Paleo Date and Chocolate Bites

Here is a lovely treat for you from Rachel who blogs over at austinpaleogrrl Rachel has guest posted here before when she brought us the tasty Cassava Banana Pancakes Rachel is a Paleo lifestyle blogger, foodie, and Primal Health Coach in training from Austin, Texas USA. Thanks for joining us again and I’ll hand over to her to tempt you with these scrummy Paleo Date and Chocolate Bites 
Hello, everyone! Who doesn’t love a delicious snack/dessert recipe, especially when it includes chocolate! Yummy! Being strict Paleo, I don’t consume grains, dairy, or soy. I still love to indulge once in a while though, so I came up with this awesome recipe for y’all (that’s what we say in Texas) 🙂 to try for yourselves! It calls for dairy/soy/gluten-free chocolate chips, which are easy to find in the U.S., but if you are in another country and can’t find them (usually available in health food stores), feel free to use regular chocolate chips. These are fairly simple and quick to prepare, and I think you’ll absolutely love them! When I make these, they are usually gone within a few days. Yes, they’re delicious! I’m so happy to be sharing this recipe with everyone through myrealfairy.
Now, let’s get started!
Ingredients
16-18 dates (Deglet or Medjool varieties works best) with pits removed
Approx. 1 – 1 1/3 cups raw, unsalted almonds
1 cup of dairy/soy/gluten-free chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand semi-sweet mini chips, sold in U.S. health food stores and on Amazon)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons plain water
1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes
Tools
Food processor or high-powered food chopper
Mixing bowl
Spatula
Large plate
Smaller bowl for coconut shavings
Directions
Combine dates, almonds, chocolate chips, cinnamon and water and add to a food processor or high-powered food chopper (I use a small Ninja food chopper, as I find it crushes the almonds and dates more effectively).
Blend/chop until ingredients are crushed into a chunky mixture
Use a spatula, and scoop everything out of the food processor or chopper and place in a medium mixing bowl.
Paleo date and chocolate chip bites
Now this is where it gets a little messy! Use your hands to grab some of the mixture and roll it into medium sized balls (1.5 inches approx). Depending on how large you make each ball, you should end up with about 10-12 date bites. Place each ball on a large plate and grab the shredded coconut and place in a smaller bowl.
Roll each ball in the coconut flakes until it’s coated to your liking.
Place the finished balls/bites in a large glass or ceramic container and store in the refrigerator to firm. They tend to hold together better when chilled.
That’s it!
I hope you’ll enjoy making these as much as I do! Feel free to add cacao powder to the mixture too if you want a little extra chocolate flavor.
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Paleo Dates and Chocolate Chip Bites

Who doesn't love a delicious snack/dessert recipe, especially when it includes chocolate! 

Course: Snack
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Austin Paleo Grrl for myrealfairy.com
Ingredients
  • 16-18 Dates Deglet or Medjool varieties works best with pits removed
  • 1 - 1 1/3 cups Raw unsalted almonds unsalted almonds
  • 1 cup Dairy/soy/gluten-free chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Plain water
  • 1 cup Shredded unsweetened coconut flakes unsweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Combine dates, almonds, chocolate chips, cinnamon and water and add to a food processor or high-powered food chopper (I use a small Ninja food chopper, as I find it crushes the almonds and dates more effectively).
  2. Blend/chop until ingredients are crushed into a chunky mixture
  3. Use a spatula, and scoop everything out of the food processor or chopper and place in a medium mixing bowl
  4. Now this is where it gets a little messy! Use your hands to grab some of the mixture and roll it into medium sized balls (1.5 inches approx). Depending on how large you make each ball, you should end up with about 10-12 date bites. Place each ball on a large plate and grab the shredded coconut and place in a smaller bowl.
  5. Roll each ball in the coconut flakes until it's coated to your liking.
  6. Place the finished balls/bites in a large glass or ceramic container and store in the refrigerator to firm. They tend to hold together better when chilled.
Recipe Notes

Feel free to add cacao powder to the mixture too if you want a little extra chocolate flavor.

You can find Rachel on Facebook at: Austin Paleo Grrl 

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Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad

Today I’ve got a packed post filled with a vegetarian recipe, pictures from the garden and a healthy hamper giveaway. It’s an eclectic mix that I’d love you all to enjoy.

