Chocolate Mint Protein Cake

ANOTHER recipe, gosh I’m good to you! This time it’s cake, even better! This is another recipe that does not require flour since I know how hard it is to find.

This cake is perfect post long run or if you just fancy a slice of cake really. If it was totally up to me I’d smash a whole triple layer chocolate fudge cake all the time buuuuuuut I also know I wouldn’t feel so good doing that. So enter, it’s lower calorie, lower sugar, higher protein alternative.

This recipe made 8 slices in a standard circular cake tin.

Ingredients

  • 2 x 40g sachets of Kendal Mint co Chocolate Mint Protein
  • 200g Readybrek
  • 1 egg
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100ml oat milk (or other milk/milk alternative)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • optional milk chocolate chunks

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius
  2. Grease your cake tin, or line with greaseproof paper
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl
  4. add your egg and oil and mix together
  5. add your milk and combine
  6. pour mixture into your tin
  7. I studded mine with broken dairy milk mini bars (optional)
  8. bake in the oven for around 12-15 minutes or until a knife pressed into the centre comes out clean.
  9. enjoy!

I particularly enjoyed mine with a dollop of greek yoghurt and may have eaten it for breakfast a couple of times too!…

There’s nothing wrong with a big fat slab of cake, this is just means you can have MORE! and who doesn’t want more cake?!

You can use ‘charlotteclarke10’ for some cheeky discount at Kendal Mint co too! (don’t say I don’t treat you)

I can’t wait to see your creations, I’d love if you tagged me on Instagram too!

Char x

Peanut Butter Dulce de Leche Tarts

That’s right, look who’s back with a brand new tasty recipe! This one is definitely not a #fitnessfuel snack but rather the most delicious nutty, caramelly, groan worthy sweet treat.

The most time consuming part of this recipe is making the caramel but you could easily make that either the night before or whilst you’re doing other bits around the house. I chose the ‘boil in the can’ method of creating dulce de leche from condensed milk to avoid the need for extra sugar and butter. If you are time poor, there are quicker recipes out there for creating caramel using condensed milk, brown sugar and butter.

I have opted to create my own pastry without using flour because boy do I know how hard it is to get hold of that right now!! I knew I wanted to create these but I also wanted a recipe that you would actually be able to make even if you cant buy flour. What’s the point in giving you a recipe you can’t try hey. So what’s the flour replacement?….READYBREK! I know, crazy but trust me! …. does that mean these count as breakfast….

This recipe made 15 tarts for me. With some extra dulce de leche to enjoy by the spoon…. (don’t tell me you weren’t hoping for that!)

Ingredients:

  • Filling:
    • Caramel: one can of condensed milk
    • Manilife Deep Roast Peanut Butter
  • Pastry:
    • 400g Readybrek
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 125g softened butter
    • 1 egg
  • Topping:
    • Milk or Dark chocolate

Method:

Caramel:

  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil
  2. Place the can of condensed milk in the water. Ensure the whole can is covered with water. (If the can has a removable label, remove this first.)
  3. Simmer uncovered for 3 hours. Keep topping the water up to keep the can covered.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. Open the can ONCE COOL to reveal a delicious gooey dulce de leche!

Tarts:

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Grease your cupcake/muffin tin and set aside.
  3. In a bowl rub together the softened butter and Readybrek until combined in a crumb consistency.
  4. Add the sugar and egg. Combine together to form a dough. The consistency wants to be mouldable but not super sticky. (If you need to make it firmer, as a little more Readybrek. If you need to make it softer, try adding a little milk.)
  5. Roll out onto either a floured or ‘readybrek’d’ surface until around 3mm thick.
  6. Cut into circles using either a round pasty cutter or if like me, a wine glass (haha)
  7. Place into your prepared tin, pressing into the edges
  8. Bake for 4.5 minutes, just the pastry.
  9. Remove from the oven and carefully press the mixture back into the edges if it has swollen.
  10. add a layer of Manilife peanut butter to each pastry case
  11. top with a layer of your homemade dulce de leche to fill to the top of the pastry case.
  12. Place back in the oven for a further 10 minutes.
  13. Remove and allow to cool. Remove tarts from the tin and place on a wire rack to cool.
  14. Melt your chocolate and either drizzle on top or cover the top.
  15. Place in the fridge to set.
  16. Enjoy!
  17. Ration yourself so you don’t eat them all in one go!

I hate to blow my own trumpet…. but honestly these are incredible. You WILL NOT regret giving these a go. EVERYONE is making banana bread right not. Don’t be like everyone else, make my tarts instead. I am yet to make a lockdown banana bread and I am proud of that and I aim to keep it that way.

I would love to know if you make these and if you do, how you get on and what you think of them!

Happy Baking!

Char x

Salty Deep Roast Peanut Butter Flapjacks

Here I am coming back at you with a delicious new flapjack recipe in collaboration with Manilife Peanut Butter. Boy is this a gooden.

These are the perfect pre or post run snack to either give you that pre run energy boost or post run replenishment. Or…. if you’re anything like me, an all round the clock snack because they’re irresistible.

I mean, just look at that texture….

This recipe made 12 flapjack bars for me.

Time: 10 mins to prepare. 14 mins to cook.

