Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

So, I still have Easter chocolate left! Although I love baking I don’t tend to be eating as much sweets as I’ve been getting older. Therefore, I turned my last (dark) chocolate egg into brownies. They don’t contain any dairy or refined flour. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ~2 cups (260 g) dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter, and 2 tablespoons to drizzle
  • 1 1/3 (120 g) cup almond flour
  • 2/3 (50 g) cup coconut flour

If you have a double boiler, use that to melt the chocolate. Otherwise, like me, use a saucepan that is wider than a small pot of simmering water beneath.

While the chocolate is beginning to melt, beat the eggs and vanilla very well.

You can also use this time to measure out the almond and coconut flour.

Once the chocolate is melted, take it off the heat source and stir in 1/4 cup of peanut butter.

Now, you’ll add the warm chocolate to the eggs, mixing well. Make sure the chocolate isn’t too hot so the eggs don’t cook up.

Next, you’ll add both flours, making sure it is all incorporated and absorbed by the chocolate mixture.

The mixture will be very thick by now. Go ahead and press it into a square baking tin, or anything you have. Mine was rectangular, so the brownies will be a bit thinner.

At this point, go ahead and drizzle some extra peanut butter on top.

Heat your oven to 180 C / 350 F and bake for 20 minutes. It will rise a bit, but it should be done when you notice a bit of cracking on top.

And there you have it! Peanut Butter Brownies that are dairy free and free from refined flour! These are very rich and decadent, making it the perfect companion for a cup of coffee. They are also a great post run treat! And as I’ve been training for the Bristol 10 k in two weeks time, these went down nicely. Give these a try and savour them as summer approaches. Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

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Chocolate Orange Cake

So, I still have Easter chocolate and I simply can’t eat anymore… on its own, that is. In times like this, baking a cake that incorporates it somehow is the solution to my problem. Since I received a chocolate orange egg, complete with 2 sharing bars, a chocolate orange cake just makes sense. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 2 oranges
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond essence
  • 2 cups (250 g) almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Before you get started, this cake will take some time. So if you have the time, let’s get started! First, rinse and clean two oranges and place in a saucepan of water. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, then simmer on low for 2 hours. Take off the heat and let the oranges cool.

While the oranges are cooling down, beat the eggs, then add the sugar and almond essence.

Once the oranges are cooked, blend completely until a smooth orange paste is produced. You may want to cut off the ends which can sometimes be bitter.

To the smooth orange mixture, add the coconut oil, which should melt if the mixture is slightly warm.

Add the orange mixture to the bowl and whisk very well.

Add the almond flour and baking powder. Mix this very well until a smooth batter is produced.

Line or grease a baking tray and pour the batter in. Let it sit for a few minutes so it can settle and even out.

Heat your oven to 180 C / 350 F and bake for approximately one hour.

I broke up the chocolate from the sharing bar and melted it. The idea was to drizzle it over the top. But as in life, things don’t always work out as you planned.

What I didn’t realize, was that there are crunchy bits in the sharing bar which affected melting the chocolate into a smooth drizzle. In the end, I just spread it over the top.

And there you have it, Chocolate Orange Cake! As it didn’t look as nice with chunky chocolate spread over the top, I topped it with sliced almonds and a dusting of powdered sugar. Either way, it tastes fabulous and is a great treat to welcome in the warmer weather! It’s moist, sweet, and bursting with citrus flavour! The only downside is that it took just over 4 hours: 2 to cook the oranges, 1 hour to let them cool, 1 hour to bake and at least 30 minutes of prep before and after it’s time in the oven. But seriously, it’s well worth it! Sometimes good things just take time, and this cake is a great thing! So, as you’re enjoying the warmer weather, give this cake a try! Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Muffins with Coconut Flour

Hello Bristol! Enjoying the spring weather? I’ve been loving the longer days and slightly warmer temperatures. I feel much more active, thus much more hungry. And if like me, you still have leftover Easter chocolate, then this is a fun way to use it up. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • ~1/4 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips

First, beat your eggs very well.

Next, add the coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla, sugar, and salt. Mix this very well.

Last, add the baking powder and coconut flour. Combine thoroughly. It may take a few minutes, but keep stirring until the batter is smooth.

You will then chop up some chocolate and throw that in. You can also substitute nuts instead of chocolate if you like.

Line or grease a muffin tin for 6 muffins. I seemed to have lost my 6th one, so greased it with coconut oil. Bake at 400 F / 200 C for 10-12 minutes.

And there you have it, Peanut Butter Chocolate Muffins! These are packed with protein and are a great post workout snack. Or a post work snack, post nap snack, etc. And since they don’t contain refined flour, it can be a great gluten free treat. They come together quite quickly, making these muffins an easy treat to whip up today. Use up the last of your Easter chocolate by giving these a try! Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!

Apple Cider Caramel Cake

I know I’ve been a bit lax on the posts lately… I blame that on the cold and snow. So I decided to make a cake for Easter this past weekend using some cider I bought at The Cider Shop here in Bristol. It’s a bit time intensive, but well worth it in the end. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup any kind of milk (I used almond)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon almond essence

In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients- almond flour, coconut flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.

In a separate bowl, mash a ripe banana very well, until it becomes paste like.

In the wet ingredients bowl, add 4 beaten eggs, the almond milk, melted coconut oil and almond essence.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients, mixing very well. Go ahead and pour the batter into a lined round baking tin and bake for 35 minutes at 350 F /180 C.

Once baked, take the cake out of the tin and while it is cooling, you can make the caramel topping. Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of sweet apple cider
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • Sliced almonds to top cake at the end

I picked up a bottle of Woodredding medium sweet cider at The Cider Shop while I was exploring the Wapping Wharf cargo shops the other week. This was lightly sparkling and not too dry, so very enjoyable to drink on its own. It’s also a sweet variety which is great to reduce when baking.

On a medium high heat, combine the butter, cider, and sugar. Melt everything down and stir, stir, stir. You really want to make sure to keep an eye on it, constantly stirring at this heat, and having the patience not to raise the temperature too much.

As the liquid and alcohol evaporate away, the mixture will thicken. I cooked it a little too long, but next time, I will stick to 20 minutes then reduce the heat for another 5 – 10.

Let the caramel cool only slightly, then pour over the cake, smoothing it evenly over the surface.

I was aiming for a caramel that wasn’t as thick so it would drip down the sides, but, you can’t have it all, eh? Top with sliced almonds and eat vigorously.

And there you have it, Apple Cider Caramel Cake! It may take some time to make, but is sooo worth it in the end! And although my kitchen smells like a pub from the evaporated cider alcohol, my tummy is very satisfied.

This is a great treat to make for garden parties or just to enjoy on your own as the weather gets warmer. It’s also a great way to showcase some of the wonderful cider the West Country has to offer. Pick your favourite sweet cider and have a go! Hope you all had a relaxing long weekend, and fear not, Spring is (probably) on the way! Thanks for reading and Happy Eating!