I was thrilled to hear from Bearfaced Groceries recently, a company launched “with a simple idea that has been lost in the grocery industry today; to provide real food made by real people”. I’ll hold my hands up and say I get most of my fruit, veg, meat and dairy produce from the local supermarket, so it’s great to see brands like this popping up, championing and driving the importance of good quality, honest food.
Along with the convenience aspect and decent value, one thing that sets Bearfaced apart from many other delivery grocery box companies is the focus on providing healthy options, offering plenty of items to suit any lifestyle, from paleo to vegan, gluten-free to vegetarian. “Good health and a positive mind starts from what we put into our bodies” – I couldn’t agree more with this statement, so it’s good to see the emphasis on this concept.
In keeping with the premise of knowing where our food comes from, Bearfaced make a point of getting to know their suppliers and what their brands and products are about. They work together to ensure everyone gets a fair deal, which is nice to know in an industry where small companies can be screwed over by the bigger giants…
It was a pleasure to receive a generous delivery of fresh fruit, vegetable and dairy products. I was so impressed with the quality of everything, from the plump aubergines and vibrant green kale, to the huge apples and juicy lean beef mince. I’ll note here that I could have gone crazy on ordering other healthy snacks from the likes of Ombar Chocolate and a whole range of nuts and seeds (check out the Larder section), but as I was keen to test the quality of fresh produce first, I’ll save this for my next order.
For someone who gets excited about food, I would highly recommend ordering your next food shop from these guys. Friendly service, reasonably priced, a huge selection to choose from and lovely people behind the brand – what more could you want?
Below, here’s a healthy, delicious recipe I made using some of the goodies included in my delivery (highlighted in bold). Perfect for a light Spring snack or dessert, you’d never know these muffins were good for you!
RECIPE: Raspberry, Lime & Courgette Muffins
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- ½ cup almond flour (I used Sukrin)
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 4 tablespoons stevia (I used Truvia)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Zest of 1 lime
- 1 courgette, grated
- 2 eggs
- 4 tablespoons almond milk
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (I used Lucy Bee)
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
For the icing:
- 3 tablespoons Sukrin zero icing sugar
- 3 tablespoons coconut cream
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and lightly grease 6 muffin tins – if you have any more mixture, use a small cake or loaf tin!
- In a large bowl mix together the buckwheat flour, almond flour, protein powder, stevia and baking powder.
- Stir in the grated courgette and lime zest and mix well to coat.
- Whisk together the eggs, milk, lime juice, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil, then pour into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Gently fold in the raspberries and break them up a little to allow them to release their gorgeous pink juices!
- Now spoon between the muffin cases so they reach just to the top. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until risen and golden.
- Leave to cool in the tins for a while, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Mix together the icing ingredients until you have a slightly thick, creamy icing then spoon onto the cooled muffins and place a fresh raspberry on top of each for decoration. Enjoy!
These will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days.