Spelt & Oat Scones.

 

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A while back Holland and Barrett challenged me to create some fun healthy recipes using their amazing Ancient Grains. I started this series with a post all about these grains, you can learn everything you need to know here! This yummy scone recipe was a huge hit in my household, in fact, they were gone within days. They take a little bit more time to make than my normal recipes, but it is worth it! You can always swap and change milk and butter alternative to your needs. Follow my steps below to create a delicious treat…


If you would like to add Spelt grain to the top of your scones, I would highly recommend you soak the grain in water overnight, this lowers cooking time the next day and makes life a lot easier! Before you start preparing the rest of the recipe, drain spelt grains. Add your spelt berries to boiling water. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 40 – 60 minutes or until grains are chewy. Drain and damp down any excess water with a paper towel and now for the rest of the recipe…

Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 6 and start by combining your dry ingredients; spelt flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Add in your room temperature/melted butter by gently using your fingertips and then add in your raisins. Combine all the liquids separately: milk, maple syrup and vanilla, then pour into the dry ingredients along with your fresh blueberries… and slowly, mix it up, creating a soft dough texture.

Grab your oats and sprinkle half of them onto your work surface (things are going to get messy here and if you’re like me, I ended up covering the kitchen in oats!!!) and place the dough on top. You can now sprinkle the rest of the oats on top and press down on the dough so it is around 1 inch thick. Now you can cut and shape your scones however you like, I went for a non-traditional shape but you can use a round cutter or get creative! This is where you can add a sprinkle of your precooked spelt grains over all the scones. Place them on a baking tray you have either covered with greaseproof or baking paper. Then bake on the middle shelf for around 20 minutes or until golden. 

They are best served warm or you can serve at room temperature. I would recommend the classic jam & clotted cream for topping with a nice cup of English breakfast tea OR plain with extra blueberries and a green tea! Enjoy… 

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Love, Sophie

12/10/16

 

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Hey guys and welcome to another outfit post! I have a backlog of different looks and recipes I am trying to get up for you all… so make sure you are subscribed or follow me over on Instagram so you don’t miss a post!

I love this look, it’s so easy to wear. Really, that is what all my looks are about… comfort and ease. If I am not in my yoga pants, I like effortless looks I don’t have to fuss around with. My  oversized cardigan is from French Connection, I actually have it in camel as well, and it is a great autumn/winter piece… I practically live in mine! So I hope you like todays post and below you will find full outfit details!

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Shirt: Zara (HERE) Choker: ASOS (HERE) Trainers: Office (HERE) Jeans: Jack Wills (HERE) Bag: Zara (Old Season) Cardigan: French Connection (HERE).

What’s your current favorite item to wear?? let me know over on twitter!
Love, Sophie x

9/10/16

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In October I took a trip to Madrid. It is a beautiful Spanish city and was so much fun to explore! I have a full travel diary coming soon for you all but here is a little outfit post I thought I would share first. I picked this playsuit up from ASOS, it was the perfect piece for a warm city break, it was so comfortable yet cute!

You can find the full look details below, I hope you all like this post! If you do drop me a tweet or comment over on insta...

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Playsuit: ASOS (HERE) Trainers: Adidas (HERE) Bag: Zara (Old Season) Hat: H&M (HERE) Fitbit (HERE) Sunglasses: Raybands (HERE)

Stay tuned for more posts and my first ever vlog!!!
Love, Sophie x

Rice Cake Rockie Road

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I have a brand new healthy recipe for you all today… Rice Cake Rocky Road! Extra yummy, without the guilt. It is a super easy, no bake recipe that you will 100% want to make time and time again. I used fresh blueberries and raisins but if you love grapes or dried fruit, seeds or nuts you can definitely add them in. I used freeform vegetarian marshmallows from Holland and Barrett (as my mum is a vegetarian) but a small pack of normal marshmallows would work perfectly well (and it’s a lot cheaper). I hope you guys love this recipe, let me know what you think either in the comments below or over on twitter!

Grab a mixing bowl, baking tray, saucepan and a ceramic bowl. The ceramic bowl needs to be the right size to sit in the saucepan without touching the bottom of the pan so we can melt the chocolate! Break up your rice cakes into a mixture of small and medium chunks, add in your marshmallows, raisins, and any other dried goods.

We need to melt all the chocolate, so add boiling water to the saucepan and put on a low heat, break up all the dark chocolate and place in the bowl on top of the saucepan. As the chocolate starts to melt add in a tiny knob of unsalted butter and a tablespoon of maple syrup and stir until the chocolate is runny, be careful not to over cook as the chocolate can go lumpy and gross. Leave the chocolate to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Then pour the warm chocolate over the dried ingredients and fold together. Now scoop out the mixture onto a deep baking tray and spread to cover the whole tray, add cling film over the top and place in the fridge for an hour to cool and harden. Take out fridge and slice into even squares and you’re ready to serve them up!

What do you think? Looks super yummy right? I hope you give these a go, they won’t take hardly any time at all and they are roughly 110 calories pre square.

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Love, Sophie

14/08/16

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Today, I am bringing you a new activewear look… I practically live in sportswear, I feel like I could have an endless wardrobe full of yoga pants!! This look is just one of my many everyday gym looks that I just throw on before my workout.

As you can all probably tell by now I am a fan of Victoria Secrets Pink, yes it does still make me feel like I am still at university (which I miss!) but I love the cuts and the super soft fabric they use throughout the range. The vest I am wearing in today’s post was something I just had to buy!!! The colour and the cut is great and isn’t an OTT design. I am also wearing a basic cotton pair of Nike leggings and my Adidas Pure Boost trainers. I highly recommend the Pure Boost, they are extremely comfortable and hug the natural arch in your foot so you feel super supported throughout your training session. I think they are great for both weight training and cardio so definitely check them out!

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Leggings: Nike (HERE or similar HERE) Top: Pink Victoria Secrets (similar HERE) Trainers: Adidas (HERE) Fitbit (HERE) Sports Bra: Victoria Secrets (HERE) Hair Ties: Hey! Holla (HERE)

I have some super fun posts coming up, including more outfit posts and I am even working on some more YouTube videos! Head over to my Instagram for daily updates and to hear first about my new posts. I have had a crazy busy October so far, but I have loads of new content coming your way this November.

Love, Sophie x