Ohhh also I stole this from.. someone or other on the internet. Made my first batch today, with one apple and one banana, and a good squirt of honey. They’re pretty good, but for future I will try, and would recommend, 2/3 banana’s, maybe some raisons – I think they could do with some sweetening up! Deffinatly a good recipe though, I plan on trying lots of variations. Just occured to me some chocolate flavoured protein powder would be the perfect addition – maybe substitute half a cup of flour: Flavour AND fuel!

1 cup porridge oats
1 cup wholemeal flour
1 egg
3/4 cup semi-skimmed milk
1/4 cup good oil (e.g hazelnut)
3 tsps baking powder

Few drops vanilla extract or almond extract
Add fruit – e.g. raisins, dried apricots, dried apple, blueberries (dried or fresh)
Add spices you like – e.g. nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice.

Mix all the ingredients up together and cook in muffin cases (makes 8-12 depending on how big you want them) in preheated oven gas mark 5/190 C for 20-25 mins. Cool on a rack once cooked.

These need a lot of fruit added otherwise they are a little too ‘wholesome’. Personally my favourite variation is with dried apricots (a good couple of handfuls, chopped) but last night I did them with a mixture of dried blueberries (soaked for 20 mins in hot water) and dried apricots and they’re pretty good.

If you need more sweetness, I reckon you could add 3 tbsps or so of honey to the mixture.

I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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