Raising money for different charities is something that I love to do. I like to sponsor everyone I can that I know that run crazy races, do Tough Mudders and everything else under the sun! I ran a Marathon in A Month for the British Heart Foundation last September and really enjoyed it. I love doing something with a purpose so when I heard about the Blooming Great Tea Party I was in!
The nights are closing in, it’s Bake Off season, we’re on the countdown to Christmas and summer is well and truly behind us. This means that the urge to bake (& eat) all kinds of desserts, puddings and cakes is well and truly heightened. Well, for me it is anyway!
I made these little granola-y almond, raisin, and cacao cookies the other day and they’ve turned out quite nicely so I wanted to share them. They’re fairly clean apart from the plain flour that I used but you can always replace this with almond or coconut flour for a cleaner bake but it doesn’t bother me too much. They come in at just over 100 calories each and won’t give you a sugar spike like any old supermarket biscuit will so they’re great if you’re trying to eat a little healthier but still love a sweet treat.
Today’s post is a quick recipe update of my Strawberry & Banana Oaty Bars which are a go-to snack for me at the moment! They’re super comforting, great with a cup of tea and come in at just over 100 calories per bar. I’m whipping up a batch every weekend right now as they’re so easy to take to work for snacks and are super tasty but this week I decided to give them a bit of a decadent edge with the addition of some Butterfly & The Bee jam in Apricot & Amaretto flavour. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds. I’ve replaced the chia and strawberry jam with this delightful jar of sweetness and they’ve turned out pretty well! I’ve also upped the oat content to 100g instead of 80g and replaced the instant oats/oat flour with oat bran and they’ve come out much more solid each time I’ve made them this way. A definite improvement.
Hitting those protein macros can be tough when it comes to snacks, I’ve got a few savoury snacks that I like to make that are super tasty but sometimes you just need something sweet when those 3pm cravings hit. I was challenged by Multipower to create a bake for their protein Bake Off and this is what I came up with!
So today, I decided to bake some gorgeous cookies using a Nigella recipe, they’re double chocolate chip and amazing! I was inspired by the lovely new bakeware that I picked up on the weekend from TKMaxx, the Mecca of all the things that you want but don’t actually need. These pretty cake tins were only £2.99 each and I couldn’t resist them.
The summer holidays will always mean moments of boredom for small people. It was our lovely Abby’s (our Nanny, we call her Abby as it’s short for the Spanish for grandma… long story short) birthday yesterday and she’s coming to stay tonight. We thought we’d make her a cake and it killed two birds as it kept little G occupied for an afternoon.