How to cope with stress

We all go through stressful situations in life and some people can deal with the situations better than others. We have compiled a little list of how to deal with things when life throws you a curveball.

Exercise- The endorphin’s that are released relax you and also make you feel happier. We find that exercising helps us to relax and also to clear our heads and forget about the stresses in life. In particular we love going on a long run which helps clear your head and its just you, your thoughts and the big outdoors

Talking to people- Talking to people about how you feel will always make you feel better. Like the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. Make sure you have supportive friends around you to make you feel better and to talk things out.

Cooking/baking- We find that being in the kitchen and doing something productive is another great way to deal with feel stressed or worried. We really find baking to be very therapeutic and often after a bad day/week at work you will find us in the kitchen making some chocolate brownies or banana bread.

Shopping- Sometimes by treating yourself it makes you feel better and sometimes you deserve to be spoilt. Go and buy yourself a new top or handbag.

Chocolate- Chocolate may not be the answer but we know how tasty chocolate is, and sometimes you just need to enjoy that bag of maltesers or chocolate buttons. You should never feel guilty for stopping by the shops to grab your favourite chocolate to cheer you up and make you feel better.

We would love to know how you de stress as well! Let us know in the comments 😊

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Snowball Energy Balls

Well it isn’t going to snow know this December (when does it evaaaa)? So we had to take the matter into our own hands and make some snowball energy balls. This recipe is super quick, super simple and most importantly super delicious.

These snowball energy balls contain ingredients that you can find in your kitchen cupboards, apart from the chocolate because who has spare chocolate lying around the place? Not us it gets eaten within minutes of it entering the house, if it gets that far!

The recipe makes roughly 16 energy balls that you can keep in the fridge or freeze them to enjoy in the future. Don’t you just love it when you fancy something sweet and then you remember you have some delicious treats waiting for you in the freezer!

What you’re gonna need:
250g Oats
50g Flax seeds
150g Peanut butter
150g Maple syrup
100g White chocolate
50g Cranberries
100g Desiccated Coconut

Let’s get to it:
Line a baking tray with parchment paper
Add all the ingredients apart from the coconut into a large mixing bowl
Stir until all the ingredients are combined (you may need to use your hands)
Roll the mixture into balls (size of your choice)
Roll each of the balls
Place the desiccated coconut onto a plate
Roll the energy balls over the coconut until covered
Place in the fridge for an hour
Store in an airtight container and keep them refrigerated for up to a week- if they last that long of course

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

Pumpkin chocolate chip energy balls anyone? YES PLEASE!

These literally take about 10 minutes to make, they contain 5 ingredients that you are likely to have in your cupboard this time of year. If you are unsure on where to get pumpkin puree (UK Folk) we found it in the world food isle of tesco.

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This makes about 16 energy balls that you can either keep in the fridge or freeze them to enjoy in the future. Don’t you just love it when you fancy something sweet and then remember you have something tucked away in the freezer.

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Ingredients
250g Oats
100g Pumpkin Puree
100g Peanut Butter
150g Maple Syrup
100g Dark Chocolate Chips

Method
Line a baking tray with parchement paper
Combine all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and stir until mixed through (you may find you need to use your hands)
Roll into balls
Place on the lined baking tray
Place in the frige for an hour
Store in an airtight container and keep them refregirated for up to a week (if they last that long).

White chocolate & Cranberry Muffins

Friday evening baking is back in full swing and this time we chose to bake these delicious white chocolate and cranberry muffins. We usually have white chocolate and cranberry cookies but we haven’t ever made white chocolate & Cranberry muffins before so we thought we would give them a go.

They were absolutely incredible and we will definitely be making them again soon, Annie took them to her boyfriend’s football match and they all loved them which is always a good sign.

Top tip on making cupcakes and you cannot be bothered to follow a recipe, weigh the eggs and whatever they weight you should use for the butter, sugar and flour!

