Healthy Chocolate Snowballs

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I made these on request of my 5 year old who said to me that he hasn’t had these little treats in a very long time!

I altered my recipe a little and removed the sunflower oil therefore there is no added fat in this recipe.

https://shivaaydelights.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/chocolate-snowballs/

Have a go! They taste good and the children love ’em!

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Healthy Chocolate Snowballs

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I made these on request of my 5 year old who said to me that he hasn’t had these little treats in a very long time!

I altered my recipe a little and removed the sunflower oil therefore there is no added fat in this recipe.

https://shivaaydelights.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/chocolate-snowballs/

Have a go! They taste good and the children love ’em!

Himalayan Salt Chocolate Truffles

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Fudge is really big here in the UK. From clotted cream fudge to salted caramel treats. I love fudge and just had to try my hand at making these beautiful fudge truffles. By adding pink Himalayan salt to this recipe I was able to conjure up more depth of flavour. It cut through the sweetness yet lifted the overall taste of the chocolate.

If you haven’t tried this gorgeous flamingo coloured salt, what are you waiting for? Make these today! Do let me know how you all get on. Chat soon. Much love, D x

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INGREDIENTS

1 tin condensed milk
400g dark chocolate
Himalayan salt
Cocoa powder to dust

METHOD

Melt the chocolate in a ban marie on a low heat with the condensed milk. Stir gently as it melts

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Pour into a rectangular dish, level out and then place in the fridge overnight. Sprinkle with crushed Himalayan salt

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In the morning, take a teaspoon full of fudge mixture and roll into a ball. Roll the ball in a dish with cocoa powder making sure all of it is smothered in the luscious cocoa

Repeat with all the fudge mixture. Store in the fridge to retain freshness and shape

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Cocoa Banana Sponge

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Cocoa & Banana both from the tropics is an amazing combination! This sponge cake came out super moist, light and airy.

Both my son and his grandfather enjoyed it. It’s great, that it’s low in fat and the moisture and decadence comes from the lush bananas. Do let me know how you like it. Have a wonderful day, much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

150g sugar
2 large ripe bananas mashed
1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
50g butter
2 eggs
180g self raising flour

METHOD

Preheat oven to 180°c, line and grease a square cake tin

Cream together the sugar and butter in a food processor,  then add in the mashed banana.  Combine well into the mixture

Whizz in the eggs then fold in the flour with the cocoa powder

Pour the mixture into a square cake tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the cake sponge

Once done, slice snd serve with a little vanilla ice cream

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Mary Berry’s Chocolate Cupcakes

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I adore Mary Berry, the absolute Queen of Baking here in the UK. A beautiful person, so extremely talented and has dedicated her career to help us perfect our home baking. I just know that when I use a “Mary Berry Recipe” I will have fantastic results everytime.

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Here is one of our favourites…I put the chocolate icing onto the cakes whilst they were still warm and this way it melted into a rich chocolate sauce with an ultimate moist cake centre…ummm chocolate heaven!

Enjoy friends…Have a wonderful day! Much love, D x

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE RECIPE
@ http://www.bakingmad.com/mary-berry-chocolate-cupcake-recipe/

INGREDIENTS

CHOCOLATE CAKE
4 tbsp water boiling
40g cocoa powder
3 eggs
175g butter (unsalted) softened
165g caster sugar 
115g self-raising white flour
1 tsp baking powder 

CHOCOLATE ICING
60g butter (unsalted)
30g cocoa powder
3 tbsp milk
250g icing sugar 

METHOD

1. Line two 12-hole muffin tins with paper cases. Sift the cocoa powder into a bowl, pour in the boiling water and mix into a thick paste. Add the remaining cake ingredients and mix with an electric hand whisk (or beat with a wooden spoon)

2. Divide the mixture equally between the 24 paper cases. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for about 10 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch. Cool in the cases on a wire

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3. To make the chocolate icing melt the butter and pour it into a bowl. Sift in the cocoa powder and stir in the icing sugar a little at a time to make a glossy and spreadable. If the icing is too thick, gradually add the milk until it reaches the desired consistency. Using a palette knife spread the icing over the cakes and leave to set before serving

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Moist Chocolate Muffins = Breakfast!

