I used to bake flapjacks so often when I was much younger as it’s pretty simple to make. It’s actually been a while so I thought I’d switch it up using peanut butter (PB) and raisins for that lovely balance of sweet and salty. I’ve used smooth peanut butter but I feel like crunchy PB would work just as well. This is quite a sweet treat so be sure to eat with moderation, try offering some slices to your friends, family, and work colleagues!
This recipe is full of many great ingredients such as PB, oats and raisins. A great snack idea and full of protein for that extra burst of energy. These flapjacks taste so good and you get all of the flavours with a subtle hint of PB, also try them whilst slightly warm for a comforting dessert along with a scoop of ice cream.
Recipe: Peanut butter and raisin flapjacks (makes 9)
100g soft brown light sugar
75g smooth peanut butter
Set the oven to gas mark 4, line a small oven tray with baking paper and set aside.
In a small pot, add the honey, sugar, butter and peanut butter and place on a gentle heat until melted.
Put the oats and raisins into a large bowl and pour over the melted honey mixture, combining everything together.
Place into the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown but still slightly soft.
Wait at least 10 minutes for the flapjacks to cool down, before cutting into 9 bars.
Hello everyone, I hope your week has been well. Today I have another quick baking recipe featuring raisins and walnuts.
These cookies taste so good!! Plus, they are light and airy. I feel like these would be perfect for gifting a friend or family member and even great for yourself if you want a little treat that’s not too sweet. I don’t usually bake with walnuts but they work really well in cookies because of how soft they are after being baked. Walnuts provide an essential fat that we need in the body, often known as a mood booster because they aid in the function and development of the central nervous system.
Walnuts also contain vitamin E, biotin and manganese. They can be added to most cakes, cookies and brownies or sprinkled over your porridge.
Recipe: Crushed walnut and raisin cookies (makes 8)
30g demerara sugar
1/2 tsp maple syrup or honey
90g self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
20g walnuts, crushed
2 tbsp coconut milk
Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line a tray with baking paper.
Mix the butter and sugar together, then add the syrup, flour and salt.
Stir in the raisins and walnuts, pour in the milk and use your hands to form a dough.
Make a log shape with the dough and slice into 8 equal sized pieces, roll into a ball and flatten out onto the tray.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until just golden and leave to cool down before eating.
I have previously mentioned about reducing sugar in the things I bake and these biscuits only contain maple syrup and raisins for sweetness. They are quite plain but this make me realise how much added sugar is in processed products. These biscuits are quite dry so they would be perfect for dipping into your tea!!
Recipe: Mini Oat raisin Biscuits (makes 12)
50g plain flour
1/2 baking powder
Pinch of cinnamon
1 tbsp maple syrup
3 tbsp milk or milk alternative
Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Combine all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
Melt the butter, syrup and 3 tablespoons of milk together, pour into the bowl and mix together until a dough forms.
The dough might be a little stiff so you could add a little more milk, otherwise roll out onto a lightly floured surface and use a cutter to cut out the biscuit shapes.
Place on the baking tray and bake in the oven for 10 minutes and leave to cool on a wire rack before eating.
Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today’s recipe feature oats and raisins which are both tasty and popular baking ingredients. Oats are very healthy, gluten free and full of nutrients. Raisins are beneficial to the body when eaten in moderation as they are sweet and high in sugar, raisins are also high in vitamins, minerals and fibre.
These cookies are so delicious, I like to keep them in the oven long enough so that they have a little crispiness to the bite. They are perfect to eat at anytime of the day and make a great snack.
Recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (makes 34)
250g demerara sugar
4 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
140g plain flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
Set the oven to gas mark 6 and line to trays with baking paper.
In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar together, then add the egg, water and vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and raisins together. Slowly add to the egg mixture mixing until smooth.
Use a tablespoon to spoon the mixture onto the baking tray and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today’s recipe is a nice and easy salad, perfect for a light lunch or as a side with your dinner. In the photo you can see that I ate the salad with Potato and Kale Fritters (another recipe I will be posting soon). I like this salad because it is random and uses a basic range of ingredients that aren’t too expensive. I think the taste would suit most people but feel free to play around with the ingredients and use orange juice and zest, walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds or shallots.
A’s Salad – you can decide how much of each ingredient you want to use depending on how many people are eating it. I made this as one portion.
Small handful of raisins – soaked in orange juice
50g brown rice
1 tbsp pine nuts – toasted
Handful of lettuce – shredded
Few slices of red onion
Zest of 1/2 an orange
1 tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
Put the raisins to soak in orange juice overnight.
Rinse and cook the rice, I like to use salt, thyme and butter but you can make it plain if preferred.
Toast the pine nuts and set aside. Wash the lettuce, shred it finely and leave to fully dry. Finely slice the onion and set aside.
Zest the orange and put in a bowl with the pine nuts, lettuce and onion.
Make a super basic vinaigrette using 1 tbsp of orange juice, 2 tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Once the rice is cooked, mix in the with salad, add the raisins and drizzle the vinaigrette over the top.
Let me know if you make this salad or what your favourite salad recipes are!