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Vegan Mocha Breakfast Smoothie

You know those people who hate drinking coffee but love coffee flavoured anythings? That’s me. I never drink the hot stuff but coffee flavoured cake or iced coffee are another story.

During the summer I suddenly decided I needed some iced coffee or mocha in my life. This recipe came about as a result of simply chucking stuff in the blender, and discovering it was actually pretty good.

And that’s really about it. Creative genius at work…

Use as little or as much coffee as you like. Whatever works for you!

And urgh, my recipe plug-in is still displaying weirdly. Sorry.

Vegan Mocha Breakfast Smoothie
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A simple iced coffee/mocha smoothie: get your morning coffee and breakfast in one!
Servings
1 serving
Servings
1 serving
Vegan Mocha Breakfast Smoothie
Print Recipe
A simple iced coffee/mocha smoothie: get your morning coffee and breakfast in one!
Servings
1 serving
Servings
1 serving
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Mix the coffee with a little hot water to make a coffee liquid. Add everything to your blender and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

The amount of coffee and cacao is up to you, I won't judge.

The sweetness level is of course up to you as well. I use overripe bananas and Prana On protein which is quite sweet, so I don't use additional sweeteners like dates.

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Blackstrappy Gingerbready Breakfasty Smoothie

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Maybe it’s the time of year and being in denial that my Christmas gingerbread has long vanished, but I’m all about gingerbready flavours right now. In the past I’ve made those pumpkin pie kinds of smoothies but today I wanted my regular banana breakfast smoothie with a gingerbread makeover. I’ve also been adding blackstrap molasses to my smoothies because I’m low in iron (from long before I was vegan! Gotta throw that in because you know, people blaming a vegan diet blah blah…).

For breakfast I usually have overnight oats or a smoothie with oats thrown in, so there’s a bit of a porridge element here too. And as always, I have a banana in my smoothies, either fresh or frozen.

Blackstrap molasses can taste quite strong and frankly quite urgh, but I don’t mind it in this smoothie. I also like to use a fair bit of ginger and spices. Feel free to play around with the amounts!

Want a pumpkin pie smoothie? Throw in a nice big chunk of cooked pumpkin, or use it in place of the banana.

 

 

 

 

Blackstrappy Gingerbready Breakfasty Smoothie
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Porridge meets gingerbread meets banana smoothie! Feel free to play around with the spices-- add as much or as little as you need!
Servings
1 serving
Servings
1 serving
Blackstrappy Gingerbready Breakfasty Smoothie
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Porridge meets gingerbread meets banana smoothie! Feel free to play around with the spices-- add as much or as little as you need!
Servings
1 serving
Servings
1 serving
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Throw everything in to your blender, blend and guzzle!
Recipe Notes

You can add some pumpkin for a pumpkin pie spiced flavour.

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Eat Your Greens Food Blogging Challenge: Avocado, Kale and Matcha Smoothie

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This month I have entered the Eat Your Greens challenge set by Shaheen over at A2K- A Seasonal Veg Table.  The challenge requires you to prepare a dish (or beverage, or some kind of food) with green veggies.  All recipes must be vegetarian (vegan recipes are accepted too).

I joined the challenge quite late and it was good timing because my avocado and kale were looking a little sad and I’d also been wondering when I would start using the small tin of matcha I was given.  I’ve been hesitant to use it because, like yacon syrup, a small container is very expensive. So I prefer to sit and look at it.

I haven’t been having smoothies, green or any other colour, much lately because when I get up in the morning I’m so cold and immediately put the kettle on.  I don’t often have smoothies during the day, for me they’re pretty much always a breakfast thing.

Avocado Matcha Banana Protein Smoothie

For the Eat Your Greens challenge, I knew it was time to break out the smoothie love again. I didn’t follow a recipe, I just threw in the following based on smoothie combinations I usually make:

– 1 cup home made almond milk

– 1 banana

– 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (maybe half a scoop if you don’t like too much protein powdery taste)

– 1/4 tsp matcha powder

– a few kale leaves, torn (if using baby spinach, I add a big handful.  With kale, I use much less)

– 1/2 avocado

For me, the sweetness was just right because my banana was spotty. If the banana wasn’t as sweet, I would have added one Medjool date.

 

I’m glad I chose this for the challenge as it made me realise how much I miss my breakfast smoothies!

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Week 3 Meal Planning: the Heat Wave + Angelina Ballerina + Lego Show version

This past week Melbourne has suffered through a heat wave with temps over 40C. I think some horrible-hot-weather records were broken, like hottest consecutive days in over one hundred years or something. Stinky stinky stinking hot. To give you an idea, the temperature here in Melbourne reached 44C twice. That’s 111.2F. I really dislike hot weather. Give me autumn-winter any day! I was sooo happy when this heat wave ended, as you can probably imagine! It’s nice and cool as we speak, with a decent temp of 24C (75.2F) today.

Because it was so hot, I chose meals that wouldn’t involve the oven. However because it was so hot, I fell in to full on Can’t Be Bothered Because It’s Too Hot mode.

– I made the Thai Style Yellow Curry from Veganissimo! for myself. This made about four or five meal size serves for me, with rice:

Thai style yellow curry from Veganissimo!

