This Week’s Bakes

This Week’s Bakes

green granny smith applesraisins in a bowlingredients in a bowl

I don’t need much of an excuse to mess about in the kitchen and this cold weather over the weekend had me pretty much setting up camp inbetween the kettle and the oven.

This recipe for Chewy Sultana Cookies by Deliciously Ella caught my eye and I had to try it out… no flour, no refined sugar and full of delicious fruits and filling oats. Plus, one massive bonus, is that the recipe doesn’t require any food processing. I had a majorly sad moment yesterday when I came to use my processor to find a massive crack in the bowl. I think the regular making of nut butters has taken its toll on my machine. As an aside, if anyone has a great recommendation for a pretty heavy-duty food processor, please leave me a comment. My current one is a KitchenAid and although I love it, I don’t think it’s up to the job. 

Each cookie has a healthy amount of grated apple (I substituted red apples for green), oats, sultanas (I used raisins), mashed bananas, cinnamon and honey. Once baked, these cookies have a lovely crunch to the outside and then a soft centre, which gave a nice hit of banana flavour.  We enjoyed them that afternoon and were happy in the knowledge that they were packed full of goodness.

Today, I’m going to indulge Mr D-F by making his all-time-favourite raspberry and pistachio brownies from the book Ready Steady Glow by Madeleine Shaw. All I can say is, if you can get your hands on the recipe – try them – you really will thank me! (…and Madeleine of course, who created them)!

I’ll post some photos on Instagram once I’ve made the brownies and if I can get to them in time before they’re eaten!

Have a great day x


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Plan Your Way To Healthier Meals ~ Free Downloadable Meal Planner

Plan Your Way To Healthier Meals ~ Free Downloadable Meal Planner

Many of you know that I’ve been trialling different menus and foods over the last year. We have embarked upon a primarily, whole-food based diet for two main reasons; enjoying experimenting being one of them and Mr D-F’s gluten and dairy intolerance being another.  We have also cut out all refined sugar – a big initial challenge but so worth while in the end.

Oh my goodness what a difference this shift has made to us both. More energy throughout the day and less cravings for snacks – I have always been a major grazer, no intolerance related effects for Mr D-F and the most amazing thing is that our meals are full of different flavours, packed full of nutrients and are in no way meagre! I must insert a link here to the first book that helped us to make this transition; Madeleine Shaw’s Get The Glow.

So this has all been great so far but what it has meant is that we’ve had to be mega-organised when it comes to shopping and meal prep, especially when we initially started out on this new food fun.  Most of our weekly menus up until this point have been scribbled on the back of a bit of paper, which would be totally fine, except that we’ve started to accidentally mis-read the menu meaning that some foods haven’t made it to the shopping list or ended up on there twice!

To solve this problem, I’ve created two menu planners, which are completely free for you to download and print as many times as you like. They have a space for each day of the week, so that you can plan out your breakfast, lunch, snack and supper. There’s also a space for the date, which I designed mainly for me, as I keep all of our old menus ensuring that if there was a particularly amazing week, we could recycle the ideas without re-writing!

I’ve made a Monday – Sunday version but the one I use the most is the Saturday – Friday version as we do our weekly shop on a Saturday and that’s when our menu for the week begins. You’ll find the links for the downloads below the photos.


Dorset Finca Meal Planner

Dorset Finca Meal Planner with favourite books

Click the gold link here for the Monday – Sunday planner: meal planner

Click the gold link here for the planner that starts on a Saturday: meal planner starting saturday

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