Guest Blogger! Fran’s Chocolate and Lemon Biscuit Bites

Recently, Portlebay Popcorn asked me to create a recipe with their popcorn, and I just had to say yes! Popcorn is one of my favourite snacks and their delicious and innovative flavours were just too good to not try. I wanted to use one of the more unusual flavours and what is more exciting than lemon sherbet popcorn? Therefore, these chocolate lemon biscuit bites were formed.

I am not going to lie to you, this was one of those recipes where I just made it up as I went along and it turned out pretty darn good. A cheesecake style biscuit base with a chewy lemon cashew middle and a crispy chocolate topping. But of course the crème de la crème of this recipe is the lemon sherbet popcorn, that proudly sits on top.

Ingredients: Makes 9 bites

  • 100g Cashew Butter
  • 2 tbsp Desiccated Coconut
  • 3 tsp Lemon Extract (can adapt to taste)
  • 1 tbsp of Coconut Flour (or Ground Almonds works well too)
  • 150g Dark Chocolate
  • 100g Digestive biscuits
  • 75g Butter

Method:

  • Start by mixing together the cashew butter, coconut, lemon extract and coconut flour in a bowl.
  • If the mixture is a little thick you can add a splash of water and mix again.
  • Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water – be careful not to burn the chocolate.
  • In a separate bowl crush the digestives with a rolling pin until they resemble a fine crumb.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and then add to the biscuit crumb. Mix together until the biscuit is coated in butter and sticking together.
  • Evenly distribute the biscuit mix between 9 round silicon moulds – press it into the bottom.
  • Next add 1tsp of cashew mixture onto the biscuit base and spread evenly.
  • Finally add a spoonful of melted chocolate to the top and then a sprinkle of Portlebay Lemon Sherbet Popcorn.
  • Leave to set in the freezer for about 30 mins before tucking in!

Fran

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Don’t forget to checkout Fran’s gorgeous Instagram page and blog for many more delicious and creative recipes, they’re amazing!

 

 

Steph’s Portlebay Popcorn Granola!

 

 

 

Popcorn granola? YES PLEASE! The very cool and talented vegan recipe blogger Steph, also known as StephiDFitness, created this wonderful recipe which we think is super fun and guaranteed to help shift those January blues!

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Steph- The Vegan Blogger

Popcorn Granola and Granola Balls Recipe:

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yields: 4 portions or 12 balls
Storage: Sealed container (for the granola) or fridge (for the balls)

Ingredients:

  • 150g rolled oats
  • 50g almonds – lightly crushed (or other nuts)
  • 40g hazelnuts – lightly crushed (or other nuts)
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 30g desiccated coconut
  • 20g dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)
  • 20g dried goji berries (or other dried fruit)
  • 25g Sweet and Salted Portlebay Popcorn

For Granola Balls:

  • 200g pitted dates (blended into a paste)
  • 3 tbsp. golden syrup

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 150*C (fan oven)
  2. Add the oats, almonds, hazelnuts, oil and maple syrup and stir until thoroughly mixed
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper and spread the oat mixture and bake for about 15 minutes until brown (make sure it doesn’t burn!)
  4. Then, in a bowl, stir in the rest of the ingredients
  5. Enjoy warm or cooled!

For granola balls:

6. Mix in the dates and golden syrup until all the dates are coated and sticky
7. Use your hands to form balls by squashing the mixture together
8. Optional: dip in vegan chocolate to finish and enjoy!

Do checkout The Vegan Recipe Blog, for many more sweet and savoury vegan friendly treats created by Steph! Be prepared to be made very very hungry! Also checkout her super inspiring Instagram page here!

Portlebay Meets The Big Beautiful Bottle Co

Our Portlebay team love to keep hydrated, and can often be caught sipping on a glass of water. When we were introduced to The Big Bottle Co it was love at first sight, and we believe that you need to know all about them!

The Big Bottle Co (BBC) create gorgeous brightly coloured water bottles that can hold 2.2 litres of water (Our office looks fabulous with these bursts of colour dotted around!). The BBC started in Australia, and has well and truly flourished, reaching us all the way over here in UK! The BBC team designed these water bottles aiming to get us all thinking about our daily water consumption, and to act as a reminder to keep drinking (Did you know 2 litres of water should be consumed everyday to ensure a healthy lifestyle?). These big bottles are so much more than just a water bottle, they are a statement, an eye catcher and the ultimate fashion accessory!

bottle The Big Bottles are:
● BPA & BPS free
● Dishwasher friendly
● Freezer friendly: max minus 8 ‘c
● Eco friendly and 100% recyclable
● Weight bearing strap up to 6kg
● Non-leaching and toxin-free

If you would like to win one of these brilliant, bold water bottles (and a box of our Portlebay Popcorn) then head on over to one of our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the instructions for Day 22 of our Christmas Advent Competition! (This launches at 5pm tonight)

 

 

Thirsty? We know what you need!

