Chocolate and Banana Overnight Oats


This is the perfect Summer breakfast. Oats, more than anything, keep me full for ages and mean I don't need to eat much at all until lunch. Yet in the Summer I don't really fancy a hot bowl of porridge. The beauty of overnight oats is that they are cold, and readymade for you in the morning - no cooking required! 

What you'll need
* 1/2 cup pure gluten free oats (or regular oats)
* 1 banana
* 1 cup milk of your choice (I used unsweetened almond)
* 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
* tablespoon of toasted buckwheat (kasha)

How to make it

The night before eating, mash up half of your banana with a fork as best you can. This is the only sweetener so use quite a ripe one for more flavour and a sweeter taste. Keep the other half in the banana skin to top your bowl tomorrow morning.



Put in a bowl or jar with your oats. I used half a cup of oats for this recipe which was quite a big cereal bowl. I cycle to work so need lots of energy but depends how hungry you are in the morning! You basically need double the amount of liquid to oats.

Can we just take a moment to admire my new cup measurers from Anthropologie? Aren't they the cutest?!



Add a small/ level teaspoon of raw cacao powder. Raw cacao is the unprocessed version of cocoa powder and is packed full of antioxidants. If you are using cocoa powder instead you will need to add a lot more as it contains less flavour than cacao.


I add a spoon of toasted buckwheat to add a slight nutty taste and more texture but this is completely optional.


Then add your milk. If you are using coconut or almond milk, try to buy the unsweetened versions for a healthier breakfast. Mix it all up, cover, and put in the fridge overnight. 


To eat, slice up the other half of your banana and add some more toasted buckwheat for some crunch. Last week was so warm I was lucky enough to enjoy a quick breakfast before work in my sunny garden with some freshly pressed melon juice. Enjoy! 


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IBIZA



















Last week I took a trip to Ibiza with a girlfriend and wow I wish I was still there. Neither of us had ever been there before and I was amazed at how beautiful it was. We spent most of our days soaking up the sun on the small beach where we were staying near the bay of San Antonio, or Cala Tarida, reading our books and taking dips in the sea. I read The Fault in Our Stars while we were there and was left sobbing on the beach near the end! I highly recommend it though. 

Our hardest decision each day was what flavour of Magnum to choose (those flavours defo trump English ones) or which beach bar to eat supper at (the same one every day of course). We took a beautiful evening trip to Ibiza Old Town for a special dinner with rose sangria - who knew this existed?! - and some wandering around the markets to buy homemade jewellery. 

It wouldn't be Ibiza without partying. The best night was at Ushuaia which we followed up with a late night in Sankeys which had a fab outside terrace. We also loved the Ocean Beach Club for an all day pool party. So much fun. It's pretty difficult this week waking up at the same time we were going to bed last week. It was a much needed refreshment though, and at least it's hot and sunny in London this week.

Have you planned any exciting holiday destinations this Summer?

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6 Happy Things


1. New Summer clothes. I can't wait to wear these on holiday


2. Baking Deliciously Ella's Sweet Potato Brownies. I've been trying to eat more 'cleanly' lately (minus the odd Magnum, oops) and these are the best things to fix chocolate cravings as they are sugar and dairy free and only made from relatively healthy ingredients.


3. My favourite flowers blooming - peonies


4. Sitting outside late into the warm evenings after a BBQ, sipping wine and chatting


5. Iced Cwaffee! Addicted to this at the moment.


6. Summer fruits. I'm not the hugest fan of watermelons but the colours are so pretty - turquoise and pink fruit wow. But I do want to eat all of the peaches and nectarines and strawberries.

What's making you happy at the moment?
x

Friday Faves

Some blog posts I loved this week...


Dressing up your plants! I really want to paint spotty plant pots for my cacti now :)


Trina's beautiful DIY pantry. I want this in my future kitchen please.


Grace's collection for Baublebar. I love this ring and this necklace best!

And a couple of other things which made me smile... 


This hilarious (and oh so true) poster by Karen Hofstetter



What are you up to this weekend? It’s going to be raining tomorrow so I’m planning on staying in on Saturday and doing some life organisation along with attempting to bake gluten free cookies for the first time. I want to make the most of the sun on Sunday and so hoping to hit the shops and grab some heart-stoppingly delicious fro-yo with a friend. 

Erm… does anyone else plan their weekend around food?! Have a fabulous one! xx

RIFLE PAPER Co Wallpaper









I have been a massive fan of Rifle Paper Co for years. I love the soft, hand drawn, painterly feel to the designs, and the beautiful colour schemes. I am saving for a iPhone cover, they are gorgeous. Anna Bond just does florals so well.

When I saw she had brought out a wallpaper range I was so excited. Usually I am one for very light colours for walls but I absolutely love the Pineapple design in the dark colourway - it looks like a fun and exotic twist on a traditional style. And if I had a child's room to decorate I would definitely use the Safari design, so beautiful.

What do you think of this collection? Do you have wallpaper in your home? As I am just renting one bedroom at the moment I prefer to keep my walls white but one day I'd like to wallpaper at least one room in my home!

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Summer Holiday Excitement



I am counting down the days until one of my bessies and I head off to the beach on the beautiful Spanish island of Ibiza. This is the first Summer in my life when I haven't had weeks or months on end off school and it definitely makes you treasure the days that you do have as a break! 

I can't wait to lie in the sun, read lots of books, go on boat trips, wander around markets, eat seafood and ice cream (not together, ew), and stay up to watch the sun rise in the morning. Have you ever been to Ibiza? I'd love some recommendations on beaches to go to or places to eat!






Of course it wouldn't be a holiday to Ibiza without planning a party or two. My friend and I may have booked a cheeky party night at the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel already...


I noticed it as it won an Architecture of the Year Award and looks stunning. It is made up of the Ushuaia Club (where I will be enjoying the beach club and dance venue, eek) and the Ushuaia Tower, which has the most gorgeous interiors. I've never partied around a pool so I'm pretty excited. Wishing I could be staying here the whole week! Maybe I can just subtly hang around for the rest of the week after this night and they might not notice?


The Best of Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel 2013 from Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel on Vimeo.

Are you off on holiday this Summer? x

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