Guest Post: Agata (Doitforapancake) & 2 Vegan Recipes

I do not specialise in creating any form of recipes for any special diets but there's one particular thing that i can never be successful with. Vegan pancakes. As you can tell from my Instagram over the weekends, i experimented with ingredients to create vegan pancakes. They look okay on the outside but there wasn't much flavour to it and i can't figure what's missing. Perhaps banana? Thankfully dear Agata agreed on doing a guest post and she is going to share 2 well-liked recipes of hers. Her chickpea balls and vegan recipes :)

----- Hello fellows!

My name's Agata but you probably all know me as a crazy instagram food photographer - @doitforapancake... - yeah, the one who's always complaining about bad lighting, not enough food in the fridge or bad looking pancakes. Oh, and also the one who tells these not so funny jokes. And God knows what else. Sounds totally like me. BUT today I am not here to complain *uff, thanks Agata!*, I'm here because my lovely instagram friend - Jaslyn - asked me to write a guest blog post for her! Actually, she asked me to do this a long time ago but well, you know, my name's Agata... (ok, sorry, not complaining anymore!) Anyway, I want to tell you something about myself, my healthy instagram journey and my marvelous recipes (see? I'm so positive) - here we go!

Friends call me "Guta", on 26th of October I am turning 15, I was born in Poland - basic informations. My instagram journey began in January this year (actually I started caring about my instagram in April or May) but I've been really into this healthy lifestyle since October 2012. I was not even 13, I was a fat, silly, funny girl who loved junk food and fatty lunches/dinners. But I hated my body. And I needed to change that. So I went on a diet (not really healthy, I was eating too small) and I lost 20kgs in the course of 4 months. To be honest I don't want to talk about these times because I had no energy or joy to live my life. So my REAL health journey began in January this year :)

What else to say? Maybe things I love? I love travelling. Going abroad and seeing all these amazing places gives me power and happiness. I love cooking, watching movies under the blanket, reading (oops I am really into those books for teenagers haha. But also crime stories, horrors, fantasy books and even poetry), hanging out with my friends and cooking for them. I love pancakes and peanut butter (A LOT of pancakes and peanut butter). I love this instagram community. I had a chance to talk and chat with a lot of wonderful people here and actually I wish someday I will be able to meet them in real life! And there's one thing about me that I really hate. I hate the thing that I hate tomatoes. They are so pretty and this red tomato colour is the one missing on my pictures haha!

Anyway, I prepared for you two amazing recipes, I hope you'll love them too!

= CHICKPEA BALLS =

Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas (400g), drained 2tsp barley grass superfood (it's not a popular thing so you can miss this one or add powdered paprika instead) basil, oregano, pepper, salt or any spices you'd like to use Optional: a few tabasco drops

Directions: Preheat your oven to 180 degress Celsius Blend all ingredients in a food processor or by a hand blender until you get a thick, sticky mass Split the mass into several (I make 6) small parts and roll each one into a ball Bake for 25 minutes Enjoy!

*Here are my barley grass chickpea balls with avo, baked potato wedges and a carrot. Delicious! :)*

= THE BEST VEGAN PANCAKES OF MINE =

Dry ingredients: 45g buckwheat flour +10 g coconut flour (you can take 55g buckwheat) 1tbsp coconut sugar 1/3tsp baking soda 1/3tsp baking powder Optional: cacao for chocolate flavour/maca powder/ carob powder/cinnamon

Wet ingredients: 1/2 cup plant-based milk 1 chia egg (1tbsp chia seeds + 3tbsp water left in the fridge to thicken)

Directions: Mix dry and wet ingredients in separate bowl Now form "a hole" in the middle of dry ingredients, then pour wet ingredients into Slowly stir until most of the batter is incorporated but don't overmix! It's okay if the batter has a few lumps Warm the pan over medium heat with a small amount of coconut oil When it's really hot, start making your pancakes Use 1/4 cup measurement or 1 heaping tbsp of batter for one pancake Wait 2 minutes until bubbles appear on your pancake, then flip and cook for another minute or two Repeat with next pancakes, stack them up and top with everything you want Enjoy!

