Recipe – Oat Milk

Before Christmas Eli began being sick everyday at around 1pm. (Sorry TMI!) He would literally empty himself and was then fine! This went on for a couple of weeks and we decided we needed to change something, so we changed his milk. He was on whole, cows milk, having 3, 250ml bottles a day. We put him on soya milk. There wasn’t a clear reason why we chose soya but we did. And it worked! The sick stopped 🙂 Yay!!
However, I then started to look into soya milk and decided I wasn’t happy with this choice for many reasons. After a lot of deliberation and research, we are happy with oat milk and I can make it myself! So I know exactly what is in it 🙂
We are making changes to his diet to make sure he is getting enough calcium and calories.
So here is my first batch of Oat Milk:

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To make you need:

100g Rolled Oats
1.5 litres of water

In a large bowl add the oats and water. Give it a good stir and then cover the bowl.
Leave the mixture to soak over night.
Once soaked, take a stick blender and blitz for a few minutes.
Strain the mix with a fine sieve/muslin or similar into a clean bowl/jug.
Now pour into a container (large jar or bottle, glass is preferable).
Will last about a week in the fridge.

Yields just over 1.5 litre.

Enjoy 🙂

Apple, Carrot and Coconut Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast in our house is generally boring, unhealthy chocolate cereal. This is obviously no good! I needed to find something different and that I could make in advance. So I came across a recipe on Pinterest for some muffins that looked good 🙂
Now the recipe was in American cups, but it looked like the kind of recipe that would be ok to just use like for like in UK cups, it worked like a dream. So this recipe will work with either cup size.
The end result look like this 🙂

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I adjusted the original recipe ever so slightly, here it is.

Ingredients

1 1/3 cup Self Raising Flour
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
2 Apples, peeled, cored and grated
2 large Carrots, peeled and grated
2/3 cup Desiccated Coconut
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla

Pre heat the oven to 180C
In a bowl sieve in the flour and cinnamon. Add the apples, carrots and coconut.
In another bowl mix together the sugars, oil, eggs and vanilla.
Pour the wet mix into the dry mix and stir until it is just combined (don’t over mix here as you will end up with rocks not muffins!!)
Divide the mix into 12 cupcake/muffin liners.
Pop into the oven and bake for 20-25 mins.
Leave them to cool and enjoy.

Store in an air tight container and eat within about a week (I have just had the last one we made a week ago and it was still good).
I have also tested them in the freezer and they freeze and defrost really well.

We ate them with fruit and yogurt for breakfast. The kids thought they were pretty good and me and Cliff loved them!

The original recipe came from here

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups

I am trying different ways to get more fruit and veg into the family. So what better way than a fun fruit roll up? Sadly the ones you can get in the shops are full of junk and not much fruit.
The ones I have made have nothing other than fruit in them at all! Here is the finished result 🙂

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To make these you will need…

500g (roughly) of fruit (I used cherries)
A pan
A baking sheet
Grease proof paper
Oil

Pop your fruit in the pan and heat gently to soften the fruit. Now depending on your fruit you might be able to just mash it into a purée here. If not you can use a stick blender to blitz it. (I did)

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If your fruit has seeds in you might want to run the mix through a sieve, but that is up to you.
Now line your baking sheet with the grease proof paper and brush on a tiny, tiny amount of oil to stop the mix sticking. Pour on the fruit mix. It’s such a gorgeous colour.

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Place this in the oven set to 60C. Leave the door open a tiny bit to let the moisture leave. You now need to leave it to dry out a bit for around 5 hours! This depends on your fruit really, I took mine out when the mix stopped sticking to my finger when I gently touched it.
Once cooled cut the sheet of fruit into long strips, keeping the paper on. I used scissors to do it and got 8 strips.

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Now roll them up 🙂 And they are ready to go! Keep them in the fridge or freezer.

A simple recipe…just time consuming. But super tasty. I will be experimenting with flavours now to see what combos go well together. Happy rolling!