Healthy Chocolate Covered Snowballs

I’ve always found this time of year incredibly difficult to eat healthy. Christmas chocolates, sweets, cake, biscuits (the list is endless) are sat in every shop window, waiting patiently to be gobbled up. Now believe me when I say that this recipe will help you resist temptation and stick to your pre-Christmas diet!

This delicious sweet treat is truly guilt free and will help curb those stubborn sugar cravings. The ‘snowballs’ themselves are made of desiccate coconut, vanilla extract, agave syrup and coconut oil. Desiccate coconut is high in fiber, iron and copper, which helps support brain function. Coconut oil is extremely good for you as it can help promote fat loss, improve blood cholesterol levels and reduce hunger.

They are then coated in a dark chocolate and hardened in the fridge. Dark chocolate is incredibly nutritious, not only is it a powerful source of antioxidants but it can help lower blood pressure and is loaded with soluble fiber.

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Ingredients (makes 18 balls)

4 tbsp agave or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 tbsp coconut oil
200g desiccated coconut
100g good quality dark chocolate, broken up (I used 70% Green & Black’s)

Method

In a bowl combine together the syrup, vanilla, desiccated coconut and coconut oil*. Put the mixture in the fridge for 10 minutes so that it can harden a little.

Remove from the fridge. Take a tsp of the mixture, roll it into a ball and place it on a plate. Repeat this process until you have 18 balls. Put the snowballs back in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 10 second blasts until smooth. After 30 minutes, remove the snowballs out of the fridge and one by one, using two forks, roll the ball in the melted chocolate until fully coated. Repeat this process until all snowballs are coated.

Finally, put them back in the fridge to harden. Store in the fridge.

*if the coconut oil is solid then melt it first in the microwave before adding the other ingredients

‘Oreo’ Cheesecake Cupcakes

 

I made these babies as part of a 21st birthday cake display and once people starting tucking in, they were a clear favourite and were gobbled up within a matter of minutes. Crushed Oreo cheesecake sandwiched between a whole Oreo and a layer of milk chocolate ganache – this recipe is a complete winner and each bite is packed full of rich, chocolately creamy goodness.

What I love about this recipe is that visually it is so rewarding, the cheesecake’s look so technical and delicious however it is most definitely one of the easiest recipes on my blog. So please don’t think ‘ohhh I could never make those’ because trust me you 100% can, whether your off to an event or simply want to bake them all for yourself, grab your mixing bowl and get preheating that oven!

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Ingredients (makes 12 cheesecakes)

16 oz full-fat cream cheese
188g icing sugar
4 medium egg whites
16 Oreo’s, crushed into small chunks
Pinch of salt
12 Oreo’s to line the base

For the Ganache:
80g milk chocolate
80ml double cream

Method

Preheat the oven to 140°C and line a 12 hole muffin tray with white cupcake cases.

To make the cheesecake mixture, beat together the cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth. Add the egg white’s one at a time along with the salt and mix until just combined – be careful not to overmix at this point (I would recommend using an electric whisk for this step). Now fold in the crushed Oreo’s.

Place a whole Oreo at the bottom of each cupcake case and fill with the cheesecake mixture almost to the top. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven and leave to cool,

To make the ganache chop the chocolate up into small chunks and place in a bowl. Next heat the double cream in a saucepan over a medium heat until boiling. Pour the cream over the chocolate and mix thoroughly until combined melted and smooth.

Leave the ganache to firm up for 5 minutes before spreading an even layer over the cheesecakes. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

 

 

Epic Chocolate Easter Cake

 

Easter has been and gone but what to do with all the leftover chocolate? I have an idea…
make a huge chocolate cake and cover it in your Easter goodies!
A giant three layer chocolate cake, sandwiched together with velvety white chocolate buttercream and sprinkled with Mini Eggs and Malteser Bunnies. Just use this recipe as a base and top it with whatever you fancy… enjoy!

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Ingredients (makes one 8inch, 3 layer cake)

For the cake:
263g self-raising flour, sieved into a bowl
75g cocoa powder
338g caster sugar
338g Stork tub
6 medium eggs, at room temp and whisked together in a jug
2 tbsp milk (optional)

For the white chocolate buttercream:

250g unsalted butter, at room temp
280g icing sugar
200g good quality white chocolate*
*If you have milk chocolate eggs lying around the house you could substitute the white for milk chocolate.

