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  1. Tips for better gluten-free baking

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    Gluten free Super Oat FlapjackAnyone who has tried to bake a delicious, gluten-free cake and ended up with a dry, crumbly, flat sponge will know that free-from baking can be a minefield.

    You see, gluten-free baking can be notoriously tricky – and expensive, too! From scratching your heads about which flour to use, to feeling confused about leavening and even oven temperatures, it can feel a little overwhelming.

    Yet, with more and more people suffering from intolerances or choosing to limit their gluten intake, there’s never been a better time to get to grips with gluten-free baking. In fact, whether you fancy dabbling with ground almonds or teff flour, or perhaps adding a sprinkling of quinoa flour to your next batch of waffles, then there are plenty of choices out there.

  2. Sweetpea Pantry is for everyone!

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    Sweetpea Pantry Blog:Special DietsSpecial Diets: Adapting our mixes for all

    Sweetpea Pantry is for everyone to enjoy. We wanted to share with you some simple switches to make our mixes suitable for those with special diets and food intolerances. Our ingredients are simple and natural - we don't use any strange unpronounceable powders or fillers and we have no hidden dairy or egg additives.

    Go gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free or vegan with our easy modifications.

  3. Chocolate and Ginger Double Whammy Cookies - From the Using the Mixes Series

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    Cookies 4This time of year is definitely about treats (the short, dark days do help with this feeling!) and we are all for treats, especially if they are homemade - if made with love they have to be better for you right? - and if they have some goodness in as well, then even better! This gorgeous recipe takes our Ginger and/or Chocolate Giggles to the next level. Try resisting these!

  4. What should I eat in Autumn - our pick of the best seasonal foods...

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    pumpkinsWe all know that we need to pile plates with a beautiful rainbow of fruit and veg to keep ourselves as healthy and as happy as possible. But there is another key to keeping healthy – and enjoying the tastiest foods around – which is to eat seasonally.

    Why Eat Seasonally?

    Although most of us can now buy strawberries in December and brussels in summer, there’s a lot to be said for eating seasonally. For starters, seasonal food (usually found at the end aisle of your supermarket’s fruit and veg section) is fresher and even more delicious. It’s also thought to be more nutritious. Eating seasonally is perfect for anyone who is environmentally conscious because it reduces energy, and supports local farmers. It’s also great for the purse too, as it tends to be far cheaper.

    We’d like to challenge you to try eating seasonally this Autumn. We promise there’s plenty to choose from…

    What Should I Eat in Autumn?

    Although the days of ice cream and fresh berry smoothies may now be a distant memory, Autumn definitely has its perks. Of course, with Halloween just around the corner, pumpkins tend to take the spotlight – and big and little kids alike love their naturally sweet taste. Yet, there are plenty of other delights to add to Autumnal menus over the next few months.

    Here are some of our favourite seasonal ingredients to pile plates with this October and November. Happy eating!

  5. Delicious Super Energy Bars - From our Using the mixes series

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    Energy Bars Super Oat FlapjackWho doesn't need more energy? When is comes to the pressures of daily life, whether you have kids in tow, you are in the midst of university studying, or slogging it out on the corporate ladder, eating well and keeping your energy up is vital.

    We asked inspirational blogger Samantha Hadadi from Nourished Naturally to come up with a new recipe using our Super Oat Flapjack (which is already pretty fabulous with wholegrain oats, quinoa and flaxseeds) and take it up a notch so you can make your own incredible Energy Bars that will keep that energy going for you. And look at the result - the perfect sweet treat you can feel good about!

  6. The best energising foods for kids

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    energetic kids

    Most parents will agree that little ones are never-ending, exhausting balls of energy.

    Whether our kids are cartwheeling across the garden, boogying in the kitchen to loud music, racing through the playground or skipping along the pavement, they are always on the move.

    However draining that can be for us grown-ups, it’s great for them! We want our kids to stay active, and to encourage them to keep moving and grooving. It promotes healthy habits for life.

    Yet, after a tiring day at school or a manic play date, even the most energetic of children can start to flag. So, what can we do to help?

    Happily, there are all sorts of delicious, nourishing foods that can help to boost energy– and they’re all child-friendly, even for the fussiest of eaters! Here is our pick of the very best foods to re-energise your little ones.

  7. Super Oat Flapjack Crumble - from the Using our mixes Series

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    SOF Crumble smallWith rhubarb season in full swing this recipe is getting a work-out in our house at the moment. Very versatile as can be used for any number of fruit bases - rhubarb and apple, mixed berry, apricot, apple - anything really. As mini-anything goes down well with the little tasters in our family, I find myself making a batch of mini versions of these and wacking half in the freeer for next supper time. Righteous easy home baking!

  8. Playful Pizza Dough Crackers - from the Using our mixes Series

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    PPD Crackers n dips smallSearching for quick after school or play date snacks? These are a winner every time and with chia and flax in the mix, give a nice base for lasting energy for hungry kids. (Make sure you make plenty as delicious with avocado, pate, cheese, dips etc for you too!!)

    1 x 260 gram Sweetpea Pantry Playful Pizza Dough Mix with Chia and Flax

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    150 ml lukewarm water

  9. Super Oat Flapjack Granola - from the Using our mixes Series

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    SOF Super Oat bowl Granola smallAs breakfast fans, we had to give this alternative recipe for our mixes a try and it is truly delicious. And with so much sugar in many of the the ready-made cereals out there, this gives you the option of adding how much you like and what you like (honey, maple syrup, date syrup or golden syrup).

    1 x 230 grams Sweetpea Pantry Super Oat Flapjack mix with quinoa and flax

    100 grams coconut oil

    3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

    Melt your oil and syrup together and add to your Sweetpea mix.

    Stir well and press into square baking tray, approx 1-2 cm high.

    Bake in pre-heated moderate oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly brown and crispy at the edges. Let cool, but while still slightly warm break with spoon or fingers into chunks of oaty deliciousness.

    Serve sprinkled over natural yoghurt with nuts, seeds and berries – Devour!

     

  10. Ginger Giggles Bakes mini Cheesecakes - From the Using our mixes Series

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    GG base mini cheesecakeThis recipe came about because cheesecake is a pudding I luuurve and with a bit of sugar reduction, it is a great dessert for children with nice protein from the cheese and eggs (well that's what I tell myself every time I bake it 'for the children'!). Really quick and easy to make and delicious as mini bites or one large cake.