Crinkle Cookies

Hey Everyone, I hope your day has been well.

This is a nice recipe, not to sweet but great for a treat! I love how the light coating of icing sugar adds that extra sweetness and how soft these cookies are. They taste amazing straight from the oven when slightly warm and remind me of brownies but not quite as gooey on the inside. These cookies also look really cool with colour contrast of the super dark cocoa powder against the crinkle effect from the icing sugar. I always love baking and carrying some to work for that midday snack or pick me up.

Recipe: Crinkle cookies (makes 10)

Ingredients

30g cocoa powder

45g soft brown sugar

45g caster sugar

30ml vegetable oil

1 egg

90g plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp icing sugar

Method

  • Combine the cocoa powder and sugars together in a large bowl.
  • Mix in the oil and egg until smooth.
  • Sieve in the flour and baking powder to form a smooth dough, put in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 trays with baking powder.
  • Use a tablespoon to scoop out the dough, roll with your hands to form a ball, flatten and cover with icing sugar then place in the baking tray.
  • Repeat, until all of the mixture is used up and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Leave to cool slightly before eating.

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Healthy Snack Ideas

Hello Everyone, I hope your day has been well.

I’m always looking for ways to reduce my unhealthy snacking habits so I’ve created a list of fairly healthy and nutritious snack ideas. They are all very simple and easy to prepare for home, work or even on the go. Snacks are what we go for in between meals when we feel hungry but healthier options are better for the body because they reduce the risk of unnecessary weight gain and other long term health issues caused by excessive snacking habits. I always think everything is best in moderation, so of course on the odd occasion, enjoy that sweet treat but remember to fill your diet with healthy, nutritious foods that will support your body.

Healthy snack ideas listed below:

  • Fruit
  • Plain popcorn
  • Plain nuts, cashews
  • Apple slices topped with peanut butter, dedicated coconut and grated dark chocolate
  • Oven kale chips
  • Chia seed pudding
  • Flavoured roasted peanuts
  • Plain rice cakes
  • Sugar free jelly
  • Carrot and cucumber sticks with hummus
  • Roasted lentils

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Strawberry Scones

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Today I’m baking with fruits, based on a recipe I saw on the British Heart Foundation website. I’m not a massive fan of cooked fruit to be honest, so this was a little different for me but something I still liked to bake. I do enjoy apple crumble and that’s about it when it comes to fresh fruit in baking, but when I do have a crumble I’m one of those who prefers more crumble than apple. For a healthier version you could use wholemeal flour which I didn’t have at the time.

Traditionally scones are eaten with jam and clotted cream, a perfect British treat alongside a cup of tea. This recipe is great because they are nicely spiced from the cinnamon and you get a slight sweetness from the strawberries. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin K and C, helping the body to heal and keeping the cells healthy, also a great fruit to add towards your 5 a day.

If you do like fruit in your bakes I have recently made Apple Crumble Muffins and Carrot, Apple and Chia Seed Muffins so do check them out 🙂

Recipe: Strawberry scones (makes 2)

Ingredients

67g self raising flour

1/3 tsp baking powder

1/3 tsp ground cinnamon

13g butter

8g caster sugar

40g fresh strawberries, sliced

2 tbsp milk, plus extra for glazing the top.

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 7 and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • Mix the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl, rub in the butter with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Next stir in the sugar, strawberries and milk until it forms a soft, sticky dough.
  • You may want to add a little more flour at this point, but on a lightly floured surface knead out the dough for a couple of minutes and divide into 2 portions.
  • Shape into a circle, place on the baking tray and brush with milk.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and place on a wire rack to cool down before eating.

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This recipe was inspired from https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/support/healthy-living/healthy-eating/recipe-finder/fresh-strawberry-scones

Healthy Oats Bars

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great day.

I’m still on a journey of making baking treats that don’t contain as much sugar and this recipe was a combination of oat muffin recipes which I found online. As you can see, the mixture was very flapjack like so rather than adding more liquid I just put it into a flat baking tray to make these delicious oat bars. This recipe was a bit of an experiment for me and it turned out okay, not too sweet but very filling.

My top nutritional ingredient from these bars are the oats, a staple in most households and fairly cheap in the supermarket depending on the brand. Studies show that oats have many health benefits and are known to be one of the healthiest grains on earth. In the UK, many people do not consume enough fibre and oats are a great source of fibre which helps to keep the gut healthy and possibly reducing issues such as constipation.

Recipe: Healthy oat bars (makes 16)

Ingredients

220g oats, extra to sprinkle on top

120ml milk

1 tbsp maple syrup

80ml oil

60g soft brown sugar

1 egg

140g wholemeal flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp mixed spice

Method

  • Firstly, preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and line a baking tin with parchment paper.
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk the wet ingredients separately.
  • Gently combine together, stirring well and pour into the prepared baking tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 25 minutes and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before eating.

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*Nutritional information sourced through the British Nutrition Website.

Homemade Bagels

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I decided to make these bagels because I fancied something a little different for my breakfast, that would be tasty but still filling. It was quite a long process but the end result is totally worth it. The good thing about bagels is that they are so versatile and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Filling options include; avocado, cream cheese, eggs, salmon, butter, bananas and peanut butter and so much more.

Recipe: Homemade Bagels (makes 6)

Ingredients

4g dried yeast

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

230g bread flour

Method

  • Put the yeast and half of the sugar into a bowl and pour in 50ml of warm water. Leave for 7 minutes, until the mixture becomes frothy.
  • Pour an extra 100ml of warm water into the same bowl and stir in the salt and flour slowly, stirring until it forms a soft dough.
  • Knead for 10 minutes and once the dough is smooth, leave in a bowl covered with cling film in a warm place for an hour.
  • Bring water to the boil and preheat the oven to gas mark 7. In the meantime divide the dough into 6 equal pieces and make into bagel shapes. Once boiling, cook the bagel in the water for 2 minutes on each side and place on a tray.
  • Place the tray in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Leave to cool and eat with your preferred fillings, or on its own.

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