Dark Chocolate and Ginger Butter Biscuits Recipe

The youngest earned himself a treat last week as he tried hard at school so he chose to make biscuits. he had made them the week earlier and I had commented on how perfectly round they looked and that I think he cheated and nipped to the shops to buy some before he finished school. He was so proud of them and he wanted to make them at home with me.

We decided to tweak the recipe a little by adding in chocolate, ginger and egg and removing most of the sugar. So, basically we made our own recipe but we were still following his idea of actually making some biscuits.

Ginger Chocolate Butter Biscuits

Butter biscuits with a twist

Ingredients

  • 250 grams Butter
  • 3 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking powder
  • 40 grams Caster Sugar
  • 2 Eggs Or 1 large egg
  • 100 grams Dark chocolate chips
  • 40 grams Fresh ginger diced and chopped
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla essence

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 175c 

  2. Combine the butter with the caster sugar together until fluffy.

  3. Add in the vanilla essence and egg/s. Mix together.

  4. Next, mix in the baking powder and the flour. Add the flour a little at a time until it starts to form a dough like texture. You don't want it too dry so keep testing it. The mixture should be able to form a ball in your hands without it leaving a sticky residue 

  5. Add in the ginger and chocolate chips and fold them in.

  6. Roll a walnut size piece of the dough in your hands.

  7. Gently press together in the palm of your hands. 

    Line a baking tray with some grease proof paper.

    Place the dough onto the paper and gently press down with the back of a fork.

  8. Leave in the oven for 10-12 minutes, keeping an eye on them. Remove when slightly golden

These biscuits have just the right of crumbliness but melt in your mouth leaving a warm smooth taste from the chocolate and ginger.

Perfect for a treat with a cuppa

Alternatively, If you don’t fancy making them with ginger or chocolate just skip them out. They taste just as good. We made a batch of butter biscuits and then added in the ginger and chocolate to the mixture so we had two lots of different biscuits.

This recipe made up about 25 biscuits.

 

 

 

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No Bake Raw Banoffee Bites

After making my last batch of raw millionaire bites it made me think how nice they would taste with some banana. So I adapted the recipe and sure enough another perfect treat that consists of four different layers that melt into each other. Not only are these little beauties rich and smooth in taste but they are healthy too. Packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals that help provide energy, anti inflammatory, reduces the risk of anaemia and boosts the immune system – to name but a few.

Bananas do contain sugars but these are natural occurring sugars A medium banana contains around 14 grams of sugar but they are also filled with nutrients that your body needs for good health, including fibre, potassium and B vitamins.

These bites are perfectly balanced out with a smooth melt in your mouth cashew base, topped with the sweet banana and the gooey date and cacao that adds in a depth of richness.

No Bake Raw Banoffee Bites

No baking required, these bites are super easy to make and can be stored in the freezer for up to a month.

Ingredients

  • 300 grams Medjool dates
  • 3 tbsp Organic peanut butter
  • 2 Bananas
  • 300 grams Raw Cashews
  • 4 heaped tbsp Raw Cacao Powder
  • Coconut Oil
  • Agave or honey

Instructions

Base

  1. Ground the cashew together with 2 tbsp of coconut oil, until its crumbly

  2. Place into the bottom of a 9x9 tin/silicone.

    Press down firmly and put into the freezer to set

Centre

  1. Mash together the bananas and place on top of the frozen cashew base. 

    Place back in the freezer to set

  2. Blend together the dates and peanut butter with 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil until it is a smooth caramel like texture. Add in a couple of tbsp of honey or agave nectar and mix well.

  3. Take the base out of the freezer and add on the date mixture. Press down with the back of a spoon and smooth over.

    Place back into the freezer to set (about half an hour)

Topping

  1. In a saucepan on the hob place the cacao powder, 5 heaped tbsp of coconut oil and 2 tbsp agave or honey

  2. Melt together until runny. Mix well
  3. Take the base back out of the freezer and top with the cacao mixture
  4. Place back into the freezer to set

  5. Once all set and the chocolate has hardened, take out of the freezer and leave for about 10 minutes then cut into bite size pieces. 

