Category: Brunch

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

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I have to admit, being a food blogger is awesome! Being invited to some of Sydney’s newest cafes to try out their favourite dishes, experimenting with food photography, and of course eating all the time – what could be better?

Well, it does have its downfalls. I love food and I love eating, but Sydney’s food trends tend to revolve around freak shakes, and burgers, and doughnuts – but rarely clean, wholesome food. So maintaining a balanced diet can be so difficult. Lately I have been experimenting with healthier food options, food that is for one tasty, but also nourishing. So, I thought I would share one of my favourite smoothie bowl recipes with you.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

You will need

For the muesli

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup puffed rice
  • 2 Tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

For the smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 5 cubes of ice
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients for the muesli together, then add the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  2. Add a thin layer to a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees celsius, or until golden.
  3. leave to cool while you make the smoothie.
  4. For the Smoothie, add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Add to a bowl and decorate with muesli and whatever else you wish. I added melted sugar-free chocolate, banana, mango and some goji berries.
  6. Enjoy the guilt free goodness!

 

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Food Blogging with my iPhone 7 plus

I was a little skeptical of the new camera on the iPhone 7’s. I thought, how good can the quality of an iphone camera actually be? Would the proposed ‘depth of field’ actually work well? Well, let me tell you, I have been very impressed with ‘Portrait mode’ on the new iOS 10.1 update!

Today I went out for breakfast to one of my favourites, Wild Pear Cafe. I brought my DSLR camera to take some food shots, as I usually do. I am particular about having high quality photos on my blog. I also decided to take a few shots on my iPhone 7 plus to compare the quality. I was so surprised!

Portrait mode is a setting on the camera app on an iPhone 7, with the new software update. It allows the image in focus to be clear, and the background to blur, drawing more attention to the main image. This has the same effect that my 50mm lens creates on my DSLR. It is perfect for food photography, drawing all attention to the plate being captured.

I think I might get away with not lugging my big camera around to cafe’s with me, especially at brunch time when the lighting is great. My iPhone 7 plus is impressing me more and more every day!

 
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