Alphonso Mango & Walnut Smoothie

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This time last year we were all craving Alphonso Indian mangoes!
Luckily this year we have been able to have them over from India and we are definitely making the most of them.

Extremely sweet in taste and velvety in texture! Allows this particular variety of mango to be a natural partner to acidic strawberries in a smoothie.

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The walnuts add nutrition but also gives body to the whole drink. One that goes on my super healthy smoothie list!

INGREDIENTS

1 alphonso mango
Large handful of strawberries
1 clementine
2 shelled walnuts
Water

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METHOD

Blitz all ingredients together. For a creamier taste add a tablespoon of natural yoghurt

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Spiced Pear & Walnut Muffins

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A Muffin ~ a type of quick bread that originated in America and portioned for one person. Traditionally eaten for breakfast but these days so very popular especially the sweet variations, with a lovely cup of coffee or tea.

I went back to its roots and thought I would make my version of a breakfast fruit muffin. I used walnuts as they are one of the healthiest nuts available and are an antioxidant. Aswell as proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol

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So a perfect choice to start the day and what fruit marries well with walnuts? Pear! A match made in nature!

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I felt the need to spice the muffins up so I used mixed spice to warm up the soul. I also reduced the sugar and fat content but this hasn’t had any effect on the taste or consistency! This muffin will definitely set you up for the day! I’ve just had one this morning and I’m still going. A great winner all round! Enjoy, much love D x

INGREDIENTS

250g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
60g caster sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp mixed spice heaped
200g grated pear
70g walnut chopped
100ml natural yoghurt
2 free range eggs beaten
50g melted butter
50ml-70ml milk

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METHOD

• Preheat oven to 190°c/375°f/gas mark 5, grease a 12 hole muffin pan

• Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and mixed spice together. Add the yoghurt, eggs,syrup and milk and stir until combined. Stir in the melted butter

• Fold in the grated pear and chopped walnuts. The batter should be a drop like consistency

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• Fill the muffin pan and bake for 20-30 minutes until the muffin tops are nice and golden

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Walnuts are healthy! a great read 🙂

Fig, walnut & orange muffins

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To celebrate my 101st post! Yay!!! I thought I would make a new fig muffin recipe. Figs and me never really mixed when I was young, though my Mum has always loved them. I first got introduced to figs by the fig rolls they sell in the supermarket. It was nice to feel the little balls crunch in between my teeth incased in a golden biscuit and then I moved on to the hard stuff the dried figs and then very recently fresh figs!

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Now I quite enjoy them and it was for this reason that I made them and also to introduce them to my 2 toddlers so that they get a flavour for them from now!
The muffins came up fluffy and sweet! The walnuts and orange zest compliment the figs and taste a little Christmassy! I know it’s early but with these dark nights drawing in, Christmas is something I’m really looking forward to x

INGREDIENTS

150g butter softened
175g self raising flour
150g dried figs chopped
zest of 1 orange
30g walnuts chopped
75g caster sugar
25g soft brown sugar
3 large free range eggs beaten
½ tsp vanilla extract

METHOD

• Preheat oven to 180°c/gas mark 4. Grease a muffin pan of 12 and set aside

• Put all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix, slowly add the beaten egg and fold through

• Spoon the muffin batter into the muffin pan holes directly

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Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean

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• Gently ease out the muffins with a tablespoon and cool on a wiring rack. Then make yourself a cup of tea, grab a muffin and put your feet up! You deserve it x

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