3 Ingredient Healthy Cookies Recipe

3 Ingredient Healthy Cookies Recipe

Ah, if only cookies could be healthy…well, I’m here to tell you that they can! I have long played around with various ’2 ingredient cookie’ recipes and they’ve always left me a little bit disappointed. I decided to give the classic ‘oat and banana’ 2 ingredient cookies another go recently, but added in one extra ingredient to see if it spruced them up a bit. I am thrilled to report that this extra (though more indulgent) ingredient really did make all the difference…it is coconut sugar!

Coconut sugar is perhaps not quite as ‘healthy’ a sweetener as, say, honey or maple syrup, but it’s still a huge step up from things like artificial sweeteners and refined sugar. The one I use, by Tiana, is 100% raw and claims to be unrefined, unbleached and unfiltered, and contains no additives or preservatives – this instantly makes it a very decent option for sweetening up the cookies, and whilst it will add a few extra calories I’m not too fussed about it. The sugar is natural, so I’m pretty happy! I am currently trying to lose a few pounds, and I view these cookies as pretty weight loss-friendly (when enjoyed as a treat, say in place of a normal shop-bought cookie).

Here’s how I make the cookies:

3 Ingredient Healthy Cookies Recipe

Ingredients (makes around 10 cookies)

♥ 2 medium ripe bananas

♥ 1 cup of oats

♥ 1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut sugar

2 Ingredient Healthy Cookies Recipe

Method

1. Mash the bananas together in a bowl – I just use a fork and make sure they’re nice and mushy

2. Finely mill your oats in something like a Nutribullet – this blender comes with a special blade for milling, and it really does make all the difference to the finished cookies!

2 Ingredient Healthy Cookies Recipe

3. Place the milled oats, the mashed bananas and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the coconut sugar into a bowl (preferably pink…but that’s optional, haha!)

4. Mix together well, ensuring that all of the ingredients are totally combined and that there are no huge lumps of banana left

2 Ingredient Healthy Cookies Recipe

5. Spoon the mixture out onto a lightly sprayed baking tray (I spray with Fry Light Olive Oil) – it should make around 10 cookies.

6. Bake at 170 degrees celsius (increase slightly if you’re not using a fan oven) for between 9-12 minutes. I baked these for around 11 and they came out all lovely and squishy!

7. Allow them to cool slightly before transferring to a plate to enjoy!

Are you planning on trying out my healthy cookie recipe? What else would you add into them as additional fillings? I’ve heard people love to add dried fruit, nuts or even chocolate chips (if you were feeling like having a treat!)

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

How I Curl My Long Hair!

How I Curl My Long Blonde Hair

I haven’t done a proper hair tutorial on YouTube in a long while, but wanted to break that streak today! I have been loving the curly hair look recently, and decided to show you guys how I curl my own long, blonde hair. I think curls look totally different on different hair types, so thought it would be interesting to show you my version of how I achieve this princess-esque look!

The video is a quick look at the techniques I use, plus a few product recommendations along the way. If you’re after the specific names of the products I featured in the video…

♥ Schwarzkopf Got 2 Be Guardian Angel Heat Protection Spray
Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance Curler
Percy & Reed Hairspray

I think it’s because we’ve been watching Mad Men recently, but I can’t get over the ‘curls and red lipstick’ look. In the video, I used my Maybelline Gel Eyeliner to create the cat eye flicks, and my lipstick was the sadly discontinued Rockalily Rockette Red. Althoguh the lipsticks are scarcely seen these days, you should definitely check out the Rockalily website – I love ReeRee’s blog!

What did you think of the video? I’d love to know!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

Review: Ojon Rare Blend Tamer

Ojon Rare Blend Tamer review

Despite being a lover of all-things-beauty, I’m actually pretty reserved when it comes to hair products. Shampoo, conditioner and a heat protection spray are really all I need, and all I use on a regular basis. However, every now and again something comes along and spikes my attention, making me think that *just this once* I could break out of my haircare routine and try something new! The subject of today’s post is one of those very products…

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had these pesky little flyaway hairs that stop my ‘do from looking that extra bit sleeker. When I was younger I used to yank them out (my sister would always shout at me for that, she’s always been the more sensible one!) but more recently I’ve just let them be. That is until I was introduced to the Ojon Rare Blend Tamer when I had a lovely breakfast meeting with the brand!

