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Nacho-coated spicy bean and sweet potato 🍔burgers


So it’s been almost a month of meat-free living now and I’m actually not at all missing it! I’ve had some time off so I’ve been able to experiment and enjoy all the recipes I’ve been putting together and there has been a few dodgy concoction fails but ALOT of good ones! I’m really not missing meat at home at all and I’ve not dined out as much this year as I want both dining out and meat itself to be more of a treat than a habit ( I obviously still frequent my coffee shops) I’ve been whipping up a lot of hot/cold salads and today I made something I’ve wanted to make for quite some time, an all time favourite of mine actually! As a child I loved Mexican spiced foods and spicy bean burgers were my favourite! I was actually a vegetarian for a couple of years in my early teens because as a family we all took the plunge together and I think this is where my love for these burgers stemmed from. That being said, I actually haven’t had them since childhood and I’m not sure why as they aren’t at all time consuming , a mere 20 mins tops and I was taken right back! I made mine with cornflour flat-bread as I can’t have bread at all due to a yeast allergy and I’m yet to find a suitable bread or a recipe which is both gluten and yeast free! Which is probably why I don’t make burgers often but none the less it was super tasty with the flatbread. You of course can make yours in gluten-free burger buns or normal if you’re just vegetarian. I can’t express how much these did not disappoint and I just wanted to eat all 6 to myself!


1 large sweet potato (peeled and diced)

1 can of berlotti beans (kidney beans also work)

2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

1 tablespoon of tomato paste

1 handful of coriander (finely chopped)

Half a bag of lightly salted corn chips/nachos

Salt and pepper

1 Teaspoon of cayenne pepper

1 table spoon of cumin

Olive oil


Start by boiling the sweet potato, garlic, and beans until the sweet potato is soft enough to mash. Drain and put into a mixing bowl.

Add all the remaining ingredients apart from the nachos and mash together and mix well.

Make into patties and set aside.

Add the nachos into your blender and mill into fine breadcrumb like texture.

On a plate cover the burgers in the nacho flour and heat a frying pan with a teaspoon of olive oil. Fry on both sides until golden.

You can also oven bake these but having tried both methods myself, I found it quicker in the pan and the burger coating was a lot more crisp. You could also double cook and bake for 10 mins then finish cooking in the frying pan.

Serve with garnish, I used baby spinach leaves and some light mayo. They are also super tasty (especially appealing for children) with a little cheese and ketchup.

If you would like the corn flatbread recipe it’s simply

Half a cup of Cornflour

1 egg

Baking powder


Half a cup of water

Combine together into a batter and simply fry like a pancake in a pan until golden on each side.


Laura x

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Veggie new year!


Wow, how long have I been away!? Well I’m back now, I’m here to stay! I had quite a long break because last year was all over the place for personal reasons and house moving etc! I hope everybody had a marvellous Christmas and we are all rearing to go in this new year of 2018!

I find New Years resolutions so cliche but what with last year seeming like a fog of chaos, I’ve vowed this year to be super organised and mindful! I mean, I know half the world are likely vowing to do the same but really I am!

Other than being Uber productive this year I’ve also decided to turn veggie! Yes veggie! Not full veggie mind you. I am going to be meat-free (and this is an ongoing thing not just a January thing) for 6 out of 7 days a week but not when I’m eating out at restaurants because let’s face it I have so many preferential needs already that I don’t want to make eating out even harder for myself and I want to be able to enjoy it as hard as that already is being gluten-free and not by choice! Now, I don’t want to step on any committed vegetarians toes here by saying I’m not doing this “for the animals” it’s mainly for my own health and well-being but I guess there is the added bonus of going meat-free and every little does help both the animals and the environment right? ( please be kind to me 🙈) Anyway, I mainly set out to consciously make an effort to eat more veg,pulses, grains, legumes etc! have always eaten healthy because of my allergies but not had a particularly varied diet of the above and tended to stick to the same few things weekly and mainly on the side of meat.

