Easy Vegan Pitta Bread Pizzas

These quick and easy pizzas are great anytime you fancy a healthy snack that feels naughty – but are actually very nice

pitta bread pizza

You need –

  • A pitta bread or two per person
  • Tomato puree
  • Grated cheese – we use a Vegan option – Violife that melts beautifully
  • Optional chopped toppings – go wild with –
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Chillies
  • Spring onions
  • Sweet peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Chilli flakes – optional
  •  Basil or mixed herbs

To make –

  • Pre heat oven to 180 o C
  • Arrange pittas on a rack – we use our grill tray
  • Spread each pitta with tomato puree
  • Sprinkle chopped toppings evenly over the pitta
  • Sprinkle topping with herbs / chilli flakes
  • Cover pittas with grated cheese
  • put tray in hot oven for 5 / 10 minutes – until cheese is melted but pittas are not burnt
  • Carefully remove and enjoy

These wonderful hot snacks can quickly be made post ride, as an early evening snack, with a drink, a simple lunch – when friends drop by – in fact anytime really and they never fail to impress 

 

Vegan Berry Boost Protein Smoothie

A quick and nourishing smoothie – low in fat, full of antioxidants and muscle mending protein if you include a scoop of protein powder – ideal to whizz up and enjoy as soon as your ride is over. 

vegan berry protein smoothie
Vegan berry protein smoothie

For 2 x riders (about 500 ml) you need –

  • 300 g of fresh or frozen berries – blueberries – raspberries – strawberries – mixed berries
  • 50 g rolled porridge oats
  • 30 g unflavoured,  vanilla or berry vegan protein powder
  • 1 x teaspoon of maple syrup – agave nectar or similar
  • 300 / 500 ml of plant based milk
  • 2 x teaspoons of milled or whole linseed – chia seeds – ground flaxseed – couple of ice cubes (all optional)

To make –

  • Put everything into a food blender
  • Put lid on a make sure it is secure – or hold it as well like i do !
  • Blend until very smooth (adding a little extra milk or water to loosen )
  • Pour into glasses and enjoy

If drunk within 30 minutes of your session finishing, the good things in these smoothies will set you up to repair and reinvigorate tired muscles, ready to hit the road again. 

 

Vegan Milkshake

Drink a glass of cold milkshake ( ours are Vegan ) as soon as your ride is over and start to recover from your exertions.

vegan chocolate milk shake
Vegan Chocolate Milkshake

You need –

  • A cold carton of flavoured milkshake
  • A glass
  • Optional – ice

To make –

  • Pour milkshake into glass ( we have 1 x pint each after exercise )
  • Add ice ( optional )

Getting the carbs and proteins that you need to start the recovery process after hard exercise couldn’t be more simple or refreshing.  Enjoying a glassful  will have you ready to again in no time.

Vegan Chocolate Brownies

Quick and easy to make post ride or rest day treats – to make vegan versions use strong dark chocolate ( 80%+ ) and vegan protein / cocoa powder

chocolate brownies
Chocolate Brownies

You need –

  • Large bar – 170 / 200 g – dark chocolate ( 80%+ vegan? )
  • 170 g self raising flour
  • 50 g light olive oil
  • 230 g soya milk
  • 180 g brown sugar
  • 30 g chocolate protein  or cocoa powder ( vegan? )
  • 15 g vanilla extract
  • Optional – pinch of salt – raisins – sultanas – goji berries – cherries

To make – 

  • Pre heat oven to 160o C
  • Line a medium sized ( 20 cm square or 28 x 18 cm ) baking tray with grease proof paper
  • Warm a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water – make sure bottom of bowl stays out of the water
  • Break 150 g of chocolate into pieces and put them into the bowl to melt
  • Sieve the self raising flour and protein / cocoa powder into another bowl
  • Add brown sugar – salt (if used) and vanilla extract to the flour / powder bowl and mix well
  • Then add the olive oil – soya milk and melted chocolate to the bowl and mix well
  • Roughly chop or grate the remaining chocolate and add to the mix along with any optional fruit
  • Pour the mix into the lined baking tin – spread the mix out evenly
  • Put tray in pre heated oven for 20 / 25 minutes – until the the outside is browned while the inside remains moist
  • Remove from oven – allow to cool and chop into squares

* These are great with a coffee after a long ride or relaxing on a day off – but beware that they won t be around very long*

 

Vegan Flapjack

The best tasting and easy to make version of this timeless favourite – great fuel on the go – as well as a pre and post ride snack.

vegan flap jacks
Vegan Flapjacks

You need –

  • 150g coconut oil
  • 90g brown sugar
  • 90g maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 170g porridge oats
  • 75g rasins or mixed fruit
  • 75g mixed chopped nuts – sunflower, chia, linseeds, mixed seeds, pistachio nuts can be included
  • 1 x peeled and mashed banana

To make –

  • Pre heat your oven to 160o C or 140o C if its fan assisted
  • Line a medium sized – 20 cm square or 18 cm x 28 cm baking tray with grease proof paper (top tip – scrunch it up 1st – then it covers the tray better)
  • In a pan over a moderate heat – melt the coconut oil, brown sugar and maple syrup / agave nectar together (don t overheat)
  • Remove pan from the heat and mix in the oats, fruit, nuts and mashed banana
  •  Tip the mix into the lined baking tray and spread / flatten the mix with back of spoon
  • Put baking tray into oven to bake for 30 – 35 minutes (till golden on top)
  • Remove baking tray from oven and allow to cool
  • Place a chopping board on top of tray, tip over to remove flapjack
  • Remove grease proof paper and chop flapjack into squares
  • Store in an airtight container (best for around 3 days if they last that long)

*These don t last long in our house – lovely with a coffee – 1st thing in morning – heading out the door to ride – foil wrapped in our jersey pockets for fuel while out on the bikes or to kick start the re fuelling process  on our return.*