Friday Foodie : Deliciously Ella & Sweet Potato Brownies

by Polly N on November 1, 2013

I have been seeing the name Deliciously Ella all over the interweb for some time now, so not so long ago, I went and checked out the link to see what all the fuss was about. And boy was it justified! Deliciously Ella is a divine piece of internet property you need to visit. Ella makes the most amazing meals and treats and today we’re chatting about how she came to be on this magnificent discovery of food. Oh! And a massive bonus for me is that she is based in the UK – yay!

Meet Ella

 

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What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?

I’d say I was over-enthusiastic, pretty calm and very happy!

What does wellness or wellbeing mean to you?

For me wellness means learning to listen to your body and learn what it needs, to develop a deep love and respect for yourself and nurture yourself accordingly.

What was the catalyst that turned you on to this way of living?

I used to be the most unhealthy person, until two years ago I literally never ate fruit or vegetables and my diet revolved around Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, lots of chocolate, peanut butter and jelly eaten with a spoon and lots of white toast! So my diet change was pretty drastic and it happened pretty suddenly too. In 2011 I was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, which had all kinds of crazy symptoms – I literally couldn’t walk down the street, I slept for 16 hours a day, had never ending heart palpitations, was in chronic pain, had unbearable stomach issues, constant headaches, a lot of pain and the list goes on! I tried conventional medicine for six months with no luck so I turned to a natural approach learning to heal with food.

Why are you so passionate about eating the way you do?

After just two weeks I realized that eating this way was making me feel so much better and eighteen months later I’m off all my medication and feeling incredible, I really have healed something I thought I’d have forever with food and so want to help everyone understand how powerful food can be!

What are your travel rules when it comes to eating well on the road?

I always plan in advance, it takes some getting used to but it makes it so much easier as it’s always so hard to find healthy food in airports/train stations etc. So I always have healthy snack bars and a big lunch – normaly quinoa with roasted veggies, avocado, some hummus etc and then I then pack some superfoods and a small blender in my suitcase so that I can keep drinking my smoothies once I arrive!

Who are your dream dinner guests and what would you cook them?

I would so love to have dinner with Kris Carr, she was the person that inspired my to change my eating habits and I think she’s the most amazing women so it would be a dream to meet her! I think I’d make a buckwheat veggie stir fry with a tahini, tamari and ginger sauce as that’s my obsession at the moment, followed by a raw bannoffee pie! 

What lessons have you learned in the last few years since starting your blog or overcoming your illness that have improved or enriched your life in some way?

I’ve learnt so much it’s hard to even know where to begin here! I think the most important thing I’ve learnt is to listen to my body, I never really appreciated how incredibly smart the human body is but it really knows what it wants and needs and listening to that is the key to health!

What can we expect from Deliciously Ella in the near future?

I have so many awesome plans at the moment! My cooking classes start next week and I have an app coming out in January, and then hopefully a cookbook is next! I’ve also been filming cooking tutorials so I’m really excited to share those with everyone too!

What is your favourite quote or saying to live by?

You get back what you put in’ – it’s just so true!

What are your core values that you like to live by?

The three things I think are most important are to truly learn to love and appreciate yourself, to not stress about the small things in life and to always try not to judge others

What would you choose as your last meal on earth?

Such a hard question! It would probably be quite a bizarre collection of my favourite things – roasted cinnamon and paprika sweet potato wedges, an amazing hummus, some kale chips, homemade guacamole and then some fresh coconut water and then some sweet potato brownies!

Where’s your favourite place on earth and why?

I’m happy anywhere that’s warm, sunny and near the sea, I find I always feel my best in the sun and the sea is the most calming place in the world! Other then that my bed is probably my favourite place, it’s so cosy and comforting! 

Please would you be so kind as to give us one of your favourite recipes?

My favourite recipe is for sweet potato brownies!

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It’s really easy all you need is:

– 2 medium to large sweet potatoes

– 2/3 of a cup of ground almonds

– 1/2 a cup of buckwheat flour (brown rice flour will also work)

– 14 medjool dates

– 4 tablespoons of raw cacao

– 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup syrup

– a pinch of salt

 

To make them:

S tart by pre-heating the oven to 180C, then peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into chunks and place into a steamer for about twenty minutes, until they become really soft.

Once they are perfectly soft and beginning to fall apart remove them and add them to a food processor with the pitted dates – this will form one of the sweetest, creamiest, most delicious mixes ever!

Put the remaining ingredients into a bowl, before mixing in the sweet potato date combination. Stir well.

Place into a lined baking dish and cook for about twenty minutes, until you can pierce the brownie cake with a fork bringing it out dry. Remove the tray and allow it to cool for about ten minutes – this is really important, as it needs this time to stick together! Remove the brownies from the tray, leaving it another few minutes before cutting them into squares – then dig in and enjoy!

Thank you! We will!

 

Connect with Ella

http://deliciouslyella.com

https://twitter.com/DeliciouslyElla

https://www.facebook.com/Deliciouslyella

http://instagram.com/deliciouslyella

 

 Tell me in the comments below if you have ever made sweet potato brownies before and what your favourite recipe for brownies is.

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