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).

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Coffee & Maple Walnut Banana Loaf

As you have probably already guess by now we absolutely LOVE banana loaf. We make it ALL the time whenever we have some left over bananas that need to be used up. Our recipe is so simple and takes no time at all! In fact we made the one below before work one morning that’s how quick and easy it is.

We would suggest enjoying a slice when it is warm and freshly baked because it just tastes unreal!

When littles emailed us to ask if we we would like to take part in national bake week using their coffee we jumped at the chance! Our flavour of choice was the maple walnut coffee and we instantly new it would taste amazing in our refined sugar free banana loaf (original recipe available here).

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Ingredients
1 1/5 Ripe Bananas (you will use the other half for the topping)
200G Oat Flour (we just blend oats that we already have in the cupboard)
8g Chopped Walnuts
1 tsp Baking Powder
100ml Milk of your choice we went for Almond
3tsp Little’s Maple Walnut Coffee mixed with 20ml water
1tbsp Coconut Sugar

Topping Ingredients
5g Oats
1/2 Banana
1tbsp Coconut Sugar
5 Finely Chopped Walnuts

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Line your loaf tin and grease with melted coconut oil or butter
Add 20ml boiling water to the coffee granules in a mug or measuring jug
Blend the oats until they are fine and resemble flour
Chop one of the bananas in half length ways and set one half aside
Mash the 1 1/5 remaining bananas in a mixing bowl
Add the oat flour, baking powder & walnuts
Once combined pour in the milk and stir well
Add the coffee mixture and continue to stir until combined
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin
Cut the remaining half of the banana length ways and place on top of the mixture
Sprinkle the handful oats, chopped walnuts and coconut sugar on top
Bake the banana loaf for 30 minutes until cooked through
When cooked let cool and enjoy with a Little’s coffee

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Pumpkin & Rosemary Muffins

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We always see so many sweet pumpkin recipes that we decided to experiment and make some savoury muffin. We have never made savoury muffins before so we were really looking forward to making these.

We imagined savoury muffins to be quite bread like, but when we took them out the oven and tasted them we immediately thought of yorkshire puddings. the texture was similar but thinking about it the ingredients we used are very similar to yorkshire puddings and not bread.

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Ingredients
350g Pumpkin
200g Self raising flour
150g wholemeal flour
1tsp baking powder
pinch salt
3 sprigs of rosemary finley chopped
1/2tsp paprika
Sprinkle of Thyme
2 large eggs
100ml plain yoghurt
250ml milk
50ml vegetable oil
1.5tbsp honey
50g Pumpkin seeds

Method
preheat your oven to 180oc
Lightly oil a muffin tray and line with baking paper or muffin cases
Chop your pumpkin into small cubes
Place the chopped pumpkin onto a baking tray
Roast the Pumpkin in the oven for 10-15 minutes until soft (keep an eye on it)
Sieve the self raising flour, wholemeal flour & Baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Keep the wholemeal flour that is left behind in the sieve.
Add in the pinch of salt
In a separate mixing bowl beat the eggs
Add the milk, cream, vegetable oil & honey and stir well until combined
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold
Stir in the cooked pumpkin
Spoon the mixture into the cases
Sprinkle the top of each muffin with pumpkin seeds & the wholemeal you reserved earlier
Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes
Insert a skewer into one of the muffins and make sure it comes out clean before removing from the oven.

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Vegan Week

Myself and some work colleagues decided to try being vegan for a week, we didn’t really have any reason to just we wanted to try and and also try the challenge. We spent the week before discussing what we could and couldn’t eat and much to my surprise the girls didn’t realise you couldn’t eat eggs! We then realised how daunting this challenge was and how hard it was going to be.

However we were actually surprised at how much we loved it! Okay we were a tad jealous when it was someones birthday at work and couldn’t tuck into the birthday cake and Percy Pigs. However we did try my vegan sweet potato brownies which I was surprised the girls actually liked and so did I!

Breakfast was the easiest part for me because I didn’t have to change what I normally have as I alwasy have porridge with banana and chocolate (I really need to mix it up!)

However I decided to keep a vegan diary for the week, kinda like what I eat in a day, but for the whole week!

Day 1 – Monday

Breakfast: porridge made with almond milk topped with dark chocolate and slices of bananas and an iced coffee made with almond milk

Lunch: Gym box from Pod

Snack: Vegan brownie and grapes

Dinner: Chickpea and sweet potato curry with rice, poppadoms and mango chutney (the mini poppadoms from Sainsbury’s are vegan and so is Sainsbury’s mango chutney)

Day 2 – Tuesday

Breakfast: porridge made with almond milk topped with dark chocolate and slices of bananas

Lunch: Homemade hummous and crackers

Snack: Grapes and some dry cheerios

Dinner: Jacket Potato and baked beans

Snack: Green smoothie made with pineapple, cuccumber, spinach

Day 3 – Wednesday

Breakfast: porridge made with almond milk topped with dark chocolate and slices of bananas

Lunch: Homemade hummous and crackers

Snack: Raspberries

Dinner: Leftover Chickpea and sweet potato curry with rice, poppadoms and mango chutney

Day 4 – Thursday

Breakfast: porridge made with almond milk topped with dark chocolate and slices of bananas and an iced coffee made with almond milk

Lunch: Beans on toast (Warburtons gluten free white bread) and Heinz beans

Dinner: Bean stew served with rice – I bought the mixed beans in chilli sauce from Sainsbury’s, added tinned tomatoes and a veggie stock cube and some peppers and made a yummy stew, all served with brown rice.

