Raw Protein Brownies

Hi my name is Consuelo and my talents include: crying over the death of fictional characters, counting the days until I get to go to another concert and coming up with recipes for protein brownies when I really really should be doing laundry instead. Or cleaning. Or biochem revision. Or anything else but writing ingredients on a paper and throwing yummy stuff into a food processor. You folks get the idea.

Procrastination much?

Raw Vegan Protein Brownies

The very least I could do was turn said brownies into a superfood snack so I… uh… get to have brownies for lunch? We totally can count that as a 4th talent I guess?

I GUESS????

See. This is the kind of procrastination I like. At the end of the day, my homework might not be done yet, but I’ve got a tray full of brownies waiting for me and… that’s all that matters, right?

Raw Vegan Protein Brownies

So much better than the kind where you decide to engage in a “let’s-watch-the-entire-season-3-of-game-of-thrones-for-the-thirteenth-time” procrastivity (is that even a word?) and your roommate finds you laying on the floor sobbing inconsolably because ALL THE FEELINGS I JUST I JUST CAN’T ANYMORE nine hours after…

At least I get brownies this way. And a heart which isn’t broken.

Raw Vegan Protein Brownies

But let’s get back to brownies because I’m guessing that’s why you’re all here for… or is any of you here for all the whining, obsessive GoT comments and complaining?

The good thing about these brownies is that, not only are they as tasty as their chocolaty nature implies, but also super-duper-mega healthy (hello superfoods, healthy fats, protein and fiber!!) and easy to make! Just one blender and you’re good to go. If that isn’t the epithome of fabulous then I don’t know what is!

Raw Vegan Protein Brownies

These are made using my favourite Creative Nature Superfoods raw cacao powder and shelled hemp seeds for an extra nutritious boost. But will you notice how healthy they are? Nope. Will you want to devour the whole tray in a sitting? Most likely. Will you cry once you’ve eaten them all? Definitely.

But you know how the saying goes: don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

In other words, make the brownies, eat them all, and try not to sob too much when they’re gone… they were so good that they will live in your memory forever and always.

Raw Vegan Protein Brownies

Or you can totally make another batch instead.

I won’t judge you, I promise.

Raw Protein Brownies
Serves 12
Healthy, easy to make and delicious. Could you ask for more?
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Ingredients
  1. 150 grams medjool dates, pitted
  2. 50 grams dried prunes
  3. 40 grams raw cacao powder
  4. 50 grams shelled hemp seeds
  5. 150 grams walnuts
  6. 180 grams coconut sugar
  7. seeds from 1 vanilla bean, optional
Instructions
  1. Start by blending the dates until a paste forms.
  2. Add in walnuts and process.
  3. Add in coconut sugar, raw cacao and vanilla seeds and pulse again to combine.
  4. Add shelled hemp seeds and pulse once more to form a ball.
  5. Grease a tray and press dough ball into it, shaping it into a rectangle.
  6. Chill in the fridge for at least 4-5 hours before you eat them.
Notes
  1. You can use any nut you want. Hazelnuts, almonds, pecans... all work well!
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 Hope you all enjoy these! Remember to tag me on Instagram if you give these a go. I love to see your recreations!

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Peanut Butter Caramel Banana Bread

Next on the list of both best and worst ideas I’ve ever had:

Baking banana bread at 3am on a Friday night.

Peanut Butter Caramel Banana Bread: moist, delicious and super healthy thanks to a secret ingredient. You need to try this!

Pros? 

-Satisfying those nasty midnight sugar cravings by licking a mixing spoon full of batter. I mean, isn’t that the essence of baking?

-YOU GET BANANA BREAD FOR BREAKFAST THE MORNING AFTER. Sorry for all the caps but I think we all agree that such breakfast calls for some major excitement on my part amirite? (yasssss)

-It will help your procrastination endeavours like nothing else will. Why make the most of the night studying when you can caramelise some bananas instead? 

Peanut Butter Caramel Banana Bread: moist, delicious and super healthy thanks to a secret ingredient. You need to try this!

-The kitchen. It smells nice. Which might not be that great of a thing when your kitchen is actually your room (#dormroomlyf) and you’ll be forced to live with your mistakes for the rest of the night. Have fun trying to fall asleep to the deliciously intoxicating smell of peanut butter banana bread.

Can you. 

CAN YOU.

Peanut Butter Caramel Banana Bread: moist, delicious and super healthy thanks to a secret ingredient. You need to try this!

Which brings us to the cons part:

-The kitchen. It smells nice. SO nice. As I said, it’s not the best scent to have asleep to… talk about distracting.

-Also, have you ever had a decent night’s sleep knowing that you’re getting cake the moment you wake up?? Dessert-induced insomnia is the absolutely worst ugh.

-Why would you expect a third con, man? IT’S BANANA BREAD WE’RE TALKING ABOUT… zero downsides.

Especially when is banana bread flavored with the goodness of both caramel and peanut butter. This combo is so good that it was hard not to hide the fact that I baked some banana bread and keep it all to myself. Not that that thought crossed my mind or something… 

Peanut Butter Caramel Banana Bread: moist, delicious and super healthy thanks to a secret ingredient. You need to try this!

If you haven’t tried caramelising your bananas before adding them to the batter you peeps are missing out. It makes banana bread (or any dessert really!) a billion times better than it already is. Sweeter, tastier and so much more intriguing – tell me that you’ll give it a go!

Now let’s talk peanut butter. You know you have a winner when you add half a jar of the stuff to the batter. Hooray for all the extra moistness, softness and salty flavour! What’s better than peanut butter desserts?

(hint: it starts with “n” and ends with “othing”)

Peanut Butter Caramel Banana Bread: moist, delicious and super healthy thanks to a secret ingredient. You need to try this!

