Blackberry Oat Cookies

We are having a beautiful September weekend! I certainly didn’t expect it to be this gorgeous for the half marathon tomorrow. That said, I haven’t been feeling well and all the stress from the last few weeks has definitely caught up with me. Just in time for my holiday to Japan – (sarcastically) yay. Since I am planning on running tomorrow, I figured the best way to pack in extra carbs and calories, is by baking and eating all of these lovely Blackberry Oat Cookies, using berries from this week’s forage. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 large, ripe banana
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 teaspoon salt (not pictured)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (not pictured)

First, mash the banana in a bowl.

Next, add the sugar and coconut oil. Cream it together so the three ingredients are mixed and smooth.

Now, you’ll beat both eggs with the vanilla.

Once smooth, add it into the banana and sugar mixture.

Finally, you’ll add the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and blackberries. Mix it up very well, making sure all the dry bits are thoroughly incorporated with the wet ingredients.

Heat your oven to 180 C / 350 F and bake for 12-13 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.

And there you have it, Blackberry Oat Cookies, made with fresh blackberries I picked here in Bristol. This was a great treat to consume while getting ready for the half marathon. It’s also an awesome way to use up some blackberries that are so abundant this time of year.

They also travel well, so if I still had some left for my trip to Japan (I won’t), these cookies would make a fulfilling snack on the plane. Until then, it’s time to down another cookie, and get some rest for tomorrow. The best of luck to all the runners in the Bristol Half Marathon! And if you’re not running, come cheer us on! Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

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Peanut Mocha Cookies

Summer is just about over and I couldn’t be more excited because I’ll be heading to Japan soon for the Rugby World Cup! In the meantime, I’ve been baking a bit more than usual. I still had some ground peanuts, so decided to bake up some cookies. However, as I was out of eggs, I tried out something else for these Peanut Mocha Cookies. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup ground peanuts
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 sachets instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • a few tablespoons of water as needed

First, combine to peanuts, flour, coffee, and chocolate chips in a bowl.

Next, add the almond butter, honey, and vanilla. Mix it in as best as possible.

At this point, you may need to add a bit of water and use your hands to help the dough form. I added about 4 tablespoons of water to mine which made it just about right.

Form the cookies by hand if the dough is a bit crumbly. Otherwise, you can roll it out and shape with cookie cutters. Then, pop it in the oven for 12-13 minutes at 180 C / 350 F.

And there you have it, Peanut Mocha Cookies! They’re not as pretty as the Date ones, but they taste just as nice. I’m not sure the coffee came through as much as I hoped. But when combined with the chocolate, the flavour was rich and moorish, especially when paired with a cup of tea or coffee.

All in all, these cookies weren’t perfect, but turned out alright despite the lack of eggs. Sometimes in life, you just gotta go with what you got, and make it work. Or in the case of treats, make it edible! I hope you give these a try and enjoy the last day of summer! And if you’re looking for something to do, the Downs Festival is this weekend! Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

Upsidedown Fig Cake

Summer is slowly winding down, but there are still plenty of sunny afternoons to be had. That said, the air is starting to cool, which is making me crave baked treats. Therefore this cake is the perfect solution for end of summer blues. I was lucky enough to receive 4 gorgeous, ripe figs from a friend and I’d like to think we put them to good use in making an Upsidedown Fig Cake. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 ripe figs (at least)
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk (not pictured, as I was tired and only realised it was missing until it was time to add it)
  • 1/2 cup butter

Ok, so I usually try to create treats that are a bit on the healthier side. But the start of baking season calls for butter and milk; but mostly because I didn’t have any ripe bananas or cashew milk. Anyway, back to the cake. Combine the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or butter with the brown sugar, and spread it along the bottom of your cake tin. Next, carefully slice your figs and arrange them on top of the brown sugar mixture.

Next, combine the flour, baking powder, and sugar in a bowl. In a perfect world, I would have remembered to cream the sugar and room temperature butter, adding it it now.

