Salted Caramel BB Brownies

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At the moment I am loving black beans in savoury and sweet formats. They are versatile little bundles and great in your lunch box or dessert. At the beginning of the week I make a black bean salad – 2 tins (rinsed), tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil, 1  tamari sauce, tbsp. garlic & chilli flakes, lemon or lime juice, salt and pepper. Add avocado or roasted cube sweet potato to the mix to hit them macronutrients.

Today, I am writing about the sweet side of black beans and a creation called “Salted Caramel BB Brownie”.

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To make these delectable BB brownies from scratch you will need to acquire the following:

Recipe

2 tins Black Beans – ( rinse and dry) – I used Epicure brand from Lulu’s Hypermarket they have no added salt.

14-15 Dates (these are used to sweeten and added for caramel texture)

2 Tbsp. Instant Coffee

1 Tbsp. Almond Milk or milk of choice

1/4 cup Stevia

1/3 Cacao Powder

1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

1/4 tsp. Sea Salt, will sprinkle more on top at the end.

2 Eggs ( use 2 Tbsp. flax or chia seed for egg substitute mixed with water prior to baking)

2 Tbsp. Rice Malt Syrup/Honey

  • add chopped nuts, raisin, orange peel, coconut nut, cherries for extra texture.

Make from Scratch

  • Preheat oven , 170 degrees , fan oven. 8×8 baking tray lined with greaseproof paper (handy stuff , saves on washing time in the kitchen).
  • Blitz black beans in food processor till smooth mixture. Add 2 eggs, stevia, cacao powder, baking soda, salt. Mix in processor until combined.
  • In separate bowl add 10 dates, 2 Tbsp. instant coffee, almond milk, rice malt syrup/honey – use hand blender to create a smoothie like texture, it will be thick. This is used to sweeten the brownie mix. Chop the remaining dates into small pieces add some to the bb brownie mix and leave some to sprinkle on top.
  • Pour the black bean brownie mix into a large mixing bowl followed by the date & coffee mixture. Combine and fold the mixture.
  • Pop into lined baking tray. Sprinkle dates and coarse sea salt flakes on top.
  • Allow to bake for 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Drizzle honey or dark chocolate for richness on top at the end before devouring. Store in fridge once cool and if there is any leftover.
  • Enjoy with homemade protein ice-cream and peanut butter.

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Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x

 

Wellness Travel: Vietnam

Vietnam

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?

 

 

Three Seeded Porridge Bread

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All sorrows are less with bread.

MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, Don Quixote

I would like to thank my Mammy for introducing the M&B Kitchen, to this delicious creation over the festive season in Ireland. I have created my own recipe calling it “Three Seeded Porridge Bread”. Over the weekend I got my bake on and the bread was devoured. In my strongest Midlands accent “there was a grand smell wafting throughout the house”.

Grotto (2007) discusses the health benefits present in the ingredients:

  • Oats – Vitamin E, B vitamins, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Copper, Zinc, Iron and Manganese. Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fibre which have digestive benefits.
  • Natural Yogurt – calcium source and contain probiotics. Research suggests that probiotics contain immune boosting properties and enhance intestinal tract health (Grotto, 2007:353)
  • Flaxseed – Omega 3 source and contains both soluble and insoluble fibre.
  • Pumpkin Seeds – Omega 3 source and phytosterols.
  • Sesame Seeds – contain phytosterols research suggests that phytosterols might fight heart disease.

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Made From Scratch

*10-12 Slices (this will vary depending on the size of the slice you cut)

360g Organic Oats

500ml/450g Tub Non Fat Yogurt (I used Glenisk Non Fat Yogurt)

2tsp. Baking Soda

Pinch of Salt

3 Tbsp. Flaxseed

2 Tbsp. Pumpkin Seeds

2 Tbsp. Sesame Seeds

3-4 Tbsp. Almond Milk or Milk

Made

  1. Preheat oven 180 and grease the loaf tin. I used grapes oil to grease the tin.
  2. Weigh out oat mix and pop in a large mixing bowl. Add salt and seed mixture. Gently mix together.
  3. In a separate bowl pour in yogurt and add baking soda. Allow to sit for a few minutes. It will fizz up! Add 3-4 Tbsp. almond milk.
  4. Next add yogurt mixture to oats and mix until well blended and a dough like consistency is formed. Make sure the oats are well blended with the yogurt mixture.
  5. Pour porridge bread mix into the loaf tin. Pop in oven for 60 minutes. Remove from tin at 60 minutes and pop back in the oven for another 10 minutes to make it crispy. Bread cooking time 70 minutes in total.
  6. Allow to cool or not and lather with kerry gold butter.

