Monthly Archives: January 2013

Cookie Time!

Hi, how are you all?

I don’t often bake cookies as I tend to favour creating cakes, brownies and desserts. However I saw this recipe: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/01/15/soft-baked-monster-cookies/ and decided to give them a go. I definitely was not disappointed, these were delicious – I recommend! 

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Now I am thinking I might make cookies on a more regular basis – have you got any good recipes for me?

Andy 🙂

No Bake Chocolate Snack Balls

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I love a chocolate fix that I can convince myself is healthy! And these balls contain all sorts of healthy ingredients with the bonus of being sweetened with honey so there is no refined sugar. (Except for in the optional chocolate chips…but I won’t nit pick, if you won’t). Biting into these a fun taste explosion of chocolate and nuts and oats!

I slightly adapted the recipe from http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/01/no-bake-double-chocolate-peanut-butter-snack-bites and loved it!

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Ingredients
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
a pinch cinnamon
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (optional)
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds (optional)
ground peanuts or almonds mixed with a few pinches of cocoa powder, to roll the balls in

Recipe 

Mix together the oats, flax, almonds, chia seeds, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt. Zap the peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add the honey and vanilla to the melted peanut butter. Pour the peanut butter mixture into the oat mixture and mix together (I used my hands for this part). Once the mixture starts to stick together, add the sunflower seeds and chocolate chips. Roll into golf-ball sized balls and roll in the ground nuts. Store in the fridge (if they make it that far!)

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Enjoy! Rosie 🙂

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Happy 2013 dear readers! I hope you all had a great new years and a happy and fun holiday break. I had a fantastic time with friends and family and definitely indulged on more than one occasion! It has been hot weather here, and the heat combined with the urge to eat a little bit healthier (to combat all the holiday eating and drinking…) has meant a lot of smoothies have been coming out of my kitchen lately. 

I enjoy throwing different things into the blender and seeing what comes out. I always use a base of milk, yoghurt and frozen banana and customise from there.

Today i have my current favourite to share with you – chocolate and peanut butter!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

1/2 c almond milk (normal works fine too!)
1/2 c greek yoghurt
1 chopped frozen banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (chocolate would also work but I didn’t have any)
1 heaped T of good quality cocoa
1 – 2 T of peanut butter
1 sprinkling of chocolate chips.

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Combine all ingredients in the blender and blitz away until smooth and creamy. I like my smoothies quite thick, but if you like a thinner consistency then add in some more milk.

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I really recommend this smoothie. Neither of the flavours are too overwhelming, it is deliciously cold and creamy and the chocolate chips add delicious chocolate flakes to the mix. 

Do you have any smoothie recipes you can recommend?

Have a great week,

Andy 🙂