Homemade Hot Chocolate on a Stick

These hot chocolate stirrers are ideal to give away as a festive treat or even just to enjoy at home in front of the TV.

They are super easy to make and cheaper than buying from the shops. I made up a batch of 30 for the children at school and they didn’t take long to make at all. You can made endless variations too, to suit any taste

  • Dark chocolate
  • A mix of white and milk chocolate
  • Skip the marshmallows
  • Add in edible glitter or honeycomb

They make the creamiest and smoothest hot chocolate with added little surprise of mini marshmallows inside that make an appearance once the chocolate has melted in the hot milk.

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate (i used a large bar of galaxy, but you can use whatever you want)
  • Marshmallows – mini or big
  • Stirrers, lolly sticks or spoons
  • Square shaped silicone molds or even small plastic yoghurt pots
  • Cocoa powder to sprinkle
  • Chocolate dazzles to decorate

Method:

  • Melt your chosen chocolate in the microwave or in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water
  • Sprinkle cocoa powder into the molds
  • Place a spoonful of melted chocolate into the base of your mold
  • Add in some marshmallows
  • Top with another spoonful of chocolate
  • Place the stick into the middle of the chocolate in the mold

  • Top with dazzles or any cake decorations
  • Place into the freezer for about 30 minutes to set
  • Remove from molds gently
  • Wrap in cellophane and store in the fridge

You can also stick your stick into a larger marshmallow and then place that into the mould and pour in the chocolate.

This is my son stirring his chocolate on a stick making his hot chocolate (excuse the music playing in the background)

 

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Homemade Gran-oh-la Recipe

 

Granola is quick and easy to make and is so much cheaper and healthier to make it at home rather than buy it from the shops.

Granola is perfect for breakfast or to eat as a snack throughout the day. Consisting of rolled oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut oil and agave syrup baked in the oven until nice and golden to give it that perfect crunch. Whats great about Granola is that it is totally customizable, you can pretty much add anything to it once you have the base of oats and syrup.

A bowl full of granola can be packed full with natural nutrients, it’s so flavorful and delicious. No matter what combination you choose you can’t go wrong.

By adding in fresh fruit after rather than using dried fruit can help cut down on the sugar intake. We also used agave syrup instead of using brown sugar keeping the sugar down and creating an even more healthier go-to-snack.

I had always been worried about making Granola, thinking that It was hard to make or that it had too much sugar in it. But, it really was simple to make and enjoyed by all the family.

Once made, store it in an air tight container in the cupboard.

Granola

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

Wet Ingredient

  • 1 Cup Maple Syrup/Brown Sugar (Coconut sugar) Honey or Agave Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Organic Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Dessicated Coconut
  • 1 Cup Mixed Nuts and Seeds (I used walnuts, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Raisins or fruit
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven at 160

  2. Melt all of the wet ingredients on the hob. 
  3. Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl and add in the wet ingredients. Mix together until all coated.
  4. Line baking tray with baking paper and coat the granola mixture evenly over the paper
  5. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden. Mix it all up half way through, I added some more Agave Syrup so that it clumped together

I prefer to eat my granola with natural yoghurt and fresh berries and my children liked eating there’s at lunch time on its own.

Granola is perfect to eat at anytime of the day.

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Marshmallow Sweet Tree Tutorial

Imagine something that no only looks good as a gift but tastes yummy too.

Sweet trees are a very popular gift to give to friends and family who have a sweet tooth. They are easy to make but do take a little time to put together and you do need a little patience. They are ideal gifts for teachers, birthdays, weddings and even Easter as an alternative to a chocolate egg. Designed to make look like a tree but instead of leaves they are covered in a sweet of your choice. They are ideal to share, nibble on or devour at your pleasure and they look amazing as a centre piece for any occasion.

I recently made a marshmallow tree for a raffle a prize to raise money for Bowel Cancer. I originally wanted to add little love heart jelly sweets onto the marshmallows but after searching tons of shops I couldn’t find them anywhere so decided to change it to Giant Milky buttons and a little pearl sweet into the middle to finish it off.

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You will need:

  • A small bucket/glass
  • Plaster of paris
  • A dowel rod or some garden sticks
  • A polystyrene ball
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Coloured ribbon
  • Sweets of your choice, in this case Marshmallows (5 bags from Tesco) pink and white
  • 2 Bags of large milky buttons
  • White chocolate to melt
  • Pearlised balls from the baking isle for decorating
  • Rainbow drops to add at the bottom or any sweet of your choice

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  • Firstly you need to wrap the ribbon around your rod. I couldn’t find a wooden dowel so i used 4 garden rods and attached them together with tape. I cut them to the size that i wanted and then securing the ribbon at one end with some tape I wrapped it around the rods20170320_163022
  • I used two different types of ribbon, one to cover the whole rod and then the other to wrap around sparingly. Secure the end in place with some tape. You don’t have to go to the end as it will be stuck inside the ball and the paris.

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  • Make a whole in the polystyrene ball, about an inch deep. Just the right size for your rod to fit in. Make sure that it is very central, you don’t want a wobbly tree.

