Valentine’s Day – the Isle of Man way

I’m not a massive Valentine’s Day fan – February is all about the pancakes for me!!
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Just in case you LOVE valentines, I’ve put together a little blog post to get you ahead of the game and getting the best valentines presents ever for your love 😍😍
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How to say ‘I love you’ in more than words?
If your Manx then you NEED to get a card from island of social @islandofsocial – they’ll totally express your feelings in just the right way!

Or how about letting a ballon do the talking?! There’s some GORGEOUS balloons available from little big balloons –
@littlebigballoonsiom

Flowers are never a bad idea! And there’s so many beautiful options for flowers on the Isle of Man 😍
My faves are –

Flower girl – @flowergirl_iom http://www.flowergirl.im/

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The flower studio – @flowerstudioiom http://www.flowerstudio.im/

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And Robinson’s flowers – https://www.robinsonsflowers.im/?gclid=CjwKCAiA1ZDiBRAXEiwAIWyNCwrznVTHKy_HpC7fXlyl0Kga2XeH4nZIl_4PTIuRBKcFb_Ha96e6ea7-ceb9-4272-bc11-f9d8be140efc0WDFQEhoCQVsQAvD_BwE

Why not treat your loved one to a voucher from their fave pampering palace? Everyone loves to be oameoered and if it’s free – even better!!

My fave places are –

Nails – nails at lime studio http://www.limestudio-iom.com/book-now/

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Hair – passion https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Hair-Salon/Passion-142869039121968/

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Massage – libra massage https://m.facebook.com/urbansportsmassage/

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Tan – peel tan https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=576265149225038&ref=content_filter

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Beauty salon – glamper van https://app.shedul.com/online_bookings/65082/link

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Full on pamper day / spa – the Kings spa – http://www.kingspa.im/

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lingerie is nice but hard to buy right!! And nothing says I love you more than a personalised snuggly jumper 😍 choose one of the gorgeous designs by Kate of stripe and shine or message her to design your own!! I love this lip stick print one – how valentinesy is that?! – @stripeandshine https://www.stripeandshine.com/

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Want something a little different for your valentines meal out? We are so lucky in the Isle of Man to have the most amazing restaurants and food establishments but what about treating your loved one to a cooking experience instead! @cookshackiom is an amazing, fun and tasty experience and a voucher is perfect for a gift!

 

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Or if you don’t want to cook then @noabakehouseiom and @thealpine_cafe are perfect relaxed venues to eat amazing food with your love ❤️

Is your loved one still in their ‘new year new me’ phase? Well done ruin it by buying chocolates, why not send them a fruit basket instead? Gorgeous options from Robinson’s available – https://www.robinsonsflowers.im/prod_cat/C_fruit-basket_12.html

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Or how about making fitness fun for them by getting them a monthly pass to Active souls training sessions (I would only buy this if they themselves are wanting to get fit…….. you don’t want a black eye in return for your present!!) 😂😂
These sessions look great and perfect for making a work out a joy – https://www.activesouls.co.uk/blog

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Or how about a romantic golf lesson for two with your very own golf pro!! I can highly recommend @charliesimpsonproshop Charlie Simpson – he’s a really lovely guy and you and yours will have a brill time that’s for sure!

How about a romantic break away in a cute little holiday cottage? @harrys_cottage in peel has all you need for a perfect break from reality with your love 😍 http://www.isleofmancottages.info/

and @islandescapesim has some AMAZING venues for rent too! Go and check out their local deals 😍

 

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And of course the biggie – jewellery 💍 whether it’s the essential prop for popping the question or a pair of earrings you’re looking for then Element isle has you covered. We got our wedding bands from here and they are stunning 😍 really different and stunning – go have a look! – https://www.etsy.com/shop/clairepearse

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So many wonderful things you can buy your Partner or wanna be partner. Shop local if you can coz it’s so special and different that way too!!

Hope I’ve given you some inspo and I’ll be back with loads of pancake ideas on the real day we should celebrate in February hahaha 😂😂😍😍❤️❤️

Vegan cottage pie

This is a BBC good food recipe and it’s delish!

