Wildfitness is a fitness holiday company with the aspiration to help people eat, move and live in harmony with nature. Find practical tips in our Wild Eating, Wild Moving & Wild Living sections, or go to our Wonderations category for more philosophical musings on nature, the wild, our health, the role of science, the meaning of life etc! Enjoy and please let us know what you think.

12 days before Christmas and we have 10 Top Big Wild Ideas.

The Top 10 Big Ideas

No 1 : Do Real Movements

gems1.jpg You don’t see antelopes swinging in trees or turtles sprinting – because all animals have evolved to do  specific ranges of movements. There are some movements that our body has done for eons that are so  natural to us that we actually need to do them to be healthy. Running helps your digestion and  circulation. Climbing and hanging prevents upper back and neck pain. Do movements that you can  imagine a real human context for: running, walking, climbing, jumping, balancing, throwing,  dancing, lifting, fighting.

No 2: Animate Your Movement
Have you ever seen a cat hunting lethargically? A fish swimming dutifully? A puppy playing absent-  mindedly? Animals move with purpose, even if the purpose is to play. Animals move with immediacy –  embodying their intention. Natural movement is animated by this short-term purpose – like chasing a  ball or running to a place you want to get to – but we also want to be enthused by a longer-term purpose.

Doing exercise in order to lose weight is a great travesty, and often ineffective. We want you to see movement as a way to unwind, to energize, to learn about yourself, to learn about the world, to feel your body, to connect to other people and nature, to become more powerful, to feel high, to be more useful, to make sure that your body works. Animals move in the same way that you talk – as an essential and precious part of their life. Find your inspiring reason to move that will truly animate your body.

No 3:Focus on Skill
Skill is not only a deeply engaging and motivating quality to aim for, but it is actually the basis of all fitness. Strength, speed, power, agility all emanate from skill.

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No 4: Build Body Armor
Many sports people get injured – being ‘fit’ in the conventional sense doesn’t prevent injuries. Sometimes it makes them worse. Natural movement gives you an all-round robust injury resilience. This ‘body armor’ is your ability to co-ordinate your movements so you don’t tear a muscle or strain your back.

No 5 Be Graceful
How funny is it when you see a monkey miss-timing a maneuver or a cat tripping over…? It is so rare to see an animal be clumsy because they are attuned to graceful movement. They are efficient and precise– unlike the heavy plodding of a jogger or the strange linear movements of a weight machine lifter. The key difference: one is trying to be efficient, the other is trying to be inefficient – usually in the name of burning calories. Graceful movement means you are engaging in Wild fitness not chasing your tail trying to ‘waste energy’. How do you know if you are being graceful? Some feedback is immediate: you are more silent when you connect with the ground, your movement feels smoother and you perform better with less effort.

No 6: Train in Nature
Get outside to train on all terrain and in all weathers. Commune with your most ancient home and let it mold you.hang.jpg

No 7: Rest
Think of rest as a central part of your programme. Think of lions who sleep under trees for most of their time. See if you feel more or less tired after a movement session. If you feel more tired you probably need to take a day or more off, eat wild and chill.

No 8: Play
All mammals play. Play releases oxytocin and enhances your creative abilities. Play is important to your primal mind and it also makes movement fully alive.

No 9: Be Tough
‘Optimal fitness’ and ‘optimal nutrition’ rob us of our wild ability to perform in a variety of challenging environments. Adding challenge, risk and stress into your movement to strengthen your mind and body is a truly empowering way. Swim in freezing water, run over uneven terrain, train without eating all day. Like a wild cat, the more you push your comfort zone, the more comfortable you will be in all conditions.

No 10: Practice pleasure
games.jpgFoster an association between pleasure and movement, this will send you on a journey where your gracefulness and your desire to move will increase for your whole life. Movement can be painful, uncomfortable or scary. Be disciplined not to suffer. You can feel pain, discomfort and fear, but still love it.

This is the real Wild litmus test – when you look at your fitness plan, can you see yourself getting excited by it, growing through it, feeling more free and empowered; loving it? If not, change it around – add more rest, add more fun, add more group training, less group training, more drama – until you feel that your plan beckons you.

Who Dares Wins: The Grand Finale!

5th – 11th June: Quiz time! The Grand Finale

The final dash for the line !!!

