Easter Brownie Recipe

**WARNING – This post is all about filthy gooey chocolate**

With Easter fast approaching I wanted to bake an extra special treat for the family. This indulgent chocolate Easter brownie is perfect and totally delicious and rich. The gooey fudginess is mouth watering.

They easy to make, I made them with the helping hands from the boys. They followed the instructions that were given to them, measuring and stirring and I think that there may have been the odd lick here and there, and a lot of hand washing in between. Honestly, how do children think they can get away with sneakily taking a lick of the chocolate batter when:

  • one, they have the evidence to show around their mouth
  • and two, they seem to forget that us adults were once children ourselves

Getting the children involved just makes the baking a lot more fun. Not only are they learning a life skill, but they are also learning maths with the measuring and timings. And, it gives them a sense of pride when they see the finished product.

The trick to producing that fudge like consistency to your brownie is to take it out of the oven when they are slightly underdone, the brownie should have a little wobble to it in the middle.

You can’t bake a brownie and walk away to do another job, you have to be close by and keep checking on it. They don’t take long to bake, depending on the thickness of your brownie. The thicker they are, the longer they will need in the oven.

I found this recipe on bbc good food, but slightly tweaked it.

Easter Gooey Brownie

An indulgent chocolate fudge brownie topped with easter eggs

Ingredients

  • 250 g Caster Sugar
  • 180 g Dark Chocolate the darker the better. Cut into chunks
  • 180 g Unsalted Butter
  • 85 g Plain Flour
  • 40 g Cacoa Powder Organic
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • Fondant Filled Eggs any size. I used 2 small packets
  • Mini Chocolate Eggs extra for decorating

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 180c/160c . Grease a tin/silicone square baking case with some butter.

  2. Put the butter and chocolate chunks into a heat proof bowl and melt. You can do this over a hot pan of boiling water or in the microwave. If using the microwave, remember to keep an eye on it. We used the microwave for about 45 seconds at 15 second intervals. Stir the butter and chocolate together and it will soon melt. Leave to one side to cool.

  3. Crack the eggs into a bowl and add in the caster sugar. Combine well until you have a creamy consistency. I used the electric mixer.

  4. Pour the chocolate mixture over the egg mixture and fold together. Add in the honey.

  5. Sieve in the flour and cacao powder and combine by folding it together. Add in some of your chocolate eggs.

  6. Pour into your square tin.

  7. Place into the heated oven for about 20-30 minutes. Depending on the size of your baking case and thickness of your brownie. The thicker it is the longer it may need.

  8. Cut your fondant eggs in half. After the brownie has been baking for 20 minutes take it out of the oven and place your fondant eggs on top. Poke them into the mixture so that the fondant part is showing. Add on all of the other chocolate eggs that you have too.

  9. Take out of the oven once the outer side is baked but still slightly wobbly in the middle. Just slightly undercooked. Mine needed another 15 minutes of cooking

  10. Leave to cool for about 30 minutes and then place into the fridge to firm for another 30 minutes

  11. You can now decorate as you wish. Cut into small squares. Enjoy!

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Crispy Peanut Power Balls : No Bake Recipe

Keep the oven off with these no bake healthy crispy balls. They are the perfect treat without the added guilt.

Crispy peanut balls are so simple and easy to make – ideal for children to make as there is no baking involved and are fun to do.

With the added crunch giving them a smooth texture that melts in your mouth, these balls are delicious! Crunchy, smooth and chocolatey in one bite.

Crispy Peanut Power Balls – No Bake

Little balls of heaven made from Peanut Butter, Rice Krispies and Flaxseed. Covered in dark chocolate

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 Cup No added Sugar Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 2 tbsp Fine Flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp Honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Bars Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds

Instructions

  1. In a bowl crush the rice krispies so that you have of it in a powder form.

  2. In another bowl add in the peanut butter and honey and combine until mixed well.

  3. Place the flaxseed powder and chia seeds in with the rice krispies and mix together

  4. Combine both together and mix well. Using the palm of your hands take a tbsp of the mixture at a time and roll into balls. Place the balls onto a tin lined with grease proof paper and place into the fridge to set for about 30 minutes

  5. Melt your preferred chocolate with a little of coconut oil. Using a tooth pick dip your balls into the melted chocolate and cover.

  6. Place back into the fridge so that the chocolate sets hard. 

  7. Store the balls in the fridge and eat when peckish.

    Enjoy!

They make the best finger dessert. Just grab and go!

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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┬áit 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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