Homemade Hummus | Glutenfree & Vegan

Time

Prep:

10 minutes

Cooking:

45 minutes*

Soaking:

4+ hours*

Nutrition Information

Servings: 8

Calories per serving: 87 kcal

Calories per 100g: 176 kcal

Ingredients

250g cooked Chickpeas

1 Lemon (zest and juice)

3 tbsp Tahini (30ml)

1 tbsp Olive Oil (10ml)

5 tbsp Water (50ml)

2 cloves of Garlic

1/4 tsp Salt (or to taste)

Instructions

When using dried chickpeas

Soak the dried chickpeas in water for at least 4 hours or ideally overnight. Then boil them in unsalted water for 45 minutes or until fork tender.

If you’re using canned chickpeas skip this step.

Hummus Prep

Zest and juice the lemon, before finely mincing. the garlic. Combine everything except the chickpeas in a food processor (or a bowl), mixing until the liquids are just combined. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, then add them and process until you’ve reached your desired consistency**. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a potato masher or a fork and a lot of elbow grease.

Serve

Serve on bread, as part of an antipasti platter or why not try it as a kind of pasta sauce.

Storage

Store for up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

*The cooking and soaking time only applies if you’re using dried chickpeas

**For a more smooth consistency, you may need to add some extra liquid, either in the form of water or oil

This is a basic hummus recipe, but feel free to flavour it however you like.

Also be aware that is quite tangy from the lemon and has a strong garlic flavour. If these are too strong for you, feel free to reduce the lemon and/or garlic by half.

Please note that this is a 10 minute recipe if you’re using canned chickpeas or happen to have cooked chickpeas already.

Stovetop Granola with Walnuts & Cranberry | Glutenfree & Vegan

Time

Prep:

10 minutes

Cooking:

20 minutes

Nutrition Information

Servings: 15

Calories per serving: 190 kcal

Calories per 100g: 467 kcal

Ingredients

150g Walnuts

100g Oats

50 Pumpkin Seeds

50 g Cranberries

50g Raisins

5 pitted Medjool Dates (120g)

75g Peanut Butter

1 tbsp Coconut oil

Instructions

Place the peanut butter and coconut oil in a food processor or bowl and in (another) bowl, soak the dates in hot water for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile measure out the rest of the dry ingredients into a separate large bowl, before placing the soaked dates in the food processor (or bowl with coconut oil and peanut butter) and mix until a smooth paste forms (alternatively mash it with the dates with a fork). If the mixture is too dry, add some of the water the dates had been soaking in.

Mix together the dry ingredients and the date paste until everything is coated evenly, before transferring the mixture to a large non-stick pan. Transfer this to the stove top and roast on low heat for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown, making sure to stir regularly, so the granola doesn’t burn. The granola might still feel quite soft, but it will become more crunchy as it cools.

Serve

Why not try this delicious granola with some fruit over yoghurt or with some milk.

Storage

Make sure to let the granola cool completely, before storing it for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

Notes

If you don’t have medjool dates, feel free to replace them with 120g of any other dates. These might require longer soaking before being blended.

Oats are naturally gluten free, to ensure that this recipe is also, make sure to get oats that were not processed in a factory which also processes wheat products.

I didn’t have coconut oil, so I used butter, which worked just as well, I’m sure margarine would work as well, if you want to keep the recipe vegan.

If you don’t have or like some of ingredients, feel free to replace them with comparable ones.

Homemade Baked Beans

Time

Prep:

10 minutes

Cooking:

60 minutes

Soaking:

4+ hours

Nutrition Information

Servings: 6

Calories per serving: 173 kcal

Calories per 100g: 170 kcal

Ingredients

100g Beans (dry)

1 tbsp Oil

1 Onion

2 Cloves of Garlic

50g Sun-dried Tomatoes

2 tbsp Tomato Paste

2 tbsp Corn Starch

Salt to taste

Instructions

Soak the beans for at least 4 hour or overnight.

