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Peanut Butter Granola Bars – Guest Post on The Worktop

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Happy New Year to all!  Is it still ok to say that?  We’re just passed a fortnight in to January so I may be pushing but let’s just throw caution to the wind.  How is twenty-fifteen treating everyone so far?  I’m struggling to cope because I am currently diary-less!  It’s not fun.  There are plans to be made, lists to be written and appointments to be scheduled!  My order of a brand new ‘brilliant violet’ Moleskine Daily Diary has gone missing…sad times.  They have finally agreed to resend the diary so hopefully by the end of the week I’ll be back on track!

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So todays post is has a good new year, new start vibe to it.  A healthy recipe to brighten up those diets, detoxes or healthy eating kicks we’re all on and a new friend!  Making new blogging friends will be going on my list of intentions for 2015 (which I obviously can’t write yet because I don’t have a diary to write them in!) and thanks to the Blogger Cookie Swap I took part in last year I discovered a beautiful breakfast blog based in London called The Worktop.  Tina runs the blog dedicated to yummy breakfast recipes and great breakfast and brunch spots in London, a source I will be referring to the next time I’m in town for sure!  (more…)

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Peanut Butter Snack Bites

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Food cravings.  We all have them.  For me it is always my sweet tooth crying out for something to satisfy it, usually chocolate!  Sometimes in the summer a juicy nectarine or a handful of berries will do the job, then there are times when it simply has to be chocolate.  The occasional savoury craving can also occur.  Salty food is needed, crisps or nuts, or both!  It’s tough when you just want to look all nice and bikini ready but all you wanna do is stuff your face with delicious food especially when you have no will power or indeed a summer holiday booked – I’m definitely just talking about myself now.

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BUT I have an answer!  These little snack bites are a little sweet and a little salty so your mid morning craving should be satiated and the protein from the PB should keep the hunger pangs at bay for another hour.  They really do taste good, which is why I cut them up really small otherwise I could eat far too many and defeat the purpose of the energy ‘bite’!

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You could use any kind of nut butter in the base, whichever flavours you prefer.  Peanut and almond butters are my favourite so I went with them.  Topping the bites with chopped almonds also adds a satisfying crunch and contrasts with the creamy nut layer.  I’m not claiming that these are low in calories but all of the ingredients are natural and good for you in small doses and when combined should pack in more goodness and heartiness than a shop bough cereal bar. (more…)

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Banana, Strawberry & Pistachio Ice Cream

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I had every intention of posting about healthy peanut butter snack bites today, but it’s just so warm and sunny (I’m writing this from a shady spot in my garden) that ice cream just seemed much more appropriate!

This is healthy ice cream though, so I’m on the same theme at least.  Whilst trawling through Pintrest for summer recipe inspiration, this recipe, or at least variations of it, kept popping up.  Just like whipped coconut cream before it, banana ice cream is the current trend in wholesome eating.  I do enjoy being on trend…even though it happens almost never…so here’s my spin on it!

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If you enjoy a banana based smoothie then you’re going to get on well with banana ice cream.  It is pretty cool how pureeing frozen banana chunks in a blender turns it in to sweet and creamy soft serve ice cream, to which you can add pretty much whatever takes your fancy.  I had strawberries and pistachios on hand, so that’s what was thrown in.  Pictachios lend crunch, and strawberries bright, fresh sweetness. One piece of advice about the strawberries though, cut them smaller than I did if you plan to freeze the ice cream further.  They freeze up much more solid than the banana making the ice cream difficult to scoop and eat.  A fine dice would be perfect.  If you want to serve the ice cream as it comes from the bender, in the soft serve form, just fold in any fruit/nut combination and size of your choice.

Other options could be toasted coconut and chocolate chips, peanut butter swirl, Nutella swirl (I need to make that variation now!) or you could add the strawberries to the blender and blitz them up with the banana.  Ideally you would make this with banana alone, but my food processor couldn’t quite cope with that, it’s only a mini one, so I added half a cup of fat free yogurt to loosen the mixture up but it is optional. (more…)

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Coconut Choc-Chip Baked Oatmeal

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It may not look like it but I’m trying to eat healthier.  Now you may be wondering where chocolate chips factor in that endeavor.  I understand, chocolate rarely features on how to eat right articles, and I can’t say that this is the healthiest breakfast option out there, but it is surely tasty and for the most part pretty wholesome.

The intention was to make coconut and raspberry baked oatmeal, which I still think would be lovely, but I spotted a half empty bag of chocolate chips in the cupboard just begging to be used, so I thought why not!?  It was a welcome addition, and there is such a small amount of chocolate per serving that I think we get away with it.

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The idea for this breakfast was born when I picked up a carton of Alpro coconut milk, which is actually a mix of coconut milk and rice milk making it much lighter than the stuff that comes in a tin.  Normally I like to use almond milk in my porridge, I don’t have anything against dairy (I’m sure you’re shocked to hear that) but I I discovered it when I was trying to cut down on dairy for a bit and love the taste of it in porridge.  When I went to pick some up last week I noticed the coconut variety was on offer so I though I’d give it a try, imagining it would make great smoothies (it does). (more…)

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Homemade Nutella

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If forced to chose only one food to eat for the rest of time, I’d have to choose Nutella…probably.  I mean, it’s just the most delicious thing ever invented.  It is equally enjoyable on plain white bread as it is baked in to muffins, or even straight from the jar (you know you’ve done it too).  Sometimes when you get home from work you need a little pick me up before you start dinner.  Spoon.  Jar of Nutella.  Heaven.

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Usually homemade versions of things are superior to the shop bought variety.   Now, I’d love to own that accolade and say this Nutella tastes even better than the real thing, but that’s simply not possible.  The homemade version is something different.  Also supremely tasty, with a strong hazelnut and deep chocolate flavours with a hint of sweetness from honey.  Maybe it’s the more grown up verson…either way it tastes amazing, it’s just not going to replace your trusty jar in the cupboard.  Think of it as an alternative. Two types of chocolate hazelnut spread certainly can’t be a bad thing! (more…)

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