home from yoga. It has lovely salad options and sells local beer and wine.

Room 4dessert offers handmade desserts, cocktails and wine.

Have you travelled to Ubud? What is your favourite memory?

A Health Guide to Melbourne

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I recently had the pleasure of travelling to Melbourne for a week. On my trip I discovered many scrumptious health food cafes and shops in the Prahran and Brunswick area.

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For accommodation I sourced it on Air B&B , it was very central perched in the middle of Chapel Street, perfect location.

St George Accommodation –  the ultimate cosmopolitan lifestyle is right outside the door on the vibrant Chapel Street in the heart of stunning South Yarra.

Chow Down

Top Paddock – this place is packed on Sunday morning , bit a waiting time but worth it.

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Isit Cafe 

Quinoa Bircher or Porridge are delicious and almost too pretty to eat.

Tall Timber

Good food. Good coffee. Good people. That simple!

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The Kettle Black

Seatrout Salad with Poached Eggs.

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Mr. Miyagi

Walk in restaurant and the waiting list can be at least two hours – worth the wait , Nori Taco’s are a must try.

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Tokyo Tina nice place to chill on a Sunday evening whilst devouring this deconstructed Nori Roll.

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Smith & Daughters

Delectable vegan food bursting with flavours.

Stores

The Source Bulk Foods

♻️ Zero waste grocery shopping!! ♻️ 26 amazing bulk wholefood stores all around Australia.

Here I picked up freshly made grain free cacao granola, peanut squares and cacao nibs covered in dark chocolate for the flight back to Abu Dhabi.

Prahran Markets

Prahran Market is proud to be Australia’s premier food market, famous for fine fresh produce, hard to find specialty items and good old fashioned service sealed with expert advice.

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Break a Sweat

Goodlife Health Club

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Gold Dust

Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop

Melbourne’s first vegan bakery. Est 2010. Specialising in vegan, kosher, sugar + gluten free baked goods, shakes + deli sandwiches. I got this delicious vegan chocolate cake, smile on my face says it all and we celebrated in Brother Wolf Barber & Shaving Parlour.

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Journeyman

|| Speciality Coffee || Breakfast || Brunch  || Lunch ||

Enough said, double drool.

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Butterbing™ Cookie Sandwiches

Melbourne’s OG brownie cookie sandwich. Est. 2014 in our little home kitchen. This is a gluten free chocolate cookie sandwich with peanut butter. No words are needed to describe this, the picture says enough.

Sold in Darling Cafe 

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Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x

Wellness Travel: Vietnam

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The novel “On the Road”, by Jack Kerouac instills a personal belief that life is an adventure on the road, throwing caution to the wind, visiting and embracing new cultures across the world. Each adventure is wild, it casts light on different perspectives of how people live and that is an invaluable life experience.

Travel

On a recent trip to Vietnam I visited Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat City. As a Wellness Enthusiast, I research health & wellness places prior to travelling. Back in 2009, I would have been hanging from the rafters in Gullivers Tavern in a sea of sam song on Khao San Road, Bangkok. Things change, people change-that is life.

The best way for me to describe Vietnam is colourful. I rooted out  healthy food places in Ho Chi Minh and completed a 70km cycle in Dalat to Nha Thrang. Below I discuss healthy hotspots in HCMC and Phat Tires Bike Trip.

Healthy Hot Spots in Ho Chi Minh City 

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The Kafe

The Kafe is a socially conscious, community-oriented company with a “people first” mentality. The Kafe envisions a world where every person has a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle, with food being a primary foundation to help them achieve that lifestyle goal.

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Tropic land Coffee & Juice Bar

Tropicland serves a chilled Coconut & Aloe Vera juice. Nice pit stop whilst exploring the city.

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L’Usine

The food philosophy is simple, good food, done well. L’Usine offers healthy salad options, Vietnamese coffee and all food is locally sourced.

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HUM Vegetarian Cafe

HUM offers a wide range of vegetarian options to satisfy your hunger. I recommend the banana lotus salad and rice paper rolls with chilli sauce.