*Maca vegan pancakes topped with banana-berry mousse, Squarebar squares, blueberries, and banana!*

Hugs and kisses, Agata

Dairy Free Overnight Oats

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” - I’m sure all of you are familiar with this sentence. Being a “breakfast person”, i always need to have my breakfast before i leave the house. Be it 2 slices of bread or a bowl of oats, as long as there’s something going in, my body is satisfied. This is what keeps me going. Without breakfast, i get very tired easily and i hate feeling so sluggish. As students or working adults, we have all slept through our alarms. Sometimes you’ll even feel that toasting those slices of bread right even of you is impossible. Once you jump out of bed, you are out of the door within 15 minutes flat. This is when overnight oats are your life saviours!

Overnight Oats Picture Credits: blog.freepeople.com

I always prep my overnight oats on sunday night. Usually i’ll prep for Monday to Wednesday and make ‘fresh jars’ on Wednesday night for Thursday and Fridays. In my new video, i showed you 3 different dairy-free overnight oats recipe that i enjoy. For the longest time i’ve been trying to find alternatives in replacement of greek yogurt (i can’t take dairy) for my overnight jars. “Use nut milk then” is what most of you would say to me right? But nut milk here in Singapore is crazily priced. I found that all i need is trust O’ coconut water and i get the most delicious tasting overnight oats.

Follow what i do in my video and when you’re ready to eat it in the morning, simply stir and mix everything together. You’ll find that the chia seeds has absorbed most of the water and it becomes a jelly-like texture. The honey gives your oats a sweeter taste. For those of you dislike the bland taste of oats, sweeten it up with honey. It makes a lot of difference. My dad loves putting honey into his oats as well.

Of course you can add whatever fruit toppings you desire. As long as you have the base ingredients - oats, chia seeds, honey and coconut water! Tip: Chia seeds are cheaper from iherb so i recommended my lovely Singaporeans to get yours from there instead of the local supermarkets. It’s usually $15 for 454g. In Fairprice or cold storage, it’s double nearly triple the price… i know right… Do use my discount code (at the left side of this page, under my blogger profile) if you were to purchase anything from iherb!

Here's the ingredient list for the recipes shown in my video:

Berrylicious Overnight Oats 2 Tbs Instant Oats 1 Tbs Chia Seeds 1 Tbs Honey/Maple Syrup/Agave 1 Cup Coconut Water 4-5 Strawberries Handful of Blueberries

Apple Pie Overnight Oats 2 Tbs Instant Oats 1 Tbs Chia Seeds 1/2 - 1 Tsp Cinnamon 1 Tbs Honey/Maple Syrup/Agave 1 Cup Coconut Water 1 Apple, diced (Doesn’t matter which colour - your choice)

Summer Fusion Overnight Oats 2 Tbs Instant Oats 1 Tbs Chia Seeds 1 Tbs Honey/Maple Syrup/Agave 1 Cup Coconut Water 1/2 Dragon Fruit, diced 1 Kiwi, diced

Psst: Kiwi and bananas are a great combo too!

Guest Post: Lama Amine (Fruitmagnet) & Tomato Stew Recipe

In some of my blog posts, i always said that i'm thankful for being able to "meet" a few lovely girls from Instagram and i was so glad that some of whom i've approached agreed to do a little write-up to tell you, my lovely readers more about themselves and also share with you their amazing recipes. These girls are beyond talented and they are also drop-dead gorgeous (not kidding, just look at their profiles) and i really hope one day i'll be able to meet them in real life... Perhaps it's time to rob a bank (kidding... or not?)

So today, i'll introduce to you guys the lovely Lama Amine, also known as Fruitmagnet on Instagram. Check out her feed here. You would not believe that this sweet little pea is only 15 years old! Talk about determination and inspiring.

