All posts tagged: dark chocolate

Dairy Free Dark Chocolate, Almond and Cherry Cookies

Dark Chocolate, Cherry and Almond Cookies (Dairy Free)

This is not a recipe for leftover easter eggs, I cannot stress this enough. I firmly believe that leftover easter eggs are a mythical creature, I’ve never seen one myself nor have any of my friends. I have a weird cousin that says she once found one at the back of a cupboard but she’s kind of an exile and nobody trusts her. This is, however, a useful recipe to employ when you get bored of eating egg shaped chocolate – and depending on how keenly you made use of the 3 for £10 offer at like all supermarkets, this may happen relatively quickly. In my mind, this recipe started out vegan. I was all like “ooh I’ll find a vegan egg replacement for cookies and we’ll take it from there” but then I realised the chocolate egg I was using wasn’t vegan friendly, so I figured I might as well use an egg and tackle vegan cookies another day. The chocolate egg I used, FYI, was the Lindt excellence dark – it actually has milk …

Ginger + (very) Dark Chocolate Coconut Sugar Cookies

For me, there’s something really bloody sophisticated about a bake that’s not quite as sweet as one might ordinarily expect. A lack of intense sweetness teamed up with impressively dark chocolate (I used Lindt 90% cocoa solids) and a subtle hit of ginger makes this recipe my most sophisticated yet. This is dinner party/posh coffee morning stuff, you guys.  Sophistication isn’t the only reason this recipe is somewhat out of character for me, this is also the first time I’ve ever used coconut sugar. Before I begin telling you how I found it, I want to make it clear that I’m not pitching this to you as a healthy thing. Sugar is sugar is sugar, these biscuits are a treat, not a healthy snack, even though they’re free from “refined sugar” and dairy. This was about fun/experimentation, not hype-healthifying! The texture of coconut sugar (or perhaps just the brand I used) is almost halfway between demerara and soft dark brown, as is its appearance. I’d love to tell you what it tastes like straight but …

Little Liv’s Superfood Salad

My little sister is home from college for the Easter Holidays and wanted to get involved in metabolism boosters week, so she knocked up this Superfood Salad. What you see before you may seem to be an unusual combination of flavours, but each has its own health benefit and it makes for a very tasty lunch or snacking platter. 1/2 Avocado – boosts the metabolism by protecting the energy-producing part of cells according to Elle. Handful Blueberries – full of great antioxidants, which your body can use to clear free radicals. Handful Walnuts – These contain around seven grams of protein per ounce, making them the best choice for boosting the metabolism says Daniel Bartlett at Huffington Post. 1 Peeled Beetroot – Not a specified metabolism booster, but a certified superfood due to its ability to cleanse and aid digestion. 2 tbsps Pomegranate Seeds – Rich with vitamin A, B and C, all metabolism boosters. 2 Slivers of Cheddar – Cheese is never going to be a health food *sigh* but, calcium is a diet essential. Few Squares Dark Chocolate – Don’t …