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Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Get your chocolate fix with no added nasties, as these are refined flour and sugar-free,   naturally sweetened with dates, black beans for binding and darkness, cocoa for chocolatey richness and hazelnuts for a nice nutty crunch. Add all this to a creamy base of oats and you’ve got one tasty chocolate hazelnut cookies recipe. A future cookie. The future of cookies and baked goods is going this way, you heard it here first. Recipes like this prove that gluten, refined flours, sugar, dairy and eggs are not quite cutting it these days. Choose these chocolate hazelnut cookies and you’ll be feeling pretty good after too. Protein rich, fibre packed and only minimal healthy fats mean these are the cookies that just keep giving, lol (seriously, when I hear myself I just sound like such a dweeb!).

chocolate hazelnut cookies

Like chocolate and hazelnuts, hello…..I’m thinking ferrero rocher but better. Yep, they were definitely better and way more filling too.

Did you know that cocao is the HIGHEST plant based source of iron? Just sayin’. It’s true. That’s why I have absolutely no shame in indulging in rich cocoa drinks and dark chocolate EVERY day. Iron is important to a girl. Ummmmm, 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries……well I’m impressed.

I recommend using a good quality cocao powder and the best place to purchase is no doubt online. I get a kilo bag of Peruvian organic raw cocao powder from Ebay for about £12 and it lasts ages and tastes soooooooo bloody good. Ummmmm, chocolate 🙂

chocolate hazelnut cookies

Anyway, give these a go and see how you get on. I reckon you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

(Makes 10)

1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts
1 can black beans
1/2 cup date syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons cocoa

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC + grease a baking tray with coconut oil.
  2. Add the oats, salt, hazelnuts to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Throw everything else into a blender + blitz until smooth. Stir this runny chocolatey mix into the dry to form cookie dough.
  4. Roll into 10 balls + flatten into cookie shapes. Bake for 20-22 minutes.

Sugar Free Chocolate Brownie Loaf

A sugar free chocolate brownie loaf, sounds good for you right? It is.
Dates, oh how I love thee. I am head over heals with dates…….on their own, stirred through porridge, in smoothies, smothered with nut butter (oh you haven’t tried this? Please do, immediately!), in ice cream, pure date paste, in caramel sauce……I just REALLY like dates.

sugar free chocolate brownie

Naturally these brownies are jam packed with date loving, making them free from nasty sugar but rather packed full of goodness. Here’s 7 damn good reason’s to eat more dates from naturalsociety.com. Oh these brownies are whole grain too :-), just sayin’. Recipes like this sugar free whole grain brownie loaf highlight how redundant eggs + dairy really are in sweet treats. Not necessary at all.

sugar free chocolate brownie

Date + chocolate = so much yum. Guilt free yum. A sugar free chocolate brownie.
And did I say how easy these are? Yep, add this little lot to a blender/processor and Bob’s your Uncle and Annie’s your Aunt.

sugar free chocolate brownie

I reckon I’ll be whipping this up for future last minute dessert ‘needs’ as they’re really tasty as hell, healthy to boot and ready in a flash.

Sugar Free Whole Grain Brownie Loaf

200 grams pitted dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
250 ml almond milk
150 grams spelt flour
50 grams cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
100 grams dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 200 ºC. Blend the dates, milk + vanilla until smooth.
Add the flours + combine thoroughly. Stir through the chips + transfer to a baking pan.
Bake for 20 minutes.

Black Bean Mocha Brownies (Gluten and Sugar free, Vegan)

Black bean mocha brownies…for that day when you NEED brownies like now! Blender brownies that are not only super quick to make but oh so healthful. These are those brownies that tick every box – no dairy, grain, gluten, egg or sugar.

Black Bean Mocha Blender Brownies

But but but, honestly they are still tasty as hell. Oh, and oh so adaptable too. Swap out the black beans for white beans, sub the walnuts for pecans, tahini for PB or coconut oil, ditch the coffee altogether + sweeten as you like. See, really, these are like a brownie for anyone and everyone 😉

Black Bean Mocha Blender Brownies

Black Bean Mocha Brownies

(make 12-16)

2 tablespoons chia seeds soaked in 6 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons tahini
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 can black beans, drained (230 grams drained weight)
2 tablespoons dark strong coffee granules soaked in 2 tablespoon hot water

Dark chocolate chips  + walnuts

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 175 ºC + line a small baking tin (8X8 inches is good).
2. Throw the lot into a blender (not the chocolate chips or walnuts) + blend until smooth.
3. Transfer to the tin, press copious amounts of chocolate chips and walnut pieces into the batter + bake for 25 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven, allow to cool, slice + enjoy. Freeze like a dream.

