Love yourself this Valentine with Coconut oil scones

Love yourself this Valentine with Coconut oil scones

Love yourself this valentines with coconut oil scones

The best thing about scones is that they are so quick and easy to make. You don’t need to wait for cold butter to reach room temperature. You can walk in from work and have them baked on a plate and smothered in jam within half an hour.

This super delicious recipe is even simpler. Just three ingredients! Coconut oil, coconut milk and self raising flour. You’d think that they taste really coconutty but strangely they don’t! They have a slight hint of coconut but very light. When I baked the first test batch the girls ate them fresh out the oven with nothing on, but the second batch were cold so they smothered them with jam and cream (there goes the healthy loving yourself aspect!) and they were just as good.Love yourself this valentines with coconut oil scones

Why Coconut oil

When I first received the Coconut oil from Amazon I had to have a feel. It looks like vaseline that’s been whisked up. I put some on my finger to feel it and where I rubbed it into my hands it felt really soft. There are a million and one ways to use this oil without even thinking about baking – like use it with sugar for a body scrub – yep that one works well, use it as a moisturizer, tick, add it to your bath-  Mmmmm. In fact google “uses for coconut oil ” and you’ll find lists of 99, 101 and 107 uses for the stuff. That’s why it’s become the must have ingredient of the moment.Love yourself this valentines with coconut oil scones

When it comes to eating coconut oil the list is just as long. Mix it with chia seeds for an energy boost – one blogwarns not to take this in the evening or you’ll never get to sleep! You can substitute the butter or oil in any recipe with it – but I’ve had mixed results with this.

The flavour is subtle but the end result with the scones was an instant winner. Coconut oil is definitely going to be a permanent fixture in our house – if I could only leave it in the kitchen and not the bathroom!

Coconut oil scones

Makes 15

Coconut oil scones

  • 300g Self raising flour
  • 55g Coconut oil
  • 175ml coconut milk
  1. Preheat your oven to 180ºC and line a baking sheet with silicon paper.
  2. Place the flour and coconut oil in a bowl and use your hands to combine till you have a breadcrumb consistency.
  3. Slowly add the milk. Avoid over mixing as this what makes them tough and we want light and fluffy scones.
  4. Once combined roll out onto a lightly dusted surface and cut out circles. Try not to twist the cutter as you pull it off the dough, that's what makes them contort during baking.
  5. Place your scones on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. They will be pale so check the underneath has browned slightly.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little before smothering with jam.
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So, I hope you are loving yourself this Valentine with these healthy treats. I’m loving you all.

EmmaMT x

Disclaimer: Thanks to Amazon for sending me the Super foods in this series of ‘Love yourself this Valentine’ posts. All thoughts and ramblings are my own.

Love yourself this valentines with a Mango berry smoothie with chia seeds

Mango berry smoothie with chia seeds
Fruit smoothies with chia seeds

I’m a big smoothie fan. I do tend to make fresh juices more often but when it comes to a filling snack a smoothie is the best and healthiest option.

As the summer came to an end the strawberries were only lasting a day at best and didn’t taste of anything – I hate to buy out of season fruits but carrots in the bullet just don’t do it for me! So we started buying frozen fruit and we can’t be the only ones. There’s bags of variety in those frozen aisles. We go for strawberries and blueberries and also mango. You can also get raspberries and blackcurrents but I have to say that I don’t like the way raspberry seeds settle down at the bottom of your glass and you get a ton in one strawfull! You don’t get that with Chia seeds. They just seem to stay up in the smoothie.

Fruit smoothies with chia seedsThe biggest benefit about frozen fruit is that when you place them in the bulllet or your blender and add almond milk, coconut milk or water then whizz it all up you get this sort of slushy milkshake drink and you forget that you’re drinking it to be healthy and nutritious and think it’s a thick shake – the kind I imagine they were talking about in Pulp Fiction – you know the $5 shake?

Why Chia seeds?

There are many health benefits to consuming  Chia Seeds. The superfood is packed full of Omega-3 fatty acids, high in protein, they are relatively tasteless to they can be added to many dishes and bakes without ruining the flavour.

I put all the frozen fruit in the cup of the Nutribullet and leave it on the kitchen worktop for 30 minutes or so. That gives the fruits a chance to soften a little and when you blitz it it gets completely blended and you don’t end up with lumps. Once the liquid is added the drink becomes lovely and thick but the longer you leave it the thinner it gets – also all those lovely nutrients start to escape so the trick is to drink it up straight away!

Like you could resist it anyway!

Mango berry smoothie with chia seeds

Mango berry smoothie with chia seeds

  • 100g frozen strawberries and blueberries
  • 100g Frozen mango
  • 300ml almond milk (or your choice - coconut and water work well too!)
  • ½ tsp Chia seeds
  1. Place all the frozen fruit in the blender and leave for 30 minutes to thaw a little
  2. Add the milk
  3. Blitz till it's really smooth and enjoy!
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So, I hope you are loving yourself this Valentine with these healthy treats. I’m loving you all.

EmmaMT x

Disclaimer: Thanks to Amazon for sending me the Super foods in this series of ‘Love yourself this Valentine’ posts. All thoughts and ramblings are my own.

