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3 easy plant-based recipes - enjoy an acai and cherry smoothie bowl, vegan veg and cheese and mini choc chip muffins.

We’ve had some fun creating 3 delicious plant-based recipes for a collaboration between Vitamix and Coconut Bowls and we think you will enjoy them too. We decided that rather than popping them solely onto our content-hungry Instagram feed and them disappearing into the ether after a week, that we’d share them in this blog post so they can keep being made.

The Coconut bowls and Vitamix GIVE AWAY is live between the 21st of July and the 3rd of August 2020 – good luck!

 

The 3 easy Healthy Twists recipes that we created for them are;

Fruity acai and cherry bowl

As the recipes were to be shot in coconut bowls and made using a blender, we had to have a smoothie bowl recipe, so we went with a favourite combination of ours – an acai and cherry smoothie bowl.

acai smoothie bowl

 

Creamy vegan veg and cheese

This is a really handy vegan creamy cheese sauce that’s a great base to add to any pasta or vegetable dish. The sauce is also easy to freeze.

Vegan veggie cheese

 

Seriously cute mini chocolate chip muffins

Our kids love a mini muffin, particularly if the recipe is easy and can be made in one bowl and let’s face it, we do too.

Mini Choc Chip Muffin

 

To be upfront about this post we purchased and had used a Vitamix Ascent 3500i in the Healthy Twists kitchen for a couple of years and it’s a workhorse! It’s used every day by all the family and to help make many of our recipes. But they aren’t a cheap piece of kit so when Coconut Bowls asked us if we’d like to join a collaboration with themselves and Vitamix in exchange for a 2nd Vitamix Ascent 3500i, along with the blender cups and bowls, we thought that a Vitamix for Sarah’s home kitchen might be rather handy – particularly through lockdown when we had to stay apart.

 

 

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acai and cherry smoothie bowl

Acai & Cherry Smoothie Bowl

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast

Description

A fruity breakfast acai and cherry smoothie bowl to start the day. Smoothie bowls are a great way to put extra vibrant goodness into your day.


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Ingredients

Smoothie Ingredients

  • ½ cup scoop-able frozen acai
  • 2 bananas, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup frozen cherries
  • 4 tablespoons coconut yoghurt
  • 1cm chunk of fresh ginger

 

Toppings

  • Cashew butter
  • Coconut yoghurt
  • Sliced fig
  • Dark chocolate chunks
  • Melted dark chocolate drizzle
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries

Instructions

Method

  1. Add all the smoothie ingredients to your main Vitamix on a low setting – blend until thick and smooth.
  2. Then scoop into a coconut bowl, layer over the toppings and enjoy!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1

Keywords: acai bowl, smoothie bowl, coconut bowl, vitamix

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vegan meals

Vegan Veg & Cheese

  • Prep Time: Overnight or 4 hours to soak the cashew nuts
  • Cook Time: 10-12 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minute
  • Category: Meals

Description

A deliciously creamy plant-based sauce – perfect for stirring through pasta and vegetable dishes.


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Ingredients

 

Sauce

  • 200g cashew nuts, soaked overnight
  • 200ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tbsps. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 80g vegan cheese, grated
  • Pinch of salt
  • Few twists of black pepper
  • 80g pasta of choice
  • ½ medium leek, sliced
  • 8 spears tender stem broccoli
  • 100g frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 courgette, sliced
  • Extra unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  1. Weigh out the cashew nuts into a bowl and cover with cold water. Cover and leave to soak overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours.
  2. Once the cashew nuts have soaked, drain and rinse in cold water and add them to a Vitamix blender. Now add the vegan cheese, nutritional yeast, mustard powder, ground pepper, salt and pour in the plant-based milk. Blend until you have a smooth creamy sauce, then set to one side.
  3. Meanwhile, cook your chosen pasta according to the instructions on the packet. Lightly pan fry the leeks, courgettes and peas.
  4. In a medium pan on the hob add the pasta, vegetables and spoon over half of the vegan cheese sauce. Gently heat and stir the sauce through, you may wish to add some more liquid to thin the sauce. Heat until hot and serve immediately.
  5. Any remaining sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen.


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  • Serving Size: 2

Keywords: vegan, veagn recipes, coconut bowls , vitamix

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Mini Choc Chip Muffins

Mini Choc Chip Muffins

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 14 1x
  • Category: Baking

Description

These easy to make mini choc chip muffins are a tasty fun treat.


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Ingredients

  • 100 ml plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 35g cashew or almond butter
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 70g gluten-free flour or plain flour
  • 35g almonds
  • 45g dark chocolate chunks
  • ½1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • Small pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C fan and line a mini muffin tray with 14 muffin cases.
  2. In a small bowl measure out the plant-based milk and stir in the apple cider vinegar and set to one side for 5 minutes, until it curdles.
  3. Add the almonds to a Vitamix blending bowl and slowly blend until ground into a rough flour.
  4. In another mixing bowl add the nut butter and sugar and stir together. Then add all the remaining ingredients, including the ground almonds and stir together. Pour in the plant-based milk and apple cider vinegar and stir through.
  5. Spoon the mix evenly between the mini muffin cases and bake in the oven on the middle shelf for 13 minutes until lightly golden on top.
  6. Remove the muffins from the oven and place on a cooling rack for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin tray. Then leave the muffins to cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container and eat within 2-3 days.

Keywords: baking, muffins, vegan, gluten free, coconut bowls, vitamix

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