Friday, 12 June 2015

Healthy Sweet Treats || Sticky Banana Flapjacks

Hello everyone! 

After moving home from university and not having much to do for a couple of months (apart from save every penny I earn!) I finally pulled out my Deliciously Ella cookbook written by Ella Woodward (check her blog out here, it's amazing!). I skimmed through last night and decided to try out the flapjacks, and really that is all I could make with the items in my cupboard! The beauty of these flapjacks is that they are simple and easy to make, need very few ingredients, which are all very cheap and they are a delicious sweet treat!




The flapjacks are all natural and contain plenty of fibre and protein, they make the perfect mid-morning snack! There are 5 simple ingredients.

  • 3 mugs of oats (360g)
  • 2 bananas (200g)
  • 6 tablespoons of maple syrup (I used golden syrup as that's what was in my cupboard!)
  • 6 tablespoons of nut butter (I used almond butter but feel free to use any, Ella recommends cashew butter)
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil (again I used extra virgin olive oil as that's what I had!)








First things first, preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius (fan 180). Now we're ready! After measuring out all my ingredients, and making sure I had everything, I placed the oats into a big mixing bowl and set them aside. I then mashed up the two bananas, it is nice to have ripe bananas as it makes the overall taste that little bit sweeter, however mine were not too ripe but still mashed up easy and were super tasty! Add the mashed bananas, syrup, nut butter and coconut oil to a saucepan. Apply a low heat and allow the mixture to simmer until it becomes a liquid. I stirred my mixture now and again just to make sure everything was mixed in together. After no more than 10 minutes it had simmered down into a gooey liquid, mine had lumps of banana in as I hadn't taken too much time to mash them up. Buuuut I also think this is a bonus as biting into a small lump of banana is extra tasty!






Once you think your mixture is all mixed in together, and of a liquidy consistency, add it to the oats in the large mixing bowl. Make sure you mix the liquid in and stir well to cover all the oats. This is a point where you need to stop and check to make sure your flapjacks aren't going to come out dry. I realised that my mixture wasn't covering all the oats, I added another spoonful of maple syrup and the panic was over! I had measured my oats in mugs and looking back I would now choose to measure out the oats on a scale as it seems that my mugs are a little bigger than Ella's! I had now formed a sticky, gooey, sweet tasting mess! Mmmmm yummy.... try not to eat too much of the mixture before it's cooked!


Grease a baking try or dish and transfer the flapjack mix, flatten it out with a spatula or back of a spoon and your flapjacks are now ready to go in the oven! Bake for around 15-20 minutes.





And here it is! I had mine in the oven for around 18 minutes and as you can see it was starting to crisp around the edges, but I'll tell you the truth, I think the edges are my favourite! I put my timer on for 15 minutes and then had a check, I wanted the top and edges to be a little browner so left it in whilst I tidied up. Once it's cooked, take the try out of the oven and leave it to cool on the side. To be able to neatly slice it up into individual portions you must wait until the whole tray has completely cooled down.



These are perfect to take to work/school/uni, bursting with goodness, very filling and they will keep you energised for hours! 

Have you tried any of Deliciously Ella's recipes? Would you like to? Let me know in the comments and if you use this recipe, tweet me pictures of how yours turned out, I'd love to know! 

Lots of love, Elle xxx

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Monday, 8 June 2015

Motivational Monday || Jealousy

It is Monday! Forget about the mistakes you made, or the goals you didn't achieve last week... that is all gone, a new week, a chance to have a better shot at doing things better. 



Today I chose this quote/image from Pinterest to form the theme of this week's Motivational Monday post. I remind myself of this quote quite a lot, and recently I've noticed that I don't have to and I'm hoping that this is because it may have actually sunk in!

Growing up we are taught and channeled to be the best, and I believe that as human beings we are naturally conditioned to compete with one another. Early memories from school of sports days and math tests are all examples of where we are comparing and competing. Now, some healthy competition is always great and I believe that nothing makes you run faster than someone chasing you! However, when you look back, there are so many moments in the early stages of life where we are made to feel like a less of a person because we have compared ourselves to somebody else. 

We do not need to do this. I'm not sure whether it comes with age but I've realised that in the past few years it's not about competition anymore, I'm lucky to have a huge support network around me and I'm also part of many other support networks for my nearest and dearest. Just because someone gets a better grade than you, it doesn't mean that you have failed. Be happy for others and your time will come. 

If you hear of someone being successful in their life, be happy for them, congratulate them and be inspired. We don't need to grow any more negativity, make space for the positive thoughts to flow and spread them around the world. 

Lots of love, Elle xxx

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Sunday, 7 June 2015

A Nude Summer Shoe

My top picks for Summer 2015!


I think I can finally admit... shoes make me happy, very happy! This season it is all about the nudes, whites, stiletto heels and lace ups! I've picked out four of my favourite affordable shoes from a few of our highstreet stores. I've covered all angles, two lovely flats and two pairs of heels so not to worry girls, there's a pair for every occasion and the neutral colours will ensure you are on trend with every outfit! 

1. Tanned Cut-out Shoe - £45 online here

2. White Pointed High Heel - £45 online here

3. Parisian Lace Up Ghillie Sandal - £75 online here

4. ASOS Ballet Pump - £22 online here

Are you a secret shoe-aholic? What do you think about these trends? Do you like my top picks?

Lots of love, Elle xxx

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Monday, 1 June 2015

Motivational Monday || Take A Chance

Hello everyone,

As you can guess from the title, Motivational Mondays are back! This week I am going to talk about how important it is to just let go sometimes, take a chance because you never know how things might turn out.



This weekend I accepted my offer to study a masters course at the University of St. Andrews starting in September. I'm not going to lie to you, I am terrified.

I applied for the masters course back in February along with another 4 different universities, when I look back I think I must have been under some sever stress and slightly delusional... what on earth made me think that I would ever be offered a place to study at one of the top three universities in the country?! When I received my offer I just couldn't quite believe my eyes and I knew that I could not turn this opportunity down.

Now I'm still terrified at the prospect but I'm telling myself to believe in myself. I am going to St. Andrews, I am going to study there and I deserve my place just as much as everyone else that will be sat in my lectures. As the old cliche goes... we only regret the chances we didn't take. 

I've realised that I recognise this old feeling of fear mixed with excitement and complete craziness. Two years ago I had just been accepted onto my year abroad course. My year in Slovenia turned out to be the best year of my life, I changed as a person, began to appreciate life in a very different light, learnt a lot about myself and met people that I would consider friends for life. I never expected half of that and two years ago 90% of me wanted to turn back at the airport and cancel everything.

This year I'm going to take on more challenges and chances in life, big or small, it may make all the difference! Sometimes these chances will end in complete failures and I'll feel hurt and disappointment but I'm prepared for that. The good will end up weighing out the bad so what's a few little obstacles here and there?

Who is going to join me? Have you taken some chances recently? How do you feel about them? Tell me all about it in the comments. 

Lots of love, Elle xxx

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