In a smaller bowl, beat both eggs very well.

At this point, add the vanilla and milk, combining thoroughly.

Pour the liquid mixture in with the dry ingredients. If like me, you forgot about the butter, just throw it in now, stir it up, and hope for the best.

Once everything is combined, pour the batter into your cake tin. As you can see, my butter is lumpy as I forgot to add it in at the right time. If you have an electric mixer, you can try smoothing it out with that. As I don’t, I just used a whisker to do what I could. Oh well, I’m sure my husband will still eat it. If this happens to you, the cake will still taste delicious, it might just end up a bit dense as the cake won’t rise as well.

Place in the oven at 300 F / 150 C for 50 minutes, or until golden and fully baked.

Once baked, remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Place a plate on top of the tin, and carefully turn it over so the fig side is facing up. Then slowly peel back the baking paper to reveal your baking beauty!

And there you have it, Upsidedown Fig Cake! This was fun to make and turned out surprisingly good despite my butter blunder. And it’s a great way to incorporate some fruit in your day, even if the rest of the cake isn’t perfect. You can use any kind of fruit as well! Plums, peaches, pears, apples, and blackberries all work fabulously! So if you’re wanting to bake up something to celebrate the end of summer, try this cake and enjoy the last of the sun. Until next time, thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

Peanut Date Cookies

We’ve been having a pretty nice summer thus far! Warm days and cool nights mean I’ve been out and about enjoying every last minute. Until this past weekend. So since my plans got skewed, back to baking we go! To be honest, I was going to do a post on how to make your own peanut butter. But with my blender’s high motor, I was left with ground peanuts. And since nothing goes to waste in my house, we now have Peanut Date Cookies! They’re more like a biscuit in English terms, but had I put biscuit in the title, my fellow Americans would probably expect something a bit more fluffy. Anyway, here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup ground peanuts
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

First, measure out the ground peanuts, flour, and brown sugar, then throw it in your mixing bowl.

Next, chop up the dates and throw them in too!

In a separate smaller bowl, beat the egg then add in the vanilla and olive oil. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix very well. The dough will get stiff, so at this point, you can continue mixing with your hands. If you find your dough is a bit dry, add a bit more olive oil. You’ll want to get the consistency of play dough (sorry, its the only thing I can think of with the same consistency!).

Unfortunately at this point, I was in the baking zone and forgot to take more photos. Also, my hands were covered in the peanut dough. Anyway, just roll out the dough and cut with cookie cutters. If you don’t have cookie cutters, you can just slice up random shapes. Either way you do it, the taste is still delicious! Bake in an oven for 12-15 minutes at 350 F / 180 C.

And there you have it, Peanut & Date Cookies! These were a great way to turn my peanut butter fail into a tasty success! The recipe itself can also be used as a base where you can add whatever extras you’d like, such as raisins, chocolate, walnuts – or all three! And because they are mostly peanut and walnut, they are satisfying without being too sugary making them perfect for a boost after a workout. Or after work. Or because I need a snack. Anyway, we have alot of rain in the forecast, so do yourself a favour and bake these up on the next rainy day. Until then remember your umbrella! Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

Choc Chunk Oat Cookies

Happy summer y’all! I haven’t posted much lately because I’ve been out and about enjoying every ounce of sunshine while it lasts. So the last thing I’ve wanted to do is fire up the oven, until today when I got hangry for some cookies. A colleague brought some chunky chocolate cookies in the other week for her birthday, and I’ve been wanting to make something just as delicious. And since I’m training for the Bristol half marathon, I’m hungry for calories! But I also have to make sure “most” of the calories I consume will help fuel the miles. I figured these Choc Chunk Oat Cookies fulfill this requirement. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 bar of nutty chocolate (I bought a hazelnut one at Aldi)

First measure out all the dry ingredients into a bowl. That would be the oats, flour, both sugars, salt, baking powder, and soda.

