After falling off the wagon and continually eating my weight in sweet foods, I knew something had to give. I need sweet treats like flowers need the sun. Don’t judge. I was trying to think of a dessert I could make with things I have in the cupboards that was not only low in calories but would feel naughty. Let’s be honest, a good pudding is a naughty pudding. My daughter came up to me asking for a biscuit. The “biscuits” we give her are the Heinz Baby Biscotti. The pack I grabbed today was chocolate, which she doesn’t have often. She offered me a bite, and to my surprise it was really good and turned quite creamy whilst eating. I thought they would make a great pie base. Mainly because they taste good but also because 3 biscottis are only 63 calories.
Queue lightbulb above my head. Cheesecake! I had exactly what I needed for a skinny no bake version for under 200 calories. My version uses light cream cheese and Greek yogurt to create a creamy cheesecake. Toss in a few other cupboard staples with the biscotti and you’ve got yourself a healthier cheesecake! Rather than making a standard size cheesecake and risk eating too much, because I would, I made individual ones. I used good sized ramekins which yield a big portion. Benefits of being low calorie, you can have a bigger portion. Thank you Naomi, credit goes to you for asking for a biscuit.
You can have pizza that isn’t dinner? Oh yes you can! The first time I tried fruit pizza was when I was a kid and it was a very sweet, high calorie and decadent dessert. The base was made from pre-made sugar cookie dough, topped with full fat cream cheese, covered in fruits and sprinkled with sugar. Absolutely delicious but oh my days not good for the waist line. I decided to adapt this treat and make it my own after trying to think up a dish for a pot luck dinner party we were hosting. I was making a main but it was more so to use up ingredients in the fridge. I wanted something that I know my friends hadn’t had before and would blow their socks off. It did. At one point I thought two of my friends were going to batter each other over who was having it to themselves!
My indulgent fruit pizza has a chocolate oat base and a Greek yogurt and sweet cheese frosting. Each slice is under 350 calories and feels so much naughtier than it is. You can even make your inner child happy by eating this for breakfast. This recipe is easily adaptable to suit your preferences as well. You can use any of your favourite fresh or tinned fruits, however if using tinned fruit ensure that they are drained and dried. I love deep dish pizza, so I made my base deep dish. If you prefer thin and crispy, simply cut down the base ingredients or make a bigger sized base – hey bigger slices! I kept the frosting slightly runny so it could double as a sauce for those who wanted extra, however cut back on the yogurt if you want it nice and thick.
I would like to thank one of my followers, @maplepancake14 , for my first recipe request! I have posted homemade banana ice cream on Instagram a few times as part of my food diary. I originally got the idea from a lovely girl I follow called @madsgetsfit . She posts nearly daily her banana “nice” cream which she has stated uses frozen banana and milk which is blended until an ice cream like consistency is achieved. She always makes it look so nice with loads of toppings! I haven’t quite ventured this far as I typically have my ice cream late at night and just want to eat it and go to bed.
I gave the banana ice cream a go and it is amazing! Definitely feels like a naughty treat even though its practically just fruit. I couldn’t help but think that something was missing. Okay yes I know, toppings, but something other than that. After having a good think, I adapted the basic banana ice cream recipe to come up with something a little creamier and incorporate frozen fruit pieces. Where my recipe differs is the use of Greek yogurt. This makes the ice cream creamy and adds a slight tang. I also added strawberries to the mix to create one of my favourite flavour combinations. You can’t go wrong with a bit of strawberry and banana! My recipe makes a LOT of ice cream and each serving comes in at under 100 calories. Yep, ice cream for under 100 calories. Mind you, this is a high carb dessert at 21.2g. Hold on don’t go running for the hills, these are good carbs!
Finished my HIIT workout for the day, so tucking in to some homemade banana ice cream and a trial of my flourless brownie. The brownie is still a work in progress, but the ice cream was great as always!
You’re probably wondering why I’ve done so many sweet recipes lately. I promise I will do more meals! However, as a woman, certain times of the month I really crave sweet treats. It takes all my willpower to not shove my face into a whole Victoria sponge. These cravings are even worse due to my PCOS and cycle finally being under control due to my weight loss. I’ll leave that conversation there, perhaps for a vlog at a later date.
