Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Co Yo Apple Slices

So when it comes to breakfasts, I am super fussy and have to have something with a but of crunch ! I can't just have fruit.

So I was really excited to discover Co Yo yogurts which are coconut yogurts that taste AMAZING.

I had tried the vanilla one initially and it's the creamiest most delicious yogurt I had ever tasted. I don't know about anyone else but I love the idea of yogurt, but don't like the sharp taste that sometimes comes with it but this is more like eating dessert.

So when the lovely people at Co Yo sent me some of their other flavours to try I was so excited and decided to try a few different things with them to inspire you to try them for yourselves.

So all I did here was cut an apple in to big round slices, cutting out the core and smoothed a layer of their mango yogurt on the top and sprinkled it with coconut flakes, cacao nibs and some crumbled pecans.

It's the perfect breakfast full of vitamins and healthy fats to keep you going ! Or perfect as a snack ! I love the juiciness and the crunch I get from these ! YUMMY.

Let me know if you try these and do tag me on IG if you do ! @spotted_rose xxx

You can check for availability of them near you here and I have bought some in Waitrose recently !

Also I thought I would tell you about a little 'blooper' that happened to me when I was creating this post... I had my plate on my window sill to take the photo but it was a bit bright for my liking so I stepped back to place the plate on the floor and didn't realise the dishwasher was out....so yeah I feel flat on to the plates and then flat on to my back on the floor. The plate and apple slice went flying and you can see the force it went, by the way the yogurts on the floor here.....

So I just lay there for a moment in shock, then I may have cried a little. It was really painful and I had the worst bruise I have ever had that went totally black and lasted for weeks !! Ha ha so there you have it - the sometimes not so glamorous life of a blogger ! haha !

Thanks for reading xxx

Monday, 29 September 2014

Salted Caramel Crispy Bombe

I am SO excited about these. They are truly delicious and remind me of Lion Bars !
But... a lot healthier.

So what you will need to make these is:

Makes 12

Caramel Filling:
3 Medjool Dates
1 tbsp Almond Butter
1- 2 tbsp Rice Syrup
1/2 tsp Salt (I use pink himalayan salt) or more to your taste.

Crispy Ball:
Gluten free crispy rice (not puffs as they will go soggy)
3 tbsp Almond Butter
6 tbsp Rice Syrup

Make your own raw chocolate or I just melted Green & Blacks for this...

Start by making the salted caramel filling - add the dates, salt, almond butter & rice syrup in to the blender and blend until it all 'clumps' together.

The mixture will be extra sticky so add it to chopping board covered in baking paper and using a teaspoon and a knife to scrape it off, make little 'dollops' like below. Sorry, I know it's not the prettiest photo.

Then pop them in the freezer to harden up a little. 10 - 15 minutes should do it. Once they are out you will be able to roll them in to little balls. 

Then to make your crispy filling. Start by slowly melting the almond butter & rice syrup together and once it's all blended in, mix in the crispy pieces. Just as you did when you make chocolate crispy cakes, do a little at a time to make sure it all gets coated. 

Once it's all mixed in, get two dessert spoons (it's too sticky to use your hands) and take a little bit, pop a caramel centre ball in and then add some on another spoon and 'spoon' them together. Making them in to a bombe shape like below. Be patient as it's VERY sticky ! 

Then melt and temper your dark chocolate.  Or just melt like me if you are going to eat them quickly. 

Pop the melted chocolate in to a small dish so it's nice and easy to dip them in using a fork so you can spin it round and drip of any excess.

Pop them on some baking paper to dry. I set mine in the freezer as I was impatient !

Once set - DEVOUR.  This is a mini one I made.... yummy.

And one of the bigger ones... these are seriously SO good. 

Let me know if you make these AND if you don't want all the faff of getting them in to balls - just lay the mixture out in a dish, push the caramel balls spread out in to the mixture and then cut in to squares when it's set and you make them in to bars instead, 

I hope you ENJOY, I am off to make some more as I've eaten them all... 

Thanks for reading x 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Chocolatey Chai Porridge

So seeing as it was the first day of Autumn this week - I thought I would TRY porridge again.
You see.... well, I just don't like it.

