GIVEAWAY WINNER and a failed challenge

Hey friends! Open-mouthed smile

You know I love you all. But you also know that only one person can win the giveaway, much as I would love for you all to get 10 boxes of this amazing stuff!


Okay, so the giveaway winner!!

(I’m afraid I have absolutely no idea how to insert the Random Number Generator I used into this post, despite many attempts, so you’ll just have to trust me!)

It was…NUMBER 22!! Which is…………………..Cosmic!!!

Submitted on 2011/01/24 at 7:33 pm

“You’re giveaway and lovely bloggy infectious presence excites me(thanks lovely Emma:) Ignore any negativity(it’s not real or true:). I’m subscribed to your blog. ”

Aww what a lovely comment Cosmic! YOU are lovely! 10 boxes of Alara Goji Berries and Pineapple muesli will be on their way to you soon! Smile


I have to admit to another food obsession. This one is slightly more normal.


I have it every day for breakfast in some form or another. Every. Single. Day. Don’t believe me?


Yesterday's breakfast: banana oatmeal with dates


Yesterday's afternoon snack: banana oatmeal with blueberries


Monday's breakfast: choco-banana oatmeal

Even my weekend ‘shakin things up’ breakfasts had oats in them!


Sunday's breakfast: chocolate oatmeal pancakes


Saturday's breakfast: Oaty breakfast cake

But this morning, I threw caution to the wind.

A personal challenge: A day without oats.

“To hell with oats!” I cried, and instead, threw cereal into my bowl.


Optimum cinnamon and blueberry cereal with coconut milk and strawberries

Now don’t get me wrong, I love cereal, and this was delicious, but usually have it as a snack. Or at least have oatmeal later in the day. But I was determined. Determined to go just one day without oats, just to see if I could.

I failed. All I could think about all day was oats. So I caved. As soon as I got back home, I made a recipe I’ve had bookmarked since The Dawn Of Time.DSC06036

Averie’s Microwave Banana Oat Cakes. That woman is an absolute genius. I literally have bookmarked almost all of her amazing recipes. And this did not disappoint.


#2 Topped with peanut butter

I’m so glad I gave in to myself. I think it was beneficial to my mental health. And never again will I ever utter or even think the blasphemous words “to hell with oats!”.

Oats, I love you.DSC06050

So tell me, what is one food you don’t think you could go a day without having? For me, that’s obviously oats. And Dates. And dark choccie. So that’s three really, but I’m allowed to cheat! Smile with tongue out

And please share with me a recipe or something that you are dying to make! I had wanted to make those oat cakes for ages, and Averie’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls are totally calling out to me too! I also came up with a great idea for how to make a killer vegan chocolate torte, so I’ll have to test that out soon, and hopefully it’ll work! Open-mouthed smile

Have a great rest of the week lovelies!


Giveaway time!

Hey friends! It’s the long awaited Giveaway #1! Open-mouthed smile

So a while back, the lovely people at Alara sent me some of their mueslis to review.


They sent me: Active muesli, Date with Cocoa muesli, and Goji Berries and Pineapple muesli.

All of these are:

  • Organic
  • Made with no added sugar, salt or fats
  • Vegan
  • High/very high in protein and fibre
  • Contain ‘superfoods’
  • And most importantly, delicious!

As you may know, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day! I love waking up in the mornings, knowing that soon I am going to be chowing down some delicious food! So I figured what better than a yummy Breakfast Based Giveaway?!

My review

First up, I tried the active muesli:DSC05599DSC05600



I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an awesome ingredients list! I had this pre-spin class, and it certainly gave me energy and kept me going for hours! And it has 16.4g of protein per 100g to boot!
However, this was my least favourite of the three. As you all know, I have a major sweet tooth, and this wasn’t sweet enough for me, but obviously that’s down to personal taste. I also found the texture wasn’t that great– not crunchy, and not enough different textures.
Overall though, it still beats most other mueslis I’ve tried! And I’m going to try adding my own chopped dried fruits to this, as I bet that’ll make it taste amazing!

Next to try was the Date with Cocoa.DSC05991



This was really delicious! Unlike the active one, the texture was great, with big chewy date pieces and crunchier cocoa nibs. It completely satisfied my sweet tooth, and is very healthy too (high in protein and fibre).

And last, but certainly not least, the Goji Berries and Pineapple muesli.DSC05605



This was my favourite! SO yummy!  The goji berries were such a genius addition, as they took the taste and texture to a whole new level! Not to mention that they’re a superfood too! And the pineapple went with it perfectly! I’ve never had kamut flakes before, but they were great too! Perfect texture and top marks on taste.DSC05611


Alara offered to send 10 boxes (yes TEN!) of my favourite flavour to the winner of a giveaway! It was a tough call between the Date with Cocoa and the Goji berries and Pineapple, but I went with the latter in the end. Smile

So get ready!! Ten boxes of Goji Berries&Pineapple organic muesli up for grabs! *Note* If you are gluten-free tell me in your comment and you can still enter to win the Active muesli if you like, which is gluten free.

For each of the following, you get one entry:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me one thing that excites you. (Because I am super excited right now about my first giveaway!!)
  2. Follow me on Twitter or subscribe to my blog, and comment to tell me that you have, because it’s hard to keep track!
  3. Tweet this giveaway, linking it back to me (@Sweetoothrunner)
  4. If you’re a blogger, link to this giveaway in a blog post.

This giveaway is open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike, but sadly is UK only! I will be doing an international giveaway soon though for all my overseas friends! Smile

Good luck to everyone! I will be randomly selecting a winner at 7pm on Wednesday 26th. Exciting times I know…!

So GO people GO! And have a great week! Open-mouthed smile