This time the quiz will take the form of an online treasure hunt. We’ll direct you to different videos or pictures online and ask you random questions to do with the media in question..! No preparation necessary -just keen eyesight and a little curiosity.

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Here is the points system again – we will tally up your totals and prepare to announce our winners a week today!

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The prizes – every success comes with a prize.

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Foot-Loose and Fancy Free

29th May – 4th June : Photo/Video competition! Barefoot

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You are all familiar with the debate of barefoot running vs cushioned training shoes. Needless to say, we’re on the Wild side… thousands of years of bipedal evolution tells us that we’re ok to get from A to B without footwear. Besides, is there any better feeling than bare feet on sand/grass/a really fluffy carpet?

So show us where you like being barefoot – perhaps you kick off your shoes at work? Maybe you’re on holiday with a fresh pedicure in some beautiful white sand? Maybe you could challenge yourself to go barefoot somewhere you wouldn’t normally..?

Once you have your chosen pic/video, upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and include the hashtag #wildfitnesscomp in your caption.

You score points for every person who likes/shares/comments or retweets your picture – so get your friends involved and ask them to help you by liking your picture!

Food for Thought

22nd – 28th May: Photo/Video competition! Biophilia or Wild Food

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If you make something delicious or go foraging for something truly wild - take a snap! Any healthy eating experience is welcome.

Biophilia – what’s that? In the words of E.O Wilson it is ‘our genetically determined affinity with the natural world’.

The beauty of the natural world is something we feel in our bodies, it’s a chemical response that makes us feel happy and inspired.

Please share with us a picture of your creative meal or a picture of some natural environment or landscape that makes you go ‘ahh’.

Once you have your chosen pic/video, upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and include the hashtag #wildfitnesscomp in your caption.

You score points for every person who likes/shares/retweets your picture – so get your friends involved and ask them to help you by liking your picture!

The Spanish Inquisition

15th – 21st May: Quiz time! Spain

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Our coaches and the Wildfitness courses are currently migrating like the wild birds, from Africa to Europe. In the Doñana National Park, very close to the Wildfitness venue in Andalucia (Spain) many species can be followed (like Anne-Laure, Uju, Augusto & Joash).

This wild reserve is a mosaic of ecosystems that harbor a unique biodiversity in Europe. Doñana is made up mainly of marshland, of extraordinary importance as a transit, breeding and wintering area for thousands of European and African birds. In the Park also live unique species in serious danger of extinction, such as the Imperial Eagle and the Iberian Lynx.

This Spanish region is also well known for its horses, guitar music, cultural heritage, flamenco, sherry, Iberian ham, etc.

You will get your quizsheet, just answer each question as best you can and submit it to us! points, points, points…

Take part in the Quiz HERE.

If you have yet to enter the competition – don’t fear! You can sign up whenever and catch up through each part of the competition. Sign up HERE and watch an overview of the whole competition HERE.

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Who dares wins! THE JUMP START

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This week we’re looking for the wildest photo of people jumping! Jumping is one of the 12 natural movements and is incredibly good for increasing elasticity practicing intensity. Let’s see you jump! Here’s how you take part:

On Instagram
Take a picture of you or your mates jumping.
Instagram it (make it look cool!) and include the hashtag #wildfitnesscomp in your caption.
Share it to your Instagram, twitter and facebook followers.
Don’t forget to ask your friends to like it/share it as this will gain you more points!
On Twitter
Take a picture of you or your mates jumping.

Welcome to the Week 1 challenge 8th-15th May

Nothing else is needed than your sense of humour and a smartphone or camera……

are you ready?

The theme for this 1st competition week is …

JUMPING or HANGING

Jumping is one of the 12 natural movements and is incredibly good for increasing elasticity practising intensity. Hanging is great for bearing weight on your hands and strengthens your back improving overall posture.

……that’s all the science – but it’s good for you because it’s skillful and FUN !


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We have given the comp a hashtag so that we can gather all your awesome pictures in one place. If you include the hashtag #wildfitnesscomp in the caption of your pic – it streams through to our judging panel. As a rule, the more likes/shares/retweets you get for your picture – the more points you get. So get your friends on board and ask them to like/share/retweet your stuff!

