Peanut Butter & Chocolate Squares

Peanut Butter Squares

OMG! Well what can I say, if you love Peanut Butter like me these are delicious. They are also very light and cut up into small squares they are only about 70 calories per square, so in my book that’s a guilt free treat with my cup of coffee.

We always have a little treat on a Sunday, it’s something to look forward to while we relax and chill after our working week. Peanut butter is a good source of protein, fiber, folate, phosphorus, potassium & magnesium. And yes, peanut butter does have fat, but the fat is monounsaturated, which is more cholesterol-friendly.

I first saw this recipe from a Diabetic Website https://diabeticgourmet.com/ when my mum was a Diabetic, unfortunately I never got round to making them for her. This recipe I change a little to suit our sweet tastes….lol!

Makes 16 small squares

60g Butter

120g Caster Sugar (Splenda if diabetic)

40g Light Brown Sugar

100ml skimmed or semi skimmed milk

60g Peanut Butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg

120g Self Raising Flour

90g Rolled Oats

1/2 tsp baking powder

Pinch salt

120g Chocolate Chips

1. Beat the butter, caster Sugar and brown sugar until well combined.

2. Stir in milk, peanut butter, egg and vanilla until blended. Gradually mix in combined flour, oats, baking powder and salt until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Spread mixture evenly into a 9 x 9-inch baking pan covered with greaseproof paper. Bake in preheated 170 deg oven for 25 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Leave to cool on wire rack. Cut into squares.

4. Store in airtight container at room temperature, will be best for up to 3 days.


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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Crunchie Biscuit Base Galaxy cake

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I wasn’t really sure what to call this as it was a mishmash of 2 cakes….I was going to bake a chocolate tart and realised I didn’t have all the ingredients for the sweet pastry. So I decided to make a biscuit base instead. Then I discovered I didn’t have double/whipping cream but only single cream, so I therefore now had to bake. Despite all my misfortunes, this did actually turn out quite nice.

I was only making a small one for my other halves birthday, he loves chocolate…lol!

 

Makes a small portion for 1 or 2

For the filling:-

100g Milk Chocolate, minimum 35% cocoa

100ml single cream

50ml whole fat milk

1 egg

For the base:-

4 Digestive biscuits

1 Crunchie chocolate bar

1 tbsp butter – melted

For the toppings:-

small chunks of honeycomb to decorate

small edible spray glitter (optional), it was a birthday after all.

 

  1. In a food processor put the digestives, crunchie bar and blitz until breadcrumbs, add in the melted butter and bring together.
  2. Line a small springform tin with greaseproof paper. Empty the biscuit mixture into the tin and push/flatten down with your hands evenly. Refrigerate.
  3. Empty the cream and milk into a pan and bring to the boil.
  4. Place the chocolate into bowl in pieces.
  5. Pour the hot cream and milk over the chocolate to melt, stir until blended. Set aside to cool.
  6. Crack the egg into a dish and using a hand mixer, mix until fluffy.
  7. Once chocolate has cooled, pour egg into bowl and mix through.
  8. Remove biscuit base from fridge and pour in the chocolate mix.
  9. Preheat your oven to 130 deg. Gently place the tin in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. You want it set but with a slight wobble. Remove and allow to cool.
  10. Sprinkle some cocoa powder over top (optional) the sprinkle the honeycomb pieces on top. Serve.
  11. This can be chilled and kept for later. Serve at room temperature.

 

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Cherry Chocolate Mousse

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This is my take on Jamie Olivers 5 Ingredient Recipe on his new Channel 4 TV Show and from his new book. It was really delicious and so easy to make.

 

Makes 6 small pots (or 4 big ones, if you’re like me….lol!)

200g Dark Chocolate

1 jar Black cherries (about 400g) I only used half.

4 eggs

2 tbsp golden cast sugar

200ml double cream

salt

 

  1. First melt chocolate on Induction hob at No. 1 (or in a bowl over water) Keep 1 square of chocolate back for decoration.
  2. Heat up the cherries in syrup gently for about 5-10 minutes              20170910_193858
  3. Divide the whites from the yolks into separate bowls
  4. Mix the egg whites with a pinch of sea salt until stiff peaks             20170910_193850
  5. Mix the cream until slightly thick, then add egg yolks and sugar, mix to combine
  6. Allow the cherries and chocolate to cool before adding
  7. Gently add the chocolate to the cream mixture and fold together             20170910_193843
  8. Then gently fold in the egg whites to the chocolate mixture
  9. Place mousse into a dish, then cherries, then mousse, then cherries……layer up as much as you want.
  10. Grate some chocolate over top to finish……………devour!!!!

 

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Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Toffee Mini Cheesecake

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Valentines Day was slowly arriving and I wanted to treat my other half with something different but something I know he would enjoy…his favourite flavours for desserts are peanut butter, chocolate and toffee, so I decided to make some cheesecakes combining all the flavours. It was absolutely delicious!