Like most of us I am usually busy and on the go, either to work, dropping the kids off of having to run some errand or other. I love it like that, it keeps me busy and happy. What I do have to remember is to eat well and I like to make sure that all of us at home have good food to keep us fueled up and healthy.

We grew cucumbers on our patio garden this year and have been amazed at how well they grew and how huge a cucumber plant actually gets, it’s massive. They took ages to germinate but once they got going they grew so fast. I have been using them fresh off the plant and really enjoyed creating new dishes for them to go in.

The additional ingredients today have been supplied by Indigo Herbs who sell organic and quality assured products. They have a huge range of foods with which they wish to inspire and motivate you on a journey to a healthier lifestyle. I spent ages on the site looking at all they have on offer including; natural health guides, superfoods, wholefoods, herbal teas, aromatherapy and lots lots more.

Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
The cucumber plant that I’ve grown this year. It’s taking over the patio!

This Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad that I am going to be showing you today is just the ticket to give a boost to your body that will help set you up for the rest of the day.

The Protein packed Tricolour Quinoa Grains are a great wheat free alternative to rice or pasta and I’m sure you’ll agree they give it a wonderful burst of colour.

Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
Uncooked tricolour quinoa

I love the sprinkle of pine nuts at the end. These nuts have a beautiful sweet flavour and are soft to bite into. If you have any left over from the packet then you can use them in my carrot tops pesto sauce which can be set aside for later in the week. Pine nuts are actually the seeds from the pine tree and they contain a wealth of antioxidants, including vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.


The recipe is vegetarian, vegan and super healthy!

5 from 7 votes
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Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
A Vegetarian and Vegan Recipe
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: mainy - myrealfairy
Ingredients
  • 1 Medium cucumber
  • 50 g Gogi Berries
  • 150 g Tricolour Quinoa Grains
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Pine Nuts
  • Half Teaspoon Coarse Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1 juice Lemon
  • 50 ml Rapeseed Oil
  • 1 Clove of Garlic - minced
Instructions
  1. Rinse the quinoa grains, place in a saucepan with double the amount of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

    Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, chop your cucumber into big chunks
    Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
  3. Mix in the gogi berries
    Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
  4. Add the salt
  5. Mix together the lemon juice, Rapeseed oil and minced garlic.

  6. When the quinoa is ready, place in a large bowl and pour over the lemon, oil and garlic dressing while it is still warm.
  7. Mix in the cucumber and gogi berries.
  8. Sprinkle with pine nuts
    Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad


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Disclaimer: I was supplied the ingredients by Indigo free of charge to use in my recipe. Everything you see is an honest view and use of the products and I was delighted by the products as you can see!

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Pesto made with carrot tops. You have to try this!

This dish is so easy to make and the idea that you can make super yummy pesto made with carrot tops is a great idea. The amount of green carrot tops that just end up in the food bin is really daft and finding that they can be put to good use is pretty cool.

We have been growing vegetables this year which you can see in my free pallet patio garden post and you can actually see the carrots as they started off there. They have come out all shapes and sizes which is really cute.

pesto made with carrot tops

We eat lots of pasta at home and it’s a really quick supper for our family which can fit in with our busy homelife. Pesto has long been a favourite but I had rarely made it before. Then when I was looking for ways to use the leftovers from some of my home grown vegetables I stumbled across someone saying to try it in pesto. I adapted the general idea and had a play and came up with this recipe which is quick, easy and very adaptable to the amount of ingredients you have to hand.


pesto made with carrot tops
One of the many advantages of this recipe is that it’s an all in one recipe. Everything into the mixer and blitz for a couple of minutes.

pesto made with carrot tops

Once made you can store for up to two weeks in an airtight container in the fridge. Try it out on chicken or tofu too.

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Pesto made with carrot tops
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This delicious Pesto made with the leafy green carrot tops adds a new dimension to Pesto Pasta. Also great to be smothered over meat or vegetables for your BBQ or main meal

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 people
Author: Mainy - myrealfairy.com
Ingredients
  • 100 ml Rapeseed Oil
  • 1 bunch Green leafs from carrot tops
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 10 leaves Basil
  • 1 handful Hazelnuts
  • 25 grammes Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Wash the leafy tops of the carrots well in cold water to remove any soil

  2. Peel a garlic clove

  3. Put all of the ingredients into a small blender with a chopping setting.

  4. Whizz for approximately 2 minutes until it is all chopped to a smooth paste

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Plantain and Mango Curry – Easy and Delicious

When I was travelling I enjoyed the taste and versatility of Plantain. If you have not come across or cooked with it before it looks like a large banana which it is but this type needs to be cooked before being eaten.

