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Lemonade Lusts : The Crush List

Outside of my #lemonadelustloving post where I share small businesses that have tagged themselves on Instagram to get a little extra exposure I want to continue to share my personal lusts with you in Lemonade Lusts posts..













Whats on your crush list at the moment? 

Plant Powered Waffles for the Kids..



I have made these so many times with so many variations and they are always crispy on the outside and moist within. They have Coconut Oil in them and do taste of coconut but even the kids I have served them too that usually hate coconut anything woofed them down without blinking.


INGREDIENTS :

1 & 1/2 Cups / 360ml of Almond Milk
1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 cup of Coconut Oil
1 & 1/2 tsp of Organic Vanilla Extract
2 tsp of Maple Syrup (you can use agave nectar if you prefer)

1 & 1/2 cups / 240g of Gluten Free Flour
1 & 1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
1/4 tsp of salt
1/2 cup / 45g of Steel Cut Oats
1 tbsp of Flaxseed Meal
2 tbsp / 25g of Coconut Sugar (you can use raw sugar)

DIRECTIONS :

Add the Almond milk and Apple Cider Vinegar together and leave them to sit.
In a small bowl add the Coconut Oil, Vanilla, Maple Syrup and whisk then leave to sit also.
In a big bowl add your Gluten Free Flour, Oats, Flaxseed, Salt and Baking Powder and stir them all until combined
Add both sets of wet ingredients to the big bowl of dry and mix until all incorporated.
If the batter is a little thick add a drop more almond milk until it seems fluid enough.
Turn on your waffle iron and cook as per normal

OPTIONS TO ADD IN :

You can add Chocolate Chips, Shredded Coconut, Cocoa Powder, Nuts or Chopped Fruit.
If you do you will need to add more milk for sure as it will soak up some moisture, especially the cocoa powder. 

TOPPINGS :

We stick to Nut Butters, Fruit, Maple Syrup or Apple Sauce with Cinnamon but you can go savoury if you want as they are not super sweet.. I also make a massive fruit salad and just break up one waffle for my serving.

My little waffle iron is from here and is perfect for the kids to use (with you around) but there are loads out there to choose from. I adapted this from Minimalist Bakers recipe as my kids don't like things chocolate flavoured and prefer to add my home made Tahini Chocolate Spread and they find Rolled Oats a little too chunky so Steel Cut get no complaints






The Everyone Religion


ITS ALL A BLANK CANVAS...

BE NICE

THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS

LOVE ALL THINGS (not just cupcakes and cute babies)

LOVE LIKE THEY DO IN THE MOVIES (you know desert island, eyes shut, one foot off the ground. Knowing you will never know love like this again)

LOOK FOWARD NEVER BACK * (*unless reversing your car with no reversing camera)

SMILE AT PEOPLE (even grumpy ones)

REMEMBER THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

Do you have Mantra's you live by?

TEACHING KIDS TO LIVE WITH LESS

We all try and play the game with the kids of one in one out, the mass donation post Christmas push, even the Garage Sale to create cash to buy more shit charade...

The thing is those are all just mini band aids as what we really want to teach our kids is not to hang on to all the crap in the first place. Better still would be to not bug the crap out of us to purchase it or let it enter the house post carnival store win/party gift bag/free advertising handouts at the local shopping centre.. you get my gist huh?

Soo.. I have been looking into a whole host of ways to live a more minimal life and not just by owning some Zen Style sterile looking abode.

I have been been clearing my own stuff for a while. I got the hassle but magical chance to clear half the house when we moved from Australia to the U.S but I really wanted to get the kids aware of how much junk they keep and attach value too when there really is none.

I have heard to the 30 day minimalist challenge where you get rid of 1 item on Day 1, 2 on Day 2, 3 on Day 3 etc, etc, etc by the end of a month you have 'minimalised' over 400+ items. Now this was a little much for me to ask the kids to do and I wanted them to be o.k with the process so I decided to just do 1 week every month. 

We made a rule that paper things like cards, leaflets and generally tiny items were 5 for the score of 1 item and as you can see the haul was a really decent one. Don't get me wrong, they still have way too much crap but we are getting there.



The other rule we have is that before they want to buy anything we have to have a discussion about how it will add value to their life. Lets just say it has ensured I have not been badgered for needless crap and the more big ticket items we talk about adding to Birthday or Christmas lists.

So what are the rules again?

Day 1 trash, donate or re gift 1 item
Day 2 trash, donate or re gift 2 items
Day 3 trash, donate or re gift 3 items
Day 4 trash, donate or re gift 4 items
Day 5 trash, donate or re gift 5 items
Day 6 trash, donate or re gift 6 items
Day 7 trash, donate or re gift 7 items

45 items MINIMALISED!!

By the end of the week they have de cluttered desktops or pin boards a little and got rid of some old things they don't use anymore.

I am going to share some of the other things I have done to literally reduce well over 1000 items without even noticing and am doing more each and every week.

So do you think you could do it? Would your kids be willing? 

Fudgy Plant Powered Brownies


I have a few recipes for Brownies in my pocket these days and I will share them too but this is the Fudgiest most Gooey version by far.. Just like my Magic Bean Cake this one has beans that give it a rich texture but these are accompanied by Avocado to make the texture more moist.

It is super easy to make, all in one bowl (or food processor), under 150 calories per piece and has the tick of approval from my two..


INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 Flax Egg (1tbsp of flaxseed mixed with 2.5 tbsp of water)
  • 15oz / 425g of Black Beans
  • Half an Avocado
  • 4 Dates
  • 1 tbsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cup of Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of Coconut Sugar (you can use Brown Sugar, Honey or Maple Syrup if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp of Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 cup of Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • 3 or 4 tbsp of Vegan Chocolate Chips to sprinkle on top

DIRECTIONS :
  • Preheat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit / 175 Celsius and Grease an 8x8 inch Pan
  • Make your Flax Egg then add to Beans, Avocado, Dates, Vanilla & Sugar in a Food Processor, Blend until smooth.
  • Add to same mixture the Cocoa, Baking Soda, Baking Powder and blend again.
  • Stir in the 1/4 cup of Chocolate Chips and then spread that into your greased pan.
  • Sprinkle your other Chocolate Chips across the top and put it in the oven
  • Bake for 23 minutes and then check that a knife comes out nearly clean.. not fully clean as that would be too dry but as long as the top is dry you are good to go.
  • Once cooled on a rack for 10 minutes they will cut easily into 12 pieces and melt in the mouth.
These Brownies can be stored in the Freezer if you wish and by all means double the recipe but be sure to do in 2 pans or they won't have the same consistency as these.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free and full of Fibre.. Happy Days..

Whats your favourite sweet treat? Maybe I can re make it in a healthier way for you?