🌱1.2kg floury potatoes, such as Maris Piper or King Edward
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🌱50ml vegetable oil
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🌱30g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 15 mins, then drained (reserve the liquid)
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🌱2 large leeks
, chopped
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🌱 2 small onions
, chopped
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🌱4 medium carrots
(about 300g), cut into small cubes
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🌱1 vegetable stock cube (make sure it’s vegan – we used Kallo)
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🌱3 garlic cloves, crushed (I used garlic purée)
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🌱2 tbsp tomato purée
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🌱 2 tsp smoked paprika
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🌱1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into small cubes (I used a bag of frozen)
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🌱 ½ small pack marjoram or oregano, leaves picked and roughly chopped (I used dried)
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🌱½ small pack thyme
, leaves picked (I used dried)
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🌱½ small pack sage sage
, leaves picked and roughly chopped (I used dried)
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🌱4 celery sticks, chopped
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🌱400g can chickpeas
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🌱300g frozen peas
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🌱300g frozen spinach
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🌱20ml olive oil
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🌱small pack flat-leaf parsley, chopped (I used dried)
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🌱🌱Put the unpeeled potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with water, bring to the boil and simmer for 40 mins until the skins start to split. Drain and leave to cool a little. ( I just peeled and boiled as usual then crumbled on top)
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🌱🌱Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy-based sauté pan or flameproof casserole dish. Add the mushrooms, leeks , onions, carrots and the stock cube and cook gently for 5 mins , stirring every so often. If it starts to stick, reduce the heat and stir more frequently, scraping the bits from the bottom. The veg should be soft but not mushy.
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🌱🌱Add the garlic, tomato purée, paprika, squash and herbs. Stir and turn the heat up a bit, cook for 3 mins, add the celery, then stir and cook for a few more mins.
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🌱🌱Tip in the chickpeas along with the water in the can and reserved mushroom stock. Add the peas and spinach and stir well. Cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally, then season, turn off and set aside. There should still be plenty of liquid and the veg should be bright and a little firm.
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🌱🌱Peel the potatoes and discard the skin. Mash 200g with a fork and stir into the veg. Break the rest of the potatoes into chunks, mix with the olive oil and parsley and season.
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🌱🌱Divide the filling into the pie dishes and top with the potatotes. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and bake the pies for 40-45 mins, until the top is golden and the filling is heated through. If making individual pies, check after 20 mins. Best served with tomato ketchup – as all great shepherd’s pies are.

Smoothie pancakes

💜Pancakes Sunday’s 💜
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Can’t decide whether to have pancakes or smoothies for breakfast? Why not have smoothie pancakes?! ✌🏻
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Super easy and tasty these pancakes tick all the boxes and are perfect for a Sunday morning lazy breakfast. It’s literally like chucking a bit of flour into a smoothie mix!
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They’re vegan too!!
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You need –
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💜 1 ripe banana
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💜 125g SR flour ( i used @laxeyflour But gluten free works just as well )
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💜 150ml plant based milk (I used soya)
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💜 15 fresh raspberries
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💜 blueberries to drop into the pancakes
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💜 frozen berries and raspberry sauce to serve
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💜💜 in your @nutribulletuk Throw in the banana, milk, flour and raspberries. Whizz until smooth
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💜💜 heat a lightly oiled pan to a medium high heat
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💜💜make 4 pancakes at a time using a soup spoonful measure for each pancake and drop a few blueberries on the top side then flip when bottom is lightly browned
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💜💜 serve in your @kiddobloom Tray with raspberry sauce (I bought mine from @marksandspenceriom Shhhhh! But you can make with raspberries and maple syrup) and frozen berries
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Miss 4 ate these with me after I cut out the blueberries 🙄 and miss 6 refused!!

#easylikesundaymorning #vegan #veganrecipes #smoothiepancakes

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Hi! I’m Libby, mum to 2 little girls who I love to cook healthy fresh food for, with the odd treat thrown in for balance.

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I post about healthy, quick family meals I have made, snacks, school lunches and anything that I have found handy to know as a mum to little ones!

I know that as a parent you have very little excess money so like to share with my followers my genuine love for products that will help on a day to day basis.

I like to be as open and honest as I can with my blog and only promote products that I genuinely use. I often post recipes that I have lived but my children have refused as this is real life!

Since I started my blog I have gained nearly 44,000 followers. I have a Facebook page and twitter page set up, however I prefer to post only to Instagram currently.