For the topping:
2 packs Mini Malteser Bunnies (8 mini bunnies)
1 pack Mini Eggs

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C and line 3 x 20cm/8inch round baking tins with greaseproof paper. Click here for instructions.

In a large bowl cream the Stork and sugar together until light and fluffy. Now pour in a third of the eggs along with a tbsp of the flour and mix. Repeat until all eggs have been mixed in.

Pour in the remaining flour and sieve in the cocoa powder, now fold the mixture together until fully combined. If the mixture is looking a bit thick, add the milk and mix together to loosen it.

Divide the mixture equally between the cake tins, smoothing out the tops with a knife and tapping them on the side to release any air bubbles. Now bake the cakes for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to completely cool.

To make the white chocolate buttercream first cream the butter until fluffy and pale in colour. Sift in half the icing sugar and beat together until combined, now sift in the remaining icing sugar and beat together until light and creamy.

Finally melt the white chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Once completely melted add to the creamed butter and sugar and fold together.

Dollop a 1/3 of the mixture onto the top of one cake and spread over evenly using a palette knife or spreader. Place your second cake on top spread another 1/3 of the buttercream on top. Finally place the final cake on top and spread the remaining buttercream on top.

Finish the cake by placing the Malteser Bunnies around the edge and filling the middle with Mini Eggs. Cut into 8-10 slices and enjoy!

Smartie Mini Egg Brownies

Let me start by saying that these were meant to be Cadbury’s Mini Egg brownies however, after being in a mad rush on Saturday, I kindly asked my mumsie to pop out and pick me up some Mini Eggs.
She returned with the Smartie Mini Egg’s instead….. ermmm sorry not sorry… these brownies are amazing, and it’s all because of the Smartie Egg. They are fatter than the Cadbury’s eggs, they contain more milk chocolate and their shells are super glossy, colourful and crisp. So thank you to my mum for making the most perfect mistake.
With six sleeps until Easter Sunday you have bundles of time to pick up the goods and bake these brownies. I promise they will not disappoint and will be the perfect Easter chocolatey treat!

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Ingredients (makes 12 brownies)

150g unsalted butter (at room temp)
175g 70% dark chocolate
225g caster sugar
2 eggs (at room temp)
150g self-raising flour
200g Smartie Mini Eggs (remove 12 eggs and keep them in the fridge)

Method

 Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease and base line a 23cm square/rectangular tin.

Gently melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl sat over a pan of water on a low heat. Now in a separate bowl whisk together the sugar and eggs. Then pour in the chocolate and butter mixture and the flour. Fold together until just combined.

Finally, fold in the Smartie Mini eggs (but not the ones in the fridge) and pour the mixture into the prepared tin. Smoothing it out with a knife.

Bake for 16 mins, remove the brownies and stud the top with the cold Smartie eggs from the fridge. Now put the brownies back in for a further 5-6 minutes until the top is starting to crack. (Depending on your oven they may take a bit longer, test the brownies by inserting a knife into the middle and if it comes out covered in chocolate put them back in. If the knife comes out almost clear and the top of the brownies are cracking then remove from the oven and leave to cool- brownies will continue to cook a little as they cool).

Leave to cool completely before cutting into 12 squares.

The Best Healthy Pancakes

Its Sunday! In other words..the day of rest, PJ’s and pancakes. So why not start your day with a guilt free, outrageously tasty breakfast? These pancakes are made using 4 ingredients; milk, cinnamon, baking powder & wholegrain spelt flour.

I’ve been intrigued by spelt flour recently. It is good for you? Why is it used in healthy recipes?
Well I can confirm that wholegrain spelt flour is most definitely a healthy alternative to plain white flour. It is a great source of vitamin B, easy to digest, avoids bloating and just one cup of wholegrain spelt contains 10g fibre and 16g protein!

How do I keep the stack warm whilst cooking them all?  is a very common question when it comes to a pancake stack. Well fear not, I have the answer! Keep your favourite pancake plate warm in the oven; on a low temp., and once you have cooked each pancake slide it onto the warm plate and pop it back in the oven. Pour, flip, plate, stack, oven. Simple.

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I topped mine with 70% Green & Black’s dark chocolate, fresh strawberries and Greek yoghurt! Next time I’m going to try maple syrup, banana and chia seeds.

