Vegan Chocolate Popsicles #PopsicleWeek

what an exciting week!! bloggers all over the world come together to make popsicles of all different colours and flavours!! (want the list? check this link here!). i'm so into it.

it feels very counter intuitive to be eating popsicles at this time of year, especially since it's been grey and gloomy all week. but - exciting times ahead because school holidays started this weekend!!  yay! i can't tell you how long i have waited for this mid-year break, i think most students would tell you that they are so exhausted right now *slurps tea* tea has caffeine in it right?!?!?

i thought that this week i'd give you all a bit of an insight into how i plan make a recipe here on ALA, so i'm gonna walk you through the popsicle planning process! 

it began with planning a breakfast berry option - before remembering how annoying getting frozen berries to not taste icy after re-freezing them is *gah*, so in the trash that idea went. i then moved onto contemplating a raspberry lemonade situation, before remembering the great raspberry lemonade overdose of 2009 and thinking that i've still got at least 2 years before i don't break into a sweat at the thought of the stuff. 

to be honest i had to have a sit down and a cup of tea after that. 

i then proceeded to imagine a tea flavoured one - perhaps matcha? - but then remembered that i've used matcha here, here and here already on ALA. the thought of green matcha led me to green smoothies and hey how about a green smoothie popsicle! i asked a friend at this point (i thought i'd made serious ground here) and she said jess people h8 green smoothies in liquid form and now you want to feed them frozen kale and spinach on a stick????????.

so i made another cup of tea. 

a few slurps, some marshmallows and an episode of OINTB later, i decided to ditch the greens and stick with the smoothie idea. how about oats, peanut butter and banana? apple and raspberry? orange and strawberries? mixed berries? no...wait....i got it: a vegan breakfasty popsicle. oats, banana, cacao and some awesome chocolate almond milk with some cheeky goji berries. 

so i tested it. and tested it. and tested it some more. and finally we have a beautiful recipe for you all!!! yay!! 

these popsicles are vegan, but i used honey to sweeten as a personal preference. agave syrup is a great substitute if it suits you better. if goji berries aren't your thing, some awesome alternatives are nuts (peanuts! hazelnuts! almonds!), seeds (chia seeds! sesame seeds! pumpkin seeds!), coconut and dried raspberries.  


vegan chocolate popsicles

{makes 4 popsicles}

ingredients

1/4 c rolled oats

2 ripe bananas

1 1/2 tsp raw cacao powder

1 tb  honey (or agave syrup for vegan option)

100 ml chocolate almond milk

50g dark chocoalte, melted

1 tb goji berries (optional)

method

blend all the ingredients together until smooth. divide the mix evenly between the popsicle mold containers. add the sticks to each popsicle and freeze for between  1 1/2 - 2 hours.

remove the popsicles from the molds and drizzle them with chocolate. sprinkle some goji berries if desired and serve immediately. 


want more popsicle goodness? use the hashtag #popsicleweek on your socials to find other cool bloggers and recipes! 

thanks to almond breeze for sending me the milk used in this post. find the link here!

Weekend Drinks: Pineapple & Lime Smoothie

it's been deliciously foggy and cloudy here lately and whilst i was driving this morning i could have sworn the leaves and wind and rain was going to wooosh! me away (it didn't, thankfully). my chai late flavoured candle has officially been burnt meaning that *coughs* the cold is officially here. along with the cold has come the rain, thicker blankets and my musky perfume because i read somewhere once that being chic meant having winter and summer musks. and no we don't call them scents we call them musks. because apparently i'm a chic lady now.

anyway, i decided that in the midst of the grey i'd make a tropical smoothie for those of us who'd like to be somewhere warmer. or maybe you are somewhere warm at the moment (aka, the northern hemisphere). it's full of pineapple and lime and a teeeeensy bit of coconut for that i'm on an island* vibe. now i love the cold and the chai lattes and the coats, but sometimes, when the rare cravings strike - tropical fruit is the only solution. 

