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We continue DAY 21 of "Gluten Free Vegan Recipes with Breville" with the INCREDIBLE Donna Richards and Tora Cullip, founders of the Ultimate Weight Control Formula, and the AMAZING healthy living, weight loss, and workout website, Donna and Tora. I cannot rave enough about this two extraodinary woman. They are a constant source of inspiration for me, and I really wanted you to know about them, and their sensational website. If you want to lose weight in a healthy sustainable way, stay motivated, and get in the best shape of your life, these two powerhouse ladies can help! 

I connected with these two brilliant woman through Twitter, and after exchanging numerous emails, finally met them in L.A earlier this year, which was a meeting of kindred spirits. I immediately fell in love with them. They are both so genuine, warm, down-to-earth, and friendly, as well as being incredibly knowlegable about health, weight loss, and motivation. As I sat listening to their personal stories, my mind gazed over their AMAZING physiques. I swear I could freeze ice on their bodies. They are RIPPED and GORGEOUS and in their 40's! I was also blown away by their intelligence, business savvy, and generosity. A beautiful friendship was born. 

So who are these two weight loss mavens?

After struggling with weight issues and yo-yo dieting for 7 years in her early 20's, Donna found herself 30kg/70lbs overweight. After a wake up call, and a move to Northern Australia, she made significant lifestyle changes which helped her shed all that extra weight in 18 months. She has now been at her ideal weight for over 17 years, and is now the fittest and healthiest she has ever been. Through this journey, she developed an interest in human behavioural change, which led her to study the psychology of change. She then spent 20 years in huge demand as a trainer, teaching over 50,000 people in 15 countries how to change their behaviour through motivation and accountability. High profile clients included BMW, Harley Davidson, Macquarie Bank, Qantas, and Standard Chartered Bank.

Tora, on the other hand, spent the earlier part of her life struggling with a clinical eating disorder, Anorexia Nervosa, grossly UNDERweight at just 37kg/82lbs with a disordered obsession with food that completely consumed her. After being threatened with hospitalization, she realized her illness was preventing her from reaching an elite level as a runner. Her professional aspirations and dreams led her to make life changes and slowly return to a healthy weight, which she has maintained for around 15 years. Tora became a successful triathlete, representing the UK in three world championships! As a qualified counsellor, personal trainer, and health coach, she has helped hundreds of people to change their relationship with food and themselves, to enable them to have more confidence and freedom in their lives.

These two ladies, with their complementary professional skills and personal experience, are now on a mission to help others reach their health, weight, and fitness goals with meaningful, sustainable, long-term behavourial mindset change with motivation, self love, good self esteem, and positivity, instead of fad diets of deprivation and self loathing. They help clients achieve a balanced outlook on life and a joyful relationship with food. 

These ladies are powerful and engaging speakers, as well as supportive facilitators of health by helping you master your "Mindset, Motivation, and Metabolism". Check out their online program, The Ultimate WeightControl Formula. If you are in Australia or the UK, you can attend Ultimate WeightControl Live, their seminars, or sign up for individual coaching. Read the testimonials of previous participants to get motivated. You can also get their four eBooks, POCKET GUIDE TO WEIGHT LOSS, HELP ME GET MOTIVATED TO LOSE WEIGHT, LOW DEPRIVATION DIET GUIDE, and 10 BARRIERS TO WEIGHT LOSS SUCESS for FREE here

There is a TON of valuable information on this site. I love the resources section for products and people, and their free motivational videos. I also enjoy reading their blog for tips about water and weight loss, tabata training tips, posture control for weight loss, and more. They also share delicious healthy recipes. The Amaranth Aztec Salad and Breakfast Quinoa is delicious! These Protein Powder Cookies that they "veganized" especially for this event are DELICIOUS. Using Brendan Brazier's fabulous VEGA protein powder, Dona and Tora say, "we make these Power Protein Cookies on a weekly basis - they’re great for after a workout or for those mid-afternoon munchies when it’s all too easy to grab something sweet and sugary!" These are YUMMY! 

You can also tune in once a month to their very popular Teleseminar Series, Weight Matters, where they interview experts in health, nutrition, fitness, and weight loss. I was honoured to be interviewed last month about Gluten Free and Vegan Living.  

I have such respect and admiration for these ladies. Talk about "WOMAN HERE ME ROAR!" I'll have what they're having please! 
Trust me, check out the sensational Donna and Tora and you will too.

Donna and Tora, thankyou for participating in this event and sharing your delectable workout cookies! 
I am so grateful we are friends. Can't wait to hang next week in L.A. You ROCK! 

Learn more about Donna Richards & Tora Cullip at Donna and Tora
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Donna and Tora’s Packed Protein Powder Cookies

  • 1 cup mixed raw nuts + seeds (we use almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds)
  • ½ cup good quality vegan protein powder  (we used Vega)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup almond butter
  • 1/8 cup tahini
  • 2-3 Tbsp date paste
  • 3 Tbsp filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseeds
  • 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt
  1. On a cooking tray, roast nuts and seeds on a low heat (160F/70C) for around 15 minutes. In order for them to cook evenly, you need to shake up the tray at least once during cooking.
  2. While roasting, whisk the water and flaxseed together and let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes until gummy.
  3. Once nuts and seeds are roasted, pour mixture into your Sous Chef® food processor and pulse until nuts and seeds are chopped and the mixture becomes coarsely ground and the consistency of bread crumbs.
  4. Add the nut and seed mixture to a mixing bowl, then add the shredded coconut and protein powder.
  5. Add coconut oil, almond butter and tahini into the dry mixture. If your coconut oil is hard (this depends on outside temperature), then melt gently on a low heat first. Stir until smooth.
  6. Add flaxseed mixture, vanilla extract and sea salt and mix thoroughly.
  7. Sweeten to taste with date paste.
  8. To make evenly shaped cookies, place the mixture into the holes of an oiled muffin tray. Alternatively, if you don’t mind different shapes and sizes, you can make 10-12 balls with your hands and place on a baking tray.
  9. Cook in a preheated oven at 320F/160C for approximately 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  10. Allow to cool, and then store in an airtight container. YUMMO!
  11. Makes 10 cookies.

Learn more about Donna Richards & Tora Cullip at Donna and Tora
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Tip: selecting the best raw walnuts

Raw unshelled walnuts are widely available in pre-packaged bags as well as bulk bins. Always purchase from a supplier where there is a high turnover to ensure freshness and quality. Look for walnuts that are uniform in colour. Avoid the limp and shrivelled ones. Walnuts should smell nutty and sweet. If they smell musty or rancid they are bad. Walnuts are extremely susceptible to rancidity due to their high polyunsaturated fat content. To preserve the precious oils, store walnuts in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to six months. Always soak walnuts before using to remove the enzyme inhibitors and make them more digestible.

Hope you love this recipe as much as we do!


I LOVE this recipe and am SO appreciative of the care you took to veganize it. Thankyou so much for participating in this event and for all of your support in social media.
You and Donna just ROCK! I adore you both xx

It was a pleasure. We were just discussing how much we love the Vegan community compared to others, you have inspired us to increase our vegan awareness and eating :-)

Oh, you are SO sweet. I LOVE that.

Lovely! Can I add agave nectar instead of date paste? Or what can I substitute it with? Thanks!:-)


Thanks Tora. Nina, I would use maple syrup and add in a bit more shredded coconut to get the right texture. Enjoy :)

Hi Nina, personally I don’t like to use agave nectar so I would suggest maple syrup if you don’t want to use date paste. The only thing I’m not sure of is if the combining will change as the date paste adds a bit of texture…but definitely worth a try!

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