And then there’s maca powder. Have you ever tried this stuff? Not only does it have lots of health benefits (hello superfood!) such as strenghtening the body and increasing stamina. It also makes you feel energised throughout the whole day, acting like coffee or gingseng would do, but without experiencing the energy crash a couple of hours after! I’ve been taking mine for a couple of months now and I can definitely see an improvement in my energy levels (I sleep better even though I suffer from insomnia episodes and I wake up feeling actually energised) and also in my workouts. Talk about running faster, longer and surviving longer HIIT sessions! While superfoods aren’t definitely miracle foods, they do help a lot! Especially when paired with a healthy, balanced diet!

Peanut Butter Caramel Banana Bread: moist, delicious and super healthy thanks to a secret ingredient. You need to try this!

This one was a true life-changer for me and I cannot recommend it enough. If you’re feeling tired, weary and stressed, take a look at the Organic Burst page and get yourself some superfood. Maca is my absolutely favourite due to its delicious caramel-like flavour, which works amazingly in desserts like this one, your morning porridge and smoothies; but I also love the way their wheatgrass and spirulina powders make me feel. Plus their brand ethics are actually fantastic. And so are their prices! Say goodbye to expensive, hard to find superfoods and check these guys out if you haven’t yet! They ship wordwide too!

 Want to add instant caramel flavour to your food? Maca is the answer! I still have a hard time believing that something this good can be so healthy! 

Which… totally entitles me to have banana bread for breakfast right?? 

RIGHT?

Peanut Butter Caramel Banana Bread
Serves 12
A delicious twist on traditional banana bread. Made healthier thanks to the addition of maca powder. And it's vegan too!
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Ingredients
  1. 200 grams white whole wheat flour
  2. 60 grams rolled oats
  3. 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  4. 200 grams almond milk
  5. 1 tsp. white vinegar
  6. 125 grams peanut butter
  7. 1 tbsp. maca powder
  8. 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  9. 2 bananas (220 gr. total)
  10. 100 grams coconut sugar
For the glaze
  1. 3 tbsp. peanut butter
  2. 1 tbsp. almond milk
  3. 1 tbsp. coconut sugar
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Whisk flour, oats, maca powder and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. Add in the rest of ingredients except the bananas and stir until well combined.
  3. Heat some coconut oil in a pan and add the bananas, cut into slices. Sprinkle some extra coconut sugar. Cook on medium for 3-4 minutes or until golden.
  4. Grease a baking pan with oil and extra coconut sugar (this adds crispy, caramelised edges and prevents cake from sticking to the pan so don't skip it!).
  5. Bake at 180ÂșC (375F) for 35-40 minutes or until cake looks golden and center is cooked. Total baking time depends on your oven, so check cake every 5 minutes after 35 minutes!
  6. Enjoy!
  7. To make the glaze, whisk all of the ingredients in a bowl and pour over the bread.
Notes
  1. This freezes well and can be reheated in a microwave whenever you need it.
  2. If you don't caramelise your bananas, you'll need less quantity since caramelising them makes them lose water and therefore they weigh less.
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Have a great week ahead!

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Hazelnut Maca Porridge

Hey my name is Consuelo and I have a pretty serious obsession with oatmeal bowls. 

But am I sorry? Not one bit.

How could anyone not love porridge, that’s the question.

Hazelnut Maca Porridge: made in your microwave in just 5 minutes!

Creamy, comforting and filling. I’d pretty much like to thank it for all those times it’s saved me from being a nasty hangry monster during my morning lectures. ‘Cause who can deal with sugar crashes and math at the same time?? Porridge, you’re the real MVP.

Hazelnut Maca Porridge: made in your microwave in just 5 minutes!

And the toppings, oh, don’t get me started on all those fab choices! I love how porridge is the perfect excuse to dump half a jar of peanut butter in your breakfast and call it a day. And fruit, just give me allllll the fruit! Chocolate? Don’t. Ask. Me. Twice. Maple syrup? Pleeeeeeaaaaaaase. Chopped nuts and seeds? GIVE ‘EM TO ME. More fruit? YES PLEASE!

Also, how cool is the fact that you can make it in just 5 minutes in your microwave? Extra time to sleep in the morning? Sign me up! Just whisk, heat, stir, heat again and enjoy your personal bowl of heaven. It doesn’t get any easier, tastier or healthier!

Hazelnut Maca Porridge: made in your microwave in just 5 minutes!

I always add some chia seeds and maca powder to mine so it keeps me full for the whole morning. Because no one, and I repeat, no one wants to be around hangry Consuelo.

No one.

I get my maca powder from Organic Burst and it’s by far the most delicious I’ve ever tried. It tastes just like caramel! And its price is also reasonable. What’s not to love??

Hazelnut Maca Porridge: made in your microwave in just 5 minutes!

Now stop the reading and get yourself some oatmeal pronto.

Hazelnut Maca Porridge
Serves 1
Delicious and filling oatmeal porridge that you can have ready in 5 minutes. The perfect breakfast!
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Ingredients
  1. 50 grams rolled oats
  2. 360 ml. hazelnut milk
  3. 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  4. 2 tsp. chia seeds
  5. 1 tbsp. hazelnut butter
  6. 1 tsp. maca powder
Instructions
  1. Whisk all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave mixture for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir mixture.
  4. Microwave it for 2-3 more minutes.
  5. Add more milk if desired and top it with nut butters, fruit, chocolate or anything you want!
Notes
  1. Toppings in the pic are blueberries, agave syrup, a crumbled granola bar and flaked almonds.
  2. You may use whichever nut butter/nut milk combo you want.
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