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Banana and peanut butter energy balls

These banana and peanut butter energy balls are really quick and easy to make and perfect for cooking with your little ones.  I made these with Harry who loved being my helper.  They would be perfect for packed lunches (They will be going in Harry’s to school next week) or for a tasty, healthy treat.  Harry loves getting involved in the kitchen at the moment and I’m constantly looking for healthy treats we can make together.  These were perfect for getting my little foodie involved!

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Carrot and Apple Lentil Muffins

Harry’s having one of those days today where he has asked for a treat none stop since he woke up.  When Megan went down for a nap we decided to go and cook up a treat in the kitchen.  Stocks were low, we were out of oats which are my usual base for healthy treats like this so I decided to give lentils a try.  I’m so happy with how these carrot and apple lentil muffins turned out and Harry and Megan really enjoyed them too!

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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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