The Creamiest, Raw, Organic & Vegan Chocolate Bars – Ombar Chocolate

 

As soon as you take a bite and you hear the iconic sound of chocolate breaking into two pieces you can already start to taste the first hint of pure dark cacao.

Being an absolute chocaholic I have tried many, but many different vegan chocolates. But when I tried this small bar I had no idea that it could have so much in store. Ombar’s chocolate bars are made of 100% plant based as well as natural ingredients. I find that lots of vegan chocolate is either too sweet, has an oily after taste or it might taste way too healthy and bitter for some people or children. Whilst I noticed straight away that Ombar’s chocolate has a very honest, dark and pure chocolatey flavour. Not too sugary, not too bitter, natural and no nasties – just real raw chocolate bars that taste amazing! 

The pure cacao flavours are rich and the texture is firm and crunchy. I’m writing this as I sit next to the fire and I just broke another square of chocolate, I can honestly say that this is the best plant-based chocolate I have tasted so far. And as I am enjoying it, so will the little ones. I love how this chocolate is raw, plant-based, Fair Trade, natural and organic but it still tastes great and honestly the little ones will love it too!

I do a lot of baking and I’m sure that everyone is tempted to get their apron on a little more often whilst the days are getting colder and darker. Apart from enjoying a square with my coffee I also find that this chocolate is great to cook with. Put a few squares on your hot porridge as it melts into the oats, shave some chocolate on top of your hot coco with whipped cream or melt it and mix into cakes and brownies.

I highly recommend you to try all the different chocolate bars from Ombar and let yourself indulge in some chocolate delight! Whats a better way to enjoy the cold winter days with a hot coco and a piece of chocolate in your hand whilst cuddling up in your big jumper. Sounds like pure perfection to me!

 

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Sweet Matcha Smoothie

 

This green smoothie is the sweetest green smoothie you will ever taste! I love having it for breakfast as it’s absolutely delicious, refreshing and full of vitamins. The banana, dates and matcha in this smoothie will give you lots of energy which is perfect to start the day with! I also use spinach which is extremely low in calories and its full of vitamins and iron. Also adding a tablespoon of chia seeds will give you a boost of protein as a finishing touch! Healthy, sweet and yum! WIN WIN!

 

 

Ingredients

 

  • Splash almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 4 unpitted dates
  • 2 hand fuls frozen spinach
  • 1 teaspoon Matcha powder
  • Tablespoon chia seeds

 

Method

 

  1. Apart from the chia seeds place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Add some extra almond milk if you think its a little too thick.
  2. Pour your smoothie into a glass and top it off with a tablespoon of chia seeds.

 

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Moroccan Cauliflower and Quinoa Power Bowl

 

I’m in love with this super yummy and healthy power bowl! It’s the perfect combination of healthy fats, carbs and full of vitamins. It’s perfect for lunch if you need an energy boost or for dinner after a busy day. It’s a comforting bowl full of goodness!

It won’t take you to long to whip this meal up and it’s perfect if you’re cooking for a few people – you’ll definitely impress your friends with this one!

Ingredients

 

Makes 2 bowls

  • 1 small or 1/2 big cauliflower
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1 big sweet potato
  • Few sun-dried tomatoes
  • 100 grams quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons hummus
  • 1 tablespoon Ras el hanout powder
  • 2 tablespoons liquid coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper

 

For the dressing

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Method

 

  1. Preheat the oven on 220c.
  2. Wash your cauliflower and remove the florets from the stalk and place them in a bowl.
  3. Then add the coconut oil and sprinkle some salt, pepper and the Ras el hanout powder on top and mix well.
  4. Next place the cauliflower on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place it in the oven for about 15 min until they turn slightly brown. Make sure to check them every few minutes to make sure they don’t burn.
  5. Meanwhile cut the avocado into small pieces and cook the quinoa according to the package.
  6. Then cut the sweet potato into small cubes and boil for about 5-6 minutes until they are soft.
  7. To prepare the spinach place a little coconut oil in a pan and bake until soft.
  8. Once the cauliflower, sweet potato, spinach, quinoa and avocado are ready you can whip up your dressing by adding all ingredients into a bowl and mixing well.
  9. Now you are ready to prepare your bowl!
  10. Simply place the quinoa on the bottom as a base and place the cauliflower, sweet potato, avocado and spinach on top. Finish it off by topping it with a spoon of hummus, some sun-dried tomatoes and of course by drizzling over some of your dressing!

 

Bon a petit! 