Ingredients:

  • 300g oats
  • 125g salted butter
  • 125g sugar (I used 75g caster and 50g light brown muscovado for a deeper flavour)
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 3 tbsp Manilife deep roast peanut butter
  • a couple of pinches of salt (optional but delicious)

Method:

  1. Pre heat the oven to around 180 degrees celsius
  2. Grease your tin/dish or line with grease proof paper. (I find greaseproof paper more successful for getting flapjacks out of the tin and allows them to cool quicker out of the tin)
  3. Melt your butter in a pan
  4. add sugar and syrup until it’s pretty much all combined
  5. add your peanut butter in to melt into the liquid
  6. Turn the hob off, add your oats and mix until combined
  7. Pour into your prepared tin/dish
  8. Sprinkle a couple of pinches of salt on top
  9. bake in the oven for around 14 mins (check at 12mins) It wants to be nice and golden on top but still soft as it will set more as it cools
  10. take out and allow to cool
  11. slather more peanut butter all over the top and sprinkle a little more salt on (optional but delicious)

Tah Dah!

Easy peasy. A delicious nutty oaty treat perfect as I said as a pre run boost or post run pick me up.

Enjoy!

Char x

Let’s Start over; Hi, I’m Charlotte!

After yet another break away from my little space here on the internet, I am back and feeling more positive and ready to go than ever.

I felt like I lost my identity for a while. I didn’t feel like my posts or stories were worthy of an audience. The fire has been lit again inside and we go again.

Those of you who have been following me for a while, thank you for sticking by my on thing extremely winding journey I am so grateful for you. Those of you who are new here, hello!

I first started blogging back in 2013/14 when I returned to the Professional Dance Industry after my 2nd heart operation. It was more of a portfolio kind of blog talking about jobs, shoots, rehearsals and all that I encountered as a professional dancer, model and some TV work I did too. It was actually more of a way to keep friends and family happy and informed with what I was doing. I’d perhaps post a beautiful sunrise photo on facebook on my way to set at 5am and I’d get so many ‘where were you going?’ ‘what were you doing’ comments that I couldn’t talk about in some cases due to NDAs until the work was released. So I set up my blog and everyone knew that once I could talk about it, I would and it would be here.

I then left that world and got into health and fitness blogging. I was preparing for my first bikini competition, I was vegan and I was sharing it all with you. I was working towards my Level 3 Personal Training qualification and reviewing classes, kit and places to eat and train over London. I used to create lots of recipes from scratch and write them to share with you.

A few years passed and I had a great time doing this and then I stopped the bikini competitions and changed my place of work and with that I also lost and drive to write about what I was doing. I entered into a relationship that evolved to be something I would never wish on anyone else.

In that relationship I lost who I was, I lost my voice, my power and spent 8 months explicitly being told by my partner to be scared of my partner. So that’s how it was. In that relationship I deleted my entire blog content, I didn’t feel like the same person anymore. ALL of my hard work over the years, gone. (believe me, I regret it now). I overhauled my blog and it became a space called ‘Adulting…’ It was a place for me to write about navigating adult life. I felt like I had nothing else to talk about. I was injured after a bad fall so I wasn’t training. I needed an outlet but I didn’t feel interesting. I posted a few times and then left it.

After 8 months or fear, being shouted at until I was shaking and unable to stand, my things being thrown in the street, the promises to change, it all exploded one night and enough was enough. I packed up my life and moved out of our home with my puppy with nowhere to live and I’ve never been more proud of a decision in my life! I’ll talk about it a little more another time but I did self refer for help with my Mental Health following this. I received treatment for PTSD to help me move on with my life and not take this experience and how I was treated into a future relationship.

I’ve blogged a little since then sharing parts of my experience. The trauma didn’t end there. My previous post to this one, The one with the inappropriate Airbnb host’ goes into just one of the awful experiences. I wanted to share some of my struggles to normalise talking about these things so that people don’t feel alone in their experiences.

Now we are here. Whilst I am back and seemingly starting over, my blog will now be a mixture of all of the entities it has held the form of. I am LOVING training so much again and am training for an Ultramarathon at the moment. (Fingers crossed it still goes ahead!) My fitness posts shall return documenting some of my journey and helping you with yours. I am back baking and writing recipes so those kinds of posts will return too. I have had such great feedback from my recent posts on here and Instagram where I have spoken about my mental health, being open about therapy and that it’s okay not to be okay. I will continue posting about this and together we can normalise this kind of conversation. Fitness, Food, Wellbeing.

I’m in the last year of my twenties, I am happier than ever and am so happy to have you here for the ride with me.

Lets go.

Char x

Homemade Chicken and Peanut Butter Pupcakes

Something a little different from my recent posts but i thought I’d turn my hand to baking little Bonnie some homemade treats. He has been losing her little mind over my attempts and quite literally hop, skipping and jumping all over our apartment in excitement.

I figured they’re SO unbelievably easy to make that I’d share my own recipes with you so that your pups can lose their little minds too!

Remember, these are treats and should supplement your pups daily food intake, not replace. But also that if feeding a few of these treats, you should reduce their other meals slightly too to counter.

Ingredients: Makes 10
* 2 eggs
* 1 large tbsp butter
* 2 large tbsp peanut butter (be careful to make sure it is xylitol free!)
* 1 cup Readybrek/ ground oats
* 2 chicken stock cubes

Method
prep
1. Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius
2. Grease a muffin tin
make
1. Add peanut butter and butter into a mixing bowl and cream together
2. Mix in both eggs until fully combined
3. Add the chicken stock cubes and mix until full combined
4. Add the Readybrek until a thick cakey batter comes together
bake
1. Divide mixture into the muffin tin
2. Bake for around 20mins until golden
decorate (optional)
* I used diluted peanut butter, so mixed peanut butter with hot water to make a runnier, creamier texture. I dipped the top of the cake in and then grated some puppy chocolate on top (from Bonnies Advent Calendar)

Bonnie when wild for these! They’re human friendly too…. just perhaps not to human taste haha Baking for your pup is super fun and seeing them go wild with excitement is so lovely too. What’s also amazing is that you know EXACTLY what goes into them 🙂

Enjoy!!!