Chocolate covered cookie dough Easter eggs… (Guest recipe: @mrshollingsworths)

Easter is totally one of my favourite times of year – spring is springing, we get a four day weekend and it’s completely acceptable to eat as much chocolate as physically possible. What’s not to like!

I wanted to celebrate this year by creating something a little different, because as much as I love chocolate eggs (and boy do I love them), it’s nice to mix it up sometimes too. We’ve got four days after all! Now these beauties may look and sound pretty fancy, but they’re actually really easy to make. You just need a handful of ingredients, a quick whizz in the food processor, and then a dip or three into the most delicious raw chocolate imaginable.

They’re great fun to make with little ones too, and because they have no nasties in they’re a wonderful healthier alternative for big and small people alike! We’ve got through quite a few batches of these already in our house, so something tells me I may be making them all year round!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 1/2 cups dates

For the chocolate

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cashew butter (or peanut butter)
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt

To make the eggs, simply combine the ingredients in your food processor and whizz for a couple of minutes until a sticky mixture forms. If the dates aren’t super soft, you may need to add a little water in, so add this in one tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Shape the mixture into eggs and pop them in the freezer while you make the chocolate (the longer they are in the freezer for the better the chocolate will stick to them when you dip them in).

To make the chocolate, melt the coconut oil in a bowl over a saucepan half full with boiling water until it is totally liquid, then pour this into a mixing bowl, add the other ingredients and stir well.

Remove the eggs from the freezer and dip them in the chocolate one by one, placing them on a flat surface (a chopping board works well) to harden. Repeat as many times as you want – the more times you dip the thicker the chocolate coating will be! After you’ve dipped for the final time, decorate if you like with edible dried petals (I use rose, marigold and cornflower) or just keep them plain – they’ll still taste amazing! Store in the fridge, that is if you don’t polish them off straight away!

Love, Mrs H

xxx

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Hot Cross Loaf…

 

Hot cross buns (and maybe chocolate) are what Easter is all about but, lets face it, theyre not the healthiest of snacks. So, I developed this delicious loaf to mean that people could have their cake, and eat it.

 

Serves 10
Preparation time 10 minutes

Cooking time 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 100ml of egg whites,
  • 1 whole egg,
  • 50g of vanilla or unflavoured protein,
  • 25g of sweetener of choice,
  • 50g of flour (I used Quinoa flour),
  • 35g of Coconut flour,
  • 25g of nut butter (I used almond),
  • 100g of apple puree,
  • 100ml of coconut milk,
  • ½ a teaspoon of baking powder,
  • 100g of dried mixed fruit.

For the topping:

  • 75ml of water,
  • 30g of casein protein,
  • 30g of Sukrin Sugar free icing sugar.

 

Method:

1. Line and grease a loaf tin and preheat your oven to 160C,

2. Mix together all of the cake ingredients; making sure to mix them well!

3. Pour the mix in to the tin and pop in to the oven for 30 minutes.

4. Take the cake out of the oven and out of the tin before placing on a cooling rack until it has cooled completely.

5. Now to make the icing; simply mix all of the icing ingredients together and spread over the loaf in a cross shape!

 

The easiest savoury waffles… 

I personally don’t think there is anything better than a waffle for breakfast/brunch/ or even dinner- in both sweet and savoury form!

They’re quick and easy to make, packed full of protein and carbohydrates and, are therefore, deliciously filling! These ones are so versatile- I love to top them with smoked salmon but bacon, a poached egg or even sausages would work beautifully too!

 

Ingredients:

– 50g of pancake mix (or 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, 50g of flour),

– 100ml of water,

– 1 teaspoon of spice of choice,

– any toppings you fancy!
Method:

Are you ready?

1. Mix together the pancake mix and water- leave to stand for 2 minutes.

2. Grease and pre heat your waffle iron and then pour in the mixture,

3. Cook on both sides until browned,

4. Take out, plate up and ENJOY!
Hannah x

Vegan Chocolate Nests (Guest post by @faceless_fitnessuk)

As a minimalist baker, I like to use very few ingredients in my recipes. Some may say its lazy, but once you have tried this recipe you may think differently.

I present to you these delicious Vegan Chocolate Egg Nests. With just 3 ingredients and a prep time of less than 10 minutes.. there is no excuse not to make them.