  6. Store them in the freezer for when you fancy a treat

Give them a go and let us know how you get on

 

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Raw Millionaire Bites Recipe

Looking for a healthier take on millionaire bites?

These delicious little gooey pieces of deliciousness are made from raw ingredients and I promise you that you won’t want to go back once you’ve tasted these. With a smooth cashew base and a gooey date middle, topped with a rich dark chocolate, it’s like tasting raw gold.

These little treats really are just pure delight! They have everything you want from a sweet treat.

Thanks to them being made with all natural, whole ingredients such as nuts, dates and coconut oil they are also better for you.

This recipe requires no baking, just a lot of blending and freezing

Raw Millionaire Bites

Millionaire bites made from cashew, dates and cacao

Ingredients

  • 150 grams whole rolled oats
  • 125 grams raw cashews
  • 225 grams medjool dates
  • organic coconut oil
  • 6 tbsp raw cacao powder heaped spoon
  • 4 tbsp agave nectar/honey

Instructions

Base:

  1. Ground the oats and cashew together until fine and then mix in 3 tbsp of melted coconut oil.

  2. Combine well until it is paste like.

  3. Place into the bottom of a 9x9 tin/silicone.

    Press down firmly and put into the freezer to set

Middle:

  1. Blend together the dates and 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil until it is a smooth caramel like texture. Add in a couple of tbsp of honey or agave nectar and mix well.

  2. Take the base out of the freezer and add on the date mixture. Press down with the back of a spoon and smooth over.

  3. Place back in the freezer for about half hour

Top

  1. In a saucepan on the hob place the cacao powder, 6 heaped tbsp of coconut oil and 2 tbsp agave or honey.

  2. Melt together until runny. Mix well.

  3. Take the base back out of the freezer and top with the cacao mixture.

    Add in some crushed cashew for that added crunch

     

  4. Place back in the freezer

Once all set and the chocolate has hardened, take out of the freezer and cut into bite size pieces

Store them in the freezer or fridge and eat as and when. They can become quite sticky when left out and will melt quite quickly. Individually wrap them in clinfilm or tin foil

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Healthy Hot Chocolate for Winter Days

There is nothing quite like a nice, steaming cup of hot chocolate on a winters day to warm up your bones. The luxurious taste and feel of drinking hot chocolate that then warms your whole body is exquisite! It is thick, silky and rich tasting!

I think what makes a cup of hot chocolate so satisfying is that there are so many health benefits from drinking it. Skip those store-bought hot chocolate packs, and make your own cup of cocoa using real cacao powder; the higher the cacao content and less processed the cocoa, the greater the antioxidants.

This hot chocolate is thick, creamy and so satisfying. It gives you that warm glow and because of the ingredients used it fills you up too!

Ingredients:

  • Handful of raw cashew nuts
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 heaped tbsp oats
  • 1 heaped tbsp cacao powder
  • Coconut milk

Method:

Blitz the cashew nuts and cacao nibs in a blender with a little of the coconut milk until it forms a paste like texture.

Add in the rest of the ingredients.

Heat the coconut milk and then add it into the blender (there is no guidance on the milk, just use what you feel is right for you. I like my hot chocolate thick so i didn’t use too much)

Blitz until combined and creamy

You can add more milk if it is too thick or more oats/banana if you need it to be thicker.

To give the hot chocolate that extra winter taste add in some cinnamon and top with some squirty cream.

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

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Morning Banana Cacao Oat Cakes-No Added Sugar

These oaty muffins are an ideal choice for a nutricious breakfast option for the whole family.

While most muffins heavily rely on sugar for their sweetness, these get it from the bananas and peanut butter. They are perfect for breakfast, snack time or to grab to eat on the go. They are full of goodness, providing iron, fibre, potassium and protein.