When thirst comes a’ calling…reach for the beach! Vita Coco’s refreshing coconut water, packed with electrolytes and potassium is just what you need to rehydrate! This alternative to water is delicious, replenishing and made from young coconuts straight from the beaches of Brazil. Are you loving the sound of this? If so, today is your lucky day! Head on over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the instructions for Day 11 of our Christmas Advent Competition, to be in with a chance of winning some of this delicious coconut water and box of Portlebay Popcorn! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight).

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Vita Coco is the original brand that started the fresh coconut water trend. Informed consumers, health & wellness experts, pro-athletes and celebrities have all become loyal fans of coconut water, swearing by the Vita Coco brand for its authentic flavour and hydration and replenishment properties! Originally introduced in the US in 2004, Vita Coco came to the UK in  just 2010.

Today Vita Coco is sold in over 20,000 stores throughout the region, including: Amazon, Boots, Harvey Nichols, Holland & Barrett, Morrisons, Nutri Centres, Nisa, Ocado, One Stop, Planet Organic, Sainsbury’s, Selfridges, Superdrug, Tesco, Waitrose, Wholefoods, many office sites and other leading independents. Vita Coco is also very proud to be sold in 30 countries!

 

Portlebay Hero’s – The Skinny Bakery

Do you love your baked goods, but feel burdened with guilt from those tasty treats? If so, the marvellous Skinny Bakery, who have partnered with us for our Christmas Advent competition, is a wondrous discovery that you must know about!

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The Skinny Bakery was founded in 2013 by 24 year old home baker Mariella Forte – her passion has always been experimental baking! Mariella developed a range of lighter bakes and calorie controlled goodies made with veggies like beetroot and sweet potato, tofu, fruits and fat free dairy. She quickly gained the recognition of the likes of Whole Foods Market, Selfridges Food Hall and several high-end delis, gyms and health food retailers nationwide.

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The cakes are freshly made by hand in the West London bakery, and shipped out nationwide everyday from their online store. (Have a peak here!)

We looove that we can munch on yummy baked goods and not regret it after! For a chance to try some of these delights head over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) and follow the competition directions! Oh and you could win a box of Portlebay Popcorn too! YAY! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)

 

Portlebay Advent Competition – Day 1

It’s December 1st, which means that it’s Day 1 of our Christmas Advent Competition! EXCITING! Our first wonderful partner is Atlantic Surf Company. We love that they are from Devon, just like us, and we love all their clothing too! Untitled

Atlantic Surf Company makes cool, funky, eco conscious clothing in deepest Devon. They hand screen print their surf inspired clothing and have created a fresh new look and style which we just can’t get enough of!
Atlantic Surf Company have also teamed up with The Wave Project, a charity that changes the lives of young people through the magic of surfing! The Wave Project began in 2010, when the local NHS Trust in Cornwall funded The Wave Project to run a six-week pilot scheme, to examine the benefits of surfing on the emotional health of young people working with professional services. The pilot project used a psychological evaluation to assess whether six weeks of surfing helped the group, who were referred by a range of services such as CAMHS, social services and mental health charities.

Untitled2The results of the pilot showed that going surfing once a week helped people feel more confident, improved their outlook and gave them a sense of fun. Encouraged by the results, The Wave Project was established as a not for profit company. Atlantic Surf Company give 10% of all profits to this charity to keep this amazing project running! 

For a chance to win so cool clothing that also does some good in the world, enter our competition on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, launching at 5pm tonight!

 

 

Popcorn in The News

Recently popcorn has seen great criticism in the news, as the number of popcorn-related dental issues have doubled over the past three years, according to The Telegraph, and many other broadsheets and tabloids. Supposedly, popcorn has surpassed other more known dental offenders such as hard boiled sweets and toffee, as a result of the rise in popcorn consumption. Our team here at Portlebay Popcorn were surprised when this story hit the news, as we are very proud to say we have NEVER received a legitimate complaint that our popcorn has caused any dental issues!

How have we lessen the number of kernels in our popcorn packets?

In the Poppery, our popcorn experiences many different stages on it’s journey, before it even reaches the packet you see on the shelf. There are two machines that each piece of popcorn will encounter on it’s travels, that reduce the number of kernels in each popcorn batch: the sifter, and a unique Portlebay system that filters our popcorn through weight measurements.

