Mantra for Monday no. 100

100... What an amazing number to finish off the year with! I'm a sucker for rounding things up. I often try and do things in 4's but thats just one of my quirks and a whole different story. ;-)

I bought my sister a book for Christmas called A Sky Full Of Kindness by Rob Ryan- a paper cut-out artist. This was taken from one of the pages. 

This coming year is going to be epic. I can feel it! These last few months have been a roller coaster of emotions for me and undoubtedly there will be some more to come, but the difference now is that I can see my place in this world just that little bit more clearly. 

Whatever may be waiting for me I will embrace and face with or without fear. I hope you do to.


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Easiest ever... Chocolate overnight oats cookies

Hello again... hope you have had (and are still having) a fantabulous Christmas holiday!

Ok, so i couldn't keep away until New Year... ha ha oh well!! 

But I did succeed in taking some downtime- for two whole days I hid my computer under my bed. Bliss. Ok, so I was still on my phone but it's a big step for me. I did actual real life RELAXING!

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Today is just a quickie recipe. I guess many of you are a bit like me... in the 'in-betweeny' stage of Christmas and New Year, partly getting back on track with healthy meal times but still stuffing your face with all the sweets and leftovers in attempt to eat them all before New Year starting afresh. 

Am I right?  ;-)

Thought so. Maybe just a little.

So this is an in-betweeny kind of recipe. A spin off from this original recipe, so you could just make that one of you've had to much of a chocolate overload already. As ever throw in what you have to hand by way of mix-ins, you know my game by now.

These are soft breakfast cookies- basically oatmeal in a cookie form quite literally, perfect for on the run for those already back to work or for impromptu trips or visits to family. I find these freeze well too.

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Recipe: Choc overnight oats cookies

Makes approx. 10 cookies


  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 tbs each: cocoa powder, chia seeds, ground almonds, chopped dried fruit, nuts/seeds, syrup of choice*
  • ½ tsp vanilla or cinnamon to taste
  • 1 cup water, juice or non-dairy milk


  • 1 banana- mashed

*or a few drops pure stevia to taste


Mix all the top ingredients together in a medium bowl or tub and pour over the liquid. Give a quick stir to ensure well covered and ensure no air pockets. Cover and allow to stand in the fridge for a few hours or over night to soak and thicken.

Mash a banana and mix with the thick oat mixture. Scoop the batter into small flattened dollops on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20 mins 180C, you may find you need to lightly cover with foil after 10 minutes to prevent the fruit nuts from browning too much.

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Raw chocolate almond slices... last minute gifting!

As of today, right now, I'm actually going to take some downtime over Christmas, ok well it's my version of downtime but what I actually mean is a little bit of time out from normal work, whole plus, my blog and crazy kitchen experiments so that I can dedicate some hard-core time to reading a huge pile of coaching books that have been waiting so long for me to get stuck into...and also to writing to my 'fit-food' e-book which still has a long way to go and I'm giving a seminar on the 17th January!!… so there's no going back now, it needs to be ready for that date.... ahhhh!

I have another one or two recipes scheduled, and who knows I may pop up again before New Year... i'm just not scheduling anything in at this moment in time. Taking the pressure off but let's see if i can keep away, ha ha.

So today... we're in last-minute-treats mode. As it happens this is the box of treats I gave my colleagues at the Spine and Wellness Centre last week. Those who follow me on Instagram will have seen it already :-)


Sp quick and easy to whip up.... just process, press and slice!

If you are not such a fan of a pronounced almond flavour you could use anther extract and add other crushed nuts to the top... hazelnut would be good, opt peppermint or how about chocolate orange maybe with some zest or coconut sprinkles on top? For a nut free version, use desiccated coconut in place of the ground almonds.

Package up in cellophane with a few pieces of swirly ribbons and you're good to go! These treats will keep well right through the christmas period and don't need to be refrigerated. They are pretty robust too, so perfect for travels to friends and family!

P.s sorry the photos look 'fuzzy'. The have such a short depth of field because it was a really dull day and I struggled to get enough light so had to open the aperture as wide as it would go! (techie talk over now).

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Recipe: Raw chocolate almond slices

Makes approx 20 squares


  • 300g dates
  • 70g coarse ground oats (or other equivalent GF flours)
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp almond extract (or other see notes above)
  • Blanched flaked almonds pressed into top- optional


Process the dates to begin to form a paste, then add the remaining ingredients and process until fairly smooth, the mixture should become a sightly sticky dough.

Pack into a brownie sized baking tray and press down very firmly (use the flat end of a rolling pin to pummel down!). Decorate with almonds or as desired.

