Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies!

When I hear the words ‘healthy’ and ‘cookies’ in the same sentence, I usually think “oh here we go again” – a so called ‘healthy’ recipe, which either isn’t that healthy when you look at the ingredients, or it is healthy but tastes prettimage-9y awful and nothing like a real cookie. However, this recipe is a complete game changer! For one, the ingredients are wholesome, nutritious and won’t put a dent in your waistline, but most importantly, they taste AMAZING!
I found this recipe online (I’m always on the look out for healthy bakes), and I just had to write about it. I usually try these recipes and they never turn out like the official photo, but these actually look pretty decent! (I made a few changes as I was limited to the ingredients in my cupboard, so feel free to personalise it too!) So, low and behold: refined sugar-free, good-for-you, chocolate chip cookies! (They look pretty good, don’t they?!)

Anyway, here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup agave nectar
1tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla essence
85% dark chocolate (broken into small pieces)

Method:

Set your oven at 180c and line a baking tray well. Then, simply blend the chickpeas, peanut butter, honey and baking powder until the mixture is a smooth paste. Stir in the dark chocolate pieces.
Now spoon the mixture onto the baking tray in even mounds (they can be however small or large depending on the size you want your cookies). Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until golden brown. Make sure you check on them regularly, then remove, let cool and devour!

(Original recipe from zannavandijk.co.uk – there are some awesomely healthy and delicious recipes on there!)

Battling the blemishes: Tea Tree to the rescue!

I’ve been wanting to write this blog for a while as skin troubles have been the bane of my life recently. Over the past few months I have struggled with constant blemishes, spots, pimples – whatever you like to call them, and it has definitely been getting me down at times. Of course, make-up doimage-7es a great job at covering things up, but I’ve come to learn that a good skincare routine is important to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy under all those beauty products.

I’ve used several face wash products over the years but have never found one that I’ve found to make a noticeable difference. However, a few weeks ago I decided to give this Tea Tree Skin Cleansing Facial Wash from The Body Shop a go. I have used body butters, creams and make up from the Body Shop in the past and have loved them, therefore I felt positive that this product would be a good one. I wasn’t mistaken! This tea tree wash is so light on your face and I have really noticed a difference in the quality of my skin. I have significantly less blemishes and even better is that it smells lovely and leaves you feeling fresh and clean. Tea Tree oil is found to be a great skin treatment – it is known for its ‘healing powers’ and is a natural ingredient used in many different shampoos, skincare products and ointments. So it’s definitely a must in my book and this face wash is just lovely – a new staple in my skincare routine!

What skin care products do you swear by?

Winter Essentials

winteressentialsOne thing about me is that I really hate the cold. Don’t get me wrong, I love those crisp winter days when the sun is shining and the air is fresh, but I always have to wrap up as warm as possible. Therefore I thought I would share a few of my ‘winter essentials’ with you.

Here I am wearing my new woolly hat which I recently bought from a vintage fair for an absolute bargain, and a HUGE scarf which keeps me toasty at this chilly time of year. I also team these up with a pair of sheepskin gloves to keep the heat in!

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Hat: Vintage £4

Scarf: Zara £19.99

Gloves: Ugg (These were a gift but range from about £100 – £120)

So don’t be cold and ensure you choose your winter accessories wisely

Blueberry and Coconut Loaf

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Now everyone loves a good slice of cake, but sometimes it’s hard to indulge when you’re trying to be good and watch what you eat. So, I spent my Friday evening experimenting in the kitchen on a mission to bake a guilt-free but equally delicious cakey treat, and this is what I came up with – a Blueberry and Coconut loaf!

Blueberries are super food and there are endless benefits to making sure they are a staple in your diet. As a thin-skinned dark berry, they are lower in fructose (fruit sugar) than many other types of fruit. They are also a rich source of antioxidants and are high in vitamin C which strengthens the immune system, helping to protect the body against illness.

Coconut is an excellent source of fat and is thought to reduce our urge to eat something sweet – the healthy fat in coconut slows down any rise in blood sugar and helps to reduce hyperglycaemic cravings.

This recipe also happens to be gluten and dairy free, so great for those of you who might have intolerances!

Ingredients:

1 cup oats
1 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup natural sweetener (I used Xlylitol but honey could also work well)
3/4 cup almond or coconut milk
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1 scoop whey protein (optional – great if you want to higher the protein content)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
3-4 eggs
1 cup frozen blueberries

Method:

1. Pre-heat oven to 200c

2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl

3. Once fully combined, pour mixture into a loaf tin (which I had slightly greased with some coconut oil) and put in the oven for about 30-40 mins or until your knife comes out clean when testing.

4. Let cool, then slice up and serve! I even added a spoonful of peanut butter to mine for an extra treat – delicious!

Winter make-up splurge

Winter is here and December is round the corner…so we should all be doing our Christmas shopping right? Well I had the intention to start working through my festive to-do list last weekend, but a shopping trip with my friend turned into a rather huge make-up spree for myself! Oops… However I don’t feel too bad this was my first shopping trip for quite a while (I know, a depressing thought… I blame an expensive month of family birthdays and the odd car breakdown that left me slightly out of pocket). Thankfully payday arrived and I found some amazing wintery beauty products that I have to share with you!

Product: Bobbi Brown Lipstick
Colour: Burnt Redimage-2
Price: £17.50

I’ve been slowly easing myself into lipstick wearing (I’ve always been a bit safe with neutral colours) and I decided that it was finally time to buy myself a bold, classic red. I chose a darker shade as I wanted something for the winter and also I think it’s a lovely timeless colour. I tried several brands and visited several makeup counters before I settled for Burnt Red from Bobbi Brown. It’s important to me that a lipstick is long lasting and feels light on my lips and this one has both of those qualities. Plus, the colour is just beautiful, perfect for a winter’s day or a Christmas party night! Also, it was a very good price compared to the other up-market brands I tried on – the actual price was £19.50 but John Lewis had a special 10% discount offer on so this made it an even better deal, winner!

 
Product: Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Varnish 
Colour: Desire
Price: £4.49

Another winter must-have and perfect for the festive season. A girl can never have too many nail  vanishes and this one is the perfect colour to accessorise with my winter wardrobe. I really like Rimmel products as I find them to be good quality and for a really great price. I’ve been wearing it for 2 days now and the chipping is very minimal, so not too bad at all I say!

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Product: Rimmel Apocalips
Colour: Galaxy
Price: £6.49 image-4

So not only did I purchase my first red lipstick, but I bought an even darker ‘lip laquer’ too! Half the reason is because I wanted a cheaper product to use so that I don’t run out of my more expensive Bobbi Brown lipstick really quickly, and secondly I wanted a darker and purpler colour as something a bit different. Apocalips from Rimmel is a really lovely alternative to classic lipstick – it has a deep intense colour, which lasts really well, and it smells lovely too!

 

Product: Maybelline Colour Tattoo 
Colour: Eternal Gold
Price: £4.99

This cream gel eyeshadow has been on my to-buy list for a while now. I love gold-coloured eyeshadows in general and had been told about how good this product it. Long lasting and easy to apply, Maybelline’s Colour Tattoo collection offers a wide range of bold, metallic shades, which go perfectly with just about anything!

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