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.
I was making my Christmas granola, and as I sprinkled in the figs at the end I realised that in all my time creating healthy recipes I’ve kind of neglected them as a fruit! So this recipe is effectively my apology to all the figs out there, although for all I know, they probably don’t even give a fig. Right then, obligatory fig pun out of the way let’s forget it ever happened and cut to the chase shall we? Continue reading →
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 →
Poor old Santa. Not only does he have the busiest day ever on Christmas Eve rushing around the WHOLE WORLD delivering presents, but all he gets from well-meaning parents around the globe to keep him going is a stodgy mince pie or two. No wonder he’s so fat. Personally I think Rudolph gets the better deal – I’d take a carrot over a mince pie any day of the week to avoid all that refined sugar and gluten in my tum.
Well this year, things are going to change in the Hollingsworth household. After having to help squeeze her husband out of one chimney too many, Mrs Claus has had a word with Mrs H and together we’ve decided that what the big FC needs are energy balls. But he’d be upset if they didn’t have a festive touch (he does wait around for it for 364 days a year in the most freezing country ever after all) so I’ve come up with these Christmas pudding energy balls.
They’re just divine – fruity, chewy and packed with Christmas spices and flavours – and they’re totally guilt free! And they look pretty cute too – I’ll be serving some up on the 25th for sure as Santa shouldn’t be the only one who gets to enjoy these! And who knows, the man himself might be cutting a much svelter figure this time next year!
1 cup dates
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp mixed spice
Zest of 1/4 an orange
For the icing
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
6 tbsp coconut cream
Goji berries, cranberries or redcurrants
Mint leaves (use the smallest ones in the bunch)
For the balls, pop the ingredients in a food processor and whizz for 2-3 minutes until gorgeously sticky and gooey. Put the mixture in the fridge for half an hour to allow it to harden a little, then roll into balls and place in the freezer for at least an hour so that the icing sticks nicely.
To make the icing, simply add the ingredients to a blender or mixing bowl, and blend or stir until everything is completely combined and you have a lovely runny icing. Remove the balls from the freezer and drizzle the icing on top with a teaspoon. Decorate with mint leaves and berries and there you have it!
Easter is a fabulous time when it comes to delicious desserts and sweet treats, and whilst the majority are either chocolate-based and/or egg-shaped, there’s just something so delicious about hot cross buns. I don’t know if it’s because they feel so ‘traditional’ and have been around for so long, but there’s just something so comforting about them.Continue reading →
Creme Eggs are so last year. In fact I’ve never liked them (too sweet and sickly for me) but what I do love is chocolates with fillings. I used to always pick the Strawberry Cremes out of the Roses tin and the Galaxy Truffles out of the celebrations box, and don’t even get me started on how much I love peanut butter cups. Yum. So with these three favourites in mind, I’ve given the traditional Creme Egg a little overhaul (and in my opinion my lovely trio are a lot tastier too). Continue reading →
I used to love making Easter nests when I was little – my mum would melt the chocolate and then I’d get to stir in the Rice Krispies and spoon the mixture mostly into cake cases, but also some into my mouth. Some things never change – I still love making them, and I still manage to eat a fair amount of the mixture in the process. But these days I call it taste testing, so that makes it ok. Right? Continue reading →
It’s December, so Christmas is officially a-coming! Whilst I still have a LOT of Christmas/Hanukkah shopping to do (thank goodness for Amazon Prime hey), when it comes to festive recipes I seem to be pretty organised this year. I can’t wait to share them all with you! Continue reading →
No tricks here, just delicious Halloween treats! We wanted to come up with a healthy, guilt-free treat that is easy to make (for big people and little people too!) and these chocolate orange pumpkin bites proved to be just the ticket! Continue reading →