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No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil

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Last week I was in Devon on holiday with my boyfriend and his family for the first time.
We stopped in a lovely Holiday Lodge in Dawlish Warren and it was only a 10 minute walk to the coast.

Before we went I decided I was going to bake some goodies to take with us; so I made a Carrot Cake following Nigel Slaters’ recipe and a Chocolate Chocolate Cake (see the layer cake notes).

The other thing that I made to take with us were these No Bake Granola Bars that my boyfriend really enjoys, its a healthier snack which is quick and easy to make but tastes delicious.

I adapted these granola bars from a recipe I stumbled across after looking on the various food blogs for a healthy cereal bar. I wanted to make something that was healthy but also I was trying out coconut oil for the first time.

Adapted From – FiveHeartHome

130g Coconut Oil
260g Peanut Butter
130g Honey
250g Rolled Oats
50g Desiccated Coconut
40g Flaked Almonds
40g Chocolate Chips (optional)
120g Dried Fruit*
*I did 60g each of Dried Cranberries & Sultanas.

(The second time when I doubled the recipe I did 120g Dried Cranberries, 60g Sultanas,
40g Goji Berries & 40g Dried Blueberries.)

 

1. In a medium saucepan set over low-medium heat, melt together the coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey stirring until smooth and everything is melted.

coconut oil, honey and peanut butter melted

2. Remove from stove and stir in oats, desiccated coconut, flaked almonds and your mixture of dried fruit until evenly blended.

Stirring dry ingredients the the coconut oil mixture Oats, Coconut, Flaked Almonds and Dried Fruit (Doubled Recipe)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13-inch baking tray. Spread into an even layer, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips (if using), and firmly press down with the back of a spatula or clean hands.

” When I doubled the recipe I used a Swiss Roll Tin and 8-9 inch square tin
– you can see the pictures below “

No Bake Granola Mixture in 9inch Square Tin No Bake Granola Mixture in Swiss Roll Tin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Slice into squares or bars then remove from pan.

No Bake Granola Bars Cut Up5. Store granola bars in the refrigerator, either in an airtight container with wax paper separating the layers, or individually wrapped in plastic wrap.

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These Granola Bars were great when we were on holiday, just wrapped them up and popped them in my handbag or in our little picnic box when we were off out for the day.
They were the perfect little snack.

Ship In Brixham

Ship in Brixham Harbour

One of the places that we visited was Brixham a small fishing town with a few gift shops. Me and my boyfriend Ant went for a lovely walk around the town and we sat and had a little bite of our picnic.

The few times that I have been to Brixham I have always taken a picture of the ship in the harbour. 25 years ago my parents took me there as a baby and I have a photo of my mom holding me with the ship in the background.

Travelling on Dartmouth Ferry

On the ferry to Dartmouth

View in Dartmouth of Houses

The view from the ferry

After our visit to Brixham his dad drove to the ferry to take us over to Dartmouth, which I was quite looking forward to as I had never been on the ferry in Devon before. It was a beautiful sunny day so I got some lovely photos whilst travelling on the ferry.

View in Dartmouth

Beautiful view when in Dartmouth, lovely sunny day

One of the days we went to Paignton where me and Ant had a small walk around the town then we had a lovely stroll along the beach, I was collecting shells as we made our way towards the Pier.
I always feel strange when you can see the water moving between the cracks of the wood.

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Most of the week was sunny but we did have one rainy day, so while Ant’s parents went off to visit a friend we went to Trago Mills and then had a walk around Newton Abbot town.
I always like to see the peacocks whenever I go to Trago, I love the colours and I think that they have such stunning feathers, I was lucky enough to get a few shots of the males parading about.

Peacock at Trago Mills Peacock at Trago Mills 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the last day we went back to Trago Mills as his mom wanted to go, which meant we could have another look for things to buy. Even though I’m sure when I got back home my mom would moan about the glass jars, I had bought for my baking supplies… and yes she did!!

