Sugar Free Prunes Muffins

Light, fluffy and full of flavour, these sugar-free and low-fat muffins make for a perfect treat at any time of the day or night.

Light, fluffy and full of flavour, these sugar-free and low-fat muffins make for a perfect treat at any time of the day or night.This recipe is a spin-off from my Sugar & Wheat Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Muffins. It has more defined flavours, has less fats due to the reduce amount of coconut oil used and with the addition of the optional dark chocolate and almonds I find it works perfectly as a breakfast muffin too 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 250g prunes; chopped
  • 1 tin / 400ml coconut milk
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 25g raw cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs; beaten
  • 1tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp nutmeg
  • 50g almonds; chopped coarsely (optional)
  • 50g dark chocolate; chopped coarsely (optional)

Light, fluffy and full of flavour, these sugar-free and low-fat muffins make for a perfect treat at any time of the day or night.Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C fan and prepare a 12 space muffin tin by lining it with paper muffin cases or silicon ones if you have them.

In a medium size cooking pot place the chopped prunes, add the entire 400ml tin of coconut milk after a good shake and bring slowly to a gentle simmer.

Cook on a low heat for 10 minutes or until most of the milk has incorporated itself into the fruit.

Put aside and allow it to cool for 10 minutes; then add 1 table spoon of coconut oil into the mixture and mix well until it has melted and combined into the mix.

Meanwhile sift the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and nutmeg, into a large mixing bowl and then add the bicarbonate of soda and mix.

In a seperae bowl, beat the eggs till they are uniform and fully mixed.

Once the prunes have reached room temperature add the vanilla extract, beaten eggs and again mix well.

Finally, fold in the flour mixture. At this stage, if you have opted for using the chopped chocolate and nuts then add them now and fold in gently.

Light, fluffy and full of flavour, these sugar-free and low-fat muffins make for a perfect treat at any time of the day or night.Spread the finished mix evenly between the 12 muffin casings and pop into the earlier preheated oven. Try to work as fast as you can… as the slower you are, the less fluffy the muffins will be when they come out of the oven.

Bake for 18 minutes at 180C fan.

When the time is up, remove them from the oven, remove from the baking tray and place on a wire rack and allow them to cool completely (if you can).

Enjoy all day and night 🙂

Light, fluffy and full of flavour, these sugar free and low fat muffins make for a perfect treat at any time of the day or night.

The Alternative Healthy Christmas Cookbook

Most of us when thinking about Christmas envision it complete with family, friends, good times and of course a lot of gorgeous food… Christmas breakfast, Christmas brunches with mates but best of all our traditional Christmas dinner. Though it turns out that same self “best” bit is also causing some of us a lot of discomfort. Some of us treat Christmas holidays as an excuse to eat what they want and are prepared to deal with the consequences later on… but what about the rest of us?

What about the idea of a healthy Christmas?

You can still have your giant roast and pudding and sweets and treats but all of those dishes are just a little bit healthier, all of them provide something more, something your body actually needs…

I am proud to be a part of The Alternative Healthy Christmas Cookbook.

The Alternative Healthy Christmas CookbookThe cookbook contains a lovely selection of recipes which will keep your tummy full this Christmas without any hint of feeling guilty. There is a coconut Glazed Turkey which can be served with Coconut and Rosemary Roast Potatoes, lovely Vegan Maple, turnip and Carrot Mask and a Low Carb Gravy… and if dinner doesn’t take your fancy what about some High Protein, Low Sugar Yule Log or a Gluten Free Gingerbread Men? Still not convinced? Well, maybe Protein Eggnog is the one for you?

The recipe which I am looking forward to trying the most is Dairy and Grain Free Chocolate Pecan Pie… yummm… the ground almonds make the crust and the pie is stuffed with organic cocoa and pecans; there is no sugar in the pie and it really sounds to me as a truly guilt free treat.

Would you ever consider creating an alternative healthy Christmas menu?

Are you open to new dishes or you prefer to stick to traditional menu?

Just how big a family meltdown do you think it would cause if you were to even suggest it?

The Alternative Healthy Christmas Cookbook was created by Discount Supplements Ltd and it is now available to buy on Amazon and Blurb.

Gluten Free Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Delicious homemade dog treats which are perfect for any pooch following a gluten free diet. Packed with goodness from oats and Greek yogurt they provide good nutrition and make for the perfect reward for any obedient dog.