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Ingredients
2 Medium eggs
110g Butter (softened)
110g Caster sugar
1tsp Baking powder
200g White chocolate bar
100g Dried cranberries

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Line a cupcake tin with baking cases
In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar
Add the eggs and mix well
Pour in the flour and stir in the figure of eight until mixture is combined
chop the cranberries and chocolate into small pieces and add to the mixture
Spoon the mixture into the cases and then cook in the oven for 14 minutes. A skewer should come out clean.
Place to one side and leave to cool

Say Goodbye To The Summer Blues

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We have already started to wave goodbye to the care free warm summer nights where evenings were spent in the garden catching some rays and sipping on a cold beverage hoping and wishing the hot weather would last forever. Unfortunately it didn’t and as we say hello to September we can already feel autumn in the air. We are already mentally preparing ourselves for the cosy evenings spent by a fire watching The X Factor and eating our body weight in chocolate (yes supermarkets are already selling chocolate tins swear it gets earlier and earlier every year).

Now don’t get us wrong we love autumn, well in fact we love all the seasons in the UK we just wished that the cold months didn’t last as long and that we actually had a proper summer and not just a hot day here and there. Living in the UK though means we are going to have to get over this though unless we migrate to another country where summer is there to stay for the majority of the year… dreams.

Just because summer is coming to an end in the UK as much as we don’t want to admit or believe it it doesn’t mean our moods have to as well. We have collated a list of top tips to help you get over the summer blues, if you have any others then please do share them with us!

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1). Keep living your summer life- why is it that everyone goes into hibernation during the winter months and cannot be bothered to socialise? This year we are going to keep living our summer social lives well into the winter months, okay so a glass of Pimms may be swapped for a mulled wine and a pair of sunglasses for a bobble hat but that’s okay we can deal with that.

2). Book a getaway- why not book a getaway so you have something to look forward to. It doesn’t even have to be in a hot country it could be a ‘staycation’ after all aren’t these the new ‘vacation’? We are going to make sure we have lots of fun things crammed into our diaries at the weekends so we have lots of things to look forward to.

4). Start a new hobby- why not start a new hobby during the week after work so you have things to look forward to after work. We all remember that horrible feeling of going to work in the dark and leaving work in the dark, so make sure you have something to look forward to in your spare time. We are going to try some new fitness classes in London this winter to help keep us motivated.

5). Get outside- just because its winter doesn’t mean you have to stay inside, wrap up warm, show off your new winter coat and get outside. We love walking in the winter and always like to visit new national trust places, the UK is just as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer.

6). Get a good night’s sleep- make sure you get enough sleep, it will leave your body and mind feeling refreshed, revitalized and motivated to beat the summer blues!

 

 

Rocky Road Cupcakes

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It feels like we have not posted a cupcake recipe it FOREVER So we had to change that immediately which prompted us to bake these delicious rocky road cupcakes. We set ourselves the challenge of using up ingredients we have in our baking box (you should see our baking box it is jam packed) and this was the outcome.

They were a bit of an experiment as we had never made marshmallow icing before but we were so happy with how they turned out and they tasted so delicious! If you don’t have all the ingredients for the topping then it really does not matter just make it up like we did!

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Cupcake Ingredients
12 cupcake cases (we used gold ones)
110g butter (softened)
110g caster sugar
2 eggs
110g self-raising flour
2tbsp Raw Cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder

Icing ingredients
150g Butter
300g Icing sugar
200g White Marshmallows (you can also use pink ones)

Toppings
Oreo’s
White chocolate buttons
Mini Marshmallows
Milka or any chocolate bar of your choice

Cupcake Method
1. Pre-heat the over to 180 degrees and put 12 cupcake cases into a cupcake tray
2. For the cake beat together the butter and sugar in a free standing mixer, beat until the mixture is fluffy.
3. Crack in the eggs, sift in the flour,raw cacao powder and baking powder and mix until the mixture is combined but do not over mix.
5. Spoon the mixture into the cases and then cook in the oven for 12 minutes. A skewer should come out clean.
6. Place to one side and leave to cool

Icing Method & Toppings 
1. place the butter into a saucepan and melt over a low heat
2. Once the butter had melted add the marshmallows to the mixture and stir continuously until melted (be careful not to burn them).
3. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually stir in the icing sugar until combined (it will be very sticky)
4. Spoon a generous amount of icing on top of each cupcake (it will seep down the sides
5. Place each of the toppings onto the cupcakes and make them look Instagram worthy