We had another visit to Dawlish on the way back… well I thought that I couldn’t go home without bringing my mom and dad a cream tea back. Which they were both very happy about 🙂

I had a wonderful holiday with Ant and his family, every evening we would walk down to the coast and go into the arcade his dad would give us all a pound, we got quite addicted to the 2p machines our favourite was Snakes & Ladders. On these games you would win tickets after the week me and Ant had just got under 3000; I got a Spaniel Dog toy, and comic style wallet, Ant got a bell ‘to ring for a drink’ and many marbles and little toy soldiers to give his parents.

Cute Spaniel Dog that we got with the tickets.

Cute Spaniel Dog that we got with the tickets.

Giant Valentines Heart Cookie

Hi there everyone 🙂
Hope you are all well, sorry that I haven’t posted a recipe in quite a while, I know its been a few months but I shall try to get back into the swing of things and share with you all what I have been baking.
At the end of November last year I had a bit of an accident in my car, thankfully I was fine but I was very upset about my car as I thought that it was written off. Very very happy that it wasn’t and that they were able to fix it and its looking as good as new.
I had a lovely Christmas and New Year with my Family and Friends and yes there was quite a bit of cake and sweet treats going around, always find that you eat way too much round that time of year.

So has anyone made any New Years resolutions…

Mine is to do more exercise, I’ve been enjoying some long walks with my boyfriend.

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Craig and Hannah on there wedding day

Craig and Hannah on there wedding day2

It was my Boyfriends Brothers Wedding at the beginning of February.
 The ceremony was beautiful and the bride looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress.
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The room where we dined was decorated with bunting handmade by the bride herself, pictures of both the bride and groom on each of the tables, along with cute little teacups with a cupcake in each one.
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I loved that there were disposable cameras on each of the tables for the guests’ to take pictures throughout the night – they are going to find one camera where my boyfriend took various selfies of himself through night aka ‘The Selfie Camera’.
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They also had blank postcards on the tables asking everyone to write their advice, to help them on their future wedded life together.
Ants Sweet Cart at Craig and Hannahs Wedding
Another thing that I loved was the Sweet Cart that my wonderful boyfriend made… It was amazing!
He is so talented, love his wood work.
Me and Ant at Craig and Hannahs Wedding

Me & My Boyfriend Ant

Kris, Steph, Me, Ant and Malley at Craig and Hannahs Wedding

Kris, Steph, Me, Ant & Malley – greatest pose of the night

Mandy, Me, Craig, Hannah, Ant & Ron at Craig and Hannahs Wedding

The Mother & Father of the Groom, Hannah & Craig, Me & Ant

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 This is the Cookie recipe that I used to make my boyfriend a Giant Heart Cookie.
This was our first Valentines Day together and everything that I made him was heart-shaped; I used my Nordic Ware Heart Shape Cookie Sheet to make the giant cookie. I think it would be good to make a pizza with too or maybe even a chocolate brownie, for any romantic occasion or if your just feeling soppy.
 Millies Style Heart Cookie for Ant
Yields about 24-30 cookies
225g Butter, room temperature
325g Granulated Sugar
100g Soft Dark Brown Sugar – I used Dark Muscovado Sugar
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Large Egg
1 Extra Egg Yolk
425g Self-Raising Flour
350g Chocolate chopped – use any of your choice – I used a mixture of Chocolate Chips and Galaxy Chopped
  1. Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 5 and line your baking tray or large cookie sheet with baking paper. I drew around the heart cookie sheet and cut it out to line the tray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, then add in the vanilla extract, followed by both the egg and egg yolk making sure that all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Add the flour, a tablespoon at a time and keep mixing until you have a soft cookie dough. Stir in your chopped chocolate pieces or chocolate chips of your choice making sure that they are evenly dispersed.
    Small Cookies
    If you are making small cookies you want a heaped tablespoon for each cookie, spacing them apart as they spread quite a bit – I normally do 6 per baking tray.
    Giant Heart Cookie
    If you have a Nordic Ware Heart Shape Cookie Sheet like me then you want to take about just under half of the cookie dough and place it on your cookie sheet, using your fingertips to help spread out the dough.
    Giant Heart Cookie
  4. Place the giant cookie into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until just turning golden brown but still quite soft as the cookie will firm up when cooling.
  5. Once the cookie was cool I then decorated it with a tub of Betty Crockers Chocolate Fudge Frosting, as I wanted to make it look like a ‘Millies Cookie’ for him and added a few golden sprinkles.
Mom and Dad's Giant Heart Cookie
 Anthonys Giant Heart Cookie
I was actually able to make two giant heart cookies with the amount of cookie dough in the recipe
Ant's Valentines Heart Cake

I also made him this Heart Shaped ‘Be Mine’ Valentines Cake, which I decorated with Marshmallow Frosting and Heart Sprinkles.

