Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

A 5 minute recipe for apple pie flavoured overnight oats made with oats, cinnamon, maple syrup, green apple, milk and yogurt. Recipe suitable for vegetarians and vegans with free printable recipe.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats  in a glass bowl

Apple cinnamon overnight oats or as I like to call them apple pie oats.

Did you ever think you'd hear a good Scottish girl like me talking about overnight oats instead of good old-fashioned porridge. No? Neither did I.

I still say the best possible breakfast is a bowl of hot creamy porridge, especially in the winter. You can't beat it. It warms you up, it's like a hug in a bowl and it will keep you full until lunchtime.

Those of you that know me are probably laughing at me extolling the benefits of breakfast as I usually run out the door in the morning (heading to work) on an empty stomach. 

I really can't face food before 9 am at the earliest, but I do enjoy breakfast on my days off, sometimes even a full Scottish cooked breakfast, just at a more godly hour.

And just in case you are worried, I can assure you the first thing Cooper thinks about in the morning is food. seriously you can forget him having a shower or getting dressed first thing. He refuses to do anything until his stomach is full and that child eats enough for three of us, and probably our neighbours too, yet he continues to be a beanpole pinging with energy. I wish I could burn calories off like he does. Sigh!

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

How do you make overnight oats?

Overnight oats is basically a bowl or jar of porridge that is soaked overnight instead of cooked in a pan and it's eaten cold.

When making overnight oats you combine porridge oats with milk. 

The equation is double the amount of liquids to oats, so ½ cup of porridge oats would be mixed with 1 cup of milk, but I like to add 1⁄3cup of plain yoghurt to the mixture too. Try it yourself and tweak it to suit your taste. Some people like it much drier.

This is the type of recipe that a cup measure or a teacup is your friend. It makes it super quick to measure out your ingredients. I have included metric in the recipe in case you prefer to be precise, but honestly after you make it a couple of times, you'll just be pouring it in freehand. 

Mine is actually thicker than it looks. It separated while I was setting up my shot. I should have given it another stir so you could see how luxurious it is.

Oh and I thought I should mention which oats I used. We just call them Scottish porridge oats, we have a rougher variety too and a finer variety for instant oats, which is more like gloop. A check of the packet and I can tell you they are rolled oat flakes.

Soaking overnight oats

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats mixed in a bowl, ready to chill

Start with double the quantity of liquid to oats, you can also add yoghurt as an extra or instead of the milk.

  1. Milk
  2. Soy milk
  3. Coconut milk
  4. Almond milk
  5. Milk and plain yoghurt (dairy or dairy free)
  6. Fruit juice
  7. Fruit juice and yoghurt

Sweetening overnight oats

I would never add sugar to oats, but I do add sweet alternatives. Here are a few sweeteners:

  1. Mashed banana
  2. Apple sauce
  3. Raisins
  4. Chopped dates
  5. Fresh fruit
  6. Maple syrup
  7. Agave nectar
  8. Honey 

Overnight oat flavours

porridge oats and cinnamon in a bowl

There are so many ingredients you can add to overnight oats to add flavour and texture. Just choose two or three for the best oats. More flavours can be overwhelming.

  1. Straight up, with maple syrup or honey
  2. Apple and cinnamon
  3. Chocolate nut spread & peanut butter topped with chopped peanuts
  4. Pear and cocoa powder
  5. Mashed banana and chocolate chips
  6. Raspberry and and chocolate chips
  7. Peach and raspberry
  8. Strawberry and chopped almonds
  9. Grated carrot, raisins and mixed spice
  10. Pineapple and orange juice (instead of milk) and yoghurt
  11. Blueberry and cinnamon
  12. Peanut butter and strawberry jam
  13. Mango and coconut
  14. Mixed berries and yogurt
  15. Pumpkin puree, cinnamon & mixed spice

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An easy recipe for apple pie flavoured oats. These apple and cinnamon overnight oats can be made in 5 minutes before you head to bed, then they are ready to eat when you get up in the morning. #overnightoats #breakfast #porridge #porridgeoats #quickbreakfast #veganbreakfast #maplesyrup #apples #greenapples

Overnight oats toppings and added extras

A white bowl full of black chia seeds

These are little extras that can be mixed through the oats or added on top as a finishing touch. Some are for an extra nutritional boost while others are for a bit of texture or crunch. Choose wisely!