In this recipe I have paired it with mango and onion for a fruity light curry. I prefer a mild curry and my other half likes something with a bit more kick to it. This dish is perfect if you want to turn up the heat, just add more crushed chillies sprinkled on top as a garnish and then everyone is happy!

Plantain and Mango Curry
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Plantain and Mango Curry
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
32 mins
Total Time
42 mins
 

A Fruity Curry which can be made to suit all levels of heat. A great source of energy and vitamins.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Worldwide
Servings: 4 people
Author: Mainy - myrealfairy.com
Ingredients
  • 2 Plantains
  • 1 Tin of Mango in syrup
  • 1 medium Onion
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 0.5 teaspoon Dried crushed Chillies
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons Rapeseed Oil
Instructions
  1. Place the oil in a large frying pan with the spices and garlic
    Plantain and Mango Curry
  2. Cook for 2 minutes
  3. Add the onions and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes
  4. Add the Plantain and fry for 5 minutes
  5. Add the water and cook for a further 15 minutes on a low heat
  6. Add the mango and cook for 5 minutes
    Plantain and Mango Curry

Plantain and Mango Curry

The plantain takes longer than you would think to cook, it’s generally treated like a vegetable more than a fruit. You can cut it lengthways thinly and gently fry for a tasty snack.

Plantain and Mango Curry

The dish looks really vibrant when it is cooking. When the onions and plantain are just softening then it’s the time to add the mango with its syrup.

Plantain and Mango Curry

When serving, try it with a garlic yogurt dip. Place a small tub of unsweetened yoghurt in a bowl. Add 10 mint leaves – finely chopped. Then add 2 cloves of garlic that have been minced through a garlic press.

Sit back and enjoy! Let me know how you either like the idea – or – if you have tried it please send me a picture.

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Vegan Chocolate Cake – Recipe and Giveaway

This vegan chocolate cake recipe is one to keep. I came across the idea when I realised there were many more people that I know who are either vegan or who are removing some areas of food from their diet. There are so many ways in which we can tweak our favourite recipes to meet our own requirements.

With my vegan chocolate cake it does not contain any eggs or butter. The standard sugar has been replaced with Natvia sweetener – Natvia is made from the stevia plant and is completely natural – and the oil is vegetable oil.

This is a cake that is so versatile. Its perfect with a hot coffee, if you fancy a summer party then adding fresh fruit will put the sunshine feeling into the day, or if it’s luxury you are after then vegan hazelnut frosting is something that will top this off a treat!

vegan chocolate cake

Have a look and see. I also have a great giveaway just for you, scroll down to enter.

But first, see how easy it is to make….

 

5 from 7 votes
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Vegan Chocolate Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 

This No Egg, No Butter, Vegan Chocolate Cake is delicious! Try it out with fresh fruit or a hot steaming coffee. You can upgrade this to the best wedding cake with vegan frosting, it's so versatile. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Worldwide
Servings: 12
Author: mainy - myrealfairy
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Plain Flour
  • 12 oz Natvia Natural Sweetener
  • 3 oz Cocoa Powder
  • 3 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 8 fl oz fl oz Vegetable Oil
  • 1 pint Water
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Measure out your dry ingredients and mix these together in a large bowl.
    vegan chocolate cake
  2. Add your wet ingredients and blend these in making a smooth paste.
    vegan chocolate cake
  3. Line an 8 inch (22cm) loose bottomed cake tin with parchment.
  4. Carefully pour into the tin.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 45 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Insert a clean toothpick into the centre of the cake to see if it is baked. If the toothpick comes out clean then it’s done!

I have been given a pack of Natvia Sweetener by the people at Natvia for you to win. You can do this entering the rafflecopter giveaway below:

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I was given one pack of Natvia Sweetener to try. It works and tastes great in this cake!

Paleo Cassava Banana Pancakes

Today I have a lovely treat in store for you all, who can resist a healthy, filling and nutritious breakfast? Not me! Here you will see with the help of my lovely guest blogger how you can make super easy Paleo Cassava Banana Pancakes and pick up a few tips on the Paleo way of cooking too.

