Chocolate Granola, only 6 Ingredients

When I was making this Granola, I was thinking about a story I read about a man who for a bet ate a spoonful of unsoaked Chia seeds and ended up in the emergency room. Apparently they stuck to his throat and he couldn’t swallow any more and all sorts of horrible things happened to this poor man.
The reason I’m telling you this is because it shocked me so much, I never thought of it as being dangerous to eat Chia seeds.
So basically I am warning you, always soak your Chia seeds before consuming, just to be safe.
I use to sprinkle them over salads, but now I don’t anymore, I mean you never know. Why take any chances, right?

This fantastic Granola is chocolatey and super crunchy. It has very little fat and very little sweetener. All natural, all healthy, ’cause that’s what we’re doing this month. Are you with me?

…and ONLY 6 INGREDIENTS.

INGREDIENTS;

4 Cups whole rolled oats

1 Cup large Coconut flakes

1/2 Cup whole almonds

1/3 Cup honey

1/4 Cup coconut oil

1/4 Cup cacao powder

METHOD:
Pre heat the oven to 160 C / 320 F

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients.
Layer a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the granola mix out evenly over the baking sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Toss the granola around at least 4 times during cooking time making sure it toasts evenly all over.
After 30 minutes. Take out the tray and leave to cool completely before storing away in a large Mason jar or similar.
Will keep for about three to four weeks.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

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Oven Baked Christmas Churros with thick Spanish Mocha hot Chocolate

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Great childhood memories for me about Churros, we used to get them at the weekly market in my village in Spain, they’d be deep fried and sprinkled with lots of cinnamon sugar. Served in a paper cone. Crunchy and warm, and oh sooo good.

My version is baked, not fried. Just because it can get a little heavy otherwise and it’s also less calories.

Traditionally these are served with hot thick Spanish chocolate but since I love Coffee, I have made us a Mocha Hot Chocolate. Basically the best of both worlds.

I have sprinkled the Churros with a cookie spice mix (pumpkin spice) to give it an extra “Christmassy” flavour.

Some people have this even for breakfast but they are great any time of day and even as a dessert (YUM is all I can say).

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Serves 4

Ingredients Churros;

½ cup unsalted butter or cooking margarine
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tbsp. sugar of choice (I use coconut)
1 cup water
1 cup all purpose flour
3 eggs at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tsp. mixed spice (like pumpkin spice
1/4 C. powdered sugar of choice
cooking spray
Method;

Preheat oven to 400° F / 200° C

In a medium saucepan combine the butter, salt, sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
Remove from heat add the flour and stir with a spoon to combine. Mixture will thicken…add the vanilla.

Leave dough in the saucepan, but beat it on low with a hand mixer, adding one egg at a time, mixing well before adding another. After adding each egg, the mixture will become wet and glossy, but after mixing on high for a few seconds it will thicken again.

Spoon the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Lightly spray a cookie sheet and pipe 8-inch rows of the dough with at least 1 inch between each Churro.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown*, and when a toothpick comes out clean.
Mix spice and sugar in a shallow dish.
Spray Churros lightly with cooking spray, and one at a time, transfer them to the dish and sprinkle with spiced sugar. Serve immediately with Spanish hot Chocolate

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Ingredients Spanish Mocha Hot Chocolate;

1/2 C. hot freshly brewed coffee

3 tbsp. cocoa

1/2 tsp. vanilla

5 tbsp. coconut sugar or of choice

2 c. full fat milk (or of choice)

2 tbsp. corn starch mixed with a little water

Whipped cream to serves

golden mini starts to decorate (optional)

Method;

Make the cup of coffee and mix in a saucepan with the cocoa, sugar and vanilla. Mix to dissolve sugar and cocoa completely. Add the milk and stir to combine. Heat until just begins to bubble. Add the corn starch slurry and combine well. Keep stirring frequently and heat thru until thickened, for about 5 more minutes.

Pour into cups and serve with whipped cream and dip the Churros in the hot mocha chocolate.

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If you try this recipe let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #thecookingspoonblog on instagram! You’ll make my day.

Not quite what you’re looking for? How about Cream Cheese Cranberry Chocolate Chip stuffed Cinnamon Rolls or Triple Chocolate Donuts

Brownie Cookie Squares with Chocolate Fudge Layer

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I love anything you can mix in one big bowl and then press into a tin.

