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Banana chocolate oat cookies

Cooking soya, dairy and sugar free cookies

After a hectic morning at Buxton’s great soft play, Little Rascals, it was time to stay indoors and keep out of the cold.

I came across a great (and easy!) recipe, on the fun blog Snotty Noses, I thought it would be fun to try with toddler E. I’m not the best cook (my husband would say that is an understatement) so simple recipes are key.

I adapted the original two ingredient recipe:

Ingredients
2 ripe bananas
130 g porridge oats
20 g soya and dairy free Plamil chocolate drops

Method
Mash the banana, mix with the porridge oats and add the chocolates. (The original recipe says to wizz the ingredients in food processor but I don’t have one so couldn’t!)

Grease a baking tray and measure out 12 heaped teaspoons, putting them on the tray and squishing then down.

Cook at 180° for 25 – 30 minutes.

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The result were some very moorish cookies. If we’d used riper bananas I think they would have tasted sweeter, so the chocolate helped. Also a rather healthy treat as low sugar!

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We will be cooking these again when we have over ripe bananas.

Yum!

Hiding from Desmond

Sundays are often about chilling indoors, particularly when the Peak District is recovering from being hit by Storm Desmond.

When you live in the middle of fabulous, fantastic moors you need alternative indoor activities when you just can’t face the great outdoors in all weathers.

It’s quite old school, but today we ended up spending about 3 hours making jigsaws. What started off as one, turned into making all of them in the cupboard! I was very impressed with E’s concentration levels. She was very proud of her final display.

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We seem to have plenty of jigsaws (and or receive many as gifts), but if you want to stock up I’d recommend:

Minibugs: Djeco
Our favourite children’s shop in Buxton stock the wonderful Djeco toys, high quality that are designed by artists and all beautifully made. Our favourite jigsaw is the gorgeous Leon the dragon, if you don’t have one buy it before it is discontinued!

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The Works: a family discount store; you can shop locally or order online. Their stock changes frequently and you can pick up a set of jigsaws from a few pounds. The transport jigsaws (large and small) are from The Works.

Supermarkets: most large supermarkets stock children’s jigsaws, we bought our Frozen set at half price.

Charity shops: with children’s jigsaws you can do a quick count to check all the pieces are there! My mum bought the Spot set from a charity shop, reminds me of helping my younger brothers making their jigsaws.

I now want to get out my jigsaw collection, but I don’t think toddler E will have the patience for a thousand piece set.

Happy hibernating all, here’s to our next adventure!

Michelle