Flourless Blondies (Grain + Dairy Free)

For completely grain free cooking, these look pretty darn good don’t they? Welcome flourless blondies….

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Most people who are into cooking are likely to have a can of chickpeas in their cupboard, and as this is the bulk of this ingredient list, you’re doing well already!
This is a true floury brownie alternative with all the taste and texture of a small cakey snack (and the almond butter really does give this that extra satisfying bite).

flourless blondies vegan

One of the main purposes of this blog is to show people that delicious and healthy cooking/baking can be done with great results from just a few simple ingredients. So with very few exceptions, this is essentially an all natural recipe with an all-satisfying outcome. Once they’re out the oven start thinking about that cup or tea of coffee these are going to meet up with…

Grain free baking is becoming more and more popular with the explosion of paleo recipes everywhere as people shift their old ideas of using traditional all-purpose flours as their go-to baking staple. Oh yeah, we’ve got some great grain-free ideas for you too right here.
The great thing is these are also vegan of course (go team vegan! :-D).

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Flourless Blondies (Grain + Dairy Free)

1 can chickpeas (drained)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup agave syrup
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

  1. Line a 6″X8″ baking tin + preheat oven to 175C.
  2. Add all the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips to a food processor + process until smooth.
  3. Fold through the chocolate chips + transfer to the baking pan.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Cool in the pan for 30 minutes, slice + really enjoy.

Probably the Healthiest Chocolate Cake Ever – Guess what the unusual Ingredient is?!

I’ve said this is probably the healthiest chocolate cake out there, which is probably not much of a big deal to you. Yet. However, when you taste this you’ll soon realise that not only is it healthy but highly likely the best chocolate cake you ever had. Really.

healthiest chocolate cake

I’m completely in love with this cake. This chocolate cake. It’s rich, dark, light yet moist. The frosting is to die for and the chocolate chips give this a double smash of chocolate. I used dark chocolate chips with the first ingredient cocoa mass rather than sugar which really helps ramp up the richness and limit the sugar content.

Cauliflower. Yep, that’s right. Frozen cauliflower in your chocolate cake. I urge you to try this but if it really doesn’t float ya boat then you can replace with one cup of apple/sweet potato puree. But frozen cauliflower chocolate cake is the bomb!

Anyway, right now this is all hear say so just go ahead and make it. See for yourself!

healthiest chocolate cake

Healthy Cauliflower Chocolate Cake

3/4 cup spelt flour
1 teaspoon each of baking powder + bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons egg replacer
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup dark chocolate chips
2 cups loosely packed frozen cauliflower, thawed
1/2 cup coconut milk
4 tablespoons coconut oil

1. Preheat oven to 175 ºC + grease an 8″x8″ baking pan.
2. Combine all the dry ingredients, mixing well.
3. In a blender add the remaining ingredients including the frozen cauliflower + blend until very smooth.
4. Stir the two mixtures together, transfer to the pan + bake for 30 minutes.

Ice/Frost with this bad boy:

Original recipe here at Chocolate Covered Katie.

Chocolate Coconut Flour Mug Cake (No Dairy, No Egg, Paleo)

Before going fully vegan I was kinda hooked on coconut flour mug cakes……like eating them every day type hooked. The trouble they mostly contain egg so I’ve been meaning to, for like ever, get experimenting with a vegan chocolate coconut flour mug cake. I’m now done. And it’s good. Really good.

chocolate mug cake paleo vegan

A few minor points first. I no longer have a microwave so this was cooked in the oven………and not in a mug but more a generously proportioned ramekin dish. So this is kind of like a selfish single serving of moist chocolatey coconut cake! However, I have high hopes you can in fact put this in a mug and then the microwave 😉 and voila – a selfish single serving microwave mug cake!

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Besides, the cooking method this is a real gem of a cake. I’m in love:

a truly healthy snack
no grain – low carb
higher in protein + fibre than your average ‘cake’
low calorie, if that’s your thing
super quick, like super, super
full of the goodness of cocoa + coconut flour
rich chocolatey cake texture + taste

By the way, there’s never anything wrong with chocolate sauce on top. Never.