This recipe is very versatile, it can be adapted to your liking. We have made many other versions; strawberry, blueberries, berries, walnuts and plain without the cacao powder.

Sugar-free banana, cacao and oaty muffins

Muffins full of goodness. Made from bananas, peanut butter and eggs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Organic Whole Oats
  • 2 Eggs ( beaten)
  • 2 Bananas (Squashed)
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp Meridian Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200.  

  2. Stir together, oats, baking powder and cacao powder in a bowl

  3. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas very well, then add in the peanut butter and combine

  4. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir until just combined. At this point you can add in any other extra ingredient

  5. Pour the mixture evenly into the 12 muffin cups and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Do not overbake, they are nice a littel goeey.

Recipe Notes

We use Meridian Peanut Butter as this has no added sugar and no use of palm oil

We like to make up batches of these muffins at the beginning of the week. They are left on the kitchen side for the children to grab in the morning before leaving for school. They also are perfect to add into lunch boxes and to eat after school club inbetween clubs.

They are so easy and quick to make.

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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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Utter Delicious Coconut Bites Recipe

This recipe is simple and easy to make and tastes deliciously smooth. The coconut bites are ideal to give as treats to the little ones or to wrap up and take out on days out. I like to keep them stored in the fridge, they are a great for a nibble or with a nice cup of coffee.

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They are not entirely a healthy treat but contain no added sugar. A nice crispy chocolate coating with a moist creamy filling

Ingredients:

  • Tin of coconut milk 400ml
  • 250g desiccated Coconut
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp Brown Rice Syrup or 3tbsp of sweetener
  • 200g Dark Chocolate (The darker the better)

Method:

Add the coconut milk to a pan and heat up over a medium heat. Add in the coconut oil and sweetener. Once heated up add in the desiccated coconut and combine well. Keep mixing until it thickens and clumps together.

Take away from the heat and place the mixture into a square tray. Press down to compress the mixture.

Place in the freezer for 1 hour until the mixture sets and becomes hard.

Melt the chocolate in a pan with a tbsp of coconut oil.

Take the coconut mixture out of the freezer and cut up into squares, about an inch by an inch.

Place the coconut chunks into the chocolate, once all coated take them out and place onto a piece of parchment paper.

Put the coconut bites into the fridge to set.

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Now enjoy! Your own little taste of paradise

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Do You Want To Build A Snowman? – A Cute Little Food Gift For The Children This Christmas

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I was searching through the internet trying to find a fun food gift to give to the children in school. I didn’t just want to give them chocolate, I wanted to give them something that they could do by themselves.

I found this fun marshmallow snowman on google images. What a great idea to give to the children at Christmas, which would also be ideal for birthday party treat too.

You will need:

  • Three marshmallows (I found Halal ones for the children that was Halal)
  • Two iced eyes
  • Three mini coloured chocolate Smarties for the buttons
  • A Matchmaker stick for the twig arms broke into to two pieces
  • An Iced carrot for the nose
  • A strawberry lace for the scarf
  • A couple of white chocolate buttons to use to glue it all together

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Now all you have to do is construct it and build your snowman!

To present the snowman I bought some cellophane treat bags from Hobbycraft and made up a little label on word and then stuck it onto some card. Finally I stapled the label to the bag. As an added little gift I sellotaped a packet of fake snow on the back (I did emphasise to the children that the packet of snow wasn’t food and that they must show their adult first)

These fun little treats would be a cute little gift to find inside a stocking. I handed them out to the children in school and they loved them. Our elf on a shelf brought them to the boys and they immediately wanted to build their own snowman. It kept them occupied for a few minutes and they got to eat their little creation after

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Fancy trying one yourself? Download the lable below

The snowman was not my idea, I found a picture online and adapted it to my own version. 

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Make Your Own Real Fruit Winders

Looking for a way to get your children eating more fruit? Than these fruit winders made from fruit are just the way to do it.

