A Beachside Walk and a Charitable Bake

The weather has been so changeable this weekend but we have made the most of it and spent many a happy hour outside.

After working in our house in Ramsgate all morning, Harvey and I set off in to town for lunch.IMG_9796 IMG_9798 We had a pizza and then set off to walk along the beach to Broadstairs.flowers on beach It was a sunny but not particularly warm day so perfect for walking in as not too hot and not too cold.IMG_9803 IMG_9806 IMG_9807When the tide is out, as it was on Saturday afternoon, we could walk along the beach which is so enjoyable.
IMG_9810 IMG_9811 There are so many places to stop and look at and as we were not in a rush, we took our time.IMG_9814 Beach reflection There is Broadstairs in the distance.Broadstairs Broadstairs jetty ladder on beach in Broadstairs Love this little driftwood sculpture.drftwood boat We had tea and cake sitting outside The Old Curiosity shop; these charming buildings were our view.lovely buildings in BroadstairsWe walked through the alleyway opposite as I had never been through there before.
Harvey with large shell in wall anchor in wall Time to head back to Ramsgate and we hoped the rain would hold off until we were back.Broadstairs under a cloudy sky IMG_9835 IMG_9837 Harvey onbeach IMG_9844 beach huts IMG_9850 IMG_9851 IMG_9852 Is this a dog fish?  Does anyone know?  It looks a bit like a shark.looks like a shark 2 of these were on the beach.dead fish rockpool Ramsgate The clouds did become blacker but then rolled away so we were safe from a drenching.IMG_9859 IMG_9867 By the time we got back to Ramsgate the sun was shining and the sky was blue again.  Ramsgate 30-5-15 2 It was a beautiful walk.  I always enjoy a stroll along the beach and this was a good length walk with plenty to look at along the way.  The company was tip top too,Ramsgate 30-5-15 1 Today we did some baking.  Our near neighbours, David and Annette, were opening their gardens for charity – Heart of Kent Hospice – which you can find more about here

I offered to bake a contribution for the cake stall.  I had seen a yummy sounding/looking concoction on eatgood4life.com

She made ‘Peanut Butter and Chocolate Blondies’ which looked amazing.  Look at the original recipe http://www.eatgood4life.com/peanut-butter-and-chocolate-blondies/oatie ingredients Banana and Peanut Butter Oaties


4 1/2 cups oats
6 ripe bananas
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce (I used a tub of pureed apple and prune baby food)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup chocolate chips + 2 tbsp (I used very dark chocolate to keep the recipe vegan)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

the original recipe also called for 14 vegan peanut butter cups but I didn’t have any so went without them or any alternative.


Preheat oven to 180 °C and line a 9 x 13 baking tray with baking parchment paper
In a food processor, add the rolled oats and pulse until they are pulverised
Place in a mixing bowl and add the baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Set aside.
Add the bananas, apple sauce, peanut butter and maple syrup to the food processor and pulse until it is liquefied.
Add this mixture to the oat mixture and combine.
Add 1 cup of the chocolate chips (and the peanut butter cups if you are using them).
Spread the batter in to the prepared baking tin – the mixture will be thick and put the 2 tbsp chocolate chips on top.
Bake for 30 minutes, transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool

uncooked oaties My oven doesn’t cook very evenly!  The recipe on the blog I linked to above made a chocolate sauce to drizzle over the top.  Mine didn’t turn out too well so we went with what we had.cooked aoties They were quite dense so only small pieces were required.oaties 3 They may not be sweet enough for people used to eating conventional sweet cakes and biscuits but if you are used to a healthier, low sugar diet, they are sweet enough and very enjoyable.oaties 1 They all sold!  I had a wonderful day, helping out at the tea stall for a couple of hours and then chatting to people who visited the garden.  I enjoyed seeing everyone and in particular, Rebecca and Beryl who I hadn’t seen for many months and who are both missed very much.Banana and peanut butter oaties

Well done to Annette and David who both worked very hard, working their beautiful garden and preparing for the day.  And well done to everyone who volunteered to help run the event and to all the visitors who braved the inclement weather and turned up.  Over £1,000 was raised from Little Nut Hall alone which was a great result.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to A Beachside Walk and a Charitable Bake

  1. Lucy Murphy says:

    Your walk looks lovely – and yes, that’s a dog fish. They are creamy coloured/white with grey spots on top. The oaty bake also looks good- I was just thinking I’d make it for Olivia’s packed lunch but it’s got peanuts in and they aren’t allowed to take anything in with nuts which is a shame. It will have to be a weekend treat. x

    • It was a wonderful walk. Olivia may be disappointed by my Oaties if she is used to your lovely flapjacks. However, mine are sufficiently healthy that Harvey had some for breakfast with fresh fruit. Since they are mainly oats, banana and peanut butter, that makes quite a well balanced start to the day, I think!

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