The most nutritious jam you will ever make! Strawberry jam (or strawberry jelly depending on where you live) is a childhood staple which travels with us from childhood. But in these more sugar conscious times the fact that even many homemade versions are 50 percent […]
Month: February 2018
Baked oatmeal is a new thing for many Brits but it is the perfect meal prep for the week ahead – or even longer if you freeze in portions. And unlike most grab-and-go breakfasts this one has zero sugar. When I was tucking into some for breakfast at work this week my colleague actually asked why I was eating pudding for breakfast! An easy mistake to make as this Apple, Apricot and Pecan Baked Oat Porridge Oats is almost like having dessert – and who doesn’t want pudding for breakfast right? With the slow energy release oats and the protein addition of the nuts, eggs and milk, a portion will fill you up till lunchtime. So it’s also a great evening snack if you have skipped dinner or eaten early and need something else.
The apples you use in the base can make a difference to the overall dish. If you are not a fan of sweet foods then go for a cooking apple for a tart, more intense apple-y taste. If you like your food sweeter then a dessert apple is more suited to you. The maple-syrup like pecans lend a depth to the dish and the dried apricots are also sweet too. Feel free to add some honey, maple syrup or stevia to the oat mix before cooking if you do have a very sweet tooth though. Or drizzle honey or syrup over the warm oatmeal to taste before eating. I love mine with a dollop of yoghurt on the side…
Apple, Apricot and Pecan Baked Porridge Oats
- 250g peeled, chopped apples into bite size pieces
- 100g dried apricots, roughly chopped
- 100g pecan nuts, roughly chopped
- 1 ripe banana
- 200g oats (not jumbo)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 300g milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- butter to grease the dish
- Step 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C Fan / 200°C / 425°F / Gas 7.
- Step 2 Thickly grease a glass or ceramic baking dish 28cm x 20cm, with butter.
- Step 3 Scatter the apples evenly on the bottom of the dish.
- Step 4 In a separate bowl mash the banana then add in all the dry ingredients before mixing well and pouring in the wet ingredients. Combine thoroughly and pour over the apples.
- Step 5 Bake for 30mins, the top should be golden and the oats set. Serve warm with a dollop of yoghurt.
I am always looking for different ways to cook the most seasonal vegetables. At the moment carrots and parsnips are so plentiful and cheap I’m incorporating them into lots of meals. Even when they are served as a side, you can ring the changes if […]
It’s no secret that we are a pancake loving household – and it’s so easy to be when there are just so many different ways of making them. These Chocolate Protein Pancakes tick a lot of boxes as not only are they utterly delicious but they are packed with protein without containing any protein powders and are gluten-free too.
These really are a meal prep, weekday hit for the whole family. I love them as I can simply grab some from the freezer on the way out the door to work as I freeze them in batches of three or four. They are a quick but nutritious breakfast for the kids as they can be reheated in seconds. I love serving them with yoghurt and fruit on the side, because the pancakes are full of protein to keep them feeling full until lunch (or break at least!) and have slow release carbs in the oats to prevent sugar spikes and crashes.
I know there is a fab range of protein powders on the market but some can be expensive, other unpalatable. And some people just prefer to get their protein boost without such a refined ingredient. These pancakes use simple and cheap ingredients which can be easily found in supermarkets and kitchen cupboards.
Serve these as indulgently as you please! They are a winner with maple syrup, nut butters, fruit, cream yoghurt or even a hot chocolate sauce over them as a pudding. Make them your own and I bet you will find Chocolate Protein Pancakes are a regular in your household too!
Chocolate Protein Pancakes (gluten and protein powder free)
- 180g oats, gluten free if needs be
- 250g Quark
- 1 banana
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 20g cocoa
- 100ml milk
- 4 eggs
- oil to fry
- Step 1 Blend all the ingredients together (I use my Nutribullet) until smooth.
- Step 2 Heat a little oil in a frying pan and pour or ladle in the pancake batter. I find about ¾ of a ladle is about right for me but it depends how big you like your pancakes!
- Step 3 Using the back of a spoon, smooth out the batter so each pancake is even in thickness. If you like your pancakes thicker then just make sure you cook them a little longer each side so the middle is done.
- Step 4 After three mins on a low heat, when the top is no longer liquid at all and you can see bubbles in the pancake, flip over.
- Step 5 Cook for a further two minutes and serve.
I have to admit I’m not the biggest fan of a delivery pizza because I’ve discovered you can make a tastier version in the time it takes for the average delivery to come. And not only that the pizza dough and tomato sauce costs […]