These bars are somewhere between a brownie and a cookie, hence the name. They are super quick to make and so nutrient dense that one little square will be enough to last you until lunch or dinner.

I have used half Buckwheat flakes  and half Oat flakes just because I happened to have it but you can use one or the other or a mixture of both.

If your dates are dry, soak them in water for about an hour before using.

I have used a bit of Lucuma, but if you don’t have it, it’s fine without.

*Lucuma  is made from whole Peruvian lucuma fruit that has been dried at low temperatures and milled into a fine powder. It is a  low-glycemic sweetener with many nutrients including beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium and protein. Lucuma has a maple-caramel like taste and I like to use it in sweet things and smoothies.

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Makes 16 squares

Ingredients;

1 C. Buckwheat Flakes

1 C. Oat flakes

5 tbsp. Cacao Powder

2 tsp. *Lucuma Powder  (optional)

1/4 C. Vanilla Protein Powder

1/2 C. Peanut Butter  or an nut butter

5 large soft Medjool dates, stones removed

1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

3 tbsp. Light Agave Syrup

2 tbsp. Coconut Oil, melted or left in a warm place until soft.

Sprinkles (optional)

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Raw Chocolate Fudge Layer;

1/4 C. Raw Cocoa powder

1/4 C. Coconut oil, melted

2 tbsp. Date syrup

2 tbsp. Honey or Agave

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Method;

Blend the Buckwheat and Oat flakes until you have  flour and place in a bowl.

Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon.

In a food processor blend the Medjool dates until you have a paste, add a splash of water if necessary. Add the nut butter, the vanilla, the agave and the coconut oil. Blend until well mixed.

If you are using a home made nut butter you can add a pinch of salt. Store bought nut butters have salt already.

Now mix the dry into the wet and mix thoroughly. To test the consistency press a bit of mixture between your fingers or try to make a tiny ball, if it sticks together it good to go, if it crumbles add a little bit of water, or coconut oil. Blend, repeat.

Line a square dish 8″x 8″,  with parchment paper, press the cookie brownie mixture into the dish and cover with cling film, refrigerate for a couple of hours until firm. Cover with a thin layer of raw chocolate or leave as is.

For the Chocolate fudge layer, mix all the ingredients and stir well to mix, spread or pour over the squares. Decorate with sprinkles and leave in the fridge to set. About one hour should be enough. Cut into 16 squares.

Note: the chocolate will melt slightly if left at room temperature for a while.

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If you try this recipe let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it  #thecookingspoonblog on instagram! You’ll make my day.

Black Bean Brownies

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The though of being able to eat Brownies, that aren’t fattening, that aren’t full of nasty sugars or flour makes me very, very happy. It took me quit a while to get used to the idea of cooking with black beans in a sweet way. I have tried and tested a lot of “healthy” versions of Brownies, variations including Zucchini Beet or Avocado and this is the first recipe that actually resembles  regular Brownies. In fact these are the only version my Daughter will eat without putting on a frown. She even takes them to School. Great, I am very happy with that too. They only take about half an hour to make in total. They freeze well too.

Pre-heat oven to 350° F

Ingredients:

1 1/2 C. cooked and drained Black Beans

3 Large eggs at room temperature

3 tbsp. Coconut oil

1/3 C. Cocoa powder

1/2 C. Coconut sugar

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp. Baking powder

a pinch of Himalayan salt

1/2 C. dark chocolate chips (optional)

For the frosting;

1/2 C. (raw ) cocoa powder

1/4 C. coconut oil

1 tbsp. Maple syrup

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

a tiny pinch of Himalayan salt

Mix all the ingredients for the frosting.

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Method;

Put the beans in a food processor and process until the beans are puréed. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the remaining ingredients, except the chocolate chips. Blitz until well mixed.

Pour into a 8″x 8″ baking tray lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking oil.

Sprinkle over the chocolate chips.

Bake for about 20-25 min. It should still be slightly soft in the middle when you shake the tray gently to test doneness. Remove from oven and transfer to a rack. Let cool completely before frosting.

NOTE: If it is warm in your home and the frosting is too liquid, put it in the fridge for a while before using.

Not quite what you’re looking for? How about No bake White Chocolate Cheese Cake with Raspberry Swirl.

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