Category Archives: Dessert

Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake pots

Layers of hazelnut, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie crumb, brownie bits and cream. An incredibly delicious dessert.

These are the perfect, “make in advance dessert”, almost like mini triffles. You can make these in cute little (mason) jars or glasses, perfect for a dinner party or to take along as a gift. Since they can be made ahead, there is no last minute fiddling about when you have guests over. Maybe serve these chocolate hazelnut cheesecake pots for your Thanksgiving dinner.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 chocolate chip cookies
  • 3/4 cup/180 ml. full fat natural unsweetened Greek yoghurt
  • 6.7 oz. / 200 ml natural cream cheese
  • 1 cup/240 ml. Whipping cream
  • 5 oz. /140 gr. Dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp./ 30 ml. rice syrup or sugar
  • 2 tsp./10 ml. Instant gelatine powder
  • 2 tsp./10 ml. vanilla paste or 1 tsp extract
  • 2 tbsp. 30 gr. hazelnuts chopped
  • 2 squares of brownie, store bought or homemade
  • 4 x drizzle of caramel, from a bottle

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place four glasses or jars on your kitchen counter, divide the chocolate chip cookies over the glasses by breaking them in pieces. Drizzle in a little caramel over the cookies in each glas.

Chop chocolate into very small pieces. Heat a small saucepan over low heat and add three tablespoons of the whipping cream, heat up but do not let it boil over low/medium heat. Remove from heat and add the chocolate. Let sit, covered for five minutes, then gently stir to combine.

Make sure your yoghurt and cream cheese are at room temperature. Place yoghurt and cream cheese in a bowl and add the one tablespoon of rice syrup or sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat by hand until smooth and combined well.

Pour the melted chocolate into the yoghurt very slowly and mixing constantly with a whisk until very well combined, set aside.

Beat the whipping cream with the remaining rice syrup or sugar and vanilla. Beat until stiff and add gelatin powder and set aside.

Now you can layer your pots. On top of the cookies and caramel start layering chocolate cream cheese mixture, brownie pieces, whipped cream, drizzle of caramel and chopped hazelnuts. Repeat with another layer and ending with some cream. Then decorate with some extra chopped chocolate or brownie pieces. Cover and chill for at least two hours. These can be made a day in advance. Enjoy!

Almond flour chocolate Cake

This easy Almond Flour Chocolate Cake is such a showstopper! It’s incredibly easy, super tender and moist, made with almond flour and topped with the most delicious chocolate buttercream. I consider this a healthy cake because it is low carb and sugar free as well. Almonds are full of healthy fats, high in protein and have a good amount of fibre. Reason enough to get baking!

I have made this cake in a small tin so that you can bake it, just because you feel like a good dessert or because you want chocolate cake. No one’s birthday, no questions asked.

The almond flour provides a light, fluffy texture that will make you want to use it in all your baking.  I have used liquid stevia from the brand Good Good which I love.

Of course there’s also a thick layer of chocolate frosting,  otherwise what’s the point, (at least in my book). Enjoy!

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 1.5 c almond flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 tsp. liquid stevia extract
  • 1/2 c. plain yoghurt (I used dairy free)
  • 1/3 c. neutral oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 3/4 c. soft butter
  • 1/2 c. cream ch
  • 1/4 c. cocoa
  • 1/2 -1 tsp. liquid stevia
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 -2 tbsp. milk of choice

Pre heat oven at 180 C/350 F.
Line two 8″/20 cm cake tins with parchment paper,  spray with oil and dust with cocoa powder. Tap off excess.

Instructions

Start by sifting all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
In an other bowl,  beat eggs and add yogurt, oil, vanilla and stevia.  Add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir to combine.
Pour into two tins and bake for 23 to 25 min. Test with wooden skewer by inserting into the center of the cake.  When skewer is dry, the cakes are done. Remove from oven and place on a rack to cool.

While the cakes are baking,  whip up the frosting by creaming together the butter and cream cheese until soft and smooth, add milk, stevia and vanilla and mix. Add the cocoa,  a few tablespoons at a time until fully incorporated.