To see a short video roadmap of how the competition works … the roadmap

Here’s how to take part:

On Facebook

Take a picture or video of you or your mates jumping.

Upload it to Facebook and include the hashtag #wildfitnesscomp in your caption.

Publish your pic!

Ask your friends to like/share your pic to give you more points and a better chance at those prizes!

On Twitter

Take a picture or video of you or your mates jumping.

Go to Twitter and Tweet your picture – include the hashtag #wildfitnesscomp in your tweet. You can also mention @wildfitness_uk

Tweet your pic!

Ask all your friends to retweet your pic – you’ll get more points for this.

On Instagram

Take a picture or video of you or your mates jumping.

Instagram it (make it look cool!) and include the hashtag #wildfitnesscomp in your caption.

Share it to your Instagram, twitter and facebook followers.

Don’t forget to ask your friends to like it/share it as this will gain you more points!

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Photo Submission: 10 points

Like: 5 points

Comment: 5 points

Share: 10 points

Retweet: 10 points

If you want to get your friends to join in, do not hesitate them to go on to the Wildfitness blog to sign up and access weekly briefs!

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So get Hanging and Jumping…

Who Dares Wins

Win a holiday

Welcome to the 1st ever Wildfitness digital competition!

Are you interested in a month of May that brings you energy and fun with springtime elasticity? Yes? Get on your starting blocks! This is like hurdling – each week you will get a new challenge and you will become stronger and faster- running into the final tape….you can win a Wildfitness holiday for yourself or someone you care for … and much much more!

To sign up so we can log your points – Sign up to the competition

To see a short video roadmap of how the competition works … the roadmap

If you would like your friends to participate in this competition, send them the link to this blog…


Refresh your “Wild” philosophy, make sure you eat mindfully and don’t forget your balance in life. We are here to help remind you for these next weeks….honk, honk!

What do you need to do, to start hurdling? Surely you have a facebook, twitter or instagram profile already, Si?  Otherwise, it’s time to get one… well at least Facebook.

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You should accumulate as many points as possible across all 5 weeks of the duration of this contest. The competition will run in 5 parts with each section starting every Thursday in May and into June. Whoever has the most points at the end of the competition wins!

Listen here: this is the MOST INTERESTING bit! Would you like to make Armani and Joseph (coaches in Kenya), sweat for every successful “hurdle” you pass? Would this not be fair? Here is how you can get them to work out for/with you: the total number of points collected by all entrants will be issued to them in the form of……BURPEES!! Yesss!! You will be able to watch the video of them completing this challenge. (the exact number of burpees will be the total accumulated points by everyone, divided by a factor of  Joash’s choice)


So this is how it works… don’t be daunted – we will drip feed you instructions each week to keep it all crystal clear.

8th – 14th May: Photo/Video competition! Jumping or Hanging

hanging3ajumpingAs you know, jumping improves the elasticity of your muscles which promotes resilience – hanging brings strength and mobility

to your shoulders and back which, over time, improves your posture.

We know that you are living “Wild” and do jumping and hanging exercises….to send us a great picture should not be a big issue. So take the leap and get a pic!

Be creative and have fun – taking part in the contest could get you outside and moving with inspiration and creativity, or find somewhere unusual to ‘hang out’.

Once you have your chosen your pic/video, upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and include the hashtag #wildfitnesscomp in your caption.

You score points for every person who likes/shares/retweets your picture – so get your friends involved and ask them to help you by liking your picture!


15th – 21st May: Quiz time! Spain

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Our coaches and the Wildfitness courses are currently migrating like the wild birds, from Africa to Europe. In the Doñana National Park, very close to the Wildfitness venue in Andalucia (Spain) many species can be followed (like Anne-Laure, Uju, Augusto & Joash).

This wild reserve is a mosaic of ecosystems that harbor a unique biodiversity in Europe. Doñana is made up mainly of marshland, of extraordinary importance as a transit, breeding and wintering area for thousands of European and African birds. In the Park also live, unique species in serious danger of extinction, such as the Imperial Eagle and the Iberian Lynx.

This Spanish region is also well known for its horses, guitar music, cultural heritage, flamenco, sherry, Iberian ham, etc.