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Ingredients (makes 4 small pancakes)

64g/½ cup Wholegrain Spelt flour (I use Doves Farm)
180ml/¾ cup Milk of choice (I used skimmed, but you could try Almond/soy)
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder

Throw in any extras if you fancy it such as; cocao nibs, protein powder or flax seeds.

Additional Toppings:
Fruit (berries, banana, baked apple)
Chia seeds
Dark Chocolate
Greek yoghurt
Maple syrup
Honey
Chopped nuts

Method

Turn the oven on to 50°C and put an oven proof plate onto one of the shelves in the oven.

Heat a frying pan up on a medium heat. Meanwhile mix together the dry ingredients then stir in the milk until fully combined.

Once the frying pan is hot spray with spray oil/use coconut oil to grease the pan and add a quarter of your pancake mix to it, spreading the mixture out into a circular shape using the back of a spoon.

As soon as bubbles start to appear (1-2 mins) on the top use a spatula to flip it over. Cook the other side for a further minute until both sides are browned.
Using a tea towel remove your plate from the oven, put your pancake on it* and put it back in the oven to keep warm. Repeat this until you have used up all of the mixture, stacking your pancakes as you go.

Now the fun part… go crazy with the toppings, grab a fork and eat away!

*If you are topping with dark chocolate a good tip is to sprinkle small chunks onto your pancakes before putting them back in the oven. This will give you melted chocolate layers in between the pancakes!

Nutritional Info (for 4 pancakes, no toppings)

218 Calories
1.4g Fat
0.2g Sat fats
41.3g Carbs
4.9g Fibre
6.9g Sugar
10.9g Protein

 

 

 

 

 

‘No More Muffin Top’ Brownies

Who’s heard of The Londoner? If you haven’t yet discovered this blog then you are in for a real treat. Rosie is a city girl with an amazing lifestyle, from holidays to fashion, recipes to restaurants, her blog is one of the best! I have seen her 100 Cal Chocofudge Brownie recipe soooo many times and have decided to share it with you.

Now I am very sceptical about healthy brownies, I’ve tried a few recipes before and literally chucked them straight in the bin! But these, these are good. I mean obviously they will never match the Malteser Brownies but if you’re looking for a guilt free, 70 calories (yep 70) chocolatey treat then this may be the one.

Regretfully I wasn’t paying attention to the time and slightly overbaked them, they were still delicious but personally I prefer gooey, a little under cooked brownies so I would suggest a baking time of 15 minutes. Try throwing in nuts or fruit into the mix or even serve warm with a drizzle of peanut butter! 

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Ingredients (makes 9 brownies)

180g Low fat natural yoghurt
60ml Milk of choice (I use semi-skimmed)
1 Medium egg
45g Rolled oats
64g Truvia (or any natural sweetner)
64g Cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s natural unsweetened powder)
1 tsp Baking powder
Pinch of salt

Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a 8x8inch baking tin.
Mix/blend all ingredients together until fully combined.
Transfer to baking tin and bake for 15 (gooey) -18 (fudgey) minutes.
Leave to cool, then cut into 9 brownies.

Nutritional Info (per brownie)
70 calories
2g fat
0.4g sat fats
5.4g sugar
2g fibre
3.8g protein

The Easiest Easter Treat

Making these was like travelling back in time, to when I was a little girl wearing an oversized apron, baking with my Grandma and getting the kitchen in a state. Honestly, whoever came up with the idea of combining wheat cereal with chocolate to create a nest is a genius. The only difficult part of this recipe is restraining yourself from eating all the mixture and waiting for them to chill in the fridge! Oh and did I mention how amazing they taste!

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Ingredients (makes 12 nests)
200g milk chocolate
3 large Shredded Wheat biscuits
1-2 packs Smartie Eggs/Mini Eggs

Method

Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Once melted, crush in the Shredded Wheat and stir until covered in the chocolate.

Take a teaspoon of the mixture and put it in a small cupcake case, use the back of the teaspoon to make a little indent in the middle and fill with 3 eggs.

Repeat this for all 12 nests. Chill the nests in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.

