DAIRY FREE PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA FLAPJACKS


Sundays are for endless cups of tea, pyjamas 'til 3pm and pointless TV. And there's nothing that makes a lazy Sunday better than a plate full of sweet treats that aren't going to leave you feeling guilty. 



Today I whipped up a batch of vegan peanut butter and banana flapjacks. I sat outside in the sunshine, reading my new favourite book - The Alchemist and sipped from my huge 'H' mug. 




Ingredients: 

2 1/2 cups of porridge oats (I bought mine from Aldi for around 30p!) 
3 good squeezes of honey
2 cap fulls of vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas
2 tablespoons of peanut butter (I like mine crunchy)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of coconut oil 

- preheat oven to 175 degrees

Method:

Begin by mashing the two bananas into a paste. 

Add 3 good squeezes of honey and the vanilla extract.

Add 1 teaspoon of melted coconut oil. 

Add the peanut butter and cinnamon. 

Mix. 

Add the two and half cups of porridge oats. 

Mix again.

You have your flapjack mix!

Add your mix into an oven appropriate casserole style dish and flatten with a fork so that the mix surface is even.

Place in the oven for around 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown. 

- enjoy!



I'm going to be taking my flapjacks into work over the next week. It's going to make my ritual 3pm tea a little bit sweeter!



H x 



QUICK AND EASY SUPER FOOD RICE




This 'Super food Rice' recipe combines the best of both worlds - delicious and packed full of essential nutrients. It's a cupboard 'oh crap, I really need to do a food shop' savior; ingredients are easily swapped out and interchanged with whatever you have laying in your kitchen. Use the recipe for inspiration, or, follow it to the T. It's up to you! 

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Brown Rice
1/2 an Avocado
1/2 cup of Runner Beans (diced vertically)
2 Spring Onions
1 Raw Pepper 9 (great for adding texture)
A couple of Broccoli Florets
A sprinkle of Pine Nuts

Sauce:
2 Teaspoons of Honey
4 Tea Spoons of Soy Sauce (light or dark)
A pinch of Salt
A pinch of Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon of Paprika Powder
1 Teaspoon of Mixed herbs
2 Teaspoons of hot water

Method:

Boil the brown rice.

Whilst the brown rice is cooking, cut up your veg (avocado, spring onion and pepper) and begin to boil the broccoli and runner beans.

Mix the sauce ingredients together, adding extra/less amounts to suit your taste. 

Once the rice and veg are boiled, drain the excess water. 

Mix all ingredients, including the sauce and pine nuts into a bowl. 


- Voila! 


H x 




5 WAYS TRAVELLING CHANGES YOU AS A PERSON

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Travelling is an awesome experience that I would recommend everyone do at least once in their lives. Nowadays, it's so much more accessible and affordable compared to when our parents were younger - there really is no excuse not for going. I can't wait to see where I end up in the future.

 Here are 5 ways that travelling has changed me as a person so far:


You learn the lesson: 'Do it now'

Whilst no one needs to ask me twice to spontaneously book a trip to a different country, I learned the hard way that it's probably best if you actually book the tickets back as soon as possible. Last year, I had no idea what country I'd be in in the final leg of our trip, but knew I had to be back by a certain date. I ended up forking out for a £200 single ticket back from Paris because I left it too late. Ouch. Nowadays, if I have to do something, I act on it immediately. 

You become more aware and accepting of other people's opinions

Thanks to the international summer school I attended in France and my tendency to strike up conversation with the most random people; I have been lucky enough to meet so many friends from different cultures. Whilst it's a lot of fun hanging out, you also encounter so many different opinions and values as a result of your different upbringings. Whilst I may not of agreed with all of their opinions, I learned to appreciate their perceptions and actually found I was curious as to why they thought certain things. Meeting so many people has made me appreciate beauty in diversity even more.

You become confident in your own decisions

Nothing can compare to the feeling of jumping off a train in a totally new city with nothing but an address for the hostel or apartment you're staying in. When language barriers come into play, you're totally reliant upon your own sense of initiative and often really have to believe in the inkling that you should walk a certain direction or jump on a specific tram. 

It has makes you realise how lucky you are 

After speaking to a lovely girl who hosted me in her apartment this summer, it (without getting into too much detail) made me realise the monopolies that are created in other countries. Restricting ordinary peoples wealth, educations and general ability to act freely. Whilst many of us complain about life in the UK, it's certainly not as bad as elsewhere and that we're lucky to have so much freedom. 


You measure prices in plane tickets 

Two years ago I would have happily saved £500 for a handbag or watch, but now I'm like no way - that's a flight to New York (I am currently saving for an US adventure)!



How has travelling changed you as a person? 

H x