I have collaborated with many different brands,some being

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Salt and chilli pepper chicken with egg fried rice 

Salt and pepper chilli chicken
2 organic chicken breasts, sliced

2 eggs

1/2 red pepper 

1/2 onion

Tsp garlic purée 

1 teaspoon salt 

100g bread crumbs

1 tsp chilli powder 

Light soya sauce

Coconut oil – tbsp

 
Method
Step 1
For the coating: Pour the bread crumbs into a bowl, add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 tsp chilli powder and mix together. 
Step 2
Take your strips of chicken and dip in a bowl of beaten eggs, then roll in the bread crumb mix – repeat until all the chicken is coated. 
Step 3
Place the chicken pieces on baking paper on a tray . Cook the chicken at 200° for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through . 
Step 4
When the chicken is nearly cooked stir fry your chopped pepper , onion , chilli and garlic in the coconut oil, with 2 tsp of soy sauce.

Step 5
When the chicken is ready, add it to the pan with your onion mix . 

For the egg fried rice – 
Rice
An egg
Coconut oil

Step 1
Cook rice according to instructions (I used microwave rice) 
Step 2 
Heat 1 tsp of coconut oil in a pan
Step 3
Add the rice and coat in the coconut oil
Step 4
Whisk an egg and push he rice to one side of the pan, in the space add the egg and keep whisking until it’s all cooked through 
Step 5 
Mix the rice with the egg 

Chinese curry sauce 

Chinese curry sauce 
(adapted from an allrecipes.co.uk recipe) 
•1 medium onion, diced

•4 teaspoons Chinese five spice

•3 teaspoons ground ginger

•1 teaspoon garlic purée 

•1/2 teaspoon mild chilli powder

•2 tablespoons mild curry powder

•2 teaspoons tomato ketchup

•1 pint chicken stock (made with 2 •chicken stock cubes)

•1 tablespoon light soy sauce

•50ml full fat milk

•3 teaspoons sugar

•1 tablespoon coconut oil

•1 tablespoon cornflour, mixed to a paste with a drop of water
Directions – 
Heat olive oil in a frying pan or wok over medium heat. Add the onion, five spice, ginger, garlic granules, curry powder and chilli powder. Stir and cook for about a minute, then add the stock, oyster sauce, soy sauce and tomato ketchup.

Bring to the boil, then add cornflour paste and stir until thickened. Reduce the heat add the sugar and the cream and then leave to simmer on a very low heat for about 20 minutes.

Add your desired cooked ingredients to the sauce and warm through. I have added chicken and mushrooms to the sauce in my photo.

Rye raspberry and almond brownies 

❤️raspberry, almond and rye brownies ❤️
So lucky to have some amazing local producers on the Isle of Man. One of my favs is @laxeyflour . Not only do they have an amazing range of flours they are all preservative free – how amazing is that! I wasn’t going to post until new year but I made these amazing brownies with some rye flour that Laxey mill kindly let me trial for them and I couldn’t wait to post! Perfect for a New Year’s Eve pudding served warm with ice cream and certainly NOT #refinedsugarfree ! The rye gives these brownies an amazing rich flavour but if you only have plain use that. Also for richer use 300g plain but I prefer 1/2 plain 1/2 milk chocolate in mine 😍 enjoy!

❤️150g dark chocolate (I used green and blacks organic)

❤️150g milk chocolate (I used green and blacks organic)

 ❤️250g @iomcreamery salted butter

❤️400g soft light brown sugar (I thought I had this is the cupboard but it was brown Demerara – worked fine but went a bit clumpy in the pan when melting but resulted in the brownies having delicious sugar clumps in them 😍😍)

 ❤️4 large #gellings #manx eggs

❤️140g @laxeyflour rye flour

❤️50g cocoa powder

❤️200g fresh raspberries

 ❤️100g flaked almonds

 ❤️❤️Heat oven to 180C

. ❤️❤️ Line a 20 x 30cm baking tray tin with baking paper .

❤️❤️break the chocolate into pieces And place into a pan on a low heat with the butter and sugar stirring occasionally. Removed from heat when fully melted

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❤️❤️lightly whisk in the eggs into the melted chocolate mixture one at a time.

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❤️❤️Sieve over the flour and cocoa powder and stir in to the chocolate mix

. ❤️❤️Stir in half the raspberries then transfer the mix to the baking tray, scattering the remaining raspberries on top

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❤️❤️ Bake on the middle shelf for 25-36 mins depending how gooey you like your brownies 😍

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❤️❤️cool and slice into squares ❤️❤️
 #brownies #raspberry #almond #rye #ryeflour #laxey #isleofman

Baby shower gift ideas 

Instagram is a treasure trove of amazing independent stores that offer practical but fun and amazing ideas for mums and dads to be!! Let’s face it, there’s only so many baby grows one kid needs, so how about treating mum and dad to a special little treat at the baby shower instead?  

