Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Healthy Scotch Pancakes With Sultanas

Happy Pancake Day!

I love Shrove Tuesday. I don't need much of an excuse to make pancakes and tonight after my body balance class at the gym I'll most likely be making both savoury and sweet pancakes. Why not, right? Who doesn't want double pancakes?

But I couldn't let the day go by without giving you guys a delicious new pancake recipe to drool over.

Healthy Scotch Pancakes With Sultanas. Fat little pancakes with juicy sultanas. | The Road to Less Cake | #healthy #pancakes #breakfast


When I was a little girl my Mum would sometimes buy Scotch pancakes from the shop as a little treat for me and my friends to eat after school or sometimes for me and my Dad to eat on a Sunday morning.

I'd pop them under the grill (because my mum refused to buy a toaster for years until the grill broke one year and she wanted toast before we could get it fixed) and then smoother them in butter or jam.

Scotch pancakes, or drop scones as they're often called, aren't like other pancakes. You're not meant to drizzle them in syrup. You slather them with jam, butter or honey. They're not meant be served pipping hot, they should be served warm so that you can pick them up like a slice of toast and wrap your chops around them.

They're also a lot smaller than regular pancakes. Think the size of an English muffin, But don't let their size fool you. They're super yummy.

Healthy Scotch Pancakes With Sultanas. Fat little pancakes with juicy sultanas. | The Road to Less Cake | #healthy #pancakes #breakfast

Making these took me right back to being a little girl, biting into the little pancakes, dripping with butter, licking my buttery fingers and lips.

When I made them I asked J did he ever used to eat Scotch pancakes when he got home from school?

He said he'd never had them before. Say whaaaaat?

Finding a pack of these bad boys in the bread bin was like finding treasure for me and Dad.

Healthy Scotch Pancakes With Sultanas. Fat little pancakes with juicy sultanas. | The Road to Less Cake | #healthy #pancakes #breakfast

Remaking these little pancakes they had to have sultanas. They were always my favourite flavour.

To make them a bit healthier and more guilt free, instead of white flour I used wholegrain spelt flour (wholemeal flour would also work) and I only added a little sugar. That way it leaves more room for toppings.

You can make them a little more guilt free by skipping the sugar. If you want to just top them with a smattering of butter then I'd recommend adding a little sugar. If you're going to go down the honey or jam route then feel free to omit the sweet stuff.

Healthy Scotch Pancakes With Sultanas. Fat little pancakes with juicy sultanas. | The Road to Less Cake | #healthy #pancakes #breakfast

The great things about these pancakes is you can make them ahead of time. They're the perfect size to pop in the toaster to reheat them.

I made a big batch on the weekend and then popped some in the fridge and a few in the freezer for a rainy hungry day.

They should last two or three days in the fridge.

Healthy Scotch Pancakes With Sultanas. Fat little pancakes with juicy sultanas. | The Road to Less Cake | #healthy #pancakes #breakfast

These fat, fluffy little pancakes took me right back to my childhood and they are perfect for all the family. Big and small kids alike.

They fun, filling and mighty tasty.

I'll stop gabbing on so you can get your hands on these delish lil' pancakes.

Healthy Scotch Pancakes
Healthy Scotch Pancakes With Sultanas. Fat little pancakes with juicy sultanas. | The Road to Less Cake | #healthy #pancakes #breakfast
by Nikki Mitchell
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 - 15 mins
Keywords: fry breakfast snack dessert diary-free vegetarian wheat-free nut-free soy-free sultanas spelt pancakes
Ingredients (12 Pancakes)
  • 2 cups wholegrain spelt or wholemeal flour
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 1/3 cup sultanas or raisins
  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tablespoon oil (I used coconut)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  • Heat the oil in a pan or on a skillet.
  • Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon (if using) together in a bowl.
  • Add the milk and eggs and whisk the dry and wet ingredients together. It should be a thick pancake batter.
  • Spoon a tablespoon and a half on the mixture into the pan or onto a skillet for each pancake.
  • Sprinkle a few sultanas or raisins on the top of each pancake before flipping.
  • Cook until golden brown on each side.
  • Smoother with butter, jam or honey.
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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Tips For Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

Happy Sunday!

I love Sundays. Lie ins. Big mugs of coffee. Lazy breakfasts of pancakes, waffles or scrambled egg on thick slices of toast.

I love taking my time over my breakie on the weekends because working full time Monday to Friday (working nine to five!) I don't always have the luxury of doing so. If you're like me and have to be at work on a morning you don't always get the time to make breakfast, let alone eat it.

When you're in a rush it can be easy to make unhealthy choices in the morning and Shake Up Your Wake Up, who have been celebrating Breakfast Week all this week, have done some research into how healthy certain breakfasts are.

So today I thought I'd share my tips for eating a healthy breakfast when you've got a busy morning or are on the on the go.
1. Get your bake on 

With J and I both working full time and him commuting I often make us something on the weekend that we can both grab in the morning. Muffins, cookies and granola bars all work fantastically. I can whip them up on a weekend and then we have morning meals for the week ahead.

I usually try making something that I can freeze, so that if there is a day or week coming up where one or both of us know we are going to be busy we can defrost a nutritious and delicious breakfast the night before. Baked oats are perfect for this.

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2. Make your breakfast the night before

This may sound easy but it can be lifesaver. The easiest things to make the night before are a smoothie or overnight oats. You can wake up and not have to worry about breakfast because it is sat in the fridge ready for you. No stress. No guilt. Just yummy goodness.

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3. Take it work with you

If you have time to whip something up in the morning but don't have time to eat it then take it work with you. Smoothies, yogurt with fruit and nuts or seeds and homemade baked goods can all be taken to work and eaten at your desk.

