Monday, May 22, 2017

Healthy RAW "Snickers cheesecake"


Scrolling through Pinterest and pinning all of the recipes that call themselves healthy versions of naughty treats is a huge past time of mine. I saw a recipe for a 'Healthy Snickers' and decided to give it a go and make some little adjustments to make it my own. 



I'm not supposed to have dates, but I can have a few on a good day so this recipe was mostly created for my family and friends. More experimenting needs to happen for me to find a complete replacement for them so I can eat it all! 

Ingredients and measurements:

Bottom layer
  • 150g dates 
  • 150g pecans 
  • 1 tsp maple syrup 

"Cheese" layer

  • 300g soaked and drained cashews 
  • 1/2 tin of reduced fat coconut milk 
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract 
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
Caramel sauce 

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
Chocolate sauce

  • As much as I wanted *hides face 

Toppings

  • 2 handfuls of almonds (chopped into small pieces)
  • 2 handfuls of hazelnuts (chopped into small pieces)



Step 1 |

Blitz up your base layer ingredients. I like to do it in bursts so that you still have some good sized chunks in the mix. I like a variety and more of a wide range of sized pieces of nut. In a lined brownie tray, push the mixture down with your hands and pop in the fridge to set. I put this in the freezer to set quicker!


Step 2 |

Stir up your caramel sauce ingredients together until all has combined. Make sure to give it a good mix to ensure no separation occurs as I found this to happen the first time I trialed this. Also, taste it and add some more maple if it's not sweet enough. Once done you can set it aside making sure to stir it every now and again until you use it. 



Step 3 |

Throw all your "cheese" ingredients into your food processor and wiz until it's smooth as. I found this took quite a while as I hadn't soaked the cashews enough, and having lumps and bits in this section just isn't good. Again, depending on your taste this can be a bit too nutty, so maybe experimenting with some sweetner (whatever you normally like to use) to lighten the nutty taste. I personally love anything nutty so no additional things were put in for the one pictured. 

* Pictured below is halfway through the blitz, and you can clearly see some lumps.


Step 4 |

Take the base out of the fridge or freezer and poor the "cheese" topping on top. I like to make mine as smooth and even as possible, and use my cake icing tool for that but as you can it doesn't go completely smooth. 

The below pictures are showing the time when I didn't put it back in the fridge/freezer. this meant that the "cheese" topping 



Step 5 |

Sprinkle any topping you want. You could go for some chocolate chunks or stick with nuts like what I did. I went for a mixture of almonds and hazelnuts because they're my fav, and the mix of the two is honestly a taste sensation. 

To make it more "Snickers" kind of creation, I bought a bottle of some Sweet Freedom. You can of course you can make your own from scratch, but I saw this in the cupboard and thought I'd try it out. It's all natural and no horrible refined ingredients! 





This is honestly one of the nicest deserts I've made, and got some great feedback from friends and family. I already have something to want to experiment further with, and that's the base. I want to make it thicker and crunchier so am going to try out a vegan shortbread base and see how that goes. Of course i'll let you guys know how it goes!



So, if you're trying to eat healthier or going to a dinner party and want to take something with you that's a healthier alternative, then this is a great recipe for you. It's of course going to be high in fat (good fats) because of all the nuts and nut butter used, but when it's split into servings per person it's fine. I know some people are really scared of eating too much fat but it's all about balance. Don't forget that. 

Let me know what you think and whether you give it a go. I'm already excited to recreate this again this weekend for my sisters birthday, so make sure to follow me on Instagram to see my insta stories. Keep your recipe suggestions coming! More recipes are on the way for you!

Much love and have a fabulous week!

xoxo

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Candid seaside shot, goals and open mouth smiles | Life chit chat


Getting myself outside more is most definitely helping me in terms of how I'm feeling mentally. This year hasn't started off the best, so making myself go out and walk by myself or with family and friends is becoming a regular and positive thing. 


Since I spoke recently about my IBD story on here, I feel I've lifted a huge weight off my shoulders and can speak to you guys more openly about what struggles I go through with my condition. I was struggling with Colitis and my health last year and changed career from January which has made me more aware of fitness and my activity. Having been a dance teacher for years and going to a desk job, I've now become one of those who is obsessed with my daily steps and my daily movement. I'm tracking mine at the moment with my iPhone but am thinking of investing in either an iWatch or a FitBit to get a more accurate amount. It's good for everyone to get out and move but for a bowel condition, it's incredibly important to be moving and active.

