I love finding new recipes that are full of good stuff. Especially sweet treats that I can have for breakfast when I'm in a rush or a snack to keep me going and won't make me feel bad.

The Deliciously Ella recipe books and website are some of my go-to places to find good, nutritious recipe ideas. I love how Ella's books encourages fuelling your body with food that makes you feel good and looking after yourself inside and out. I have tried a few savoury recipes and smoothies but this is the first one I've tried that is on the sweeter side. I tweaked the recipe a little but you can find the original on the Deliciously Ella website.

This is a great one because I have most of the ingredients in the cupboard. I had to pick up a few things but once you have them you can make it again and again. It's really simple to make and perfect if you have an hour on a Sunday to do some baking and then you have these delicious bars ready for the week ahead.


Ingredients
Makes 10 bars

200 grams of oats
10 pitted medjool dates (200g)
150ml of water
75 grams of raisins
50 grams of sunflower seeds
1 and a half tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 8 tablespoons of water
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Begin by pre-heating the oven to 200C. Combine the chia seeds and water in a cup, leave the mix for ten to 15 minutes until gel forms. Next, put the dates into a saucepan with the coconut oil to melt for around 5 minutes until the dates are soft. Then, put the dates and coconut oil mix into a blender with the water until a smooth paste forms. Put the oats, sunflower seeds, raisins and cinnamon into a mixing bowl and stir in the date mixture. Then pour the mixture into a lined baking tray, place in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.



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Delicious Oat and Raisin Bars

27.11.16


I love finding new recipes that are full of good stuff. Especially sweet treats that I can have for breakfast when I'm in a rush or a snack to keep me going and won't make me feel bad.

The Deliciously Ella recipe books and website are some of my go-to places to find good, nutritious recipe ideas. I love how Ella's books encourages fuelling your body with food that makes you feel good and looking after yourself inside and out. I have tried a few savoury recipes and smoothies but this is the first one I've tried that is on the sweeter side. I tweaked the recipe a little but you can find the original on the Deliciously Ella website.

This is a great one because I have most of the ingredients in the cupboard. I had to pick up a few things but once you have them you can make it again and again. It's really simple to make and perfect if you have an hour on a Sunday to do some baking and then you have these delicious bars ready for the week ahead.


Ingredients
Makes 10 bars

200 grams of oats
10 pitted medjool dates (200g)
150ml of water
75 grams of raisins
50 grams of sunflower seeds
1 and a half tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 8 tablespoons of water
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Begin by pre-heating the oven to 200C. Combine the chia seeds and water in a cup, leave the mix for ten to 15 minutes until gel forms. Next, put the dates into a saucepan with the coconut oil to melt for around 5 minutes until the dates are soft. Then, put the dates and coconut oil mix into a blender with the water until a smooth paste forms. Put the oats, sunflower seeds, raisins and cinnamon into a mixing bowl and stir in the date mixture. Then pour the mixture into a lined baking tray, place in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.



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Almost as soon as I arrived in Amsterdam, I fell in love with the city. I have wanted to visit Amsterdam for a long time, every time I heard about someones trip there or saw beautiful shots of the canals on Instagram my wanderlust grew. Finally, the other week I made it there. My boyfriend and I went there for our one year anniversary, it was the perfect way to spend the day together. We went for two days and it was just enough time to do almost everything we wanted to do.

We started off by walking through the city centre, past Dam Square and stopped for brunch at Calf & Bloom a nice little place for quick bite and a cup of coffee, the staff were also so friendly. Before we explored some more, we dropped off our bags at the hotel, we stayed at the Boutique Hotel La Belle Vue, it was ideal for one night and in a good location.

It was the perfect autumn day, a chill in the air and the sun was so bright and golden, we walked around by the canals, taking in the beautiful city. Amsterdam is so idyllic, I could even imagine living there. While admiring my surroundings and dodging the cyclists we walked towards Vondelpark, where we hung out for a little while, watching dogs playing around and soaking up the sun.