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

References

  • Grotto. D, RD, LDN. (2007) 101 Foods that could save your life. Bantam Books. New York.

Man Flu Soup

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Man flu is described as illness that causes the male species to become helpless and sicker than any other family member. In females; it is described as cold. Therefore, I concocted this “Man Flu” soup recipe to rescue the male of the house from his man flu death bed.

The Christmas holidays have come and gone. It is a time of year when us humans are suppose to chill out. However, we burn the candle at both ends; throughout the festive season trying to meet family and friends far and wide discussing the world at length. By the time New Years rolls around we have contracted head colds, snuffles, sinus, sore throats and coughs. I am guilty too. So whether you are male or female this recipe will provide you with an abundance of nutrients to rock in 2016!

Grotto (2007) discusses the benefits of the ingredients:

  • Carrots – fibre, manganese, niacin, beta-carotene, potassium, Vitamin B6 & C.
  • Peppers – Vitamin C, beta-carotene and inflammation reducing phytochemicals.
  • Pumpkin – fibre, potassium, selenium, Vitamin A, beta-carotene and lutein.
  • Sweet Potatoe – Vitamin A,C, B6, manganese, potassium and fibre.
  • Garlic – Bacteria killer properties known as “Allicin”.
  • Turmeric – Anti-inflammatory properties.

Made From Scratch

4 carrots

1 large red pepper

200grams Pumpkin

1 large sweet potatoe

4-5 garlic cloves

1 tsp. turmeric powder

1 stock cube or 1.5 litres fresh stock.

Made:

  1. Chop (wash first) all the vegetables. I leave skin on carrots and sweet potato for extra fibre. Remove the skin if it is bad.
  2. Add 1tsp. grapeseed oil to large saucepan. Saute all vegetables.
  3. Add stock cube and 1.5 water. Bring to the boil. Simmer.
  4. Once all veg is soft , blitz.
  5. I added 0% fat greek yogurt , lemon zest and toasted chickpeas on top.
  6. Serve, enjoy and take some time to reflect.

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

References

  • Grotto. D, RD, LDN. (2007) 101 Foods that could save your life. Bantam Books. New York.

Thai Green Curry Chicken Salad

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Everytime I make a trip back to Ireland, I love planning a day in the big schmoke. Of recent I have become particularly fond of Staple Foods, Dublin. It is a chilled out spot that offers decadent salads and coffee. I know chocolate cake is decadent but so are the salads created in Staple Foods. These salads are shredded with roast chicken, homemade pesto , toasted hazelnuts and celeriac. Back in Abu Dhabi, I am yet to root out any salad that matches the abundant flavours present in the Staple Food salads. So , I decided to construct my own and I present “Thai Green Curry Chicken Salad”.

Recipe

(Serves 2)

2 Free Range Chicken Breast

Thai Choice Green Curry Paste

1 Garlic Glove

Giant handful of Spinach Leaves

1 Carrot 

Fresh Pineapple Chunks (I bought pre-chopped pineapple from the supermarket)

Handful Fresh Basil 

Handful Fresh Coriander

Avocado

Squeeze lime juice.

Make from Scratch 

  • Poach chicken breasts with one garlic clove – allow to cook through. Once this is done, pop the chicken fillets in the food processor , one garlic glove and 1/2 tsp. green curry paste (add more if you want spicey).
  • Wash all veggies. Peel and grate carrot. Cut the pineapple into chunks. Add fresh spinach to the food processor and shred , be careful not to overdo it. Tear the fresh herbs into small pieces. In a large mixing bowl add shredded spinach, grated carrots, and freshly torn herbs. Mix together with hands.
  • In a separate bowl add chopped avocado, squeeze of lime juice and pinch of salt.
  • Layer up. Get your plate and layer up the all the salad. Add chicken, avocado and pineapple. Toasted nuts would be nice on top too for extra flavour. I sprinkled blue cheese on top!

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

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

The top 10 Irish healthy foodies to follow on Instagram

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I was thrilled and very grateful to be placed on the “Top 10 Irish Healthy Foodies to Follow on Instagram”, the list includes some fantastic fellow food bloggers that are passionate about the promotion of  healthy living. Check it out here Top 10 Irish Healthy Foodies to Follow on Instagram

Eat the rainbow, don’t chase it x

Build a Body from Scratch: Phase One

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Every now and then we need a fresh workout programme that inspire us to keep reaching our health and fitness goals. As a “gym unicorn”, I like to mix up my training to keep it fun. Training sessions can range from HIIT (high intensity interval training), weights, yoga or pilates; whatever your choice is get active and get moving. Over time you will progress, not overnight, the key is to remain consistent and dedicated; chip away the results will surface.

