A Week Away & Some Food Blog Love

23 Sep

I’m going on a mini break this week with my Mum and Dad. We’re going to Sussex, just an hour and a half from here for a few days in a quaint little cottage. We will have a week of gentle walks on the beach in the late (late) summer sun (or perhaps more likely in the Autumn bluster), afternoon teas in cute little market towns, pub lunches and perhaps a tour of an odd stately home or castle or two. All interspersed with lots of rest breaks, yoga and delicious food home cooked by my Mum.

So try not to miss me too terribly this week πŸ™‚ I’ll try and post some pics of us out and about and some other quick posts (wifi in the depths of the Sussex countryside permitting) but will be back, fresh faced and bright eyed (here’s hoping not utterly exhausted) at the end of the week.

Until then, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite food blogs. Β Here are two of my current loves:

Hidden ingredient = avocado! Photo and recipe source Oh She Glows

Hidden ingredient = avocado! Photo and recipe source Oh She Glows

Oh She GlowsΒ is a vegan blog that is largely also gluten, soya and processed food free. Baked goods, desserts and healthy treats abound a long with lots of inspiring veggie main dishes.

I’m a particular fan of these freezer chocolate banana cookiesΒ – they are the perfect little morsel to quash a chocolate craving and as Angela, the blog author says, in only 80 calories!

It was on Oh She Glows that I discovered the absolute gem of dairy free chocolate mousses – chocolate mousse made from avocado! I’ve made this recipe several times now, once with the base to create an irresistible chocolate torte and all other times as individual pots of pure chocolate mousse joy. Seriously, if you haven’t had a chocolate avocado mousse, drop what you’re doing right this second, run to the market, grab some avocados and race home to make this mousse. You will NOT be sorry! If you think avocado in a mousse is just too weird, well get over it!

I’m very excited by the sound of homemade Twix bars. Next time energy allows, this’ll be going down in my kitchen!

I could wax lyrical for hours about Oh She Glows and I’ve definitely lost hours perusing the back catalogue of recipes. Whether you’re vegan or not, have food intolerances or not, if it’s not already part of your life, check Oh She Glows out.

Hidden Ingredient = Chick Peas! Photo and Recipe source Chocolate Covered Katie

Hidden Ingredient = Chick Peas! Photo and Recipe source Chocolate Covered Katie

Chocolate Covered KatieΒ is the mother of all healthy dessert blogs!

The writer, Katie, takes classic American puds and treats such as cinnamon whirls, brownies, cookies etc etc and ‘healthifies’ them by replacing refined flours, dairy products, and refined sugars with natural, wholesome and down right delicious healthier alternatives. There are also a smattering of light and healthy chocolate free main dishes. Most recipes are gluten free, or at least have a gluten free option. They are also dairy free and refined sugar free. Nutrition stats are given for most recipes with sugar free options available too. Katie takes hidden, totally unexpected ingredients as subs for less healthy counterparts to new heights. If you thought avocado in a chocolate mousse was strange, well hold on to your hat, cos Katie uses chickpeas, cauliflower and much more in recipes from chocolate brownies to cookie pie.

My current favourite CCK recipe has to be the deep dish chocolate chip cookie pie, pictured above, in which the flour is replaced with chickpeas!

I also love Katie’s Quaker Style Granola bars and her recipe has become my go to granola bar recipe. It’s a great base for so many add ins. Last week we had cranberry and pecan and this morning I made date and walnut granola bars to take on our trip to the Sussex seaside.

Speaking of which, I must go, still have my packing to do πŸ™‚

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9 Responses to “A Week Away & Some Food Blog Love”

  1. currankentucky September 23, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Enjoy the break away, super jealous!!! πŸ™‚

    • myjourneythrume September 23, 2013 at 9:50 am #

      Thanks! Fingers crossed the sun comes out! Have a good week x

  2. dawnhosking September 23, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    Have a wonderful holiday and yes you will be missed πŸ˜‰ I like the Oh She Glows blog, looks really good.

    • myjourneythrume September 23, 2013 at 9:51 am #

      Thanks! Have a good week. I highly recommend oh she glows πŸ™‚

      • dawnhosking September 23, 2013 at 10:40 am #

        Go girl, have fun πŸ˜‰

  3. Jumping_Jenny_444 September 23, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Have a wonderful time–you deserve it! πŸ™‚ I’ll be looking forward to seeing your pics next time you blog. I love the beach!

    • myjourneythrume September 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

      Thanks! Hopefully the sun will shine for the beach πŸ™‚ hope you have a good week.

  4. Jumping_Jenny_444 September 23, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Have a wonderful time–you deserve it! πŸ™‚ I’ll be looking forward to see your pics next time you blog. I love the beach!

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