Refined sugar free banana bread

We really wanted to bake some banana bread one Sunday afternoon when we were browsing the fruit and vegetable isles in the supermarket. Most supermarkets bag up banana that are about to go out of date and sell them for about 20p bargain!

Banana bread is great because you can eat it at any time of the day! Well you can with this banana bread because it is sugar free and still tastes so delicious! The bananas are sweet enough and become even sweeter once cooked so you wont even notice the lack of sugar.

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Ingredients
3 ripe bananas
200G oat flour (we just blend oats that we already have in the cupboard)
30g chopped walnuts
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
100ml milk of your choice
1tbsp coconut sugar (optional)
5g Oats

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Line your loaf tin and grease with some melted coconut oil
Blend the oats until they are fine and resemble flour
Mush 2 of the bananas in a mixing bowl
Slice the remaning banana
In a separate bowl mix your oat flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and walnuts
Once combined add the mashed banana and half of the slices banana and stir
Pour in the milk and stir
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin
Place the remaining sliced on top of the mixutre
Sprinkle the handful (5g) oats and coconut sugar on top
Bake the banana loaf for 30 minutes until cooked throughout
When cooked let cool and enjoy

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Brunch Review 1: Muriel’s Kitchen

We are on the hunt for the best places to go for brunch in London and Greater London and couldn’t think of a better topic to blog about. As you can probably already tell we are absolute foodies and we would say breakfast is our favourite meal of the day, you can read our blog post about it hereAt the weekend going for brunch is ideal because it means a later breakfast and you can go all out on a big meal to start the day.

We read about Muriel’s Kitchen on The Culture Trip so when we were in the area before a blogging event we just had to take a visit. We tried to book a table online but it was fully booked (we would recommend booking in advance at the weekend), however decided to risk it and turn up. We had to wait around 15 minutes for a table because the whole place was jam packed but it was worth the wait.

Firstly we ordered drinks with Rachel opting to try a juice and Annie going for the bottomless filter coffee (£2 is a bargain!). The juice was delicious and very refreshing and we like the little touch of the cucumber on the side.

We then ordered the toast to share, this came with butter and a whole jar of jam!! The bread was very tasty and there was certainly enough for us to share whilst we waited for the main event! It was so hard to decide what to order for the main brunch. We had watched all the dishes come out the kitchen whilst waiting for a table and were eying up a couple of dishes. As Rachel doesn’t like eggs it was a bit easier to decide, (most brunch dishes always include some form of egg!), and choosing the pancakes was a clear winner. It was harder for Annie to decide however in the end she also went for the pancakes.

When they arrived, our faces and gasps of ‘wow’ even made the waitress chuckle. The presentation wad impressive and the portion size even better! We do not know how the pancakes were made  but they were so fluffy and a bit cake like and had berries in them too. They were then topped with berry coulis, icing sugar and greek yoghurt. We were then given a very generous jug of maple syrup to pour over. I don’t think we need to write any more about because you can just drool over the pictures instead!

We are advocates of brunch and love trying out new places to go. This was definitely a great place to start our hunt for the best place for brunch in London and Greater London. Where would you recommend we try next?

The importance of water – Just Bee

Staying hydrated, before during and after exercising is vital.

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The human body is made up of around 73% water, and therefore we must consume a certain amount of water to survive, this will vary according to your age and gender. A male adult should be drinking 3 litres a day, while a female requires around 2.5 litres, however some of this water can be obtained through your food too! If you are exercising then obviously you need to drink more because you lose water through sweating.

Water is a healthy choice (firstly it is free!) and will work best at quenching your thirst and contains zero calories and no sugar. If you don’t like the taste of plain water we would suggest trying Just Bee.

We came across Just Bee by chance on twitter and it was their vibrant bright branding that brought them to our attention. After researching on their website and getting to know their story we couldn’t wait to try their products.

Just Bee honey water, is spring water enriched with a single drop of honey, it has no refined sugars and contains less than 50 calories per carton.

Apple and ginger – We absolutely loved this flavour and it was definitely our firm favourite out of the three flavours. The flavours complemented each other and the honey added a sweet taste.

Blueberry – This one would be perfect for people who like fruity sweet drinks.  It had a strong floral after taste with fruity notes.

Lemon and green tea –  We love green tea with lemon so we were super excited to try this flavour and we absolutely loved it. It was incredibly refreshing and would be perfect on a summer day enjoyed with lots of ice and a slice of lemon.

We have loved enjoying these drinks post workout to re-hydrate especially as the drinks are super refreshing.

 

Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls

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Who doesn’t love cookie dough? Sometimes when we make cookies we make extra just so we can eat the mixture but shh don’t tell anyone. We decided we wanted to make slightly healthier cookie dough balls and thought chick peas would be the perfect ingredient.

These delicious cookie dough balls taste delicious hot out the oven, they are all gooey with melted chocolate oozing out its hard to stop after eating just one. They also taste just as good once cooled. We would suggest serving them with some homemade ‘nice cream’ or even treat yourself to some proper ice cream after all these cookie dough balls are healthy!

Ingredients
2 Cans of chickpeas
200g Peanut butter
5tbsp Honey or maple syrup
1tsp Baking powder
2 tsp Vanilla essence
150g 85% Dark chocolate

Method
Pre heat the oven 180oc and line a baking tray with grease proof paper
Drain and rinse the chick peas
Dry the chickpeas well
Blend all ingredients minus the dark chocolate in a food processor (we would suggest taste testing before adding the chocolate to ensue the mixture is sweet enough if not add some more honey/maple syrup)
Break the chocolate into small chunks and stir into the mixture
Take small handfuls of mixture and roll into a ball
Place on the lined baking tray
Cook in the oven for 11 minutes

Healthy & Unhealthy Flapjacks-Deliciously Alchemy 

We absolutely love living an active healthy lifestyle, but we also love to bake goodies for ourselves and our families. Nothing beats getting in the kitchen and baking delicious sweet treats! We bake when we are happy, sad, stressed or just even bored, we find baking very relaxing and therapeutic.