*Rolls the red carpet*

Hello everyone! My names Lama Amine. I live in middle east/Lebanon so i'm arabic. Two years ago i spent my time sitting around overeating on only junk food nothing else and i was always sick, feeling bad inside out! I used to treat my body like trash and one day i decided that was going to change and thats when my lifestyle changed.

After i started eating healthier i stumbled across a few foodie accounts and i loved the idea and thought why not start my posting my own pictures as well. You may ask who/what are my inspirations to healthy living... Instagram foodie accounts definitely motivate and inspire me! But honestly most of the time i am my own motivation. Everyone has their own favourite go-to meals and for breakfast, mine is definitely overnight oats. For lunch it would be rice paper rolls (contain quinoa and any veggies) and for dinner i have a super salad (throw any veggie in sight in a bowl with ajvar)

Here's a little tip to those of you who wish to start eating clean/maintaining a healthy diet - Set specific fitness goals! (This helped me a lot) Also do a kitchen clean up! It will be hard at first but nothing is easy.

And of course, a gust post would not be complete without a recipe. Here's Lama's recipe for her Tomato Stew! Doesn't it look so delectable?

Tomato Stew Makes 1 serving

Ingredients: 2 tomatoes 1 tsp pizza spice 1/4 diced onion 1/2c peas broccoli 1 diced sweet potato 1/2c chick pea

Directions: Cut the top of the of the tomato and cross the bottom in an 'x' symbol Place the tomatoes in a pot and bring to a boil Meanwhile chop your veggies or tidy your kitchen up a bit When the tomatoes are done peal them and place them in a food processor (with 1/2c of extra water) After that place everything in a pan on low/med heat until the the water/tomato sauce is mostly gone and serve

No-bake banana chocolate fudge cake

When i posted the picture of my recent bake - No-bake banana chocolate fudge cake, i did not expect so many of you to be asking for the recipe! Thank you all so so much! All your comments made me really happy! This cake is not only delicious but it's healthy and easy to make as well. I promised you guys that i'll give you the recipe and so i squeezed out time to draft out this post for you. If it isn't obvious enough, i have a serious case of sweet tooth. Whenever i'm done with a meal, i'll always NEED to have something sweet after like a fruit / cake. This is a habit from young that i am trying to shake off but at times, i can't help but give in. Now that i'm eating clean, i will tend to stay away from pastries and have fruits instead or drink lots of water to distract my mind.So in order to stop myself from consuming those pastries that are loaded with butter, sugar, flour etc, i decided to bake my very own banana chocolate fudge cake! This is perfect for breakfast or desert or simply a mid-day snack.

No Bake Banana Chocolate Fudge Cake

Crust: 1 1/2 cups nuts (I used walnuts) 1 1/2 cups seedless dates (soaked for 10 mins)

Chocolate Fudge:
1/3 cup agave
1/2 med banana
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup cocoa/cacao
2 Tb melted coconut oil
2-3 ripe avocados
a pinch of salt
 
To make the crust, pulse nuts in food processor into crumbs. Add dates and pulse until it lumps together. Press the mixture in a pie pan and let it set in the fridge while you make your chocolate fudge.
 
For the chocolate fudge, blend all ingredients in a food processor/blender until smooth.
 
 
Slice 2-3 bananas (depending on the size of your pan) and place them just above your ready-made crust. Now layer on the chocolate fudge and more bananas if you please. 
 
Set it in the freezer for 15 mins and get ready to finish the whole pan in a hour.
 
Enjoy!

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

It is undeniably true that i cannot live without having my oat bowls for breakfast every morning but other that oatmeal, you got to admit that nana ice cream is the best thing on earth! Nana ice cream is basically banana ice cream. This beauty is made up of only frozen bananas and best of all, it's vegan! Eating clean isn't all that bad huh?

Last week, i made myself a bowl of strawberry nana ice cream for breakfast and it was aaaamazinggg! I had my share with homemade granola and more banana.

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Makes 1 serving

Ingredients: 6 frozen strawberries 1/2 frozen banana

Directions: Place all fruits into a blender/food processor You may need to add little bits of water to mix well Keep blending till you get a nice creamy consistency