Our plan was to visit the Anne Frank House but the queue was so long that we decided to give it a miss, we thought we would try and book tickets for the next day before we left but they had sold out. So I would definitely recommend booking tickets beforehand to avoid disappointment. Instead we went to the city centre and into a 'coffeeshop', we were in Amsterdam after all. Then we found a little Italian restaurant for dinner and walked back towards the hotel and picked up some macarons and had a few drinks.

The next day for breakfast we went to Sara's Pancake House, they had so many different topping choices, it was so hard to choose. We decided to book tickets the night before for the Van Gogh museum, I was able to download the tickets to Passbook on my phone and we didn't have to wait in the long queue. We went on a tram to get there quicker and experience how the locals get around the city, you can buy tickets for an hour or 24 hours, ideal for if you're visiting for the day. Before going to the Van Gogh museum we also stopped by the I Amsterdam sign.

We made our way back to the city centre and stopped for lunch at Royal 98, it was lovely and cosy with their own bakery inside. I had the old Amsterdam sandwich, the cheese was delicious and everyone was so friendly. We hung out for a while waiting for the rain to stop out before going back out for a little bit of shopping and had a pistachio dutch waffle before we had to leave. I was sad to say goodbye to this lovely city, it was the perfect little autumn city break and I had the most wonderful time with my love.

Amsterdam, it was amazing. I'll be back again one day soon.

Amsterdam Love

15.11.16


Almost as soon as I arrived in Amsterdam, I fell in love with the city. I have wanted to visit Amsterdam for a long time, every time I heard about someones trip there or saw beautiful shots of the canals on Instagram my wanderlust grew. Finally, the other week I made it there. My boyfriend and I went there for our one year anniversary, it was the perfect way to spend the day together. We went for two days and it was just enough time to do almost everything we wanted to do.

We started off by walking through the city centre, past Dam Square and stopped for brunch at Calf & Bloom a nice little place for quick bite and a cup of coffee, the staff were also so friendly. Before we explored some more, we dropped off our bags at the hotel, we stayed at the Boutique Hotel La Belle Vue, it was ideal for one night and in a good location.

It was the perfect autumn day, a chill in the air and the sun was so bright and golden, we walked around by the canals, taking in the beautiful city. Amsterdam is so idyllic, I could even imagine living there. While admiring my surroundings and dodging the cyclists we walked towards Vondelpark, where we hung out for a little while, watching dogs playing around and soaking up the sun.

Our plan was to visit the Anne Frank House but the queue was so long that we decided to give it a miss, we thought we would try and book tickets for the next day before we left but they had sold out. So I would definitely recommend booking tickets beforehand to avoid disappointment. Instead we went to the city centre and into a 'coffeeshop', we were in Amsterdam after all. Then we found a little Italian restaurant for dinner and walked back towards the hotel and picked up some macarons and had a few drinks.

The next day for breakfast we went to Sara's Pancake House, they had so many different topping choices, it was so hard to choose. We decided to book tickets the night before for the Van Gogh museum, I was able to download the tickets to Passbook on my phone and we didn't have to wait in the long queue. We went on a tram to get there quicker and experience how the locals get around the city, you can buy tickets for an hour or 24 hours, ideal for if you're visiting for the day. Before going to the Van Gogh museum we also stopped by the I Amsterdam sign.

We made our way back to the city centre and stopped for lunch at Royal 98, it was lovely and cosy with their own bakery inside. I had the old Amsterdam sandwich, the cheese was delicious and everyone was so friendly. We hung out for a while waiting for the rain to stop out before going back out for a little bit of shopping and had a pistachio dutch waffle before we had to leave. I was sad to say goodbye to this lovely city, it was the perfect little autumn city break and I had the most wonderful time with my love.

Amsterdam, it was amazing. I'll be back again one day soon.

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