 

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Cashew & Coconut Oat Pot – the healthiest way to start the day

This is one of the healthiest breakfasts you can have and it’s super quick to make! Perfect for those with busy mornings but wanting to have a healthy start to the day.

It gives you lots energy and it’s full of healthy oils. Also, as it’s quite filling it will keep you full until lunch! Which is a win if you are on a diet.

 

 

Ingredients

 

  • 150 grams oats
  • 2/3 cup of cashews
  • 6 soft dates
  • 3 tablespoons rasped coconut
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • squeeze of lemon

 

Method

 

  1. Soak the cashews and oats in some water for at least 5 hours or overnight if you are wanting to have it for breakfast. Also make sure your dates are soft – if their not put them in a cup of boiling water and leave to soak for a bit so they can soften up.
  2. When you’ve soaked everything drain the access water and place all the ingredients together in a blender.
  3. Simply blend until it forms a smooth mixture.
  4. Pour it in a cup and top it off with some more cashews or even some blueberries!

 

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Tropical Coconut Chia Pod

 

I am in love with this Tropical Chia pod as it’s so refreshing, delicious and super easy to make! I have been making it a lot lately as I didn’t have a lot time in the morning to make breakfast so I prepare a few pots the evening before. It’s super quick to prepare and it’s full of nutrition and protein which will give you a great boost to start the day!

 

Ingredients

Makes 3 cups

  • 10 tablespoons Chia seeds
  • 3 cups coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 2 peaches
  • 2 bananas

 

Method

 

  1. Put the chia seeds, coconut milk, vanilla powder and agave syrup in one bowl and mix well.
  2. Then poor the mixture into 3 separate cups.
  3. Now leave in your fridge to set. After about 10 min make sure to stir the mixture to make sure you don’t get any lumps. It will take about 2 hours or so for your pudding to set. You can also prepare it the evening before and leave it overnight so it’s ready for you to enjoy in the morning for breakfast.
  4. Once the Chia pudding is ready prepare the topping by placing the peaches and bananas in a blender and blend until smooth. Simply poor the smoothie on top as well as some more pieces of peach for extra yumminess!

 

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A trendy spot serving the most exciting dishes in the city: MOOD, Eindhoven

 

MOOD is a popular restaurant in the middle of Eindhoven’s city centre. It’s designed beautifully and even though it has it’s modern look the vibes are extremely cosy, classy and trendy. It has an amazing atmosphere and from the moment you sit down you feel like you are in for a treat. Even though the inside of this restaurant is amazing, I love to sit on their buzzy terrace especially in the summer. Imagine a warm summer evening with some friends, sitting outside with a glass of wine and the most exciting dinner spread out for you on the table. For me, this is one of the most lively and exciting spots in the city where the atmosphere isn’t only inviting, the food is also absolutely delicious!

 

What to have

 

The menu here is irresistible – this counts for both non-vegans and vegans. The food they serve is a combination of French and Asian cuisine. It’s extremely vibrant, colourful and a little experimental at some points.

I love to start with a little picking and the perfect dish to place in the middle of the table are Edamame (€4,50/£4). Its a great dish to share and they are super delicious and very healthy, win win!

After some picking the real feast begins. I am personally in love with the Vegetarian sushiroll (€13.50/£12). They make this sushi roll colourful and extremely exciting as it’s full of flavours and textures. It’s beautifully presented on a plate and every bite is an explosion of flavours. The roll is made with asperges, (tamago for vegetarians), cucumber and avocado. It’s slightly sweet and refreshing at the same time. This is my ultimate favourite dish that I recommend to anyone!

As a side dish or even as a main for lunch or dinner I love getting the Thai mango salad (€8,50/£7.50). It consists of sweet and spicy avocado, cucumber, quinoa, and mango. It has lots of colours and flavours and it’s extremely refreshing – which is amazing especially in the summer.

 

Some days you have to be lucky to get the king of desserts. Because sometimes they make THE most delicious chocolate brownie I have ever tasted. This brownie tastes like everything you have ever dreamed off. It’s gooey from the inside and the outside layer is slightly crispy. It’s presented like art on a plate surrounded by strawberry sauce and fresh strawberries. The combination of the rich chocolate and the fresh strawberries is so powerful and extremely delicious. Trust me, this brownie overrules any vegan and non-vegan brownies, it’s THAT good.

 

 

Where to go

 

MOOD is open from Monday to Saturday at 12:00 – 23:00 and on Sunday from 14:00 – 23:00. They are located on Keizersgracht 6 in Eindhoven.

On weekends I highly suggest you book a table as it get’s very busy.

I’m sure you’ll fall in love with this spot just as much as I did! Bon a petit!

 

 

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