Overnight Oats

I do enjoy to mix up my food for lunch and for evening meals, but I have to say I get stuck in a routine with my breakfasts. Every Friday is pancake day, where protein pancakes are on the menu – when I am at home! other than that I alternate between overnight oats and a smoothie! 

I love overnight oats, they have got to be my favourite breakfast, not only do they taste good, you can change them up a little but they actually keep me full well into the afternoon which means I don’t snack in the morning!! Win Win for me!

So for my over night oats I always use oats, chia seeds, peanut butter and almond milk after that I typically put in whatever fruit I have in the fridge or freezer! If I am feeling up for it I will often put a scoop of Protein World Slender Blend into them too! 

Overnight Oats
Serves 1
Yummy and filling breakfast!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup of oats
  2. 1 tbs chia seeds
  3. 1 tbs peanut butter (or any nut butter you fancy!)
  4. Almond milk to cover the oats
  5. A handful of dried/fresh/frozen fruit
Instructions
  1. I save all my jars and re-use them for my oats, so first thing to do is add the oats, chia seeds and peanut butter into the jar.
  2. Then pour in the almond milk - depending on how thing you like them either just cover the oats or cover them well.
  3. This is where I put the lid back on the jar and shake it really well!
  4. Place the jar back in the fridge overnight and top them up with fruit before you are about to eat them!
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I would love to hear what you add to your overnight oats! Leave a comment below…

Dairy alternative

Dairy Alternative

When it comes to dairy products, I am actually a little fussy. I don’t like many cheeses – just a taste thing and Im not a big fan of cream. So when St Helens got in touch I was really excited to try out some alternative dairy products.

St Helens is a small farm that was founded in 1986, when they discovered that goats milk was a perfect alternative for people who cannot tolerate cows milk. The farm began by milking 500 goats and soon started supplying customers such as Waitrose and Hillards with, initially, a blend of sheep and goats’ milk yogurts. They now produce a range of milks, yogurts, cheeses, cream and ice cream. 

The lovely people there sent me a hamper full of their goats milk products to try. They sent me:

  • Whole, semi-skimmed and skimmed cartons of fresh goats milk
  • Natural and fat free yogurts
  • Flavoured yogurts
  • Goats butter
  • Mild goats cheese
  • Mature goats cheese
  • Spreadable goats cheese
  • A really cute TY beanie baby goat teddy
  • Two chine Goatee mugs

It was an amazing hamper and I really can’t wait to try it all. Watch this space as I will be writing up all the recipes I try with the products. 

Spicy Nuts

I love a good snack and if you know me, will often seen me nibbling away on some healthy treat. But I do find it hard to get a savoury healthy snack that i can make myself. Which is why I really love these spicy nuts from Fearne Cottons “Cook Happy Cook Healthy”. 

Spicy Nuts
Serves 4
Really tasty but a little spicy savoury snack.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 400g nuts (You can use whichever you like the best - I used cashews, almonds and pecans)
  2. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  3. 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  4. 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  5. 1 tsp smoked paprika
  6. 1 tsp ground cumin
  7. 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 200 degrees
  2. Roast the nuts on a baking tray for around 5 minutes or until they turn a nice golden brown colour. Make sure you watch these as they can burn pretty quick.
  3. Meanwhile heat the oil in a pan and add the spices, sugar and salt until the sugar melts.
  4. Add the nuts to the spice mixture and mix until they are completely coated.
  5. Remove from the heat and leave to cool and serve.
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Protein World Overnight Oats

With the 30 day challenge, I received a nice little booklet with a meal and workout plan for the following 4 weeks. Some of the meal ideas in it looked and sounded really good. One that I particularly like the sound of was Peanut butter overnight oats. 

 

Protein World Overnight Oats
Serves 1
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 Cup of Oats
  2. 1/2 Cup of Almond Milk
  3. 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  4. 1 Tbsp of Chia Seeds
  5. 1 Scoop of protein powder
Instructions
  1. Add the oats, milk, peanut butter and chia seeds into a container and mix well. Leave to stand for about 6 hours or overnight if you can wait that long.
  2. When you are ready to eat the oats, stir in the protein and add some fruit if you fancy.
Notes
  1. I like to use an old jam jar or peanut butter jar to mix this in! It makes it so easy just to put the lid on and shake.
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Festive snacks

So, i’m not sure if you have noticed but there really isnt that many days left before Christmas!! Making now the perfect time to test out some healthy but festive treats!

Personally, I love a mince pie – and previously I have made my own version of Jamie Oliver’s fancy ones! But this year I  really wanted to try my hardest to eat as clean as possible for as many meals or snacks as I can over the Christmas period.

So after a little searching on the web I found the best “Healthy” version of pastry and figured dried fruit would be a good enough replacement for the mince filling.

It is a pretty simple recipe and gave me the chance to test out a few new ingredients:

For the pastry:

  • 350g of flour (for these I tried out some buckwheat flour but any will work)
  • 200g of ground almonds
  • 6 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 12 pitted medjool dates
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • A splash of water
  • A squeeze of Yacon syrup*
  • A pinch of salt
  • A sprinkle of Coconut sugar*

For the filling:

  • 500g mixed dried fruit
  • A splash of fruit juice

First you need to preheat the oven to 150°C

To make the pastry simple add all of the ingredients, except for the water into a blender and blitz. Slowly add the water a little bit at a time until the dough forms into balls.

Meanwhile in a saucepan, mix the fruit juice and the fruit and leave over a medium heat for about 10 minutes or until the fruit has filled out a bit.

Once you have a good consistency with your dough, take a handful and mould into a cupcake or muffin tin to create the cases. When I first tried this, my pastry was very crumbly, but it still worked – you might have to be a little forceful with it. Make sure you leave some of the dough to make shapes for the tops of your pies.

Pour the final dough mixture onto a floured surface and roll to about half a centimetre thick and cut our what ever shape takes your fancy. I didn’t have any cookie cutters to hand so just freehanded some triangles – I figured these would be the easiest to do with out looking too rubbish!

Once you have finished creating the spoon the fruity filling into the cases and place your chosen shape topper on top.

Finally sprinkle over some coconut sugar and pop into the oven for 15-20 minutes or until they smell delicious and have a golden look to them.

Leave them in the tin to cool once you have removed them from the oven, if you can wait that long and then tuck in!

**These ingredients were gifted to me by Idigo Herbs, but the options and comments are my own.