Moving on to more of a blog focused chit chat.

Making goals and lists of things I want to achieve and do with my blog has been something I've done for years, and have started thinking more about the small goals to achieve now rather than large ones in the future. Putting pressure on myself when setting future goals started to take over and I was becoming obsessed to achieving them sooner than when I set them for. So, I'm now starting to set small daily/weekly goals which will eventually lead to the big future ones. I guess I lost myself recently having gone through a tough few months for numerous reasons, I was longing for something to make me feel good and worthy. Instead of the good feeling of achieving and making myself feel good about me, it was putting me down more and actually having the reverse affect on me. But recently, I've realised that small goals can give us just as much of that fuzzy feeling as the large goals, and I need to make a constant effort to remember that. 


One of my goals is to sort out my blog layout so get prepared for that but with that, I want to bring in an easy way of getting to all my different categories I cover on here. As I've said before, more food posts will be going up on here and have one for you this weekend (which is so delicious by the way) but also sharing my goals with you and what I've done to achieve them and the result I thought would be a great outlet for me, and great to share with you guys. 

I guess in a way this post has been a bit all over the place, but feel I needed to have a chit chat with you to get things out. Tomorrows a big day for me as I'm doing a reading at my nans funeral and felt that everything else in my head was making me feel an actual pressure on me, as well as having to deal with that part of my life. So thank you for listening to me if you've got to this and I do really appreciate every single one of you that find yourself here and read my posts and comment sharing your thoughts. 

Life is meant to challenge us, and if we didn't have those down times we wouldn't know what the up times are. Appreciate life, family, friends, health (and animals because if you didn't know I'm Dr Dolittle) and don't put too much pressure on yourself. Life is for living and not for worrying. 

Love you all

xoxo

Thursday, April 27, 2017

What's New In My Bathroom? | Beauty #Collab


I hold my hands up. I am obsessed with trying out new things and am always longing to find that perfect cleanser or that perfect hair serum. But when I think about it, I'll end up being happy to find said perfect product and sad at the same time because there's no need to continue the search. They reason why I say this is because with this bunch makes me happy!



Let's start by addressing that Superdrug do skincare, GOOD skincare which is cruelty free (what a bonus). I noticed the Superdrug skincare in something that Georgie put up ( I think on Instagram) and instantly wanted it all. 

I've always been told to not break the bank when it comes to purchasing moisturiser, and these bad boys certainly keep my bank happy. There's not much to say about the day cream other than it soothes my skin and is pretty nice underneath my foundation/concealer. The black moisturiser is crazy, and actually black! I'm not sure how I managed it but I didn't know it was black until I opened it. The consistency is different to the day cream, feeling a bit more oil based. I've found myself getting a few whiteheads on my chin and my nose since using this, so am thinking I might have to start alternating when I use this as it may be too much for every night. 

Both products do moisturise my skin and make my skin feel really smooth and soft. That's what you want from a moisturiser right? 


The lead up to summer you suddenly worry about your legs, well I do anyway. I'm not one to bare the legs, and my arms for that matter but theres nothing better than your skin feeling and smelling amazing. Hands down this is my favourite scent from The Body Shop that I've ever smelt and I can't stop using it. I've not had this range long and already am close to repurchasing all of it (monkey hiding face emoji). 


I met the Natural World at Scarlett Londons event BlogConLDN and had a good chat with the representative who wowed me over. You can complete a hair quiz to ensure you go for the range that is perfect for your hair. Mine turned out to be the Chia Seed range and is a real beaut. The range is supposed to boost volume and strengthen hair and my hair is in need of both those things. It really does add volume and having tried this out for nearly a month now can tell that the quality of my hair in terms of strength has improved a hell of a lot. The price is amazing for the size of the product and offer more than just shampoo and conditioner. If I overload my hair with products it can get pretty greasy, especially if I use hair oils. The oil is lovely put had to use sparingly and just through mid to the ends because of this. 

Overall the range is lovely, and also got the thumbs up from the boyf. Great value, smells amazing and adds volume. My perfect hair range. 



