On my quest to eat 1. less chocolate, and 2. less processed sugar, I came to the conclusion that these flapjacks were the answer! They can be eaten for breakfast with a bit of Greek yogurt (mmm) or as a tasty snack. I find the oats and nuts keep you quite full!
There is a bit of sugar in here, but it is from the fruit and honey. A lesser of two evils…
To make these delicious banana treats you will need:
- 3 mashed bananas
- 200g oats (gluten free if you are super sensitive – I find oats actually OK)
- A handful of dried cranberries
- A handful of chopped roasted hazelnuts
- Roughly 30ml honey (depending on what honey and how liquid-y it is, you may need more, or less!)
- 20 ml olive oil
- A baking tray with baking paper (parchment, don’t use foil or it will STICK!)
1. Mash your bananas in a big nice bowl, and then add your oats!
2. Add in the honey and give a big stir, you want the oats to stop being dry but you don’t want the mixture to be liquid-y. Pour in your olive oil and keep stirring so it gets less dry.
3. Add your nuts and cranberries and stir to a thick paste.
4. Lay your baking paper on a tray and spread out the mixture so it is roughly 2cm thick, in whatever shape you like!
5. Put in the oven at 200c or gas mark 6 (whatever almost highest is on your oven)!
6. Bake for 20-25 minutess depending on how hard and crispy you like them. I like them softish so keep them in for 20!
This is a delicious Russian salad that my friend Madina introduced me to! She brought a giant bowl of it to ATP with her for us to snack on before commencing lots of beers and bands. Apparently in Russia they make tons of the stuff and keep it for days to feast on. I know why, because it is VERY tasty. Perhaps it doesn’t look like the most attractive thing in all the land but I thought I’d recreate it and show you how to make it. Good for your Christmas and New Years hangovers..!
What I made this evening would last a couple of days as a snack or for 2/3 people as a main meal.
You will need:
♥ 4 Carrots
♥ 5 Medium sized potatoes (I used marie piper, but use any)
♥ 3 Hard boiled eggs
♥ 5 Mini pickled gherkins
♥ 6 Spring onions
♥ 1 cup full of frozen petit pois (or fresh!)
♥ A handful of fresh chopped Parsley
♥ 1 Lemon
♥ Salt and pepper to season
1. Peel your carrots and potatoes and chop them into tiny pieces. Boil them for 10-15 mins or until soft. Also cook your peas (a couple of minutes).
2. Finely chop up your boiled eggs, spring onions, parsley and gherkins. Mix them all together in a large bowl.
3. Drain your peas, potatoes & carrots and mix together with the rest in the large bowl.
4. Stir in 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise, a squeeze of lemon juice and some salt and pepper. Season to taste!
5. Serve with a bit more chopped parsley on top and ta-da. Delicious dins!
I would recommend this soup, it is bloody good. I think it’s a bastardized version of a soup recipe from the BBC food site or something. I make it lots!
So recently I am obsessed with smoothies. The weather is shit, we are clearly not getting enough vitamins AND it’s freezing cold so it’s always good to give your immune system a nice little fruity boost.
Aside from that, making smoothies is a quick, easy and delicious way to get lots of fruit and veg that you may not otherwise eat (guilty here). Also they seem to magically stop sugar cravings for me if I have one in the morning and that’s always good!
This is a recipe for a creamy blueberry strawberry kale smoothie, it’s pretty delicious if I do say so myself! It’s a combo I adapted and changed from a recipe here. Kale is packed with lots of vitamins, iron and calcium so it’s a winner. It’s pretty hot right now, apparently.
What you need:
♥ Half a cup of blueberries (frozen or fresh)
♥ A couple of kale leaves
♥ A handful of strawberries (maybe 3 big ones!)
♥ 2-3 spoonfuls of natural yogurt
♥ A small glass full of fresh apple juice
♥ A tiny pinch of cinnamon
P.S If your smoothie consistency seems too thick for you, you can always add extra apple juice and blend again to make it thinner!