Recently, the weather’s been rubbish, money has been tight, and consequently I’ve spent a lot of my time wrapped up in a duvet binge watching Netflix. Whilst this is a pleasant activity in itself, I’ve also discovered that it can be significantly improved by the addition of snacks – and this homemade caramel popcorn (from What Charlotte Eats) is up there with the best of them.
One of the great things about this popcorn recipe is that you literally need five ingredients – oil, kernels, butter, sugar and syrup (hey, I said it was easy, not healthy!) – and it takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish. If it’s raining, cold, or generally miserable where you are, fire up your laptop, put your pan on the stove and get popping.
Sit down, keep calm, and hold on to your hats, because I’ve got a revelation for you. You no longer have to choose between healthy eating and cake (and not just dry old diet cake – proper sticky moist delicious cake).
This banana and blueberry loaf cake may look deceptively decadent, but it’s packed with fruit, reasonably low on sugar, and if you cut it into 12, it’s only around 150 calories a slice. Whether you’re dieting, indulging or simply looking for a sweet treat, I highly recommend that you put the kettle on and get baking.
I am ashamed to say that in my youth, I saw flapjacks as a ‘healthy option’. The wholesomeness of their brown, oaty appearance and the fact that they didn’t have any bright colours or frosting smeared across their surface lulled me into a false sense of security and I munched many a morsel under the illusion they were guilt free.
As I grew older and supposedly wiser, the illusion was shattered and I realised that they were actually a pretty decadent snack, but I still couldn’t kick the flapjack habit. A veritable glut of oats, sugar and syrup, these classic chewy flapjacks are never going to make you skinny, but my goodness will they make you happy.