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Orange oaty biscuits

I’ll be honest, there’s not an awful lot of interests that Harry and I share.  Don’t get me wrong, I love learning all about snails, dinosaurs and mud with him and I’ve found enjoyment in activities I never thought I would but it’s not what comes naturally to me.  Recently we’ve started spending Megan’s nap times baking or cooking together and it’s become one of my favourite parts of the day.  We make something most days, whether it’s baking cakes or just making scrambled egg on toast, and through cooking together have found a wonderful shared interest and a new way to bond.

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Spiced raisin porridge bread

This spiced raisin porridge bread recipe came from another one of Harry and my baking mornings.  We found a recipe for porridge bread in the My Fussy Eater cookbook and decided to give it a go.  We’ve made a few recipes from this book now and they are all really easy and tasty.  I’ll insert a video of Harry making another recipe from it at the bottom of this page.  Literally recipes so easy to follow that a toddler can do it!

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Cheesy Bean Wraps

Baked beans are a great food for filling up little tummies with healthy goodness.  They’re packed full of protein and are considered one of your 5 a day.  When you’re baby led weaning though they can be tricky for little one to pick up and get into their mouth.   They slide off toast and through fingers far too easily.  The cheesy bean wrap is a great alternative to beans on toast and is so much easier for baby to pick up and feed themselves!

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Cowboy Hotpot

This hearty cowboy hotpot is great for those cold days when you want something warm and filling to eat.  It’s perfect for the whole family and really easy to make. It’s packed full of healthy goodness with lots of veggies, I like to cut them big so that my 7 month old can pick them up easily and my fussy husband can pick the onions out of his.  You can cut them smaller if you prefer though.

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Slimming World Chocolate Cheesecake

I’m back on it this week at Slimming World and feeling positive about losing the weight I gained last week.  I’m still battling the sweet cravings though and am fighting against the urge to fall back on my old ways of, ‘if you can’t have sleep have sugar.’  Today I had terrible chocolate cravings but didn’t want to fall at the first hurdle.  I decided to get creative and make some 1 syn cheesecakes instead.  They were tasty, not quite a family sized bar of galaxy caramel but they definitely curbed the sweet cravings.  They worked out at 1 syn each but the recipe makes 2… and I ate them both!

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1 syn Curly Wurly brownies

For Valentine’s day in the past we have always been big fans of the Marks and Spencer’s meal deal.  This year however, I am on Slimming World and slowly but surely I’m losing weight and getting healthier.  This year I’ve decided to make a Slimming World friendly meal for Valentine’s day.  I still wanted a dessert that tastes like a naughty treat and was really excited when I found out you can make 1 syn brownies! They taste as good as they look and you’d never guess they are so low in syns!

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blueberry and carrot flapjacks

Yesterday was one of those days where Harry decided he wanted a biscuit.  He seems to think he’s the Highway Rat at the moment and is developing quite a sweet tooth.  He will appear at the door of the kitchen and say, in his best baddie voice, “give me your buns and your biscuits, give me your chocolate and cake.” I decided to make him a little treat with some bits and bobs that we had in the cupboard and created these blueberry and carrot flapjacks.

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Potato Cakes

The new year is upon us and I’m ready to start a serious healthy kick for our whole family.  I’m joining Slimming World next week and am keen to find foods that are on plan but also suitable for the whole family.  One of my biggest challenges is eating less bread.  I love bread!  I wanted to find an alternative that would satisfy my need for carbs and potato cakes are what I came up with!  Harry really enjoyed them and they filled us both up until dinner time!

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Festive Mincemeat Twists

These mincemeat twists are quick and easy to make, they are really tasty and the perfect shape for little hands to hold.  They aren’t the healthiest of snacks but, hey, it’s Christmas!  I’ve always been the kind of mum that believes treats are fine in moderation.  Harry has healthy food 99% of the time and would ask for an apple before he asked for a biscuit any day.  The occasional treat is part of life and, at 2 years old, I think it’s important that he see what a balanced diet is by experiencing a good balance of healthy food and the occasional treat.  Obviously I totally understand that some people would rather avoid refined sugar completely, in which case why not check out my festive chickpea cookie recipe at the bottom of this page!

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Festive Chickpea Cookies

These healthy, festive chickpea cookies are full of flavour and make the perfect Christmas treat!  They’re really easy to make and are refined sugar and gluten free.  I’m going to make some of these for Harry’s Christmas party this weekend and I think we’ll make some to leave out for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve too.  Obviously, if you don’t celebrate Christmas these can be made without the festive shapes or writing but as Christmas is getting nearer I couldn’t resist putting a little twist on an old favourite recipe!

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Spiced apple and pear slice

Harry’s going through a phase at the moment where he’s constantly asking for cake and biscuits.  Don’t get me wrong, he also asks for lots of fruit but I’m finding more and more that he’s asking for a ‘treat’ and as he gets older I want to teach him that it’s ok to have treats in moderation.  In doing this I’ve found more creative ways to give him occasional treats while still keeping them as healthy as possible.  The spiced apple and pear slices recipe was made up as I went along this morning when we both fancied something sweet but had nothing in the house.  It has no refined sugars in and was really quick and easy to make.

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