What else says winter if it's not a warm, sticky, sweet pudding?!
Hands up if you love bread and butter pudding? What does it remind you of?
For me it's school lunches, which I loved at primary school, when I wasn't eating peanut butter and jam sandwiches in a packed lunch. I always chose to have seconds of pudding when I had school lunches, with lashings of custard obviously.
I was recently asked to review some delicious, healthy treats made by a company called My Raw Joy, based in Prague. As soon as I saw their mouth-watering chocolates and NUT BUTTERS, I jumped at the chance to try some of their treats.
It's no secret that the closer we get to whole food ingredients, the healthier our food is. I generally like to make my own treats for this reason. I like to know exactly what is in them, but I do also like the convenience of having a small stash of energy-rich, healthier snacks in packaging that I can grab on the go.
Before receiving the My Raw Joy products I was already concocting recipes in my head like this bread and butter pudding. Off course I was going to eat some of them straight up but I also wanted to make some tasty, wintery recipes to share.
Here is what I made...
The first recipe is my twist on traditional bread and butter pudding. It's vegan and delicious with no refined sugar and a good way to use up left over bread that would otherwise get thrown out.
For this recipe I used two My Raw Joy products. I think they compliment one another really well.
Firstly, the cashew butter is TO DIE for. It tastes like creamy white chocolate that's been melted and stayed that way. Isn't that the dream? It disolves in the mouth and I could easily have eaten this by the spoon until it was done. The whole jar was gone in a few days!!
The second item here is a salted caramel raw chocolate bar. The chocolate bars come in 10 flavours, including raspberry rose, flower power and hazelnut. Salted caramel was my favourite. It tasted sweet and creamy but with a little crunch.
Left over bread. I used sour dough. I think I had roughly 400g.
300 mls plant milk
2 heaped dessert spoons coconut sugar
2 tsp cinnemon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 bar My Raw Joy salted caramel chocolate
3 dess spoons My Raw Joy cashew butter
1 chopped banana
1. Pour the milk into a small saucepan and add the spices and sugar. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes on a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
2. Cut up the bread and place evenly over the bottom of an ovenproof dish.
3. Spread chopped banana pieces over the bread
4. Blob the cashew butter around on top of the bread.
4. Break up the chocolate bar and place it over the bread.
5. Pour the liquid mixture evenly over the top of the bread.
6. Sprinkle coconut sugar over the top of everything.
7. Place in the oven for 30 mins at 180 degrees.
Cashew Cookie Dough Balls
These little nuggets taste like white chocolate and they feel so indulgent but they don't contain any added sugar.
For this recipe I used My Raw Joy's choco bar.
This is different to the pain chocolate bar above. It's a bit like a traditional caramel bar with a thin chocolate layer on the outside and a creamy cashew caramel on the inside.
The choco bar comes in 9 different flavours including peppermint, raspberry and banana. This recipe makes approx 8 balls.
1 teacup cashew nut pieces
2 heaped dess spoons My Raw Joy cashew butter
5 medjool dates
1 scoop vanilla pea protein
1/2 My Raw Joy raw carawmel choco bar
1. Place nuts and protein into the food processor. Blitz for a few minutes until the nuts break up.
2. Add dates and cashew butter and blend again until a dough starts to form in the food processor.
3. Break up the chocolate bar and place in the food processor. Pulse for a few minutes.
4. Turn off the processor and roll the cookie dough into balls.
5. Store in the fridge/freezer depending how quickly you want to eat them.
Green Protein Smoothie
I love to get a huge chunk of my daily greens in the morning and I find a smoothie is an easy way to do that. I always add plenty of nut butter for protein, fibre and good fats.
1/2 bag spinach
2 scoops vanilla pea protein
200 mls plant milk
200 mls water
1 large tsp My Raw Joy almond butter (plus more for the drizzle.)
Place all ingredients into a blender (apart from the extra almond butter).
Blitz up and pour in to a nice tall glass.
Cover with lashings more creamy almond butter.
Almonds are amazing! I think Almond butter is my all time favourite type of nut butter.
I was recently experimenting with a plant-based keto diet and I was adding almond butter to everything. It has less carbohydrates than cashew butter or peanut butter and it tastes amazing.
Almonds are a great source of protein. They contain good fats and fibre as well as Vitamin E. They are also a good source of antioxidants, which protect cells from inflammation, ageing and other diseases.
What is your favourite nut butter?
AD (The My Raw Joy products were gifted to me).