Mince Pie Toasties


It may not even be November yet but I can’t be the only one craving Christmassy foods already. If you LOVE mince pies like I do, this is the recipe for you! This winter breakfast is indulgent and probably best saved for a nice Sunday morning or a cheat day/meal rather than a daily feat. These are delicious, far cheaper than mince pies and can be enjoyed pretty much as soon as you fancy something festive.

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Ingredients:

Two slices of bread

1 heaped tsp Vegetarian mincemeat

Vegan butter/ butter

3 squares dark chocolate (optional)

Icing sugar to dust

 

Method:

1. Turn on toastie maker/george foreman to heat

2. Butter one side of each slice of bread

3. Spoon mincemeat onto the non buttered side of one slice

4. Top with dark a chocolate squares

5. Top with the second slice of bread, butter on the outside

6. Place in the toastie maker and cook!

7. Dust with icing sugar and devour!

(Leave to cool for a minute or so, the filling will be piping hot!)


Don’t fancy them for breakfast? Maybe make them to have with an episode of Corrie in the evening accompanied by a Baileys hot chocolate. Now we’re talking!

Enjoy!

Love Char xxx

Method in pictures:


All images are my own and not to be used without permission

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Trick or Treat with Total Sweet

This recipe has been created in collaboration with Total Sweet Xylitol

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The season is here for things sweet and spiced and everything nice. So I teamed up with Total Sweet Xylitol to bring you these Orange Spiced chocolate chunk sandwich cookies.

Total sweet is a natural sugar alternative. Unlike other alternatives Total Sweet has the same texture and bakes/cooks in the same way as sugar just with fewer calories and carbs. Erm hello?! Is this not the dream?! I thought it was too good to be true too so I gave it go in these gorgeous Halloween inspired cookies.

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They aren’t my usual healthy protein creation but we all deserve an actually slightly naughty treat here and there. Now you can enjoy them too by following this recipe:

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Makes 40 cookies/ 20 cookie sandwiches

Ingredients

Cookies:
500g gluten free self raising flour
500g dairy free butter
500g Total Sweet xylitol
Egg substitute- Equivalent of 2 large eggs
1 bar green and blacks dark ginger chocolate
1 heaped tsp cinnamon
2-3 tsp orange flavouring
1 tsp vanilla extra

Filling:
125ml Alpro soya cream
1 large bar bourneville chocolate

Topping:
1 large bar dark chocolate
Icing sugar
Water
Orange colouring
Orange flavouring

Method:

Cookies:
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
2. Grease large baking trays
3. In a mixing bowl cream together butter and Total Sweet Xylitol
4. Make up your egg substitute and add to the mixture
5. Add orange and vanilla extracts
6. Mix in the flour and cinnamon
7. Break up Green and Blacks into small pieces
8. Spoon mixture onto baking tray and press chocolate chunks into each cookie
9. Bake for approx 15 mins or until golden

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Filling:
1. Finely chop one bar of bourneville and place in a bowl
2. Heat cream- but do not boil
3. Pour cream over chocolate, leave it and let it melt
4. Stir the mixture to combine the chocolate and cream
5. Leave to stand and then chill in the fridge

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To finish:
1. Spoon filling between two cookies to sandwich together
2. Place in fridge to set together for approx 20-30mins
3. Melt the rest of your dark chocolate
4. Dip cookie sandwiches into the melted chocolate at one end.
5. Make up a thick orange icing using the icing sugar, water, orange flavouring and orange colouring
6. Drizzle icing across the top of the cookies and leave to set
7. Arrange beautifully and take photographs (optional)

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The recipe can be used just to make the cookies if you are after a slightly smaller treat or have less time. They are very delicious ! (even if I do say so myself)

The Total Sweet worked just like sugar and I can’t believe how happy I am with the final product. I will definitely be continuing to use it throughout my baking. You can find it in large supermarkets.

Why not head over and check out their website here.

Let me know if you make these and what Halloween inspired baking you are getting up to!

Love Char xxx

Dr Zak’s Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

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Before I started following a plant based diet I was partial to a Reese’s in any form- Cups, Pieces, Nutrageous bars. What I’m trying to say I guess is that I have a long standing love affair with Chocolate and Peanut Butter. In my opinion they’re a match made in heaven so when Dr Zak’s sent me some of their powdered peanut butters I knew exactly what I was making.

