Book Review: Deliciously Ella Every Day
From the founder of the wildly popular food blog Deliciously Ella comes Ella’s latest cookbook “Deliciously Ella: Every Day”. This cookbook is an essential handbook to plant-based eating, taking you through the best methods for preparing easy, delicious and nourishing meals in minutes using every day ingredients from your cupboard.
Having transformed her diet in 2012 after suffering from a chronic illness, Ella Woodward has improved her symptoms and overall physical and mental health through adopting the plant-based lifestyle. She has embraced a philosophy that is all about enjoying the natural foods that your body loves while creating fresh and simple dishes which are easy to prepare, use every day natural ingredients and taste amazing.
Featuring more than 100 gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free recipes to nourish and excite your body, this collection will make your every day delicious – even when you are tired, super busy or on-the-go.
Each recipe is thoughtfully designed to nourish your body with the goodness that it needs while fitting into your existing lifestyle. Therefore if you don’t strictly follow a plant-based diet, there is room for you to add a side of chicken, beef or fish to each meal and interchange plant-based ingredients with diary alternatives.
Packed with vivid photos, foolproof instructions and simple shopping lists, you’ll have Instagram worthy photos of meals that will leave you feeling energised and inspired to share with others. Be sure to try her gooey black bean brownies or chocolate hazelnut tarts. They are certainly crowd pleasers at dinner parties! Or find pearls of wisdom, further recipes or simply follow Ella’s journey towards health at her beautifully presented blog: http://deliciouslyella.com.
Chocolate and Hazelnut Tarts
Perhaps my favourite recipe from the cookbook, these tarts make the perfect afternoon snack or dessert. Rich in protein from all the nuts, fibre from the dates and antioxidants from the raw cacao powder, you’re sweet tooth and body will be left feeling both nourished and satisfied. You might be surprised by the presence of avocado, however it creates the most creamiest texture and absorbs the sweet flavours of the raw cacao powder and maple syrup. These tarts are sure to impress!
For the Filling
12 tablespoons maple syrup
4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
pinch of salt
For the Base
14 medjool dates, pitted
4 tablespoons coconut oil, plus more for the tins
brown rice or buckwheat flour, to dust
Preheat the oven to 180 C (fan 160 C).
Place the hazelnuts on a tray and put in the oven to roast for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.
Meanwhile, make the base. Place all the ingredients except the flour into a food processor along with 3 tablespoons of water and blend until a sticky mix forms.
Sprinkle a little flour on a work surface and roll the mix out.
Use a little coconut oil to oil a muffin tin, or individual muffin moulds.
Using a cookie cutter, a saucer or whatever you can find, cut circles of the base mixture a little wider than each muffin shape, then mould the circles into the tin or moulds.
Put the bases in the oven to cook for 10-15 minutes, until they turn a golden brown colour. Remove and allow to cool.
Once the hazelnuts are cool, place them in a blender and whizz until they form a nut butter, then add the remaining filling ingredients with 100ml of water.
When the bases are cold (this is important as it lets them harden and stops the chocolate from melting), fill each one with a generous tablespoon of the filling.
A woman with an ambitious heart and big dreams, Nicole’s mission is to inspire people to seek freedom from disordered eating and poor body image to lead an authentic and passionate life. Having suffered from an eating disorder for eight years, Nicole’s story of hope, freedom and recovery inspired her to found Life in The Aftermath, an online community for woman in recovery. Her stories of hope, mindful eating, positive body image, self-care, anxiety management and recovery will inspire and encourage you to love and accept who you are and make positive steps towards living an authentic life.