Ojon Rare Blend Tamer review

The product comes in a wand form, packed full of the Ojon goodness you’d expect and is designed to smooth frizz, flyways and broken strands of hair. It promises to never feel sticky or crunchy, and is also made to be invisible on the hair. Now, as someone who doesn’t like adding extra products to the hair I was a bit unsure about this at first, despite craving the finish it provides. I knew that if I could feel, see or sense the product on my hair at all it just wouldn’t be the solution for me.

My hair looked a bit unruly today, so I figured it was a good time to try it out on my roots. I used my fingers to get any super obvious chunks of hair back to their rightful place, before using the wand to take care of the finer strands that wouldn’t behave. Here’s how I got on!

Ojon Rare Blend Tamer review

Please ignore my roots and let me say…ta da! I honestly have to say that despite my skepticism I was really pleased with how the product performed. I can happily report that it left no weird residue on my hair whatsoever (in fact, no residue at all – it was magic!) and definitely helped to tame those rogue frizzy hairs. I also don’t feel like it made my hair look greasier or disturbed it in any way, which is awesome.

One other thing I have to mention is the scent – this product smells divine! I’m usually not one for commenting on how a beauty item smells but this is an exception. The gorgeous scent also lingered on my hair for a little while which was great, and definitely a plus point for me.

Have you used the Ojon Rare Blend Tamer? What do you think of it?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

Black Milk Haul & Giveaway!

Black Milk Haul Giveaway Open

I have to apologise for being a bit MIA blog-wise lately – it’s been a busy old time and I’ve neglected my poor blog! I’m back today with something pretty fun though…that’s if you’re a fan of Australian brand Black Milk, of course. Which naturally everyone in the world is (or should be!)

I’ve been a Sharkie (the fun nickname for us Black Milk fans!) for a while now, and when I spotted the new Princesses and Villains collection I couldn’t resist picking up a few pieces. I actually ordered 4 things, making it my biggest order ever, and picked items that I will take to Hong Kong with me in October! I wanted to show them to you in a haul video, but decided to add in a fun giveaway too…

The giveaway is just a little one, but I thought it was a cute idea. I wanted to give one viewer a AUS $25 gift voucher to put towards their Black Milk item of choice, and decided to run the giveaway on Twitter! To enter:

♥ Follow me on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/ChyazSamuel)
♥ Tweet me using #ChyazBlackMilk telling me why you’d like to win the voucher!
♥ I’ll pick a winner at random – tweet as many times as you like!
♥ Giveaway closes on the 26th August at midnight UK time
♥ Open worldwide, but please do check that Black Milk ships to your country

What did you think of the Disney items I bought? Let me know!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

I’ve Found The Best Underwear In The World!

Remember my open letter to Primark regarding the reshuffle in the sizing of their once lovely, perfectly fitting and bottom-hugging pants? It certainly caused a bit of a stir – I couldn’t count the number of people leaving me blog, Facebook and Twitter comments agreeing with all their hearts (and derrières). If you’d like the shortened version of our quarrel, it was this: Primark had a wonderful design of knickers (see below!) that were lacy, comfy and gorgeous. Their size 8-10 totally disappeared, leaving only 6-8 and 10-12 either side. This meant that you’d either have to fit into a size 6 (at the lowest) or a 12 (at the highest) to choose either pair, leaving the inbetweener size 9s like me high and dry. I know size 9 isn’t a thing, but you get my drift!

Primark Pants Knickers

So, for months I have made do with my existing pairs of Primark size 8-10s, which have started to get a bit tired and worn. I’d looked almost everywhere for a good alternative to my old favourites without any luck…until now! Yes ladies, I can confirm that I’ve solved this problem once and for all – no longer will your buns cry out for those holy grail panties that were elusive for so long. The answer to our woes come courtesy of the amazing Boux Avenue!

I’ve been a fan of Boux Avenue from the beginning, but had never spotted these little beauties in the store before. As soon as I saw them, my heart fluttered a little bit - not only are they totally gorgeous, but they’re the perfect alternative to my former favourites! The best bit? The sizes are singular, so I got a size 10 in them and they fit like a glove – no more awkward sizing generalisations! Yay!

Boux Avenue Best Pants Underwear Ever

The lower pair (the Marsha Pin Spot Shorts) are super similar to my old faves, but the added lace around the leg parts makes them even more wonderful! The top pair (the Lia Lacey Animal Shorts) are more lacy, but fit absolutely amazingly and are possibly even better! I bought these two with another pair on the 3 for 2 deal, making them more expensive than Primark at £12 for 3 pairs, but the quality more than makes up for it. I can’t wait to head back and grab some more!

So there we go, problem solved! I’m glad I got to the bottom of that one…(sorry. I couldn’t resist.)

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox