Red Nose Day: Malteser Biscuits

Red Nose Day is on Friday 24th March, which is a day where money is raised for Comic Relief by doing lots of fun things. Many celebrities get involved by doing fun activities to different challenges, you can buy Red Nose Day merchandise at TK Maxx and Sainsburys and of course the gang will be back on your TV on Friday night on BBC One at 7pm, we will be tuning in for sure and cannot wait to watch the Love Actually Comic Relief Special.

A great way to raise money is to bake goodies for charity, so we have come up with a fun things can bake with a Red Nose Day theme, you can also order a fundraising baking kit to help get you started here

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Malteser are doing a campaign where they aim to raise £1 million for Comic Relief, and for every bake uploaded to social media with the hashtag #bakeamillion before 24th March they will donate £5 towards the £1 million. We decided to take part and bake our favourite naughty treat ever that uses maltesers. This will also be uploaded to social media with the hashtag #bakeamillion
There are lots of other recipe ideas for baking with Maltesers on the RND website

For our signature Malteser biscuits to make them extra special we added a red M&M to the centre of each slice to look like a red nose!

For the biscuits:
100g dark chocolate
200g milk chocolate
3 tbsp golden syrup
100g unsalted butter
200g digestive biscuits
50g Maltesers
For the topping:
100g milk chocolate
100g dark chocolate
Red m&ms

1) For the biscuits melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup in bowl over simmering water
2) Put the biscuits in a freezer and crush until you have crumbs, we also like a few larger chunks of biscuits too. Add the Maltesers and crush these slightly too, again we like to have a couple of whole Maltesers in the mixture too
3) Pour the biscuits and Maltesers into the melted chocolate mixture and stir
4) Press into a baking tray that has been greased with butter and lined with baking parchment
5) Melt the topping in the same bowl over simmering water and pour over the biscuits and leave to cool

 

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 Most supermarkets bag up banana that are about to go out of date and sell them for about 20p bargain!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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Oaty Breakfast Muffins

Having suffered from digestive problems for over 2 years the last suggestion from the doctors was to follow the low FODMAP diet. This has been a bit of a shock to the system and my first worry was that I wouldn’t be able to eat anything!! However doing some more research, reading lots of blogs and chatting to others on twitter it’s not as bad as it seems. Okay I need to now buy gluten free products and follow a lactose free diet too and cut out certain fruits. However I can eat Greek yoghurt, which is a firm favourite of mine!

I came across a recipe for breakfast muffins and adapted it to suit my new diet. I omitted the flour, and blended oats instead to make a sort of oat flour. This recipe uses honey instead of sugar and also the blueberries add some sweetness to the muffins too!

 Hope you enjoy these, they are the perfect breakfast treat!

2 large eggs
150ml pot Greek yoghurt
50ml sunflower oil
1 banana, mashed
100g blueberry
4 tsp runny honey
1tsp vanilla extract
200g oats, blended (gluten free if necessary)
1 ½ tsp baking powder (gluten free if necessary) 
1 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
Handful oats for the topping

1)      Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with large muffin cases.

2)      In a jug mix the eggs, yoghurt, banana, honey and vanilla. If its lumpy then blitz  using the hand blender

3)      In a large bowl mix together, the blended oats, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and blueberries, then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

4)      Mix together, but do not over mix and then divide the mixture between the 12 cases.

5)      Sprinkle on the oats and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, ensuring when a skewer is inserted is comes out clean

6)      Leave to cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

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You could also make these with raspberries or any other type of berries. You could also add a scoop of unflavoured or vanilla protein powder to the muffins for the ideal post workout snack!

February Favourites

Wow, cannot believe we are in March already, time really does fly! The month has gone so quick we cannot even remember what happened! However see out favourites from this month below:

Homemade granola- One evening we randomly decided to make granola and we were surprised at how easy it is, and also how it will save us so much money. It is actually really expensive to buy ready made granola, and to make your own you just need some oats and a choice of coating. Its fun because you can make different flavour granola. Warm honey in pan and stir in the oats, or warm some peanut butter or Biscoff spread – all work equally well and equally delicious.

Matching gym gear- This month we decided to buy matching gym gear, and its the best decision ever. We have had such fun taking photos together and they look pretty cool when we are in matching active wear (well we think so anyway!). There are so many places that sell stylish active wear and we cannot wait to go shopping!

Pancakes-We have well and truly embraced Pancake Day this month and have made an awful lot of pancakes. Some we have already posted to our blog, but we have more to come in the future, because pancakes are for life not just for pancake day! You can definitely eat pancakes all year round, so watch this space.