You will get your quizsheet, just answer each question as best you can and submit it to us! points, points, points…


22nd – 28th May: Photo/Video competition! Biophilia or Wild Food

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If you make something delicious or go foraging for something truly wild - take a snap! Any healthy eating experience is welcome.

Biophilia – what’s that? In the words of E.O Wilson it is ‘our genetically determined affinity with the natural world’.

The beauty of the natural world is something we feel in our bodies, it’s a chemical response that makes us feel happy and inspired.

Please share with us a picture of some natural environment or landscape that makes you go ‘ahh’.

Once you have your chosen pic/video, upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and include the hashtag #wildfitnesscomp in your caption.

You score points for every person who likes/shares/retweets your picture – so get your friends involved and ask them to help you by liking your picture!


29th May – 4th June : Photo/Video competition! Barefoot

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You are all familiar with the debate of barefoot running vs cushioned training shoes. Needless to say, we’re on the Wild side… thousands of years of bipedal evolution tells us that we’re ok to get from A to B without footwear. Besides, is there any better feeling than bare feet on sand/grass/a really fluffy carpet?

So show us where you like being barefoot – perhaps you kick off your shoes at work? Maybe you’re on holiday with a fresh pedicure in some beautiful white sand? Maybe you could challenge yourself to go barefoot somewhere you wouldn’t normally..?

Once you have your chosen pic/video, upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and include the hashtag #wildfitnesscomp in your caption.

You score points for every person who likes/shares/comments or retweets your picture – so get your friends involved and ask them to help you by liking your picture!


5th – 11th June: Quiz time! The Grand Finale

The final dash for the line !!!

This time the quiz will take the form of an online treasure hunt. We’ll direct you to different videos or pictures online and ask you random questions to do with the media in question..! No preparation necessary – just keen eyesight and a little curiosity.

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Honk honk … if you are not confused enough .. here is the points system – again don’t worry we will let you know each week how this is all going to work

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The prizes – every success comes with a prize.

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To sign up so we can log your points – Sign up to the competition



Terms and Conditions – click here.

For more information about the terms of this competition, please email Jen@wildfitness.com

Tara Trains with World Champion Marianna Krupnitskaya

‘Why did you turn?’  asks Masha (Marianna Krupnitskaya,  Russian free diving champion, whilst training us Wild coaches).  This is Masha’s key coaching, asking students why it is they turned around at a certain depth and came back to the surface.  This is a strangely bewildering question, and it seems I really don’t know the answer.  Knowing that Masha’s first question when I surface is going to be:  ‘Why did you turn?’ I then try to keep this question in mind.  The next time I come up, I really think about it and say:
‘My mask feels tight on my face’
‘My weight belt shifted slightly, so I thought I’d come up’
Masha looks dubious and re-adjusts the mask and weight belt.  So the next time I go down, I realize the reason I turn is fear.  I have never been that deep before and there is an impenetrable mental wall beyond which is the unknown and I find that my body has already turned around before I can reason with it.
So this time at the surface, Masha asks her question ‘Why did you turn?’.  And I say ‘because I was afraid’.  Masha looks satisfied with this answer because she senses that at last we have the truth.  She nods and then says:  ‘The fear is irrational, you know from your training on the land that you can hold your breath for longer and go deeper safely, so now when you think about turning remember to ignore the fear’.  The only reason that Masha will accept as a bonefide reason to turn is if you can’t equalize your ears anymore.  Any other reason she will dispense with, kindly, but firmly.
There is something about the cut and dry arena of free diving that is very instructive.  In many pursuits, physical or otherwise, you can kid yourself.  Free diving (on land, in the pool, or in the deep sea) requires a state of calm and meditative peace. Much of the training is breathing, relaxing, and meditating.
This Zen state is then tested:  Can you stay with your attention in the present moment or do you waste oxygen anticipating what is going to happen?  Can you relax every muscle in your body except those essential to swim?  Can you accept the discomfort in your chest when holding your breath without reacting to it?
These states of mind are – to Masha – practical, measurable necessities in her chosen sport.  This is why an introduction to free diving is part of the Wildfitness course, there is nothing more practical with which to explore the Wild state of mind.  You must be focused but not grasping.  Alert but relaxed.  Responsive but not reactive.  Brave but not macho.
A final story from Masha:  Masha says that when you are in the right state of mind for free diving, your brain emits Alpha waves.  Dolphins live in this state and can somehow sense and are attracted if you are in the Alpha state.  Masha says that when she is in this zone she has often attracted dolphins.