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Sweet Potato Brownies

Chocolate brownies are one of our go to bakes, we love them and so do our family and friends. We have created the most delicious chocolate brownie recipe but unfortunately like most indulgent treats they are incredibly unhealthy.
We wanted to create a recipe we could enjoy on the regular without getting a sugar carb hangover the next day. We did quite a bit of research on ingredients that would work best and eventually decided on sweet potato.
We got family members to try the baked goods to see if they could guess what they were made of and not one got it right. They were all shocked when we said it was sweet potato and you literally cannot taste it at all.
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Makes 12 large brownies or more if you cute them smaller! 
Ingredients 
3 medium sweet potatoes (roughly 700g)
15 pitted dates
4 tbsp raw cacao
120g ground almonds (we just blended ours)
100g oat flour or you could use a flour of your choice
30ml milk of your choice we used oat milk
5 tbsp maple syrup
Method 
Preheat the oven to 180oc
Line a baking dish
Peal the sweet potato and cut them into chunks
Place sweet potato into a steamer and cook until they are soft this took about 15 minutes
Once the sweet potato is really soft add them to the food processed along with the dates and blend until combined
Combine the ground almonds, raw cacao and oat flour before adding the sweet potato mixture, maple syrup and milk
Place mixture into the lined baking dish and cook in the oven for 18-20 minutes
Remove from the oven and let the brownies cool before cutting them
Let us know if you have experimented with any other ingredients as we would love to know!

Mocha Protein Pancakes

If you follow our Instagram you will see how much we love coffee, so it seemed the perfect idea to experiment and make mocha protein pancakes. Pancakes are so easy to make and once you have the base recipe you can just add flavour to them. We also made ‘nicecream’ for the first time, and it turned out really well. You basically blend frozen bananas and we decided to add a shot of espresso.

We hope you enjoy these as much as us, let us know if you decide to recreate these delcicious pancakes and also share a photo with us on twitter or instagram as we love to see!

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Makes 8 Pancakes
Note- that you have to prepare the nicecream the night before you make the pancakes. 

Ingredients
100g Oats Blended or oat flour or oatmeal flour
1 Scoop Unflavoured Protein
3 egg whites
1.5tsp Bicarbonate of soda
1.5tsp Baking Powder
2tbsp raw cacao
1tbsp coconut sugar
1 espresso
50ml Milk of your choice we used oat milk  (add a bit at a time as you may need more or less)

Toppings
1 bar melted dark chocolate
2tbsp maple syrup

Nicecream
2 bananas frozen
1 espresso shot

Method
1.roughly chop the banana and place in an air tight container before putting them in the freezer for at least 5 hours (we did it the night before)
2. Take the bananas out of the freezer and blend them until they form an ice cream like consistency (it will be quite runny). Add the shot of espresso to the mixture and pour into a container.
3. Place the banana mix back into the freezer for a couple of hours until solid.
4.Place the dry ingredient in a bowl
5. Add the egg whites and mix. Add the espresso and  then slowly add the milk until a batter forms.
6. Heat your pan (medium/high heat) and melt some coconut oil.
7. Add a table spoon of mixture to your pan and flip once bubbles appear on the surface.
8. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water and then add the maple syrup
9. Stack the pancakes, place a scoop of espresso nicecream ontop and drizzle with the chocolate sauce

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

 

Chocolate Orange Protein Pancakes

Anything made with chocolate and orange is bound to be a winner. We loved making these pancakes and enjoyed eating them even more. These would be the perfect treat to enjoy on Pancake Day. We will definitely be enjoying them before Annie takes on the challenge of giving up chocolate for lent!

Let us know if you give these a go and make sure you tag us on Instagram or Twitter if you make them, you can find us at @threebrits.

Makes 8 Pancakes

Ingredients
100g Oats Blended or oat flour or oatmeal flour
1 Scoop Unflavoured Protein
3 egg whites
1.5tsp Baking
1.5tsp Bicarbonate of soda
2tbsp raw cacao
zest of 1 orange
1tbsp coconut sugar
50ml Milk (add a bit at a time as you may need more or less)

Topping
1 bar melted dark chocolate
2tbsp maple syrup
1tsp orange essence
orange segments

Method
Place the dry ingredient in a bowl with the orange zest
Add the egg whites and mix. The slowly add the milk until a batter forms.
Heat your pan (medium/high heat) and melt some coconut oil.
Add a table spoon of mixture to your pan and flip once bubbles appear on the surface.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water and then add the maple syrup and orange essence.
Stack the pancakes and drizzle over the chocolate sauce and decorate with the orange segments

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