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CHRISTMAS PUDDING PROTEIN BALLS

Only 21 days to Christmas and to really get us in the Christmas spirit Ginger Vegan has whipped up these gorgeous little Christmas puds for us.  They’re quick and easy to make and taste divine!  Here’s how…

Ingredients

 

MAKES 11 BALLS

 

100g ground almonds

 

50g ‘Crazy Good Cacao’ Protein Powder

 

150g raisins and sultanas

 

100g Medjoul dates

 

100g glacé cherries

 

50g mixed peel

 

1/2 tsp cinnamon

 

1/2 tsp nutmeg

 

1/8 tsp cloves

Method

 

Put all the ingredients into a food processor and whizz until well combined.

 

The mixture should start to come together in clumps.

 

Take 50g mixture and form into a ball with your hands.

 

Repeat for the remaining mixture.

 

Decorate the top with vegan white chocolate, dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds.

 

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GLUTEN FREE PROTEIN CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

These brownies taste as good as they look. They’re dairy free, gluten free, vegan AND with an added protein boost. Does it get any better than that?

Ingredients

2 tbsp ground flax seed
4 tbsp water
100g ground almonds
50g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
60g coconut oil, melted
200g dark brown sugar or coconut sugar
200g dark chocolate
2 tsp vanilla extract
150ml almond milk

Method

First mix the flax seed and water together in a small bowl and set aside.

 

Mix the almonds, protein, cocoa, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl. Stir in the sugar.

 

In another bowl set over a bowl of hot water melt the chocolate and coconut oil together.

 

When melted add the vanilla and mix well.

 

Pour into the flour mixture along with the almond milk and mix until smooth.

 

Pour into a lined 20cm square cake tin and smooth the top. It may help to place a piece of baking parchment on top and press down to even out the mixture.

 

Bake for 25 mins at 180C.

 

Leave to cool in the tin before cutting into squares.

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PROTEIN CHOCOLATE SWIRLS

If you’re in need of a sweet vegan treat these protein chocolate swirls created by @marylesplantry should hit the spot. Perfect for breakfast or anytime really, just try not to eat them all at once!

Ingredients

(Makes about 12)

 

 

280 ml oat milk, warm

 

330g strong flour

 

55g  Roots ‘n Shoots ‘Very Vanilla ’ protein powder

 

65g flora melted

 

7g dry fast active yeast

 

1/2 tsp salt

 

Roughly 200g vegan chocolate spread.
(Add more if the layer of spread is too thin.)

 

 

 

Method

 

Start the day before.  Place all the ingredients into a bowl of a stand mixer and knead until it comes together into a smooth dough.

 

 

Cover and let rise for about an hour until doubled. Remove from the bowl.

 

 

Knock back and knead for about another 10 minutes (if by hand) shorter if in a stand mixer.

 

 

Place back in the bowl, sprinkle with flour, cover and let rise in the fridge overnight.

 

 

The next day take the dough out if the fridge and let sit for about another hour.

 

Knead for another 5 minutes and let rise again for an hour in a warm place.

Remove from the bowl knock back and roll out thinly into a large rectangle.

 

 

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.

Spread the vegan chocolate spread and roll up into a log.
Cut into roughly 3cm thick slices and place on a baking tray.

 

 

Bake for about 30 minutes until golden brown.
Either sprinkle with icing sugar or with an easy water icing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CHOCOLATE ICECREAM

It’s International Chocolate Day on 7th July and to celebrate @maryles_plantry has whipped up this chocolate icecream recipe that’ll have you set for the summer. So grab your Roots N Shoots Cacao protein powder and follow the recipe below.

Ingredients – Serves 4

 

 

Aquafaba from 1 tin of chickpeas at room temperature

 

2tsp corn flour

 

1 tbsp thick caramel sauce (I used Nature’s Charm)

 

200g vegan chocolate

 

Coconut cream (the fat that hardens when in the fridge and floats on top of a tin of full fat coconut milk)

 

50g Roots ‘n Shoots ‘Crazy Good Cacao’ protein

 

 

Method

 

Start by pouring the aquafaba into the bowl of a stand mixer and adding the cornflour.

