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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

You know there is nothing better than the smell of freshly cooked food in the home, i always look to see how quickly what i cook disappears off the side to see good it tastes, so when i turn my back for 2 seconds and half the finished product is gone, then ask the family what happened and they all say they dont know with a suspicious face and a mouth still full then i think that is the greatest compliment of all, so when cooking these i hope your family loves them as much as mine.

INGREDIENTS

  • Gluten Free Plain Flour – 300 grams
  • Caster Sugar – 200 grams
  • Plant based butter – 200 grams
  • Vanilla Extract – 4 teaspoons
  • Golden Syrup – 1 tablespoon
  • Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Dairy Free Chocolate Chips – 85 grams
  • A Pinch of Salt

Gluten Free VEGAN BANANA BREAD

Full list of ingredients below
This Gluten-Free Vegan Banana Bread went down a storm with the family, in fact, it was so popular I had to make a second one.

Ingredients:
3 Ripe Bananas
2 Cups of Gluten-Free Flour
0.5 teaspoons of Salt
0.5 Cup of Plant-Based Butter
1 A cup of Granulated Sugar
1 Tablespoon of Flaxseed, combined with 2 tablespoons of water, leave this to stand for 5 minutes (egg replacement)
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
0.5 Cup of Dairy Free Chocolate Chips
0.5 Cup of Walnuts Pieces (place in pillowcase or bag and hit with a rolling pin or pulse in a blender)

Quick and Easy Method

  1. Add all dry ingredients together, stir until incorporated
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and mix until combined.
  3. Tip into a bowl and fold in chocolate chips and walnuts
  4. Line a baking tin and then tip in ingredients
  5. Bake on Gas Mark 4/350 degrees for around 1 hour, do the knife test by taking a sharp knife inserting into the cake and when you pull it out it should be dry.
  6. Allow to cool on a wire rack and enjoy.

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No bake, millionaire bites

Ok so we have been buying the mini bites from Tescos, the problem is they come in small plastic packaging so that is not good, it always amazes me that companies that are meant to be healthy they spend all this time making a great product just to fall at the last hurdle, so I spent a few days trying to replicate the recipe if not make it better and found these came as close as I could to them. Now to the great thing is they don’t cost that much to make and no plastic packaging. Which means one less thing we have to buy in plastic.

DIY – Make your own Cashew Milk

Plant based milks are so easy to make and the great thing is you can tweak the recipe based on your own preference. When looking at making my own i tried various methods to sweeten the recipe, and found that artificial sweeteners and syrups even the natural ones did not taste right, however the dates worked really well & the fact that it comes from a plant and not processed even better.

For the recipe you will need Cashew nuts, Dates and Water it is that simple, you will also need a blender and some sort of bag to squeeze the liquid through, the ratio is for every cup of cashews you want 2 dates and 2 cups of water. Links are below what i use, the blender is fantastic its great for smoothies and i use it for making breakfast bars for the kids and gluten free treats as well. Hope you liked the video and please leave a comment, any questions please message me at Facebook the links below.

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Living a Zero Waste life

For sometime we as a family have been looking into ways we can reduce the effects we have on the environment. Our biggest concern is about the amount of plastic we seem to use and the longterm effects it has on the world we live in. Currently millions upon millions of tiny pieces of plastic called micro plastics are floating around the sea, these plastics slowly over time break into smaller and smaller pieces but never go away, video footage has shown small tiny Plankton consuming these tiny fragments, in turn the Plankton are eaten by bigger fish and they in turn are eaten by bigger fish, until we get to the greatest of all sea creatures the Whale.

Coral Reefs that have been around for many thousands of years are now dead because of the pollution caused by plastic and oil in the water, complex colonies have now disappeared, and the many thousands of colourful corals and fish have all moved on or died.

Even the birds who feed on the big blue sea are affected by the plastic in the ocean, many hundreds of birds are now being found on beaches around the world with stomachs full of plastic, because of this they are unable to consume normal food and starve to death, this is not only found in adult birds but the young as well. Even the Great Whale is effected by the plastic we produce, recently i saw footage of such a sad site, the video showed a whale lying on a beach slowly dyeing from starvation and the people could only stand and watch at the time unsure why this was happening, it was only when they did a autopsy afterwards that they found a large amount of plastic in the stomach of the whale, it was unable to consume or digest anymore and so passed away.

The problem we face today is a emergency that all need to wake up to, the plastic we use and discard is poisoning our oceans, the food we eat and the air we breathe, i worry about the future we are leaving our children and for future generations, the fact is we all have a choice we are the caretakers of this unique world, it is our responsibility to protect it, by reducing the amount of plastic we produce we may start to reverse the harm we have done.

This is why we as a family have decided to live a life without single use plastic, we realise this is not a easy task as plastic is everywhere we look, its in our homes, in the cars we drive, the planes we fly, the toiletries we buy and holds the food we eat. Now obviously we understand that we cannot rid our lives totally of plastic after all i am typing on a keyboard and the keys are made of plastic my phone to has plastic in it some where or other, but there are certain things we can do to reduce our impact, for instance no longer buy products that come i single use plastics, make some of our own toiletries and cleaning products, source what we need from companies that do not use plastic.

This Blog is our Journey and what we have learned that we wanted to share with you who is reading this, we hope you find it helpful.