Makes 12 Mini Cheesecakes

180g Cream cheese
100ml double cream
1 tablespoon of peanut butter smooth
60g Icing Sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
13 Digestive Biscuits
50ml butter melted
Toffee Sauce of your choice – loads of squeezes
12 chocolate buttons or shapes of your choice

 

  1. Melt butter in a pan
  2. Put digestive biscuits into a food processor and blitz, add in melted butter and mix
  3. Put some muffin cases into a muffin tin and scoop digestive mix about 2 tbsp into cases and press down.
  4. Refrigerate for about 20-30 mins
  5. Meanwhile mix cream cheese, peanut butter and icing sugar together    DSC_0064.NEF
  6. In a separate bowl mix double cream and vanilla until you get soft peaks
  7. Fold in cream cheese and cream mix together
  8. Spoon mixture into muffin cases and top with toffee sauce and a chocolate button.
  9. Refrigerate overnight or a min of 12 hours. Serve

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Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Toffee Cheesecake

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 134

  • Total Fat: 10.6 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 6 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 30 mg
  • Sodium: 118.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 8.1 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 0.1 g
  •     Sugars: 5.9 g
  • Protein: 1.7 g

Cinnamon Pancakes with Chocolate and Maple Syrup

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One again I had a truly different taste sensation when visiting Florida this year, pancake and Maple Syrup were everywhere….much to my boyfriends delight! You had them for brekkie with Maple Syrup, eggs, bacon etc and then again on the menu for dessert with ice cream and flavoured sauces……oh Yum!  Here is my homemade version…inspired by (Denny’s).

Makes about 14 pancakes.

300g Plain White Flour ( to make it a bit healthier, you can use wholewheat instead)

4 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp salt

4 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp caster sugar

2 eggs

300ml milk

2 tsp vanilla essence

100g chocolate – to make sauce

1 jar Maple Syrup (your choice)

 

  1. Sieve the flour into a large bowl, add in Baking Powder, Salt, Cinnamon, Sugar and mix.
  2. Then add in eggs, milk and vanilla essence, mix through with  spoon until blended making sure there are no lumps in he mixture, do not over mix.

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3. Sprat a little cooking oil into a frying pan and heat through at high heat.  Pour 1/2 a ladle or 1/2 cup of mixture onto the frying pan and even out with back of spoon, cook for approx 1-2 mins, you know it’s ready to turn when you see an even covering of holes.

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4. Flip and cook for approx 1 min. Remove and continued to repeat until all done.

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5. Keep warm in a warming drawer or in your oven at 70-80 degrees until finished.

6. If using Chocolate Sauce – break bar into chunks and put into a small pan, melt on Induction Hob Number 1 for about 5 mins. If using conventional method, melt in a glass bowl oven boiler water on hob.

6. Serve with Maple Syrup and Hot Chocolate Sauce……Mmmmmmmmmmm!!

 

 


My Scottish Nutella Creme Brulee (Quick option)

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I love creme brulee and normally make it fresh, but I came accross the wee carton of delight in Aberdeenshire…..a ready made Creme Brulee from Devilishly Delicious based in Stonehaven.

 

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I still had some Nutella left in my cupboard and decided to combine the two to make an absolutely delicious pudding.

 

1. Melt the nutella in a microwave for about 30 secs until slightly smooth and spoon into a ramekin, only enough to cover the base.

2. Empty the DD Creme Brulee into a pan and bring to the boil stirring continually, remove from hob and pour into ramekins.

3. Put into a refrigerator for 1-2 hours to set. Before serving sprinkle some brown demerara sugar on top and heat under a very high grill for about 1-2 mins until bubbly and brown. (or if your lucky enough to have a kitchen blow torch, use that to brown), and serve. Deliciously yummy!

 

If you want to make creme brulee from fresh, here are the ingredients and method:-

1 large carton double cream

100ml milk

1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 pod

4 egg yolks

50g caster sugar

1. Mix Cream, milk and vanilla into a pan and heat through bringing to a boil, remove from heat once boiled

2. Beat eggs and sugar together with an electric whisk

3. Pour slowly the cream mixture into the egg mixture using a handheld whisk

4. Pour mixture into ramekins. Place ramekins into a large roasting oven tray and pour water into large tray so that it covers the ramekins about 1 cm from top. (like a ban marie), place into a preheated oven 160deg for 35 mins.


Heavenly Healthy Chocolate Pudding

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I had some ripe avocados and bananas left over and suddenly thought about all the blogs/websites I’ve read about avocado chocolate mousse, so I decided to give it a go and add in a banana…….and oh WOW, it tastes amazingly good. The best thing was it only took 5 minutes to make. This recipe does about 2 large portions (270 calories each portion) or 4 smaller portions (136 calories per portion).

 

1 Banana

1 Avocado

3 tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp maple syrup or agave

 

1. Put Banana and Avocado into a food mixer and mix thoroughly until to get a smooth mixture.

2. Add in cocoa powder, vanilla and syrup and mix together until very smooth mixture is blended.

3. Spoon into a serving dish and eat straight away…YUMMY! ot you can put into a refrigerator for later.


Seriously Scoffable Banoffee

 


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My favourite dessert of them all, biscuit, banana, toffee and cream what’s not to like? Yummy!

 

Base:-

350g digestives biscuits – crushed/mashed

150g butter melted

Filling:-

1 pot 284ml double cream

3 bananas

Sauce:-

1 can of condensed milk (400g)

Topping:-

Shaved Chocolate or Toffee bits

 

 

1. To make the toffee sauce, remove the label of the condensed milk and immerse it in boiling water. Boil the tin for 2 – 3 hours. The longer you boil it, the darker and thicker the toffee will be. Make sure that the tin is FULLY immersed in water at all times, otherwise, the tin will explode.

2. For the base, crush the digestives and mix it with melted butter. Using a pestle or fork, press the digestives onto the pan/cake tin. Make sure that there are no holes. Chill. Meanwhile, whip the cream until it’s stiff.

3. Remove biscuit base from fridge, chop bananas into slices, put toffee onto biscuit base and spread evenly, place bananas on top of toffee then spread cream mixture and decorate with some toffee toppings or chocolate whichever is preferable.

Tip:

I suggest using a spring form or loose bottomed cake tin. If not, line your tin with either a cling film or parchment paper so it will be easier to lift the whole pie out without breaking it.