Bike Bars

So tomorrow we cycle to cornwall EEK. After weeks of waiting, hard work (for some…) and excitement the time has finally come! Chelmsford to Cornwall in 5 days. Some call us crazy, others say we have been brain washed by cycling aliens, I agree with them all. But we are certainly ready for an adventure!

So prepare for a week of lycra filled pictures, dodgy bikers tans and possibly a few grazes. Prepare for stories of singing cyclists, crying cyclists, lost cyclists and sleepy cyclists. Prepare like I have prepared for this ride… (I have not.) But I did prepare in the food department! Yes fatty over here may not care about the size of her muscles, but she does care about the happiness of her tummy; behold bike bars.

They are dead easy to make, lowfat, high energy, and perfect to enjoy after walking the dog in the park, or with a cup of tea when the weather gets more British.  I hope I have room for a few in my rucksack.

Flapjack

You will need:

  • 397g tin of condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 300g of your favourite muesli- if you are on a budget Lidl’s own is great
  • 50g mixed seeds
  • 150g mixed dried fruit

. Set the oven to 150C and line a tin with baking parchment, the smaller it is the thicker the bars

. Heat the condensed milk and golden syrup in a heavy based saucepan for around 7 minutes. Then add the muesli, seeds, and dried fruit

. Stir the mix together so it forms a thick paste and the condensed milk has coated all the ingredients

. Pour the mixture into the lined baking tray and place on the middle shelf of your oven for around 30 mins until slightly chewey but golden on top. The longer you bake them, the crunchier they become.

Wish us luck and check back here tomorrow to see how our first day went!

Flapjack

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5 more than adequate excuses to lick the bowl

This puppy knows how to get involved

1) It makes us feel like we are 5 years old again! Baking cakes was the best bit about visiting your grandma, and licking the bowl afterwards was the tip of the gooey cakey iceberg. Me and my brother would argue to the death about who got the bowl licking honours, so as a compromise one of us would get the spoon and the other the bowl. We still argued.

2) Secretly… sometimes the mixture is better than the cake itself!! As much as you hate to admit it.

3) What if you have used salt instead of sugar?! If you hadn’t sampled the mixture you would never know, and could serve up disguised salty delight to guests. Licking the bowl is obviously just a necessary safety precaution.

4) An hour in the ovan is a long time to wait! You need a sugar fix and that yummy gloopy mixture is just the thing.

5) Whoops, you finished the whole mix and didn’t bake the cake… erm you are saving electricity? Go green warriors!

Proud to lick the cake bowls
Get this lovely tea towel here! http://www.joyofex.org/product/proud-to-lick-cake-bowls-tea-towel

DISCLAIMER NOTICE:

I’ve eaten raw cake mix all my life and never had a problem, but some people like to whinge about it being bad for you, so it’s probably best not to do number 5…! Don’t do this if you are pregnant, it has raw egg in it and baby doesn’t like it.

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