Lastly, my love for Exuviance skincare is rapidly growing. I also met these guys at BlogConLDN and have been giving these two products a go since. Hands down from the first time I used both the cleanser and pads I noticed a difference in my skin. The products were gentle and didn't aggravate my face turning it into a red sore tomato. They both soothed my skin and nurtured it, leaving a super clean and happy face. Having skin that is combination and suffers with texture problems, I was advised to go for these products to help with those issues. Of course I still get break outs but overall, my skin has never looked as good, healthy and glowing thanks to these two products. 

xoxo

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Guilt free raw dairy free fudge | Freeform snacks


I need the fridge and cupboards stocked with healthy snacks and treats as I'm totally and utterly a 'little and often' person. I'm not supposed to have three huge meals a day because of my Colitis so, I tend to just have one proper meal and lots of little things. Having bliss balls or healthy fudge there ready when you want something sweet is perfect, and this recipe is a personal favourite and wanted to share it with you all to enjoy.


To make raw, vegan, refined sugar free fudge you will need:


Coconut Oil - 1 cup 

Vanilla Extract - 1 TBS
Peanut Butter - 1 cup
Cacao Powder - 1 TBS
Maple Syrup - 1 TBS 



It's literally as easy as putting in all of the ingredients into a bowl and mixing them all together. A bit of a tip, either melt your coconut water a bit or keep it at room temperature over night the day before you want to make it. 

The fact making these are so easy, means theres no excuse at all to reach for naughty fudge or chocolate bars. Of course you can experiment with various different ingredients and the measurements above are to my taste so, just give it a go and go with the flow. 


When your delicious fudge mixture is all combined you need to line a tray or lunchbox with some cling film. This way it's so much easier to get it out once set. I like to pop the trays and lunch boxes in the freezer for 24 hours. I promise it's good enough to wait for. 


Being frozen it basically melts in your mouth and I just prefer them straight out of the freezer. Let me know if you keep them in the fridge once cut up and whether or not they melt or not as I've not tried it yet. 




Please let me know if you make this fudge! I can't stop making it and have a whole draw full of it, yummy snacks for a long time coming. 

Remember to let me know if you have any recipe requests for me to do or create. 

xoxo



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A beautiful Sunday in Whitstable | Collaboration


Whats a sunny Sunday without a walk by the sea? Living so close to the sea is something I really take for granted and I'm trying to make a conscious effort to go there more. As soon as the sun showed its face, I knew it was a day to be comfortable (however I underestimated the heat wearing jeans). 

Popping into my fav juice cafe and sitting on a bench and watching the time drift by was perfect, and hit the spot and made for one of the best ways I've ever spent a Sunday. 


So, lets get down to business........ Accessories can really make an outfit. When you think about it, I'm wearing such a basic outfit and without the way its been accessorised, it wouldn't look put together or thought about at all. When Jewellery Box asked me if I'd like to collaborate and choose some pieces to style and I was so excited as I'd recently been stalking the website. You've probably seen all over social media, hoop earrings have made a huge comeback and had to get me some. You know, to keep up with the kids and all. 



The second piece I picked out was this super cute arrow necklace. I'm not sure what made me pick this out of everything other than the fact it's super cute! I love stacking thing delicate necklaces, so I can't wait to stack and add this to my others. 


Rings are my thing, and I can't ever wear enough. I used to have a ring from Jewellery Box but lost it a while ago so knew I had to get another. These are the nicest!! Love a standard band to stack with other rings and fits my thumb as well as other fingers which is always handy. All items I chose from Jewellery Box are sterling silver and some of the best value for money when it comes to well made beautiful silver pieces. 



I feel that this gorge mushroom Angel MarcB Bag is the PERFECT Sunday bag. I chucked my camera, a bottle of water, purse and sunglasses in and having so many pockets and compartments meant it was accommodating for so much. The overall quality of the bag is insane! It's super soft and feels like leather, even when it's not. I chose the mushroom colour as I thought it was a lovely colour for all year round and is great to not be restricted in terms of being a seasonal bag. 


If your looking for a large bag as you carry a hell of a lot of things around with you, like me, then this is your guy! Great value for money, looks so bloody good and top notch quality. I remember buying my first MarcB Bag from Topshop Oxford Street which was so many years ago and lasted years until the used it to death, so knew this new star would be a great piece to see me through for a while. 


Outfits like this are my absolute go to, especially for Sundays. Simple clothing choices and accessorising it up!! 

Make sure to check out Jewellery Box and MarcB Bags new in section as they're smashing it right now!

xoxo