Basement Bakehouse was born in 2015 out of my love for all things food and has since become a place for recipes, ideas, inspiration and advice. Since it’s creation, this site has grown beyond anything I could have imagined, and now has an incredible, loyal and dedicated following of amazing people. With more than 100,000 followers on social media and hundreds of thousands of readers a month, I’m beyond proud to have created something that helps to inspire and educate my readers.

A huge part of this journey has been Slimming World and I have created a whole host of low syn and syn free recipes for those who follow the plan. However, I’m passionate about healthy, family-friendly eating and that’s why all of my recipes are suitable for anyone, not just slimmers! You can find my recipe index here.

Low Syn - Sticky Orange Chicken - Fakeaway - Slimming World - Healthy 

Food is a huge passion of mine, but I’m also passionate about helping my readers in other ways. Whether it’s advice for when things get tough or reviews and tips for life’s everyday moments, I share much more than just recipes! I’m now getting ready to welcome a new addition to my family in February 2019, which has given me even more to write about.

Over the next year you’ll see Basement Bakehouse cover everything from food to motherhood, so keep your eyes peeled for the very best recipes and information to suit your life. 

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Feeling 'peachy' at 30 weeks! πŸ‘ So…today marks 30 weeks of pregnancy! That means there are just 10 weeks left until my little man's due date πŸ™ˆ I can't believe it has come around so quickly! 🀰 I am now feeling pretty pregnant with all of the normal aches and pains (did someone say lightning crotch?! πŸ˜‚βš‘) But this has still been the best experience of my life so far! Despite the soreness and the lack of any decent sleep….hence the massive bags under my eyes…I am doing my best to soak up every moment while I wait. πŸ’– That being said…I am SO IMPATIENT!!! I want him to keep on cooking, but I also want to fast forward the next 10 weeks until I meet him! I'm feeling so impatient right now 😭 I am however using this time to arm myself with the techniques and knowledge to go into labour and beyond with as much confidence as possible…so that's a good use of time right?! 🧚 Just a little shot to mark a big milestone πŸ’ž still not entirely comfy Infront of the camera! πŸ™ˆ . . . #pregnancy #pregnant #30weeks #thirdtrimester #preggo #preggolife #preggoproblems #mummy #newmum #mummyblogger ##newbaby #slimmingworld #slimmingworlduk #slimmingworldpregnancy #confidence #babybump #bump

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34 Comments

  • Kay Wooldridge

    15/07/2016 at 4:20 pm

    I tried your burger sauce and chilli sauce, yum yum. Over the weekend I will trying other recipes, love your website. Keep me informed and up to date with your new delicious recipes, I've lost a stone so far, only another 4 to go ?
    1. Cliona

      15/07/2016 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Kay, that makes me so happy! Thank you for your incredibly kind comment! Well done on your amazing weight loss, that's wonderful! My initial target is 4st 11llbs lost but will likely be more than that so I know how you feel and that it feels a million miles away but trust me it will happen! I've lost almost 4 stone so far, and that target does feel so much more achievable! Good luck! If you sign up for my newsletter you will get the recipes in your inbox ?
    2. patsy

      03/03/2017 at 3:59 pm

      I have lost 6 stone 11 stuck at mo need to get back on track this site looks good
      1. Cliona

        08/03/2017 at 4:27 pm

        Congratulations on your sensational weight loss Patsy! I really hope you enjoy my recipes and they help you get back on track!
  • Nicola

    11/08/2016 at 11:46 am

    Thank you all the fab ideas, your website really motivates me.
    1. Cliona

      11/08/2016 at 11:48 am

      Aw thank you Nicola! That makes it all worth while so I'm really really thrilled you've commented! I'm so pleased that it helps, if there are any particular recipes you think you'd like to see on the site always let me know and I can do my best to fit them in! X
  • Sue Robson

    16/09/2016 at 3:24 pm

    I love your page, ive only just come across it and this will help so much on my sw journey x thank you
    1. Cliona

      16/09/2016 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Sue, thanks very much for your kind comment! That's so fantastic to hear ? I'm really glad it's going to be useful for you!
  • Justine Langford

