Chocolate covered cookie dough Easter eggs

Easter is totally one of my favourite times of year – spring is springing, we get a four day weekend and it’s completely acceptable to eat as much chocolate as physically possible. What’s not to like!

I wanted to celebrate this year by creating something a little different, because as much as I love chocolate eggs (and boy do I love them), it’s nice to mix it up sometimes too. We’ve got four days after all! Now these beauties may look and sound pretty fancy, but they’re actually really easy to make. You just need a handful of ingredients, a quick whizz in the food processor, and then a dip or three into the most delicious raw chocolate imaginable.

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The worlds most amazing quadruple chocolate truffles


Ok, so you might have heard of double chocolate, or maybe even triple chocolate, but quadruple chocolate? Our unofficial motto in the Hollingsworth household seems to be ‘if in doubt, chocolate’ – both Mr H and I are long-standing chocoholics (we think it’s genetic, my dad and his mum are both of a similar disposition so we must have inherited the chocolate gene) and rarely a day goes by when we don’t both indulge in a little cacao (raw of course).

So now that Easter (an event high up on any chocolate lover’s calendar) is fast approaching I knew it was time to get chocolatey. I wanted to make something with a truffley chocolately centre and I also wanted to experiment with dark and white chocolate so these truffles are basically the amalgamation of everything I dreamed up!

They’re honestly just the most divine things ever, and I promise you even the biggest of sugar addicts will love them, despite the fact that they are completely free from refined sugar and anything remotely nasty. They’re also really simple to make, and you only need eight ingredients!

Makes about 10 of the worlds most amazing truffles

Ingredients 

For the truffles

  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup cacao butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream

For the dark chocolate coating

  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cacao butter

For the white chocolate coating

  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cacao butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil

For the truffle fillings, combine all the ingredients except the cacao butter and cacao nibs in a food processor and whizz until you get a smooth, gooey mixture. While this is mixing, melt the cacao butter in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water until it is all melted.

Pour the melted cacao butter into the food processor and blend for another 30 seconds or so, until it is all mixed in. Spoon the mixture into a bowl and stir in the cacao nibs. Place the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes, so that it hardens enough to be able to form it into balls. Remove from the freezer and shape into smallish balls. Pop them back in the freezer to set.

For the dark and white chocolate coatings, melt the cacao butter for each in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, then stir in the other ingredients. Remove the truffles from the freezer and dip them in the melted white and dark chocolate – the more times the better! Pop them in the fridge for ten minutes to set then enjoy!

Love, Mrs H xx

Frosted chocolate brownie batter balls

Brownie batter and chocolate frosting, she said. Chocolate on chocolate, she said. Need I say any more? Probably not, but I shall. On my quest to create the world’s best brownies, I taste tested rather a lot of brownie batter (in the name of research, obvs) and it really got me thinking. It turns out brownie batter is just as delicious raw as it is post-bake. And chocolate + chocolate > chocolate.

Speaking of chocolate (because after all what better thing to speak about), I created this recipe to celebrate The Chocolate Show, one of the highlights of my culinary calendar,  which is being held at Olympia on 13th-15th October (tickets are available here) and is set to be one SERIOUSLY delicious weekend. There’s masterclasses, tastings and heaps more – I mean what more could a chocoholic want! OK, maybe Ryan Gosling and some chocolate body paint but this is totally the next best chocolatey thing!

So in honour of this wonderful weekend I set myself a challenge to create something extremely chocolatey and insanely tasty. The result? The most heavenly brownie recipe that can be rolled into balls and eaten raw, no baking necessary. And boy is it good. But what makes these bites even more special is the frosting. Honestly, the frosting on these babies is every bit as decadent and delicious as real life chocolate buttercream. Even Mr H, a harsh dessert critic and fellow chocolate fiend, declared these some of the best things I’ve ever made, which is high praise indeed from such a choconnoisseur (not a word but should be).

So in summary, think rich and gooey raw brownie batter covered with creamy and soft chocolate frosting. I’m practically drooling just thinking about them, and something tells me that I’m going to be making these rather a lot from now on, and you probably should too!

P.S. I seem to have recently discovered a love of piping. There’s no real need for it in this recipe, and it’s just as yum if you just plonk the frosting on top with a teaspoon but I do like making things look pretty. I expect there might be a lot more piping coming to the blog in the future…just call me the pie piper – get it? And on that note…here’s the recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp cacao powder
  • 4 tbsp cacao nibs

For the frosting

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 5 tbsp cacao powder
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp cashew butter (or any other nut butter)
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil

Another super simple one here folks! Just bung the ingredients for the balls into your food processor and whizz for a couple of minutes until smooth, sticky and slightly crumbly. Roll the mixture into balls and pop them in the freezer for at least an hour to cool, as this will make the icing stick much better.

For the frosting, scoop the insides out the avocado and combine these with the other ingredients in a food processor. Blend for around five minutes until a super smooth and silky mixture forms. Remove the balls from the freezer and either use a teaspoon to spoon the frosting on top or get your piping bag and nozzle out!

I hope you love these as much as I do!

Love, Mrs H xx

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Ferrero rocher cups 

I’m having a real hazelnut butter moment right now. I love nut butters so much that I buy them in 1kg tubs and they really don’t seem to last very long. At all. Sometimes (when I’m feeling particularly lazy) I eat them ‘on the rocks’ with a spoon, but I do try to be a bit more creative, as I love trying out new ideas and testing new recipes and of course sharing the best ones with you guys! Continue reading

Chocolate peanut butter truffles 


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

Cranberry and pecan chocolate fudge 

 

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

Raw salted caramel chocolate ganache cups 


Hello little cups of yum. Nice to meet you.  My name’s Emma and I’m going to look after you, so jump in my tummy quickly before anyone else realises you exist.

I’m feeling a little bit on the silly side today and I think it’s because I’ve eaten too much chocolate. But let’s roll with it and talk about these raw, salted caramel, chocolate ganache cups. So many amazing things in such a little dessert.  Continue reading

‘Rawfter Eight’ mint thins

When I was younger, restaurants always seemed to give you the bill on a saucer full of After Eight mints, which I guess must have been a 90s thing as it doesn’t seem to really happen anymore (or at least to me). Obviously being an adult now, the time when the bill comes is also far less fun given that the days of piggy banks and pocket money are long behind me, but to add insult to injury there’s definitely a distinct lack of After Eight action going on in the restaurants I frequent too. Continue reading

Superfood mint choc chip truffles 

I’ve been meaning to make mint choc chip balls for aaaaages, but somehow I never ended up getting round to it. I really don’t know why, they’re such a no brainer – mint plus chocolate equals deliciousness – but better late than never hey!

These make for the perfect post dinner palate cleanser, but I’m not one for being time-ist so I’d say they’re a pretty awesome daytime snack too. The first time I made these I didn’t add any green colouring in, so they ended up being a light brown colour which made me a bit sad if I’m honest as in my opinion minty things ought to be green. So the next time I whacked in some spirulina powder too, thus making my balls not only look the part but making them even more amazing for your body too. Continue reading

White chocolate snow ball truffles 

Is it going to be a white Christmas? Probably not – it seems to only ever snow at weird times like March these days, never in December when I swear it’s supposed to, and when I’m sure it used to. I can’t wait to take baby H out in the snow for the first time, but I reckon we’ve got a few months to wait before that happens. Worst comes to worst we are going skiing with Mr H’s family in Feb, so fingers crossed that’ll be snowy otherwise it’ll be a bit of a wasted trip! Continue reading