Easter energy bites…

This combination is so creamy and tastes so naughty yet is super healthy and delicious. The avocado adds healthy fats, the dried fruit is a brilliant carbohydrate source and the protein is added for muscle repair so these are ideal pre or post workout!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of protein powder,
  • 1 avocado,
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder,
  • 20g of chocolate spread,
  • 30g of agave nectar,
  • 50g of dried mixed fruit,
  • 30g of cacao nibs.

 

Method:

  1. In your blender, combine the first 5 ingredients together until well combined (you may need to add some water),
  2. Once well blended, hand mix in the dried fruit and cacao nibs.
  3. Pop the mixture in the fridge for around an hour to set,
  4. Take the mixture out and role in to balls!
  5. Keep in the fridge and enjoy!

Hannah x

 

Easter French toast skillet

Skillets are one of my favourite breakfasts; you can easily mix it all together and then pop it in the oven. Simple! I love this one as it is seasoned with cinnamon and filled with mixed dried fruits; a healthy take on an Easter favourite!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 crumpet (shredded),
  • 20g of coconut flour,
  • 50g of egg whites,
  • 100ml of milk,
  • 30g of dried fruit,
  • 1 serving of protein powder,
  • ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • You will also need one skillet or baking dish!

 

Method:

  1. Pre heat the oven to 160C,
  2. Combine all of the ingredients together until well combined,
  3. Pour the mix in to your skillet,
  4. Pop the skillet in to the oven for 25minutes or until golden on top!
  5. Enjoy!

Hannah x

 

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Chocolate covered cookie dough Easter eggs… (Guest recipe: @mrshollingsworths)

Easter is totally one of my favourite times of year – spring is springing, we get a four day weekend and it’s completely acceptable to eat as much chocolate as physically possible. What’s not to like!

I wanted to celebrate this year by creating something a little different, because as much as I love chocolate eggs (and boy do I love them), it’s nice to mix it up sometimes too. We’ve got four days after all! Now these beauties may look and sound pretty fancy, but they’re actually really easy to make. You just need a handful of ingredients, a quick whizz in the food processor, and then a dip or three into the most delicious raw chocolate imaginable.

They’re great fun to make with little ones too, and because they have no nasties in they’re a wonderful healthier alternative for big and small people alike! We’ve got through quite a few batches of these already in our house, so something tells me I may be making them all year round!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 1/2 cups dates

For the chocolate

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cashew butter (or peanut butter)
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt

To make the eggs, simply combine the ingredients in your food processor and whizz for a couple of minutes until a sticky mixture forms. If the dates aren’t super soft, you may need to add a little water in, so add this in one tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Shape the mixture into eggs and pop them in the freezer while you make the chocolate (the longer they are in the freezer for the better the chocolate will stick to them when you dip them in).

To make the chocolate, melt the coconut oil in a bowl over a saucepan half full with boiling water until it is totally liquid, then pour this into a mixing bowl, add the other ingredients and stir well.

Remove the eggs from the freezer and dip them in the chocolate one by one, placing them on a flat surface (a chopping board works well) to harden. Repeat as many times as you want – the more times you dip the thicker the chocolate coating will be! After you’ve dipped for the final time, decorate if you like with edible dried petals (I use rose, marigold and cornflower) or just keep them plain – they’ll still taste amazing! Store in the fridge, that is if you don’t polish them off straight away!

Love, Mrs H

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Vegan Chocolate Nests (Guest post by @faceless_fitnessuk)

As a minimalist baker, I like to use very few ingredients in my recipes. Some may say its lazy, but once you have tried this recipe you may think differently.

I present to you these delicious Vegan Chocolate Egg Nests. With just 3 ingredients and a prep time of less than 10 minutes.. there is no excuse not to make them.

Vegan Chocolate Egg Nests

Prep Time: Less than 10 minutes

Chilling Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6 large nests

  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Wheat Free

Ingredients:

  • X7 Coconut Nutribrex
  • 15g Coconut oil
  • X2 Bars of Moo Free Chocolate (200g total)

Method:

  1. Break up the chocolate into squares and place in a bowl with the coconut oil over a pan of simmering water. Stir until completely melted.
  2. In a separate bowl break up the Nutribrex into small pieces.
  3. Once the chocolate has melted, mix together all of the ingredients until the cereal is fully coated with the chocolate mix.
  4. Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases and shape into a nest shape. (If you have a cupcake tin, use this to give you the perfect shape)
  5. Place the tray into the fridge and allow to set for at least 15 minues.
  6. Once they are ready, top with anything you like.. marshmallows are my favourite.