    25/09/2016 at 12:12 am

    Hi Cliona, I've only just stumbled across your page (was hunting for info on sw sp) & am really pleased I did! I'm on my millionth go at SW, having only succeeded once (10yrs ago?); I'm now 4st heavier than when I got to target & so rejoined this week. I'm determined to sort myself out, & look forward to your page helping me. Well done for your fantastic weight loss!!! Xxx
    1. Cliona

      03/10/2016 at 8:47 am

      Hi Justine, thank you so much for your lovely comment! I'm so glad you found me :) well done on rejoining Slimming World! Don't focus on the times you've done it before, just focus on where you want to get to. Hopefully my recipes can help you on your way! xx
  • lorna Smith

    03/10/2016 at 1:12 pm

    Another newbie, glad I found you. My OH does all the cooking, but I choose what we eat, so thank you for all the new choices
    1. Cliona

      03/10/2016 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks for comment ion lorna! Lucky you! I do all the cooking at home...but I do love it! Well done for starting your journey!
  • Jackie R

    15/11/2016 at 3:12 pm

    Wow you look amazing. I joined slimming world 3 weeks ago, so everything is still new to me. I'm looking forward to reading through your blog to get recipe ideas xx
    1. Cliona

      15/11/2016 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you Jackie! Good luck on your journey, it's the best thing I ever did for myself! Enjoy my recipes and feel free to comment for advice or ideas! Xx
  • Hannah Morris

    18/01/2017 at 1:51 pm

    This is the best slimming world website I have come across - some really interesting recipes and great sweet treat ideas which is my weakness! Thank you and well done.
  • Angie

    20/01/2017 at 1:38 pm

    I'm new to the slimming world and was so happy I found your site, you've explained some points that I was confused on. I'm a Brit living in the U.S and slimming world is very new here, so new in fact that there are no support groups you can go to but they do it all online, so finding your site is that extra motivation and help I need.
    1. Cliona

      20/01/2017 at 1:49 pm

      I'm so so pleased to hear that! Good luck on your journey and well done!!! Shout if you need any help or advice ?
  • Brenda

    09/02/2017 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Cliona I have just come across your website and subscribed. I have fibromyalgia and an underactive thyroid so I have a very slow metabolism! I've always struggled to lose weight and I'm not much of a cook but am hoping your website will help. I've been going to a local Curves gym since May last year and have lost two and a half stone but my eating habits are appalling and I know my weight loss is slowing down and I want to learn how to eat more healthily but eat well! Thank you for your website Cheers Brenda
    1. Cliona

      10/02/2017 at 1:23 pm

      Hi Brenda, Thank you so much for your lovely comment and let me say a huge well done for your dedication despite what many people would see as big impediments! I really hope my website helps you break some of those bad habits and shows you what delicious food you can eat whilst losing weight in a happy and healthy way! Trust me, Slimming World isn't your average diet food and this isn't your average diet blog! Well done again :) x
  • Clive milner

    21/02/2017 at 8:35 am

    Elo all have just came upon your site and so glad I have was getting bored with what was eating but your recipe look so good. Have been on slimming world for a year now and lost 5.5st was 20.8st when started and only 1.5st to go lol.
    1. Cliona

      21/02/2017 at 10:19 am

      Hi Clive, I'm so pleased that you like my recipes! Congratulations on your fantastic weight loss, that's really incredible and you should be so proud! I hope that you continue enjoying my recipes :)
  • Danni

    24/03/2017 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Cliona, Am a newbie to slimming world and in my second week. Only thing I am struggling with is my sweet tooth! Have tried a few things but a lot of recipes contain sweetener and I can't stand the taste of it! Any tips? Thank you!!! Xx
    1. Cliona

      27/03/2017 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Danni, lovely to hear from you! Congratulations on starting your Slimming World journey! I have a massively sweet tooth so I totally feel your pain! I don't like most sweeteners either but discovered Surkin which is amazing and doesn't have that nasty aftertaste that most sweeteners have! It has the same texture and taste as regular sugar and can be used on a 1:1 substitution for sugar which is great! I'd really recommend getting your hands on some of that as it might help! If you don't like it though, mashed banana can be used to sweeten lots of recipes, such as pancakes or muffins, although you have to remember to syn it as 4 syns per 100g if it's mashed :) hope that helps! Good luck on your journey!
  • Margaret Young