Rachel Peterson is a Paleo blogger and self-professed Twitter fanatic from the US. She enjoys cooking, Zumba, and giving out nutrition advice to friends, family, and pretty much anyone who will listen! Her blog can be found at: www.austinpaleogrrl.blogspot.com

It’s over to you Rachel…

These pancakes are the perfect breakfast (or dinner!) food, and their light and fluffy texture can easily be achieved using what may be considered somewhat unconventional ingredients.

I am a Paleo blogger from Austin, Texas USA. This banana pancake recipe was born through trial and error. It took me three tries to get it just right! You don’t have to follow a Paleo diet to enjoy them, and the type of flour used (cassava – also known as yuca root) works just as well (if not better) than conventional wheat or white flour and is much healthier. Plus, cassava flour has some calcium and potassium in it.

Being Paleo, I don’t eat any grains (especially gluten), so I had to find an alternative flour so that I could still enjoy my favorite breakfast! I personally use Otto’s Cassava Flour, as I think it has the best texture and taste. It can be purchased on Amazon or in some health food stores. These pancakes are delicious served up with sliced bananas and pure maple syrup or with any other ingredients you can dream up. The possibilities are endless!

This recipe yields 6 small pancakes

Ingredients

5 US Tablespoons cassava flour

1 US Tablespoon organic honey

½ US Teaspoon baking soda

1 pureed banana

2 free range or pastured eggs

Coconut oil for cooking

 

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, honey, baking soda and eggs.

In a blender, combine one whole ripe banana with a small bit of water and blend until smooth

Add blended banana into your batter mixture and whisk until smooth

Next, heat a small skillet on stove top to medium heat and add in a small amount of coconut oil. I recommend coconut oil, because it melts quickly and has a medium smoke point (350° F or 171º C).

When your skillet is warmed up enough, scoop ¼ US cup of pancake batter and pour it onto the skillet, tilting the pan up and down just a bit so that the batter spreads out into an even circle.

Some bubbles will begin to form in the batter, and these pancakes will brown quite quickly, so be sure to check them often with your spatula. When browned to your liking, flip the pancake onto its other side and cook for another 30-45 seconds

Repeat with the rest of the batter, and serve warm with your favorite toppings!

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Tip: to keep the pancakes warm, put them on a plate and keep them covered in the microwave until you are finished using up all of the batter

Thank you Rachel for this yummy recipe. You can see more of what Rachel is up to on her  Twitter and Facebook pages.

 This is so good I’ve put it in a printable format below. Enjoy!
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Paleo Cassava Banana Pancakes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
11 mins
 

Paleo Cassava Banana Pancakes. They’re the perfect breakfast (or dinner!) food, and their light and fluffy texture can easily be achieved using what may be considered somewhat unconventional ingredients. 

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Worldwide
Servings: 6
Ingredients
  • 5 US Tablespoons cassava flour
  • 1 US Tablespoon organic honey
  • ½ US Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pureed banana
  • 2 free range or pastured eggs
  • Coconut oil for cooking
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, honey, baking soda and eggs.

  2. In a blender, combine one whole ripe banana with a small bit of water and blend until smooth
  3. Add blended banana into your batter mixture and whisk until smooth
  4. Next, heat a small skillet on stove top to medium heat and add in a small amount of coconut oil. I recommend coconut oil, because it melts quickly and has a medium smoke point (350° F or 171º C).
  5. When your skillet is warmed up enough, scoop ¼ US cup of pancake batter and pour it onto the skillet, tilting the pan up and down just a bit so that the batter spreads out into an even circle.
  6. Some bubbles will begin to form in the batter, and these pancakes will brown quite quickly, so be sure to check them often with your spatula. When browned to your liking, flip the pancake onto its other side and cook for another 30-45 seconds
  7. Repeat with the rest of the batter, and serve warm with your favorite toppings!
Recipe Notes

Tip: to keep the pancakes warm, put them on a plate and keep them covered in the microwave until you are finished using up all of the batter.

 

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Chocolate and Cherry Tiffin – Guest Post Recipe

Guest Posting for me today is Ruth, a 36 year old, mum of two from the West Midlands. Ruth’s a Lifestyle blogger, High school teacher and full time tea drinker.

Ruth blogs at www.craftwithcartwright.co.uk where she writes about recipes, reviews, parenting and crafts. Pop along when you’ve seen this yummy recipe and see her on her blog.

Chocolate and Cherry Tiffin Recipe.