Once the cakes are completely cooled,  frost the cake. You can serve straight away or first chill the cake for a few hours.  This will make cutting easier.
The cake will keep for 4 days in the fridge.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Pops

We are very excited about these Chocolate Pudding pops, and I already know that they will be on repeat the whole Summer. What an easy recipe, so creamy and chocolatey, and smooth. With that perfect snap when you bite into them, yum! I love the fact that you can control the amount of sugar or sweetener you use, making this a healthier choice and the perfect cold treat without the guilt trip. You could skip all the sugar and add only stevia, although I love how rice syrup adds a certain chewiness to the pops, just like it does to my gluten-free chocolate brownies. Syrup also prevents crystallization and keeps the chocolate pudding pop creamy.  Next time I’ll be making creamy vanilla white chocolate pops, so stay tuned.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 a bag of chocolate pudding mix (28 grs)
175 ml. milk (I used barista Oat milk)
75 gr creamy almond butter
30 ml. / 2 tbsp. Rice syrup or maple syrup
200 gr dark chocolate* see note below 
15 ml. / 1 tbsp. Natural oil
A handful of mini chocolate chips
Ice cream molds

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine the pudding mix with 75 ml of the milk in a jug and stir until everything is dissolved.
Bring the remaining 100 ml of milk to a simmer in a heavy bottomed saucepan.  Once the milk has reached a simmer, lower the heat and add the pudding mixture  to the saucepan,  stirring constantly for about two minutes. 
Remove from heat, add the almond butter and syrup and stir to dissolve and combine.
Let cool a little then fill ice cream molds halfway,  divide some chocolate chips over the pudding and top with the remaining mixture. Insert the sticks and cover the molds.
Place in the freezer for at least 6-8 hours.
Melt the chocolate and oil in a microwave safe bowl, in the microwave at 30 second intervals until melted. Pour chocolate into a tall glass, so you can dip the whole chocolate pudding pop into the chocolate.
Remove the chocolate pudding pops from the freezer and take them out of the molds.
Dip each chocolate pudding pop into the melted chocolate and then hold in an upright position for 30 seconds until the chocolate sets. Place each pop on a parchment lined board or plate and put back in the freezer until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

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*There will be chocolate left over, but you need the initial 200 grams so you can immerse the entire pop in one go. Leftover chocolate can be poured into a plastic container and kept in the refrigerator or freezer for another time.

Blueberry Lemon Banana Bread

With summer on it’s way, it is time to lighten things up a bit,  including my daily slice of Banana bread.
I have come up with a Blueberry Lemon Banana bread that is light and fresh. We all love the Blueberry and Lemon combination, it’s a classic! And the bursting little Blueberries in every bite make this an irresistible treat. Perfect for breakfast,  afternoon tea or as a simple snack.
I have made this Blueberry Lemon banana bread recipe with my gluten free flour blend but you can substitute it for regular flour,  you may need to add a little splash of milk or water to the batter since regular flour absorbs more liquid. Just add about two tablespoons, it should be a thick batter but pourable.

INGREDIENTS:

3 medium very ripe bananas
2 large eggs
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup rice syrup, honey
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. Salt
2 cups (gluten free) all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup blueberries tossed in one tablespoon flour, frozen *
Zest of 1/2  lemon (yellow part only)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat oven to 180C/350F
Line a loaf tin with parchment paper and spray with oil.

Start by blending the bananas with the eggs,  oil, rice syrup or honey, vanilla and lemon juice, in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Alternatively you can mash and whisk by hand in a large bowl.
In a large bowl,  mix the flour, salt, lemon zest, baking powder,  baking soda and whisk to combine.  Add the batter from the food processor and mix carefully with a rubber spatula to combine. Add the blueberries and combine gently.
Pour into loaf tin and place in the middle of the oven,  bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until cooked thru. Insert a wooden skewer into the middle to test, if it comes out dry the blueberry banana bread is done. Remove from oven and place on a rack to cool. 

Enjoy!

*Note: I prefer frozen Blueberries since they keep their shape better.