We know the rule: you should always eat a hearty breakfast to kick-start your day. But unless you really love cooking or find yourself in a fancy hotel with a magical toaster that provides unlimited avo toast (dreamy), it’s hard to muster up the energy to make something really delicious. Especially on a lazy Sunday.

*Food klaxon* This is why we love overnight oats. Not only do they take five minutes to make as you prep them the night before, but this tasty, oaty recipe actually comes complete with a decadent dollop of ice cream. Wait, WHAT? Yes, you heard us right. We are shaking up the brunch world once again with something naughty, because incase you hadn’t heard… oats + ice cream = breakfast of champions.

Just don’t tell your ‘rents we keep doing this or you’ll be on diet of dry muesli before you can say ‘sultana’.


For the overnight oats (enough for 4 mornings):

150 g rolled oats
420 ml almond milk
60 ml apple juice
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the cinnamon ‘nice cream’:

2 bananas, peeled and frozen
1 tsp vanilla extract
1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 medjool date
a pinch of salt


1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and then leave to soak overnight in the fridge.

2. The next day, if the mix looks a little dry add more almond milk. Then scoop into a small jar or bowl.

3. Now for the cinnamon nice cream! Just pop the bananas, vanilla extract, cinnamon, date and salt in a food processor and blend until thick and creamy, scraping down the sides every 30 seconds.

4. Whizz until the mix becomes completely smooth, like a Mr. Whippy.

5. Scoop the nice cream on top of the oats and add a tasty toppings (we love caramelised bananas, crumbled nuts and coconut flakes).

From Guilt-Free Nice Cream by Margie Broadhead (Hardie Grant, £12.99) Photography © Jacqui Melville

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Hello and welcome to Sunday morning, where the food is delicious and the tunes will have you dancing around the kitchen like you’re in a romantic comedy.

On this week’s menu, we have a feta and chorizo frittata from the wonderfully talented Cider With Rosie (plus a couple of ideas with what you can do with any leftover chorizo, if leftover chorizo exists in your house). It’s super easy and quick to make, plus it’s nutritious and filling and full of protein and whatever. You can find the recipe here.

feta and chorizo frittata

And while you’re frying up a storm, throw on the soundtrack from Chef (which if you haven’t watched yet, you should probably get on ASAP). Loaded with hot Latin tunes, we’ve got £100 on you shaking your tatas round the kitchen in no time.


We’re going full Americana today. We’re basically transforming our life into an episode of Riverdale (but with less murders, obvs), so throw on your varsity jacket and let’s get cracking.

Step one: cook up some of these buttermilk blueberry waffles by the talented Joy the Baker. She’s such a pro at brunch, she’s written the book on it. Literally. Her new book Over Easy is dedicated entirely to brunch (it’s the most important meal of the day, we’ve heard).

Strict 2015 diet: WAFFLES.

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Step two: you could serve them with bacon… but how about some Haim? The band with the best hair in the biz has a new release, Want You Back – check it out for some serious smalltown folksy vibes.

Step three: re-watch the entire series of Riverdale for clues, while we wait for the new season to air. Perfect Sunday.

Quick! Guys, Easter is in 12 days. Less than two weeks. Are you ready? Are you warmed up? Have you done your pre-Easter exercises?

By which we mean, are you eating chocolate at every possible opportunity, to get yourself ready for The Big Chocdown? WELL? If not, get on it. At no other time of year do you have the perfect ready-made excuse to go the full Bruce Bogtrotter on your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not to mention snacks. And drinks.

But you know – being a chocoholic doesn’t even have to mean eating yourself into a Dairy Milk coma (not yet, anyway. 12 days guys.) Here’s how to eat chocolate for every meal, AND get some vitamins in at the same time.

Chocs away!

1. You could have chocolate porridge

Or vegan fudge brownie oatmeal, to be specific…

2. Or Chocolate overnight oats

Which, as we all know, is just cold porridge – because you don’t need breakfast central heating when it’s BASICALLY SUMMER* outside.


3. Chocolate granola

Which is like… crunchy porridge.

4. Chocolate flapjacks

Look chocolate and oats just go really well together, is what we’re saying.

5. Chocolate babka

Babka experiment using Holly's Challah dough — can't stop eating it. 👌👌

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A ‘babka’ is twisty Jewish yeasted cake, otherwise known as another legitimate way to eat chocolate for breakfast. Get on it.