Delicious homemade dog treats which are perfect for any pooch following a gluten free diet. Packed with goodness from oats and Greek yogurt they provide good nutrition and make for the perfect reward for any obedient dog.Ingredients:

  • 300g fresh pumpkin puree
  • 400g organic oats
  • 3tbsp Greek yogurt (fat free)
  • 3tbsp unsalted peanut butter (smooth)
  • 2 eggs

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180C fan assisted.

Take your pumpkin and cut in half. With a large metal spoon scrape out all the seeds (which if you clean and wash and then toast in the oven make for a delightful nibbles for you as a reward). Take a large kitchen knife and chop the pumpkin into large chunks. Skin the tough outer shell away from the flesh and pop the fleshy parts into a blender or food processor, blitz until smooth.

Prepare two large baking trays by lining them with baking parchment.

In a large bowl place the oats and the freshly made pumpkin puree.

With a silicone spatula mix until well combined, then add the eggs one at the time, and mix some more.

Finally add the peanut butter and yogurt and mix until fully incorporated. Remove from the bowl and place on a flat surface suitable for rolling out.

Delicious homemade dog treats which are perfect for any pooch following a gluten free diet. Packed with goodness from oats and Greek yogurt they provide good nutrition and make for the perfect reward for any obedient dog.The mixture will be a little sticky and maybe not as dry as one would hope for rolling but you will be able to roll it out and cut desired shapes; it just takes a little bit of doing, wet the rolling pin with some cold water to reduce the amount of mix sticking to your pin… finally take a cookie cutter… I went mad and splashed out 99p for two dog bone shaped ones, money no object hey 🙂 … and cut into treat sized pieces until all the mixture has been used and placed on the trays.

Delicious homemade dog treats which are perfect for any pooch following a gluten free diet. Packed with goodness from oats and Greek yogurt they provide good nutrition and make for the perfect reward for any obedient dog.Or you can follow the easier option… take one flat large baking trey and put the entire mixture in one single, no thicker than 1cm, layer… you can bake it as a whole and cut into smaller pieces once baked. If you are going for the tray option remember to put baking paper before your mixture goes on. The cookies will not stick to the tray but it will be much easier to remove them from the tray once cooked in order to cut them into pieces. The only down side to this option is that they will not be so easy to cut into nice chunks as the final product is very crunchy so you will end up with bits but I am sure your dog won’t care one little bit.

Once the individual cookies (or one giant one) are on the tray, pop in to the earlier preheated oven. Baking time will depend on the way you cut your cookies… or didn’t cut… small ~3cm long treats and no more than 1cm thick will take around 40 minutes, if you made slightly larger ones add 5 minutes and for the one cookie bake add 15 minutes. You are aiming for a just slightly golden colour and zero give in the firmness to the touch… they have to be totally set and solid.

Once baked, remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely.

Place into an airtight container and use as needed (or demanded).

Delicious homemade dog treats which are perfect for any pooch following a gluten free diet. Packed with goodness from oats and Greek yogurt they provide good nutrition and make for the perfect reward for any obedient dog.I actually tried these cookie myself (they smelt so good when they were cooking)… just one or two… they are quite tasty despite the lack of any herbs or spices… the peanut butter comes through in just the right amount but they are dry… so make sure your pooch has plenty of fresh, cool water in his or hers drinking bowl.

Have fun of you decide to bake them.

It is all about soup! GLORIOUS! SkinnyLicious Soup Range

Soup – a liquid dish, typically savoury and made by boiling meat, fish, or vegetables etc. in stock or water.

It sounds very uninspiring doesn’t it? When in fact soup can and does provide an amazing dining experience.

When I moved to the UK, I must admit I was a little disappointed by the lack of soups on the British menu. In Poland, soup is an indispensable part of every day dinner. I really missed my soup a lot at the beginning… then I slowly became used to the lack of soup on the dinner table, but in the last year or so I have turned back to my roots and the humble soup is now more often found present on our table, which my regular readers might have notice by the amount of soup recipes I am sharing with you 🙂

Just before we went for our holidays GLORIOUS! sent us some shopping vouchers to purchase and try their healthy SkinnyLicious Soup Range. I confess, I don’t buy readymade soups very often. The reason for it: they are usually boring and often bland in taste, at least in my opinion… but looking at the funky names of GLORIOUS! soups a seed was sown that grew and grew until in the end I really, really wanted to give them a try. Well, I am so very happy I did as they are far from boring, and no one can say they are bland. They are actually quite amazing dishes as soups go. Their flavour combination is very unusual and extremely tasty and at times very surprising.