Love yourself this Valentines with nutritious and delicious recipes

Love yourself this Valentines with nutritious and delicious recipesAmazon Superfoods

It’s time to love yourself this Valentines on CakesBakesAndCookies and we are forgetting all about chocolates and sticky gooey sugary stuff – there’s time for that next month. For the next three days we’re going to treat our insides to some delicious and nutritious yumminess.

Why go healthyAmazon super foods

The reason I decided to do these up and coming posts is because not only do I have some good friends on the Bullet diet who talk about these amazing dishes they make using pure, natural and delicious ingredients but because good old Amazon is now selling them…. in their droves! You want Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for less than the high street prices? You got it! You want nuts and Organic Chia Seeds and pulses. You can have that too. Queen Bee Manuka Honey– Oh yes please.

So without further ado heres the first of our delicious and nutritious recipes

Banana and Chia seed muffin

Makes 12

Banana and Chia seed muffin

  • 120g sunflower oil - you can use unsalted butter if you prefer
  • 2 medium eggs - mixed up
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 320g Self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 170g Manuka honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 ripe bananas mushed up
  1. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases and pre-heat your oven to 170
  2. Mix the oil and eggs together then add the vanilla extract
  3. In a separate bowl sieve and combine the dry ingredients then add them to the egg and oil.
  4. Add the banana and chia seeds and mix.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the cases so they are just over half way full.
  6. Bake for 20-25minutes. They will look pale. Touch the top and if it bounces back even slightly it’s done. These muffins can over bake quickly so don’t be tempted to give them another five minutes.
  7. Once out of the oven leave for a minute or two before turning out of the pan to cool completely.
  8. These muffins taste great with a dollop of jam as they have a very banana bread taste about them.
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Enjoy you healthy bunnies you!

EmmaMT x

Disclaimer: Thanks to Amazon for sending me the Super foods. All thoughts and ramblings are my own

Flipping Nora, it’s pancake day tomorrow!

Flipping Nora, it’s pancake day tomorrow!

Pancake recipe with Spelt flour Is it really pancake day already? I love a pancake. Any type, American, crepe, big, small, they all work for me. I’m a batter girl. Give me anything made with batter – or covered in it for that matter and I’ll love it.

Last week I picked up a copy of The Sainsburys magazine. Have you seen it? As you would expect it’s jam packed full of amazing recipes and foodie ideas but boy is the photography good – even Tim mentioned how good the recipes looked. This month the Ed’s letter explains how they plan, test and re-test each recipe before shooting it which really took me back to the taste test days at Woman & Home magazine. And who should be included in that front page letter? My lovely friend Mitzie whom I met while at W&H. Mitzie is amazing. Her recipes have appeared in so many magazines I couldn’t even start to list them all, so when I got to the page with a pic of her above her Spelt flour pancakes recipe I knew I had to give them a go.

So what is Spelt flour?

Spelt isn’t something I’ve tried before. It’s a bit more clumpy than regular flour but feels the same when you sieve it.  It comes from a cereal grain similar to wheat and has some great nutritional qualities. It holds onto protein better but it’s still not suitable for people with a gluten free diet (sorry you guys!) You can use it instead of regular flour but recipes do tend to rise up a little more so watch for baking times with cakes.

Mitzie's Spelt flour pancakes

Mitzie's Spelt flour pancakes

  • 100g white spelt (or plain) flour
  • 1 medium egg
  • 175ml milk
  • 1 x 170g pot 0% Greek yogurt
  • 40g butter, melted
  • 1 tsp honey
  1. Put the flour in a medium bowl with a pinch of salt and add the egg and about a third of the milk. Whisk until smooth and lump free, then gradually whisk in the remaining milk, 1 tablespoon of the yogurt, the melted butter and honey.
  2. Heat a 16cm nonstick frying pan, and when hot, add about 2 tablespoons of the pancake mixture to the pan and swirl it around until the mixture thinly coats the pan. Cook for 2 minutes or until golden and brown underneath. Flip over and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes, until golden. As they are made, put the pancakes onto a plate, cover them with foil and keep them warm in a low oven while making the rest.
  3. To serve, top the warm pancakes with a spoonful of Greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey and a few berries – add a wedge of lemon on the side to squeeze over, too.
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I made a batch of Mitzie’s Spelt pancakes for myself and Beau for lunch on Saturday. We filled them with cream cheese then rolled them up and put them back in the pan to melt the cheese a little more. We ate them all! Darcey was due home soon after so I made a whole other batch which she ate with maple syrup, lemon and sugar and a touch of cream – serious sweet tooth going on there- I have no idea where she gets it from!  She ate the whole batch in one go. By herself! So you can see – they’re really good!

Top tip for pancake day

The pancakes can be made and stored for later. I have done this loads with deep American pancakes. All you need to do is place a piece of baking paper between each pancake to stop them sticking. Re-heat in the pan or microwave or if you’re Darcey just eat them cold.

