Friday, 13 May 2022

Blueberry Banana Bread

A classic banana bread recipe full of juicy blueberries with minimal ingredients!

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Sunday, 24 April 2022

Easter Chocolate Blondies

 I've upgraded my go-to blondie recipe with an Easter twist!


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Easter Chocolate Loaf Cake

Instead of just eating all of your eggs, why not make a delicious cake and top it with lots of Easter treats?


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Thursday, 31 March 2022

Vegan Chocolate Easter eggs with fillings

These chocolate eggs need very little skill and have 3 different filling ideas!
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Sunday, 27 March 2022

Irish Apple Cake

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with a delicious traditional Irish Apple Cake

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Sunday, 13 March 2022

'Nutella' Banana Muffins

Adding vegan 'Nutella' spread to muffins instantly upgrades them and they are perfect for breakfast or snacking!



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Thursday, 3 March 2022

Kit Kat Cookies

Gooey chocolatey cookies filled with delicious vegan Kit Kat chocolate bars!
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Thursday, 10 February 2022

Vanilla Hidden Heart Loaf Cake

 A secret heart revealed in this beautiful romantic cake!

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Saturday, 5 February 2022

Raspberry & Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

A fruity AND chocolatey banana bread, perfect for breakfast or snacking!

It's been a while since I made a banana bread recipe, and this one was just what I needed. I've always loved pairing berries with bananas, and I've always loved berries and chocolate so to have them altogether creates a succulent, slightly sweet, bitter and creamy banana bread. I've used fresh and frozen raspberries in this recipe, they both work well and I prefer to use chocolate chunks instead of chips - you get more chocolate that way ;) and I wanted an intense good quality dark chocolate to cut through the sharpness of the raspberries. What's your favourite way to enjoy banana bread?? I personally love it fro breakfast, sometimes I even toast it, spread on some raspberry jam or butter and it's like a whole other recipe. I've also had it with a big spread of nut butter (preferably pip and nut), the slightly salty savoury aromas work perfect against the sweetness of the berries and chocolate. 

If you love banana bread....

Check out these recipes for more inspiration!

Recipe

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Serves: 8-10

NOTE: every ingredient I use is vegan so make sure you check your ingredients if you're following a Vegan lifestyle.

Ingredients

300g very ripe bananas
150g Vegan butter, melted
100g Light brown sugar
320g Self-raising flour
1 tsp Baking powder
Pinch of salt
150g Raspberries
100g Dark chocolate chunks

Method

✿Preheat the oven to 170℃ and grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper. 
Break up the bananas in a bowl, then use a fork to mash them until quite smooth. Mix together the brown sugar, bananas and melted butter.
Then stir through the flour, baking powder and salt. Finally fold through the raspberries and chocolate chunks. 
Spoon the batter into the loaf tin and place in the oven to bake.
After about 30 minutes, lightly cover the top of the banana bread with foil to prevent it from burning. Continue to bake for another 20-25 minutes until a knife inserted comes out clean.
Leave to cool in the tin and then remove onto a wire rack to cool down completely. Slice and serve. 
Best stored in an airtight container up to 5 days. Enjoy!

Christina
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Monday, 31 January 2022

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Gooey chocolate chip cookies oozing with a delicious creamy caramel!
I love all things caramel, especially the gooey, runny kind that melts in your mouth. When I first started baking the idea of a stuffed caramel cookie never even entered my mind until one day I just knew I needed something to satisfy my love for both cookies and caramel. I was originally going to use white chocolate chips, then I thought that might be a little too sweet (never though I'd say that with my sweet tooth) and I'm glad I changed to dark. The dark chocolate balances out that sweetness perfectly! These cookies are a little chunkier than your usual so they can hold that beautiful golden filling and they are the perfect snack or dessert especially with a simple serving of vanilla ice cream - even better when the cookies are straight from the oven ;) 

NOTE: For the caramel if you want to keep this recipe vegan you'll need to make the caramel ahead of time so it can cool down and firm up. It is best to have a firm caramel for this recipe as it will become more fluid as the cookies bake. You will also need a thermometer for the caramel to cook to 118-121℃. If you don't feel confident doing this part, I wouldn't judge you for buying ready made caramels, I haven't seen too many vegan brands but if you find some then perfect, if not non-vegan caramels will work just as great!

If you love cookies and caramel....

Check out these recipes for more inspiration!

Recipe

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 16 minutes
Serves: 12 

NOTE: every ingredient I use is vegan so make sure you check your ingredients if you're following a Vegan lifestyle.