It is all about soup! GLORIOUS! SkinnyLicious Soup RangeCurrently there are 16 different flavours in the GLORIOUS! Soup Range and half of this selection, being eight, are SkinnyLicious Soups, which boast that they are less than 2% fat and under 150 calories per portion. Perfect!

I had the pleasure of trying 4 of the SkinnyLicious Soups plus I purchased one “full fat” version especially for Mark, to stop him grumbling.

It is all about soup - GLORIOUS! SkinnyLicious Soup RangeAll the soups we tried, without exception, were divine. I honestly couldn’t make better myself. San Antonio Fiesta, which is a chilli sin carne with black eye beans, haricot beans, black turtle beans and red kidney beans was a little bit too spicy for my taste but Mark loved it.

From the selection of soups we tried the Thai Tuk Tuks & Tumeric was my favourite. A fragrant carrot soup fused with coconut, lime and lemongrass – totally delicious. “Please Sir, can I have some…”

So, if you ever fancy a soup for lunch or dinner, I can honestly recommend GLORIOUS! Soup Range and if you are counting calories try one of their SkinnyLicious Range, you will not be able to tell that these are diet friendly soups, I promise.

It is all about soup! - GLORIOUS! SkinnyLicious Soup Range - San Antonio FiestaThank you GLORIOUS! for the opportunity to try something new and discover your range. I have to admit I most likely would never have purchased them otherwise but now that I’ve tried, we will definitely be buying more on a regular basis.

Do you buy readymade soups?

What’s your favourite soup flavour?

BFree Bagels with Smoked Salmon #NationalBreakfastWeek

#NationalBreakfastWeek - BFree Bagels with Smoked Salmon

“I know family comes first, but shouldn’t that mean after breakfast?”
Jeff Lindsay, Dearly Devoted Dexter

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet so many of us are neglecting it… me included. I try to have breakfast but most days a cup of coffee keeps me going until lunch or even dinner time. I know this is not a good idea but… I try my best to remember about breakfast, especially this week…

In celebration of #NationalBreakfastWeek I decided to “play” with the BFree range.

BFree was developed to bring tasty, ‘good for you’ breads to the market.

Often, people avoid bread or feel poorly after having a sandwich and this may be due to sensitivities to wheat or gluten. There is No Guilt associated with eating BFree as the nutritional composition of our products is Extraordinary!

When wheat is removed from bread products, it is as if the ‘scaffolding’ that holds the structure together is pulled apart. BFree has developed a recipe and composition that replaces the gluten and wheat and with natural ingredients…

BFree range includes: soft white loaf, brown seeded loaf, brown seeded rolls, white rolls, plain bagels, multi-seed bagels, multigrain wraps and fajita kit. You can find some BFree products in Asda and their full range can be purchased from Ocado.

But… back to my breakfast…

Bagels with smoked salmon have a very sentimental value for me. When I first came to the UK, I used to live close to Gants Hill in London. There was this small bakery on my way to the tube station and every morning I would buy myself breakfast from them – a cup of coffee and a bagel with salmon. After a few months I moved and it was bye, bye to my favourite breakfast… so now from time to time I prepare it at home… it is never the same but… close enough.

So what will you need to create Bagels with Smoked Salmon (besides the obvious?)

  • BFree bagels (I used plain ones)
  • Good quality smoked salmon
  • Salted butter
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Fresh lemon

Now all you need is to put all together.

Cut the bagels in half. If you like, toast them but I like my ones as they come from the pack.

“Apply” a generous amount of butter, don’t miss the corners!

What?!?! 😉 What corners?!?! Lol

Carefully add the smoked salmon.

Grind some fresh pepper all over your creation.

Finish with a squeeze from half a fresh lemon; just a little; just to give that extra bite.

Make a cuppa of your favourite beverage, find a place in the warm with a view of something green, and enjoy a me moment.

#NationalBreakfastWeek BFree Bagels with Smoked Salmon

What’s your favourite breakfast?

Did you make something special in celebration of #NationalBreakfastWeek?