These blondies take inspiration from a recipe card that I received with some Sukrin products last Christmas. Unfortunately, the exact recipe is no longer on the Sukrin website so I tried to create my own with the addition of protein powder to give that extra boost of protein. I hope you enjoy and tag me if you try the recipe!
- 90g butter or oil (I used Flora light)
- 75g sweetener (I used 50g Sukrin gold, 25g Natvia)
- 1 medium egg
- 110g almond flour (I used Sukrin)
- 20g protein powder (whey – MyProtein, pea – MissFits)
- 25ml semi-skimmed milk
- Chocolate chips and dried fruit (I used 2 packets of Whitworth shots)
- Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Grease the tin in preparation
- Melt the butter
- Add the sweetener to the melted butter
- Beat the egg into the mixture
- Mix in the almond flour and whey protein powder
- Add the milk to form a batter consistency
- Add the chocolate chips and dried fruit
- Pour the mixture into your tin
- Bake to approximately 15-18 mins (do the knife test init)
I have resisted the big bars of the Dairy Milk peanut caramel crisp SO many times this year due being on strict diets for various powerlifting competitions. After seeing Amy had found a smaller bar, I was desperate to find it to see if it lived up to the Milka peanut caramel bars since it is almost a direct copy!
As soon as I unwrapped the bar, I was greeted by a delicious nutty smell and I made my boyfriend (who is allergic to nuts) smell it (sorry Con). The bar is filled with a combination of caramel, rice crisp pieces, peanuts and a peanut filling. The different textures of the crunchy peanuts, rice crisps and smooth caramel really work together to create a delicious bar. I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of savoury peanuts and sweet caramel!
Overall, this bar is probably one of the best peanut based chocolate bars I’ve tried and I would definitely buy it again in future. I would have liked the filling to contain more actual crunchy peanuts but that is the only fault I can find. This bar was found in Sainsbury’s.
Optigura sent me two boxes of the Novo Nutrition Proteinos to try. I thought I would review them and let you all know if they are worth the hype!
I was surprised at how crisp and crunchy the proteinos are. When served with milk, I found the cereal didn’t go soggy as quickly as normal cereal which was a bonus for me!
The proteinos taste almost identical to normal cereal. I think there is a slight taste of protein in the aftertaste but it wouldn’t stop me from purchasing them in the future.
Chocolate Flavour – I personally think they could have had a stronger taste of chocolate but I enjoyed them nevertheless.
Honey and Vanilla Flavour – I think I preferred this flavour over chocolate as the honey flavour made the milk sweet and delicious.
Per 34g serving
Energy 134 kcal
Ingredients: Milk protein, pea starch, pea fibre, seasoning (sugar, flavouring, natural flavouring), Oil (Rapeseed oil, natural flavouring), Pea protein isolate, Acidity regulator (citric acid), sugar, salt, flavouring, sweetener (stevoil glycosides)
£5.99 per box
Overall, I really enjoyed the proteinos and they have definitely satisfied my cereal cravings! The macros are amazing – 16.2g of protein per serving for cereal! I would have given the proteinos a higher rating if they were a more reasonable price as I think that £5.99 is expensive for a box of cereal.
Chocolate – 8/10
Honey and Vanilla – 9/10
Novo Nutrition Proteinos are available from Optigura here.
There is nothing more disappointing than a dry arse brownie… Unfortunately, the addition of whey protein powder can result in this more often than not. I have tried this recipe with both whey protein powder and beef protein powder and I prefer the latter as it provides a fudgy texture to the brownie. While I wouldn’t use beef protein powder for everyday, it is amazing for baking and many sites sell it in sample sachets so you don’t need to fork out for a massive bag! 🙂
Ingredients (for a single serving)
- 10g ultra fine oats
- 6g beef protein
- 6g cacao powder
- 10g sukrin gold
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- a pinch of coffee granules
- 30g fat free greek yogurt
- 1 egg white
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Grease small loaf tin or cupcake cases
- Add all of the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl
- Whisk the yogurt and egg white into the bowl
- Transfer the mixture into the loaf tin
- Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes
- Calories 122
- Carbs 19.9g
- Fat 1.8g
- Protein 15.1g
JimJams sent me their Milk Chocolate Spread and Raspberry Jam to review.
As an avid lover of the JimJams Hazelnut Chocolate spread (I’ve bought a ridiculous amount of jars from H&B now it’s so easy to get hold of), I was interested to see if the Milk Chocolate spread and Raspberry Jam were as good.
Milk Chocolate Spread
The spread has the same silky smooth texture as it’s hazelnut sibling – divine. It definitely tastes like milk chocolate and I wouldn’t have known that it contains 83% less sugar. At £2.79, I think the spread is well worth it considering I’ve paid more than £6 for a jar of peanut butter before (don’t ask, I know it’s ridiculous).
Overall rating 10/10 – I have no negative comments
I was a bit apprehensive about trying the jam after seeing mixed reviews – one saying that it lacks flavour. I’m not sure if this person received a faulty jar because it looked and tasted like normal jam to me. I think if I was being extremely picky, I would say you could slightly taste that it is bit different from normal jam. I will definitely buy this flavour again though.
Overall rating 9/10
On Saturday I decided to try the Costa Lindt hot chocolate after seeing Costa had released it as part of their Christmas drinks collection. Being a massive Lindt fan, I knew I had to try it!
I’d read that the hot chocolate was a smaller size but I wasn’t prepared for just how small it was. It look quite frankly slightly ridiculous compared to the large toasted marshmallow chocolate that was ordered with it. Nevertheless, I didn’t mind as it arrived in the cute Christmas cup and I was preparing myself for a Lindt chocolate explosion.
The hot chocolate was very rich and thick. To be honest, I struggled to distinguish the Lindt flavour. It tasted like someone had tried to make a hot chocolate but used too much powder and not enough liquid. In my head I had visualised the Lindt Lindor Balls in the form of a hot chocolate so perhaps it was my own imagination which was the source of the disappointment. The drink was more like a very thick, dark hot chocolate.
Overall, I wouldn’t bother ordering the Lindt hot chocolate. At £2.95 and being a size smaller than their normal small size, it is very expensive. I enjoyed the toasted marshmallow Costa hot chocolate far more and I won’t be ordering the Lindt hot chocolate again.