Ingredients

260g Plain flour
100g Caster sugar
60g Light brown sugar
150g Butter
20ml Soya milk
50g Applesauce
12 Caramel candies - I use this recipe (it is best to have a firm caramel for this recipe, it will become more fluid as it bakes )
1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
150g Dark chocolate chips


Method

✿Grease and line x2 cookie trays with baking paper.
Use an electric mixer or hand whisk to cream together the butter and sugars. Then whisk in the applesauce until smooth - it may split a little but that's okay just add a spoonful of the flour and mix in.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cornflour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and mix. 
Add the dry mix into the wet to form a rough dough, then fold in the chocolate chips. 
Scoop out 6 balls of the same size - spoon the caramel on top of each dough ball. Then top each one with more dough to encase the caramel. Roll each ball so that it is a neater sphere shape. 
Place the cookie dough balls into the fridge for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 170℃ after about 20 minutes.
Remove the trays from the fridge and bake for 15-16 minutes until golden brown. 
Leave to cool slightly before eating or store in airtight container for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

Christina
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Monday, 24 January 2022

Vegan 'Kinder Bueno' Brownies

Fudgy, chewy brownies filled with a delicious creamy alternative to kinder buenos!

Now that we have vegan alternatives to kinder buenos in the name of Love Raw (you guys are geniuses) there is no excuse for us vegans to be missing out on ALL of the kinder bakes. I started off with my cookie bars which were a hit at work (I'll link below) and now we have another beautiful traybake. I still love to develop my brownie recipes, those good old egg replacers keep me on my toes. And this time I used Alpro's Greek Style Yoghurt which gave them a gorgeous thick texture and took away any cakey texture that to me just isn't welcome in a brownie. The 'kinder buenos' are perfectly sandwiched in-between the brownie, so yes it's a vegan 'kinder bueno' brownie sandwich and so okay with that.


If you love brownies and chocolate....

Check out my other recipes for more inspiration!

Recipe

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30-35 minutes
Serves: 16

NOTE: every ingredient I use is vegan so make sure you check your ingredients if you're following a Vegan lifestyle.

Ingredients

220g Plain flour
80g Cocoa powder
350g Caster sugar
5g Baking powder
Pinch of salt
170g Butter
100g Milk Chocolate
150g White chocolate chips


Method

✿ Preheat the oven to 180℃ and grease and line a 9x9 inch square cake tin.
 Melt together the butter and milk chocolate in the microwave or over a Bain-marie.
 In a large bowl. sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
 In a separate large bowl whisk together the sugar, yoghurt and butter/chocolate mix. Whisk vigorously for about 2 minutes to get some air into the mixture.
 Then spoon the wet mixture into the dry mix. Fold through the white chocolate chips.
 Spoon half of the brownie batter into the tin and spread out evenly. Line 7 of the single Love Raw bars along and then cut the rest in half so that you can lay 2 squares adjoined to each column. So you should have 7 columns of 6 squares of chocolate. 
 Then spoon the rest of the brownie batter on top and spread out evenly and carefully.
 Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, a knife inserted shouldn't come out clean as the brownies will continue to bake once out of the oven.
 Leave to cool in the tin before removing. I find the brownies better once they've cooled down for a few hours and really developed the flavours. But you can wait till for about 1 hour then slice and serve.
 Best stored in an airtight container up to 3 days. Enjoy!

Christina
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Thursday, 20 January 2022

White Chocolate Biscoff Rocky Road - No Bake!

 An easy no-bake recipe, perfect for those of you who live for a rocky road and are a big lover of biscoff!



I really make rocky road recipes for my sister, she loves them and I don't make them too often but when I do she goes crazy for the whole lot! She loves the simplicity of throwing together some chocolate, marshmallows, biscuits and then you have this glorious dessert you just can't get enough of. There isn't a comparison is there. And the idea that biscoff can be worked into this beautiful tray (no) bake is quite marvellous. And now that biscoff has those beautiful sandwich biscuits you've got a lovely variety going on here. No-bake recipes are perfect for me right now when I really don't have much time around my studies but I always need something sweet after dinner. Doesn't take too long to make and still guaranteed to fix my sweet-tooth :)

If you love biscoff and rocky road....

Check out my other recipes for more inspiration!

Recipe

Prep: 10 minutes + 2 hours chilling time
Cook: n/a
Serves: 16 

NOTE: every ingredient I use is vegan so make sure you check your ingredients if you're following a Vegan lifestyle.

Ingredients

400g Vegan white chocolate - I like Tesco free from white chocolate
125g Biscoff spread
50g Butter
160g Marshmallows - make sure they are free from 
200g Biscoff biscuits, chopped + more on top
70g Glace cherries

Method

✿ Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin.
 Chop the biscuits. Melt the butter in a bowl and then separately melt the biscoff spread. Then mix the spread and butter together.
 In a large bowl combine the biscuits, cherries and marshmallows. Then pour over the biscoff butter mix and mix everything together.
 Spoon into the cake tin and spread out evenly then top with more biscuits.
 Place in the fridge to firm up for about 2 hours.
 To slice, heat a large knife in boiling water to help cut through the rocky road easily. Best stored in an airtight container for up 1 week. Enjoy!

Christina
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