So my super cool friend Tam @australian_dad has written a book called ‘becoming daddy’. It’s a perfect eye opener for a first time dad to be, packed full of facts, anecdotes and humour. It’s a guide to what will happen, how Tam coped with it and for you to think about how you will cope with things. It’s in no way a ‘YOU MUST DO THIS’ book it’s like a cheat book to dad life so nothing will come as unexpected 🙌🏻🙌🏻 (well some bits will but that’s life!!) 

Or how about this book for the mama to be ‘how to grow a baby and push it out’ by Clemmie Telford @mother_of_daughters – she’s a midwife and mum of 4 beautiful little girls so Experiances from both sides of the fan…….. errrrrr fence 😂😂 

What does a new mum need? SNACKS!! Get her some of these @nomnomkids reusable pouches and snack bags and not only can she keep them for when she’s weaning the baby, before that she can make her own healthy smoothies and keep a secret stash of healthy snacks near her for 3am cravings or close by if she’s feeding ☺️

Speaking of snacks – imagine a snack that’s delicious and looks amazing and that you can personalise?!! Well imagine no more, just head over to @ladybakewellpark and order the new parents some biscuits?!! If they already know the name, how about popping that on the biscuits? Or maybe get some in pink and blue if they’ve not found out? Or their fav song lyrics………. the possibilities are endless 💜

Just as tasty but healthy too are the amazing snacks from @skinnybakery 😍 packed full of healthy ingredients and posted straight to your door. Give these at the shower, or get them delivered to the parent’s door in the days after birth. It will defo be appreciated! 

And on the same thread – water water water!! Make sure she’s getting enough by buying her one of these @hydratem8 bottles 
 
These aren’t available yet but these lidded hot drink cups by @mother_pukka not only look amazing AND keep your coffee warm but you’ll also be supporting the very very serious campaign about getting flexible working hours for parents. What more could a mamma want?!! 

What does every mum to be and new mum need? COMFORT!! How Gorgeous is this snuggley cosy ‘girl gang’ jumper by @essexmama ? As you can see suitable with or without bump! I’ve just ordered a varsity collection jumper for myself 😍 cosy cosy cosy 

Dad’s need to be cosy too!! How about one of these ‘breaking dad’ sweaters for him? @parentapparel have some seriously funky designs for mama too such as their ‘gin & on it’ and ‘are we there yet?’ – something any parent can connect with I’m sure! I’m also waiting for their ‘mental wealth’ jumper to launch. 

And while we’re on clothing how cute are these matching ‘raising the future’ and ‘the future’ tops by @mre_soeur ? I love these!! Perfect parent and little apparel 😍😍

Keep on the twinning theme with these super cute ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ bracelets by the ridiculously cool @woodyandflorence . I had one of these bracelets and loved it. A perfect little present and one that won’t break the bank either. A perfect reminder of joining the best club in the world ❤️

If in doubt @annabelkarmel it!! Annabel has cook books for everything!!! How about a book for pregnant mamas? Or a book for busy mamas when the baby arrives? Or better still, buy the books yourself and give her an IOU at the shower for some healthy, home cooked meals delivered to her door when the baby gets here to save her a job 👌🏼

And for those healthy meals how about some @oogaababy products? Parents can use these when weaning but before that they are PERFECT for leftovers (they come with silicone lids) and you can bake in them too, cutting down on the washing up – what’s not to love?!! 💚

Memories 😍😍😍 now this isn’t technically an Instagram store but how about booking the new parents a photo shoot with a local photographer? A family shoot like local photographer @liamgilman did for my beautiful sister and her family? Or how about a newborn shoot? There’s nothing like those first few days of a baby’s life and capturing it on camera is priceless 👼🏼 

If you can’t resist treating the baby to something then how about some nursery sparkle? @sparklechildlondon have some unbelievably STUNNING things on offer! How about this sparkle cloud for the nursery? I bought my girls a sparkly crown and wand each and they truly are the most beautiful things I’ve seen! How about getting something for an older child instead? Kristal also makes superhero masks for boys too……… go and check her out, not only is her stuff beautiful but she’s a beautiful person so you’ll want to give her your money! ✨✨