  1. Chia seeds
  2. Flax seeds (best ground for nutrients), also known as linseeds
  3. Pumpkin seeds
  4. Hemp seeds
  5. Chocolate chips, cocoa/cacao nibs or grated chocolate
  6. Coconut flakes or desiccated coconut
  7. Chopped pistachios
  8. Flaked almonds
  9. Pecan nuts
  10. Toasted hazelnuts

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats and green apples

What is bircher muesli?

Bircher muesli is like a mixture of muesli and overnight oats in one bowl. If muesli and overnight oats had a child they would name it bircher muesli.

Like traditional muesli (which was created by Swiss doctor and nutritional pioneer Maximillian Bircher-Benner), bircher muesli contains oats, dried fruit and often nuts too.

It is made the same way as overnight oats but usually includes yoghurt and fruit juice in the mixture.

Three bowls of Overnight Sweet Potato Oats topped with yoghurt, maple syrup and almonds.

Overnight Sweet Potato Oats

For something a bit different, try these overnight sweet potato oats I shared with you last summer. The creamy sweet potato is paired with maple syrup, yoghurt, cinnamon and roasted almonds. It's super luxurious and high in Vitamin C & Iron.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

In the one large bowl of overnight oats, I made with almond milk and Alpro yoghurt there are 366 calories. It is high in calcium and a good source of iron, vitamin D and potassium.

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Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats
An easy recipe for apple pie flavoured oats. These apple and cinnamon overnight oats can be made in a few minutes before you head to bed, then they are ready to eat when you get up in the morning.
Yield: 1 bowl of oats

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

An easy recipe for apple pie flavoured oats. These apple and cinnamon overnight oats can be made in a few minutes before you head to bed, then they are ready to eat when you get up in the morning.
prep time: 5 minscook time: total time: 5 mins


  • 1/2 cup/50g porridge oats (rolled oat flakes)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 green apple, grated
  • 1 cup/250ml) milk 
  • 1⁄3 cup/80ml plain yoghurt 


  1. In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients.
  2. Transfer into a cereal bowl, glass or jar, cover and chill in the fridge overnight.
  3. That's it! It's ready to enjoy for breakfast. You can take it out 10 minutes before eating it to take the chill off if you prefer.
  4. Enjoy!
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Creamy Blueberry, Banana and Coconut Porridge

A creamy bowl of porridge made with blueberries, cinnamon and coconut with mashed banana added for sweetness. This healthy breakfast will see you through the day and keep you full longer.

Mushroom, Lentil & Nut Wellington

An easy vegan mushroom, lentil and nut wellington made with ready rolled puff pastry. Perfect for special family gatherings like Sunday dinner, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

Mushroom, Lentil & Nut Wellington

Just look at that mushroom, lentil and nut wellington. 

Now imagine it on a plate with just-cooked roast potatoes, all crispy on the outside and fluffy inside. On the side there is a selection of  vegetables. Now pick up the gravy jug and pour rich onion gravy over the wellington.

You're in your happy place now aren't you? I know I am.

Who could resist such a meal?

We won't mention my brother-in-law Lachlan who doesn't like mushrooms, because that's just plain odd, isn't it?

Psssst! Don't tell him I called him odd. He won't stumble across this recipe, not when it has mushroom in the title, so if he finds out I'll know who to blame.


Extra Veg Vegan Shepherd's Pie

This vegan shepherds pie is a comforting winter pie made with extra veg. An easy recipe the whole family will love made with simple ingredients. Scroll down for a free printable recipe.

Extra Veg Vegan Shepherd's Pie

My family love shepherd's pie, well veggie shepherds pie of course. It's the ultimate winter comfort dish.

Savoury mince full of soft onion, carrot and mushrooms in a rich gravy topped with creamy mash that's baked until the mash is golden with crispy bits. We all love the crispy bits don't we?

I recently shared my original recipe for veggie shepherd's pie from 11 years ago on the Tinned Tomatoes Facebook page and everyone was talking about how good shepherd's pie is. It got me right in the mood for some, so I headed to the kitchen and made a pie much to my husband's delight.

I decided to use up some of the veg in my salad drawer to make it even more delicious and healthy. Shepherd's pie or cottage pie as it is sometimes known usually contains onions, carrots and mushrooms, but I included celery and red pepper, which worked really well and was very tasty.