I think like Marmite, you either love it or hate it OR your force yourself to like it, knowing it's good for you, then you kinda grow to like it... a little bit.

Anyway, I was sent some goodies from the amazing Rebel Kitchen and Ombar Chocolate so I thought it would only be right to make a yummy chocolatey chai porridge and see if that does change things for me.

So what you will need is one carton of Chai Mylk by Rebel Kitchen, some oats (I used gluten free) & a 2 squares of Ombar Chocolate - I used the Blueberry and Acai for extra superfoodiness !

So pop half a cup of oats in your saucepan and add pretty much the whole carton, I added a cup first and it left a little bit which I just drank ! Ooh it's just SO yummy !

Then slowly heat on the hob until its all 'porridge like', keeping an eye on it so it doesn't boil or even worse burn and then pop in your bowl.

Cut the chocolate or make shavings and sprinkle on the top ! This slowly melts in to the porridge which is YUMMY !

So my feelings HAVE changed towards porridge.... but only when delicious Mylks are involved and a lovely piece of raw chocolate !

It's just SO good for you too... you can use any of the Rebel Kitchen Mylks to change it up a bit if you like, I might try the Orange Chocolate next...  ! They are just full of goodness, check out their website for full ingredients in each but they are predominately coconut milk so dairy free which is good for those with an intolerance.

Let me know if you try this and I really can't recommend their Mylks enough - they are all delicious and my favourite is the chocolate as is tastes JUST like old school chocolate milkshake ! YUMMY.

Some of the Mylks are now available in Waitrose or you buy them online here - they also do a pack where you can try one of each so that's what I started with ! Now I buy mainly the kids ones as they are a perfect size! I also hear they are on offer in Wholefoods at the moment if you are lucky enough to have one near you !

Ombar Chocolate is available in most health food shops but you can also buy online here. I LOVE their Coco Mylk one, the blue one - it's amazing and SO creamy ! How can chocolate taste SO good and be good for you ? It's like a dream !

Thanks for reading and let me know in the comments if you love or hate porridge and if this has inspired you to try it ?

* This is not a sponsored post but I was sent some samples to try and they are products I will continue to buy myself as I LOVE them.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Secret Sausage Salad

OOh so I first came across these Secret Sausages about a year ago when I attended a foodie even in London and was so taken in by the awesome packaging and the idea that you would 'feel' like you were eating sausages or meat for example, but they are in fact all veggie. I remember it in fact because I told my Vegetarian Auntie about them right away.

So when I was given the chance to try some I jumped at it !! Thanks Secret Sausages !

How cute is the packaging !!

They come in all these delicious flavours & .....

I tried the Chilli and Coriander today and they are packed full of chillies, coriander, onions, sweetcorn & carrots.

I prepared them how I sometimes do with real sausages and chopped them in to little pieces and added them to some salad for lunch.

So all I did was using some kitchen scissors, cut them in to little pieces and lightly friends them in olive oil, both sides. Following the instructions I made sure there was enough oil for them to not stick.

So then I made up my salad - you can use anything you like here, I just had shredded ice berg lettuce (does anyone else agree it tastes SO much better shredded?) cucumber, tomato & some croutons. You can use gluten free ones if you fancy or even make you own !

I piled up my salad, topped it with my lovely little secret sausages pieces and added some salad cream ! (My guilty pleasure) I would add balsamic and olive oil when I am being super healthy !

And there you go ....

How much do you want to eat the below image ? I want it again now...

This is the perfect kind of salad going in to Autumn too as it's warming as well as healthy. 

And OH MY GOSH, I am not just saying this, but the sausages are totally delicious. I think doing them this way and having a crispy edge both sides makes them even yummier, they have a tiny kick to them being chilli and they kind of remind me of falafel in terms of taste, which I love.

I had two on my salad, but loved them so much I went back and made another so that made them one of my 5 a day ! Pretty awesome when you don't feel like you are eating vegetables !

Anyway, I just wanted to share this with you as I know some of my readers follow a healthier diet and even if not - how great to have a meat free meal once in a while. It's becoming a lot more popular to follow a flexitarian diet (flexible vegetarian) so why not give them a try !

You can find out more here including stockists or to buy some online.

Let me know if you do as I know I will definitely be having these again ! Thanks for reading xx