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Made from only fruit-with no added nonsense-not only do they taste good but are also healthy too.

I am always looking for different foods to add into the boys pack lunches, as sometimes they can get stuck in a rut with asking for the same foods every day.

Although they are easy to make, with only two ingredients, they do take quite a bit of time to make.

Ingredients:

  • Fruit + banana
  • Honey (if you want a sweeter taste)

Step 1 : Choose your fruit – We chose Mango and Blueberries. What ever fruit you choose you will need a banana to add to it. We used 1 large mango for one and 250g of Blueberries for another . Using a food processor, combine the fuit together until its a mushy consistency

Step 2 : If using a fruit that has seeds in it, you can use a sieve to remove them now

Step 2 : Place the mixture into a pan and boil away until it reduces to lamost half of the amount and you are left with a thicker puree. You should be able to draw the back of the spoon through it and the mixture will not fall back into the gap for about 3-4 seconds

Step 3 : Pour the fruit onto some grease proof paper and baking tray. Level it out as much as you can, so that it cooks evenly, Smoothing it as you go.

Step 4 : Place the baking tray into the oven a very low heat for about 4 hours. We have a fan oven so out them in for about 3 hours at 80f. Keep checking the fruit as you don’t want it to burn. You will notice that the texture begins to change and it becomes to look like leather

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Step : Touch the fruit and it should feel a little tacky. Turn off the oven and leave in it to cool down

Step : Remove the fuit and cut it into strips with the grease proof paper still attached. Roll them up and your ready to eat them.

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Just unravel them when your ready

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They really are very juicy, chewy and delicious. My children love them. From one mixture you should get about 15 strips.

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Raw nutty (Snicker) Bars Recipe

A raw food diet is about eating mostly or all unprocessed and uncooked foods so you get all the nutrients without the dangerous additives. It’s a great way to cleanse the body, your skin becomes a lot clearer, you will have a lot more energy and it improves your digestion. It means cutting out refined sugar and only eating food that is raw or heated up in a dehydrator that is below 110 Fahrenheit.

I took the steps to removing refined sugar from my diet over a year ago. I did miss the sugar taste at first but after a while my taste buds changed – for the better.

Raw food doesn’t have to be all fruit and veg, you can still enjoy deserts and treats.

Making raw snacks are easy to do and have a fulfilling taste. Take a look at our raw date bars here

These little bars of goodness are so delicious full of nutty flavours with a rich deep, dark chocolate

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Ingredients:

Base
125g ground rolled oats or oat flour
125g ground cashew nuts
60ml maple syrup/rice syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Peanut Caramel
350g dates – medjool
95g merdian smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
40g peanuts-raw
20ml water (if needed)

Raw Chocolate topping
100g coconut oil
60g cacao powder
4 tbsp maple syrup (50ml)

Method:

  1. Make the base. Grind up the oats if you do not have oat flour in a blender. Add in the cashew nuts with the coconut oil and syrup – if like me, your blender is too small then grind the oats and cashew nuts separately and then combine a bowl with the coconut oil and syrup. It should be the consistency of dough, but not too wet. Press the base mixture into a square or silicone tin. Place into the freezer to set.
  2. Make the caramel. Blend the dates, peanut butter and coconut oil together – I blended the dates first and then mixed in the peanut butter and oil. Chop the peanuts into pieces and add them into the mixture (you could keep them whole if you prefer) Add on to the top of the base and place back in the freezer.
  3. Make the chocolate. Melt some coconut oil and in the cacao powder and maple syrup. Mix together. Pour on to the caramel and place it back into the freezer to finish setting. Leave for a few hours or overnight. Cut into chunks.

Raw snickers need to be stored in the fridge or freezer as the chocolate melts.

These little snicker bars are so tasty and very Moorish. You get the creamy texture from the base and caramel, the sour bitter taste from the chocolate and sweetness from the dates and syrup.

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