Vegan Cowboy Beans & Potato Bake

A simple one-pot recipe for cowboy beans. Oven-cooked in one dish, this is a real fuss-free family dinner.

A black bowl with Vegan Cowboy Beans & Potato Bake

I needed a name for this savoury bake recipe. It's basically beans and sausages so it had to be cowboy beans. 

I have no particular knowledge about cowboys and what they eat apart from the black and white cowboy films with John Wayne I watched with my dad as a child.

Did they eat cowboy beans? Maybe! They certainly seemed to cook bean dishes in a pot over their fire.

So I'm calling these cowboy beans and on doing some research I realised I was pretty spot on, although my bean pot was going to include potatoes and as it is wet and windy outside I definitely wasn't going to be cooking them outside over an open fire.

Nope, the oven was fine for me.


Vegan Spinach & Cream Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells - Crock-Pot Recipe

A simple weeknight recipe for spinach and cream cheese stuffed pasta shells. Quick and easy to prepare with a few ingredients.

Vegan Spinach & Cream Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells - Crock-Pot Recipe

Let me start by saying my son Cooper gave this a score of 9/10. Get in!

It all began when Crock-Pot asked me if I could come up with an easy weeknight meal in a crockpot that wasn't a soup or a stew.

I'd been thinking about a recipe I made years ago. A vegetarian Conchiglioni Al Forno, which is a stuffed pasta recipe. I've been thinking about trying it again for a while but making a vegan version, so when Crock-Pot challenged me I knew just what to make.


Pumpkin Spice Shortbread Cookies (vegan recipe)

A simple recipe for vegan pumpkin spice cookies with a free printable recipe. If you don't have the individual spices you can use pre-mixed pumpkin spice or mixed spice.

Pumpkin Spice Shortbread Cookies

The season is changing and we're moving into Autumn (or Fall if you're elsewhere in the world). It's getting cooler, so we're wearing cosier clothes and layers.  Here in Scotland, a coat and umbrella are essential when you head outdoors. It's rather wet and windy here right now. So much rain!

Meals are changing too. Soups and other comfort dishes like shepherd's pie and chilli are back on the menu in place of salads and outdoor BBQs.

I'm also noticing a change in the recipes appearing on Pinterest (yes I spend way to much time browsing over there) and pumpkin spice is appearing everywhere. From lattes to cookies and cakes.




10 Best Ever Vegan Pasta Recipes

A white bowl of penne pasta in a basil and tomato sauce

Everyone loves a hearty bowl of pasta, but it's the sauce that makes it, from a light dressing to pesto and rich flavourful sauces.

Today I'm sharing my top 10 best ever pasta sauces as enjoyed by my family and friends. These are the recipes I return to again and again. I am pleased to share them with you and your family.

All ten recipes are vegan, although one of the recipes gives ingredient options for both vegetarian and vegan as they are easy swaps.

I hope you enjoy them and try one or two of these recipes.but before I share the recipes I'd like to share my top pasta tips with you.


The Best BBQ Grilled Corn (foil or no foil?)

A test to find the best way to cook corn on the BBQ. Wrapped in foil or straight on the grill. This post includes grilling tips and clean up recommendations.

eating corn on the cob

Last of the Summer Dine

It's time to have those last few BBQs before the weather changes and dining indoors becomes the norm again.

Make the most of your garden or outdoor space and invite some family and friends around for a grilled feast with lots of salads and side dishes or just take your evening meal outdoors and keep it simple.

Burgers, bangers, kebabs and vegetables all taste great when cooked on the grill and let's face it, it's great fun.


Easy Homemade Chipotle Ketchup Recipe

A simple recipe for spicy homemade chitpotle ketchup with just a few basic ingredients including passata and chipotle paste.

Homemade snoky chipotle ketchup in a small pale blue bowl

I thought the summer was over but we're getting another wee burst of summer here in Scotland. What does that mean? Why that means there's still time for a few more BBQs and a lot more grilling before the season ends.

And what's great on burgers?


Easy Homemade Chipotle Ketchup Recipe

Not any ketchup, no, a tasty homemade ketchup.

Today I'd like to share with you my easy homemade chipotle tomato ketchup.