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Chocolate Coconut Flour Mug Cake (No Dairy, No Egg, Paleo)

(for just you)

1 vegan Orgran egg (1 heaped teaspoon egg replacer : 2 tablespoons water)
3 tablespoons coconut milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 heaping tablespoon coconut flour
optional (but probably wise!): dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC + add the egg replacer to a small ramekin pot or mug.
2. Add the remaining ingredients + make sure the mixture is a smooth consistency. Fold through chocolate chips if using.
3. Bake for 20 minutes + devour after a little cooling.

Notes: As I no longer have a microwave I decided to use the oven as it really doesn’t take that long. However, my previous mug cake was cooked in the microwave (800w for 90 seconds on high). I’m almost certain this would work here but as I haven’t tried it I can’t make that a promise 😉

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies (Dairy Free + Gluten Free)

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

OK so time for something sweeter on the blog, it’s been a little while we know! These simple pumpkin chocolate brownies really have very few ingredients and are just truly satisfying. It’s getting cold outside and when someone’s made you a hot drink, these accompany that quite nicely.

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

With some pumpkin puree leftover and the urge for a chocolatey gluten free treat, these came to mind and proved a real success! Made with healthy brown rice flour and almond flour, combined with some other truly special plant based ingredients, you really do feel good eating these (well we did anyway!)

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

Invite over a friend or take to someone’s and share a heathy indulgent moment or two.

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies

1 cup pumpkin puree
2/3 cup dates
generous sprinkle cinnamon
pinch of sea salt (I used pink himalayan)
1 cup almond flour
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup raw cocoa
4 tablespoons liquid sweetener (I used maple syrup)

Entirely optional but you could also drizzle with raw chocolate sauce:

2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoons maple syrup

(just combine this little lot over a low heat + drizzle away)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC + line a small baking dish. Blitz the pumpkin + dates until smooth.
  2. Add this mixture to a bowl with remaining ingredients, combine well + transfer to the baking dish.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until inserted skewer comes out clean. Once removed allow to stand for 20 minutes before slicing.
  4. Enjoy now as is or drizzle with chocolate sauce.

3 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Caramels

Better than rolos 😉

 Vegan Rolos

Sometimes only caramel will do, and at other times only chocolate caramels will do. Thank heavens for these 3 ingredient beauties. Not only are they 100% plant based, but contain only 3 ingredients and take no time to put together. I reckon I can make these quicker than Russ can drive to the supermarket and buy some Rolos! But why would you anyway – these chocolate caramel treats are uber healthy, natural and perfect for an afternoon accompaniment to a cuppa tea!

vegan rolos

Have you got dates? Have you got peanut butter? What about some dark chocolate? No, well you can make your own with coconut oil, maple syrup and cocoa powder 😉

vegan rolos

Do you have 10 minutes free today? Yep, well looks like you’ll be eating these too! Enjoy!

Vegan Rolos

3 ingredient vegan chocolate caramels

(makes 12-15 balls)

1 cup dates + pinch sea salt
1 heaping tablespoon smooth natural peanut butter
25 grams dark dairy free chocolate

Pulse/blend the dates + pb until smooth. Form 12-15 small caramel balls. Melt the chocolate. Coat the caramel balls with deliciously dark chocolate, remove with a toothpick + freeze for 15 minutes. Remove + devour. These can be stored in the fridge or freezer.

Dairy Free Black Bean Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

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I never understood the chocolate spread hype as a kid, it always looked so wrong to me, especially in a sandwich! It just plain old freaked me out, I was (still am) definitely more of a marmite or PB & jam kinda girl. I guess I was just highly suspicious of chocolate spread squished inbetween bread, in the same way that eating tomato ketchup with cold food was (and still is) way too much for me to handle – gross! Anyway, it’s not like I don’t like ‘Nutella’ spreads, it was clearly just a weird childhood thing……these days I’d rather make my own anyway, plus it’s super easy to do. Of course a great place to start is ya straight up hazelnut butter and chocolate combo but I wanted something a little less dense and healthy as a base, so naturally……….BEANS.

chocolate spread

I love beans full stop but I’m always really surprised at how much I like them in sweet treats like brownies and cookie dough butter! And now, basically straight up Nutella but on a whole other level. A black bean level which transforms your usual chocolate spread to one that is very, very healthy and free from dairy. This super black bean chocolate hazelnut spread has:

no refined sugars
no trans fats
low sugar
lower fat
higher protein
a lot less calories.