6. Chocolate sourdough

Sourdough Noir: because bread and chocolate are made for each other. New recipe today. 💤😺💡

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Because this is so much classier than just spreading Nutella on your Hovis.

7. Chocolate-spiked vegetarian chilli

Seriously – the dark chocolate gives your veggie chilli richness. Which is kind of the opposite of that time you spent all your money on Milka on the first day of the school French trip.

8. Chocolatey Mexican chicken mole

Your fave bird laced with smoky, chocolatey sauce… this Mexican stew is a whole other level of spring chicken.

9. Chocolate avocado mousse

Only when you’re even eating cocoa with your avocado do you know you’re really doing Easter right.

10. Chocolate roasted chickpeas

If Maltesers and hummus had a baby, this is how it would look… Weird but gorgeous. Get snacking.


Smoothie bowls are delicious, good for you, and make your Instagram feed look 120% better. Fact. This one has strawberries, blackberries, chia seeds and even chocolate chips, because everything tastes better with a little bit of chocolate in it.

Christmas is a-coming, and we all know what the means… FOOD!* But what do you eat on Christmas Day if you’re veggie? A plate of overcooked side dishes? A slab of supermarket dry-as-an-old-boot nut roast? Marmite on toast? Not if we have anything to do with it.

Here are eight totally delicious, show-stopping veggie and vegan Christmas Day dinner suggestions that’ll have the meat-eaters crying over their tough old turkey…

*And family, little baby Jesus and goodwill to all men too. Obvs.

Vegducken stuffed squash vegan roast

But seriously, have you ever seen anything quite so beautiful? No, neither have we! This ambitious dish is a vegan take on the traditional meaty turducken (a very vegan-unfriendly chicken stuffed in a duck stuffed in a turkey), and is sure to impress your IG followers. Because that’s what Christmas is all about, right?

 Parsnip, chestnut and sage wreath

Food doesn’t get much more Christmassy than this veg-fest shaped like a wreath. If this recipe tastes half as good as it looks, it’ll be a winner winner veggie Christmas dinner!

Layered veggie burger pies

If you like food encased in pastry (and quite frankly, who doesn’t?), then this could be your dream Christmas Day main. These homemade veggie burgers, sitting on a bed of wholegrain mustard and topped with a creamy herb sauce, are basically a beef Wellington’s veggie cousin. And unlike your actual cousin, we reckon it’d get on excellently with everyone else at the table (ie. the trimmings).

Sweet potato, chestnut and stilton pie

Just the thought of tucking into this beast of a double-carb main makes us feel ready for a nap – which is basically what we look for from food on Christmas Day. Get in!

Deluxe vegan butternut macaroni ‘n’ tease

We don’t care what the foodie question – mac ‘n’ cheese (or in this case, macaroni ‘n’ tease) is always the answer. We promise you, if you pop this on the dinner table come Christmas Day, the meat eaters in your life won’t be able to resist digging in. You’ve been warned.

Vegan cranberry nut loaf

Cranberry Nut Loaf ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free ⛄️ I've adapted my original recipe a little this year. This is also free from added salt, oil or refined sugars. I don't worry too much on Christmas Day, as long as everything's vegan 👍 but this happens to be very tasty without the extra refined ingredients. Recipe on my blog, link in profile 💛 I hope everyone is not stressing too much this festive season, try and find time to relax and recharge. It's so important. Something I've been doing that's totally changed my day, is waking up and going for a walk first thing in the morning before I eat breakfast. It's a wonderful relaxing way to start the day and I get it an extra little bit of exercise before I eat. Okay, off to work on an extra special Christmas dessert!

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We know, we know, it’s a nut roast! But this isn’t just any old nut loaf. This is a show-stopping vegan cranberry nut loaf, which also happens to be gluten-free, so basically covers all the bases. Tick, tick, tick.

Moroccan spiced pie

Jane Gay's Morrocan Pie: spesh for the stupid veggie. Perfect mum. #veggiechristmas

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If you fancy throwing out the rule book and going for something altogether more exotic on Christmas Day, then this Moroccan spiced pie is just the ticket. Combining cranberries, pistachio nuts and cinnamon, it has many of the trad Crimbo flavours, but just in a slightly jazzier package.

Porcini and chestnut wreath roasts

If mushrooms are your thing, then these mini porcini wreaths will totally tick your Crimbo lunch boxes. They also come with a recipe for creamy porcini & parsley gravy, which we’re thinking we’d like to drink straight, as shots. Just us?

Merry meat-free Christmas, everyone!


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