More baby ideas from @porterandbramble ⭐️ what about a beautiful custom print for baby’s nursery? You want it and Megan will make it to a stunning quality. Be quick though as she’s currently cooking a custom order of her own so will be shut for a little while 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦

If you’re not sure what you want, then why not have a scan through @mackymoocreations and pick something up from there for the nursery wall? There’s so many cute and bright and beautiful designs I’m sure the only difficulty you’ll have is choosing only one 👌🏼

And lastly, how about getting a special present instead for a big brother or sister? These lovely designs for boys or girls (there’s lego crayons – need I say more??!!) are a sure win from @colormehappy_crayons . Why not get ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ in crayons, or their own name or fav shape? They could draw a masterpiece for their new little sibling 

Happy shopping guys!! I hope I’ve given you some great ideas 😍😍

Strawberry truffles 

These strawberry truffles are an extension of @my_kids_lick_the_bowl ‘s strawberry bliss balls – and they’re lovely 😍😍
🍫For the chocolate – 
🍫1 heaped tablespoon coconut oil

🍫1 tbsp honey (no honey under 12 months but I wouldn’t give these to under 12 months anyway)

🍫1 tsp vanilla bean paste 

🍫1 tbsp cocoa powder 
🍓For the strawberry centre 
🍓🍓1 Cup frozen strawberries

🍓🍓1 Cup gluten free oats

🍓🍓1 tbsp maple syrup 

🍓🍓1/2 Cup coconut flour

🍓🍓2 Tbsp Coconut oil

🍓🍫Directions – 

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🍓🍫first make the strawberry centre (this will make loads so turn these into starwberry bliss balls as well and keep a couple of balls aside for this filling)

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🍫🍓add all ingredients to a food processor and whizz until combined (you may need to add a little more coconut oil or maple syrup if it’s too crumbly)

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🍓🍫make into heaped Teaspoon sized balls and refrigerate for 2 hours. You can roll them in coconut for the bliss balls but keep 2 plain for the filling.

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🍓🍫to make the chocolate- 

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🍓🍫In a pan melt the coconut oil, add the honey, vanilla and cocoa powder and mix until smooth 

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🍫🍓take your moulds and 1/4 fill each shape, try and roll it a bit to stick up the sides a little

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🍓🍫pop in the freezer for 10 mins

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🍫🍓roll small balls of the strawberry mix and pop a piece on top of the hardened chocolate, ensuring you leave a gap round the edge so the chocolate can meet 

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🍓🍫fill each shape to the top with chocolate. All the strawberry mix should be covered 

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🍫🍓freeze for 1/2 hour

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🍓🍫eat them all

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🍫🍓or remove from moulds to a freezer safe tub and keep in freezer until ready to eat

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🍓🍫if you can manage to restrain yourself all the choc to sit for a few mins when removed from the freezer 

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Gluten free vegan banana and oat muffins 

I was desperate for cake and it’s not as easy to just grab something from the cupboard when you’re following the elimination diet for York test UK!! 

I made these gluten free, wheat free , yeast free, egg free, dairy free, (making them suitable for vegans), refined sugar free banana and oat muffins (phew!!) to sort a craving on Friday night and I’ve been having them for breakfast since! The girls have been snacking on them too 😍
Vegan banana oat muffins –
 I’ve made these before but this time I’ve subbed the egg for a chia egg and the honey for agave nectar!!

Ingredients –

 🍌200g gluten and wheat free self raising flour
 🍌150g gluten free porridge oats
 🍌50g desiccated coconut 
 🍌2 tbsp maple syrup
 🍌1 tsp cinnamon
 🍌4 small (or 3 larger) black bananas, mashed
 🍌a handful of pumpkin seeds to sprinkle on top (or extra coconut if you prefer) 
 🍌3 tbsp olive oil 
 🍌250ml coconut milk

Directions – 

 🍌🍌preheat oven to 200c
 🍌🍌mash bananas in a bowl
 🍌🍌 stir in all dry ingredients
 🍌🍌 pour on wet ingredients
 🍌🍌mix well
 🍌divide into silicone moulds or pare cases in a muffin tray
 🍌🍌sprinkle on the pumpkin seeds or extra coconut 
 🍌🍌bake for 20-25 mins depending on size of muffins
 🍌cool and eat or store in airtight container for about 3 days (the fresher the better though) 
Enjoy!!! Xxx