Finely dice the onion, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes and rinse the beans. To a pan on medium heat, add the oil and onion and sauté until translucent, then add the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes sautéing again until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the beans, along with enough water to cover the beans. Let this cook over medium heat for about 45 minutes or until the beans are tender. In a small mug, mix together the corn starch with some cold water until the mixture is smooth, before adding it to the beans and letting them come to a boil to thicken.

Serve

Serve over potatoes, bread, or alongside a fry up.

Storage

Store for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

I only had chickpeas, so I used those instead of beans, however both work for this recipe.

Canned beans or chickpeas would also work for this recipe, use approximately 1 can (400g) and decrease the cooking time to about 20 minutes, as the beans or chickpeas are already cooked through and only need to be warmed.

Fresh Wild Garlic Pesto| Vegan & Glutenfree

Time

Prep:

30 minutes

Nutrition Information

Servings: 6 (1 Jar)

Calories per serving: 160 kcal

Calories per 100g: 425 kcal

Ingredients

100g Wild Garlic

75g Olive Oil

50g Cashews

1/4 tsp Sea Salt (or to taste)

Instructions

Roast the cashews in a dry pan on medium heat until fragrant and lightly coloured, making sure to mix often so they don’t burn. Depending on the stove used, this can take between 1-5 minutes. Grind the roasted cashews in a food processor or mortar and pestle until fine crumbs form, before adding the olive oil. Alternatively, chop them very finely with a sharp knife.

Wash and dry the wood garlic, mincing it very finely with a knife, food processor or mortar and pestle. Then add the roasted cashew and olive oil mixture, as well as the salt and mix until a smooth paste forms.

Wash and sterilise a glass jar along with its well-fitting lid in some boiling water, before drying it and filling the pesto into it.

Serve

Serve over pasta, on toasted bread or why not mix a few spoonfuls into some plain hummus.

Storage

Store for up to 2 weeks in an airtight glass container in the fridge or for up to 3 months in the freezer.

Notes

Feel free to replace the wood garlic with basil or a combination of basil with spinach and/or rucola. For these alternatives I recommend using 2 garlic cloves as well, for extra flavour.

Any nut or seed works in this recipe, so use what you have or enjoy. (Exempt from any seed are; chia seeds, linseed, etc. as these create too much of a jelly-like texture when combined with liquid).

Pumpkin Ragu with Coconut

Time

Prep:

10 minutes

Cooking:

30 minutes

Nutrition Information

Servings: 4

Calories per serving: 275 kcal

Calories per 100g: 70 kcal

Ingredients

1 Hokkaido Pumpkin

1 Onion

2 Cloves of Garlic

2 tbsp of Ginger

1 Chilli Pepper

1 tbsp oil

1 can Coconut Milk (400ml)

1 Boullion Cube

2 tbsp Corn Starch

Salt to taste

Instructions

Finley dice the onion, garlic, peeled ginger and finely slice the chilli. Top and tail the pumpkin, before cutting it in half and removing the seeds and chopping it into bite size chunks. Sauté the onion in the oil on medium heat until translucent, before adding the garlic, ginger and chilli pepper, sautéing until fragrent. Add the pumpkin and a half cup of water, cover with a lid and letting everything simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes, or until the pumkin is just about soft. In a small mug mix together the corn strach with a little bit of cold water until smooth, before adding the mixture and coconut milk to the pumkin. Add the boullion cube and salt to taste, bring to a boil until the liquid has thickened and serve.

Serve

Very tasty over noodles, pasta, rice or just eaten plain.

Storage

Store for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

If you don’t have require this recipe to be gluten free, or don’t have corn starch, feel free to replace it might some flour. In this case, add the flour before the pumpkin and mix in until the flour is incorporated.

Feel free to replace or leave out ingredients you don’t have or like.