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  • Next make up your plaster of paris and pour into the bottom of your pot. I bought my plant pot from B&M. Place your rod into the paris and hold in place until it begins to set. This should take a couple of minutes. Try to be as central as you can. Leave to set overnight. If you don’t want to use plaster of paris and want a tree that can be completed eaten you could try to set your stick into chocolate but it might not last in the hot weather.

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  • Cut your cocktail sticks in half using some sharp scissors.
  • Melt some of the white chocolate in a bowl
  • Place the ball onto the stick and secure in place with some of the chocolate
  • Place a shortened cocktail stick in the centre of the top of the ball
  • Get a marshmallow and dip the smaller end into the white chocolate, just to cover the bottom and then place onto the cocktail stick. The chocolate helps the marshmallow stay in place
  • Once you have the first one in place you then need to add all of the others the same way. I did alternate colours on the rows, so one row pink and then next white and so on

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  • If the marshmallow is placed onto the ball on the smaller end then they should fit around much easier
  • Next place the chocolate buttons onto a plate and using the end of a cocktail stick place some of the melted chocolate into the centre and add-on a pearlised ball20170322_115838
  • Now begin to stick them onto the marshmallows using the melted chocolate. Again, I alternated the colours of the pearlised balls, using the white on the pink marshmallows and the pink on the white ones. This is where you need a little patience as you need to hold the button in place for a little while until the chocolate sets, otherwise they just slip off as you go around the ball towards the bottom

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  • Once they are all in place. Put some tissue paper on top of the plaster of paris inside the pot and then pour in your chosen sweet. I used rainbow drops as they went with the pale colours of the marshmallows but you can use anything even crumbled up chocolate muffin to look like mud.

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  • I added a couple of bows to the stick for decorative purpose.

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Your tree is now ready to gift to someone.

I bought some pink cellophane from the florist and a big bow and wrapped it up for the presentation. I think this type of tree would make a lovely centre piece for a wedding or even a baby shower. Something that everyone could have a nibble at around the table.

 

Hope you enjoyed reading 🙂

Comment below with what type of tree you would make or even share your picture with me if you make up this one.

 

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Homemade No Churn Coconut Ice Cream

Love ice cream but you have no ice cream maker to make some in! No worries. Ice cream can be made without the use of a machine, just with a little patience

Homemade ice cream couldn’t be easier. I have always been a little worried that It wouldn’t turn out as nice as a churned ice cream but I was proved wrong last week when the eldest and I made up a batch for the first time of Coconut ice cream. It was simple to make and tasted incredibly delicious.

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Once you master the basics of making ice cream you can then go on to invent your own flavours, becoming more adventurous with the flavour and texture. I have previously tried making ice cream from bananas, which tasted lovely but i wanted to try it another way.

This recipe is so creamy and smooth. You will be making up batches every day.

You will need:

  • A tub to store your ice cream in
  • Hand held electric mixer
  • Tin of condensed milk
  • Carton of double cream
  • Tin of coconut milk
  • 1tsp Vanilla essence

Method:

  • In a bowl pour in the double cream. Using a mixer or by hand whip the double cream until it begins to thicken
  • Add in the condensed milk and whip again
  • Fold in the coconut milk
  • Add in any flavouring or colouring
  • pour into you tupperware tub and place in the freezer

The ice cream will set around the edge first so take it out after an hour and stir to combine it all. Repeat an hour later.

Leave to set over night.

You are now ready to serve up your treat

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We added banana slices into our ice cream. For my next batch I am going to try ginger and cinnamon.

Thank you for reading 🙂

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Homemade Nutty Cacao chocolate, perfect for gifting

I think I may have found a recipe for the tastiest dark chocolate that has ever passed my lips. It has everything you need, dark, smooth, nutty, sweet and rich.

Chocolate doesn’t need to be a guilty pleasure with this recipe as there is no sugar added into it, yes that is correct No added sugar.

Can I tempt you in trying some?

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It is so simple to make and can be adapted to your taste by adding nuts, orange zest, Himalayan salt, dried fruit or ginger. It’s up to you!

Recipe

  • 4 heaped tbsp Raw Organic Cacao Powder
  • 4 tbsp Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup or Honey
  • 1 Tsp of vanilla extract or 1 pod
  • A selection of nuts, chopped

Method

Melt the coconut oil in a pan, add in the honey and vanilla essence. Stir together.

Once melted and combined add in the cacao powder. I used heaped tbsp not levelled. You can add more in if you feel that is too runny. To check if it is of the right consistency dip in a spoon and coat it with the mixture, leave to aside to set. This shouldn’t take too long. If the chocolate hardens it is ready. If not add more cacao and honey to thicken.

When ready pour into your desired moulds and add in any extras that you may want. At this point I added in the chopped nuts. I used almonds, brazil, macadamia and peanuts.

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I used a silicone mould as they are easy to pop out when set.

Place into the freezer to set. This should take about 10 minutes.

Once set they can be individually wrapped in cling film and stored in the fridge.

Wrap them up in cute little cellophane bags and give them away as gifts

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Let me know if you try them 🙂

Thank you for reading

 

 

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