– 43 degress, urgh. Arthur and DeeW asked for rye toast for breakfast. I had a smoothie with frozen banana, almonds, pumpkin seeds, hemp protein and lucuma:

Banana lucuma smoothie

– one of my favourite smoothies is quite simple: frozen banana, almonds, cinnamon, soy milk, hemp protein:

Almond banana hemp smoothie

– another favourite smoothie has frozen banana, raw cacao, soy milk and tahini. I loooove chocolate and tahini:

Chocolate Tahini Smoothie

– I love chocolate with tahini so much that I mix with with raw cacao powder and maple syrup to make a spread:

chocolate tahini spread

– I made the Ancho Lentil meat from Isa Does It, though I used chipotle powder instead of ancho as I didn’t have ancho. I had this in a burrito with lettuce, corn and home made guacamole. I had quite a few of these during the week:

Burrito with lentil 'meat' from Isa Does It

– I made some strawberry and banana soft serve in my blender. Not the Yonanas, because when I’d frozen my strawberries I had forgotten to take the leaves off and I think you have to have all the stem and leaves off if you use the Yonanas:

strawberry banana softserve

– I used the leftovers to make these icy poles (popsicles, in other parts of the world):

strawberry banana softserve icy poles

– I made the Ranch Salad with Potatoes and Chickpeas from Isa Does It.  More yummmz and I used kale for my leafy greens (which is not in the recipe):

Ranch Salad from Isa Does It

– I consider myself lucky to have found firm, cheap mangoes.  They’re usually so expensive:

mango

Some time ago, I purchased tickets for DeeW and I to see the Angelina Ballerina stage musical.  Or as they say, Mousical.  Har har. Of all days, the temp was 44C.  I had booked tickets for the 10:30am show and Husband kindly offered to drive us in, hang around the city with Arthur for an hour (eating) and then picking us up right outside the Gallery and driving home.  It was such a relief not to have to catch public transport there and back in the heat. I loved this little plaque on the seat in front of me:

gorgeous seat plaque

The curtain:
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DeeW loved the performance.  Me?  Welllll the dancing bits were all out of unison, legs not being extended properly, the lifts not executed cleanly.  Does that make me sound like I know what I’m talking about?  It’s what they used to say on season one of So You Think You Can Dance Australia.  I’d like to say one of the dancers committed the greatest sin of touching the floor DURING AN ARABESQUE.  But there were no arabesques that I recall.  Still, the kids loved it all though I never understand why there has to be parts where the main character is really upset and crying.  Because around me, DeeW and other kids were really upset.  And some may argue kids have to learn blah blah blah lessons in life blah blah.  But ya know, they’re going to learn those lessons from family and life.  Not really from their favourite character, in a live show with all those distractions, having a meltdown (by the way, I really can’t stand the tv show.  But DeeW loves ballet):

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Currently in Melbourne we have the Play Me I’m Yours ‘exhibition’ going on.  Twenty four pianos are on the street around the city and you can go and play them:

Play Me I'm Yours at National Gallery

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On Saturday, we went to the Brickvention Lego show.  I blogged about last year’s visit.  The amount of work people put in to their creations is staggering. There were a few people in costume walking around:

Lego Brickvention Melbourne Exhibition Building 2014

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I loved this.  It’s referencing the 007 exhibition on at the Museum:

James Bond 007 Lego mosaics

Vintage Lego from when I was young:

Vintage Lego

Star Wars is always popular:

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Star Wars Lego

Star Wars Lego

There were longer tables set up with trains that ran around the edges:

lego Brickvention Melbourne

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Sydney Op… you know what this is!

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And that’s it!  It’s been quiet here on the blog front because in the hot weather, the last thing I want to do is be on my computer in the hot study.  This week, I think I’ll just chill out and enjoy the better weather 🙂

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Vegan MoFo 2013: Day 6. Where Veganopoulous Starts Losing The Plot.

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My MoFo posts so far have been heavy on the side of BOOOOORING and I hope I find some MoFo mojo soon.  I did plan on lots of cooking and raw food prep but I’m finding it hard to drum up the energy for it.  Also, in the mornings I like to keep things simple where breakfast is concerned and stick to smoothies.  Today’s breakfast was another recipe from ‘Eat Raw, Eat Well’.  It’s the Cacao Strawberry Smoothie.  It was nice, though I’ve never been a fan of the whole chocolate-strawberry mix.  Or chocolate with any fruit.  I never liked Jaffas or any other choc-orange combination.  Anyway, this smoothie was made with nuts, strawberries, cacao, banana, date and I add in pumpkin seeds:

strawberrycacaosmoothie

I bought some canned black beans recently and I was keen to repeat my burrito inhaling after pigging out in Sydney so I made the Home-Style Refried Beans recipe from Viva Vegan! by Terry Hope Romero.  I made it oil free by adding splashes of water to the pan for the frying stage.  Now to be honest, I’m not gaga over refried beans on their own but a recipe like this that is mixed up with a heap of other stuff in a burrito is perfectly okay by me and my burritos would definitely feel sad without refried beans.

I also made Terry’s recipe for Cilantro-Lime Rice in the rice cooker with brown rice but I got the measurements wrong (faulty memory there… or lazy because I should have checked the rice cooker manual) so the lime rice didn’t taste limey at all as I’d put in way too much water.  I froze it in batches anyway to use in later recipes.

I was too lazy to prepare my own salsa so I used an organic salsa-in-a-jar with some Tofutti sour cream.  It was just yeah whateverrr.  Certainly nothing delicious like a properly prepared burrito from a burrito experts establishment but that’s probably because the brown rice was kinda overpowering with its blandness:

homeburrito

And then later on in the day I realised I had one more of my mum’s stuffed capsicums to eat.  And then it was a case of “what do you get when you cross a tortilla with a stuffed capsicum and a lazy blogger?”.  You get THIS:

greekburrito

It wasn’t very good, despite the attempts to de-Greek it by adding fresh coriander and sprinkles of cumin and the sour cream.  But this is REAL LIFE.  This is the kind of crappy concoction you come up with when you are hungry and lazy and fast running out of interesting stuff to put on your MoFo blog.

See you again tomorrow… please?