Day 5 – Friday

Breakfast: Cheerios

Lunch: Smashed avocado and chilli on gluten free toast

Dinner: Lentil bolognaise – I got this recipe from a cookbook and made a bolognaise with lentils served with gluten free pasta

I loved trying to be vegan for a week and loved the challenge of it. I have actually since completed vegan week made a couple of vegan dinners to enjoy. Any recipe suggestions for other vegan meals to enjoy please leave a comment or a link to your blog!

Pumpkin Pie

Last year we saw so many posts about pumpkin pie (thanks American friends) it got us intrigued to see what all the fuss was about so of course we had to make one. Many of the recipes stated that you had to use pumpkin puree so we knew right away we would be making a trip to the world foods isle in the supermarket.

Thankfully we managed to find some pumpkin puree in the American section of the world foods isle (we did buy it back in September as we didn’t want to risk them selling out). So after researching lots of different recipes we decided to re-create our own using lots of tips and tricks we had found along the way.

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Now we didn’t really know what to expect from our pumpkin pie but we were so excited to try the first bite to see if it was delicious or repulsive. We were pleasantly surprised with how delicious it tasted however we must say it is incredibly sweet so after one slice you have had more than enough which is probably a good thing!

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Ingredients
1 tin pumpkin puree
1 tin condensed milk
2 eggs
150g coconut or brown sugar
500g Shortcrust pastry homemade or shop brought

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
We were lazy this time and decided to shop buy the pastry but you can always Find an easy to follow pastry recipe online if you want to make it yourself
Roll out the pastry using a rolling pin
Place the pastry into the baking tin
Line with parchment paper and fill with baking beans
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes
Remove the parchment paper and bake for a further 10 minutes
Remove from the oven and set aside
Pour the pumpkin puree into a large mixing bowl
Add the condensed milk and stir until combined
whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and then add them to the mixture
Pour the mixture into the pastry
Cut out leaf shapes with the pastry scraps and place them on top of the pie
Place in the oven and cook for 35 minutes

Chicken Mac and Cheese

We recently saw the Body Coach post a recipe on all his social media channels and it just looked so delicious that we had to make it. As you may or may not be aware one of us has to follow a a special diet due to severe IBS. This means no onion, garlic and a reduced amount of some types of dairy and also wheat.
Thankfully hard cheeses, such as cheddar can still be eaten.

We hope you enjoy this as much as us, we will definitely be making it again soon.

Ingredients
25g dairy free butter
25g gluten free flour
300-400ml almond milk
grated cheese
black pepper
200g gluten free pasta
251g chicken
coconut oil
paprika

Method
1) Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
2) Bring a pan of water to the boil
3) Melt the butter in a separate pan
4) add the flour to the butter and stir and cook for a couple of minutes
5) slowly add the milk stiring as you go, a whisk may be useful to reduce lumps and bring to the boil. Then simmer for about 8 minutes
6) Whilst your cheese sauce is simmering, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook as per instructions
7) In a separate pan, add the coconut oil and fry the chicken until cooked. Then add the paprika.
8) Stir in a handful of grated cheese to the pan that had been simmering and allow it to melt, taste and add more cheese if you want
9) Drain the pasta and then pour into a large baking dish.
10) Toss the cooked chicken in followed by the cheese sauce and mix together
11) Sprinkle on bread crumbs and grated cheese and cook for 20-30 minutes

Mocha Protein Shake

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That protein kindly sent us some of their protein so we decided to make a delicious post work out shake because we love them. We used the ‘Chirpy Chirpy Choca Mocha with organic coffee’ protein.

That Protein is a plant based protein powder and for once the protein actually tastes great. They are dairy free, no added sugars, non GMO, no sweeteners and free from anything artificial.

We decided to add a couple of other ingredients to make our shake thick and creamy- the best way to have a shake. We have tried it with just water though when we have been in a rush leaving the gym and it still tastes great!

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Recipe
1 scoop of that protein mocha flavour
1 banana
8 frozen cherries(3 for decoration)
Handful of ice
Almond milk
Tea spoon cacao nibs (leave some for decoration)

Place all the ingredients in a blender and whizz it up until combined! Top tip always put your protein in last so it doesn’t get stuck to the sides (its a nightmare if it does and you will find yourself shaking the blender trying to get it to combine).

A super easy recipe to follow!

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

Plum Crumble Baked Porridge

Autumn is definitely on its way and the colder mornings have left us wanting a warm bowl of porridge. We are definitely missing the summer but we are enjoying not getting the porridge sweats in the morning, if you know you know!

At the weekends we always enjoy tucking into a scrumptious bowl of baked porridge experimenting with lots of different ingredients. This time we decided to go for a plum crumble baked porridge which was absolutely delicious and probably one of our favourite ones yet!

Let us know if you decide to make this bowl of goodness because trust us it will leave you wanting to go back for more, who doesn’t love eating something that tastes like dessert for breakfast?

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Ingredients
40g porridge oats
1 or 2 plums depending on the size
50ml Almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
1tsp peanut butter

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Destone the plum and chop into small slices
In a small mixing bowl add in all the ingredients and stir until well combined
Pour the mixture into a ramakin dish
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes making sure the top is golden brown
Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea

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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