Mochas- We have been making our own mochas in the evenings when those chocolarte cravings kick in. We have a tsp of decaff coffee and 2tsps of Cadburys Highlight hot chocolate mix it with a bit of milk and the rest hot water. It tastes so delicious and really does satisfy the sweet tooth.

Buffer – We have started using Buffer as we are so busy with work as well as the blog. Buffer is a great tool to schedule posts on social media. So far we have only used it for Twitter where we have been scheduling tweets to promote our blog posts. If you are as busy as us then we would recommend downloading this app and giving it a go!

Holiday booking – It seemed that February was the month to book holidays, we think the cold weather got to us so we just had to book some things to look forward too. We have booked to go to Paris, Palma and Barcelona. If you have any tips or posts for us to read about these destinations then send them our way please, we would love to read them!

Wonder what March will bring, its Annie’s birthday and we have a wedding to go so we are excited already. We also have the #BlogConLDN Event on March 18th, anyone else going?

 

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Pancakes

Happy Pancake Day! 

Its pancake day, so of course we have to post a recipe for pancakes. We normally make the fat pancakes, or drop scones as they can also be called. However on Pancakes Day we always have the thin pancakes, or crepes as they are known in France. You can make these pancakes super fancy, however we both adore them with lemon and sugar – nice and simple .

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins, which is when Christians traditionally fasted, so they made pancakes to use up all the basic store cupboard ingredients, in particular eggs and fat before the Lenten fast. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for 40 days until Easter Day. These days Pancake Day has become a more lavish affair with people making epic pancakes, and huge pancake stacks or even pancake cakes, however we wanted to keep it simple this year. The good thing about these pancakes is that it uses only 4 ingredients and are so quick and easy to make, we should really make and eat them more often! However, the bad thing about these pancakes is that you can make and eat so many, we sure will be enjoying a fair few pancakes this evening!

Ingredients
100g plain flour
150ml milk
2 eggs
butter or oil for the pan

Method
1. Put the flour in a large mixing bowl and make a well.
2. Break the egg into the well and slowly mix together with a whisk
3. Whisk in the milk a little at a time to make a batter
4. Melt the butter in a low frying pan and then add a ladle of batter to the hot pan. Spread the mixture out and cook until the pancake is golden
5. Flip the pancake (if you are brave enough), and then cook the other side
6. Serve with toppings of your choice – we prefer lemon and sugar

Banana bread baked porridge

We absolutely love experimenting with oats, especially when we are making our porridge (also known as oatmeal in the USA). Porridge is the perfect winter warmer on a cold February morning helping us to refuel after a morning workout.

We love banana bread so we decided to make our very own banana bread baked porridge. This recipe is absolutely delicious and we would recommend making it as soon as you can. We do put nuts in this recipe but if you have an allergy then it still tastes delicious without.

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Ingredients
50g Oats
1 ripe banana
50ml milk of your choice
30ml water
3 walnuts chopped

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Mash your banana in mixing bowl
Add in the oats and walnuts and then stir until combined
Pour in the water and milk and continue to mix
Place in the oven for 25/30 minutes until the oats are cooked and the colour is golden brown.

Let us know if you decide to make the porridge and please send us photos as we love to see them!

Valentines Berry Cheesecake Brownies

These brownies are the perfect gift to make for your loved one. They would also be the ideal dessert after your romantic Valentines dinner. OR if like us you just fancy making something super yummy and delicious this is the perfect recipe.

Let us know if you decide to make them and be sure to send us photo!

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Ingredients: 
375g unsalted butter
375g plain chocolate
6 large, free range eggs
200g caster sugar
150g dark brown soft sugar
225g plain flour
2tsp baking powder
Good quality raspberry jam (or follow our recipe to raspberry jam in this recipe)For the cheesecake:
200g cream cheese
100g white chocolate
100g caster sugar
1 large egg

 Method 
1) Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and line a deep baking tray with parchment paper
2) First make the cheesecake mixture by melting the white chocolate in a bowl over a low heat. Whisk together the cream cheese, caster sugar and egg with a hand mixer or stand alone mixer. Then add the melted chocolate and set aside
3) To make the brownie, melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over simmering water. Meanwhile with a hand mixer or stand alone mixer, whisk together the sugar and eggs.
4) Once the chocolate and butter is melted add to the eggs and whisk.
5) Fold in the butter and baking powder, making sure you do not over beat.
6) Pour the brownie mixture into the lined baking tray, then dollop on top the cheesecake mixture and raspberry jam. Swirl together to the consistency of your choice.
7) Cook in the oven for 25 minutes, do not over bake, then leave to cool
8) Once cooled cut out the heart shapes if desired.
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