Deliciously Alchemy sells award winning gluten free products such as baking mixes, bread mixes, porridge oats (our favourite) and a selection of granola’s. Follow them on Instagram where they are currently running a share your #DAmorningmagic campaign. Share your breakfast creations with them for a chance to win!

We believe that living a balanced life is the key to succeeding and we don’t think you should restrict yourself from eating sweet treats occasionally. this weekend we decided to bake some healthy and unhealthy flapjacks using Deliciously Alchemy oats. These oats are gluten free but you could also use ordinary oats for the recipes below.

We LOVE flapjacks and the unhealthy version below are the gooiest sweetest most delicious squares of goodness you will ever try! Also you have to take a spoon and try the mixture before you cook them you wont regret it! The healthy flapjacks make the perfect on the go breakfast or they can be enjoyed as an afternoon snack.

Raw Cacao & Banana Flapjacks 

Recipe 
250g Deliciously Alchemy gluten free oats
300g Banana mashed
50ml Maple syrup
5 Tbps Raw Cacao Powder
350ml Almond Milk (or a milk of your choice)

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Line a baking tray with grease proof paper
mash the banana in a bowl
Add the oats and raw cacao power to the mashed banana and mix together
Pour in the milk and maple syrup and mix until combined
Bake for 20 minutes

Gooey chocolate flapjacks

Recipe
300g Deliciously Alchemy gluten free oats
125g dark brown sugar
125g Butter
200g Milk or dark chocolate
6 tbsp golden syrup

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Line a baking tray with grease proof paper
Melt the butter and sugar over a low heat
Gradually add the oats and stir as you go
Once the mixture is combined add the golden syrup
Stir in the chocolate
Pour the mixture into the lined baking tray
Bake for 15-20 minutes

Peanut Butter & Jam Oatbars- Proper Nutty

If you have been reading our blog for a while now you might be able to tell we are oat and peanut butter mad! We love experimenting with oats and peanut butter and when you put them together they taste delicious!

when we received  Proper Nutty Peanut Butter in the post we couldn’t wait to start baking some delicious goods. We decided the first recipe we would create would be on the healthier side.

Proper Nutty is a peanut butter company based in Yorkshire. The company is run by a husband and wife named Stuart and Kathryn Franklin, they work so hard making sure their peanut butter looks and tastes just right! They currently sell two types of Peanut butter the first is ‘Nowt but Nuts’ which contains 100% peanuts how amazing is that! the second is ‘Slightly Salted’ which contains 99.5% peanuts and 0.5% Salt.

“Yorkshire born & bred peanut butter wi’ nowt teken out, and loads of care put in – oh aye!”- Proper Nutty.

Mixed Berry Chia Seed Jam Ingredients
375g frozen berries (you could use a strawberries or plums instead)
3tbsp Water
3 1/2 tbsp Chia Seeds
2 tbsp Lemon juice
2 tbps Maple Syrup

Oat Bar Ingredients
2 ripe bananas
225g Peanut butter (we used the nowt but nuts)
135ml Milk or Almond Milk
325g rolled oats

Method

  1. Line a medium baking tray with grease proof paper and pre heat the oven to 180oc.
    Put the fruit and water in a medium sized saucepan
  2. set over a high heat and bring to boil
  3. Turn the heat to a medium heat and let the fruit simmer for 5-10 minutes
  4. Whilst the fruit is simmering mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl
    add the peanut butter and milk to the bananas and stir
  5. once combined add the oats and mix ingredients together.
  6. Pour half of the mixture into the baking tray and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Remove the jam from the heat and add the Chia Seeds, Lemon juice and Maple syrup
    stir the ingredients together and let sit for 15-20 minute
  8. Take the mixture out of the oven and spread the Chia jam on top.
  9. Place the remaining oat mix on top and place back in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  10. enjoy with a cup of tea as an afternoon snack!

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We hope you enjoy this yummy recipe and we will be posting different recipes for Chia  seed jams soon!

BLOGMAS Day 14- Christmas Pudding Energy Balls

It is a well known tradition to have Christmas pudding after your Christmas dinner. it is often the showstopper of the night it often arrives flaming blue and drowned in brandy. making a Christmas pudding can be quite time consuming as you have to steam each of the puddings for a number of hours, but we have to say it is definitely worth it as they taste waaaaay better than the shop bought ones.

We absolutely love making energy balls they are the perfect snack pre or post workout. We wanted to make some festive energy balls and after scrolling through Pinterest we made the decision to create Christmas pudding energy balls!

Recipes makes 20 Energy Balls

Energy Ball Ingredients
200g Almonds
100g Peacans
200g Dates Pitted
100g Sultanas
60g Dried cranberries
1tsp Ground Cinnamon
1tsp Ground Nutmeg
1tsp Ground Ginger

Cashew Frosting
150g Cashews
25ml Almond Milk
2tbsp Honey/maple syrup or agave nectar

Topping
Red Currants

Method
Soak the Cashews in water for 5 hours (or over night)
Place all the energy ball ingredients in a blender and blend for 10 minutes
Roll the mixutre into equal sized balls (make sure you flatten the top)
Place the energy balls into in the fridge
blend all the cashew frosting ingredients in a blender until smooth
Place the frosting in the freezer for 20 minutes
Once the frosting has chilled spoon a small amount on each energy ball
add redcurrants for decoration