Vegan Chocolate Egg Nests

Prep Time: Less than 10 minutes

Chilling Time: 15 minutes

Serves: 6 large nests

  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Wheat Free

Ingredients:

  • X7 Coconut Nutribrex
  • 15g Coconut oil
  • X2 Bars of Moo Free Chocolate (200g total)

Method:

  1. Break up the chocolate into squares and place in a bowl with the coconut oil over a pan of simmering water. Stir until completely melted.
  2. In a separate bowl break up the Nutribrex into small pieces.
  3. Once the chocolate has melted, mix together all of the ingredients until the cereal is fully coated with the chocolate mix.
  4. Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases and shape into a nest shape. (If you have a cupcake tin, use this to give you the perfect shape)
  5. Place the tray into the fridge and allow to set for at least 15 minues.
  6. Once they are ready, top with anything you like.. marshmallows are my favourite.

If you like the sound of this recipe, then head to Instagram and follow Lauren there!

 

Hannah x

March favourites…

I find it slightly crazy, and very scary, that we have come to the end of yet another month. March has been a super busy one, full of exciting ventures and some slightly scary, big decisions! However, it has also been filed with many delicious food and recipes and  fun fitness events, so I just had to share them with you!

Pip and Nut and Propercorn popcorn; these two make for the dreamiestttttttt combination.  Pip and Nut is 100% my favourite nut butter (in allll the flavours); it is so creamy and tastes as natural as it is, yet is delicious!  Propercorn is the ideal combination with this; especially the almond butter flavour! It makes a great, low GI and low calorie snack (or flex bowl topper), and tastes really naughty!

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Muscle Mousse protein pancake and muffin mixes; okay, no word of a lie, these are DELICIOUS. As in, I was happily eating the mix without adding anything to it, or even cooking! They are so simple to use; you simply add water and you’re done! They’re also really macro friendly; low carb, low fat and high protein; ideal for rest day treats!

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Laid bare skincare; I loved the results I saw in my skin after just a few weeks of using this skin care and making it a part of my daily routine! The mask is exfoliating but gentle at the same time so is perfect for my sensitive skin! I use the DIY cleanser and toner in the evening to remove make up and the 9-5 moisturiser every morning and evening to moisturise my face!  The other thing I love is that it is really good value; some skincare is so expensive which I really don’t think is necessary.

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My Skillet; I LOVE my skillet; for both sweet and savoury dishes! But, I mainly use it to make my weekend breakfasts seem so much more luxurious! I love a skillet cookie, brownie, pancake, crumble, cobbler; you name it, you can make it in a skillet! Head to my blog now to find more recipe ideas!

Hannah xxx

Carrot Loaf cake…

I love carrot cake; as I was growing up, it was definitely my favourite cake of choice! However, your traditional cake is definitely not as healthy as this option and is often high in both fat and calories!

This cake though, contains 6.8g of protein per slice and only 1.2g of fat!

Ingredients:

  • 100g of plain yogurt,
  • 250g of liquid egg whites (or 4 whole eggs whisked together),
  • 40g of vanilla or plain whey protein,
  • 150g of grated carrot,
  • 30g of date nectar,
  • 50g of coconut flour,
  • 50g of dried fruit,

For the icing:

  • 20g of casein protein,
  • 100g of plain yogurt,
  • nuts and seeds to sprinkle!

Method: 

  1. Line a loaf tin and pre heat your oven to 160C,
  2. Combine all of the cake ingredients until well mixed and then pour them in to the tin,
  3. Put the tin in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until firm to touch.
  4. Take the cake out of the tin and tip on a cooling rack,
  5. Leave the cake to cool on a cooling rack,
  6. Whilst the cake is cooling, mix together the yogurt and casein,
  7. Once cooled, spread this over the cake and then sprinkle the nuts and seeds on top,
  8. ENJOY!

 

Don’t forget to let me know if you make it!

 

Hannah x

Spiced Apple Muffins (guest recipe by @rachelehiggins)

Apple’s are brilliant in cake recipes- they add moisture as well as a delicious fragrance. Combine them with cinnamon and mixed spice and you have a match made in heaven! So when Rachel shared this delicious recipe with me, I just had to share it with you! 


So, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

50g wholewheat flour

50g rice flour 

50g coconut flour

25g vanilla plant protein powder 

1tsp bicarbonate of soda 

100g chopped Apple 

1tsp cinnamon

1tsp mixed spice 

150g egg white 

20g melted coconut oil

250ml unsweetened almond milk 

1tsp natvia sweetner 

Method

Preheat your oven to 150C and pop 12 muffin cases in to a muffin tray.

Mix all wet ingredients together, add all the dry ingredients, then fold in the Apple. 

Divide mixture between 12 muffin tins and pop in the oven for 15 minutes or until firm to touch on top! 

Enjoy as they are or smother with a lovely layer or peanut butter! 

Rachel has a great Instagram account with many delicious recipes, so head to her page now to find more!