So tomorrow is cake sale at school and seeing as Elly is gluten free, I thought I’d better attempt something for my lovely clients, but also something that she would enjoy. I have a thing for caramel at the moment, so added some banoffee sauce, only a smidgen, but enough to give the cakes a hint of the taste.
I am pretty lucky in that I have a gorgeous family and some amazing friends. Last year was not my best year to date (to put it mildly) but I survived it with a little (or a whole dollop) of help from my friends/family. One particular lady has been there every time I needed - tears, celebrations, sounding block and drinking buddy, so when she asked me to make these this week, I was only too happy to oblige. Apparently they are the best yet. So these are for you Jane - thanks mate xxxRead More...
This week I have a real treat for you - 3 activebite recipes! The only reason being that the kids and I loved the cookies so much that we devoured them and they are all gone. So I threw together this little number - the sweetness derives from the dried fruit, great fats from the nut butters, and some good protein from the peanuts and oats (I also threw in some protein powder as had a busy day in the gym, but you can leave that out). They don’t need cooking, which means they are great when you are in a hurry.
So today I am feeling like a bad Mummy - Little Elly is gluten free and today at school they made ginger bread men. She was uber excited when she ran out of school to show me what she had made, followed by “Mummy are these glupen (gluten) free?” Her little face when I said no pulled on all my heart strings. So we went home and made up this little gluten free cookie recipe to make up for it, which Isla supervised whilst munching on Elly’s gingerbread men (got to love Elly’s generosity).
When I was younger, I loved visiting the fudge kitchen in Cambridge. I’d nip in telling myself I was just going to get a freebie sample, and then buying a huge slab of the latest flavour. Well, when I made these, they did not turn out how I expected, they turned out like a gorgeous chocolatey fudge. Ridiculously moreish, but with only a tbsp of maple syrup and cocoa powder in the whole lot, all the rest of the sweetness come from 12 dates! What is not to like?
You may have gathered by now that I LOVE chocolate, and have recently moved from the sweetness of milk chocolate to the heavenliness of dark chocolate. Regularly, after I have trained, I fancy a boost mid morning - nothing too filling, but something I can grab out of the fridge, without feeling a running my lunch. I have rammed these full of natural protein in the form of almonds and peanut butter, and added cherries because they are a great source of natural anti-inflammatories - good for post workouts! They are really easy to make and can be stored for up to a week in the fridge in an air tight container
A few weeks ago I had some friends round for dinner, and cooked James Duigan’s Banana Crumble recipe, and it was divine - gooey, crumbly, sweet but healthy - just right. So I wanted to make an energy bite that was similar. The oats, quinoa and almonds all provide a great source of natural protein, and the butters are a nice healthy fat. Banana’s are high in potassium, which plays a vital part in controlling blood pressure, so in a good tool in combating high blood pressure
The recipe is -
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tbsp of coconut butter
- 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
- 1 cup of oats
- 1/2 cup of quinoa flakes (or just add another 1/2 cup of oats)
- 50g ground almonds
- 2 tbsp of almond butter
- 30g of vanilla protein powder (or 30g of ground almonds and 3 drops of vanilla essence
- 2tbsp of maple syrup
1 - mash up the banana and heat up in a pan with the coconut butter/oil and half the cinnamon
2 - pour into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, mix week, and then roll into balls
3 - pop in the fridge to cool and store in an air tight container or freeze
These remind me of my first recipe - peppermint creams. Me and my best buddy used to make it all the time, much to the dismay of our mums - the creams got stuck to the worktop, the food colouring stained the floor, and we left an icing sugar dusting all over the kitchen. Thankfully this recipe is a whole lot tidier, healthier but still yummy. I would like to dedicate this to my oldest buddy - Gemma - thanks for being you xxx
Peppermint is an awesome tool for easing sinus congestion with hayfever, but also it helps relax the digestive tract and disperse bodily gas, helping to ease wind and bloating
Cranberries, as we know, are an awesome tool for urinary tract infections, but did you know that oats are great for as siting our bodies when they are stressed. They help the adrenal gland function and nervous activity, and also provide energy, which we burn quickly when stressed. This makes this recipe a useful snack to help aid recovery, as well as being full of other sources of protein
If you are anything like my family, I am always finding ways to sneak a few hidden veggies in, and what better way than to disguise them as chocolate cookies. And, they fell for it, hook, line and sinker! Isla loved them as the photo proves. Just need to make them look a little more attractive next.