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Our nephews have come round to stay and we normally have cocoa pancakes with hazelnut spread but…chocolate chunk muffins were the choice for today!

I just looked up chocolate muffins and was very lucky to find this recipe! One I know I will be using again and again.

Have a wonderful weekend…It’s nearly Christmas folks!! Yay!!! Enjoy…much love, D x

(Recipe from All recipes UK)

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INGREDIENTS

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup chocolate chips

METHOD

Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners

Combine flour, sugar, 3/4 cup chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and baking soda in a large bowl

Whisk egg, yogurt, milk, and vegetable oil in another bowl until smooth; pour into chocolate mixture and stir until batter is just blended

Fill prepared muffin cups 3/4 full and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack

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My First Zebra Cake!

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Busy and hectic weekend!  But I think I’ve cooked and baked more.  Also because my 3 year old has the chicken pox and he wanted cake, cake and more cake!
I wanted to bake something special for him and I came across this recipe on YouTube.  I’ve been wanting to make a zebra cake for a while and this was the perfect opportunity! My little one was ecstatic and to see the smile on his face…Priceless!

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Here is the link to the simple recipe plus it’s in video form so can be easily followed..

Zebra Cake Video by Aashpazi

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Chocolate Snowballs

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I have never been so inspired as I am now, from all of you my fellow friends.  I am learning so much from everyone and am becoming open to the idea that healthy food can really be tasty food.  I am finding myself being drawn to super food options all the time when buying ingredients!  And as a result am coming up with all different types of recipes!

I absolutely adore chocolate and nuts together!  Also coconut is my ultimate favourite.  With this in mind I created these delightful yummy coconut chocolate and date balls.  Which my little one insists on calling ‘chocolate snowballs’

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You have to make these! There is no doubt in my mind that you and your family will not love them.  I have had family and friends requesting me to make some for them and I have a back order to fill! I find they are so therapeutic to make too! Just to see my little ones enjoy them sooo much but at the same time KNOW how healthy and nutritious they are makes what I do worthwhile!

Have a beautiful weekend and enjoy time with your loved ones, much love D x

INGREDIENTS

200g chopped dates
120g walnuts
70g desiccated coconut
50g raisins
1 tbsp heaped nutella/chocolate spread
1 tbsp heaped cocoa powder
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp maple syrup

METHOD

• In a food processor, grind all the ingredients apart from the coconut into a paste ball

• Use a little oil in the palm of yours hands and roll out balls to a typical truffle bite size

• Dip and cover completely in the coconut and set aside on a plate.  Repeat for the rest of the mixture and chill in the fridge for at least an hour 

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These snowballs are joing the party over at Fiesta Friday #5 hosted by my friend Angie @ The Novice Gardener come join us x

Cocoa Pancakes For Sunday Morning

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Sunday morning ~ time to have a lie in? Nope! Not in this household. We were up at the crack of dawn and hungry. Time for pancakes to give us a much needed sugar rush, well more me as the children are always raring to go!  A soft fluffy treat to brighten up our say and satisfy our empty tummies!

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I incorporated cocoa in my scotch pancake recipe so that the kids get a chocolatey taste. I however couldn’t resist more chocolate on mine! Also have done the recipe in tbsp and cup measurements so makes it quick and easy to get these yummy pancakes on.

Have a super Sunday! And enjoy! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

5 tbsp plain flour
2½ tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 free range egg lightly beaten
⅔ cup milk
Sunflower oil for shallow frying

METHOD

• Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl

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• Add the egg and pour in the milk and whisk well, making sure the batter is all light and creamy

• Heat a little oil in a non stick frying pan and once hot pour in a small ladleful on a low to medium heat

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• Once bubbles start to appear and flip the pancake over with a spatula

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• Cook til golden brown on both sides and serve with a topping of your choice

My favourite topping for these cocoa pancakes was lots of chocolate nutella spread with fresh sweet blueberries

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