‘Why did you turn?’  asks Masha (Marianna Krupnitskaya,  Russian free diving champion, whilst training us Wild coaches).  This is Masha’s key coaching, asking students why it is they turned around at a certain depth and came back to the surface.  This is a strangely bewildering question, and it seems I really don’t know the answer.  Knowing that Masha’s first question when I surface is going to be:  ‘Why did you turn?’ I then try to keep this question in mind.  The next time I come up, I really think about it and say:Masha2

‘My mask feels tight on my face’

‘My weight belt shifted slightly, so I thought I’d come up’

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Masha looks dubious and re-adjusts the mask and weight belt.  So the next time I go down, I realize the reason I turn is fear.  I have never been that deep before and there is an impenetrable mental wall beyond which is the unknown and I find that my body has already turned around before I can reason with it.

So this time at the surface, Masha asks her question ‘Why did you turn?’.  And I say ‘because I was afraid’.  Masha looks satisfied with this answer because she senses that at last we have the truth.  She nods and then says:  ‘The fear is irrational, you know from your training on the land that you can hold your breath for longer and go deeper safely, so now when you think about turning remember to ignore the fear’.  The only reason that Masha will accept as a bonefide reason to turn is if you can’t equalize your ears anymore.  Any other reason she will dispense with, kindly, but firmly.

There is something about the cut and dry arena of free diving that is very instructive.  In many pursuits, physical or otherwise, you can kid yourself.  Free diving (on land, in the pool, or in the deep sea) requires a state of calm and meditative peace. Much of the training is breathing, relaxing, and meditating.

This Zen state is then tested:  Can you stay with your attention in the present moment or do you waste oxygen anticipating what is going to happen?  Can you relax every muscle in your body except those essential to swim?  Can you accept the discomfort in your chest when holding your breath without reacting to it?

These states of mind are – to Masha – practical, measurable necessities in her chosen sport.  This is why an introduction to free diving is part of the Wildfitness course, there is nothing more practical with which to explore the Wild state of mind.  You must be focused but not grasping.  Alert but relaxed.  Responsive but not reactive.  Brave but not macho.

A final story from Masha:  Masha says that when you are in the right state of mind for free diving, your brain emits Alpha waves.  Dolphins live in this state and can somehow sense and are attracted if you are in the Alpha state.  Masha says that when she is in this zone she has often attracted dolphins.

Movement- how to love it.

Loving Movement

Ido handstand I am feeling emotional at the moment.  Emotional in the sense that I am close to tears or throwing a tantrum throughout the day.  And my body hurts all over. Why?  Because I  have signed up for a three month training programme with Ido Portal (www.idoportal.com).  Ido does inspiring feats of movement; from one arm handstands to flowing  capoeira-like performances.
The routine he has given me involves between 1- 3 hours strength training per day, and I am truly fatigued.  I also feel cravings for red meat most  days – disconcerting for someone who eats meat once every two weeks normally. But here is the bit that only the initiated understand.  I love it.  I love feeling tired to my  bones.  I love the ache all over. I love feeling my body respond and I even love the pain during the actual training itself.

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The strange thing is that the fundamentals of the Ido  training, aren’t exactly fun:  it’s repetitive, prescriptive, solo.  It is the antithesis of play, expression and exploration – all that Wildfitness specializes in. It has made me realize  that I am truly, madly, deeply in love with movement. I love it even with the cruel gruel which is Ido’s USP.

Maybe some of you know what I mean?  If you do understand this then you don’t need motivation or reason to train, your body craves it.  But if you are reading this and  thinking: ‘Are you are of your mind-  It hurts and it’s boring’.  Carry on and read as here are the steps to become movement possessed:

1. Make movement relevant.Rockcarrying

It is well known that movement is the best possible way to live longer, be disease free, and feel and look your best.  However, moving because you are afraid of disease  or fat, is a motivation that doesn’t work.  So my  first suggestion is to find a reason to move that is really exciting for you.  Tap into  something that is a natural or immediate urge.

