Lemon cheesecake overnight oats

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

In my continuing quest to have dessert for breakfast, I bring you this lemon cheesecake inspired overnight oats recipe. I was a little hesitant about putting lemon in my oats, my instinct was telling me it was wrong. But gosh, was it right. This tastes just like a lemon cheesecake, or at least as close to a lemon cheesecake as a bowl of breakfast can be. It truly was love at first taste. You know when something tastes so good that you are shocked you made it? Yes, that. It's creamy, sweet and zesty. I've also added an option to make it a blueberry lemon cheesecake for an extra burst of flavour. All I need to do now is create a lemon granola to top it with to give that crunchy element I always crave. 

You will need: (serves 2)
1 cup oats
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 banana
4 tablespoons soya yoghurt
1 1/2 cups milk of your choice (my favourites are rice and oat milk)
2 tablespoons lemon juice (this is about half a lemon)
Zest of 1 lemon
A pinch of salt

- In a bowl, mash up the banana and stir until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together well.
- Pop in the fridge overnight and in the morning top with your favourite toppings. I love berries, yoghurt and a sprinkle of seeds on this one.

Make it blueberry lemon cheesecake: 
- Defrost 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Mash up slightly using a fork and then layer through the oats for a delicious burst of blueberry flavour. It goes wonderfully with the lemon.

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Peanut butter and banana granola

Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Peanut butter and banana granola breakfast recipe

Peanut butter is absolute liquid gold in my eyes. I'm so addicted that I now buy it in 1kg tubs (Meridian pinch of salt, the best ever). Granola is also a love of mine and I always have a homemade batch in my cupboard. Mostly eaten by the handful straight from the baking tray, some making it into the jar, and a little left over for actually having for breakfast. This recipe has been my go-to for a while now. It combines my previous favourite banana granola with my addiction to peanut butter. Banana, peanut butter and granola? Yes, even less of this one makes it into the jar...

Peanut butter and banana granola recipe

You will need:
Dry ingredients 
3 cups jumbo oats
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup cashews
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup buckwheat
1 tablespoon mixed spice
1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet ingredients 
1 very ripe banana
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoons liquid sweetener (I used Sweet Freedom syrup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

1 cup sultanas 

- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. 
- Stir together all the dry ingredients, apart from the sultanas, in a large mixing bowl.
- In a smaller bowl, mash up the banana until it becomes a liquid consistency. Add the peanut butter, sweetener, and vanilla and stir together well along with two tablespoons of water. As the peanut butter I use has a lovely runny consistency, I only add a little water. If your peanut butter is thicker, you may need to add a little more water. You want the mixture to be runny, similar to that of natural yoghurt. 
- Add the banana peanut butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well to ensure everything is coated. 
- Spread onto a couple of baking trays and pop in the oven for 25 minutes, giving a mix half way. Keep an eye on it towards the end to prevent any burning. You want it to be a lovely golden brown colour. To make your granola clusters wonderfully chunky, press the mixture down in the baking tins so it's all stuck together before baking. When you mix it half way, do so gently to maintain the big chunks. 
- Mix through the sultanas and leave to cool before transferring into a jar or container. 

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Chocolate overnight oats

Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Chocolate overnight oats recipe

My breakfasts recently have been rotating between chocolate porridge, chocolate smoothie bowls, and this gem, chocolate overnight oats. Do you see the theme here? Chocolate for breakfast has to be one of the best things. In fact, I'm most surprised to see that this is the first chocolate breakfast recipe I've shared on here. Cacao powder is a staple in my house, so much so that I now buy it in 1kg bags (much like my peanut butter addiction). It's such a magical ingredient with a divine, rich flavour. It's also perfect for making you feel like you are having dessert for breakfast, which is exactly what this recipe is all about. It tastes like pudding, creamy and with a wonderful chocolate flavour, but it's breakfast. Load on some nut butter, berries and granola in the morning for the most wonderful breakfast.

Chocolate overnight oats recipe

You will need: (serves 1)
1/2 cup oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 ripe banana 
1 tablespoon cacao powder
3/4 cup milk of your choice (I use rice milk). Use less if you prefer a thicker consistency. 
2 tablespoons soya yoghurt
A pinch of salt 
Optional: 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence or other flavouring

Mash the banana up in a bowl until it becomes nice and mushy.
- Add the cacao powder and a sprinkle of salt and combine together. Also add any flavouring at this stage if using.
- Add the oats, chia seeds, yoghurt and milk and mix together well
- Cover or transfer into an airtight container or jar. Pop in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
- Serve with all the toppings! I recommend soya yoghurt, nut butter, granola and fresh fruit. 

