I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – peanut butter is one of the loves of my adult life. I’ll happily eat it on its own, but I’m fully aware that there are some foods out there that complement it beautifully too. Chocolate is one (try our peanut butter chocolate cheesecake slice if you don’t believe me) and jam (or jelly to our American pals) is another. In fact we must applaud our friends across the pond for this delicious combination as they came up with PB&J over 100 years ago! It seems to have taken its time to become quite as popular in old Blighty, but the PB&J revolution is definitely now growing momentum over here too.
Sometimes when I speak to people about how I’ve changed my diet they become very concerned, and ask me how I can possibly survive without chocolate or comfort food. I like it when this happens, as it gives me a chance to explain that healthy and nutritious food can most certainly tick all the boxes when you’re feeling in need of a pick me up. Continue reading
Broccoli is definitely one of my all time favourite vegetables, which I’m fully aware puts me firmly in the weirdo category, but I’m cool with that. I’m one of those people that needs no encouraging to eat their greens, but I know that many kids (and husbands) need a little nudge or two in the right direction. Continue reading
Winter can seem a little endless sometimes here in the UK, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get our tropical on in the comfort of our own homes right? Our five ingredient tropical green smoothie might not come with a side of sandy beaches or even a cocktail umbrella, but it’s super tasty, really good for you and reminds us of wonderful holidays in far-flung locations (sigh). Continue reading
Whoever first thought to combine bananas and toffee to come up with banoffee pie is a genius, and I hope they received at least a Knighthood for their services to dessert (and maybe even a Nobel prize as well). I never actually used to like banoffee pie because of my sheer hatred (and fear) of bananas, but as a recovered banana-phobe, I’m definitely making up for lost time. Continue reading
Easter is a fabulous time when it comes to delicious desserts and sweet treats, and whilst the majority are either chocolate-based and/or egg-shaped, there’s just something so delicious about hot cross buns. I don’t know if it’s because they feel so ‘traditional’ and have been around for so long, but there’s just something so comforting about them. Continue reading
Valentine’s day is fast approaching again and whilst I’m not a fan of going out to dinner to a restaurant full of couples where the food is overpriced and menus often ‘set’ (read: limited), it is nice to celebrate love once in a while.
It’s not often we get the chance to tell our loved ones just how grateful we are for them putting up with us, and I’m not just talking about other halves here – friends and family deserve some Valentine’s day gratitude too I think. So whilst I don’t really agree with the commercialisation of February 14th (you’ll find me and Mr H at home, probably on the sofa eating a takeaway) I like the fact that it gives us that little nudge that perhaps we all need from time to time to tell our nearest and dearest (and ourselves!) just how amazingly awesome they are. Continue reading
When I was younger, my mum used to make us the most incredible birthday cakes. They were so chocolately and moist, but without a doubt the best bit was the frosting. Chocolate buttercream. I’d go so far as saying it was my favourite food when I was younger. My brother and I used to eat the sponge part first and leave the buttercream until last, which thinking about it now makes me feel a little unwell, but at the time it was bloody marvellous. Having given up dairy, these days this little indulgence is very much off the cards (with buttercream the clue is truly in the name), but even a gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free cake needs some frosting, so I’ve been on the hunt for a suitable alternative. Continue reading
I used to love those trays of flapjacks they sell in supermarkets, back when I was young and apparently rather naive. You see I always used to think that the tray of flapjacks was the healthier option, because in my head it was just oats and oats are good for you. So it was ok to eat the whole tray, right? Wrong. My world turned upside down when I once looked at the ingredients list – sugar, golden syrup, palm oil, other nasties – not good for you in the slightest. Continue reading
My obsession with America started in my early teens, through my love of Abercrombie tracksuit bottoms, anything that said ‘Return to Tiffany’ on it, crappy US sitcoms, and peanut butter Oreos (which I will hereby refer to going forward as PBO’s for no other reason than that I can’t be bothered to keep typing it out).
Luckily as the years went on most of my Stateside loves made their way across the pond to us here in the UK, but unfortunately the PBO’s were the exception. Perhaps they didn’t travel well. Either way, I was pretty sad they never made it onto our supermarket shelves, but hey, life goes on.
These days, my obsessions for baggy track pants and jewellery that looks like it was made for dogs have been replaced by new (and I would hope, slightly classier) obsessions for J Crew, Anthropologie and jewellery that I can’t afford, but my undying love of anything filled with peanut butter (and crappy US sitcoms) still remain.
These peanut butter Raweos are, in my humble opinion, a squillion times better than their unhealthy counterparts. They only have SIX ingredients (that’s 17 less than the PBOs’ 23) and there’s nothing genetically modified about them (if you check the back of a PBO packet you’ll see that a number of their ingredients are GM – scary).
These little delights are packed with protein and good fats, and are great for a little energy boost.
For the ‘biscuit’
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup dates
- 3 tbsp cacao powder
For the filling
- 4 tbsp peanut butter
- 4 tbsp almond milk
- 1 tsp maple syrup
Combine the cashews, dates and cacao powder in a food processor and whizz until the ingredients form a sticky mixture. Shape them into round discs and pop them in the freezer while you make the filling.
For the filling, simply whizz up the ingredients in a food processor, then create the Raweos by spreading the filling onto half of the discs and sandwiching the other halves on top. Store them in the fridge or freezer and enjoy!
Love, Mrs H xx