The evolve need: Becoming more skillful and masterful is a great passion in me and the opportunities to develop through movement  are deep and wide.  From getting faster at running or learning to do a handstand, to the more mental and philosophical learnings of  martial arts and free diving.

9258885823_ef78def7b2_b The nature need: Seeing the horizon, feeling the wind in my hair, being underwater, seeing green; all give me  restoration and calm.    Moving outside gives me a particularly intimate encounter with nature. The recombobulate  need: Movement is a powerful mood  changer.  If I am stressed or angry, intense movement helps.  If I am tired or  confused or needing inspiration, gentle movement helps.

The self-expression need: I love to dance.  Not because it is good for my health, but because it expresses a part of me that otherwise doesn’t see the light. There are  so many other  needs that movement can meet.  The need for play and fun,  the need for connection to other people,  the need to explore, the need to experience  beauty, the need to challenge yourself, the need for recognition (do something amazing), the need for contribution (do something useful and physical).treeclimber

2. Practice pleasure.

There is a difference between pain and suffering.  Pain can be enjoyed.  But suffering is miserable and kills any chance  of a love affair with movement, let alone the effects being miserable has on your physiology.  The more you discipline yourself to do movement you enjoy and do it when you are up for it, the more pain you can take and still love it!

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To complete the positive feedback loop you also want the movement you choose to synchronize with your body.  And there is no better guide than nature.  What movements and quality of movements are natural to the body?

a) Some variety (different intensities and different body movements will bring strength to different parts of your physiology and psychology and biomechanics.

b) Choose a movement / sport that makes sense evolutionarily.  Running, swimming, jumping, lifting, climbing and wielding your body weight in all ways.  Something that our body understands.  This both animates your body with an immediate natural purpose but also natural movement is the best way to be bullet proof to injury and in many cases, heal injury.

c) Have the intention for your movement to be skillful – graceful and efficient, like any animal would move.  This is not only a great feeling but it is the way your body is naturally inclined. Use all your powers of delayed gratification to get through the first phase where movement may be painful.  It is worth it! It is the most natural thing your body will do and it will soon love it. You will be amazed and delighted at what your body can do.dancing

Wild Banoffee pie

Wild Banoffee pie This creation is by request of those of you in Andalucia this year! I took me three attempts to get it perfect but we finally got there! It must be my favourite wild pud – creamy, crunchy and a really great blend of flavours. I’ve always loved a Banoffee pie but here’s one that leaves you still with that spring in your step and not needing a siesta after. Even though you might be tempted to tuck into the lot, remember, don’t overdo the sweet stuff. We were never meant to guzzle down tonnes of nuts and dried fruit at one go (think how long it takes to break into just one nut and you’ll understand what I mean). Now cut yourself and your friends a slice, sit down and enjoy..

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Ingredients:

Serves 8 hungry folk

Base: 2 handfuls dates or raisins 1.5 handfuls hazelnuts 4 tbsp cocoa powder

Topping: 3 bananas Squeeze of half a lemon 1 handful dates, soaked at least an hour before 500g Greek yoghurt Sprinkling of cinnamon

Method:

Start by soaking the handful of dates. Add enough water to just cover the dates. Soaking isn’t absolutely necessary but I do find it makes a smoother paste once it’s blended. Turn on the oven to 180 degrees.

To make the base, grind the hazelnuts in a food processor until they start resembling a flour. Add the dates or raisins and continue blending for a couple more minutes until both are combined. Add the cocoa powder and, gently, (or you might end up with it everywhere!) continue blending. The mixture should stick together when you roll it in your fingers, if not then add a few more dates/raisins.

Cover a baking tray (circular if poss) with parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly across it. Press down on it firmly as you are spreading it so it sticks together. Now put it in the oven for 8 minutes. Take it out and let it cool while you make the topping.

Blend the soaked dates together with the water they were in. You should now have a nice smooth thick date paste. Slice the bananas width ways into even slices. Squeeze a bit of lemon over them so they don’t go brown. It is now time to put it all together!

Take the base out of the freezer and spread the date paste over it so it is completely covered. Place the sliced bananas over the paste and then top it with the yoghurt. Using a sieve, sprinkle cinnamon over the yoghurt and put it in the fridge to cool. When you are ready to serve, slice it like a cake. This banoffee pie is actually as delicious, if not more, served the next day or day after.