Using a chopping board, chop up the bar of chocolate in lovely chunks. If you feel the need to take a few chunks for quality control purposes, that’s fine.

In a separate smaller bowl, mash up the banana. When baking with bananas, always try to use one that is soft with brown spots forming on the peel. This ensures a sweet taste that easily mashes up, which makes it easier to incorporate throughout your bake. When that’s done, whisk in the egg and vanilla.

Go ahead and pour the banana, egg, and vanilla mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients.

Mix very well. It may not seem like the wet ingredients are enough to bring it together, but have patience, it will happen. You may need to mix it by hand to get the dry ingredients to absorb the wet ingredients. In the end though, you should have a firm ball of dough (as above).

Evenly spoon out about 12 cookies onto a lined baking tray. Heat your oven to 180 F / 350 C and bake for 15 minutes.

And there you have it, Choc Chunk Oat Cookies! These turned out just devine! They are hearty, with a good level of sweetness from the chocolate and crunch from the nuts. And because there’s no butter or oil, they might be considered slightly healthier than a traditional cookie. It has banana in it, so as far as I’m concerned, have one for breakfast ’cause I won’t stop you!

You can even make these dairy free if you use a dairy free chocolate. However you make them though, they are a great summer treat to take along with you as you’re out and about. Take care Bristol and remember the sunscreen! Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

Sweet Potato Pudding Loaf

I’m going on a short holiday soon, so I need to use up any remaining fruit and veg this week. As I still had a large sweet potato I haven’t eaten yet, then it only makes sense to turn it into something sweet! Cue this Sweet Potato Pudding Loaf. You might be thinking, what the hell is that? Well, it’s made in a loaf pan and it has the consistency of a steamed pudding, so pudding loaf obviously! Here is what you’ll need:

  • One large sweet potato, already baked
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

First, crack all four eggs into a bowl and beat them very well with a whisk.

At this point, add in the vanilla, honey, and brown sugar.

After mixing that in, add the baked sweet potato. I suggest baking it ahead of time and letting it cool completely before scooping it out.

Mix it up making sure the sweet potato mashes up well with the other ingredients. Then add the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

Once incorporated, the batter may be a bit thick. Spoon it into a lined loaf tin and bake for 40 minutes at 180 C / 350 F.

And there you have it, Sweet Potato Pudding Loaf! This treat is the perfect thing to enjoy during this so called summer. Why, you may ask? I think because when it’s a bit chilly, the best thing to warm you up is a sweet, comforting pud! For me, it was a great way to use up my lonesome sweet potato in a recipe high in protein, fiber, and sweetness! Give it a try, and if anything, it’ll warm your home up a bit. Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

Date Cookies

So, I was lucky enough to see MUSE last night at Ashton Gate, and in preparation of the impending tiredness, I took a day off on Thursday. As I was catching up on Coronation Street, I was like, damn I need some cookies! So, I pulled some stuff out of the kitchen and made these Date Cookies. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups porridge oats
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup (or more) chopped dates
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 egg
  • A dash of almond milk

First off, I had to thin down the oats into oat flour. Simply put it in a blender and blitz. If you already have oat flour, skip this step.

Place the blitzed oats in a bowl and add the coconut flour and dates.

At this point, beat the egg very well and throw it in the bowl alongside the tahini and almond butter. Mix well, and add a bit of almond milk (or any other kind of milk) to help it bind together as it will be a bit crumbly.

Form the dough into balls and smash them down just a little. Place evenly on a baking sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes at 180 C / 350 F.

And there you have it, easy Date Cookies! This is a great recipe for when you have random ingredients that need to be used up for a quick and tasty treat. Also, this recipe has no added sugar and is gluten free (as long as your oats are GF). You can substitute any kind of nut butter for the almond and tahini, or even add other bits in addition to the dates. If you’ve got some time and need a snack, give these a try. Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

Sweet Potato Muffins

Now that the 10k is well done and dusted, I decided to go for the half marathon again. That said, most days I’m really hungry! I’ve got to increase the mileage, cross training, and damn squats. But it also means, bring on the snacks! And since I love, love, love sweet potato, these Sweet Potato Muffins are the perfect snack to have at any time during the day. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups mashed sweet potato

First, put the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and mix it around.