 

 

Whisk the aquafaba until very stiff (you should be able to turn the bowl upside down without it falling out, this will take about 10-15 minutes.

 

 

While the aquafaba is whisking melt the chocolate in a double pot and when melted but taken of the heat stir in the protein powder, caramel sauce and coconut cream.

 

 

Now working quickly gently fold the  stiff aquafaba into the chocolate mix and when completely incorporated pour into a loaf tin and freeze at least overnight.

 

 

Before serving let soften for about 10 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SALTED CARAMEL PROTEIN POPCORN

The Met Office has just declared this May as the wettest since records began (thanks guys…) so we thought we’d get some cosy going on for you.
This heavenly salted caramel popcorn is best served in a darkened room with your favourite box set on pause and a big sharing bowl between you. And don’t worry, the preparation time is a few minutes, so you’ll be back into the action in no time flat!

Ingredients – Serves 2

 

 

60g popcorn (popped jot kernels)

 

120g vegan butter I used the flora salted block

 

100g soft light brown sugar

 

40g Roots ‘n Shoots ‘Salted Caramel’ protein

 

1tsp baking soda

 

 

Method

 

Melt the butter over medium heat and stir in the sugar and protein powder.

 

 

Bring to a boil and keep whisking for about 4 minutes making sure it doesn’t burn. Then add the baking soda, whisk it one last time and take off the heat.

 

 

Place the popcorn into a large bowl and working quickly pour the caramel over it and fold it gently with a spatula making sure to cover all kernels.

 

 

Spread on a baking tray lined with parchment paper to cool. Enjoy when cooled. If kept longer it will go chewy.

 

 

Recipe by @maryles_plantry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PROTEIN EASTER NESTS

Easter nests make a quick and easy Easter treat and are fun for kids to make too. These nests created by @maryles_plantry have added protein and B12, so healthier than the average nest! If you fancy having a go check out the recipe below.

Ingredients

 

MAKES 4 NESTS

 

 

4 shredded wheat

 

200g dark vegan chocolate

 

65g vegan butter block (use a block not a spread as it won’t set)

 

30g Roots ‘n Shoots ‘Crazy Cacao’ protein

 

about 20 vegan mini eggs

 

 

Method

 

Crumble the shredded wheat into a large bowl and mix in the protein powder.

 

 

Melt the chocolate and vegan butter in a double pot over hot water or in short bursts in the microwave.

 

 

Once fully melted pour over the shredded wheat and protein mix and stir quickly to evenly combine everything.

 

 

Divide the mixture into 4 and spoon out the mix onto parchment paper. Press in the middle of each nest to form a mold.

 

Refrigerate until fully set.

 

 

Divide the mini eggs between the nests.

 

 

Enjoy!

 

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HOT CROSS BUN PROTEIN SHAKE

While others have been messing with classic flavours, here at Roots n Shoots we’ve been turning the Hot Cross Bun on its head. Introducing the … Hot Cross Bun Protein Shake! It’s a glass full of Easter goodness with none of the baking and very little waiting. Made with our delicious Salted Caramel Protein Powder – this is a plant-powered sweet treat that you can fix up in minutes and drink on the go. (And if you needed any more convincing, it’s got fewer calories than its usual buttery counterpart, but tastes just as good). What are you waiting for – grab a glass, here’s the recipe:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Blend together:⠀

 

 

150ml oat milk⠀⠀⠀

 

100g unsweetened soya yoghurt⠀

 

1 frozen banana⠀⠀

 

1 tbsp almond butter⠀⠀

 

1 tsp mixed spice⠀

 

1 tsp cinnamon⠀⠀

 

10g raisins or sultanas⠀⠀

 

1 medjool date⠀

 

1tsp vanilla extract⠀⠀

 

1 tsp orange extract⠀

 

30g Roots n Shoots ‘Salted Caramel’ protein

 

Enjoy!

