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There’s a healthy porridge hack that’s like having cake for breakfast and it’s super simple

Your bland cereal woes could soon be over…

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While breakfast is supposedly the most important meal of the day, it can undoubtedly be the most repetitive.

Most of us will eat our way through a bland rota of cereals, toast and eggs for our morning meal until the day we die, mainly thanks to a lack of energy and inspiration in the early hours.

However, people on social media have been sharing a new – and very healthy – hack that supposedly jazzes up the typically mundane bowl of porridge oats, with some even claiming it gives the illusion of ‘having cake for breakfast’.

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Baked oats boomed in popularity during the lockdown while thousands of people worked from home, and proved to be a huge hit, mainly thanks to their diverse range of toppings and flavours.

It also helped that baked oats are incredibly easy to make, and can even be batch-cooked the night before to save time in the morning.

Plus the technique of baking oats in the oven instead of boiling them in liquid on the hob or microwave leads to a denser, more pudding-like consistency, giving off the illusion of a cake-like morning treat.

Where do we sign up? Here’s some recipes that took our fancy…

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Raspberry, almond and vanilla baked oats

Ingredients (serves 6):
200g oats
2 ripe bananas
2 scoops of vanilla protein powder
500ml milk
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla extract
300g frozen raspberries
3 Tbsp. almond butter
3 Tbsp. chopped almonds

Preheat your oven to 175°C.
Place the oats, bananas, protein powder, milk, baking powder, and vanilla in a bender, and blend on high until smooth.
Lightly grease 6 ramekins, and place two heaped tablespoons of frozen raspberries in the bottom of each one, before pouring in enough of the batter to cover the berries.
Top with a tablespoon of berries, half a tablespoon of chopped almonds, then add more batter to cover.
Lastly, dollop half a tablespoon of almond butter in each ramekin, cover with remaining batter, then top each with the remaining one tablespoon of raspberries. Sprinkle with flaky salt.
Place ramekins in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes until golden and puffed up.

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Blueberry and vanilla baked oats

Recipe (Serves 1):
60g oats
2 tbsp. vanilla yoghurt
Handful of blueberries
Splash of lemon juice
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. sweetener/syrup
3 tbsp. boiling water

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
Place the boiling water and the oats into a bowl and stir until slightly thickened.
Stand for a couple of minutes, and then add all of the other ingredients into the bowl and stir.
Pour the mixture into a shallow oven-proof dish lined with baking parchment/paper.
Bake in the oven for around thirty minutes until golden.

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Chocolate orange baked oats

Ingredients (Serves 1):
40g oats
40g plain, vanilla or chocolate yoghurt
1 tsp. cocoa powder or drinking chocolate
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. sweetener
4 tbsp. boiling water
1 tsp. orange extract

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
Put the hot water and oats into a bowl and stir until slightly thickened.
Add all of the other ingredients to it and combine.
Pour the mixture into an oven-proof dish and bake for twenty-five minutes.
Serve with @sweetfreedomuk Choc Shot or any low fat chocolate yoghurt.

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Cherry Bakewell and white chocolate baked oats

Ingredients (Serves 1):
50g oats
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
A couple of drops of vanilla extract
1 egg
300ml almond milk
1 tsp. baking powder
20g white chocolate
10g chopped almonds

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
Put the protein powder, vanilla extract, egg, milk, and baking powder to a blender and blitz until smooth.
Stir in the oats, white chocolate and almonds.
Pour the mixture into a baking tin and bake for twenty-five minutes until golden.

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Sticky toffee baked oats

40g oats
30g mashed banana
1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 egg white
1 chopped date
125g/ 1 small pot of low fat caramel or toffee yoghurt

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl (leave one spoonful of the yoghurt for drizzling later).
Line a small ovenproof dish with greaseproof paper and pour the mixture in. Bake for forty minutes until golden.
Top with the remaining yoghurt and a drizzle of maple syrup (optional).

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Apple and raspberry baked oats

Ingredients (Serves 1):
50g oats
300ml milk
1 egg
1 handful of raspberries
1 tbsp. apple sauce or purée

Turn the oven to 180°C.
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth.
Pour the mixture into an ovenproof dish and bake for twenty-five minutes.
Remove and leave to cool slightly before adding a garnish of raspberries.

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Woman left fuming after boyfriend ‘told he’s too old’ to get into Manchester bar

‘I’m quite disturbed by the whole event.’

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A woman has been left ‘fuming’ after her 48-year-old partner was denied entry into a Manchester city centre bar for being ‘too old’.

The reveller, who asked to remain anonymous, claims she and her boyfriend were stopped from entering Revolucion de Cuba on Peter Street by a member of security, in the early hours of Sunday, January 22nd.

The woman claims that when she accused the member of the door staff of being discriminatory and began filming the incident on her phone, he threatened to assault her. He then pushed her and knocked the phone out of her hand, she says.

A spokesperson for Revolution De Cuba said they were ‘appalled’ to hear about the incident, and confirmed the security staff member in question no longer works for the firm.