This recipe calls for melted butter in the batter so you don’t need to oil the pan. This worked so well I’m wondering if it would work with other pancake recipes too! I’m going to try it next time. Let me know how you guys get on with the added butter if you give it a try. Just leave a comment below.

Darcey enjoying her Spelt flour

Enjoy!

EmmaMT x

Disclaimer: Thanks to Sainsburys for the pancake hamper that was waiting for me when I got home from work last week. It’s been yummy! Thanks too for giving me permission to share Mitzie’s Spelt pancake recipe. All thoughts and ramblings are my own.

Win a whole load of baking goodies from DotComGiftShop

Win a whole load of baking goodies from DotComGiftShop

DOTCOMGIFTSHOP GIVEAWAY

No sooner did I press ‘publish’ on yesterday’s blog post about the cute recipe tin from DotComGiftShop.com than they sent me an email saying

‘Why don’t we do a giveaway with CakesBakesAndCookies?’

to which I said

“Yeeaaahhhhh!”

So here it is. The short and sweet giveaway! You can will all of the Blue tit items shown above.

What can you win?

  1. The recipe tin £9.95 – As I said yesterday – it’s easy to file away and keep recipes safe once you have this baby.
  2. The cookie canister £9.95- which is bigger in real life than it looks in this little pic!
  3. The cake carrier, £29.95- which Tim and I bought for members of our family for Christmas last year and whilst wrapping them up I was asking why on earth I didn’t get myself one? I mean it’s a really great size and it has handles! What’s not to love?
  4. The flour shaker. £5.95 I’ve got two shakers – one for flour and one for icing sugar. Everyone needs some prettiness when they’re doing the shaking don’t you think?
  5. The flour canister- £6.95 so cute! It’s glass so it will last an age. Love the colour of this lid too!

In total that’s over £60 of cake baking goodiness so what are you waiting for. Enter the giveaway now!

How to win this fantastic Dotcomgiftshop bundle

To win this collection of five Blue Tit baking goodies all you have to do is share this post on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ or Twitter then leave me a comment below with why you should win before midnight on 29th February 2016. Remember you must share this post on social media AND comment below to be entered.

Good luck and get sharing!

EmmaMT x

CakesBakesAndCookies.com Terms & Conditions

This giveaway will close at 12:00 on 29th February 2016. Leaving a blog post comment is a mandatory entry option. This prize is offered by dotcomgiftshop.com. I am hosting it on behalf of Dotcomgiftshop. Please note, I am not responsible for posting the prize out or providing it. Dotcomgiftshop or its representative will send out the prize, the winner must provide their name, address once contacted. The winner will be selected at random from all correct entries received by the random number generator. The winner will be notified within 3 days of the closing date. The prize is one recipe tin, one cookie canister, one cake carrier, one flour shaker and one flour canister, no cash alternatives are available. This giveaway is open only to residents in mainland UK (excluding Northern Ireland and Scottish Highlands and Islands) and entrants must be over 18.

Thank you to Dotcomgiftshop for providing this giveaway. All thoughts, opinions and ramblings are entirely my own.

How cute is this recipe storage tin?

How cute is this recipe storage tin?

Easy way to store recipes

I thought I would share with you how I plan the recipes on CakesBakesAndCookies and how I’ve got just that little bit more organised with this cute recipe storage tin.

Recipe testing

When I bake a recipe I write down on a piece of paper the ingredients I use, the temperature and how long it’s baked for. I then take that scrappy piece and type it up and for some reason I can’t throw it away! I mean I have it saved on my blog so I have it forever. I don’t need to keep it.

Normally I’m a real clutter buster. I don’t keep much. I like a clean surface and to be able to find things easily – my kitchen drawers are all organised. I don’t have one of ‘those drawers’ but these scrappy recipes just never seem to go. I’ve done over 150 recipes on here now but here they are still clipped together.

Easy way to store recipesAt Christmas I was given a recipe tin by DotComGiftShop.com as a little thank you and boy has it sorted my life out. At first I was a bit hesitant – not wanting change and all that but then I unclipped the current messy storage system – a.k.a. a couple of clips that sit on my window ledge and et voila! Organised.

The tin’s design is really sweet – or should that be tweet! Sorry, couldn’t resist. I have the Blue tit design but there’s also a poppy, rose and apple design

It comes with these really cute recipe cards – so I won’t need to write on scraps anymore! There’s also a set of dividers for all kinds of recipes. To be honest I’m just glad I now have a place to keep everything together now and in the kitchen too!
Easy way to store recipes I have a large cardboard box in another cupboard in the kitchen which is affectionately known as the ‘somewhere safe box’ as in “Where did I put my book/my favourite pen/the letter for school.”  Oh I put it somewhere safe, and this has become that for recipes – my somewhere safe for recipes tin and I love it.
Easy way to store recipes

So, what do you do with all your recipes? Do you have a system for the ones you tear out of magazines? I’d love to know

EmmaMT x

Disclaimer: Thank you to Dotcomgiftshop for sending me this Blue tit recipe tin, I love it and to Mr A S – PR extraordinaire for always making me smile. No-one else calls me Morton-Turnip!  All thoughts, opinions and ramblings are entirely my own.

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