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I chose to use powdered peanut butter because it’s lower in fat than your run of the mill jar of nut butter. It’s also really convent as you just mix it with water and ta-dah peanut butter. Have a look at the comparison below mine is the chocolate powdered peanut butter so it is higher in carbs but just look at the difference in fats per 100g.

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If you’re following a low carb, high fats diet then this probably wouldn’t be substitution for you, just stick to your fave nut butter but for the rest of us the substitution is great. They’re super yummy so here’s the recipe:

Serving size- 1 cup

Ingredients:

2 heaped tablespoons Dr Zaks Chocolate Powdered Peanut Butter
Dash of water
1 bar Sainsburys Basics Dark Chocolate (easy peasy and cheap!)
You will also need 4 cupcake cases

Method

1. Melt your dark chocolate
2. Make up your peanut butter to a thick consistency
3. Spoon some dark chocolate into each cupcake case and draw the chocolate up the sides also
4. Spoon in your Peanut butter on top of the chocolate dividing the mixture equally
5. Using the rest of the chocolate, spoon into each case so that all nut butter is covered
6. Place either in the fridge over night or in the freezer for a couple of hours to set

Voila! Easy peasy, lower in fat and far cheaper than shop bought peanut butter cups!

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In comparison to a Giant Reese’s Peanut Butter cup

Macros: (each)

Mine:

Kcal- 153
Carbs- 13.4g
Fat- 8.5g
Protein- 4g

Reese’s:

Kcal- 190
Carbs- 22g
Fat- 11g
Protein- 4g

Enjoy!

Love Char xxx

Farfetch X Barrecore Event 

A couple of weeks ago Farfetch invited myself and a selection of other blogger down for a Barre and Breakfast event. We were celebrating the launch of new activewear lines to their site. It was instantly a yes from me. Activewear, Barrecore and breakfast yes please!

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We headed to Mayfair to start our morning with a class at Barrecore. At this point I was 11weeks into my prep- so 2 weeks out from my competition. I walked in feeling pretty confident that as a dancer and in comparison to my other weights sessions, the class would be a breeze. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The class brought about a new stimulus for my muscles and a lot of isolation work for legs and glutes. Having trained legs the day before it is safe to say I found it rather difficult and experienced that really great burning sensation through most of the exercises. I would definitely recommend Barrecore to anyone, whether you’re a serial class pass user or just fancy trying something different, you’re in for a great workout!

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After Barrecore we made our way to NAC for a beautiful breakfast! Luckily for me it was a high carb day and due to being on prep I had to pick something from the menu that was close to what I would usually have in my plan. I opted for an apple Bircher topped with poached quince and a cinnamon and star anise drizzle. It was BEAUTIFUL! Definitely something I’m interested in trying to make myself for sure, I washed it down with a strong black Americano- of course!

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It was so lovely around the table talking blogging, fashion, photography and lifestyles with all of the other amazing girls and the Farfetch team. A very inspiring morning full of new experiences and celebrations. I can’t wait to give my new Varley crop top and Nike trainers a test drive.

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If you’ve never tried Barrecore before and it interests you head over to their site here and get yourself booked in! Also make your way over to the Farfetch website and get filling your basket with all of the gorgeous activewear they have up now!

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Thank you Farfetch for an amazing morning! If only every Wednesday started like this!

Love Char x

Images in this post are a combination of images taken by myself and by the official event photographer- not to be used without permission

Death by pancakes

Now we’ve all seen protein pancakes all over Instagram, and most of us have had a pop at them. Let’s face it they aren’t difficult to make and are actually very tasty and filling.

After being on prep for 13 weeks I decided to act on one of my foodie fantasies and make STUFFED PROTEIN PANCAKES. Yep that’s right! You cut into them and the filling just oozes out! Since I’m such a lovely person, I thought you might like to make them too, so here’s the recipe!

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Ingredients:

•1 scoop chocolate protein powder
•1 scoop oats
•1.5 scoops self raising flour
•0.5 tsp baking powder
•Approx 250ml chocolate milk- I used chocolate oat milk
•Dark chocolate chips
•1 heaped tsp peanut butter
•1 heaped tsp chocolate spread
•1 Oreo

Method:

• mix all together in a bowl (except nut butter, chocolate spread and Oreo) consistency should be similar to American style pancakes, so thicker than crepes

•Spoon mixture into a small frying pan, place Oreo in the centre of the mixture, cover with more mixture – cook on a medium temperature so it cooks through without burning the outside.

• Once you see the mixture has cooked around the edges, flip and cook on the other side

• Repeat these steps with a spoon of PB and Chocolate spread (or desired fillings)

•I also topped mine with melted dark chocolate…

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Then devour and slip slowly into a food coma!

