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Apricot and orange granola

Have you ever tried to make granola at home? I can assure you that it is addictive! Why? Well, first because we can combine any ingredient and secondly because we can regulate the amount of sugar and fat added, getting a healthier product than many of those bought (I also add some protein in powder as it helps to maintain the level of satiety).

Everyone likes it! With fruit, milk, yogurt, or simply as a snack! It lasts a long time and is so very convenient!

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TIME: 120 min

INGREDIENTS:
350g Oat flakes
80g Dried Apricots
50g Walnuts
25g Sunflower Seeds
25g Sesame Seeds
2 tbsp Coconut oil
2 tbsp grated coconut
Zest and juice of 1 orange
3 tbsp of Protein powder
2 tbsp Brown sugar
2 tbsp of Honey

PREPARATION:
Preheat the oven to 125 ° C.
In a pan put the coconut oil, sugar, honey, juice and zest of the orange. Let the oil melt and set aside.
In a bowl place the remaining ingredients: the oat flakes, diced apricots, walnuts and seeds. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry and stir with a spoon to get everything involved.
Place the granola in a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and bake for about 60-80 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes and remove when it is well golden.
Allow to cool completely before storing in a jar.

This recipe uses products of My Protein

Oat and Flaxseed Pancakes

Our food choises aren’t always easy! There are temptations everywhere, and the fact that lunch hours tend to be short, and at dinner we are already so tired that we don’t always make the best choices.

For some years I try to make balanced meals, and choose organic products with nutritional quality. Also the week’s meals are planned and prepared in order to facilitate the day-to-day and to ensure that we consume almost always homemade food. Of course none of this makes sense without a healthy lifestyle, combined with exercise. Especially at this stage of pregnancy, it becomes mandatory to make responsible choices.

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Precisely for all these factors, I didn’t hesitate to meet My Protein products and incorporate them into our meals. Not only for athletes, but for all those who like me seek healthy food choices but also delicious, the biggest brand in the UK for sports nutrition, offers different products: from more specific ranges to products well known for it’s benefits. This is the case of flax seeds (in powder) extremely rich in soluble and insoluble fiber and fatty acids (especially omega-3). It contributes to the reduction of cholesterol, and moreover doesn’t contain sugar, soy or milk . You can incorporate it easily into bread, smoothies, yogurts, match with fruit, or in my case on pancakes, which besides being delicious, work very well frozen, ensuring a healthy breakfast, accessible at any time.

Moreover I also used coconut oil: from an organic origin, it’s the most healthy dietary oil, and may be used as a direct substitute for other cooking oils, since it’s extremely stable at high temperature.

SERVES: 4
TIME: 30min

INGREDIENTS:
50g Oat Flakes
150 g Wheat Flour
20g Flax seed powder
1 tsp Yeast Powder
1 coffe spoon of cinnamon
300ml milk
100g of Honey
1 egg
1/2 coffe spoon of fine salt
1 tbsp coconut oil

PREPARATION:
For your convenience you can have all the dry ingredients combined and stored in a jar, and when preparing the pancakes, just add the milk and egg.
In a bowl combine the dry ingredients and the liquid ingredients in another. Mix both and set aside. If you wait too long you may need to add a little more milk to the mixture to get the ideal consistency.
In a frying pan place the coconut oil and let it melt. Add it the dough, mix again and now you already have your pan greased .
Place spoonfuls of the dough in the pan, and cook for 40 seconds on each side, or until well browned.
Serve with honey and fruits.

 

This recipe uses products of My Protein

The last of the season-plum crumble

And voilá! I think this recipe marks the official farewell to summer. The last plums left the tree and huddled underneath a warm and delicious crumble crust.
Summer is almost gone and took with him so many good ingredients, but autumn is also generous in his own way and invites to other flavors. Of course everyone always has a preference, but every season has unique charms. Who doesn’t like being by the fireplace during winter or enjoying the beautiful colors of autumn. Watching the rain on the window, or drinking a warm mug of tea to warm the body and the soul. We must learn to appreciate what each season brings. What is seasonal is healthier and tastier than at any other time of the year.
This year I wanted to try to freeze pitted plums, but because as the freezer is already full of everything that in season (pumpkin, blackberries, tomatoes, raspberries, green beans and peas) no point thinking about it.
The last plums, became this crumble … a worthy farewell to summer and a “welcome” to autumn.

