My hobnob recipe has been one of THE most popular recipes from my blog, and I can't say I'm surprised. Who knew that with just a handful of natural ingredients it would be possible to create the most delicious biscuits known to man!? I've made them so many times I've lost count (although that happens a lot these days – baby brain is apparently still a thing long after the baby has arrived), and the other day I had some leftover caramel that I needed to use up (I was very close to just eating it with a spoon but managed to restrain myself) so I decided to jazz up my hobnobs and take their amazingness to a whole new level.
And boy was it a success and a half. I think these might be even better than the original, they're just insane! All the tastiness of my original version but with a surprise gooey sticky caramel filling in the middle. Prepare to be transported to teatime heaven guys, you're (literally) in for one hell of a treat!
- 1 1/4 cup oats
- 3/4 cup ground almonds
- 1/2 cup cashew butter (or any other nut or seed butter)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
For the caramel filling
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup cashew butter
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
For the chocolate on top
- 1/2 cup cacao butter or coconut oil
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp cashew butter
To make the biscuits, just combine the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir well so that everything is all nicely combined. Preheat the oven to 180C and bake for 15 minutes – the biscuits might still seem a little soft in the middle but they will continue cooking after you take them out so don't worry!
Leave them on a cooling rack for an hour or so then make the caramel by blitzing all the ingredients in a food processor or blender until they form a sticky gooey mixture. Spoon this on top of the biscuits and spread out the caramel with the back of your spoon to cover them evenly.
Pop them in the freezer for 10 minutes to set then make the chocolate by melting the cacao butter in a bowl over a saucepan half full of water and then stirring in the other ingredients. Dip the biscuits in the chocolate (you might want to do this a couple of times for each biscuit) and then drizzle any extra chocolate on top. Leave them in the fridge for a couple of minutes so that the chocolate sets, put the kettle on and get your favourite tea brewing and dig in!
Love, Mrs H xx
Mr H, baby H and I recently went on a lovely long weekend to Verona in celebration of me turning old (30, eek). It turns out travelling with a baby is much easier before they start a) crawling and b) eating, but whilst there's not much you can do about the former apart from being in party entertainer mode for the duration of the flight, the latter can be helped by careful planning and a whole backpack of snacks (or 'the snackpack' as we now refer to it). Continue reading
I hate wasting food. It makes me so sad when I have to throw stuff away at the end of the week that I make every effort to plan our meals in advance and order all our food online (because going to the supermarket alone with baby H is not the easiest task and going with Mr H in tow always seems to end up with us buying far more than we originally intended).
However each week there are still always items that don’t get used up, or meals that don’t get cooked (sadly more due to a lack of time these days rather than us spontaneously going out) so I do end up with the odd item that needs eating in some way, shape or form. Continue reading
Marble cake is the indecisive dessert eater’s best friend. I’ve often been struck by the dilemma of which dessert to eat, and when there’s a choice between chocolate and peanut butter I honestly wouldn’t know which way to go – what a tough one! Marble cake also looks super pretty (who could say no to that gorgeous swirly pattern) but I’ll let you in on a secret, it’s really very simple to make! Continue reading
These were originally meant to just be peanut butter brownies. Baby H went to sleep one day, so I started writing up the recipe, which began with the words ‘peanut butter is my jam’. Then I started thinking about jam, which led me in turn to think about raspberries, at which point I remembered I had some raspberries in the freezer that I needed to use up before I defrosted it. My life is so glam. Then baby H woke up and the PB brownies remained untested and unwritten about, that is until now.
Looking through my old unfinished articles the other day (nap time again) I stumbled across this one and its sad little one liner and realised that I still needed to use up the raspberries and i still hadn’t defrosted the freezer. And that’s the (rather uninteresting) story of how these insanely delicious brownies came into existence. Continue reading
This salad is like sunshine in a bowl. It’s inspired by my favourite dish at the gorgeous LLS cafe near me in Hampstead, which if you’re ever in the area you have to visit! It’s also amazingly good for you thanks to the anti-inflammatory superpowers of turmeric and all the beta carotene packed into the carrots, not to mention good fats from the seeds. And then there’s the cauliflower – YUM. I’ve recently become a bit of a cauliflower addict (ok a lot of a cauliflower addict) although growing up I was never really a fan. But what changed? Well I discovered roasted cauliflower, which turned my world upside down to say the least. It’s just so delicious, and roasted in some olive oil, turmeric and a little pinch of salt? Phoar. Continue reading
I created these little beauties to celebrate mine and Mr H’s second wedding anniversary. I know you’re traditionally supposed to give paper (or is it leather, I forget) but the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and the way to my man’s heart is chocolate and peanut butter.
To be honest it’s the way to my heart too, which is perhaps why our marriage works so well – a mutual love of all things chocolatey and peanut buttery – it’s as good a foundation for a relationship as any in my book! Continue reading
My mum lives down in Cornwall, right near St Ives, which if you’ve not been is well worth a visit as it’s really beautiful, especially in the summer. It’s a lovely little seaside town with cute shops, delicious restaurants and stunning nearby beaches, so it probably comes as no surprise that I really look forward to visiting her down there when I can. Mr H loves it when I visit my mum too as not only does he get a bit of peace and quiet and the time to do whatever new DIY project he’s dreamed up that week, but I always bring him back one of Cornwall’s finest delicacies, some good old Cornish fudge. Continue reading
I never quite realised until I started my market stall at Hampstead Market in January just how many people are turning vegan. I know it might be ‘in vogue’ at the moment, but whatever people’s reasons behind the craze, it’s so great that so many of us are becoming more aware of our health and what we are eating, as well as contributing to a greener planet and less animal suffering. It’s win win if you think about it! Continue reading
I made this shake a couple of weeks ago because I fancied something a little bit indulgent, it was a hot day (well for May anyway) and I was craving cookies and cream.
Turns out that this delightful beverage not only hit the spot BIG TIME in my book, but Mr H loved it too and has been requesting it ever since. It has most certainly therefore become the flavour of the month as far as shakes are involved!
It definitely tastes super creamy and indulgent (which is why I’ve called it an ice cream shake and not a smoothie) but it’s packed with good fats from the cashew butter and slow release energy from the oats and bananas. So all in all it’s a bit of a winner really – perfect if you fancy something that tastes totally heavenly, takes 5 minutes to make, is good for your body and fills you up until lunchtime! So what are you waiting for…go get your shake on!
- 2 medium ripe bananas
- 1 cup ice
- 4 medjool dates
- 1/2 cup oats
- 4 tbsp cashew butter
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs
Blitz all the ingredients except the cacao nibs in a blender for around a minute or so until smooth, then pop in the cacao nibs and whizz for another 10 seconds. Pour into glasses and enjoy! Berries optional.
Love, Mrs H xx