Since I moved to the UK I’ve been a sucker for chocolate. I don’t like Hershey’s or American chocolate, so it was never a problem in the past. I blame you Cadburys. I was thinking I haven’t had brownies in so long, but they are so naughty. I thought I’d give a low carb low sugar flourless brownie a go. It’s almost there! Just a few more tweaks.
Recipes for my flourless brownie and banana ice cream will be up on the blog within the next week, so watch this space.
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Raise your hand if you love muffins! Keep your hand up if you hate how bad they can be for you! Seriously, these things can be lethal for your diet if you aren’t careful. For instance, Starbucks Blueberry Muffin comes in at 350 calories, which isn’t too bad, but also packs in 29g of sugar! Ouch. It’s easy to just look at caloric content of food and forget to take notice of sugars. Granted, in some foods sugars are naturally occurring and aren’t as bad. Still though, we have to be careful to keep the sugar intake in check whether it is natural or not. Now don’t feel like I am picking on poor Starbucks here, you know I love them. I only used them as an example as I really had to channel my self control over a blueberry muffin the last time I was in store grabbing a latte.
Since then I have been craving blueberry muffins. I tweaked my trusted basic muffin recipe to cut back on the calories and sugar. Okay, there is a catch in that these aren’t the massive muffins you get from most high street bakers. However, they are moist and delicious. The fresh blueberries add a lovely tang and sweetness, not to mention gorgeous colour! These can be eaten as a dessert or a breakfast with a dollop of Greek yogurt. I mean, I consider muffins as more of a cake but it has fruit so treat yourself! These bad boys clock in at only 127 calories and 3.3g of sugar. Go on, get your mixing bowl out and get baking!
I took a leaf from @mads_getsfit and made her banana “nice” cream – thank you beautiful it’s amazing! My calories were quite low for the day so I added a Trio bar as a treat. Whole bowl is under 300 calories and it was a massive portion! Can’t wait to tweak this recipe with ingredients and flavours. Watch this space!
I decided to track my calories today out of curiosity because I knew they would be low. Before this ice cream I was under 1000 calories. Really not good. Not sure if it’s antibiotics or my body trying to tell me to rest, but I just haven’t had an appetite. I’ve had to force down all my food today which is very unlike me.
For lunch I had 5 strawberries, a handful of mango chunks and a Muscle Food Vanilla Crisp Bar. Chased that down with a skinny sugar free hazlenut latte. I was gobbed and to be honest probably wouldn’t have eaten lunch if it wasn’t for the fact I was shakey and dizzy. Dinner was homemade fish tacos with cauliflower tortillas and baja sauce. Again, forced this down as I knew I needed to eat because of the antibiotics.
It all kind of goes against my ethos, don’t eat if you’re not hungry regardless of times and meals. However, due to the fact I’m on antibiotics I know I HAVE to eat. Last thing I want is this infection to last any longer than it has already.
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Cornflakes, a family favourite for years. I tried to get Naomi to eat cornflakes from a young age and she would outright refuse. I put it down to them being too crunchy as she is very much a texture child. I put this down to my fear of her choking and having her on purees until she was nearly 9 months old. Bad mommy. The other week we realised she LOVES chocolate cornflake cakes. Of course she does, it’s chocolate. Ian was picking her up from nursery a few weeks ago and they must have made a batch that day. He was holding Naomi as he was talking with one of the nursery workers. While he was distracted, she reached over and grabbed the cake and shoved half of it in her gob. Cheeky little mare.
When we were going through our cupboards before our weekly shop this week, we noticed we needed some more cornflakes. Ian suggested we used what was left in the box to make the cornflake cakes. Brilliant idea, go daddy. I thought what a good idea this was since Naomi and I both weren’t feeling our best. I loved baking and cooking growing up and I want to instill this love into Naomi as well. We did attempt to make fishcakes together a few weeks ago which did not go to plan. Still fun though and great memories were made. No doubt making the chocolate cornflake cakes would be a bigger hit with her because, well, chocolate.