Jazz Apples Overnight Oats

We love oats they are our go to breakfast almost every day, they keep us fuller for longer and they are so versatile so we never get bored.

In the winter we love a warming bowl of porridge whereas in the summer we always reach for overnight oats.

We love overnight oats they are delicious and super convenient as you can make them the night before in a jam jar and take them with you to work you the next day. We especially love adding fruit into our oats during the summer months and Jazz apples seemed like the perfect choice.

Jazz Apples were our Apples of choice, if you haven’t heard of Jazz apples before they are a funky fusion of a Braeburn and a Royal Gala, they are tangy-sweet and refreshingly crunchy. The great thing about Jazz apples is that they have a fruit bowl life of up to four weeks.

Jazz Apples are grown all year round in the UK, New Zealand, France, Italy, USA, Chile, Switzerland, Austria and Australia. You can purchase Jazz apples in all major supermarkets in the UK; Aldi, Asda, Co-op. Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose.

You can find our delicious overnight oats recipe below which we have enjoyed on several occasions either outside in the sunshine whilst having a summer breakfast picnic or when we need a quick and easy breakfast during the week which we can enjoy dining al desko.

Ingredients (serves 2)
80g oats
100ml milk (we used soya milk)
150g Greek Yoghurt
1.5 tsp Cinnamon
1tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Grated Apple
1 Sliced Apple

Method

Grate the apple into a medium sized mixing bowl

Add the oats, milk, yoghurt, Cinnamon & Maple Syrup and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined

Leave to sit on the side and slice the 2nd Apple

Place 2 slices at the bottom of each Jam jar and top with a table spoon of oats- continue to do this until your jam jar is full.

Chop two of the slices up and use as a topping as well as a sprinkle of cinnamon

Put the lid on the jam jar and put them in the fridge overnight or for a couple of hours

When you are ready to eat remove from the fridge and enjoy!

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Refined sugar free Apple loaf cake

We love apple cake and decided we wanted to create a refined sugar free apple load because as proven previously in our banana loaf recipe you don’t have to use refined sugar in a cake for it to taste delicious.

We had a few goes experimenting with the recipe but we are finally happy with it and easy to share it with you! Let us know if you decide to make it and we would love to see your creations as always 🙂

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Ingredients
2 Braeburn apple
200g oat flour (we just blend oats that we already have in the cupboard)
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
100ml milk of your choice we used almond milk
3tbsp coconut sugar (optional)
2tsp Cinnamon

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
Chop 1 1/2 apples into medium sized chunks- with the remainder of the apple you will need to cut it into slices that can be placed ontop of the cake (as seen in the photo above)
Mix your oat flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, 2tbsp coconut sugar and diced apples together until combined.
Pour in the milk and stir until mixed well.
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin
Place the sliced apple on top of the mixutre
sprinkle with 1tbsp coconut sugar
Bake the apple loaf for 30 minutes until cooked throughout
When cooked let cool and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee!

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!

The Porridge Series- 3 (Peanut Butter & Jelly)

Peanut butter and Jelly is particular popular in America, in 2002 a survey showed the average American would have eaten 1,500 Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches before high school- swap the bread for porridge and we are there!

The Peanut Butter market has boomed in the last few years. There are so many healthy choices in the supermarket now days that pretty much only contain Peanuts which is great if you are a nut butter lover. Stay tuned as we are going to write a blog post all about Nut Butters!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Porridge 

Ingredients
50g Porridge Oats
250ml Almond Milk, Milk or Water
1 Pip and nut Sachet- we used the regular smooth peanut butter sachet.
Punnet of fresh Raspberries (you could also use frozen)

Method
Place your porridge oats in a bowl
Pour your liquid of choice on top of the oats
Place the oats in the microwave for 2-3 minutes (stir after one minute
Once your porridge is cooked remove the bowl from the microwave and set aside.
Put half the punnet of raspberries in a bowl and place int he microwave for 1 minute until the raspberries are stewed.
Pour the hot raspberries on top of the porridge.
Place the remaining raspberries on top to decorate
Drizzle the Peanut butter
Mix (one you have taken a photo of course) and enjoy


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Livia’s Kitchen Blueberry Porridge Squares


When we came across Livia’s Kitchen Blueberry Porridge Squares we knew we had to make them. If you read this blog regularly or follow any of our other social media platforms you will know we are obsessed with porridge, so of course we were going to jump at the chance of making these delicious sweet treats.

