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3 ingredient raw chocolate bites

So simple. So delicious. Very like little Nakd bars. Made on a day when there were no treats, no chocolate, and only really boring biscuits left in the house. There was an old, but still in date, bag of currants in the cupboard and some almonds… so here we go!

Ingredients:
100g currants (raisins would be great too)
100g of almonds (substitute any nut you want)
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder (not actually raw, you could use the more expensive cacao if you prefer)

Food process or blend these ingredients up till they make a soft dough. If using a blender you may have to stop the machine to squash down/stir a bit now and again.

Squeeze the dough into little shapes and eat. You could press them into chocolate moulds or form them into bars to give them a more beautiful appearance. We didn’t do that and they did ever so slightly resemble those novelty Christmas chocolates that get marketed as Reindeer Droppings!

Totally scrumptious though. Totally.


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Forget shoes for £5, how about £2.50?

The website Everything5Pounds.com, that sells overstocked clothes, shoes and homeware from leading High St shops, has a sale on with over 3000 lines now priced at £2.50! Go see it here.

Short and sweet, but slightly time sensitive, this time 🙂

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Shoes for £5 & Chocolate Chips!

It’s so autumnal here in Scotland now, which is fitting as this week brings the Autumn Equinox. Recommended for this time of year: all our soup recipes and homemade Apple Pie!

New to the Around the House section is the website Everything5Pounds which is exactly like it sounds. It sells mainly shoes and clothes, overstocks from the big High street stores, with some home wares too. While browsing the shoes we kept saying ‘Oh those look nice, wonder if they’re really expensive? Oh yes, £5…’

Moo Free Chocolates are running an alternative free from Bake Off competition. This is the last day to vote on the recipes for a chance to be 1 of 3 winners of 2 bags of Original Organic Baking Drops! We draw your attention to the low waste entry from Vegan Family House which uses Aquafaba, the water that’s usually thrown away from a tin of chick peas, to make light and fluffy pancakes. Poll here (closes 12 noon today).

It’s still coming: Frugal Christmas

Don’t forget, we’re now on Facebook, if you fancy following us there.

Here’s hoping for some more sunny days!
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A Brambley Update

Last time we had pies, this time it’s cake! We have two new recipes, both using seasonal ingredients. First there’s the wonderful Apple, Banana and Raisin Cake which contains no gluten and no refined sugar. Then we have Bramble Chocolate Chip Cakes which are every so slightly purple!

New to the Freebies Page are a free audio book from Audible and Free 6 month trial of Amazon Prime for students.

On the Make a Few Pounds section we have added information about Facebook selling groups.

Cheaper ways to shop on Amazon now include their Certified Refurbished section and their Outlet for overstocks and marked down items.

It’s coming: Frugal Christmas

Don’t forget, we’re now on Facebook, if you fancy following us there.

Here’s hoping for some more sunny days!
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Brambling Free!

Underground, overground, brambling free! The brambles of Wimbledon Common are we…

I don’t know if Wimbledon Common is a good source of brambles (blackberries) but many hedgerows are this time of year, and that means: fruity purple cakes. With chocolate chips. Just because.

 

Bramble Chocolate Chip Cakes
Ingredients:
300g Doves Farm Gluten free Self Raising flour
100g caster sugar
a couple of handfuls of freshly picked brambles
about a third of a cup of soya milk
about a third of a cup of sunflower oil
100g of chocolate chips (we used Moo Free)
water to mix to a good thick batter – though you don’t want it too runny

Mix the flour, chocolate chips and sugar together (keep some chips back for sprinkling on top). Blend up the brambles with the soya milk and mix this in along with the oil, adding some water if the batter is too thick. It should be purple!

Divide between 12 cake or muffin cases. Place in a muffin tin if using paper ones; silicone reusable cases are better in many ways, not least of which is that the cakes will not stick to them like glue as gluten-free mixes are prone to do. Top with the remaining chips. Bake at 200C/400F for 15 to 20 minutes until well risen and browning. And slightly purpling!



Apple, Banana and Raisin Cake (gluten free)

This recipe contains no gluten and no refined sugar, but is sweet and even sort of juicy! It fitted a seven inch round cake tin.

Ingredients:
200g Doves Farm Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
2 apples, peeled and chopped into small chunks
2 bananas, mashed
1 cupful of raisins
half a cupful of sunflower oil
soya milk, or other milk of your choice to mix, about a cup and a half

Place the flour in a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle. Pour in your oil and some of the soya milk. Add the mashed banana and the apples and raisins and mix, mix, mix, with a wooden spoon, adding milk as you go for a good consistency (thick but not dry, pourable but not runny). Pour into a greased cake tin and bake at 200C/400F for about half an hour or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!

The juiciness of the fruit means this gluten free cake does not dry out like some and is good for two or three days. Best kept in the fridge.

It’s all about the Pies!

It’s all about the pies today as Autumn approaches. We have a new, really easy to make, potato and onion pie recipe with links to other pasties and pies, both sweet and savoury.

Berries and apples are in season: see our free food section for advice and tips on gardening and foraging.

In other news, we are now, just very newly, in fact just today, on Facebook, if you fancy following us there. We’ll share new and updated stuff from the site and you can share frugal tips if you wish 🙂

Featured recipe, in addition to the pies: Root Soup, delicious, cheap and filling.

Featured links: Charlotte’s Kleeneze and KLife shops with particular note to their Internet Specials section for the biggest bargains!

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Enjoy the Autumn!
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