This training programme “Build a Body from Scratch”, is a 16 week programme consisting of four phases. Over the next few weeks I will be posting the workout for you to follow, I am currently in Phase One. If you aren’t familiar with the exercises, you can search on youtube to watch how the exercise is performed. If you do not have certain gym equipment, google alternatives, there is always a way.

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Phase one comprises of supersets. Supersets are two exercises performed in a row without rest – so be prepared to feel the burn! I love a workout the kills you but it will make you stronger. The programme is four days with three days rest. Rest is really important for growth and strength. So let’s have fun and remember to stay hydrated and follow a healthy eating regime.

Warm up: 

  • 2km Row (aim to complete in 1o minutes or under)

Phase One

Leg DayLeg Day (all sets are 5 x 12)

Chest DayChest & Back

Arm Day

Arm Day

Shoulders

Shoulders & Abs

*Always remember to stretch at the end of each workout.

Remember to stay focused and set goals – build your body from scratch. Keep me posted on your progress on instagram: @makeandbakefromscratch

Recovery Rescue

Squats

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The festive season is over and it has been a wild ride. At this point it can be difficult to know where to start; your mind is racing, “new fitness programme”, or “new eating regime”. To get back on the health train it is best to make a plan, start it and stick with it. Don’t lose interest after one week; develop new positive healthy lifestyle habits. Over time you will reap the benefits. Be kind to your body feed it wholesome foods and put it through the paces of a sweaty workout. Remember inhale, exhale.

Try this Sweat Session I created over the festive season to help you kick start your fitness regime:

You will need:

  • Gymboss set 40 seconds on/ 20 seconds off (20 rounds)
  • Skipping rope

Sweat Session

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3,000 meter Rowing. Once this is complete begin the following 5 rounds, set your gymboss timer.

  • Skipping
  • Bear Crawls
  • Walking Lunges
  • Burpees
  • Jump Squats

Next move to 5×5 sets to build strength:

  • 5×5 Lat Pull Downs
  • Press Ups AMRAP (as many reps as possible)
  • 5×5 Bench Press

Bonus Round

  • 100 Walking Lunges
  • 50 Full Squats

This is a great session to get your heart pumping and sweat those toxins from the festive silly season. Make sure you drink plenty of water both during your workout and afterwards.

Once you have the sweaty session completed, you will need to refuel your muscles for recovery. After working out I love recuperating with a smoothie. Try this Berry Bliss Smoothie Recipe:

  • 250ml Koko Coconut Milk
  • 50 grams Frozen Raspberries/Strawberries
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein or Vegan Protein
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds

Pop in blender, blitz till smooth and enjoy!

Carrot & Coconut Muffins

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Once the weekend hits, it is always nice to bake up some delectable treats to munch on. These muffins didn’t last too long in the fridge, they were gone by Sunday! This recipe is gluten-free, grain free, low sugar content, good fibre source and best of all homemade. When baking with coconut flour, remember to add sufficient liquid to keep it moist. I used eggs in the recipe but for a vegan recipe omit eggs and use flaxseed meal or chia seeds.

Ingredients

(makes 10 scrumptious muffins)

1 cup Almond Meal

½ cup Coconut Flour

2-3 Carrots, peeled & grated

¼ cup Desiccated Coconut

1 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tbsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Ginger Powder

1 tsp. Vanilla Powder/Essence

1 tbsp. Flaxseed Meal (optional – good source of fibre)

4 Free Range Eggs

¼ cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

1 banana

¼ cup Coconut Sugar or sugar of choice

4-5 tbsp. Coconut Milk or milk of choice

*you can add chopped walnuts, pecans, chia seeds or dates if it tickles your fancy.

Method

  • Preheat oven 180 degrees, bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Grease muffin tray.
  • Peel & grate carrots.
  • Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Blend eggs, banana and coconut oil in a food processor or separate bowl and add to dry ingredients, stir and bind together. Gradually add the coconut milk or liquid until the consistency looks moist but not runny. Coconut flour can be very dry, so the liquid makes it moist.
  • Scoop muffin mixture into the tray, half fill the cup. I made 10 muffins from this mixture. The tray I have only holds 6, so I did two rounds in the oven.  Allow to bake from 30-35 until golden brown.
  • Set aside allow to cool, if you can! I ate mine with slice banana and macadamia nut butter.

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Nourish your body from the inside out x