Blueberry Custard Tart | Vegan

Time

Prep:

30 minutes

Cooking:

60 minutes

Rest:

30 minutes

Nutrition Information

Servings: 8

Calories per serving: 202 kcal

Calories per 100g: 285 kcal

Ingredients

For the base

75g flour

50g coconut oil

25g cold water

1tbsp sugar

For the custard

2 tbsp corn starch

200g coconut milk

1 packet vanilla sugar

For the glaze

150g Jam

30g Water

Instructions

Base

Mix together flour and coconut oil until a sand like consistency is achieved. Then add in the cold water, make sure this is very cold. Mix just until the mixture comes together. Form into a ball, flatten it slightly and then let rest in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. Line a 20 cm cake pan or comparable baking dish with parchment paper. Then roll out the rested dough between some more parchment paper, alternatively flatten it with your hands. Place the measures parchment paper to line the cake pan on top of it and placing the rolled out dough in the cake pan. It might need some adjusting or reforming of the dough to fit the cake pan, a glass with stright sides can be usefull to press it into the pan. Make sure that the dough covers the base and comes up about 2 cm on the sides. Make sure to poke a lot of holes into the bottom part of the dough, before letting it rest in the fridge for 15 minutes again. The holes will ensure the base does not rise up too much end up with any air pockets, as the air can escape.

Bake the base

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius. Bake the base for 30 minutes or until it is golden brown.

Custard

Meanwhile, place the corn starch into a small mug along with a small amount of the coconut milk, then whisk this together until the mixture is smooth and has no lumps. In a small pot add the corn starch mixture, the rest of the coconut milk and vanilla sugar. Consistently stir this over a medium-low heat until the custard begins to thicken and coats the back of a spoon. This should take about 10 minutes. Pour into the baked base and bake in the already preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the custard is set, with a slight juggle in the middle. The custard mixture might bubble slightly while it is in the oven, don’t worry about this, that’s normal.

Glaze

Add the jam and water into a small saucepan and heat it slowly until it bubbles. To get rid of lumps, it may be necessary to whisk the mixture while it heats up. Pour this on top of the baked custard layer, then let the tart cool completely before serving, at least one hour.

Storage

Store for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Notes

This is a great way to use up jam or marmelade you have at home, so feel free to use any kind that you have at home.

I used canned coconut milk in this recipe, as the fat in it helps the custard to set.

The coconut oil could also be replaced with margarine and the custard could also work with a form of vegan cream or milk, although I recommend the using the coconut milk for flavour.

Apple Crumble | Gluten Free & Vegan

Time

Prep:

15 minutes

Cooking:

45 minutes

Nutrition Information

Servings: 6

Calories per serving: 215 kcal

Calories per 100g: 186 kcal

Ingredients

Crumbles

50g Ground Almonds

50g Oats

50g Coconut oil

25g Sugar

25g Boiling Water

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 packet Vanilla Sugar

A dash of Salt

Apple Base

3 Apples

1/2 packet Vanilla Sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Peel the apples and cut them into large chunks. Then place them into a small baking dish and cover them with sugar and cinnamon.

Add the coconut oil and boiling water into a bowl, then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until a crumbly texture forms. Place these over the apples in an even layer and put the baking dish into the oven for 45 minutes or until the apples are soft and the crumbles baked to a golden brown colour.

Serve

Best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Storage

Store covered in the fridge for app to 3 days.

Notes

Oats are naturally gluten free, to ensure that this recipe is also, make sure to get certified gluten free oats as they the regular ones could be contaiminated during transport or processing.

Feel free to replace the coconut oil with margarine or (vegan) butter, depending on whether the recipe needs to be vegan.

The salt in this recipe brings out the other flavours, it is not meant to make the recipe salty, so only add a very small amount.

Matcha Porridge

Time

Prep:

5 minutes

Cooking:

10 minutes

Nutrition Information

Servings: 1

Calories per serving: 326 kcal

Calories per 100g: 102 kcal

Ingredients

45g Oats

1/2 tsp Matcha (green tea) powder

50ml unsweetened soy milk

100ml water

1 Banana

1 tsp hemp seeds

1 tsp coconut flakes

Instructions

Combine oats, water and matcha powder in a pot and simmer over low heat while stirring. Once the mixture has thickened, add the soy milk. Let simmer and stir again until the desired consistency is reached. Then top with banana, hemp seeds and coconut flakes to serve.