The blueberry porridge squares only contain 5 ingredients all of which are healthy and nutritious (and you are most likely to have the ingredients in your kitchen cupboard which is a bonus and makes the recipe inexpensive). They took us less than 5 minutes to prepare and cooking time was between 15-20 minutes. There are lots of other porridge square recipes on Livia’s kitchen and we are certainly going to be testing them out, the Cacao & banana ones look divine.

The squares would be perfect to have for breakfast if you are in a rush or as a mid morning of afternoon snack enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee. We were going away for the weekend to Sheffield so thought they would be the perfect car snack for the 2 ½ hour drive.

You can find the recipe here


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The Porridge Series-2 (A taste of Autumn) 

Autumn is without a doubt one of our favourite times of year, we absolutely love summer but there is something about autumn that is so comforting. Grabbing a jumper and getting cosy on the sofa whilst sipping a hot beverage is perfection.

Nothing quite says autumn like the delicious spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves oh the list could go on for days.

In our porridge we decided to use Cinnamon. Cinnamon has been used for decades in both sweet and savoury dishes which you can buy either ground or rolled up as a stick.
This spiced apple porridge reminds us of a hot apple pie!

 A taste of Autumn 

Ingredients
50g Porridge Oats
250ml Almond Milk/ Milk or water
1 Apple (we used Pink Lady)
1 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Water
Drizzle of honey

Method
Place your porridge oats in a bowl
Pour your liquid of choice on top of the oats
Place the oats in the microwave for 2-3 minutes (stir after one minute)
Once your porridge is cooked remove the bowl from the microwave and set aside.
Slice your apple
Place the apple in a clean bowl
Sprinkle the teaspoon of cinnamon over the apple evenly
Add 2tbsp Water to the apple and cinnamon
Place in the microwave for 2 minutes or until the apple is soft.
Place the apple on top of the porridge and add a drizzle of honey.


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The Porridge Series- 1 (Summer Fruits)

Welcome to the porridge series episode 1, porridge is something we eat on a regular basis (okay almost every day). It is so versatile and there are so many different toppings you can add to keep it interesting. You don’t even have to add sugar/syrup or honey to make your porridge taste delicious.Stayed tuned and let us know if you try any of our recipes.

Strawberry Porridge

British strawberries means summer has finally arrived here in the UK. Bet you didn’t think you would enjoy anything more than fresh strawberries and cream this summer but wait until you try our fresh strawberry porridge.

Strawberries are only around in Britain during the summer months (June to August to be more precise). Strawberries from a local provider are by far the best, lots of people in the UK visit strawberry farms and pick their own (PYO). The flavour is incomparable to shop bought strawberries and think of all the delicious creations you can make with your handpicked strawberries.

Make sure you are gentle when washing your strawberries to avoid bruising and it is important to know you should remove the green hull after washing.

Healthy Facts- Did you know 5 strawberries contain more vitamin C than an entire orange. They also contain significant levels of antioxidants which help to fight disease.

Recipe
50G Porridge Oats

250ml Almond Milk/ Milk or water

6 Medium sized strawberries (other berries can also be added)

Method

Place the Porridge oats in a bowl

Pour your choice of liquid on top of the oats

Place in the oats in the microwave for 2-3 minutes (you might want to keep an eye on it as it sometimes has the tendency to bubble over the edge).

Once your porridge is cooked remove bowl from the microwave.

Remove the hull from your strawberries and put them in a clean bowl.

Stew the strawberries for 1 minute in the microwave

Pour your steaming hot strawberries on top of the porridge

Mix well and enjoy