Easy Banana Pancakes

It’s the weekend, it’s still grey and a bit gloomy and here in the UK we are in the grips of corona virus restrictions and self- isolations.

What better excuse do you need to have pancakes ( if only to cheer ourselves up). The fantastic thing about these pancakes is that they are sort or healthier as well, and only 3 ingredients so super easy to make. And yes you did hear that correctly.

The added bonus of these pancakes is that they are dairy free, nut free, gluten free and only uses sugar from the banana to sweeten then….seriously what’s not to love right??

Ingredients

  • 1 banana mashed up
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tablespoons of gluten free self raising flour

To makes these little beauties mash the banana, whisk the egg and add to the banana mixture. Stir in the flour.

Heat a pan on a medium heat, I use some Fry light in it as well, then place in spoonfuls of the mixture. They are very much like traditional Scotch pancakes so when bubbles appear it’s time to flip them and cook the other side.

Voila you’ve made them, this will make about 4-5 small pancakes. Load them up with your favourite toppings and enjoy.

Pancake Day

Well it’s pancake day, pancake day ( those of you of a certain age will recognise the program I’m sure). Anyway I digress it’s a short post today to let you know my super easy 3 ( yes 3) ingredient pancake recipe

It’s sooo easy and makes a lovely fluffy pancake just perfect for the toppings of your choice. I personally think traditional lemon and sugar is the bees knees, kiddo loves chocolate sauce ( we use so free).

So how do I do it. Well all you need is

  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 table spoons of gluten free self raising flour

Mix it all together to make a batter. Heat some fry light in your pancake pan.

Put spoonfuls in and cook one side until you see bubbles then flip over. Voila it’s that simple and makes a delicious American style pancake. They are gluten, dairy and nut free.

Top with whatever you fancy and enjoy.

Review- The Box Bakery

Having survived all 732 days of January, we are now in the midst of days on end of soggy, breezy weather ( Thank you Ciara for the tree that came down) . It’s cold, wet and a bit dismal- so what better excuse did I need to stay in the warm and do some baking.

Now I’m ok at baking, apart from bread. Even before my Coeliac diagnosis bread was never my strong point ( one loaf even the birds refused to eat). It has always been my nemesis, and I’m determined to sort this issue out. The lovely people over at The Box Bakery got in contact with me and sent some products to try. I was very optimistic…. surely this is one loaf that I couldn’t mess up?

Anyway this clever product it called so because you bake the bread ( or cake) in the box the mix is packaged in. No mess either, this is surely a good thing.

You peel back the top cover, that says “Lift here” to reveal a stopper. Remove this and pour water in to the box, add the stopper and give it all a good shake. Next remove the top layer completely and give everything a good mix with a fork, this will stop any dry bits of bread mix which will alter the appearance and texture of your loaf. Brush oil over the surface of the bread mixture and place it in the oven. ( follow the instructions on the pack).

Fast forward a couple of hours for cooking and cooling and look what I baked. It’s crusty, and smells divine and cuts like a dream.

It was no good, I had to try it. It doesn’t disappoint. Unlike some gluten free breads, this loaf doesn’t have a dense cardboard like texture, and unlike my usual attempts, this loaf is very much edible. I like the seeds it gives a lovely taste and slight crunch to the loaf. It also lends itself well to both toast and as a sandwich etc.

I can honestly say I’m so impressed with this bread. It’s the first time I’ve successfully accomplished and edible loaf or bread. With these results it won’t be the last loaf either.

I was sent these products as a gift to review, however all opinions are my own and honest.

Why I’m doing Dry January

Hello, happy new year to you all, and welcome to January- all 732 days of January. Yes, yes I know I exaggerate a bit but it’s a month that seems to go on forever. So why the heck am I doing Dry January??

Well firstly, those of you that know me really well, will concur that I’m fond of a drink or two… I mean let’s face it, if it looks and tastes like champagne or gin then I’ll happily sip away. I’m also very stubborn, and when it was mentioned to I ” would never in a million years be able to complete Dry January ” I had a literal hold my drink moment, al long with right I’ll show you lot. And how some friends have laughed at the mere suggestion but never the less it’s now day 4 and I’ve not faltered…. I will say today I could have caved…. but see further down ( I had a g&t substitute to help). Today I’ve felt groggy, my skin isn’t brilliant and I’ve not been firing on all cylinders…. I partially put this down to going back on the healthy eating plan after the Christmas binge as well but it’s still not helped.

Secondly not every week, but some weeks I do drink over the recommended 14 units. See more info from the NHS Here. With that in mind I figured it would do me some goo in stopping for a month, and then changing my drinking habits. I also see the reduction in calories from not drinking wine an added bonus. I started a weight loss charge last year, ( 3 stone lost so far in case you were wondering) and would like to continue with that.

