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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.


BBC presenter randomly gives middle finger live on air with viewers shocked

One person asked if the were watching the ‘Do One Show’

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Viewers couldn’t believe their eyes as they tuned in to watch the news, as the presenter was caught giving the middle finger live on air.

The blooper of all bloopers happened on the world feed BBC News at the noon bulletin, at 12pm on December 6th.

As many were expecting a serious new bulletin, the camera cut to Chief Presenter Maryam Moshiri as she flipped her middle finger, then quickly transitioned her facial expression to present the headlines.


In the clip, which has now gone viral, Maryam, 46, can be seen tilting her head with raised eyebrows and giving the middle finger to camera as the famous countdown to the bulletin ends.

Upon realising she was live on air, the broadcaster quickly snatches her hand away and adopts a more serious role as she goes straight into reading the headlines about Boris Johnson.

“Live from London, this is BBC News,” she says as she swiftly switches into news presenter mode.

Many viewers saw the funny side and took to social media to share the hilarious surprise, as one person wrote: “It’s the new BBC magazine programme @ 7pm: ‘The Do One Show’.”

Another put: “New reaction meme UNLOCKED!.” And a third said: “Oopsie! One for the VT Christmas tape!”


Today, December 7th, Maryam issued an apology for the ‘private joke’ which was caught on air. In a tweet she said: “Hey everyone , yesterday just before the top of the hour I was joking around a bit with the team in the gallery. 

“I was pretending to count down as the director was counting me down from 10-0.. including the fingers to show the number. So from 10 fingers held up to one. 

“When we got to 1 I turned finger around as a joke and did not realise that this would be caught on camera. It was a private joke with the team and I’m so sorry it went out on air! It was not my intention for this to happen and I’m sorry if I offended or upset anyone. 

“I wasn’t ‘ flipping the bird’ at viewers or even a person really. It was a silly joke that was meant for a small number of my mates.”

Her apology for the faux pas was met with mixed reactions with some suggesting the show lacked professionalism, though many showed her support and were very forgiving. 

One person wrote in the comments: “You giving the ‘bird’ is what sums up BBC and its feelings to Brits and us who pay the license fee. You should resign or be sacked for this total disrespect.”

Meanwhile another, seeing the funny side, simply wrote: “Legend.” A third put: “As a BBC licence payer I demand more of this type of behaviour.”

And a fourth typed: “It was absolutely brilliant and very funny. Clearly an inside joke and a welcome bit of relief considering all that’s going on right now.”

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Aldi named cheapest supermarket as it takes back crown from Lidl

Aldi takes back the top spot

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Budget supermarket Aldi has reclaimed the title of cheapest supermarket for November, overtaking Lidl.

With the festive season here, Brits are continuing to look for ways to keep household costs down – and Aldi shoppers can be confident they’re getting the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices.

According to the latest Which? report, Aldi is once again the UK’s cheapest supermarket – with an average basket total coming to £76.77.


Each month, the consumer group compares the price of 131 groceries and household essentials across UK supermarkets to see which are the most and least expensive to shop at.

The latest research from Which? shows that throughout November Aldi was a huge £20.62 cheaper than the most expensive supermarket, Waitrose – for an equivalent basket of items.

Which? also revealed Aldi to be £12.77 cheaper than Morrisons and £11.02 cheaper than Sainsbury’s per basket.

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Aldi also beat bargain rival Lidl to top spot, relegating the German supermarket to second place – where an average shop came in at just slightly more than Aldi, at £77.56.

Asda came in third place averaging at £84.42 per basket, Tesco fourth with an average £87.42 a basket and Sainsbury’s took fifth place at £87.79.

The most expensive supermarket was Waitrose where the average basket of shopping costs £97.39 – £20 more than shopping at Aldi.

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But the popular supermarket can celebrate not one but two wins as it was also named the cheapest place to buy a Christmas dinner.

Comparing the cost of Chrimbo dinner staples including turkey, pigs in blankets, and Christmas pudding Aldi was found to be 4p cheaper than Lidl and £18 cheaper than the most expensive supermarket.

Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi, said: “Christmas can be an expensive time for everyone, with gifts to buy and families to feed. 

“We’re thrilled that at such a crucial time Which? has officially named Aldi as the cheapest supermarket demonstrating our commitment to providing our customers with high quality food at everyday low prices.”

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Mum says she’s charging family £150 for Christmas dinner and glass of Champagne

‘If you want quality, you’ll have to pay for it’

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Mum Carla Bellucci claims she will charge her relatives for Christmas dinner this year, including a single glass of Champagne.

Carla, 42, is a former model and has appeared on an episode of Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over: Britain’s Most Hated Woman?.

She’s probably best known for her appearance on This Morning where she revealed that she hadn’t told the full truth about getting a nose job, funded by the public.

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Earlier this year, Carla made headlines for revealing how she’d organised an extravagant Easter Egg hunt for her children.

The extravagant event included a £1,000 prize and a three-night stay at Disneyland Paris, for her youngest son, Blue.

After a frivolous Easter, Carla has now claimed that her family will have to cough up if they are coming to her house for their Christmas dinner this year.

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Speaking to the MailOnline, the mum said she will be charging her guests £150 each for the home-cooked feast, including one single glass of Champagne – let’s just hope she fills it up to the brim.

She told the publication: “It’s not cheap feeding people and it also takes a lot of time to put together a nice meal.

“I’ll give them a glass of Champagne, but if they want any more booze, they’ll have to bring their own.”

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Carla is expecting to cook the festive feast for around nine people this year, including her immediate family of six.

However, the mum said that some of her guests will be disgusted by having to fork out the £150, but she said: “If you want quality, you’ll have to pay for it.

“You might find a carvery that’s cheaper than my place, but my dinner is going to be a lot more classy than that.

“It wouldn’t be any cheaper if you went to a restaurant or a hotel for a Christmas Day meal, so why should I be out of pocket?”

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The former OnlyFans model said she will open her doors to welcome guests at 2pm and after having fun and playing games including charades, she will allegedly be sending her guests home come 10pm.

The £150 fee she will be charging her guests does also include a profit margin which Carla justifies saying: “Everything I do is for profit and the family understands that.”

The social media personality admitted just last month in an interview that she is aware her ‘strong opinions’ can rub people up the wrong way.

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“I know it rubs people up the wrong way sometimes but it’s just who I am,” she said to the MailOnline.

She also confessed that she’d like to use her ‘platform’ to bag a spot back on reality TV and ‘ruffle some more feathers’. 

If I can get on a reality show then that would be brilliant because I know I make good TV.

“Celebrity Big Brother would be perfect if that’s coming back alongside the main show. I could ruffle even more feathers,” she said.

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