ENJOYYYYYYY

Love Char xxx

Smart Snacking

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Anyone who knows me knows I love a snack. I wish I could be one of these three meals a day gals but it just isn’t me. Besides, with my training at the moment it is very important to be fuelling and re-fuelling myself at the right times, with the right things.

I have about four small meals a day with snacks and shakes in between to keep my body going in order to workout and then recuperate and grow. I have dabbled in shop bought protein bars and balls and anything that basically says ‘HIGH PROTEIN’ but what we don’t really tend to realise is how much ‘added sugar’ and nasties that are in these. Never mind the fact that they are also generally covered in a generous serving of chocolate too. Just because they contain Spirulina or a new wonder berry it doesn’t mean ‘Go wild and eat loads, they’re healthy!’. I’ve found that making my own protein filled treats and pre-workout fuelling snacks work well and I then also know exactly what is going into my body.

For those days when I just fancy a dessert  or feel my sweet tooth making me reach for things like dark chocolate or craving custard (you get my drift) I’ll go and buy some Alpro Plain Soya Yoghurt. I know, BORING! Is what you’re thinking, but I’m not finished yet! So, I get home with my plain yoghurt and I’ll rustle up something that resembles some what of a fitness angel delight. I’ll then either top with nuts or fruit or a broken up homemade energy ball.  Further down you’ll find the recipe and nutritional breakdown. It is also a great way for me to get my extra protein in because I’m not a massive fan of drinking protein shakes but I’ll happily add protein to my oats, or yoghurt and eat it instead!

Not to blow my own trumpet, I have also gotten quite good at rustle up an Energy Ball or 40… The recipe I’ve written works more as a pre-workout snack to fuel the body rather than a super high protein snack for post-exercise. These Energy Balls would also work intra-workout too if you’re going HARD for a long time and find you need a pick me up somewhere part way through. This week I made a Ferrero Rocher inspired flavour and a Chocolate Peanut Butter one. I’ll only have two of these a day max and a little treat when i’m after something sweet. They actually go really well with the Fitness Angel Delight mentioned above, broken up on top!

Don’t just take my word for it:

11 out of 10 for the peanut butter chocolate energy balls- SO tasty!! thank you! saving the Ferrero Rocher ones until tomorrow eek!! yummmmmm xxx 

~ Laura Ruthnum

I’ll stop talking now and get down to the important bit; the recipes that tell you how you can make them too and their nutritional values.


Fitness Angel Delight

Ingredients:

  • 200ml Alpro Plain Yoghurt
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder ( I used The Protein Works Chocolate Soy Protein Isolate)
  • 1 tsp Sweet Freedom Choc Shot

 

Method:

  • Pour your yoghurt into a bowl
  • Mix in your protein (blend if you wish)
  • Swirl through your Choc Shot
  • Top as you wish!

 

Nutritional Content

(Without Toppings)

Calories: 222

Protein: 33g

Carbs: 7g

Fat: 5g

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Energy Balls

Ferrero Rocher

Ingredients: (Makes 22)

  • 500g Date paste
  • 60g Chocolate Soy Protein
  • 125ml Strong Black Coffee
  • 1 tsp Agave Syrup
  • 4 tsp Sweet Freedom Choc Shot
  • 1 heaped tsp cacao nibs
  • 30 hazelnuts

Method:

  • Heat date paste in the microwave for about 30 seconds to loosen
  • In a large bowl start to mix together date paste and protein
  • add the coffee, cacao nibs, Agave and Choc Shot and mix until combined
  • Finish combining the mixture with your hands (Get messy!)
  • Separate the mixture and roll between your palms to form 22 balls
  • Push one whole hazelnut into the centre of each ball and re-roll
  • Place the remaining nuts in a sandwich bag and smash to pieces!
  • Roll each ball in the broken hazelnuts to finish

 

Nutritional Content: (Per Ball)

Calories: 98

Carbs: 17.6g

Protein: 3.3g

Fat: 1.4g


Energy Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Ingredients: (Makes 22)

  • 500g Date Paste
  • 60g Chocolate Peanut Protein Powder (Bulk Powders Vegan Blend)
  • 150ml Strong Black Coffee
  • 2 tbsp Powdered Peanut Butter(PB2)/Peanut Flour (OR normal peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp Agave Syrup
  • 4 tsp Sweet Freedom Choc Shot
  • 1 tbsp PB2 and 1tbsp Cacao powder to finish

