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chocolate fix.

Hiiii bunnies! I have been such a bad blogger but since I was put on the list at Healthy Living Blogs (which brightened up my day to no end) I have decided to get back on it and give you all something worth reading. On top of this it seems at the moment herbylove is the only blogg flying the flag for England so I better make sure she earns her place!

Today was a typical Sunday…I was woken up by my lovely boyfriend and Jenkins the cat with a bowl of weetabix, soy milk and topped with a banana then off to lunch at my mum’s house! What was for lunch, you ask? A big traditional Sunday Roast of course which is as per usual chez herby’s house, hehe! 🙂 I had everything except the Roast Chicken of course. That included, mashed parsnips, suede, roast potatoes, stuffing and gravy 🙂

Oh rewind to before lunch where me & the boyf went shopping on the way to my home and I brought a pair of cute grey laced up shoes (they may sound yucky but trust they were lovely…watch this space for pictures) and I was on the look out for a gorgeous handpainted bowl as seen a few weeks ago. I was really disapointed though as they had yellow & turquoise but no pink 😦 So I went away empty handed. Oh stayed tuned for a post full of my lovely recent shopping trips finds! My loss (of money) is your gain! Dessert was a lovely healthy morsel, baked pineapple & vegan whipped cream. It’s such a shame I wasn’t able to take a picture. But from this moment forward I pledge to be a good food blogger and take pictures of everything I eat! Agreed? AGREED!!


Anyhoo, the reason I came to write this post was to share with you a delicious recipe I found over at VegWeb when I was searching for a chocolately morsel! I was looking for anything which had chocolate and what I ended up finding was a filling, oatmealy chocolate muffin! It was decadent and filling and didn’t make me feel sludgy inside like chocolate muffins I have had in the past. Without further ago I present to you Heavenly Double Chocolate Muffins (vegan friendly)

ingredients
– 2 bananas
– 1/2 cup almond milk
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1/3 cup raw sugar
– 6 tbsp. applesauce
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
– 1-1/2 cup cocoa powder
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (I used bicarbonate of soda UK peeps)
– Pinch of salt
– 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
– 1-1/2 cups rolled oats

what you have to do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/175 degrees C
2. Mash bananas until creamy consistency is reached (can use food processor). In a bowl combine the mashed banana, almond milk, brown sugar, white sugar, applesauce, vanilla extract, and white vinegar.

3. In a separate bowl sift together wholewheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips, then oats and fill the 12 muffin cases.

5. Bake for about 20 minutes. The muffins should be firm on top and a knife should come out clean.

6. Eat!!

These muffins work out to be around 348 calories and 3 grams saturated fat and could definitely replace an oatmeal bar with a cup of coffee or whatever your daily fix is ! 🙂 Leave a comment letting me know if you’ve made these and what you think!

ciao bella,
herby xo

P.s Please excuse the pictures in this post – they were taken by my mobile – not a very good idea as I have realised, hehe.
P.p.s At the moment I am in an epic eBay battle to win the best thing ever, inspired actually by Gracie over at Girl Meets Health. I shall keep you posted on whether I win – two hours to go!! *fingers crossed* I will also let you know what the item is, I can’t at the moment as I am paranoid that someone is going to outbid me on it when they see this post. I am silly I know, LOL! 🙂

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i like it green?

Well today’s breakfast was the usual (undocumented, oops) wholegrain bran flakes, banana, and soya milk this kept me going till about half past eleven when lunch was calling me! As my boyfriend had a meeting in London today I walked the 3 miles (ish) back home which I loved as walking is my favourite form of exercise (followed by yoga then body step then running :))

Lunch today was a GREEN MONSTER! I was so uberly excited about this and I can now safely say that I like it green!

Into the mix went 1-1 1/4 cups of soya milk, 1 banana, 1/4 cup of blueberries, 1 tbsp. of flaxseeds and of course 2 cups of baby spinach! All blended up into yummy healthy smoothie goodness!

It was so good and I am so happy that I tried it!

The main benefit of this drink is that it packs in about 3 of your 5 recommended fruit and veggie servings (depending on how much fruit and veg you decide to blend) into one drinkable package! Spinach is also an excellent source of iron, vitamin C and many others!

I think I am definitely going to include it in my diet at least three times a week…maybe more if it wasn’t such a pain the clean the blender out! Hehe!