So, thus far, I’ve been green for two weeks now (nearly)and it’s actually not as hard as I thought. Food shopping is so much more fun ( not to mention easier on the pocket) and i don’t know if it’s all the added nutrients I’m eating or just the new year placebo but I actually feel better in myself. Anyway, what are your New year commitments? Do share! And I will update you with my new veggie meal ideas and of course all the clever clean bites as always!

Much love


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Heavenly light mini cheesecake pot

Continuing the dessert theme, my all time favourite sweet food/dessert is the humble cheesecake! I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to a specific flavour as they are all so heavenly in their own way! There is just one thing about the cheesecake of the mortal world and that’s the fact it’s usually gluten-packed and full of fat! Fear not my darlings because once again I am here to save the day with this little pot of joy made from very few ingredients, gluten-free and heavenly light! 

Ingredients: (makes one serving)

Quark or extra light Philadelphia – one tablespoon 

Coconut oil – two teaspoons

Two rice cakes

Handful of walnuts 

Teaspoon of honey

Raspberry or Fruit purée of choice 

Pumpkin seeds


Blitz the rice cakes, walnuts, coconut oil in a blender to form crumbs. Press into a small pot and combine the honey with the cream cheese and layer on top. Top with fruit purée of choice and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. 

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10 min peanut butter and cocoa sponge

So guys, it’s been a while huh? I do apologise! I’ve had a busy Christmas and new year but I’m back and hungry as ever! Now, I know a majority of the professional clean-eaters amongst us have got it covered when it comes to having a varied diet and having an abundance of clean treats and snacks but what’s one more!? So for the newbies, starting the new year with hopes of a clean, healthy diet and dreams of cakes and sweet palate pleasers, I give you the 10 minute sponge cake! 


Peanut butter – 2 tablespoons

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoons

Coconut oil – 2 tablespoons

2 eggs 

Cornflour – 2 tablespoons

Vanilla essence – optional


Combine all the ingredients in a bo and mix into a batter. Bake at 200c for ten mins.

Serving suggestion -top with chopped nuts, raisins, fruit puree, natural yoghurt and it’s like a guilt free de-constructed gateau!

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Clean and lean Brownies

Good morning all!

Last night whilst prepping my lunch for work and pondering what I could enjoy alongside by midday green tea at work, I tried my hand at some express-baking and I’m pleased to say it was most successful! Now being a coeliac I do get tired of the sight of the “gluten-free brownie” as in most coffee shops, mainly chains, it’s the only option available to me and most of the time they are quite the guilty treat! But what if there was a brownie you could make yourself in less than 20 mins, one that is not only gluten free but practically guilt free and full of macronutrients!? Well, there is and not only it’s it super tasty but it has only three main ingredients and can customise it with any extras you like, tailored to your own requirements! 


1/4 cocao powder (I used dark and fairy free) 

2 tablespoons of peanut butter 

2 large bananas (mashed)


Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, together with anything else you want to add, I added a tiny bit of vanilla essence and a dollop of coconut oil to mine. (You could top with nuts or dried fruit)Line a baking tray or tin with grease proof paper and spread out the ingredients evenly. Bake for about 10-15 mins at 180c.this will make about 6 brownie slices about 1cm thick.

Leave to cool on a wire rack and then remove from the grease proof paper and cut into desired sections. 

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Cauliflower crust pizza! 

Back at it again with the Guilt-free delights! 

Hello all, so this week I tried my hand at the legendary cauliflower pizza base! I have been meaning to do so for quite a while but I never got around to it. It was so much easier and quicker than I imagined so it’s safe to say it will be happening more often now! You can literally top it with any pizzeria favourites of your own preference but I am a sucker for simplicity in all forms and I love a good old traditional margarita so good old mozzarella it was! 

Ingredients ( for the base) 

Two cups of raw cauliflower – blended into breadcrumb like form 

1 egg

Handful of parmasean cheese

Salt and pepper

Steam the cauliflower in the microwave (covered) for about 4 mins or until soft, put into teatowel or cloth to squeeze out any excess water. In a bowl combine all the ingredients. You can add some coconut floury I make it a little more dry if needs be. On a baking tray place some parchment paper and spoon the mixture into a heap in the middle, smooth out into desired pizza shape and bake at 180c until golden. Remove from the oven and   Leave to cool.