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This is so much lower in calories than your average chocolate spreads that I’d actually be quite happy to eat the lot for pudding. Seriously.

I’ve put the measurements below but they are fairly approximate as I think it’s best to adjust and taste as you blend. This is fairly sweet so do reduce the syrup if you’d prefer less sweetness, or indeed crank it up if you want uber-sweet! I just so happened to have roasted hazelnuts at home but hazelnut butter would be fine or sub this for peanut or almond butter if you’re not fussed on the chocolate hazelnut combo.

vegan chocolate spread

Just throw it all in and whip it up…oh and then decide how you’re gonna eat it, straight up chocolate pudding or rich nutty chocolatey spread………..?

chocolate vegan spread

Dairy free black bean chocolate hazelnut spread

1 can black beans
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup roasted chopped hazelnuts
pinch of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Add EVERYTHING to the blender (I use a Vitamix) and blitz to chocolate heaven.

Dairy Free Chocolate Birthday Cake

No not my birthday, mine’s July! I took this to my brother’s 40th tea party at my Mum’s house. She’s a good kid.

vegan birthday cake

So yeah, when you go over to the vegan side, mainstream cake is like really hard- eggs, butter, milk etc. It’s one big animal party in a cake. The thing is I like some chocolately dense cakeage and I knew I had to do something about it, so I made this. It really is like your average sponge, nothing ground breaking but hey I wasn’t trying to break any plant based cake ground but rather master a simple Chocolate Cake. I just swapped each animal ingredient for a plant ingredient such as coconut oil and nut milk. YUM! Of course I topped it with kiddy sprinkles, I was trying to be popular 😉 and make an appealing looking chocolate cake.

Vegan birthday cake

The other thing is I am pregnant, 5 months pregnant and I figured I will soon have the responsibility of being able to knock up a chocolate sponge that’s delicious and healthy too. C’mon, what Mum can’t make cake? Crikey, still can’t get used to that word.

I love how this is wholegrain with no dairy and no unrefined sugar. I know a few peeps who would knock me for this in a ‘oh let your hair down girl, it’s a birthday!’ I just say ‘bugger off’, life’s already short and ‘my’ cake is delicious and healthy and the bonus is it wont make you feel sluggish, collapse your bowls later in life, or cause a nice bit of type 2 diabetes. Steady on!

Vegan chocolate cake

It’s so easy too and takes 3 minutes to knock up with ALL the ingredients available at your local Sainsbury’s. The thing is if you don’t have coconut oil, use another vegetable oil such as canola, same goes for xylitol, just use raw cane sugar or maple syrup (but please do get involved with xylitol as it’s truly amazing stuff).

Not having an overly sweet tooth, chocolate cake has been on my to do list for a while, yeah who else can say that?! Anyhow, it’s done now and the result was: SUCCESS.

Vegan birthday cake

I have 4 nieces and they all ate this…..and enjoyed it too. There was a non vegan sponge and carrot cake too at the party. Fact is THIS vegan birthday cake got eaten first, seriously! Ashamed to say this recipe makes a pretty small cake, so next time I plan to double the ingredients and sandwich two seven inch cakes or make a larger single layer!

My work here is done.

Vegan birthday cake

Vegan Chocolate Cake

(8 slices, big ‘uns)

1 1/4 cups spelt flour
3/4 cup xylitol
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp distilled white or apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup coconut oil

chocolate topping:

4 tbsp margarine
1/2 cup xylitol
2 tbsp almond milk
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

sprinkle with anything

method:
1. Preheat oven to 180 º CELSIUS. Sift flour, baking powder + cocoa into a large mixing bowl. Add the xylitol + salt, combining thoroughly. In a measuring jug, mix the remaining ingredients + add to the dry mix. Using a whisk, combine the mixture thoroughly resisting the urge to drink it all.
2. Transfer to a greased 7 inch cake tin. Bake for 30 minutes.
3. Remove + cool completely.
4. Meanwhile, combine all the chocolate topping ingredients in a small pan over a high heat and stir until smooth, silky + fully combined. This will thicken as it dries so glaze cake within 5 minutes + top copiously with yummy things like berries, cocoa nibs, sprinkles or anything that takes your fancy.

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