Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Orange and Dark Chocolate Nut Bars Recipe

Have you ever read the ingredients of any granola or cereal bars? They're not as good for you as you think. Lately I've been making my own bars and I know exactly what is in them. I like to bring one with me to work and have in the afternoon when I need some energy and I start to crave a chocolate bar. I usually make a big batch that lasts me two weeks. I store half of the bars in a plastic lunchbox and freeze the other half of the batch for week two. They're pretty straight forward to make and take about 30 minutes. They are so delicious and all of the ingredients are all available from any supermarket. I am usually flexible with the receipe, I use what ever nuts, seeds and dried fruit that are in my kitchen! 


  • 2 cups of nuts  (almonds/hazlenuts/peacans)
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins, dates or currants.
  • 1/4 cup of seeds (Sunflower, sesame)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 large orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Drizzle of honey

Step 1
Preheat your oven at 180 degrees Celsius 
Blend the nuts, oats and seeds into the blender.

Step 2:
Add raisins into the blender.

Step 3:
Add the zest of the orange and cinnamon to the mixture. 
Add the juice of the orange to help the mixture stick together 

Step 4: 
Add a little honey and blend until the mixture is sticking together. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Step 5:
Line your baking tray with greaseproof baking paper. Scoop in the mixture.

Step 6:
Using a spoon, press the mixture evenly into a layer about 1/2 inch thick.
Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. The mixture should be golden and still a little soft when it comes out of the oven. Let the mixture cool. 

Step 8:
Cut into squares and store in a plastic lunchbox i the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month. 


Let me know if you have tried them


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Nivea Men Post Shave Balm as a MAKEUP PRIMER

Yes you read that correctly, a shaving balm as a makeup primer. I first heard about this from Nikki Tutorials on Youtube. I was curious to see if this actually worked, so I ran into my brothers room in the hope that he might have the Nivea Post Shaving Balm. I found some, and he hasn't gotten it back since! I applied a small amount to my face and going by Nikki's instructions, I worked it into my skin until it felt a little sticky. I then applied my makeup as normal. I was amazed how long my makeup lasted and how fresh it looked at the end of the day. I have been using it daily since I got my hands on it and its exceptional how it works so well as a primer.

How does it work? The main reason is that it contains Glycerine as one of the main ingredients. Glycerine is very beneficial to the skin for a number of reasons.


  • Glycerine allows the makeup to stick to the skin which makes your makeup last longer. 
  • Its lightweight and colourless when applied to the skin. 
  • It's very hydrating
  • Can help disguise fine lines
  • Gives a glow the skin
  • Does not have a greasy appearance on oily skin. 
  • Absolute bargain at €6.79 for 100ml 
  • Doesn't make my skin break out


  • The glass bottle is very heavy and is unsuitable to bring travelling. 
  • It smells like men's after shave. This may bother some people but the smell goes away shortly after application. 

I couldn't recommend this product enough, and at €6.79 a bottle, it's not going to break the bank.

What's your thoughts on this product?


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