Nutritionist-Approved recipes for the perfect Valentines

With plenty of reasons to stay inside and keep cosy this February 14th, make your evening special with two of our Nutritionist approved, Valentines day recipes. Avoid the pre-set restaurant menus and take to the kitchen for some indulgent ‘me’ time, or with a loved one for a fun, lighthearted bonding activity. 

Breakfast - Carrot Cake Pancakes

Ingredients | 
1 large carrot, grated
1 ripe, medium banana, mashed
1 scoop of plant-based vanilla protein powder
Oat milk (~200ml)
1 level tsp cinnamon
½ tsp baking powder

Ingredients for toppings |
2 heaped tbsp dairy-free yoghurt of choice
1 tbsp raisins
6 crushed walnuts

Method |

  1. Into a mixing bowl, add the grated carrot, mashed banana, protein powder, cinnamon and baking powder.
  2. While mixing, add oat milk until desired consistency and mix thoroughly.
  3. Heat a large non-stick pan to medium heat.
  4. Cook until small air holes become visible on top of the pancakes.
  5. Flip the pancakes and cook for another few minutes until golden brown.
  6. Serve with a dollop of dairy-free yoghurt and a sprinkle of raisins and crushed walnuts.
  7. Add a drizzle of maple syrup if more sweetness is desired.

Nutritional content per serve | Serves 2 - 296 kcal per serving. A source of protein, fibre & low in salt and saturated fat. 

Dessert - Sweet Potato Brownies

Ingredients |

1 large sweet potato
60g oat flour
50g cocoa powder
120g almond butter
3 level tbsp maple syrup
2 level tbsp melted coconut oil 
½ tsp baking powder
inch of salt
Dairy-free chocolate chips (optional)

Method |

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C.
  2. Cut the sweet potato into cubes and bake for 20-25min until soft. Blend in a food processor until smooth.
  3. Add mashed sweet potato, almond butter, maple syrup and coconut oil to a large mixing bowl and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the baking powder, pinch of salt and cacao powder into the same bowl and mix well.
  5. Line a 8x8 baking tray with baking paper, add the brownie mix and spread out evenly.
  6. Add the chocolate chips on top if you wish.
  7. Bake for 25-30min. Check consistency with a toothpick.
  8. Enjoy warm or cold.

Nutritional content per serve  | Serves 12 - 195kcal per brownie.