Raw Vegan Lemon Squares

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Okay, so i’m not vegan and I know that word can be a little daunting. Plus, I doubt many think of raw vegan desserts as being delicious. But trust me, they can be amazing (when made right!). I’ve done some experimenting in my kitchen and come up with these deliciously fresh & zingy lemon squares that are definitely made right. These sort of recipes can be tricky, and I used to think I would never be able to create them. Now, with a lot of trial and error I think I have finally mastered this raw dessert, and I’m so excited to experiment with new flavours now that I’ve perfected the basics! Of course, I want to help out anyone who reads my blog so that we can all enjoy delicious raw desserts, so.. here’s my recipe! (Prior word of warning: these are MESSY!)

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Carrot Cake Protein Oats

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One of my favourite ever treats is carrot cake, so I thought, why not spruce up my everyday oats for a change with my favourite flavours? Now, I’m excited to eat oats in the mornings and I no longer find them boring. Porridge is a vehicle for taste and begs to be experimented with. This warm, spicy breakfast idea is packed full of protein, fibre, omega 3 and believe it or not it’s even one of your five-a-day! I have masked the hidden vegetables that go into making this dish, however don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! I promise, you’ll never go back to plain old oats.

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Coconut curry

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Have you ever experienced one of those days of miserable weather where all that could make you happy is cosying up in front of the TV with a comforting meal, listening to the drumming of rain outside? Well, that’s how this curry came to be, and little did I know that on this day, I would have a stroke of genius and create the most insanely tasty curry I’ve ever had. This beautiful concoction consists of a list of ingredients that will warm the soul… as well as your tummy. So, if you’re craving something warming or you simply love curry, here is my very own creation, and I know you’ll love it.

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Fancy-pants French Toast

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I am 100% a breakfast person. There is a certain novelty to being able to have something savoury or sweet depending on how you feel. I have a massive sweet tooth and almost always crave the likes of pancakes and french toast, however I can be very short on time in the mornings so my recipes have got to be quick, simple and delicious.

But Ciara, you can’t be healthy and have french toast?? Of course you can! I definitely believe in moderation and not branding foods you love as “cheating” on your healthy lifestyle. If I want a donut, you better believe I’ll go out and buy a box. However, over the years  I have taught myself to cook and bake from scratch at home, which cuts out a lot of the nasty additives found in shop-bought alternatives. Yes, I am naturally one who will pick up a banana rather than a snickers bar, and who craves porridge rather than sugary cereal in the mornings. However, this has been a change that has happened gradually as I experimented with my diet and found the foods that fuel me for the day and noticeably make me feel better. So, when you have this moderation in your diet, there is always room for french toast.

But enough of that, here is the recipe..

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NUTTY GRANOLA

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One of my favourite snacks for a while now has been a big bowl of granola drowned in almond milk. I’ve tried countless different brands and flavours of granola, and I have concluded that my favourite are those that are jam-packed full of different nuts. However, the sad reality is that 99% of shop-bought granola is absolutely full of added sugar!

So, should you never eat granola again? of course you should! But it was only recently that I realised how simple it is to make at home. You can customise your own granola to suit your taste buds while significantly decreasing the sugar content, it’s a win-win really.

So, here’s my recipe..

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Coconut & Vanilla Protein Pancakes

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It’s taken me some time to figure out the perfect protein pancake recipe. There always seems to be inconsistencies and added hurdles when adding protein to a pancake mix and although it’s been a long path to get here, I have fiinally come up with the most delicious protein pancakes i’ve ever tried. Of course you don’t have to add protein if that’s not your thing, simply substitute the protein powder for extra flour.

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Chia Pudding

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This sweet dessert (or snack if you’re like me) is perfect for when you’re on the go or feeling far too lazy to bake. These little treats are high in fibre, protein and the great thing about them is that you can tailor them to your own personal taste for a fresh snack that is oozing with flavour. I’m sure you’ve seen these all over instagram and maybe even tried your hand at making one. However, speaking from experience, it is really hard to get the ratio of chia seed to liquid just right, and get the same results as those perfect puddings you’ve been dying to try. After a few too many tried and tested recipes, I think I have finally hit the nail on the head and here’s how I’ve done it..

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