 

Method:

  • Heat date paste in the microwave for about 30 seconds to loosen
  • In a large bowl start to mix together date paste and protein
  • add the coffee,  Peanut Butter, Agave and Choc Shot and mix until combined
  • Finish combining the mixture with your hands (Get messy!)
  • Separate the mixture and roll between your palms to form 22 balls
  • Mix together the Cacao and remaining PB2
  • Roll each ball in the Cacao PB2 mixture to finish

 

Nutritional Content: (Per Ball)

Calories: 91

Carbs: 18.5g

Protein: 2.3g

Fat: 0.4g


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Like I said, I will have a maximum of two of these a day- more than likely one of each. They are relatively high in carbohydrates due to the high date content which means these carbs are sugars… So even though they aren’t chocolate covered treat from a shop, eat too many and you won’t be seeing those results you’re hoping for in your fitness/body goals!

I love making my own recipes and you’ll see more and more coming to the blog. It’s great for me to know exactly what is fuelling this body so if I make something great, I’ll keep sharing the recipes!

 

Enjoy!

Be sure to let me know if you have any new flavours you want me to try!

Char x

Perfect Pastel Porridge with Arctic Power Berries

This post is in collaboration with Arctic Power Berries

On Thursday night I arrived home from work to a cute little box wrapped in string with the Arctic Power Berries sticker on. I couldn’t wait to unwrap it and look at what the lovely Eve and Anna had sent me to try. My patience was really tested to the max when I told myself I had to wait until morning to open it so that I could capture everything for you guys!

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So who are Arctic Power Berries?

‘Two best friends from the Arctic Circle travelled the world missing the taste of wild berries from back home. Now it’s tome for the berries to do some travelling too. One serving (1-2 teaspoons) is equal to a handful of fresh berries, ONE OF YOUR FIVE A DAY! We’ve used over 700g of fresh berries in one 70g tube.’

There are four flavours to choose from :

  • Cranberry
  • Lingonberry
  • Blackcurrant
  • Blueberry

Here is a little more information on Arctic Power Berries:

  • No added sugar
  • Non GMO
  • No preservatives
  • Vegan
  • No added flavouring
  • Gluten Free
  • Raw (dried below 40 Degrees C)

How can I use these berry powders?

What is perfect about these powders is that they come in 30g and 70g resealable tubes with a 2 year shelf life (not that they’ll last that long!’ So you can come back to them whenever you want a berry burst. They are delicious swirled into porridge, on yoghurt and granola, sprinkled into a smoothie or popped into your favourite cakes and bakes! They taste just like the real thing, because thats essentially what they are. They are dried berries with no added sugar or flavourings so they are a concentrated source of vitamins, antioxidants, fibre and nutrients ( as well as making your food look pretty!)

How did I use my berry powders?

On Friday as soon as I woke up I dived straight into my parcel to see what Eve and Anna had sent me to try. I had (alongside a lovely message):

  • 30g Cranberry Tube
  • 30g Blackcurrant Tube
  • 70g Blueberry Tube
  • 70g Lingonberry Tube
  • Five 3g Blackcurrant Sachets

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 I was like a child in a candy store and wanted to try everything but I chose to start with the Blackcurrant. I swirled into my protein porridge to make the most perfect pastel porridge.

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Recipe:

Ingredients:

45g Chunky Oats

35g (1 scoop ) Pure Nutrition Natural Vegan Protein- Summer Berries

Boiling water

3g Arctic Power Berries Blackcurrant Powder

Toppings:

Pip and Nut Coconut Almond Butter

Morello Cherry Jam

Strawberries

Blueberries

Blackberries

Method:

Mix all Oats and Protein together

Add Boiling water to your desired consistency

Swirl in your Arctic Power Berries

Top with lots of beautiful berries, jam and nut butter!

Ta da!

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So that is how I first chose to use my powders. I already have so many other ideas of how I want to use my berry powders! Up next I’ll be making Macro friendly Apple and Blueberry Crumble with my blueberry powder. So keep your eyes peeled for that one!

 

You can find Arctic Power Berries at:

www.arcticpowerberries.com

Facebook: arcticpowerberries

Instagram: @arcticberries

Twitter: @arctic_berries

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Arctic Power Berries are stocked in Wholefoods, Harrods, Ocado, Fenwick Newcastle, Finndeli and online. Go get yours now!

You can get 10% off on their online shop using the code ‘BERRYAMAZING’ so go get shopping!

Char x