*naturally, of course, all my islands are warm. and have coconuts

pineapple, i think, is one of the most misunderstood fruits. most people run a mile because it's high maintenance, spiky and doesn't let home-made jelly set. but, if you give it a chance, pineapple can really show it's stuff. it's tangy and sweet and light all at the same time. it's bright and happy and makes you happy too! (have you ever seen a sad person eating pineapple? me neither). 

you'll notice that i didn't strain or juice the pineapple, rather blended it straight into the smoothie as chunks. this will mean that you need to consume the smoothie immediately or alternatively stir up the solid/liquid sediments with time. the reason that i blended the pineapple as a whole was to prevent the loss of fibre (this is why i prefer smoothies to juices). you can read more about the benefits of fibre and how they affect the way your body processes sugar here. for the purposes of this recipe, juicing it would work just as well - if pulp isn't your thing. i used chilled water, as the pineapple is quite chunky to begin with, but if you prefer thicker smoothies, adding ice would work just as well (i've listed a quantity in the recipe for you down below). enjoy! 


Pineapple & Lime Smoothie

{serves 2.....or one very thirsty food blogger}

ingredients

approx 500g fresh pineapple

1 lime

60 ml chilled water or 1/4 c ice cubes

2 tsp shredded coconut

method

juice the lime and chop the pineapple into small cubes. add all the ingredients (except the pineapple) into a blender. blend until smooth. 

split the mixture between two glasses (or pour into one tall glass) and sprinkle with coconut. stir before drinking & serve immediately! 


- jess x

A Trip to the Museum


today is saturday, so my day started with an  attempt at a run (ok i forced myself to run because health but god i hate cardio. especially around the 5km mark), followed by a lazy weekend breakfast with lazy day music playlists and lazy day coffees. this week i made a long overdue return to the world of social medias and blogging and basically real life because as you may have noticed these past couple of months have been a tad quiet.

over these past few weeks i swear i spent more hours at school than i didn't (gah!) so it's been a bit crazy lately. between music rehearsals and homework and debating and exams, i'm surprised i came out on friday in one piece. but, my lately my weeks have been ending with carol kingyoga and family star wars viewings  so really it wasn't all bad.  

i feel like a solid 80% of my posts here are talking about exams, but holy poopcakes guys they're over! i'm free! well, for now anyway. thankfully, i went a bit nuts on the stationary, surprise surprise, and there's a part of me that had been hanging out to use my cue cards (they're multicoloured. multicoloured!!) and that ridiculous 15 pack of highlighters i bought in january :D :D

here's a recap list of things that happened while i was away from blogging:

1. belle and i went to the museum!! she's my lovely homeslice up there with a big ol' grin on her face in the forest. we romped around some fossils, saw the jurassic world exhibition (ohmygosh it was soooo good!!) and i was low-key terrified. it's ok though, i had my homeslice to protect me. then we went for lunch (yummy cheesy pizza for belle!!! delicious vegan pizza for me!!) at this cute little pizza place near parliament station and laughed about silly things like the cat that comes and plays in my backyard and ridiculous overseas trips we want to take. 

2. we fiiiiiiiiiiiiinally moved all the furniture from the other house down to the newly renovated place so the house is now feeling more like home! 

3. school has been keeping me crazy busy (duh, that's why this space has been so neglected) but somehow i still managed to watch the final season of downton abbey (a whole year later than the u.k.!!!! *many sad faces*) and oh my goodness if you ever someone to gush about the fabulousness of mr carson's eyebrows i'm here for you. 

4. we booked tickets to spain!!!!!!!!!!! if you live in spain, have been there or know of anywhere delicious and beautiful and fabulous to visit please let me know. can you tell i'm excited????

5. i officially pre-ordered molly's cookbook which the cover was recently released for and that woman is making by beautiful cookbook dreams come true. some other books i've been enjoying are pictured below as well! winter is great for book-snuggling. 

6. baking talk: i started working on a recipe for honey and hazelnut cookies as well as one for chocolate, banana and date bread. update: their both good, but not the wowowowowow  i was after. expect recipes soon. 

7. it's properly winter here now and i have officially begun to transition the morning meal from toast to porridge. pros: it's freakin' delicious. cons: the almond milk stash runs low v.v. quickly :(

8. i bought a pillow that looks like a happy sun from kmart. it sits on my bed now. here's a photo:

 well i think we're all caught up now :) 

- jess 

p.s. go to the museum. i'll probably see you there as i'm taking all my family and friends to see the jurassic world exhibition because goddammit jurassic park is one of my all-time favourite movies tow watch before 7pm (any later and the dinosaurs start to get too scary and i spend the whole movie with my head underneath the blanket).