This chipotle ketchup is great on grilled burgers, but it's also a tasty BBQ marinade with a kick of spice for tofu skewers (or if you are vegetarian, halloumi skewers).

Not forgetting to serve it with your veggie bangers (sausages) and on chunky chips or skinny fries.


Easy Spinach & Corn Veggie Lasagne (step-by-step)

I don't make lasagne very often. I love it but it's always so much work, making the sauces and then assembling it. However the lasagne or lasagna (whichever you prefer) I'm sharing today is an easy cheats version of spinach and corn lasagne, which can be vegetarian or vegan. I used vegan cheese, but you can use veggie cheese, I've made this one both ways and it's been really good.

I've made this recipe even simpler for you by sharing step by step photos, which you may not need if you're a dab hand in the kitchen, but they are rather nice to scroll through and helpful too I hope. The recipe is at the bottom as usual. Feel free to scroll down to it.


How to make classic homemade salsa

Bowl of classic homemade salsa

A classic salsa is a simple side or dip, but it may be something you've never made at home before.

It's hard to explain how much the flavours in a fresh tomato salsa zing compared to the ones you buy in a supermarket, which can be good but are often overwhelmed with a tomato sauce or a really sugary flavour.

Salsa should zing with the fresh flavours of tomatoes, red onion and garlic, a tang from the lime and a subtle hint or a real hit of heat from chilli, depending on how you like it.


BBQ Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms

A close up of BBQ Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms

Don't they look gorgeous? These little beauties are grilled, stuffed mushrooms. You're going to love them. They're juicy and full of flavour, a little bit of heaven for mushroom-lovers.

Each mushroom is fully pizza stuffed and cooked on the BBQ (or in the oven) until succulent, a little smoky and ready to be eaten while warm and melty with groans of pleasure.

I don't exaggerate! They are totally lush.


6 Piece Addis Lunchbox Giveaway

Children in Scotland head back to school this week and their friends down in England head back in a few weeks too, so it's time to think about packed lunches and what to put in your lunch box. It's time to plan!

Of course packed lunches aren't just for children and adults too need some inspiration too.


Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers

Ready to grill rainbow tofu skewers, tofu and a rainbow of vegetables

These rainbow tandoori tofu skewers can be grilled or cooked on a BBQ and isn't it fabulous we've had such good weather for eating outdoors this year?

Summer in Scotland can often be a wet affair, with the occasional sunny day, but this year we've had nearly four months of sunshine with lots of heat too. We're all completely shocked. None of us can believe it. We've not had a summer like this in decades.

Sunny Scotland = BBQ

Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers served with wholemeal pitta bread, salad leaves, cherry tomatoes and hummus

Grilled tofu

I wanted to marinade and grill tofu for a change. 

I often cook veggie burgers, veggie sausages and vegetable kebabs on the BBQ and I've even cooked falafel on skewers, bit this time I wanted to cook tofu.

The marinade had to have lots of flavour, so I decided to make a tandoori paste, which I mixed with yogurt and a little water to make a bright yellow marinade.



Tandoori paste

ingredients for tandoori paste

Tandoori paste is a traditional Indian cooking sauce sometimes known as Tikka. Tandoori is named after the clay cooking vessel people in India traditionally cook in, which is called a Tandoor.

The ingredients are generally very similar in each recipe, with small changes. 

I used ground turmeric, cumin and coriander for flavour, then chilli pepper and paprika for heat, fresh ginger and garlic for a bit of oomph, tomato puree and agave nectar (or sugar) for colour and sweetness, coconut oil in place of vegetable oil to bring the paste together and soy sauce instead of salt (salt can dry out the tofu) to season.

The turmeric and coconut oil are both organic and come from Indigo herbs.

Indigo Herbs

Organic turmeric, beetroot powder and coconut oil from Indigo Herbs

Indigo Herbs are healthy lifestyle company based in Glastonbury. They've been running since 2004 and are committed to supplying high quality natural health products at good prices.

I've been trying out their Organic Turmeric Powder, their Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, both of which are in this tandoori paste and their Beetroot Powder which I've been adding to smoothies and sauces for an extra nutritional boost. 

I have to say I'm really pleased with their products so far. I always like to buy good quality spices (did you see the documentary where they talked about spices including sweepings from the floor?) and these spices from Indigo herbs are not only organic, but 100% pure botanical, with nothing else added. That makes me happy and gives me piece of mind.

