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Pear Rock Cakes, no added sugar.

It’s been a week of pretty awful sleep. That saying about “They saved the best till last” is not true when it comes to sleeping babies. The third baby is the worse sleeper! However she also gives the best cuddles and is super cute with it, so I can’t be cross with her.

When I don’t sleep well I tend to :

  1. Walk around in a bit of a brain fog, yet still be functional for work – how does that happen?
  2. Want to poke out the eyes of anyone who has a baby that sleeps through the night.
  3. Loose some of my words. My 6 year old is good at finding them for me. “I’m just making…..ummm, ummm” “Breakfast Mummy?” “Yes, that’s the one”. 
  4. Get creating in the kitchen. I’ve no idea how but cooking and baking helps restore my sanity.

So on a cold, fuzzy headed Sunday afternoon I was flicking through my recipe notebook and stumbled upon rockcakes. Rockcakes seem to be one of those recipes that people make in school or when they are learning to bake. I think they need a come-back. Super easy to make, which means the children can help, there is little that you can go wrong with and you are left with a mountain of tasty snacks for your week.

I’ve adapted the usual rock cake recipe by adding in fruit and upon tasty the mix I decided it was sweet enough for our palates. Try a bit of it before you add in the eggs and see what you think as you can always add in a little sugar to taste. Doing it this way will hopefully mean you don’t go OTT on the sugar content.

My kids were happy bunnies and rewarded me by playing nicely with minimal arguments all afternoon. I love the subtle pear hint in these. Perfect for tbe after school munchies, which happens to co-incide with my cuppa and snack time 🙂 

Dietitian UK: Pear Rockcakes

Pear Rock Cakes
Yields 20
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
116 calories
17 g
29 g
5 g
2 g
3 g
45 g
9 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
45g
Yields
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 116
Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 29mg
10%
Sodium 9mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
3%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 100g butter at room temperature
  2. 250g flour (I used Doves Farm Plain Gluten Free Blend)
  3. 2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1 tsp mixed spice
  5. 1 soft large pear, peeled and chopped
  6. 1 soft ripe banana, mashed
  7. 100g raisins
  8. 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Rub the butter into the flour.
  2. Now add the baking power and spice.
  3. Add in the wet fruit. the pear should break down easily if you are using a stand mixer or food processor.
  4. Now mix the raisins in gently.
  5. Add in the eggs, one at a time.
  6. Taste and add sugar if needed, I found it wasn't necessary.
  7. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5, line and grease a baking tray.
  8. You should end up with a soft dough.
  9. Take dessert spoons of the mixture and gently shape into rounds.
  10. Place onto a greased, lined baking tray.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are lightly browned on the top.
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calories
116
fat
5g
protein
2g
carbs
17g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Peanut butter and chocolate healthy muffins!

A lovely Pilates client turned up with a couple of healthy muffins for me the other day. Now that’s one way to make me go easy on you in class 😉 Laurie, thankyou! Peanut butter is one ingredient I’ve learnt is good in cookies and smoothies… so why “nut” muffins?! (I know funny aren’t I).

These muffins were so delicious that I grabbed hold of the recipe and then I decided to give it a go myself, with a few changes as I rarely manage to actually follow  a recipe properly and I also had no bananas! 

These take minutes to make and really are both easy and tasty. You can also mash up 2 ripe bananas and substitute for the apple. I actually had to hide these from the kids 😉

Dietitian UK: Peanut butter and Chocolate Muffins

Peanut butter and Chocolate Muffins (gluten free)
Serves 9
Peanut butter and chocolate HEALTHY muffins. Yes really!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
104 calories
16 g
2 g
4 g
3 g
1 g
69 g
41 g
4 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
69g
Servings
9
Amount Per Serving
Calories 104
Calories from Fat 31
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 2mg
1%
Sodium 41mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 16g
5%
Dietary Fiber 2g
6%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
5%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 200g cooked apple
  2. 50g peanut butter
  3. 1 tsp Sukrin Gold (sweetener)
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  6. 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  7. 100g rice or coconut flour
  8. splash of milk
Instructions
  1. Pre cook the apple (I have a stock I keep in my freezer).
  2. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4.
  3. Measure out all the ingredients and mix well. I left my stand mixer going for 5 minutes.
  4. Grease a muffin tin or use silicone cake cases.
  5. Place the mixture into the cake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Notes
  1. You can substitute agave, honey (2-3tbsp) or Stevia (1tsp) for the Sukrin Gold.
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calories
104
fat
4g
protein
3g
carbs
16g
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Dietitian UK https://www.dietitianuk.co.uk/

Gluten free, Wheat Free Scone Recipe: Vlog.

Here’s a quick, easy recipe for gluten free, wheat free scones. Let’s face it, afternoon tea is sometimes a necessity in life and there is absolutely no reason to miss out on it just because you are gluten/wheat free. So tell me…. is it jam first or cream first in your house? Remember…. go easy on the cream 😉