Saturday, 24 January 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Cookies (Gluten-Free)


For me, the weekend is all about baking. It's about relaxing and unwinding, destressing - and nothing helps me to do that more than baking.

This weekend, I'm planning on making my Curly Wurly Pie AND Oreo Truffles (oh yes - I am going all out!) to enjoy after a trip to the Sea Life Centre, but usually I try and keep things as clean and unprocessed as possible.

Don't get me wrong, I love the odd indulgence (gimme all the ice cream. And chocolate!), but when healthier foods can taste so good...why the need to go off track?

Anyway, these gluten-free Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Cookies were last week's baking experiment, and I have to say that they turned out to be utterly delicious. Actually, scrap that, they were amazing! I made this version as a protein cookie, but you can easily adapt to not include protein if you'd like.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Have a wonderful weekend,

Sam x

PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA PROTEIN COOKIES

Protein Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup protein powder (I used That Protein Brown Rice Protein With Cacao - or sub with ground almonds for non-protein)
2.5 tbsp Creative Nature cacao powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/4 cup stevia
1/4 cup coconut sugar (I love Coconom)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used Hognuts Mississippi)
1/2 cup Lucy Bee coconut oil, melted
1 banana, mashed smooth
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Method:
1) Preheat the oven to 180C, then grease and line two baking trays. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (oat flour, protein, cacao, bicarb, stevia and coconut sugar). In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, peanut butter, coconut oil and banana until smooth.

2) Fold together the wet and dry ingredients until just combined, then stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking trays, then bake for 9-12 minutes, or until cooked. Leave to cool, then enjoy.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Get Ready For Spring 2015 With Our Latest High Street Hitlist


There's only so many days we can spend wrapped up in jumpers, coats, gloves, beanies and scarves; it's starting to get a tad boring now. We are now dreaming about our Spring/Summer wardrobes and we have begun to look at what the high street has to offer with its latest drops.

There are plenty of pretty frocks and an abundance of stylish items to update your wardrobes with. ASOS is our first place to shop.....

ASOS


gestuz black dress, black mesh dress,
Gestuz Elda dress in mesh, £99
asos black floral dress
Mono floral bodycon dress, £45
burgundy bardot dress,
Fold over bengaline Bardot pencil dress, £45
black dip hem dress
Textured dip back skater dress, £55
black dress with mesh
Textured pencil dress with mesh panels, £35
cropped slogan black jumper
Cropped boyfriend sweatshirt, £25
khaki sincerely tshirt
Boyfriend t-shirt with Yours Sincerely print, £14
bohemian tshirt, bohemian tee,
Boyfriend t-shirt wiuth Bohemian print, £14
white embroidered tshirt
Vintage tee, £35
asos mac, trenchcoat asos,
Classic mac, £60
navy and black shirt, asos poplin shirt,
ASOS WHITE poplin contrast layer shirt, £50
asos white coat, chiffon coat,
ASOS WHITE bonded chiffon dress coat, £150
mohair pastel jumper, pastel stripe jumper,
Slouchy jumper in blocked stripe, £30
whistles black sheer top
Whistles sheer hem turtle neck knit, £130
YAS blue dress, blue open back dress,
Y.A.S Tundra dress with open back, £50
maison scotch print coat,
Maison Scotch quilted bomber jacket with palm embroidery, £190
weekday jumpsuit, wide legged jumpsuit,
Weekday strappy wide leg jumpsuit, £55
asos brown parka, wool parka,
Formal parka, £75
white off shoulder dress, glamorous white dress,
Glamorous off shoulder midi dress, £30
pyjamas with cloud print
Angry cloud pyjamas - top £14 bottoms £16
white knitted dress
Weekday fine knitted midi dress, £35
true decadence stripe dress, stripe bandeau dress
True Decadence structured midi stripe organza prom dress, £55
asos floral skater dress, black and white floral dress,
Structured skater dress in floral print, £55
spotty prom dress, spotty navy dress,
Premium bonded skater dress in spot print, £45
khaki trench cape, parka cape,
Trench cape, £75
cream top with black beaded collar
Textured t-shirt with embellished collar, £35
gestuz black dress, long sleeved black dress,
Gestuz t-shirt dress with silk insert, £89
khaki mac, khaki trenchcoat,
Mac with raglan sleeves in midi length, £75
needle thread maxi dress,
Needle & Thread embellished iridescent maxi dress, £225

TOPSHOP


white topshop trousers with stripe
Ribbed side stripe peg leg trousers, £42
topshop fedora hat black,
Classic fedora hat, £25
tfnc black jumpsuit
Staley jumpsuit by TFNC, £40
weirdo print jumper
Rear view of Weirdo classic sweat by Illustrated People, £50
lace orange brown dress, premium lace dress,
Premium multi-lace shift dress, £98
khaki skort, topshop khaki skirt, quilted skort,
Textured wrap skort, £36
grey necklace sweater, topshop grey sweater with neck,
Quilted jumper by Oh My Love, £39
topshop duster jacket,
Longline jacquard duster, £69
navy topshop trousers,
Wrap front utility trousers, £32
topshop pink flower trousers,
Bloom print cigarette trousers, £42

RIVER ISLAND


river island green midi dress
Khaki cut-out midi dress, £30
diamante ear pin
Gold tone gem encrusted ear cuff, £4
river island navy sweater, bonjour sweater,
Bonjour sweatshirt, £32

URBAN OUTFITTERS


cooperative black printed dress, urban outfitters ditsy print dress
Cooperative printed blouson sleeve dress in mono, £48
urban outfitters black jeans, BDG black skinny jeans,
BDG mid-rise ankle cigarette jeans, £45
urban outfitters white top, staring at stars white top,
Staring at Stars crochet insert top, £45

WAREHOUSE


warehouse  navy lace dress, navy mesh dress,
Stripe lace tunic dress, £50
leopard pointed flats,
Pointed ballet flats, £35

FRENCH CONNECTION


french connection black dress
Polka plains layer dress, £70
french connection shirt dress,
Maui lace shirt dress, £125

ZARA


zara cream knitted dress
Textured full length dress, £39.99
zara leather coat with fur collar, biker jacket with fur collar,
Fur collar jacket, £59.99

& OTHER STORIES


stories black maxi dress
Cupro maxi dress, £69
white chelsea boots
Chelsea leather boots, £79
stories deep red lipstick
Armure plum matte lipstick, £12


How ace are some of those dresses? And the khaki mac with raglan sleeves from ASOS is perfect for the spring showers.  Both of us are coveting the novelty pyjamas as well as the biker jacket with faux fur collar from Zara.


Have fun shopping!!!

Teresa & Sam xx
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