Next, top with your desired to pizza attributes (you can find my recipe for tomato sauce in earlier posts) and bake for a further 10-15 mins. 

And that is literally it guys! So easy and ever so tasty. And if like me you can’t stop at one slice, then it’s perfectly fine because it’s so much less naughty than the traditional version 😉 

I served mine with sweet potato fries, salad and balsamic dressing.

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Gluten-free chocolate donut bites

Ok, I know what youre thinking…. These arent exactly “clean” but it’s the weekend and I woke up this morning with no peanut butter in the household! That’s my excuse and ravenous for something sweet along side my coffee this morning, not wanting to leave the house because the rugby is on at 11, I decided to whip up these absolute dreams and it only took 5-10 mins! 


Gluten free plain flour – one cup 

Baking powder – one table spoon

Milk – add until forms a dough (you can use water or any kind of milk preferred, I find milk makes them more fluffy) 

Ground almond – 1/4 cup 

Chopped chocolate of any kind, cut into small squares.


Mix all together in a bowl and add just enough water/milk to form a sticky yet knead-able  dough. Take enough to make a small ball, flatten it in your hand and place the chocolate square in the middle. Roll the chocolate inside then fry for about one min in oil, constantly turning whilst it’s frying. Once golden brown, place into sugar and roll until covered. 

VERY naughty but hey it’s Saturday! 

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Loving shortbread 

 Tea for two today ❤️  


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Pancake day – for everyone!

Hi all,

I know I’m a little late but pancake day is a week-long thing anyway right!? There was a time when I thought I wouldn’t be able to indulge in days such as these but that was of course before I got less lazy and more creative with food. There are infact so many ways you can make pancakes other than the traditional way! Who would have thought you can, in actual fact NOT use eggs or milk! and in some methods not even flour! Here are two of my favourite ways (both include flour- GF of course)  great for gluten-free, lactose free lifestyles and even one without egg! 
So firstly –  this is a quick and simple one you can make in your nutri-bullet. I believe I have posted this one before. So excuse the repost but it really is delicious! 

Secondly – this one is the magic pancake! No eggs, no milk involved and still an incredibly fluffy result and you wouldn’t even tell it apart from a normal pancake. Now, I like to make the big scotch pancakes but you can add more of the water if you prefer thinner, crepe like pancakes.  


1 cup of gluten free flour – self raising 

1 mashed banana

1 tablespoon of baking powder 

Pinch of salt 

Mix the flour and the baking powder together. Add the mashed banana and salt, mix and slowly add in water to preference, depending on how thick you want your pancakes, your batter will have to be yoghurt thick for scotch pancakes. Flip and enjoy! 

Top with whatever naughty or nice treats you wish and ….
Happy pancake WEEK! 


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Gluten free carrot cake 



After much longing for carrot cake with my weekend coffee and failing to find any gluten free versions (like anywhere) I finally decided to make one myself! What is with every coffee shop only offering gluten free brownies for GFs like us! Anyway if like me you have zero self control around cake or anything sweet, you may want to give away slices to friends/neighbours/anybody – because I literally devoured 80% of mine! 


225g of gluten free flour 

125g soft brown sugar 

125ml sunflower oil

2 eggs

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 table spoon ground ginger 

125g grated carrot 

Handful of sultanas 

1 diced Apple (small)

1 orange – zest and juice of


200g cream cheese 

Zest of half and Orange

100g icing sugar 

75g unsalted butter 

Put all the cake ingredients into a bowl and mix – grease a cake tin and sprinkle a little brown sugar into the tin. Bake at 190 for 35 mins.

Meanwhile combine the cream cheese,butter and icing  sugar and place in the fridge until cake is baked and cooled.
 – leave to cool then top with the combined cheese frosting mixture and decorate with walnuts.

Personally I cut my cake in half long ways and placed frosting inbetween the two halves so there was a middle layer of cream cheese also as I found it made the cake more noise because gluten free cakes tend to dry out quicker. 



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