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This post is a load of rubbish…

This is a rubbish picture of a whole load of rubbish. Overall, I think it’s safe to say it’s RUBBISH. But it pleases me immensely. Why?

I’ll tell you why: because this is all rubbish that, until recently, I’d have had to send straight to landfill due to the limitations of kerbside recycling. However, now that I’ve discovered Terracycle, that’s all changed! Their community recycling schemes mean I can take a whole range of waste to various local venues to be recycled. Here we have everything from crisp packets to bread bags to cheese packaging to toothpaste tubes and soap pouches. All stuff that used to go in the bin and can now be recycled: amazing!

All I have to do is sort it out into the categories that are taken within the different schemes, and drop them off at the relevant places highlighted on Terracycle’s handy maps.

Another great thing in the world of recycling is the increasing number of products whose packages state “recycle with bags at larger stores”. Though Terracycle has a specific bread bag recycling scheme, my bread bags get bundled up with cereal packets and various other eligible items to be taken to a supermarket for recycling (but, if I can help it, not before I’ve reused them as sandwich bags or food storage).

So there we have it, a whole new world of reduced waste. It feels good! I’m looking forward to heading out on the bike do drop my sorted waste at various places later. How about you? What new and exciting ways of minimising waste have you discovered lately? I’d love to hear about it – drop me a comment below!

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Recipe: Tasty 5-Ingredient Crunchy Nut Bites

Here’s the promised recipe for my Crunchy Nut Bites. Super simple to make with just 5 ingredients, and as tasty as honey nut cornflakes themselves, it’s a corker of a sweet snack: give it a try!

This play on the popular cereal tastes like the real deal but cleverly combines natural ingredients to create a healthier version, finished off with just a little sprinkling of honey nut cornflakes for added crunch and an indulgent touch. Dates give that classic caramel-like taste, but you could also use apricots which work well but alter the taste to a fruitier version.

The main equipment you need for this recipe is a good blender or food processor. I recommend Magimix which is just great for making all sorts of things. I use their 3200 model.

Ingredients:

  • 20g bran flakes
  • 100g dates
  • 2-3 big heaped tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • (Optional: drizzle of maple syrup)
  • Handful honey nut cornflakes

How to make:

Soak the dates for 10-20 minutes to soften slightly, which makes it easier to bring the mixture together later.

Put the bran flakes in a food processor and blend until they’re ground up really small. Drain the dates well, add them to the processor and blend until these are finely chopped. Pour in two heaped tablespoons of peanut butter and whizz up to bring it all together.

Check the consistency to see if the mixture sticks together: it will be quite crumbly but should hold its shape when pressed. Add more peanut butter and/or a drizzle of maple syrup if desired, along with your cashews. Blend until the cashews are chopped up and the mixture is the right consistency.

Take a handful of honey nut cornflakes and crush with your hands onto a plate. Grab little bits of the mixture and form into rounds (the size is up to you; I like really small ones that you can just pop into you mouth). Press two sides of each piece into the crushed flakes so you end up with little medallions (you could go for balls but I find pressing rather than rolling gets more coating to stick).

And there you have it: your tasty Crunchy Nut Bites are ready! They’ll keep in the fridge in an air-tight container for about a week. Enjoy!

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Making my own snacks to save on waste!

I love making my own tasty, clean and eco-friendly sweet snacks, which is both healthier for me and reduces the amount of packaging I have to buy and dispose of! I’ve enjoyed experimenting with some fun energy ball flavours these last couple of weeks… Let me know if you’d like to see recipes and be sure to follow me for updates when they drop!

Crunchy Nut bites
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Dark chocolate, apricot & pistachio balls