Marinating tofu

marinating tofu in tandoori homemade tandoori paste

Pressing tofu

First of all you need the right type of tofu. A firm tofu is what you're looking for when you are making skewers, never silken tofu, which has more of a creamy texture and is used for sauces and desserts.

The easiest way to press tofu is with a tofu press, or if you're short of time you can buy prepared tofu from Tofoo or M&S, both of which are pretty good.

If you don't have a tofu press, wrap the tofu in lots of kitchen paper, then in a kitchen towel, top it with a heavy book (a cookbook works well) and a couple of cans on top. Cooper shows you how to do it step-by-step in my tofu fingers post.



The best way to marinate tofu

When you're ready to marinate the tofu, stir the plain yogurt into the paste and a little water until it's the right consistency.

Cut the tofu into cubes, pop them in a bowl and gently coat it in the marinade

Spoon the tofu into airtight containers and leave then in the fridge to marinate for a few hours or overnight.


Related: How to Cook Tofu


Rainbow skewers

Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers with a rainbow of vegetables

For these skewers, I combined the tandoori tofu with courgette; yellow, orange and red pepper; cherry tomatoes, red onion and cooked beetroot (vac packed beets).

Why the rainbow? Because it looks so pretty and the artist in me likes colours to lie in order.

You could add them to the skewers in any order, but believe me everyone will love being served them like this. We eat with our eyes first after all.

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Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers. skewers stacked with tandoori marinated tofu and a selection of colourful vegetables. Includes recipe for tandoori marinade. Only 94 calories per skewer. #skewers #tofu #tofuskewers #tofurecipes #veganBBQ #tofurecipes

Serving the skewers

Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers served with wholemeal pitta bread, salad leaves, cherry tomatoes and hummus

I served the skewers with toasted wholemeal pitta bread, hummus, salad leaves and cherry tomatoes. 

For a more traditional meal serve the with Indian flatbreads like naan bread or  homemade chapatis. Check out my post on how to make chapatis. They are super simple.

I don't mind mixing things up and I love serving these loaded into pitta bread. 

Fresh pitta (like the pitta you get in Cyprus) would be better of course, or you could make your own pitta. My friend Lucy over at Supergolden Bakes makes some awesome homemade pitta bread, just close your eyes to what she serves it with (if you're veggie).

Calories and Nutrients per skewer

Calories and Nutrients per tandoori tofu skewer

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Yield: 12 skewers
Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers

Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers

Rainbow skewers stacked with tandoori marinated tofu and a selection of colourful vegetables. Includes recipe for tandoori marinade. Only 94 calories per skewer.
prep time: 25 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 35 mins


Marinated tofu
  • 349g firm tofu
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 1/2 cm/1 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp agave nectar (sugar or honey)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce (or salt)
  • a good grinding of black pepper
  • 200g/just under 1 cup yogurt
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • 2 courgettes (zucchini), sliced
  • 3 bell peppers (red, yellow and orange), cut into chunks
  • 24 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 large red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 4 large cooked beets, sliced thickly


  1. Make your marinade. Add all the ingredients to a bowl from the ground turmeric down to the black pepper and stir together into a paste.
  2. Add the yogurt and water to make a good consistency for coating tofu.
  3. Press your tofu for half an hour or so,  then cube it and gently coat the tofu in the marinade. Pop the tofu in an airtight container and pop in the fridge for a few hours.
  4. Soak wooden skewers in water for half an hour before you make the skewers, this will prevent them from burning.
  5. Heat your grill or BBQ and then thread the tofu and vegetables onto 12 skewers in a rainbow order.
  6. Cook for a few minutes on each side until cooked and starting to char and crisp at the edges.
  7. Serve with toasted pitta bread, salad leaves, cherry tomatoes and hummus.
  8. Enjoy!


The times are for preparations and cooking, pressing and marinating time is not included. This depends on how long you leave the tofu to press and marinate. Some people like to leave the tofu to marinate overnight.

Calories and nutrition are per skewer. This recipe is enough for 12 skewers.
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Chip Shop Battered Tofu

Chip Shop Battered Tofu

If you love tofu, you must try my Chip Shop Battered TofuIt's easy to make and so good to eat. Bite through crunchy spiced batter to creamy tofu.