Once the popcorn kernels have been popped in our kettles (not your average kettle that you use to make a cup of tea!) the batch is then taken away on a conveyor belt to the sifter. The sifter filters out all the up-popped kernels (traditionally called Old Maids!), like a giant rotating sieve! After the sifter, the popcorn is then tossed through a seasoning drum to add the flavour. The last step to remove the kernels is a very clever system which is unique to Portlebay. This system measures the weight of each item and will remove anything that is heavier than a popped kernel – an un-popped kernel or sugar lump! Through this process we have been able to limit the number of kernels to that are in our bags industry leading levels, and lessen the likelihood of any dental issues!

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Freshly popped popcorn on the conveyor to the sifter!

Our team at Portlebay are very proud that we have never received a legitimate dental complaint and we will continue to work as hard as we can to keep our popcorn yummy, natural and dental damage free!

How to Beat Those Winter Blues

Although winter is the fun and festive period of Christmas (EEK), yummy food, cosy nights and delicious hot chocolates, winter can make us all a bit down and miss those wild summer adventures! So, we have some handy tips to keep you (and us!) as chirpy and cheerful as possible!

Keep active

Although it’s super tempting to snuggle up and indulge in those tasty treats, getting out and about, and running around (walking works too!) has proven to raise spirits and keep us happy, happy, happy! Not only does staying active reduce stress, anxiety and depression, it also helps us with weight loss too- woo!

Here are a few fun ideas to get you moving:

  • Get walking and enjoy the crisp winter season
  • Convince your friends to get involved and do some fitness classes together- get competitive
  • Jump into the swing of Christmas and take to the skating rink- Ice Ice Baby
  • Remember that everything counts- run up those stairs, walk to the shops, have dance and a jiggle while the kettle is boiling
  • Get your family involved and go on a mini adventure- Castles, beaches, National Parks
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Getting involved in a fitness class at our local Super Tramp!

Make sure you spend time your friends and family

The winter is typically a time that you spend with your nearest and dearest, they know how to make you smile and will brighten your day! Socialising has a super positive effect on mental health, so get chatting over a good ole cuppa!

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Take up a new hobby

Taking up a new hobby can be a great way to keep you busy! If you choose something creative you could even busy yourself with making your friends and family Christmas goodies- cards, decorations, cookies, wreaths, there’s so much to make!

If you aren’t the creative type perhaps look to get involved with a sport. Team sports are great and there lots of sports that aren’t only for the summer periods!

Eat Happy Foods

Before the times of flicking a switch to heat up our homes and the wonderful technology we have today, keeping warm was far more difficult. As we have evolved and can keep cosy all through the chilly season, we must not forget that it is super important to maintain a healthy balanced diet. Along with our wonderful Christmas treats, we also need our good old greens! A healthy diet will help prevent that winter gloominess taking over!

Here are some foods that aren’t just healthy but have also been proven to make us happier (YES PLEASE):

  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Quinoa
  • Dark Chocolate- (HOORAY)
  • Green tea
  • Apples
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Coffee
  • Oranges
  • Eggs

Checkout our blog post from September for a super healthy banana oat pancake recipe, to inspire your healthy (but still yummy) lifestyle!

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Our scrumptious banana oat pancakes! 

Let’s not let the grizzly winter get the best of us this year and make the most of what those cold and winter days do bring! Happy winter from us all at Portlebay Popcorn!

 

New Listing for Portlebay!

Rejoice fellow popcorn lovers, there’s now even more places to find your favourite popcorn! ASDA stores across the South West now stock our Sweet & Salty and Lightly Salted flavours, and you can find the full list right here for your perusal!

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Bournemouth

Bristol

Cheltenham

Falmouth 

Newton Abbot

Plymouth

Poole

St. Austell

Swindon

Taunton

Weston-super-Mare

Weymouth

 

 

 

 

Banana Oat Pancakes

Bored of your regular smashed avocado on toast? Fancy kicking your pancake game up a notch? Using no flour and no sugar, these banana oat pancakes are a barely naughty alternative to your regular Sunday brunch!

For 1 person you will need:

 

• 1 banana

• 1 egg

• 65g of rolled oats

• ½ a teaspoon of baking powder

• A pinch of salt

• A pinch of cinnamon (depending on your cinnamon taste levels)

• Whatever you would like to serve! We used maple syrup, fresh raspberries and cherries, and a sprinkling of Cinnamon Swirl Popcorn.

Method:

 

• Use either a blender or tonnes of elbow grease to mush up the banana and egg, and then use your remaining strength to mix in the oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

• It can be as smooth as you like it – we used a blender so it was silky smooth, but I’m sure it would be just as nice with a few chunks of banana inside!

• Let the batter have a little time out for 10-20 minutes so it can thicken.

• Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, and plop in a blob of coconut oil (or any oil you prefer).

• Fry generous spoonful’s of batter on both sides until golden brown, and good enough to wolf down in one bite.

• Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and lashing of popcorn and fruit!

Easy peasey lemon squeezy!