Cadbury’s Creme Egg Cookie Cups

Easter baking just has to be the best! This year I have made it my mission to bake up some extra special treats, using everyone’s favourite easter exclusive chocolatey goodies. So i present to you my first bake of the season… Choc-chunk Cookie Cups stuffed with insanely delicious Creme Eggs. Sound good to you? This recipe is an absolute doddle so make it a must bake for Easter Sunday!
P.S – What is your favourite Easter chocolate bar/sweet/egg?

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Ingredients (makes 12 cookie cups)

125g unsalted butter (at room temp)
75g light brown sugar
50g caster sugar
150g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg (cold from the fridge)
200g milk chocolate chunks
12 Mini Creme Eggs

Method

In a bowl cream the butter and two sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and crack in the egg and mix.

Add the flour and chocolate chunks and fold until the mixture is combined and has formed a wet dough. Cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour (leave over night for best results).

Once chilled, remove from the fridge and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180°C and line a 12 hole muffin tray with cupcake cases.

Take approx. 1 tbsp of dough and flatten in the palm of your hand. Now place a creme egg in the middle and wrap the dough around the egg until completely concealed, now place it in a cupcake case. Repeat this for all 12 cookie cups.

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Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes. Keep checking on them, you want the edges to be slightly browned and the middle cooked through but still pale in colour.

Remove from the oven and leave to completely cool before removing the paper cases. Best served warm!

Skinny Chocolate Lava Mug Cake

From Christmas to Skiing to Scotland, it has been 3 months of eating a ridiculous amount and drinking endless mulled wine. With the spring and summer months creeping up on us, it is time to get back into shape and start eating healthy again (with the occasional treat, obviously, I am a baker after all!).

My problem is that I have a serious sweet tooth and after dinner I neeeeeeed something to satisfy my ‘want to eat everything naughty’ cravings. So I have recently been experimenting with some healthy desserts and have come up with this… A rich chocolate fondant cake which is completely guilt free but tastes ever so good, and it only takes less than 5 minutes to make!

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Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s One Minute Chocolate Cake

Ingredients (makes 1 cake)

1 tbsp plus 2 tsp cocoa powder
3 tablespoons Spelt flour
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp maple syrup
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tablespoon natural sweetener (I used Truvia)
2-3 tsp unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons milk of choice (I used skimmed)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

 

Method

In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients well. Now add the liquids and stir until all ingredients are completely combined. Transfer cake mix to a mug that has been sprayed with spray oil/cake release spray.

Pop the mug in the microwave on full heat for approx. 1.20 minutes, keep checking to see if the cake is cooked on top. Remove from the microwave and leave to cool for 5 minutes before turning upside down onto a plate. Serve on it’s own or with Greek yoghurt, fresh fruits or peanut butter.

Nutritional Info (without toppings):

Calories: 140
Fat: 2g
Carbs: 30g
Fiber: 6.5g
Protein: 5.5g

Scones and more scones

IMG_6548I have just returned from a fabulous trip to the Isle of Arran in Scotland, where we explored the beautiful countryside, skipped stones, toasted marshmallows on the fire and of course eat!!
Whilst away I set myself the challenge of finding the best Scone on the island, so that if you ever decided to visit Arran (which you definitely should) you can taste the best of the best.

In 4th place: Janie’s – Too dry and the cream wasn’t freshly whipped. However the little jam pot is cuter that cute!

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In 3rd place: Coast – A good scone with fresh whipped cream, however not enough jam.

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The runner up: The Coffee Pot – A very buttery scone with a generous helping of velvety whipped cream. Definitely worth trying!

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The Winner: Machrie Bay – Arrive early for a fresh out of the oven warm scone, with fresh cream and a dollop of sweet jam. Crumbly perfection. Head down to Macherie Bay and you will not be dissapointed.

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Janie’s
Brodick , Isle Of Arran , KA27 8DD

Make sure you try Janie’s Billionaires shortbread and Lemon & Blueberry cake… gorgeous!

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Coast
Shore Road, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran, KA27 8PR

The Coffee Pot
Shore Road, KA27 8QL

The Cherry Pie & Chocolate fudge cake are also a must!

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Machrie Bay
Machrie Bay, Isle of Arran, KA27 8DZ

You cannot miss out on quite possibly one of the nicest cake’s I’ve ever eaten! 3 layer white and dark chocolate fudge cake…. i’m going to recreate this cake, so watch out for the recipe.

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