Tiffin is a cold set hard pressed chocolate and biscuit combo. You’ll have to go far to find anything more deliciously chocolatey, sweet and crumbly. It is moreish beyond belief. In an attempt to make it slightly healthier I’ve added dried cherries, you could also try sultanas, cranberries or even figs. But be warned this is a calorific treat and should not be consumed in one sitting.

I also included in brackets how to make it gluten free, which is pretty simple with some ingredient substitutions.

You will need:

  • 225g digestive biscuits, (gluten free version) crushed
  • 100g dried cherries
  • 100g butter
  • 25g sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder (check gluten free)
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 225g plain chocolate (check gluten free, I use green and Blacks)

 

  1. First crush the biscuits in a food processor or a sealed food bag with a rolling pin.
  2. Then tip the crushed biscuits into a large mixing bowl and add the dried cherries.
  3. Melt the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and golden syrup over a low heat in a heavy based saucepan.
  4. Once melted, combine the butter mixture with the biscuits in the mixing bowl.
  5. Press the mixture into an 8” square tin and leave to cool.
  6. Once cool, melt the chocolate in a bowl sat over a saucepan of simmering water or in a microwave.
  7. Then spread it over the top of the biscuit mixture whilst still in the tin.
  8. When set, remove the tiffin from the tin and cut into squares using a sharp knife.

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Chocolate and Cherry Tiffin
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

You’ll have to go far to find anything more deliciously chocolatey, sweet and crumbly. It is moreish beyond belief. 

Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
Ingredients
  • 225 g digestive biscuits gluten free version
  • 100 g dried cherries
  • 100 g butter
  • 25 g sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder check for gluten free
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 225 g plain chocolate check for gluten free
Instructions
  1. First crush the biscuits in a food processor or a sealed food bag with a rolling pin.

  2. Then tip the crushed biscuits into a large mixing bowl and add the dried cherries.

  3. Melt the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and golden syrup over a low heat in a heavy based saucepan. 

  4. Once melted, combine the butter mixture with the biscuits in the mixing bowl.

  5. Press the mixture into an 8'' square tin and leave to cool.

  6. Once cool, melt the chocolate in a bowl sat over a saucepan of simmering water or in a microwave. 

  7. Then spread it over the top of the biscuit mixture whilst still in the tin.

  8. When set, remove the tiffin from the tin and cut into squares using a sharp knife.

 

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Easy Granola Recipe

This Easy Granola Recipe can be made with or without the seeds and berries depending on your preference.

What you will need is:

3 cups of Porridge Oats

1 Tablespoon of honey or fruit syrup

A sprinkle of:

Dried Goji berries

Pumpkin seeds

Sunflower seeds

Jumbo flame raisins

Here’s what you need to do using the photos and some very easy steps…

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Mix the honey or syrup into the oats in a large bowl so that they are covered.

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Line a baking tray with parchment. Spread the oats in a thin layer. Bake on a medium heat for 10 minutes stirring once after 5 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on them as they can go from bronze to burnt very quickly.

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Mix in your choice of dried fruits and nuts and place back in the oven for 2 minutes. Take out of the oven and mix well.

Leave to cool before placing in an airtight container.

 

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Easy Granola Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 7
Author: www.myrealfairy.com
Ingredients
  • 3 Cups Porridge Oats
  • 1 Tbsp Honey or Fruit Syrup
  • Sprinkle Dried Goji Berries
  • Sprinkle Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sprinkle Jumbo Flame Raisins
Instructions
  1. Mix the honey or syrup into the oats so that they are covered.

  2. Line a baking tray with parchment.

  3. Spread the oats in a thin layer. Bake on a medium heat for 10 minutes stirring once after 5 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on them as they can go from bronze to burnt very quickly.

  4. Mix in your choice of dried fruits and nuts and place back in the oven for 2 minutes. 

  5.  Take out of the oven and mix well.

  6. Leave to cool before placing in an airtight container.

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Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

This Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe is not only super delicious but super easy to make. I find layering up bakes relaxing and what’s great is that you can get this ready in advance and then pop it in the oven when you are nearly ready to have your meal. It only takes 40 minutes in the oven.

What you will need is:

1 garlic clove

5 mushrooms

2 small or 1 large aubergine

1 ball of mozzarella cheese

8 pasta sheets

1 can tinned tomatoes or passata

A couple of sprigs of basil

Grated cheddar cheese

Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

Crush the garlic clove and mix with the tinned tomatoes. Spread this as the first layer across your oven dish. Then place the pasta sheets, trying to close all the gaps as good as possible.

Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

Tear the mozarella into chunks and place over the pasta sheets.

Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

Place a layer of roughly 1cm thick slices of aubergine on top of the mozarella.

Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

Next put another layer of the pasta and cover with the remaining tinned tomatoes. Spread evenly over the pasta.

Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

Place the sliced mushrooms ontop of the tomatoes and cover with the second half of the mozzarella then sprinkle over the grated cheese. Season well with salt and pepper.

Easy Aubergine Bake Recipe

Cook in the middle of a pre heated oven on a medium heat for 40 minutes.

My top tip for this recipe is to get your ingredients prepared so that you Easy Aubergine Bake Recipecan layer the dish together a bit easier. Crush the garlic, cut the mushrooms and aubergines and unwrap your mozzarella. Place all of these in individual bowls and then relax and enjoy building up this tasty bake.

 

 

I’d love to hear how yours turned out and if you have any variations you’d like to share.

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#guestpost week featuring Natalie from Hello Cuppies

I’m delighted to have Natalie guest posting today and joining in with the #guestpost week on my blog.

Natalie is a happy, and in her own words “late-twenties *cough* mid-30’s *cough*” 🙂  baker, blogger, veggie and Mum. Natalie established Hello Cuppies in 2012 and what started out as a baking and recipe blog has evolved into a lifestyle and personal blog sharing insights on the life of a Northern girl living down south.  Natalie has been baking professionally since 2011 and picked up the caking bug after baking some cupcakes for a friend’s daughter.  She is completely self taught and has developed her skills by experimenting, reading and testing recipes whilst creating lots of new flavours and combinations along the way.  Natalie really dislikes over the top recipes and techniques so will try to keep things simple, but still as effective as possible.

Here’s her great post, over to you Natalie…

Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

Mainy from myrealfairy  was kind enough to have me on-board with writing a family friendly recipe to feature as a guest post on her blog. I’d also recently received a few emails and spotted some comments on my Instagram photos with regards to creating a recipe for something healthy, and for something with a little less sugar so I thought this was the ideal opportunity to share a healthy(ier) recipe.

I’m so used to baking cakes and biscuit type desserts that actually coming up with something reasonably healthy was difficult. I struggled, not gonna lie! I scratched my head, did a little bit of googling for inspiration but couldn’t really find anything that was healthier but still scrummy.  It then dawned on me that I needed to stick with what I know – fruit and natural flavours – and to set myself a bigger challenge – NO ADDED SUGAR – none… nada…zilch!

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So here you have it, these protein packed granola bars are healthy and yummy! They store well, last well and taste even better a day or so after they’ve been baked. Oh, and they are gluten free too.  Actually, thinking about it, if you could find a honey substitute (maple syrup maybe?) they could easily be vegan – challenge for ya there!

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INGREDIENTS

This recipe yields 16 to 20 granola bars and shouldn’t take you longer than 15/20 minutes to pull together.

  • 65g pecan pieces & 65g almonds (loosely chopped or blitzed in a food processor)
  • 45g pumpkin seeds
  • 85g dried cranberries
  • 130g of quick-cook oats (I used gluten free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 100g of smooth peanut butter (Whole Earths is my favourite)
  • 175g of runny honey
  • 5 tsp of vanilla extract

METHOD

  • Line a 8-inch tin with parchment paper (you could use a bigger tin if you didn’t want them so chunky)
  • Pour the oats into a large mixing bowl and then add both nuts, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, cinnamon, ginger, salt and orange zest. Mix to combine.
  • In a smaller bowl, mix together the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract until all combined and smooth.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix them together until the two are evenly combined and no dry oats remain. This will be tough – if it’s too easy and too smooth add a few more oats.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and use your spoon to press down and make sure the mixture is even and packed together. I used my hands too as it was easier to tell if it was all compact.
  • Cover with cling-film and chill for 1 hour in the fridge.
  • Bake bars at 200 degrees (fan) for 30 minutes (conversions are here if you need them)
  • When cool lift out of the tin using the parchment paper edges and slice in to bar type shapes.

 

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Thanks to Natalie for these yummy treats and for being part of our #guestpost series. You can read and find out more about Natalie and her work through her media sites below:-

Blog: http://hellocuppies.com

Orders: www.cuppiesncream.co.uk

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