Banana Bread – healthier + vegan friendly Christmas bake

Everyone must have that one dessert that you grew up with, where as soon as you hear or see it your instant thought is ‘mmm mum used to make that’. You’re suddenly overcome with nostalgia and reminiscing of fond childhood memories. Mine, Apple crumble (that reminds me, I really need to make apple crumble soon). But my boyfriends was banana bread. To be honest, I’d never even tried it until my late teens when we started dating. He doesn’t really have a sweet tooth (how boring), so banana bread has become his staple birthday ‘cake’ or treat for any special occasion.

Today’s special occasion – a snowy Sunday morning in London and no plans but to stay snuggled indoors with countless cups of tea. The perfect recipe for a baking day!

I have raided the cupboards, got my ripe bananas and ready to infuse the apartment with the smell of something good in the oven.

I have used eggs for this recipe however to make it fully vegan substitute them for flax eggs. To make one flax egg add 1 tbsp flaxseed and 2.5 tbsp water.

I think cinnamon can be a bit of a marmite love/hate situation (personally I love it) so when adding the dry ingredients either go crazy or skip it altogether. In line with the Christmas theme, I think adding ginger as a substitute would be lovely.

I used wholemeal rye flour for this loaf which gives it a slightly more wholesome taste. If you prefer to use a different flour then opt for gluten free or plain wholemeal (or quite frankly whatever you have in the cupboard).

If there’s anything you will notice about my recipes is that I like keep it simple. For me, there is nothing more off-putting than a two-page list of never-heard-of ingredients. So hopefully you will already have everything you need in the kitchen.

I hope you like the recipe. I really encourage adapting recipes to your taste so don’t be shy about mixing it up to your liking! Share your results I would love to see how you get on 🙂

S x


2 x cups wholemeal flour

1 x tsp baking powder

1 x tbsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp Himalayan salt

3 x ripe bananas

2 x medium eggs (or flax eggs)

3/4 cup honey

1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce


1 x cup blueberries


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (fan assisted) and line a baking loaf tray with baking paper or non-dairy butter.

Add your dry ingredients to a mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, start by mashing the bananas (tip – a potato masher works wonders!) then add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix well.

Gradually add your wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Add the blueberries and evenly distribute throughout the mix.

Pour the mix into the baking tray and cook on the middle shelf for around 50 minutes. Cook until a knife can cut into the centre of the loaf and come and clean.

Let the loaf cool and then let the fun begin! Decorate to your liking, get creative – and put the kettle on!

Rainbow Salad – A vegan’s healthy lunch

Rainbow bowls, poké, Buddha bowls…I can’t keep up! But I do know that I love fresh, colourful food so I am going to call this my interpretation of a rainbow Salad 🌈

The trick to a great salad is simple – go colourful! It’s fool proof and works every time.

I just got my first weekly shop from Ocado and it exceeded all expectations. There’s so much choice and as a newbie flexitarian there is lots of vegan options. I tried here the Heck super green veggie balls and they were the perfect meat substitute.

If you’re wondering what the pink is on the plate it’s watermelon radishes. I’m not going to lie, I purely added them because they’re hot pink, I mean look how cute they are! There’s barely any calories in them and they’re packed with vitamins and minerals. Winner winner!

If you have any other ideas share below 🙂

Heck veggie balls (Ocado)

1 x medium sweet potato

1 x medium carrot

Handful cherry tomatoes

Handful spinach

1/2 watermelon radish


Dice the sweet potato and bake in the oven for 25 minutes

Spiralize the carrot (I use the Joseph Joseph one. If you don’t have one just use the veggie peeler)

Slice the watermelon radish thinly

After 10 minutes, add the veggie balls and the tomatoes to the oven with the potatoes for 15 minutes

Then plate up! I add a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

S x

Smoothie Bowls – Healthy breakfast idea


When I am scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest smoothie bowls are always the main food photos that catch my eye. They are so easy to make them look so pretty and colourful I can’t get enough. Seriously though, are some people actually creating these on Photoshop because they look too good to be true?!

If I am completely honest though, with the first few I made at home I wasn’t really sold on actually eating them. Like, why would I put my smoothie in a bowl and not in a cup like a normal person? Plus most of the recipes I searched had banana in and I really can’t stand bananas in smoothies. As soon as a banana hits the nutribullet it’s the only thing I can taste.

So after my many attempts, I have cracked it! When I am searching for recipe ideas I see ‘unsweetened apple sauce’ a lot. My theory is that this is an American thing where it is really accessible in the US because I have never seen it in a UK supermarket. But low and behold, Amazon to the rescue to sell ‘Biona Organic Apple Puree‘. I ordered a pack of 6 with Amazon Prime for £8.94, making them £1.49 per jar. I am afraid time to make my own homemade apple sauce is not a luxury I have so for me this is a bargain.

apple puree

If you are like me, and prefer a banana-free smoothie then this recipe is for you! Give it a go, and the best thing about smoothies is the recipes are totally flexible. Add and/or substitute anything that you like or simply just have in the cupboards and you are good to go. I hope you enjoy! Please share and comment your ideas 🙂

S x


1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 cup Biona Organic apple puree 

1 TBSP Acai powder

2 TBSP muesli (I make my own)

Splash of water


Add all ingredients to your blender/nutribullet and blend

Add a little water to get your preferred consistency

Pour smoothie into a bowl

Get creative! Add toppings of your choice and have fun with it!