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Video footage from the incident shows the member of security lunging for the woman’s phone before the filming cuts out.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the woman said the whole incident had left her feeling ‘disturbed’, saying: “We went out quite late and we got to the door of Revolution De Cuba at about 2.15am.

“We went up to the door, and the doorman asked me who I was with. My partner is 10 years older than me. He pointed to him and said ‘no, too old.’ He doesn’t even look 48 but they determined he was too old to go in. There were a lot of young girls going in.

“I asked for their Security Industry Authority number and said it was discrimination. He just said ‘oh you’re too drunk.’ I don’t understand where he got that from but it’s just a standard response isn’t it?”

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The woman said the member of security refused to give his SIA number and that she began filming the doorman on her phone, saying: “One of the bouncers, a big guy, said if I filmed him he would assault me.

“I was filming and the bouncer came over and hit my phone out of my hand. I said it didn’t matter what he did with my phone as it was all backed up.

“I’m quite disturbed by the whole event. I rang the police and they said if it’s not an ongoing emergency I needed to call ‘101’, but I haven’t done that yet.”

A spokesperson for Revolucion de Cuba said: “We were appalled to hear about this incident – the safety of our guests is of the utmost importance to us and we demand that everyone is treated fairly and with respect at all times.

“Following our immediate investigation into the incident, the individual concerned is no longer employed by our security firm, Professional Security, and will not be working at any of our venues in the future.”

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Millionaire who makes ‘£7,000 in sleep’ has supercar vandalised while at meeting in Manchester

He was in a business meeting when his £100k Audi was vandalised.

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A crypto millionaire, who claims he makes thousands of pounds in his sleep, says he is ‘gutted’ after finding his £100,000 car vandalised with insults.

Waseem Khan, 20, says he made his fortune trading crypto currency, and used his earnings to buy a new Audi R8 V10 — which he purchased just three months ago. 

The entrepreneur has garnered thousands of followers and views on TikTok, where he recently featured in a video on the infamous Wakey Wines account. Waseem parked his car in Leeds overnight and then came to Manchester for a business meeting.

Speaking to Leeds Live about his experience, he said: “I left town last night, around 11, 12ish. I got called for a business meeting, they said they were gonna pick me up and go to Manchester, so I left my car in the city centre.

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“I didn’t think about where I had parked it, came home this afternoon, and I went to get my car and it has been fully vandalised, and I thought it is definitely someone that knows me or something.”

When he returned to Leeds the next day, Waseem found his three-month-old car vandalised with the word ‘die’, with graffiti also branding him a ‘show off’ and a ‘virgin’.

He went on to say: “It just shows, even if you are doing something good in life, there is a lot of hate. I don’t really have any enemies, I think a lot of people just can’t see someone young, do good you know? I have a supercar at 20, they can’t put up with it.”

Waseem Khan

While he was still ‘gutted’ when he saw the car, he insisted it’s not going to ‘phase him’ adding: “I thought I could take it off, I took it to the car wash and it was not coming off, that is when I started worrying that it needed a paint job or a new wrap sheet.

“It’s not going to phase me, they did it when I wasn’t there, if I was there I don’t think they would have had the urge to do anything like that.

“I would just like to say to them, what you have done is very low and pathetic and childish, you just cannot see someone young doing well, it is just pathetic, they could be following their own dreams instead of destroying someone else’s”.

Khan went on to claim the car was ‘not much of a loss’ as he can ‘make £6-7,000 in [his] sleep’, but he claimed the vandalism was an example of attracting ‘a lot of good people and a lot of bad people’ on social media.

He added: “I would like the person that did it, to come forward.”

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Two mums booked £23 flights to Lanzarote for a day

‘What more do you need hun? Book the flight!’

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Two mums have gone viral on TikTok after they spontaneously booked flights to Lanzarote for a day out and had the time of their lives.

The best friends, who have seven children between them, decided to book the 2,500 mile trip on a spur of the moment which cost just £23. They then took to social media to share their antics, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

Posting to her TikTok account ‘@0nlymums’, one of the friends decided that a day in the Canary Islands was the best way to beat the ‘January blues’.

In the video clip, she said: “Well my weekend’s on the up because I’ve just booked a £23 flight to Spain for the day to blow off the January blues — me and the bestie — the packed lunch is made for the kids on Monday and I’ll be back at midnight!” 

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In another video, she shared photos of her living her best life on the island saying it was: “Better than a Sunday round Sainsbury’s!”

Then she urged others to be more spontaneous too, saying: “Ladies, if you only think you have a day to spare, make it count! You can absolutely do it.”

Describing the time of her life, she added: “We got up at 3.45am – we’ve had the best day in Lanzarote. We’ve been in the sea, had three sex on the beach cocktails, been to Zara – what more do you need hun? Book the flight!”

The video has gained over 600k views in 15 hours and the comment section is flooded with positive messages and love for the mums.

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