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Baba’s Kitchen

Baba brings India to HCMC. Located on the bustling Bui Vien Street and worth the visit if you are fond of Indian cuisine.

Dolphy Cafe

Dolphy Cafe is a quirky coffee shop offering free wifi, coffee and fresh juices.

 

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The venue is a renovated warehouse, bright and spacious with a nice and busy cafe at the front and a cosy and quiet lounge in the backyard garden.

The food is simple, modern and inspired. The store features a selection of tasteful and quality fashion, accessories, gifts and home deco.

Street Food Tours

Most hotels/hostels have street food tours held in the evening time. Street food tours are a great way to explore the city , walk through various districts and taste vietnamese cuisine.

Dalat City 

Quote from Lonely Planet “You would almost be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into the French Alps in springtime”, Read more here: Dalat City by Lonely Planet .

This was the mind blowing view from the bike trip with Phat Tire, Vietnam. The cycling trip was from Dalat to Nha Trang which averaged at 70km. It was a fun way to experience  rural villages,cycle through a rain forest and inhale the fresh air. There is a break mid way which includes lunch in a local restaurant.

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Mountain Top View – Xa Son Thai, Khanh Vinh, Vietnam.

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A village along the route from Dalat to Nha Thrang.

How do you like to keep stay healthy on holidays?

 

 

Feast

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By combining Flapjacked protein pancake baking mix, Buff Bake white chocolate peanut butter, Sweet Spreads peanut butter powder, glenisk greek yogurt, berries, Walden Farms chocolate sauce and toasted almonds, I crafted the perfect friday morning feast after a gruelling Ultimate Circuit class in Haddins, Abu Dhabi.

All ingredients are available from my trusty source Sporter.com. I have been using Flapjacked protein pancake baking mix for a while and they are delicious. Nice consistency and fluffy texture. My favourite is the buttermilk baking mix. You simply add water to the mix and leave it to thicken for three minutes. For Irish followers Bodyfirst Nutrition sell Flapjacked protein pancake baking mix online.

Make from Scratch

  • Flapjacked Protein Pancake Baking Mix – follow instructions on the packet;
  • Buff Bake White Chocolate Peanut Butter;
  • Sweet Spreads Peanut Butter Powder;
  • Berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries);
  • Walden Farms Chocolate Sauce;
  • Glenisk Greek Yogurt;
  • Toasted Almonds.

Be sure to keep me posted if you try and test these recipes by posting on Twitter: @WhelehanLynne or Instagram @makeandbakefromscratch #makeandbakefromscratch and Facebook: Make & Bake From Scratch

Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x

Vote for us – Blog Awards 2015

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Greetings Folks,

Pretty please with cacao nibs and peanut butter sprinkled on top to vote for me or my blog “Make & Bake From Scratch”, in the Irish Blog Awards 2015. It has been nominated in two categories. See below. Click the link and select “Make & Bake From Scratch”, then hit the “done”, button. It is as simple as that. Thank you in advance.

  1.  Best Diaspora: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PP7NDYC
  2.  Best Health and Wellbeing Blog: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PPBJNMZ

Lynne x

Blog Awards 2015 – Shortlist

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Greetings,

“Make & Bake From Scratch” has made it onto the Blog Awards Ireland 2015 – Shortlist (Personal/Individual)!!! The blog has been shortlisted in two categories –  Best Diaspora and Best Health and Wellbeing Blog !!!

Don’t forget the public vote will open on 7th September 2015 and stay open for 2 weeks. The Blog Awards Ireland – Finalists will be reduced from the shortlist via public voting.

Blog Awards Ireland 2015

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Greetings Beautiful, Radiant Readers,

Hope everyone is great. This year Make & Bake From Scratch has made it onto the Blog Awards Ireland 2015 – Long-list! I am very excited to receive recognition for two categories in the Blog Awards 2015.

Make & Bake From Scratch has been long-listed in Best Diaspora Blog and Best Health and Wellbeing Blog. The long-list will be further reduced to a short-list, which will be announced on the 2nd of September 2015. The shortlist will then be opened up to a public vote which will begin on  7th September 2015 and stay open for 2 weeks.
Thanks for all the support.
Lynne x

Orange & Passion Fruit Buckwheat Protein Pancakes

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Buckwheat protein pancakes are super easy to make. Once the weekend lands, I love to spend some extra time making my breakfast. These pancakes are a luscious treat to fuel your weekend work out or indulge post workout. To get the perfect round shape, I used silicone egg rings from Lakelands. By using the egg rings the pancake mixture made 10 mini pancakes. However, you do not need to use egg rings, you can just pour the batter on the pan and make bigger versions.

Ingredients

6 eggs (3 egg yolks)

¼ Cup Buckwheat Flour

½ Banana

1 Sachet Natvia

¼ Baking Soda

1 Tbsp. Greek Yogurt

1 Tbsp. Milled Flaxseed (optional)

1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein

Orange & Passion Fruit Greek Yogurt

1 small tub Total Fage Greek Yogurt

Juice of Orange

1 Tbsp. Orange Zest

1 Natvia Sachet

2 Passion Fruit

How to Make from Scratch:

  • Preheat Oven 180°
  • Pancake batter – in a large mixing bowl add eggs, buckwheat flour, banana, natvia, baking soda, greek yogurt, flaxseed and whey protein. Use an electric mixer to blend the pancake batter to a smooth, runny consistency.
  • Cooking – in a large frying pan add some coconut oil (1/4 tsp.) place egg rings on the pan, leave some space between them. Pour pancake batter into egg rings using ¼ cup measurement, don’t fill to the top, half fill the egg rings. Once you see bubbles forming remove from pan. Finish cooking in the oven. See next step.
  • Oven- on a lined, greased baking tray, place the egg ring on the tray and gently remove the pancake by gently pushing it out. Give it a quick wipe to remove the excess batter and repeat the process until pancake batter is completely gone.Regularly flip pancakes over in the oven to ensure they are cooked evenly.
  • Orange and Passion Fruit Greek Yogurt- in a mixing bowl add greek yogurt, juice of an orange, orange zest, natvia and passion fruit- stir until combined.
  • Viola – plate up and enjoy.

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Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x

Guest Post: Zanna Van Dijk & Protein Pancakes

This weeks guest post is provided by Zanna Van Dijk. Check out her Bio:

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Hey, I am Zanna! I’m a personal trainer, nutrition consultant and fitness model based in London. I run a fitness blog where I talk about all things health, fitness and nutrition. When I am not instagramming or tweeting, I post video blogs over on my YouTube channel related to food, fashion and fitness. When I am at home in the kitchen, I love to create health and delicious recipes; I have even managed to put together two ebooks full of them!  I really hope that you like this pancake recipe, it is one of my favourites and perfect topped with some ooey-gooey nut butter.

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Website: http://www.zannavandijk.co.uk
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Pancake Recipe

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These pancakes are the badgers nadgers, the bee’s knees, the dogs… You know what I mean! They are amazing. I love pancake recipes that contain bananas, as they add a fluffy texture and mean that the pancakes retain moisture when you add in more drying ingredients like protein powder!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large mashed banana
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 heaping scoop of banana protein powder
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 1-2 tbsp milk (I recommend unsweetened almond milk)

Mash the banana and whisk it with the eggs. Then slowly add in the protein powder, whisking as you go to ensure there are no clumps. Then stir in the chocolate chips and add between 1-2 tablespoons of milk until a perfect pancake consistency is reached. Heat up some oil in a pan to a medium temperature (I recommend coconut oil) and pour in your pancake mixture. Flip when bubbles appear on the surface. Simple.

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Be sure to keep me posted if you try and test these recipes by posting on Twitter: @WhelehanLynne or Instagram @makeandbakefromscratch #makeandbakefromscratch and Facebook: Make & Bake From Scratch

Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x