Lastly I did think I might struggle sometimes during the next month so to help me not cave I signed up to cancer research’s Dryathlon. I’ve pledged to raise £150 by not drinking alcohol…. I’ve got sponsors… I will not be letting them down. I also think it’s for a good cause, I lost both my grandparents to cancer, my friend has recovered from breast cancer and my cousin is currently on chemotherapy…. it affects everyone in their lives in one way or another… I’m just trying to do my bit. The link to my fundraising page can be found Here

So how am I going to manage I hear you all ask? Well I’ve got some cunning plans to help me. There’s more and more options in the shops of alcohol free drinks ( and I’m not just talking squash and water).

My current favourite is this

It’s not sweet, and tastes like weak G&T, which if you have in a gin glass, with ice and imagination almost tastes like the real thing…. it’s great. M&S also have a version, which I’ll get and update the post when I’ve tested it.

The very exciting new kid on the block is Free Damm which is both gluten free ( yes you read that right) and alcohol free. I’ve not been much of a larger drinker….. but some fell in my trolley and I’m giving it a go. You can buy this from Sainsbury’s and Waitrose ( that I’ve seen them in so far anyway)

I’ve also tried this de-alcoholised red wine…. it’s by Torres Natureo, and I really liked it. Not as full-bodied as a Pinot Noir, or the like, but not a bad substitute if you’re struggling without that glass of vino in the evening.

I’ll be adding more finds to this post as the month goes on…… stay along for the ride, I’d love it if you did.

My favourite Gluten Free Products of 2019

Well we are nearly at that time again…. New Years Eve. And before the champagne starts flowing and the fireworks start their infernal banging it has got me thinking- just what have been my favourite free from Products of this year?

It’s been a mixed year in the free from field. We’ve lost smaller companies, and seen an expansion in the larger supermarket ranges. “May Contain” warnings have got me on my soap box a lot this year( I’m looking at you Sainsbury’s and Rice Dream) , but on the whole it’s been pretty, especially for those of us that are gluten free.

So to finish off the year I thought I’d share with you my favourite products of 2019.

My absolute favourite of the year has to be the selection of pastries that have hit the market. Croissants have been hit or miss but I love the Marks and Spencer choc chip twists, the apricot danish is pretty good as well. We also cannot forget the Tesco cinnamon swirls that launched last month. Seriously they are amazing.

In Marks and Spencer I’ve been impressed with both the pork pie ( dairy free and no nut warning either), and the spring rolls. Both delicious and great to have some new savoury items on the market as well.

Let’s not forget this from M&S as well👇🏻 this accidental find is both gluten free and a bargain at £2 a jar.

Nomo is my favourite new brand of the year, standing for No missing out they make chocolate that is dairy, gluten, egg, peanut and tree nut free. It is honestly the best dairy free chocolate I’ve tasted. Even better was they made an advent calendar this year. Kiddo was over the moon. It was the first year she’s had a decent chocolate calendar, whoops all round in our house I can tell you.

My top seasonal finds were from Sainsbury’s who this year actually produced a chocolate Yule log AND a Christmas pudding without a nut warning on them. No exaggeration I was so happy I nearly cried… more of the same this year please Sainsbury’s ( I’ll buy some waterproof mascara)

Finally kiddos pick of the year was the mermaid cupcake kit from Tesco, apparently the colours were just too funky

So there we have it, my top picks this year. I’m still hopeful for a gluten free battenburg cake in 2020 ( looks eagerly at Mr Kipling) and for someone to master the croissant. That said, if I find them you’ll be the first to know.

Happy New Year you lovely readers, here’s to a great 2020.

My Guide To A Free From Advent

Well it’s that time of year again…..Christmas is most definitely coming. I love Christmas- obviously my husband is threatening divorce, as I’d really like to put my decorations up now, but anyway I digress. Advent calendars are a big thing in our house. Kiddo goes to a C of E school and really is getting into advent ( and the nativity but we won’t go there today 😬).

So how to do advent with allergies? Currently we are avoiding peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and gluten so you’d think it could be a challenge…. but I’m going to show you the best things I’ve found so everyone is included.

Top of kiddos list is the above LOL surprise calendar. It’s a little pricy at £29.99 but you get a doll, and varies accessories etc to go with it. There’s also no chocolate in it…. which helps the allergy situation in our house. Others that are very good are the Lego advent calendars, the Harry Potter one is particularly cool, but I would think that- I’m a bit of a Potter Geek.

My favourite allergy friendly advent calendar has to be the NoMo one. It stands for No More Missing Out, and is without a doubt the best free from chocolate I’ve tasted ( and no they aren’t paying me it’s just really good).

You can get these from Holland and Barrett for £9.99.

Moo free also do a lovely advent calendar, although this does carry a hazelnut warning, which you can get Here

Not to forget the grown ups… there is literally hundreds of choices nowadays. My personal favourite is the Boots number 7 Calendar, sadly it sold out in break neck speeds this year, although well done if you managed to get hold of one.