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SERVES: 6
TIME: 30min

INGREDIENTS:
100g of butter
100g Rolled Oats
30g Sesame Seeds
120g Wheat Flour
75g Yellow Sugar
450g Pitted Plums
100g blueberries
1 tsp cornmeal
1 tbsp sugar

Turn the oven to 150ºC.
In a bowl mix the oats, the sesame seeds, the flour and the brown sugar.
Reserve.
In another bowl, place the pitted and cutted plums, add the blueberries, the cornflour and sugar. Mix.
Melt the butter and add to the dry mixture. Stir to combine.
Place the fruit in a oven bowl and arrange the oat crust on top.
Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes (until golden brown on top).
Serve warm with yogurt or ice cream.

Pancakes with Oatmeal, Coconut and Blueberries

For great lovers of robust breakfasts, this recipe is mandatory! It was adapted from a recipe from Nigella Lawson and if you often make pancakes at home it’s great to have the dry mixture ready adding the liquid ingredients only when needed.
Saves on washing the dishes, saves time and isn’t this recipe a great breakfast in bed!

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INGREDIENTS:
(150g of dry mix serve 2-3 people)
Dry Mix
400g Wheat Flour
100g Grated Coconut
100g Rolled Oats
3 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
50g sugar

For each 150g of the dry mixture, you’ll need to add when preparing:
1 egg
350ml milk
2 tbsp melted butter

Nothing easier!
In an airtight jar mix add all the dry ingredients. Close and shake until well mixed.
For the preparation remove 150g of the mixture, and add the egg, milk and butter.
Add the blueberries (or other fruit you like: apple, strawberries, blackberries, peaches …) and mix.
Heat a frying pan without oil or butter.
Add the mixture in scoops and cook about 1 minute on each side.
Remove, drizzle with honey or maple syrup and serve hot.

Oat Cookies

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SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS:
100 g melted butter
150 g sugar
120 g of wheat flour
160 g of oat flakes
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp sodium bicarbonate

If you have a food processor, just put all the ingredients, no particular order, taking care to melt the butter. Mix for 1minutos, then remove tablespoons of dough and place over baking paper on a tray and cook to a preheated 150 ° C oven for 30 minutes.
If you don’t have a food processor, mix the dry ingredients, and the liquids in another bowl (including the egg).
Then join both and mix until obtain a homogeneous mass.
Likewise, place spoonfuls of the preparation on baking paper.
Remove the cookies and let them cool completely on a rack before storing them in a sealed flask.

Anzac Cookies

The other day I was watching 24 Kitchen … I wasn’t paying any attention really … it was kind of when you’re doing more than one thing at a time with the TV on. Then someone starting talking about these cookies, which owe their name to an acronym : Australia + New Zealand + Army Corp. . From what I understand , the biscuits were made by the relatives of the soldiers of those nations and sent to them … because no egg is added, they last a lot of time. They’re not very crispy , are more of the chewy kind , but no doubt delicious.
And with that, I wish you a great weekend … enjoy ! ! ! !

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INGREDIENTS:
125g flour
100g grated coconut
100g rolled oats
75g brown sugar
125g of butter
2 tbsp Golden Syrup ( or honey )
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons of boiling water

In a bowl mix the dry ingredients : flour, grated coconut , sugar and oatmeal .
Melt the butter with the honey / golden syrup .
Dissolve baking soda in boiling water and set aside.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well .
Template balls and place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper .
Press them with your hands until they are at a height of 1 cm .
Take the preheated oven for about 15 minutes at 180 º C.

Let them cool completely before storing .