Storage

The porridge itself can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days, the toppings should be added just before serving.

Notes

Oats are naturally gluten free, to ensure that this recipe is also, make sure to get oats that were not processed in a factory which also processes wheat products.

If you don’t have the suggested toppings, feel free to use what you have at home. Any fruit, nuts, dried fruit, seeds, leftover chocolate, nut butter. Personally I like to have a crunchy element though.

If you don’t have matcha, feel free to add any other flavourings to the porridge you may have, such as cinnamon, nut butter or chocolate spread.

If you don’t have soy milk or don’t require the recipe to be vegan, feel free to add the milk you have. Taste wise I personally prefer to use plant milks, rather than diary, but it will work with any milk.

Lentil & Chickpea Curry

Time

Prep:

20 minutes

Cooking:

60 minutes

Soaking:

4-8 hours or overnight

Nutrition Information

Servings: 4

Calories per serving: 244 kcal

Calories per 100g: 86 kcal

Ingredients

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 onion

2 cloves of garlic

1 thumb size piece of ginger

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp coriander (seed – ground)

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp curry powder

1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)

100g lentils

100g chickpeas (dry)

400g canned tomato

1 bouillon cube

Salt & pepper (to taste)

Water (as needed)

Instructions

Soak the chickpeas in some water for 4-8 hours or overnight. This reduces the cooking time. If desired, add the lentils for the last hour and then drain the water.

Peel and dice the onion, garlic and ginger into small pieces. Fry in a large pan on medium heat in coconut oil until fragrent. Add the spices and fry again until fragrent. If the bottom begins to stick, deglaze with some water. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover with a fitting lid and simmer making sure to stir every few minutes. Again, feel free to add some water as needed if the bottom begins to stick. Simmer for about 45 minutes or until the chickpeas and lentils are soft and the sauce has reduced into a thick texture.

Serve

This is very tasty served over rice or with naan bread, my favourite is garlic & coriander naan bread.

Storage

Store for up to 3 days in an airtight container for up to 3 days. I recommend using a glass container, as turmeric can dye plastic containers bright yellow or orange.

Notes

I’ll try to post a picture for you next week – experimenting with a pressure cooker for this recipe did not go as planned.

Feel free to use any kind of oil that you have, coconut oil is not required.

If you don’t have any dry chickpeas, feel free to use the canned version (1-2 cans depending on your preference). Cook the lentils until they are soft, drain the canned chickpeas and wash away the liquid they came in, then add them to the lentils to heat through.

Depending on your spice tolerance, it may be necessary to reduce the amount of chili or curry powder.

For a creamier version, feel free to add some coconut milk, which will also make it the recipe less spicy.

There are a lot of spices in this recipe, as these can be quite expensive I recommend getting them as your local asian store, which sells larger quantities for a comparable price as the small amounts sold in supermarkets.

Matcha Latte

Time

Prep: 5

minutes

Nutrition Information

Servings: 1

Calories per serving: 39 kcal

Calories per 100g: 30 kcal

Ingredients

1/2 tsp Matcha (green tea) powder

30ml water

100ml unsweetened soy milk

Instructions

Add water to a milk frother, top with matcha powder and turn on (hot setting). After it has finished whisking, add the soy milk and turn on again (hot setting).

Pour into your favourite mug and enjoy

No Milk Frother – No Problem

Find a glas jar with a tightly fitting lid, that’s big enough so that all the ingredients take up about half of the jar. Boil the water, pour into the jar and let cool for about 5 minutes. Add matcha powder, close lid tightly and shake vigorously for 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is foamy. Then add the soy milk and shake again until the desired amount of foam has been achieved.

Notes

If you don’t have soy milk or don’t require the recipe to be vegan, feel free to add the milk you have. I find that soy milk works best to get a frothy matcha latte.

This method would also work to make a number of different lattes, so feel free to experiment with coffee, cocoa and turmeric for example.