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Cafe of the Month - Combi, Elwood

This smoothie recipe is almost as good as the smoothies from @wearecombi ... almost...ok, honestly no-where near as good as Combi’s!! Located in beachside Elwood, Combi serves up allll the delish vegan food and nourishing ‘bevies from smoothies to super bowls to raw desserts. If you haven’t had the chance to try - we highly recommend popping in for some brunch today! In the meantime, check out our strawberry smoothie recipe below. 

Strawberry Smoothie Recipe  

Add to your blender a cup of cold almond milk, one banana, a punnet of strawberries, half a cup of rolled oats and two teaspoons of maple or agave syrup. Blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

Bon Appétit! 


Valentines Day Vegan Chocolate Cake - Recipe by Thrive Market

There’s nothing better than chocolate on Valentines Day. Here, in time for the big day, we share our favourite chocolate cake recipe - a rich vegan chocolate cake  (recipe by Thrive Market).

 Ingredients (for cake):

  • 3 cups gluten free flour

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 6 heaped tablepoons cacao powder

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoons salt

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee

  • 1 & 1/2 cups cold water

Ingredients (for frosting) :

  • 6 avocados

  • 1 & 1/4 cups maple syrup

  • 1 & 1/2 cups cacao powder

  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Pinch salt

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil


1 hour and 30 minutes


Preheat oven to 180. Grease two 9-inch cake tins. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cacao powder, baking soda, and salt. Make three wells in the mixture and pour coconut oil into one, vinegar into another, and vanilla into the third. Pour coffee and water over everything and mix until just combined. Divide the batter between prepared cake pans and bake in oven until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan.

To Make the frosting:
When cakes feel cool to the touch, scoop out the flesh of the avocados and place them in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse until creamy, then add maple syrup, cacao, vanilla, salt, and coconut oil. Process until well combined.

To Frost the cake:
Remove the cooled cakes from their tins and place one of the layers, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake stand. Frost the top with a knife or offset spatula. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly over the top and sides of the cake.

Thanks to Thrive Market for this delicious recipe.  

Bon Appétit!