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Homemade Tandoori Paste Recipe

Bowl of Homemade Tandoori Paste Recipe

Tandoori paste is a really popular Indian marinade. It is mostly commonly used in a chicken dish, but of course it's the perfect marinade for veggie dishes too.

Vegetarians could coat halloumi in it before crisping it on the BBQ and vegans can use it to marinade tofu before grilling it. You could also use it to marinade onions wedges and cook those on the BBQ.


Sassy Students Cooking Guide & Survival Kit Giveaway

It's that time again when students head back to University or set off for University for the first time.

I remember it well. The nerves and excitement of packing up all my things ready to start a new life away from home. My mum was great at getting me everything I needed and sharing what she could spare from the kitchen and linen cupboard.

Before I left home, she taught me how to make a cheese sauce from scratch using the roux method and how to make a fruit loaf cake, then set me off on my way to explore the world.

I have to admit like many students I had to learn everything as I went including how to cook, and what I needed to get me through the term.

Today I have a great Student Survival Kit from Kitcentric to give away and a student cooking kit guide to share with you, but first I'll give you a laugh and share a photo of my matriculation card with you.

I've covered up the year. Sharing a photo of me with all the curly hair (before hair straighteners were popular), is enough embarrassment for one day.


45 Tips for Camping with Kids

We really enjoy holidays in the UK, especially holidays in Scotland. You're never far from hills, mountains, lochs, castles, parks or beaches. It's simply the best place to visit for spectacular views and spending time outdoors.

We usually have a couple of cottage breaks in Scotland, where we do a lot of exploring and lots of walking.

This year Cooper is talking about camping and as I've not been camping for years, it was time for me to do some planning before we venture out into the great outdoors.

I'd done my research and gathered some great advice, then Halfords (who love encouraging us to get outdoors and enjoy the world around us) got in touch about their camping guide and I thought this would be a good companion piece, so I'm sharing my top tips with you as well as theirs so you'll have the benefit of them all when you take your kids camping.


Strawberry & Vanilla Chia Seed Jam Recipe

Strawberry & Vanilla Chia Seed Jam

Have you heard of chia seed jam? I'm sure you have, it's been popular for a couple of years now, but have you made any?

I've been meaning to try some of this simple strawberry jam for such a long time. I used to make a lot of different traditional jams. Strawberry and peach jam, Scottish raspberry jam, caramelised nectarine and apricot jam, which is a personal favourite and mango and orange peel jam to name a few.

Traditional Jam vs Chia Seed Jam

The trouble with traditional jam is that it has a lot of sugar. That doesn't trouble me too much because we don't eat a huge amount of jam, but I think the sugar can sometimes overpower the flavour of the fruit a bit. Have you noticed that?

Actually now I think about it Cooper does eat quite a lot of jam. Graham and I, not so much.

Chia seed jam has a lot less sugar and tastes much more fruity.


Oaty Chocolate and Banana Cookies

Oaty Chocolate and Banana Cookies

Just look at those bad boys. Oaty chocolate and banana cookies.

To be honest they are more like a flapjack in a cookie form. In fact they are very similar to my chocolate and banana flapjacks but no butter or dairy free spread is added, so they are a bit kinder to our waistlines. There are no eggs in these cookies either, but you know I try to avoid eggs in my recipes.

Flapjacks or Cookies?

Just to clarify, these cookies are chewy and full of oats like a Scottish flapjack, which is a chewy oat bar. They are nothing to do with what my American friends class as flapjacks, which are called pancakes here.  I never like to leave anyone scratching their heads in confusion. We are talking about chewy, oaty cookies today.

Never let anyone tell you a flapjack should be crisp, that is just wrong! They have obviously cooked the flapjacks too long if they are crisp!


Back to School Vegan & Vegetarian Lunchbox Ideas

vegan kids lunchbox including hummus and carrot sandwiches, blueberries, breadsticks and cucumber and cherry tomatoes

How do you build up a veggie lunchbox for kids that they will enjoy, but has enough of the good stuff like fruit and vegetables in it?

Planning. That's the key. Trying to scramble something together the night before or in the morning before you leave will just lead to stress and a lunchbox that comes home barely touched

Follow my lunchbox plan for a stress-free term and scroll down for a list of ideas and recipes.

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