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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)

– 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! 🙂


Happy Monday!

I figured that it would be fitting as it was the start of the week to set myself a few goals. It’s the middle of a 3 month summer holiday for me and it can feel very very lazy sometimes and for someone who thrives on busyness…that ain’t good!

weekly goals:

1. Get up before 7.30 during week!
2. Run and stretch
3. Sort out all shopping, there will be no more bringing back & buying! I am notorious for buying big batches of clothes and bringing them back in bits and pieces whilst buying more stuff, I am basically out of control and need to stop.
4. Buy a polka dot skirt & cute bowl. There is a really cute set of plates etc. in BHS! (evidence to follow when purchased) They are all handpainted and lovely but so expensive! I have already come to terms with the fact that they will never be a part of my life in a complete set but I have decided to purchase one bowl for £4! Also I want a cute skirt 🙂
5. For god’s sake get a hair cut! I am walking around looking like an untamed poodle. Ridiculous.

I soaked half a cup of oats, one cup of soy milk, tablespoon of flax seeds and cinnamon overnight then I enjoyed it warm with a sprinkle of blueberries! It worked out to be around 334 calories but hopefully will keep me going till lunch which is going to be: veggie burgers atop with Dijon mustard with a side of baby spinach dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and three bean salad! (around 350 calories)

I am off to chip away at my to do list – university reading and what not, toodles! xo

oh p.s
Emma Watson really pulls off short hair, right?

Loving it! 🙂