Next, in a smaller bowl, beat both eggs very well. As I’ve said before, its always best to beat your eggs thoroughly to ensure a smooth batter that will have a good rise.

At this point, mix in the oil and vanilla.

Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir it up evenly.

At this point, add in the two cups of mashed sweet potato. Mix well until you have an even color and smooth finish. It will be a thick batter in the end. Just a quick note… It helps to bake your sweet potato whole ahead of time. Then when it’s time to use, simply scoop it out of the skin and mash it up!

Spoon evenly into a cupcake tin. Or do you call it a muffin tray? Whatever, just get them ready to bake.

Pop in the oven at 180C / 350F and bake for 30 minutes.

And there you have it, Sweet Potato Muffins! These turned out so good y’all! The muffins are soft, moist, and chewy. They’re also kinda healthy? Oh yes they are! In case you’re interested, sweet potatoes have good fiber, beta carotene, iron, calcium, and B vitamins – yeah!

If you want to snack on these, give ’em a try! They’re really easy to customize if you want to add nuts, dried, fruit, other spices, or chocolate of course. And definitely make them while its still a bit cold out before summer decides to fool us again this weekend. Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

Oat & Cocoa No Bake Cookies

Summer is right around the corner, so I decided to try some no bake treats this week. The idea is that it should be easy to make, something fun to get kids involved, and a quick, cool snack to grab from the fridge when you get home from work or school. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Next, in a small sauce pan, gently warm the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil. As it melts, give it a stir until it becomes smooth and velvety.

Then add the salt and vanilla, stirring it in well. Once combined, take it off the heat.

Pour the liquid mixture evenly over the oats and nuts. Keep stirring so that the dry mixture is coated. You may have to use your hands if it starts to harden a bit.

Once coated, use a spoon or you hands for form into balls or cookie shapes, and place on a plate or pan.

Place in your fridge for around an hour, or until hardened. You can also place in your freezer which should take less time.

And there you have it, Oat Cocoa No Bake Cookies! These had a lovely flavor and nearly melt in your mouth. They are definitely a great snack to have in the afternoon, or with your morning cup of tea. And I think kids would have a grand time forming the mixture into cookies; just keep younger children away from the hob! I will definitely make these again and will keep a regular amount in the fridge all summer long! Stay cool Bristol, thanks for reading, and Happy Eating!

Berry Oat Cookies

I hope everyone s enjoying their Bank Holiday weekend! We’ve been having gorgeous weather and I’ve had more than one stroll around the harbour side. And since the Bristol 10k is right around the corner, I thought I’d make some healthy treats to fuel the long run today. These Berry Oat cookies are just the thing to give me a bit of healthy energy. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cup porridge oats
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup dried berries
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

You can actually customise this recipe as you like by using any combination of dried berries or other fruit. But if you’re curious, this is what I used (clockwise from the upper left): cranberries, blueberries, mulberries, and goji berries.

First, place both bananas in a bowl and mash them very well. The smoother the banana mash, the better.

Then add in the oats, berries, and pumpkin seeds. Mix very well making sure the banana is fully incorporated with the dry ingredients.

Spoon the mixture evenly on a lined baking sheet. Heat your oven to 350 C / 180 F and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

And there you have it, Berry Oat Cookies! This was perhaps one of the easiest bakes I’ve made! It’s also dairy free, egg free, no sugar added, and wheat gluten free as long as your oats are ok. And you can easily make this recipe your own by adding in whatever seeds, nuts, or dried fruit you like! You can even use up any extra Easter chocolate by chopping it up and throwing it in. However you bake it, I’m sure they’ll turn out delicious! Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!