Peanut Butter Protein Bars

These protein packed granola bars taste great, and only contains 6 ingredients – most of which you should stash in your kitchen already! These bars are wholesome and clean, and are incredibly easy to make and an inexpensive option to the shop-brought brands.

If you’re buying granola bars from the shop they’re most likely full of refined sugar and these bars are made with 100% pure maple syrup instead.

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This is a base recipe I use for all my protein bars and I love adding a cup of fresh raspberries to the mix.

You’ll need…

  • 1 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/4 cup unflavoured protein powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Chill Time: 10 minutes

Start by toasting your oats and almonds at 180°c for 10 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.

Put your dates into a food processor until only small bits remain. Then combine with your oats, almonds and protein powder.

Warm the maple syrup and peanut butter in a small saucepan over a low heat. Stir and add the oat mixture making sure the dates are disperse throughout.

Once thoroughly mixed, transfer into a square baking dish lined with baking paper and press down until flattened. Cover with more baking paper and let it firm up in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Remove the bars from the pan and chop up in bars and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

I’ve decorated mine by simply melting 2 squares of 80% dark chocolate and drizzling over the top.

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4 Ways to have Porridge

It’s September, which means it’s officially Autumn so I can start having porridge again for breakfast. It’s warning and indulgent – low in calories but high in fibre and protein, so what’s not to love?

I love topping it with fruits and nuts and it’s a great way to start a cold day in London. To create the perfect porridge I use the 2:1 method – 2 parts milk, 1 part oats.

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Banana, Raisins, Peanut Butter and Cinnamon 

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Blueberries, Sunflower Seeds and Honey

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Raspberries and Coca Nibs

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Strawberries and Maple Syrup 

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5 Ways to Enjoy Toast; The Polish Bakery

Last week I received the most incredible delivery of breads and cakes from The Polish Bakery. They’re known for their Sourdough breads which are all completely additive and preservative free. I’m a firm believer that bread should be a part of your diet and with healthy breads like these, there’s no need to cut carbs.

They’ve recently launched a new range of chia seed breads which are all high in fibre and protein, which helps you stay fuller for longer. I always start my day with a piece of toast (or two) and here are some ways to enjoy it:

Bruschetta

Brush a bit of olive oil on the toast and top with chopped cherry tomatoes. It’s also nice with a splash of lemon juice, garlic and rocket.

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Avocado and Smoked Salmon

This is by far my favourite way to enjoy toast. I mash the avocado with a little lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread it on the toast and top with smoked salmon. For me, it’s the perfect breakfast.

Cream Cheese and Cucumber

Perfect if you’re looking for a quick, simple lunch

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Eggs and Mushrooms

If you have a little more time in the morning this recipe is perfect. I simply cook the mushrooms in a little butter and garlic. I prefer my eggs fried as I love crispy whites.

Peanut Butter and Banana

If you want something a little sweet in the morning, I’d recommend this. I’m obsessed with Pip & Nut’s Peanut Butter at the moment. Simply spread your nut butter on the toast, top with banana and sprinkle with cinnamon.

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