Chocolate Nut Butter Cups

These four ingredient chocolate and peanut butter cups is the easiest recipe to make. It’s a great project for children to get involved in! And they would have even more fun eating them!

When you have a craving for something sweet, these chocolate bites satisfy the craving and dark chocolate is so healthy. Studies have shown that dark chocolate is good for the heart and in calming anxiety. And the antioxidants gives the skin a radiant glow.

I used baking chocolate but any dark chocolate works well. You could also use any nut butter and maple syrup instead of honey. Vegans could substitute with agave syrup. This recipe is from Livestrong and makes about 12 chocolate cups.

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PREP: 25 minutes COOK TIME: 2 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup dark chocolate baking chunks

½ cup peanut butter

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Melt the chocolate over a bowl of hot water or in the microwave. Scoop a couple of teaspoons into each ice cube compartment. Refrigerate the trays for five minutes until the chocolate just starts to firm up. Mix together the peanut butter, honey and vanilla. Spoon the nut butter evenly over the cold chocolate molds. Cover each compartment with the remaining melted chocolate (about a teaspoon for each mold). Refrigerate another 15 minutes until chocolate is solid.

Nutty Protein Energy Balls

These energy balls provide protein, carbs and good fats. It’s just the thing for a quick snack in the morning or anytime of the day, perfect to pack for a long flight and ideal after a workout. They are fun to eat and so easy to make.

If I need an excuse to eat chocolate, then these protein balls are it! The sweet and salty flavour is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes

Ingredients

2/3 cup almonds, powdered

15 dates

2 tbsp coconut nectar

1 tbsp coconut oil

½ cup peanut butter

1 tbsp cocoa powder

3 tbsp dark chocolate, chopped finely

1 cup rolled oats

1 tbsp chia seeds

1/4 cup coconut chips

1/8 tsp sea salt

Blitz the dates in the food processor to a paste. In a large bowl, place the dates, coconut nectar, coconut oil and peanut butter together and mix well. Add the almond meal, cocoa, chocolate, oats, chia seeds and salt. Mix together until all the ingredients are evenly combined. Form into 12 balls with clean hands and place in a sealed container. It can be stored in the refrigerator for one week or freezer for 1 month.

Dark and White Chocolate Marble Cake with Marble Icing

There’s nothing more satisfying than a piece of cake with a cup of tea or coffee. The delicious aroma of homemade cakes has an instant appeal and it’s very hard to resist.

A family favourite, I usually make this cake with vanilla, chocolate and coffee flavours. However, I decided to try it with dark and white chocolate for a change. It was quite an interesting project.

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A marble cake looks great, but it’s actually very simple to make. The luscious swirl of the dark and white chocolate makes for a delicious contrast of colour and taste.

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PREP: 20 minutes  COOK TIME: 45-50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 30 gms dark chocolate, chopped
  • 30 gms white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 240 gms self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 180 gms butter
  • 180 gms caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3-4 tbsp apricot jam

Icing

  • 60 gms dark chocolate, chopped
  • 60 gms white chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tbsp cream

Instructions

Grease and line an 8” cake pan with parchment paper.

Preheat the oven at 180 C.

Dissolve the dark chocolate in 1 tbsp of milk over hot water. Dissolve the white chocolate in 1 tbsp of milk similarly. Set aside to cool.

Sift the flour and salt. Cream the butter until it is soft, add the sugar and continue creaming until it is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs gradually. Fold the flour into the mixture, a third at a time, adding milk if necessary to make it drop easily from the whisk. Add the vanilla and mix well. Divide the mixture into two portions and add the melted dark chocolate to one portion. Flavour the second portion with the melted white chocolate.

Spoon tablespoonfuls of one mixture around the tin, leaving room for the other mixture. Fill the spaces with the second mixture and continue with a second layer alternating the flavours of dark and white chocolate. Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

To make the apricot glaze, combine the apricot jam with a 1 tbsp of water and heat gently. Cool. When the cake is cold brush with the apricot glaze and allow it to set.

For the icing, combine the dark chocolate with 2 tbsp of cream in a bowl and melt the chocolate over boiling water. Do not let the bowl touch the water. When the chocolate has melted completely, set aside to cool. Repeat the process with the white chocolate and the remaining cream.

Spoon dollops of each mixture randomly on the surface of the cake and swirl with a toothpick or a skewer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark and White Chocolate Mousse with Salted Caramel

Thank goodness for some rain; the weather is more pleasant now. It’s always the best time for cold desserts though in Madras.

An incredibly easy mousse and takes so little time to set as well. It’s just one of those recipes that looks as though you have put in a ton of effort into making it. I prefer using cream for making mousse because I’m not too fond of raw eggs as in a traditional recipe. However, you could make it anyway you choose.

You can use the same method for the white and dark chocolate mousse. I used store bought salted caramel because this is a quick and easy dessert.

I used dark chocolate to offset the sweetness of the white chocolate and the salted caramel just gives it the right balance to taste the different flavors of sweet and bitter. Indulgence in a glass!

I used some of the caramel to toss the popcorn in and used it to decorate the top. You could however, just do any garnish that you like – chocolate shavings, nuts, etc.

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Ingredients

For the White and Dark Chocolate Mousse

  • 100 gm each of good quality White and Dark chocolate
  • 100 ml milk
  • 300 ml double cream

To garnish:

  • 1 cup salted caramel
  • Popcorn

Melt 100 gm of dark chocolate in a double boiler. Heat half the milk until boiling, then whisk in the dark chocolate. Cool. Whip 150 ml of the cream until soft peaks form, then fold in the chocolate. Spoon the contents into a serving glass or bowl. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes until set.

Repeat the same process for the white chocolate using the 100 grams of the White chocolate and the remaining milk and cream. Spoon the mixture over the set dark chocolate. Refrigerate for another 15-20 minutes until set.

Spoon some salted caramel on top and garnish with the caramelized popcorn. Enjoy.