 

Recipe by @maryles_plantry

 

 

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PROTEIN PANCAKES

Yes it’s pancake day this month but these days pancakes have become something we eat all year round and for good reason! Not only are they quick and easy to make and delicious but they make a great energy snack a few hours before or just after a workout. Protein pancakes are more balanced than regular pancakes as they digest more slowly, provide sustained energy and help to maintain more stable blood sugar levels keeping you fuller for longer. These beauties were created by maryles_plantry .

Ingredients

 

MAKES AROUND 8 SMALL PANCAKES

 

 

120g self-rasing flour

 

30g Roots ‘n Shoots ‘Very Vanilla’ protein

 

65g margarine (do not melt it, or the pancakes will be too thin)

 

20g sugar

 

200ml oat milk

 

3g baking powder

 

neutral oil for frying

 

 

FOR THE TOPPING:

 

chocolate syrup (i used Sweet Freedom) warmed a little to make it runnier

 

cherries either fresh or frozen

 

Method

 

Whisk all ingredients in a bowl.

 

 

Heat a small amount of oil in non stick frying pan to medium hot. Do not overheat or you will end up with very dark pancakes.

 

 

Pour 1 ladle full of batter into the middle. Keep frying until bubbles appear all over the pancake. Flip over and fry the other side.

 

 

Continue until all the batter is gone.

 

Top with slightly warmed chocolate syrup and cherries.

 

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PLANT FUELED PEOPLE: Vitali Bara – Model

By exploring the different lifestyles of plant fuelled people we aim to show that being vegan isn’t restrictive in terms of the variety of flavours you can enjoy and the type of lifestyle you can lead.

 

In our previous interviews we spoke to Ed Griffiths about his experience as a fitness coach, Sophia Zaman about her life as a vegan ballerina and Leon Greogory about what it’s like being a yoga instructor.

 

In this series we spoke with Vitali Bara about her experience as a model, photographer and director leading a vegan lifestyle in Madrid!

Hi Vitali! When and why did your vegan journey begin?

 

My journey to a vegan lifestyle started when I was between 15 and 16. I think it was Autumn, but it’s hard to say now exactly when it was, approximately 10 years ago now.

 

I remember the beginning was hard, no one in my family was vegan, but despite the information that surrounded me at that time, I just stopped eating meat and then dairy products, even though I had to stand up for my decision, finding all of the information and learning everything by myself.

 

In the beginning I was ignorant and it was hard to reply to common questions such as “You’re a vegan?! What about protein?” I feel that now I can answer with more awareness and experience, and that there isn’t and can’t be any contra argument to eat meat.

What is your favourite aspect of being vegan?

 

Full awareness – Knowing that my personal choice of what I eat during the day doesn’t attribute to the slaughter of animals.

If someone was looking to go vegan, what advice would you give them? 

 

Oh, now there is so much inspiration out there and many wonderful websites, influencers, blogs. But still, I would say that, if someone goes vegan, everything starts from cooking at home.

 

I would recommend: @avirtualvegan on Instagram or aviertualvegan.com for foodie inspiration!

Pinterest is my number 1 for searching for recipes. I also make my own boards, where I can save everything.

 

If someone is new to being vegan it is also good to follow a vegan trainer for a constant reminder that being vegan doesn’t stop body growth and other body possibilities. (Gosh, how long is it going to take to reverse all the false information picked up in society, don’t you agree?) And also follow PETA for sure. Or, at least visit their Facebook or Instagram frequently.

Do you find there to be any connection between being vegan and your daily work as a model, photographer and director?

 

Models are often in a position of influence. People often look to models as role models and pay attention to their lifestyles and the values they represent. Therefore as a model I take this position of influence very seriously and make sure the influence i impart is a good one, primarily by living a vegan lifestyle and sharing information responsibly.

 

I think that being a model is one of highly influential representatives. Some people can take certain lifestyle as a pattern. So, there is a responsibility for shared information and influence. And I’d like it to be a better one.