Ciaooooooooooo, xo

aubergine = love

Happy Thursday 🙂 I am officially in love with aubergine (second to my lovely boyfriend of course) it is the most versatile and delicious vegetable ever! Well me and the boyfriend went to dinner at my beautiful mother’s house and I decided to help her out and cook a yummy vegan recipe I found in a Weightwatchers magazine and I made Aubergine (Eggplant) and Sweet Potato chilli!

Anyway back to breakfast! I had (undocumented, sorry) bran flakes, a banana and soya milk! Then around twelve I was a little bit peckish so I munched my way through a crumpet with two tablespoons of baked beans. My boyfriend had a meeting in London so I left him to that and walked the three miles back to my home where my mum had brought me a yummy marks & spencers iced bun (280 calories)! I was so happy when I saw it was vegan and enjoyed it with a yummy mug of tea.

I snacked on an apple and then it was time for dinner 🙂

For dessert I fancied a little bit of yummy banana cake so I went ahead and baked some! I usually put chocolate chips in but as they were used up yesterday on the oatmeal cookies I used raisins and some cinnamon! It turned out just as scrumptious though! 🙂 The only shame is that it goes so quickly! Everyone wants a piece hehe 🙂

ingredients:

  • 135g sugar
  • 70g vegetable fat
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 mashed ripe bananas
  • 4-5 tablespoons soya milk (or water)
  • 50g sultanas
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • directions
    1.In the breadpan, roughly combine all the ingredients and sultanas with a fork.

    2. Transfer to a bread tin!

    3. Put in the oven for about 45-50 minutes at about 180 C / Gas 4! Check that a skewer comes out clean!

    Leave to cool for about 20-30 minutes (if you can wait that long) then enjoy 🙂

    One-eighth of the cake works out to be 268 calories and 1g of saturated fat! Not too bad for a yummy treat!

    This weekend I am working, shopping and will then be experimenting and making a Green Monster, very excited, eeeeeeeeeeeee! 🙂

    Byeeee, have a good one 🙂 xoxo

    first post and oatmeal cookies.

    Hiii, I’m Amber and this is Herby Love! I am just going to delve straight in and give you a post before I organize the other bits and bobs of this site otherwise it will take me forever to post as I am really computer illiterate, eee! 🙂

    Well tonight I decided to make a recipe from Alicia Silverstone’s amazing book, The Kind Diet. I have been reading this book for a while now and am the biggest fan of Alicia Silverstone EVER! But I feel my love for her is a completely different post altogether haha! The only problem I find with the recipes is that as I live in the UK the ingredients are so hard to find. The fact that I was able to make these cookies was pure luck! I just so happened to pop into Holland & Barrett’s on my way back home and happened to find one of the key ingredients, Molasses.

    Any hoo, here I present to you oatmeal chocolate button cookies.
    In the book Alicia suggests that you use walnut and dried plum but as I had neither I opted for the chocolate. I am a vegan so I had to find dairy free chocolate chips which none of the supermarkets near me seem to stock it so instead I used these dairy free chocolate buttons which were slightly big and bulky in the cookie but still tasted just as delicious! 🙂

    I think next time I make these cookies I am going to experiment and melt the chocolate buttons in the microwave and then mix them with the oatmeal 🙂

    servings: makes 10 to 12 cookies.
    ingredients.

  • 1 cup of quick cooking rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup maple sugar (I used demerara sugar)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil (safflower)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. molasses
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried plums or other dried fruit (I used 50g chocolate buttons)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • directions:
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. Combine the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the syrup, oil, vanilla extract, and molasses. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips or the extras you have chosen to use.

    3. This part can get a bit messy 🙂 Use your hands to roll tablespoon-size scoops of dough into balls. Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet and press down slightly on the balls to flatten the tops. I made about 12 balls. It was quite difficult for me as I had the buttons sticking out at all angles! 🙂

    4. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a baking rack to cool completely.

    Oh a little warning! These cookies spread! SO be warned!

    The cookies were quite crumbly when I first took them out the oven and attempted a piece but after about ten to twenty minutes they were good to go!

    If you split the mixture into 12 and used the chocolate buttons these cookies work out to be about 272 calories a pop! But they are worth it 🙂

    They may not be pretty but they sit very nicely in your tummy with a cuppa! 🙂 I’m a big fan of oatmeal so I think these have just become my new favourite treat!

    Well I’m off to make a cup of tea and enjoy these! I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night? Byeee, xo

    • How about you? Have you made these cookies and did you love them? 🙂
    • What is your favourite cookie?
    • Does anyone have any suggestions for where I can find chocolate chips in UK?