Valentines Cupcakes

I made my mom and dad some cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting, topped with pretty red sprinkles and red marzipan roses.

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I thought it was the perfect first Valentines Day together we went out for a bit of lunch then later in the afternoon we went for a little walk.
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On the night we cuddled up watching a film with a takeaway pizza, an experience I don’t think he will forget as his pizza was rather spicy, which is probably an understatement.
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He was not normally one for celebrating Valentines Day but he got me a lovely card and a beautiful dress.
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What I love the most are the things that he made for me. He engraved our names and hearts into champagne glasses.
He also carved me a heart into wood which I absolutely adore. I am so glad to have something of my own which he has made from wood. I always love to see what he has made benches, bird tables, coffee tables, can’t wait to see when he finishes his Dalek in the summer.
…his talents are endless.
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Heart Ant Carved into Wood

My beautiful heart carved in wood.

Champagne Glasses Ant Carved

Our names etched in champagne glasses.

I will make sure that I share the recipes I did with you at some point throughout the next couple months even though most maybe not be that seasonal but you can still enjoy them.

Happy Baking!
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Chocolate Avocado Cookies

Never ever tried avocados before, I have been told that they taste quite bland. I couldn’t bring myself to eat them on their own (not just yet not feeling that brave, maybe sometime in the future), so I thought that I would give some healthier baking ago. After looking at a few blogs where they had baked using mashed avocado and trying to find a recipe that used ingredients that I had already got in the cupboard I finally decided to go with this one from The Londoner.

Recipe Adapted from The Londoner

1 Small Ripe Avocado (when it’s mashed you should get 1/2 cup)
1 Large Egg
1 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
1/3 cup Dark Brown Sugar – I used Dark Muscovado
1/3 cup Caster Sugar
1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
White Chocolate Chips – I used 100g bag of Silverspoon chocolate chips

Ingredients for the Avocado Cookies

1. Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper then put to one side.

2. Cut your avocado in half and scoop out the flesh, mash with a fork or put in a food processor. Measure your 1/2 Cup of mashed avocado andWhite Chocolate Chips in the Avocado Cookie Mixture then place this into a mixing bowl with all the other ingredients except the chocolate chips.

3. Mix together with a wooden spoon or a hand held mixer, either way you will have a shiny mixture at the end of it. Then stir in the chocolate chips.

 

 

 

4. Using a tablespoon place spoonfuls onto your prepared baking tray, I made 8 cookies. (Leave a gap between each one as I found that mine spread quite a lot).

Avocado Cookies ready to go in the oven

Space yours out more that mine as they spread a lot

5. Place in the preheat oven and bake them for 15 minutes, try giving them a tap and they should have a nice firm, shiny coating. If you find that they are still wobbly or sticky put them back in for another few minutes. Mine took a total of 23 minutes, unfortunately they spread and joined together and they were not shiny. Leave them to cool on the tray.

Baked Pancaked Avocado Cookies

Disaster 😦

The cookies were a complete disaster, they spread so much even though the recipe said that they wouldn’t, I had to bake them for a lot longer about 23 minutes in total. Also from looking at the pictures from where I got the recipe it said and I could see the cookies were still shiny, mine were sadly not – they turned out like pancakes.

At least I can say that I have now tried baking with avocados and attempt to bake a healthier cookie. I think that both my mom and dad will agree that they didn’t really look that appetising, they were too soft – I couldn’t even get them off whole as they turned to mush. I tried one when they were slightly warm and it was ok I suppose but my mom and dad did not like them they said it left a funny after taste.

If you have any tips or advice on baking with avocado or a really good recipe that does not leave any funny taste I would love to know.