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Eating Vegan: in the Lake District

Sunday, 14 October 2018

After a little trip to the Lake District recently, I just have to tell you about all the wonderful vegan food that's on offer there. I was seriously impressed by the number of places that had vegan options and at how good those options were! I do use Happy Cow to find places to eat, but I feel I never really know how good they will be until I get there and see for myself. I had a short list of places I knew had options and a couple of recommendations, but I really didn't expect it to be as vegan (or as dog) friendly as it was. Delicious vegan cake and dogs in cafes - it  doesn't really get much better than that. I absolutely fell in love with the Lakes; everywhere was beautiful, every walk, every view, every town, and the food was lovely. I'll definitely be back soon!

Chester's by the River
Skelwith Bridge | Vegetarian | Dog friendly
My number one of the holiday was Chester's by the River (so much so that all the pictures in this post are from there). It's pretty much a vegan hevaen. I went twice it was so good. The whole cafe is vegetarian so there are lots of vegan options on the menu and almost all of the cakes are vegan too. Both of the salads I had were divine and the cake was soooo good (banana and coconut loaf with a maple icing, and a raspberry and custard donut to takeaway). The coffee is also delish and they have oat milk which is my fave. There's also a lovely walk you can do from Elterwater a few miles up the road that takes you along a beautiful riverside path to the cafe.  Chester's is an absolute gem of a place and I can't recommend it more!

The Apple Pie Cafe
Ambleside | Good vegan options | Dog friendly  
The famous apple pie from here just so happens to be vegan - something I was very excited by. They have a plain and a spiced version so obviously I got spiced and it was lovely. For non-vegans, they serve it with cream or ice cream but for vegans, it's just plain but that doesn't matter because it's so good. They also have quite a lot of other lunch options on the menu which sounded really nice, but I won't lie, I'm all about the cake. With a coconut milk latte to go alongside my pie, it was just what I needed after my walk (Wansfell Pike to Troutbeck and back through Skelghyll Woods if anyone is interested). I'd highly recommend both the cafe and the walk. 

Ambleside | Vegetarian 
I ate in most evenings as there seemed to be a lack of dinner places doing good vegan food, although I didn't look too hard as I prefer eating dinner at home. Zeffirellis, therefore, was the only place we visited for dinner, but, oh it was worth it. Being a veggie restaurant, there are a huge selection of vegan options on the menu. It's primarily Italian food but they do also have a few other things as well. I had a huge pizza with lots of toppings and vegan cheese and it was divine. Oh, and it's also a cinema so if you want to catch a movie at the same time, you can! 

Bowness on Windermere | Good vegan options | Dog friendly  
Unfortunately, Graze was closed the exact week we were staying so I didn't get to go but it looks like a lovely little cafe that has several vegan options, I decided while staring longingly through the window after seeing the sign to say they were closed...

Taylors of Bowness
Bowness on Windermere | Vegan options
Taylors is a takeaway shop so we didn't visit but the board outside listed a vegan sandwich which sounded delicious and I'm sure they also do salads. A great spot for grabbing something to take with you for a day of walking. 

Windermere | Vegan options 
This place seems to be a brunch hotspot and has a few vegan options including overnight oats, cake and a selection of plant milk. I hoped to visit but didn't end up having the time so it's definitely on my list for next time. The inside looks lovely too with a wood burning stove to keep you cosy in winter.

Greens Cafe
Grasmere | Good vegan options 
I'd already eaten by the time we passed this gem but it had lots of vegan options on the menu, including a vegan toad in the hole! I was very impressed and will definitely visit on my next trip. Perhaps a little on the pricey side but I would hope the food would make it worth it. 

Grasmere Gingerbread Shop 
Grasmere | Vegan options
The only place in the world that makes and sells this famous Grasmere gingerbread, which I'm so upset to say, I didn't realise was vegan at the time so didn't bother waiting to get inside (there was quite a long queue!). I can tell you it smelled heavenly, though. Lesson to self - never assume something won't be vegan, always double check then and there. Next time, I'll be getting my hands on that gingerbread for sure! 

Kat's Kitchen
Keswick | *Almost* fully vegan | Dog friendly 
Another one I didn't get the chance to eat in but I stopped by and had a look at the menu and everything sounded lovely. All of the food, and most importantly cakes, in this cafe are vegan. The only exception is that they offer cow's milk for coffees as well as plant milk. It had a lovely relaxed vibe and is yet another place that welcomes dogs, which always earns extra brownie points in my eyes.