Homemade granola bars

homemade no bake granola barGranola, quinoa, kale, avocado, chia seeds – all the rage in the last year or so, and although I’m slightly skeptical over some of these food fads (especially the gluten free craze), I have totally jumped on this healthy living lifestyle. You know 2016, a new year…a new me and all of that jazz!

As I work from home, the fridge & junk cupboard is dangerously close to my desk and I often find myself rummaging through the snacks to see what I can eat in between lunch and dinner. This often means having a packet of crisps or some chocolate with a cup of tea and living with my failed attempt at healthy eating tmy healthy eating for the day has failed. So I decided to make some no-bake homemade granola bars for when I start to feel peckish at 2pm…and then again at 5pm!

  • 1 cup dates (pitted)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup almonds (chopped or leave whole)
  • 1/2 cup pecan nuts (chopped or leave whole)
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

homemade no bake granola bar

  1. Put the dates in a food processor, until it comes together in a ball.
  2. Place the honey & peanut butter in a small saucepan and bring to simmer.
  3. Place the oats, almonds, pecan nuts & the chocolate chips in a bowl and mix together the peanut butter and dates. Stir until it combines.
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper & place the mixture in. Pat down to flatter.
  5. Place in the fridge, for 3 hours, or the freezer for 1 hour, until firm. Cut into bars.

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Forest

forest selfridges forest selfridgesIt’s been a while since I’ve posted a restaurant review, but I haven’t really been to many new restaurants lately – I blame Prezzo and their vouchers! However, last week I made a trip to the West End to brave the crowds and do some Christmas shopping (a seriously brave decision, two weekends before Christmas!) and I went to Selfridges’ Rooftop restaurant, Forest, for a lunch break.

Each season Selfridges transform their rooftop space according to the season and for the last 2 years, their winter theme has been a ski-lodge in a forest setting.forest selfridges forest selfridges forest selfridges forest selfridgesThe exclusive lift takes you straight up and as soon as you reach the Rooftop, you get some serious Narnia feels. The walkway, which leads to the lodge itself, is filled with fairy lights amongst narrow tree trunks, which line the walls. The restaurant itself has some serious interior décor goals too, as every corner is detailed with foliage, candles, logs and traditional tartan blankets are hung at the back of every chair.forest selfridgesforest selfridges forest selfridgesThe must haves on the menu are: the gingerbread choctail (gingerbread liqueur, hot chocolate, whipped cream – amazing!) & the blue cheese fondu, which I am still dreaming about a week later!

One word to describe this space – magical. It manages to transport you to a countryside ski-lodge in the middle of a very busy Oxford Street!

Shu-mazing factor – 8/10

Oh Christmas Tree

somerset house christmassomerset house skate h&m green dresssomerset house christmas somerset house christmasCall me Kevin McCallister, but I have a thing about Christmas trees. Nothing gives me that Christmas feeling more than seeing a pretty decorated evergreen tree and one of my favourites in London is the massive tree at Somerset House. Each year different brands sponsor the ice-skating at Somerset House and this year it was Fortnum & Mason’s turn to deck the House!

I very rarely go ice-skating, as I’m that annoying person who refuses to let go of the side and panics every time another skater joins the side and blocks my side path! In this case, I have two options: simply let go of the side and attempt the journey around the skating pro, or apologise profoundly and ask if he/she can kindly skate away from the side to let me through! Stressful situation!

However if you’re braver than me (that’s everyone then!), Somerset House is a great place to skate. The atmosphere will definitely give you all the Christmas feels, as you’re skating in one of the most beautiful courtyards in London, with a massive Christmas tree (did I mention that I like trees?!) and festive music playing in the background. It’s guaranteed to make the Grinchest of Grinches and the Scroogest of Scrooges feel Christmassy.

h&m green dresssomerset house christmas somerset house christmas somerset house christmas somerset house christmasdress – H&M | necklace – H&M | boots – ASOS (similar) | scarf – Zara (old but similar here)

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