Oat Cakes Recipe

I’ve been doing these oat cakes for a couple of years now and I’m forever playing around with the recipe. I often take a few into work with me for when I have my breaks and they are quite filling.. So to make 12 of these little cakes, then all you will need is.. 
150ml vegetable oil | 200g caster sugar | 1 large egg | 1tsp cinnamon | 1tsp vanilla | 140g plain flour | 1/4 tsp bicarb of soda | 300g oats | 100g raisins | *optional* a bar of dark chocolate
First off you’ll want to preheat your oven to 200 degrees (gas mark 6) and put your raisins in a small bowl of boiling water from the kettle until you need them later. Soaking them before baking will stop any that are exposed getting burnt!
In a medium sized bowl, mix your oil and sugar into a paste.

Beat the egg, raisin water, cinnamon and vanilla in a separate jug, then add to the oil and sugar paste

Finally, add the flour, bicarb of soda, oats and raisins. This is also where you can add any other things to the mix, this time I’m adding dark chocolate.

Put balls of the mixture onto a lined baking tray and bake for around 15 minutes until they’re golden brown but still soft.

Leave them to cool on the tray for 10 minutes otherwise, they will fall apart, then usually I transfer them onto a plate to cool completely before putting them away in an airtight box.

A perfect addition to a Netflix binge and a cup of coffee!

~ Where else to find me ~

This Week From Grazebox!

This is my second Graze box and once again I am blown away! First off I love the box it came in this time, it’s a very summary/holiday themed but I don’t want to be talking about the box, I want to talk about the yummy little snacks that were inside!
So the first thing I tried was the Honeycomb Flapjack, which is made up of oats, honeycomb and milk chocolate. It wasn’t as sweet as I thought it was going to be but I didn’t feel guilty for eating something that contained honeycomb and chocolate!
Next was the Inspired by Jaffa Cake punnet which is as the name suggests a healthier version of the Jaffa Cake! It consisted of dark chocolate buttons, orange raisins and roasted hazelnuts… I love everything in this little punnet.
Then I tried the Summer Pudding, which was a mix of blackcurrants, cranberries, sponge pieces and yoghurt coated seeds. I’ve tried the Summer Pudding before but I was more than happy to have it again because it is, without a doubt, my favourite snack I’ve tried so far.
Last but not least was the Korai Chutney with Curry Bites, I didn’t actually eat this because I’m not too much of a fan of spicy things so I gave it to Steve and he said that he really liked it. He also said that it was rather filling even though there was a small amount.

~ Where else to find me ~

This Week From Graze.com

I have found a whole new love for healthy snacking and it’s all thanks to graze.com!
I try to be healthy as much as possible but when you live in a country where it’s cheaper to buy a McDonald’s meal rather than a bag of nuts it becomes difficult. Anyway enough about the mess that is the UK and onto the Graze box review!
So the first thing that I tried was the Summer Berry Flapjack, I adore summer berries and I love flapjacks so when I saw this I got a little excited and I was right too! In the punnet you get 3 bars, I had 2 for breakfast because I was stuck on what to have and just by having 2 I felt fuller than if I did have a bowl of cereal!
Next, I tried Pina Colada, which is a mixture of dried pineapple and mango with coconut shavings. Lately, I have been addicted to a dried pineapple and mango mix from Bear so again I got excited when I saw that I had more dried fruit to try! Unlike more dried fruits it was really soft and easy to chew (just like the real fruit!) and it tasted amazing!! It’s lovely and sweet so it’s perfect if you have a sweet tooth because you can be healthy whilst giving into your cravings.
The third punnet was the Billionaires Shortbread, which is a mix of Belgian milk chocolate discs, almonds, cranberries and fudge squares… In short heaven in a tub! Everything is absolutely delicious!! The Belgian chocolate just melts in your mouth, the cranberries are sweet and the fudge squares are to die for!
Lastly, I got the Boston Baguettes, which are little bread sticks with a BBQ relish. The bread sticks are coated in a tomato powder that gives them a nice little kick and the relish is made up of tomato, onion, apple, dates, garlic, sugar, vinegar, spices, soy sauce, tamarind paste, chilli, mustard. Together the taste is amazing!! 

If you would like to receive a FREE Graze box then just click here

~ Where else to find me ~

The Advantages Of Drinking Green Tea

My two current favourite green teas

I have really been getting into drinking green tea recently and I thought I would research the benefits of drinking green tea and what I found was rather surprising! I have definitely ditched good old PG Tips and dived into the world of green tea! If you are unsure about drinking green tea then I highly recommend trying a fruit infused green teas as it takes away the herbal taste and makes the whole experience more enjoyable.

So what is the history behind green tea?
Green tea originated in China where it was used mostly as a medicine however it was also used throughout Asia as a drink. It has recently got very popular worldwide as we now know more about the benefits green tea gives you, however having just one cup again won’t make a huge impact in your health so if you really want to see results then try drinking 2-3 cups a day.
Okay, so let’s look at the benefits of drinking green tea!
  • Speedy metabolism – Green tea helps to speed up the metabolism as the polyphenol found in green tea helps to intensify the level of fat oxidation and speeds up how your body deals with turning food into calories. So it is great if you are trying to lose or maintain your weight.
  • Health benefits – There are many health benefits to drinking green tea such as diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol, blood pressure, the common cold, some cancers and depression, however, they all haven’t been proven to help improve/cure so if you are going to drink green tea for the medicine side of things then I recommend going to your GP to get expert advice
  • Dental benefits – Tooth decay is another thing that green tea battles, as it contains a chemical antioxidant called Catechin it is believed to destroy bacteria and viruses that can cause throat infection, tooth decay/loss and other dental issues.
  • Green tea does wonders for your skin! As it helps reduce the signs of ageing because it is packed with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory 
I have only tried Twinings green tea however if you know of any other ones then let me know!

~ Where else to find me ~