Banana, Peanut Butter & Oat Choc Chip Muffins

 

Today was a day of using up leftovers and I had bananas that were crying out to be used. This little recipe is so easy to make and delicious too, you can store for 2-3 days in an airtight container or freeze if you are making a large batch. Gluten Free too.

A great healthier option too with the oats having 4 grams of fiber & 6 grams of protein. In addition to fiber, oats are rich in magnesium, zinc and iron. The bananas which are loaded with fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and various antioxidants. The Peanut Butter is a good source of magnesium too.

A great grab & go breakfast option or simply a little snack in between meals.

 

Makes 12

200g Scottish Oats

60g Peanut Butter

2 small bananas, mashed

1 egg

3 tbsp Maple Syrup

120ml milk

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 Dark Chocolate squares, chopped (or you can used choc chips)

 

  1. Preheat your oven on fan to 175 deg and grease a muffin tin.
  2. Put ALL ingredients into a bowl or mixer bowl and combine together.                        20200209_113300
  3. Pour into muffin tin, filling approx 3/4 way.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a knife comes out clean and muffins are set.
  5. Remove and allow to cool for a few minutes. If freezing allow to cool completely.
  6. Best served slightly warm. Yum!

 

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Chocolate & Hazelnut Bundt Cake

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Decided to bake a chocolate cake for our New Years Day dessert, we had the whole family this year so had to do something that fed 11 adults and 1 child. This was perfect and delicious but so rich, so a little bit is all you need.

 

Serves about 12-14

For the Cake:-

200g unsalted butter

200g Dark Chocolate

300g Light Muscovado Sugar

4 large eggs

175g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

 

For the Glaze:-

300ml double cream

160g dark chocolate

Choice of nuts – I used Hazelnuts

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg
  2. Melt butter and chocolate together, either in a bowl over a pan of boiling water or in a microwave for about 1 minute. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Beat Sugar & Eggs together then pour in butter & chocolate mix.
  4. Fold in flour & baking powder until combined.
  5. Pour mixture into a cocoa floured bake tin and bake for about 40 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile make the glaze by heating the cream gently and add the chocolate in, stir to melt. Whisk and pour over cake once cooled from oven. Sprinkle over nuts.

 


Pear, Hazelnut & Chocolate Crumble Cake

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Oh yum……Pears are in season at the moment so I wanted to try a different dessert with them, this was so delicious and the texture was crunchy too.

 

Makes 8 servings (or 6 big ones…lol)

100g chopped hazelnuts

140g self raising flour

175g butter cut into small chunks

70g Caster sugar

80g dark brown sugar (10g from sprinkling)

2 large eggs

4 small pears – peeled, cored and diced

50g dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces

 

  1. Preheat oven on convection bake to 160 deg and line and grease a springform cake tin
  2. Add the flour & hazelnuts to a bowl and mix, add the butter and pulse until it forms bread like crumbs                                                                          20191101_132417
  3. Add the sugar, eggs and mix
  4. Add in 3 of the pears and chocolate and mix lightly until combined, Spoon mix into the cake tin and smooth out.
  5. Sprinkle the other pear pieces on top and press down lightly, sprinkle the remaining 10g brown sugar on top and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  6. Cool in the tin then transfer to a wire rack.
  7. Serve with some lovely whipped cream or ice cream.

 

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Scottish Chocolate, Whisky and Orange Mousse

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Happy World Whisky Day…..May 16th 2015!

 

Visited the Brodie Countryfare in Brodie near Inverness this week and picked up a wee Whisky Essence, thought I would try something different. Decided to make a dessert for after my dinner tonight and help celebrate world whisky day. Uncle Roy’s are made in Moffat in the Scottish Borders www.uncleroys.co.uk , they have won 21 Gold Awards and numerous Scottish Food and Drink Food Excellence awards, a make a variety of sauces, condiments and mustards.

 

100g 70% Dark Chocolate

Juice, strained from 1 x Fresh Orange

200ml Double cream

1 tsp Gelatine

2 eggs, 1 egg yolk

40g caster sugar

2 tbsp Whisky Essence or you can use straight Whisky if you prefer

 

1. If you have an Induction Hob, break up chocolate and melt in a pan on No. 1, if not, melt chocolate in a bowl over pan of hot water.

2. Strained juice into a bowl from orange and add gelatine, heat in a pan of water until gelatine is melted, then add whisky. Remove from heat.

3. Whisk eggs, egg yolk and sugar together until thick and pale in colour.

4. Gently fold the chocolate into the egg mixture and then add the orange mixture and fold through.

5. Whisk the double cream up until thick but not too thick, don’t want it stiff. Keep a tbsp back for decoration later. Then gently fold in the Chocolate mixture until mixed well together and decant into serving dishes, chill for about 1 hour.

6. Simply Delicious!


Chocolate ‘n’ Peanut Butter Balls

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I was looking for a quick pre or post workout snack, so made these for a quick pick me up of energy.

 

Makes approx 20 balls

200g Peanut Butter (I used Crunchy but you can use smooth)

50g butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

150g Icing Sugar (or substitute)

100g Dark chocolate (I used 85% cocoa)

 

1. Put peanut butter, butter, vanilla, icing sugar in a pan and heat on a medium heat (No. 5/6 if using Induction), when it starts to bubble, remove and set aside to cool,

2. Once cool make into small balls and place on greaseproof paper on a tray. Place into freezer to harden for approx 1 hour.

3. Break up chocolate and place into a saucepan, heat on No. 1 if using Induction, or alternatively melt chocolate using bowl over pan or in microwave.

4. Remove balls from freezer and using 2 forks cover each one in the melted chocolate then place back onto the greaseproof paper and freezer for approx 30 mins until chocolate hardens.

5. To serve, remove from freezer approx 1o mins before to allow softening……..scoff….yum!

Can be kept in freezer up to 1 month.  Yummy protein balls!