Porridge Berry Bakes

This recipe was shared to me by heartsetonliving, in a comment on this post, “Banana, oat and blueberry pancakes” and I wanted to share this in a separate post after making them myself. Heartsetonliving also shared them on her own post here too; “Driven to distraction before languishing in limbo.”

While they were baking, the smell was flowing beautifully throughout my home and taste lovely. It’s nice knowing that these are guilt free too, because they are naturally sweet and have no added sugar.

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
vanilla extract
cinnamon
2 and a half cups of porridge oats
1 and a half teaspoon of baking powder
1 and a half cups of milk

Method:

  1. Mash two ripe bananas with two eggs and a bit of vanilla extract.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix two and a half cups of porridge oats with some cinnamon and one and a half teaspoons of baking power.
  3. Now mix everything together and add one and a half cups of milk.
  4. Put mixture into greased or silicone muffin tins, then add your berry toppings of choice. e.g. blueberries or strawberries.

Bake at 180 degrees for around 30 minutes.

These bakes can be made vegan-friendly if you omit the eggs and replace with another banana, but it will make a more dense cake.

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Book review: ‘Deliciously Ella Every Day,’ by Ella Woodward.

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‘Deliciously Ella Every Day,’ by Ella Woodward is her second book. The book focus on eating well as easy as possible, focusing on easy accessible ingredients. It covers breakfast, healthy eating on-the-go, salads, easy weekday dinners, big batch cooking simple sweets. There are over 100 recipes in this book.

It was from this book that I tried a quinoa and ginger porridge one time, for my breakfast. Not something I would have thought of having and so it made a change for me.

Although I have not delved in this book much, it is still a book that remains on my bookshelf for alternative ideas and new inspirations.

Book review: ‘Hungry Healthy Happy,’ by Dannii Martin

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‘Hungry, Healthy Happy,’ by Dannii Martin is a book that Dannii Martin wrote, to show us that with a few small changes, we can still enjoy our favourite foods, while still nourishing our bodies with a delicious, healthy and nutritionally balanced diet.

There are over a 100 recipes, from protein packed breakfasts to main courses and desserts. There are dishes from light, summery salads to takeaway favourites such as burgers and curries.

Inside the book, as well as recipes, you will find out more about Dannii’s story and why she written this book, the principles of losing weight, the importance of exercise, learn about eating well for less, store cupboard essentials and creating a meal planner.

My reasons for eating healthy

For my healthy eating motivation, I have inside my cupboard a, ‘benefits list.’ This has been in my cupboard for over two years since I started eating healthier. But after my admittance of how my eating has gone to pot a lot the last month, (Emotional eating) when it came to sweet stuff, I thought I would share my benefits list here.
I have re-wrote my list, as the other one I had is looking a little faded and tired. My benefits list has not changed and stays the same, as below.

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Yogurt pizza base

I have known about the yogurt pizza base, since I came across this Facebook group; Feed Yourself for £1 a day. Today, I finally had a go for the first time myself and like many others who have tried this, I am now converted. This Facebook group is good for inspiration, as well as saving money.

Here is one of my pizzas.

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I used what I already had in my cupboard and fridge, for my toppings on my pizza; tomato soup, with cheese and mushrooms on top.

Making the pizza base is simple.

Here is the recipe, which although it says greek yogurt, natural yogurt works well too. 180 degrees celsius (fan oven) for 25 – 30 minutes.

 

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Yummy yummy: Zoe’s Delightful Cheese and Chicken Pie

When I came across ‘Zoe’s Delightful Cheese and Chicken Pie,’ via her blog; ‘WhimsyandCosy,’ I could not wait to make it. Just reading it made me hungry and I could vision myself eating this. I saved this recipe to make yesterday, which is easy and quick to make and it wasn’t disappointing. I really enjoyed it and I have some left for another day and I am also sharing a slice with a friend too.

I was talking about the pie later that day with my mum and my uncle. My mum seemed interested and so I said to her I’d make this on Christmas Day and so Christmas is sorted. (I can see me making it before then though.) 🙂

Here is my pie.

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Visit Zoe’s post, for her delightful cheese and chicken pie and let her know in her original post, (not mine) on how you found it, as well as if it gave you inspiration to play the recipe and create your own pie.

My taste buds changing

When I started reducing my sugar intake last year, I found over the course of 4 weeks, how my taste buds changed. I ended up where I was giving away, or thrown some food away, that I could no longer stand to eat, because it tasted too sweet. I was really surprised by how much my taste buds had changed.

I asked a weight loss group I am in on Facebook, to see if anyone else experienced this great change with their taste buds and I found I was not alone. I knew it was nothing serious as someone raised, after chatting to the doctor about this and he said it can happen. All for the better he added, what I was doing.

These were just some of the things I had found too sweet, compared to what I used to have before:

  • jam
  • Weight Watchers Hot Chocolate
  • apple sauce
  • some sweet desserts
  • supermarket’s own french toast (don’t know if there may be less sugar in other brands as I rarely eat it)
  • sugar-coated jellies (these are just yuk to me now and make me feel sick, after just having one!)
  • a branded cereal, that had a couple of new ones out, that I wanted to try as a one-off.

Finding this change in me, is all good in the long run and it will certainly make things easier.

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Overnight oats

Overnight oats, I have seen for some time now being mentioned around different websites. But it was only this year before I decided to try it, because I could not imagine eating it. When I did try my first bowl, (which tasted like muesli,) I absolutely loved it and I have been hooked ever since. I wish I tried it sooner.

Rather than me tell you more about what to put in your overnight oats, I will instead share this link:

http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2015/05/13/overnight-oats-for-breakfast/

All I will say is, that making your overnight oats is fun if you vary it. I never have the same overnight oats twice in a row and I still have other cereals in between, like my porridge or Weetabix, for example.
Overnight oats are filling and making your own is healthier, because you are not adding extra sugar like shop bought muesli’s can have.