Thursday 4 April 2013

Date and Bran Loaf

I am still here but it seems my blogging mojo has gone walkabout! My head is too full of things to organise~~tickets, visas, insurance, hotels and bus fares too!

I'm also trying to tackle our high cholesterol as we've been eating way too much butter and Joe can't resist fried eggs/bacon/sausages it appears so changes are a-happening.
The first casualty is that fabulous date slice I shared recently...I'm trying a different recipe that doesn't use butter or eggs...
A lovely simple recipe too,

1 cup oat bran
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup of chopped dates(the original recipe used apricots and figs)
1 cup of skim milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Soak the above for 10-15 minutes and then stir in a cup of self-raising flour. It seemed a little dry so I splashed in couple of tablespoons of black coffee too.

Bake at 180C for about 45minutes

That's it! Oats and oat bran are great for helping strip bad cholesterol from our arteries and cinnamon is recommended for diabetics too.
The loaf is sweet and moist but will not stay fresh for long so I'll slice it up and freeze it once it's cool...

Today our lovely Elizabeth and her hubby Danny celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary, congratulations and much love you all xxx

 She often jokes that she had the baby, mortgage and then the wedding!!! Doesn't Cody look so sweet?

Bye bye for now


  1. That loaf makes me hungry. Reminds me that I need breakfast. The recipe looks easy to follow and it has fiber which is wonderful. Lovely couple, congratulations on their anniversary! The little boy is adorable!!

  2. Hi Sue! LOVE the pics - they all look really happy :) 10 years in certainly a solid milestone these days... as to the cholesterol, check out a book called Schwarzbein Principle by Dr. Diana Schwarzbein. She is a doctor (endocrinologist) in the US who made some really fascinating discoveries about how our food/diet affects issues such as high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, etc. Her findings are really fascinating - they aren't what you'd expect! We know quite a lot of people who have used the program (through the book) with excellent results. In fact, our one friend, saw a very dramatic improvement quite quickly. It's a MUST read book!

    Lovely news about your trip!!! XO