Vegetarian food blog featuring nourishing home cooked recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Gorgeous Gluten Free Granola – Having a Kitchen Clear Out

Gorgeous Gluten Free Granola

Breakfast, Gluten Free | 20th September 2017 | By

The wonderful thing about making your own granola is that you can include or exclude pretty much anything you want. There’s no need to peer at labels, pay expensive prices or pull faces at those papaya chunks you don’t like. This gorgeous gluten free granola was the result of having a kitchen clear out.

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When is an Oat More Than an Oat? When it’s an Organic Chocolate Truffle

Organic Chocolate Truffle Recipe with Oats

When is an oat more than an oat? When it’s an oat that’s been transformed into a scrummy organic chocolate truffle of course! Oats are not only healthy but are highly versatile and can be used for all sorts of purposes besides porridge. I’m a big fan of the humble oat, so I was delighted when White’s invited me to the Cotswolds to gen up on this sometimes underrated grain and tour the fields with a bunch of experts.

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Chilli Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Balls

Cookie Dough Energy Balls

Now who doesn’t love nibbling on a bit of raw cookie dough? It’s an experience that evokes happy childhood memories. Well you’re in luck. The chilli chocolate chip cookie dough I’ve made here is not for baking, no, it’s for pure indulgent eating in its raw state. And not only that, it’s also egg and dairy free, made with healthy ingredients. flavoured with chilli and cinnamon and above all else, delicious.

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Blueberry and White Chocolate Flapjacks – We Should Cocoa #59

Blueberry Flapjacks

Having set blueberries as the ingredient for this month’s We Should Cocoa, I’ve not managed to get my act together to bake what I had planned and I don’t think I’m going to  before the deadline. However, a couple of years ago, I made these rather scrumptious blueberry and white chocolate flapjacks with some local blueberries, but for some reason never got around to posting about them. Here goes.

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Raspberry and White Chocolate Flapjacks

Raspberry Flapjacks

Flapjacks | 11th June 2015 | By

As I was buying some bananas in the Co-op the other day, I noticed a pack of reduced price raspberries. I couldn’t resist. They were fine, but not quite enticing enough to eat as they were; they looked as though they needed to be used quickly. The fastest thing I know how to bake are flapjacks.

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Chocolate Mincemeat Flapjacks

Christmas, Flapjacks | 11th December 2014 | By

Not long back from my trip to London, I’m off on another jaunt. This time I’m in Birmingham, sampling hot chocolate at the Christmas Market. Hot on the heels of this I’m off to stay with friends at my old stomping grounds at Leamington Spa. Flapjacks are a firm favourite of one of my hosts, so I thought I’d crack open a jar of last year’s chocolate chilli berry mincemeat and make him some chocolate mincemeat flapjacks – with a little kick.

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Oaty Ginger Chocolate Biscuits

Biscuits | 5th October 2014 | By

Ginger in biscuit form is one of my favourites. Last month I made a batch of Delia’s crystallised ginger oat biscuits for a MacMillan coffee morning. It was the first time I’d made ginger biscuits with oats and they were so good I was hard pressed to hand the batch over. Those chunks of chewy flavoursome crystallised ginger raised them to something above a humble oat biscuit and gave a certain air of sophistication. Whatever the reason, I was determined to make a batch for ourselves as soon as possible.

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Nectarine Amaretto and Pecan Slice

Traybakes | 3rd April 2014 | By

 As some of you may remember, on Valentine’s Day, I received a fabulous tray of South African stone fruit from Beautiful Country Beautiful Fruit. As well as just enjoying the fresh fruit which was such a treat at a rather dull time of the year, I used them in a number of delicious bakes. This nectarine Amaretto and pecan slice, I adapted from the chilli and chocolate mincemeat slice I made the Christmas before last. I added pecans and dark chocolate chips to the mix and used nectarines marinaded in Amaretto as the filling.

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Oaty Chocolate Chip Cookies – Random Recipes #36

Biscuits | 19th January 2014 | By

This month’s Random Recipes challenge is to make something from a recipe book received this Christmas. Well I didn’t receive any recipe books this year as such, but my aunt has been having a good clear out recently and happened to be staying with us over Christmas. In my stocking I found a Woman and Home magazine supplement from 1986 entitled Irresistible Ways with Chocolate – a real vintage publication and I was delighted with it. Interestingly many of the bakes that are in vogue now seem to have been revived from that era – cakes with meringue, different coloured layer cakes, marble cakes and differently flavoured Battenburgs; lots of fresh fruit and nut recipes too. The other interesting thing is that, by and large, the recipes have less sugar in them than many of our more modern ones do. The sweeter bake has slipped over from the US I suspect.

As there were so many recipes on one page it was a bit difficult to be completely random, but I ended up with a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies. These were made with rolled oats and I do like a good oaty biscuit. They are also simple and quick to make which is an added bonus after so much Christmas baking.

This is how I made:

Oaty Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Chopped 170g mixed chocolate (mostly dark) into bits.
  • Creamed 110g unsalted butter with 85g dark brown sugar until very pale.
  • Beat in a medium sized egg and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
  • Added 60g wholemeal flour, 110g rolled oats, scant teaspoon of baking powder.
  • Stirred together with the chocolate until all combined.
  • Placed teaspoonfuls onto lined baking trays placing them well apart. I made 27.
  • Baked at 180C for 11 minutes until golden then placed on a wire rack to cool.

These were not only simple to make, but thoroughly delicious – chewy and very chocolatey. They lasted well in an air tight tin for a few days, but could also be frozen and taken out individually as needed.

Random Recipes is a funtastic blogging event from Dom of Belleau Kitchen which can be very challenging at times. I particularly like it as you never quite know what you are going to get and it stops my recipe books gathering dust on the shelves.

For this bake, I rounded up all my odds and ends of chocolate which had been sitting in the cupboard looking untidy and taking up space. These included some blackberry flavoured dark chocolate, some 56% and some 70% dark chocolate. Other than the chocolate, these are cheap and cheerful biscuits to make so I am sending them off to Credit Crunch Munch with Camilla of Fab Food 4 All and Helen of Fuss Free Flavours.

A Chocolate and Coconut Fest

Vegan Coconut Chocolate Biscuits

We have been drinking Pukka tea for many years in this household. They have a wide range of interesting organic teas that are ideal for non black tea drinkers like me. However, until I was sent some products from Pukka to review recently, I didn’t know that they did anything other than tea. Looking at their herbal website, I can now see they sell all sorts of interesting health products including Ayurvedic herbal supplements. I am particularly taken by their organic ghee which I’ve never seen for sale before. Well it seems you are never too old to learn. The other thing I noticed was that everything seems very reasonably priced. I was recently sent a pack of Pukka green tea with lemon, a jar of their own brand coconut oil and a bar of Divine 85% Chocolate.

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