Tell us more about your work!

 

I have always been passionate about photography, so I ended up on both sides of the lens as a model and a photographer. Mostly, I post my work on my Instagram @vitali.bara. I do have a website too with an archive of fashion and beauty editorials.

As someone that is both a model and vegan, give us an insight into what your diet looks like.

 

I try to eat healthy, so everyday I include a meal high in protein. I’d say lentils are the every day mantra for vegan people.

 

In the morning I have two breakfasts – first is a shake with plant based milk, with protein powder, chia seeds, fruits or vegetables (I like to change the combination) after this I go for a morning run, yoga or a short workout. Then I have oatmeal nicely decorated with fruits, seeds, nuts etc.

 

Meals during the day always vary. I like to make complicated recipes and try new exotic meals, but mostly I include a lot of fruits, veggies, legumes and soy. Also I can’t live a day without chocolate. And I’m really thankful that there are now so many tasty vegan chocolates!

What are your favourite dishes to make?

Vegan Mexican lentil soup, Vegan curry ramen, baked sweet potato boats filled with chickpeas and spices. Whatever with avocado!

What does your workout routine look like? Has this changed at all during lockdown?

I don’t run so often anymore, that’s changed. But I do my “uzhe” workout at home, which is an intensive 15 minutes abbs workout, 10 minutes arms workout and yoga in the morning or evening or both.

Which flavour of Roots ‘n Shoots is your favourite?

It’s a hard question, but if I have to choose, the Very Vanilla and Salted Caramel are my favourites.

We know there are many ways to use our products, but how do you use Roots ‘n Shoots?

 

I have used Roots ‘n Shoots powder to make protein cookies, pancakes and even protein banana bread!

Finally, as this is an interview for Plant Fuelled People, what is your favourite plant food and why?

 

Avocado as food and as plant!

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CHOCOLATE ORANGE MINCE PIES (LOW CARB)

Your chocolate orange and mince pie hit all in one!  These delicious mince pies created by @gingervegan are packed with chocolate-y, orange-y, protein-y, Christmas goodness. And if that doesn’t have you grabbing the rolling pin in excitement, they’re low carb too. Which means at under 10 carbs per pie you can happily eat 5 and still retain a smug grin on your face.

Ingredients

 

SERVES 12

 

 

FOR THE PASTRY:

 

160ml water

 

150g  coconut flour

 

150g  almond flour

 

150g coconut oil

 

20g ground flax seed

 

pinch of salt

 

 

FOR THE FILLING:

 

1 large apple

 

juice and zest of 1 orange

 

60g raisins

 

35g  ‘Crazy Good Cacao’ protein

 

1/2 tsp cinnamon

 

1/2 tsp allspice

 

1/3 tsp nutmeg

 

pinch ground cloves

 

 

NUTRITION FACTS (Per Pie)

Calories  88g

 

Total fat  3.6g

 

Total Carbohydrates  9.6g

 

Protein  4.1g

 

Method

 

To make the pastry mix together the flours, ground flax seed and salt.

 

 

Melt the coconut oil and add it to the flour, mix along with the water.

 

 

Mix until you have a smooth dough.

 

 

Roll out between 2 sheets of baking paper to 3-5mm thick.

 

Cut out rounds with pastry cutter and place into a greased mince pie tin. The pastry will crack but just press the pastry together inside the tin.  Alternatively you can bypass the rolling out and just press the dough into the tins, but you will get a more even result with rolling.

 

Cut out some stars with the extra pastry to cover the tops.

 

For the filling peel the apple and coarsely grate it into a small pan.

 

 

Add in the orange zest and juice, spices and raisins and cook unitl the apple is softened.

 

 

Add in the protein powder and mix until everything is well combined.

 

 

Spoon into pastry cases and place a star on top.

 

 

Bake at 180C for 15 mins or until the pies are lightly coloured.

 

 

Cool on a wire rack.

 

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