Nutella Banana Bread – Gluten Free

Ingredients

1 and 1/4 cups of Nutella Spread + plus a bit extra for the topping

3 large eggs

2 medium bananas

1 and 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Instructions

1 – Preheat oven to 180 degrees

2- Grease the inside of a 8.5 inch x 4.5 inch loaf tin

3- Add all ingredients into a blender and mix until everything is smooth. You can mix by hand but you will just need to ensure the mixture is smooth.

4 – Pour into loaf tin

5- Bake for 50-55 minutes

6 – Leave bread to cool down

7 – Coat the top of the bread in a thin layer of Nutella spread.

Really delicious banana bread and really simple to make.

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Couch to 5k

Today I completed the first run of the 2nd week of the couch to 5k app. This consisted of a 5 minute warm up walk followed by 90 seconds of running and then 2 minutes walking  which was repeated 6 times and then to end there is a 5 minutes cool down walk.

In total I ran for 9 minutes which is 1 minute longer than last week.

I really enjoyed the run/walk today and it is a great excuse to enjoy being outside as the weather has been so nice.I am looking forward to my next run on Friday.

Couch to 5K Update

Last night I finished the first week of the couch to 5k app. It was slightly delayed as I was supposed to complete the run over the weekend but due to being busy I never got round to it; so therefore I completed it yesterday.

I really enjoyed the run yesterday and I am now looking forward to completing the first run of week 2 on Wednesday.

Fruit and Nut Mix

Ingredients

50g Walnuts

50g Almond Flakes

50g Pecan nuts

50g Pumpkin Seeds

50g Sunflower Seeds

100g Goja Berries

Instructions

1 – Add the Almond flakes, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and goja berries in to the bowl.

2- Chop the walnuts and pecan nuts finely and add to the mixture

3- Mix thoroughly

4- Weigh into 40/50g portions depending on personal preference. I personally weigh then into portions of around 45g

This will usually make around 8/9 portions.

I enjoy snacking throughout the day, so this fruit and nut mix is perfect for me as it provides with lots of nutrients but also tastes delicious. I usually weight out my mix on a Sunday ready for the week, so I have one every day and then a couple extra just in case. Usually I eat them in the morning and will occasionally have one at night when I have a sugary craving instead of grabbing a chocolate bar.

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

100mls water (can use almond or coconut milk)

Tablespoon of chia seeds

Tablespoon of honey

Handful of strawberries

1x Banana

Handful of Blueberries

Instructions

  • Mix water, honey and chia seeds in a bowl – stir well
  • Cover the mixture with cling film and put in fridge for a couple of hours (Usually I put it in the fridge overnight)
  • Stir mixture and add strawberries, banana and blueberries

Really simple recipe and you can change it to suit you by adding different fruits that you enjoy. Sometimes I eat this for breakfast or sometimes as a desert in the evening.

You can also add Tahini or nut butter for extra flavouring. I have also tried it with Lucuma which also adds a really nice flavour.

It is only over the last few months that I have learnt about Chia seeds but I have slowly started to bring them into my diet as Chia seeds have a huge amount of health benefits.

Couch to 5k update

Last night I completed the 2nd run of the first week of the couch to 5k app. This consisted of a 5 minute warm up walk and 8x 60 second runs which alternate with 7x 90 second walks and then a 5 minute cool down walk. Overall you end up running for 8 minutes in total.

I am really enjoying the app so far and I am enjoying trying to be more active. I have the final run to complete on Friday and then it is on to week 2. The program consists of 9 weeks.

I am really looking forward to seeing how far I can progress with this app.