If you like the sound of this recipe, then head to Instagram and follow Lauren there!

 

Hannah x

March favourites…

I find it slightly crazy, and very scary, that we have come to the end of yet another month. March has been a super busy one, full of exciting ventures and some slightly scary, big decisions! However, it has also been filed with many delicious food and recipes and  fun fitness events, so I just had to share them with you!

Pip and Nut and Propercorn popcorn; these two make for the dreamiestttttttt combination.  Pip and Nut is 100% my favourite nut butter (in allll the flavours); it is so creamy and tastes as natural as it is, yet is delicious!  Propercorn is the ideal combination with this; especially the almond butter flavour! It makes a great, low GI and low calorie snack (or flex bowl topper), and tastes really naughty!

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Muscle Mousse protein pancake and muffin mixes; okay, no word of a lie, these are DELICIOUS. As in, I was happily eating the mix without adding anything to it, or even cooking! They are so simple to use; you simply add water and you’re done! They’re also really macro friendly; low carb, low fat and high protein; ideal for rest day treats!

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Laid bare skincare; I loved the results I saw in my skin after just a few weeks of using this skin care and making it a part of my daily routine! The mask is exfoliating but gentle at the same time so is perfect for my sensitive skin! I use the DIY cleanser and toner in the evening to remove make up and the 9-5 moisturiser every morning and evening to moisturise my face!  The other thing I love is that it is really good value; some skincare is so expensive which I really don’t think is necessary.

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My Skillet; I LOVE my skillet; for both sweet and savoury dishes! But, I mainly use it to make my weekend breakfasts seem so much more luxurious! I love a skillet cookie, brownie, pancake, crumble, cobbler; you name it, you can make it in a skillet! Head to my blog now to find more recipe ideas!

Hannah xxx

Parsnip Brownies…

The ingredients in this chocolate and parsnip brownie work beautifully together – I dare you to try it. The sweetness of the parsnip perfectly complements the rich, dark chocolate. Plus, if they have parsnip in, they surely count as one of your five a day, right?

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Serves 8
Preparation time 10 minutes

Cooking time 10-15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 150g of chopped parsnip,
  • 50g of Doisy and Dam Chocolate (any will be fine for this),
  • 120g of egg whites or two whole eggs,
  • 50g of sweetener (I used a granulated one but honey, or similar, would work fine),
  • 100g of Buckwheat flour,
  • 100ml of milk (I used a strawberry flavoured one),
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder,
  • ½ a teaspoon of baking powder.

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Method:

  1. Grease and line a small baking tin (I actually used a loaf tin),
  2. Pre heat the oven to 160C,
  3. In you blender, pop all of the ingredients.
  4. Blend until they are well combined,
  5. Now pour the mixture in to your prepared tin and pop in to the oven for around 30 minutes or until the brownies are firm to touch,
  6. Take out of the tin and then leave to cool on a cooling rack,
  7. Once cooled, use a sharp knife to cut in to squares.
  8. ENJOY!

My go to zoats recipe…

If you love adding volume to your breakfast, then you will LOVE zoats.

I am a massive lover of adding volume to my food to make something so tasty last even longer and zoats do just that! This is the most basic idea yet is super tasty, will keep you full for a nice, long time and can be done in SO many different ways. So, basically, go grab a courgette!

What are they?

They are quite simply a mix of courgette and oats.. sounds strange, right? And, I was dubious to start off with but now I’m, quite simply, obsessed.

I specifically like pro-zoats; adding a bit more protein in to my meal to keep me satisfied for even longer.
The basic recipe:
– half a grated courgette,
– a serving of oats (change this to suit your needs; I use Nutriseed Superfood oats and they are delicious),
– a teaspoon of cinnamon,
– 250ml of liquid (I, more often than not, use water),
To make pro-zoats add in:
– a scoop of protein of choice,
– egg whites (I use two chicks products)
To make the basic recipe, combine all of the ingredients and microwave until they are of a nice, thick consistency (around 3 minutes).
If using egg whites, add the whites in after 2 minutes, mix, and microwave for a further minute. Then, when ready, stir in the protein powder and eat.
Different flavour options:
1. Chai Spiced; simply add in cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger and cardamon to your mix. I’ve topped it with a plum compote.
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 2. Chocolate zoats; add in some nutriseed Cacao powder and cacao nibs,
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 3. Beetroot and Vanilla zoats; grate in some raw beetroot when you grate in the courgette and add in vanilla essence.
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4. Simple cinnamon:
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For more recipe inspiration, check out my instagram @_hannaheats AND don’t forget to tag me in your creations!
xxx