Spooky Banana’s

Happy Halloween! This week obviously had to be halloween themed and I was torn between pumpkin carving or a halloween bake. I went for the halloween bake. It’s a very quick and easy recipe that anyone can do and they are also super cute! Here are my spooky banana ghosts…

What you will need:

Bananas

White chocolate

Chocolate chips

That is basically it!

 

  1. Cut the bananas in half. I only used four bananas to make enough for everyone in my family but you can use more if your having a halloween party or a small gathering.
  2. Place the bananas on a baking tray with grease-proof paper and place in the freezer for two hours.
  3. Once the two hours is up, melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a pan with boiling water.
  4. Dunk each banana half in the white chocolate ensuring they are fully covered. To make this easier you can place lollipop sticks into the bottoms of the bananas before freezing. I didn’t do this and just embraced getting messy using my hands to dunk them!
  5. Place the chocolate chips as eyes onto the bananas, make sure you do this quickly because the chocolate will harden onto the frozen banana quickly.
  6. Store them in the freezer until you’re ready to serve!IMG_0207
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I hope you guys give these a go as they are super easy and super yummy! Thanks for reading!

Peace out guys x

Cocoa-Nana Bread

Hey guys! Another food post is coming your way! I decided to do something a little different with this recipe by including the macros (carbohydrate, protein and fat contents) and energy contents per portion. A lot of recipes you find online or even in cook books don’t include these so I thought would be helpful for anyone into fitness or who is tracking macros.

This recipe is vegan and provides 8 servings!

Ingredients:

Spelt Flour – 310 grams

Cocoa Powder – 30 grams

Baking Powder – 2 teaspoons

Ground Cinnamon – 1 teaspoon

Maple Syrup – 180 ml

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk – 125 ml

Coconut Oil – 80 ml (normal oil can be used if you’re not a fan of coconut)

Mashed Ripe Banana – x3

Vanilla Extract – 1 teaspoon

Hot Water – 2 tablespoons

 

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180’c and line a loaf tin with baking paperĀ let the paper hang the over the sides of the tin for easy removal
  2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and baking powder in a bowl
  3. Create a well in the middle and add the maple syrup, almond milk, oil, water and vanilla extract into the well
  4. Stir in the mashed banana and pour the mixture into the tin
  5. Bake for 45 minutes

 

Nutrition:

per slice / 1/8 of the cake

344 calories

56.63 grams of carbohydrate

6.12 grams of protein

11.24 grams of fat

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments what you though of this recipe as I’m planning on doing lots of more these types of posts!

Peace out guys x

 

Beach Blanket Babylon

Last weekend it was my brothers birthday and we all went into Notting Hill for dinner. As we headed down the street from the station to the restaurant we walked past lots of small quirky shops. There was a comic book swap store and lots of cute ice cream stores. I would definitely love to go back to look in all the small stores during the day as we didn’t have time before dinner. The outside of the restaurant isn’t much honestly. It looks fairly small and it has a small front garden with outside seating. The building is just plain white and fits in with all the other buildings on the street. However when you walk inside its a completely different story.

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As you walk in the door theres a bar in the centre of the room. It’s like any London bar really but as you begin to walk around the back it just gets more and more fascinating. There is a ginormous fireplace thats carved out to be a guy with a beard. It’s like something out of a movie. Walking further into the restaurant takes you up these stars and across a wooden bridge. The whole vibe of the restaurant changes. We sat in the back part if the restaurant that was set out to be like caves. It was quite dark but they had these tiny lamps on the tables that were cute. In the cave area there these LED lights. The crazy thing was that just off to the side from there was the toilets. The second you walked in it was like you had travelled to Paris. The themes and vibes of the entire place changed within a few feet of walking it was so weird but also very cool!

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I obviously have to talk about the food! I didn’t really eat that exotically honestly. For starter I ordered avocado sushi but i was actually disappointed with it because it was more avocado than sushi. However, they had these meatballs also on the starter menu which my brothers both ordered and I still regret to this day not ordering those. For mains i just had pasta. It was tomato linguini and it was really nice, but it was just pasta. Don’t get me wrong they had other more exciting items but I was just feeling pasta. Ground breaking for student to want to eat pasta! The dessert was my favourite part though! Chocolate Orange mouse! OH MY GOD! It was the best thing iv’e ever eaten quite possibly!

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I am definitely going to come back here! I absolutely love it and i feel theres even more to the place that i haven’t seen yet. This isĀ  a must if you’re ever in London. It’s just so weird and wonderful so I 100% recommend (just note theres no wifi or service in the restaurant so go with people you want to talk to!) Thanks for reading guys! Let me know your favourite places to eat in London because i’m always up for a quirky meal out!

Peace out guys x

 

Cookie Monster

Time for another food post!

I’ve had this recipe for a few years now on how to make chocolate chip cookies. It’s the perfect recipe for big, warm, gooey cookies and i think everyone should give it a go because they are the best!

To begin with you’re going to need 250 grams of all purpose flower, 2 grams of baking powder, 170 grams of unsalted butter (softened), a whole lot of sugar; 220 grams of packed brown and 100 grams of white, 15ml (around a table spoon) of vanilla extract, 1 egg and 1 egg yolk.

Start by preheating the oven to 165’c and line a baking tray (or 2 if you can) with greece proof paper.

Take a big bowl and sift in the flower and baking powder, set this aside as you’ll need it later.

In a separate bowl mix together the softened butter, brown sugar and white sugar thoroughly. Then beat in the egg and egg yolk until you have a light, creamy mix!

Add the wet mix to the flower and ix it altogether, it should look something like cookie dough. Once it does chuck in as many chocolate chips as you’d like and mix them in using a wooden spoon.

Now you’ve got your dough, it’s ready to go in the oven. I recommend placing 3-4 dollops of dough on a baking tray at a time to ensure they have enough room to flatten out without touching each other or the sides. However, if you’re not bothered by this then there is no need. When i made the cookies for this post it meant doing to rounds of cooking with 11 cookies.

Place the cookies in the oven for between 15-17 minutes, 15 minutes is usually enough for me but it depends on your oven. Once they are ready to come out, let them sit as the tops will still be soft to touch. After around 5-7 minutes you can transfer them to a plate or chopping board (somewhere flat) to fully cool down and then place the second batch in the oven.

And there you have it! Big, warm, gooey cookies! Let me know in the comments how yours turn out and if you decide to put anything other than chocolate chips in them!!