Pinch of Nom – Cookbook Review

A while ago I was at a Slimming World group and everyone was sharing their favourite recipes, the Pinch of Nom blog kept being mentioned. Back home I looked it up and I was hooked straightaway.

I am a bit of a cookbook addict, the picture below is part of my collection (I have well over 100). So I made sure I had my Pinch of Nom cookbook pre-ordered and was very excited to receive it just in time for my birthday.

Pinch of Nom is a very successful blog for slimming recipes and the cookbook has been incredibly popular selling 210,506 copies in its first three days on sale.

Book Details:

  • Title: Pinch of Nom
  • Tagline: 100 Slimming Home-Style Recipes
  • Author: Kate Allinson & Kay Featherstone
  • Publisher: Bluebird an imprint of Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 978 1 5290 1406 8
  • Edition: published 2019

Slimmers Beakfasts

I am always thrilled to find a breakfast section in a cookbook. There are 10 breakfast recipes in the book and all very tempting. I am a yo-yo dieter and finding slimming recipes that are tasty, generous and a bit different is right up my alley.

Pinch of Nom Cookbook Review


The recipes are listed as either:

  • Everyday Light – recipes you can have anytime
  • Weekly Indulgence – recipes that are slightly more indulgent
  • Special Occasion – everything in moderation but these recipes are for special occasions

The recipes also include a calorie count per serving, if they are suitable for vegetarians , suitable for freezing or suitable for a gluten free diet.

Pinch of Nom Breakfast Recipies I have tried:

I have tried a few of the breakfast recipes.

Hash Browns, I was intrigued by this one as I had never used xanthan gum before. It turned out to be a really easy recipe that turned out great. The only downside was 40 minutes cooking time. When I have made hash browns in the past they tend to fall apart but using the xantham gum really kept it together. I will be making these again.

Maple and Bacon French Toast with Fruit, I have a sweet tooth so I really enjoyed this recipe. I regularly have French Toast (or eggy bread as I would actually call it) but have not had it with maple syrup before which is a great addition.

Apple and cinnamon pancakes, this is a really interesting recipe using oats instead of flour. The first time I did this recipe I used jumbo oats and it was a bit lumpy as I hadn’t blitzed them enough. I tried again as I realised my mistake and it worked really well. The trick is to get the oats blitzed as fine as you can. It was a generous portion so I saved a couple for later and they were good cold, my 3 year old enjoyed them too.

Lemon and Blueberry Baked Oats, this definitely has a bit of a cakey taste and a really filling breakfast. This was my first time making baked oats, I think this would work well as evening comfort food as well as a breakfast.

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats, I regularly have overnight oats when I am slimming and this was a nice flavour and a good way to get some veg in first thing with the carrot. I did the recipe with oats but look forward to trying it with Weetabix.

The verdict

When I am dieting I really need filling breakfasts to avoid snacking before lunch. All of the recipes are very generous and can easily serve more than one person, having said that I had no problem finishing them off. I will be using this cookbook regularly and I would definitely recommend it to anyone trying to lose a few pounds. The recipes are all clear, well written and have full page colour photos which is a must for a good cookbook in my mind.

There is now also a Pinch of Nom Food Planner. I have found this really useful, I need to write my food down otherwise I easily eat more than I should. The planner is well set out and a great slimming aid for anyone who likes to keep a food diary.

Are you dieting? What is your favourite slimmers breakfast? Have you got a favourite recipe from Pinch of Nom?


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  1. July 29, 2019 / 1:52 pm

    I have had this book recommend to me so a really useful review. Recipes sounds great and substantial which is so important when dieting.

  2. July 30, 2019 / 6:56 am

    Same here, when dieting my breakfast is packed with nutrition and filling, seems this book is worth to buy.

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