If you don't have time to make something in the morning then make it the night before (point two) or have a big breakfast baking session on the weekend or a day when you're free (point one), so that you have yummy goodness you can take with you to work or eat on the commute.

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4. Have a few products you can grab

Even with the best intentions sometimes time can get the best of you. I have a few products in my cupboards and fridge that I trust so if I need to I know I've got a quick breakfast (and sometimes a snack). I usually make sure I have a few protein or wholefood fruit and nut bars, protein balls and yogurt pots in the house that I can grab if I need to and eat either on their own or with some fruit either at home or at work.

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5. Have a stash in your desk drawer or locker

I have all sorts of foodie things in my desk drawer at work - nuts, seeds, dried fruit and copious amounts of tea bags. If I really don't have the time to eat breakfast and I haven't made anything the night before I know I've got something in my desk I can munch on to stave off my hunger and help me concentrate until lunch. I also nibble on a few things out of my stash for a snack if I haven't taken anything with me that day.

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What are your top tips for eating breakfast on the go and when you're short on time?

What are your favourite weekday breakfasts?


*This post is sponsored by Shake Up Your Wake Up

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Date, Oat and Almond Smoothie

What's the weather like where you are? It is so cold here. And it is forecast to snow here today. The weather at the moment is making me want to squirrel away in my bed and hibernate until the Summer.


Creamy, dreamy date, oat and almond smoothie with a natural plant-based protein kick | The Road to Less Cake | #smoothie #vegan #vegetarian #dairyfree #protein

With the frost, snow and chilly air, I have been fighting with my snooze button and my cosy bed. Most mornings I have a war with myself about getting up or staying snuggled up under the covers. Once I've stopped arguing with myself I usually stumble out of bed, bleary eyed, put on the kettle on to make my morning cup coffee to help me feel alive, and gravitate towards a bowl of warming porridge.

It's been a while since I shared my last smoothie recipe, and I've wanted to introduce some more smoothies back into my mornings because I like to have variety in my diet. And smoothies are quicker to make than a bowl of oats, meaning I can have that extra five minutes in bed. Hoorah!

But I wanted a smoothie that would make me feel snug inside.

This smoothie definitely does that. It is creamy. It is dreamy. It is super satisfying.

And what's more - you only need six ingredients. Dates. Oats. Almond Butter. Banana. Milk. Cinnamon. Whiz it all up in a blender, sprinkle a little more cinnamon on top and you are good to go.

Creamy, dreamy Date, Oat and Almond Smoothie with a natural plant-based protein kick | The Road to Less Cake | #smoothie #vegan #vegetarian #dairyfree #protein

I love smoothies that I can eat with a spoon. I'm not too much of a fan of the thinner smoothies, I'd rather make a juice in my juicer.

The oats, dates and bananas, along with the almond butter, help this smoothie to be nice and thick. If I'm wanting even more minutes in bed on a morning (because let's face it, I always am) I make the smoothie the night before, pour it into a mason jar and leave it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, my breakfast is ready and it is even thicker. Bliss.


Creamy, dreamy Date, Oat and Almond Smoothie with a natural plant-based protein kick | The Road to Less Cake | #smoothie #vegan #vegetarian #dairyfree #protein

During the Winter I always want to eat more than I do in the Summer, and another reason I've wanted to start drinking more smoothies is because I've been upping my protein intake to help keep me fuller for longer. 

Smoothies are super easy way of upping my protein. Although I add protein to my bowls of oats, like a handful of nuts or even an egg, I always find smoothie helps to keep me more satisfied until lunch or my mid-morning snack if I'm at work.

Anyone want to wade in why that is?

Creamy, dreamy Date, Oat and Almond Smoothie with a natural plant-based protein kick | The Road to Less Cake | #smoothie #vegan #vegetarian #dairyfree #protein

I'm loving dates at the moment and this is the second recipe using dates I've shared this month after the chewy, gooey granola bars

I soaked my dates overnight to help them blend easier and go smoother and creamier. This is totally optional and if you have a high speed blender you probably wouldn't need to soak the fruit.

Date, Oat and Almond Smoothie
Creamy, dreamy Date, Oat and Almond Smoothie with a natural plant-based protein kick | The Road to Less Cake | #smoothie #vegan #vegetarian #dairyfree #protein
by Nikki Mitchell
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 2 - 3 mins in blender
Keywords: blender raw breakfast diary-free gluten-free soy-free vegan vegetarian sugar-free almond butter almonds dates oats
Ingredients (Serves 1)
  • 3 medjool dates (I soaked mine over night)
  • 1/2 to 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 3 tablespoons rolled oats (gluten-free in necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 cup (250 mls) milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, plus extra for sprinkling on top
Instructions
  • Add all the ingredients to a blender or smoothie maker and blend for two to three minutes until smooth.
  • Pour the smoothie into a mason jar or glass and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Alibi Health Drink Giveaway

We're two weeks into January and I don't know about you but I sometimes find after the initial enthusiasm of the New Year things can start to peter off. 

To help give you a little boost, Alibi are giving a gift box to one of my readers containing one of each flavour (blueberry, citrus and pomegranate) of their drinks which contain 19 essential vitamins, minerals and herbs.




I don't usually drink sparkling or carbonated drinks much these days, but when Alibi asked if I'd to try some of their drinks after looking at their ingredients and discovering the only sweeteners they use are from fruit juice and stevia, I felt they could be part of a healthy lifestyle.

My favourite flavour was the blueberry and I found the drinks gave me a boost when I was feeling stressed and flagging at work.

Enter below before midnight of Tuesday, January 27 to be in with a chance of winning a gift box of one of each flavour of Alibi drinks.

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