Chill for an hour or so and then slice into squares. 

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p.s You know that pile of books I was just talking about...!  






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All things christmassy! A round-up of randomness...

Gosh...i don't think i've posted this much in as long as i can remember... going crazy guns before Christmas hits. Got to take that downtime!!

I also think it's probably not a cool thing to say 'gosh' and i've been using too many of these (....) again! Oh well, it's Christmas i'm excitable and EVERYTHING is allowed.

I had so many funky festive recipes I wanted to make in the run up to Christmas and I have barely scratched the surface- I blame Wholeplus entirely as I've had so many foodie parcels to send in the last 6 weeks it's been all quite overwhelming!

I will update more on that front in the New Year...need to make a few website tweaks and re-vamps (another Christmas project maybe!?)

But one little thing i will say is PLEASE consider subscribing to my mailing list.... you can see it in the side bar and I am planning to send emails about once a month and it will bring Wholeplus and Including Cake together including: thoughts, nutrition, recipes, wellness, coaching, special offers and other tit bits.... It's Christmas and i'd love you forever if you did tap in your email :-)

This is the most random of roundup's...

  • my own fav christmas recipes
  • festive fun foodie things I wanted to make...but ran out of time
  • IG inspirations (I am giving a Christmas shoutout every day of december- IG usernames are credited below the collage image.

Please feel free to share your own links to cool things or your creations in the comments!

Also if you don't follow me already... PLEASE hook up with me on Instgram- click on the insert in my sidebar. Even when life gets crazy and I can't blog everything or slooow down with getting posts up, ilm still pretty active every day on IG so come and find me there ;-)

What are you going to be making over Christmas?  

This weekend I'm going to stock up with heathy treats to carry me though... the fudge (as below) plus lots of variations of my crazy courgette cake with different flavours and topping cut into small squares for nibbles! Plus hopefully a Christmas pud (as below)

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I came across these on Pinterest.. these trees are by and the oranges by, the penguins didn't have a link.

I came across these on Pinterest.. these trees are by and the oranges by, the penguins didn't have a link.

For every day in December so far I have been ginning a 'Festive Foodie shoutout' these are a number of the pictures that I loved. the IG names are credited below. There were plenty more that inspired me too but I didn't want to get too carried away! From Top L-R

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  • @kathypatalsky
  • @sassyballerina
  • @healing_belle
  • @ohsheglows
  • @idafrosk
  • @coconutandberries
  • @deliciouslyella
  • @mamiaoyagi
  • @mealsfullofcolour
  • @loving_earth
  • @idafrosk
  • @serenesayyian
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Flourless Ferrero Rocher cookies!

I have one more Christmassy recipe planned for next week... it's a super simple 'gifting' recipe.

BUT these are cookies you wont want to give away!  The easiest ever flour-less cookies in my opinion and they are based on the concept I came up with when creating these cranberry almond cookies for the Real Food Source (also available in their free Christmas e-book).

The 'original' almond-cranberry cookies

The 'original' almond-cranberry cookies

The chocolate hazelnut version is just as good- or better is you are a chocoholic like me! I had come across some hazlenut butter i'd forgotten I had so the idea for a variation on the cookies presented itself just like that. I added some cranberries but you could omit these for a purer 'ferrero' flavour- or add some kind of rice crisp or wafer element for a more genuine Ferrero Rocher style creation!

Make sure you keep the nuts nice and chunky (whole hazelnuts) for a thick and chewy texture and also mix them through the batter rather than pressing on top- the texture is just so much better for some reason! These rare not crispy cookies but soft and chewy cookies. They do have a high 'fat' content form all the nuts... but it's basically the same thing as eating a small handful or dried fruit and nut mix and that's healthy (in moderation) right? 

One again this cookie format throw the door wide for your own interpretation- use the nut butter plus mix-ins of your choice, or why not try the original almond version.  Go go go... create... eat... and be merry! 

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Recipe: Flourless Ferrero Rocher cookies!

Makes approx 8 cookies


  • 100g hazelnut butter
  • 20g coconut sugar dissolved in 30g boiling water
  • 40g cranberries/cherries
  • 60g hazelnuts
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder


Just mix it all together well adding the nuts and fruit last.

Dollop the mixture onto a lined baking sheet, it will spread a little whilst cooking.

Bake for 10-15 minutes at 180C Make sure you catch them as they gone nicely golden but before the nuts brown too much.

These cookies store pretty well, they get chewier each day so it just depends on your preference how quickly you eat them! I haven't tried freezing them.

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