    07/04/2017 at 9:10 am

    Can anyone tell me what I can use instead of 200g of sukrin Melissa icing sugar please
  • Lucy

    30/04/2017 at 8:04 am

    Heya, really enjoying your blog! You're a great writer. I joined SW online a couple of weeks ago and was looking for foodie inspiration so Im glad I found your blog. 😊
    1. Cliona

      02/05/2017 at 11:51 am

      Hi Lucy, thank you so much that's so sweet of you! Good luck on your Slimming World journey, it's an amazing plan!
  • Savs

    04/06/2017 at 11:57 am

    Hi Cliona I have just found your site basically because your yummy looking recipe for SW nachos caught my attention. I did SW many many years ago and lost 3 stone, but since then have totally lost the plot and just put lots more weight back on. I notice it has changed somewhat since I did it before so some of it is new to me now. Also since then I have been diagnosed type 2 diabetes which is no fun at all as I love carbs (potatoes mainly) Also a burden is my very sweet tooth. Basically, I'm just unsure if SW is worth trying again as a lot of the lovely recipes contain carbs. Any suggestions. X
    1. Cliona

      07/06/2017 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Sally! I'm so glad you've found my site! Slimming World has probably changed a bit since you first did it (this might help: https://basementbakehouse.com/2017/01/how-slimming-world-works/) but it's still very much worth doing! I know there are lots of people who do Slimming World with type 2 diabetes, but I would get some proper medical advice from a doctor or advice from a SW consultant about any changes you need to make to the plan to fit. I do know there are lots of success stories where people actually get rid of their diabetes through Slimming World! You can also adapt many recipes that have high cards to use low carb options, for example using cauliflower rice or spiralized veg instead of pasta! Where there's a will there's a way and I'm sure it would still work for you :) hope that helps!
  • Emily from Wales

    15/07/2017 at 9:37 am

    Cliona, I just wanted to say thank you for creating such a great place for us fellow losers to come for advice and tips. I visit a lot of pages to support my journey (and shamefully never leave a comment), but yours has really stood out for me as, welcoming, comprehensive and informative. So thank you again and I look forward to making more of your lovely meal ideas.
  • Sheila

    10/11/2017 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Cliona, just found your site and have joined it also. I go to slimming world and so far have lost 1st 4lb. The last 2 weeks I have lost motive. I'm not of it but I'm not really on it either. A lot going on in my life at the minute and I feel like given up, but a small part of me wants to keep going ( I'm a comfort eater) I came across your site and I don't know how, but it was like it I was ment to find it to keep me going. Looking forward to all the meal ideas and tips. Thanks for the great site S xx
    1. Cliona

      13/11/2017 at 5:16 pm

      Hi Sheila, I'm so glad to hear that my recipes have helped you! Keep on going how you are and remember to reach out for support if you find yourself faltering :)
  • Jo

    15/12/2017 at 5:28 pm

    Loving the blog! Been on SW for 13 wks and I've lost 2 stone - 4 more to go! Thank you so much for your honest and motivating posts, they really help (and now I'm craving sweet potato wedges for dinner!)
  • Jemmah

    09/01/2018 at 7:23 pm

    I made your double down burgers !!! Omg girl they are amazing! I added a few cornflakes from my healthy extras in to make it extra crispy and some β€œsmoked salt” (pleaseee if you haven’t already invest it’s anazing) and it worked amazingly !!!! I loveeeeeee your recipes and your blog I make stuff for the whole family and hey keep going on about me making more !!! Feels so bad but it’s all so low in syn !!!! You are saved on my iPhone home page πŸ‘πŸ½
    1. Cliona

      13/01/2018 at 10:30 am

      I think this is my favourite comment ever! I'm so glad you liked it and your changes sound awesome! πŸ™Œ

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