I’m also keen to see Aldi’s gin calendar, as I’m partial to the odd G&T ( ahem).

My husband is a type 1 diabetic so this year he’s having a cheese advent calendar. My best picks are this one from Ilchester cheese, available Here

I’ve also heard that Marks and Spencer are launching one this year for £15…. I’ve not seen it yet, it’s due to hit the shelves asap so I’ll keep you all posted.

Right that’s it for now. I will update this post when I find new things. That leaves me to say I hope you all have a fun 1st of December, opening your advent calendars.

Note- This post is not an ad and contains no affiliate links. Opinion is my own, and calendars I’ve purchased I’ve down so at my own expense

Cheesies Review and Giveaway

Hooray, it’s Friday, the weekend is here. We’ve made it. This week has been a shocker weather wise hasn’t it? The chickens have needed snorkels, my hair has been permanently frizzy and it’s been cold. There was only one thing for it- I made soup to warm up ( spicy butternut squash if you’re wondering).

But what are those crouton things on top? They are the new kids on the block- Cheesies . These are in fact popped cubes of cheese that are great on their own but work brilliantly with a soup or salad.

They come in 3 flavours ( at the moment). Cheddar, Emmental and Gauda. The cheddar is strong, with a great tang to it. The Gauda has a more subtle flavour and the emmental has a melt in your mouth quality to it. I do love the fact they are all low carb, and I think popped cheese is a really clever concept. They are all crunchy and hit the spot when you are after some nibbles.

Now you all know me – I’m honest. I do think these are great, if not a bit addictive. Do you know the best bit- you to can try them as well.

I’ve teamed up with Cheesies so one lucky winner can win and try the range for themselves ? How I hear you cry? It easy just click the link below. ( U.K. Residents only)

https://gleam.io/ky6AU/win-a-selection-of-cheesies-19

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with Cheesies. The product was gifted, my views are my own and completely honest.

My Free From Guide To Stratford upon Avon

My lovely hometown, which admittedly is most famous for William Shakespeare and The RSC Theatre, is also packed with eateries and tea rooms. Some of them are absolutely fantastic at catering for dietary needs, so I thought I’d share my top places to go.

My first place is Bensons Restaurant is Henley street ( almost opposite Shakespeare’s Birthplace). Their gluten free options really are fantastic, you can get things like a breakfast with bottomless tea for around £5 all gluten free, right through to lunches and afternoon teas. They also have a separate dairy free menu, and really do understand the cross contamination risks and take many precautions ( hooray I shout).

Loxleys Restaurant and Wine Bar in Sheep Street is my next choice, and no not because of the wine element ( although they do have a great choice) but because they have really good gluten free options. The dinners or pre- theatre menus are delicious, AND they can manage to provide gluten free sausages on their breakfasts, plus is a really quirky and luxuriously decorated restaurant that is worth a visit when you are next in the vicinity.

if you have a sweet tooth you’d be mad to miss Hoorays gelato parlour. They have gluten free waffle cones, plenty of gluten, dairy and a few nut free options and some delicious vegan offerings that are worth a visit on a hot day.

In Bridge Street there is Huffkins Bakery, they do a mean peanut butter brownie that is gluten free ( and eaten well out of the way of mini me)

So here’s my top places for starters, I will be updating the post when I find other free from dining delights.

My Favourite Christmas Products ( So Far)

Yes, yes, yes I know it’s only October, but I will not be apologising for the fact that I LOVE Christmas. I really do, and since having mini me I has become even more magical, but I can be a bit of a challenge for those of us with food allergies and intolerances, so I thought I’d share with you lovely lot my favourite products so far- gone on confess it you’ve bought some things to??

This year ( so far) I’ve been really excited by this panettone (£3) from Tesco. I can here coeliacs everywhere rejoice. I’ve tried it- for the sake of my followers, and it doesn’t disappoint, it really is lovely. My only downside is it’s quite small for the price, but hey it’s Christmas. Sainsbury’s are also doing a larger panettone for around £14 but I’ve yet to locate and try one. I’ll keep you posted.

Also from Tesco, and another gluten free find is this Black Forest wreath. At £5 it looks great and will feed a whole lot of guests with no effort. Sadly it does carry a nut warning though ( boo) so will probably not be on my Christmas table

My one last exciting find in Tesco is their Christmas pudding, mainly because it covers so many free from categories including nut and dairy free. As to what it tastes like, in all honesty I don’t know, it’s firmly on my to try list.

My other exciting find is this pretty dairy free chocolate box from M&S although at £8 it’s expensive. It also carries a nut warning despite Kinnerton making the chocolate- don’t worry we are keeping on at them to change it. However it would make a great gift or after dinner treat.

Other things to look out for is the gluten free and vegan mince pie and Christmas cake from Costa, and well as a very cute dairy free chocolate penguin from Asda.

Fear not I’ll update this post when I find things.

Nb- this is not a sponsored post. Just my honest opinion.