Milk Chocolate Flapjack with Goji Berry, Cranberries & Seeds

Happy Tuesday guys! Today’s recipe is Milk Chocolate Flapjack with Goji Berry, Cranberries & Seeds – another Christmas inspired recipe that is so tasty I simply can’t get enough of it.Β πŸ™ˆ

Milk Chocolate Flapjack with Goji Berry, Cranberries & Seeds

Not only these flapjack bites are generously soaked in butter but they’ve got a thick layer of milk chocolate. At least the oats, dry fruit and seeds are on the healthy side so I think it balances things out.Β πŸ˜†

I used cranberries, goji berries, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. The result was crunchy, sweet and buttery flapjack bites – perfect as a snack, dessert or whenever you crave something sweet and crunchy.

They are suitable for freezing which I did so I still have some of these beauties left. I munch on them almost everyday. But seriously, what’s not to love about them.

Milk Chocolate Flapjack with Goji Berry, Cranberries & Seeds

Oh, I forgot to mention.. I also added some raw cashew nuts in the mixture and desiccated coconut. You can really add any seeds, nuts or dry fruit you fancy. And did I mention there’s no cooking involved? Yay! What you have to do is to simply mix all the ingredients together, empty in a tray and freeze for a couple of hours. That’s all, simple as that.

Milk Chocolate Flapjack with Goji Berry, Cranberries & Seeds

It seems to me the more Christmas is approaching the more sweet and indulgent stuff I’m making. I usually don’t make that much but now th kids want to make Christmas cookies, festive hot chocolate, Christmas cupcakes and whatnot. So it’s kinda inevitable at the moment. But we don’t complain, we really enjoy trying what we’ve made, especially the kids. And that’s what Christmas is all about, isn’t it

Milk Chocolate Flapjack with Goji Berry, Cranberries & Seeds

Here’s how to make the Milk Chocolate Flapjack with Goji Berry, Cranberries & Seeds

Milk Chocolate Flapjack with Goji Berry, Cranberries & Seeds

Milk Chocolate Flapjack with Goji Berry, Cranberries & Seeds

Ingredients

  • 250g oats
  • 100g milk chocolate, melted
  • 200g butter, melted
  • 3tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 100g raw cashew nuts
  • 2tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 50g dry goji berries
  • 50g dry cranberries

Instructions

  1. In a bowl mix all the ingredients, apart from the chocolate, together.
  2. Pour in a tray and freeze for a couple of hours.
  3. Take out of the freezer and add a thick layer of the milk chocolate on top. Freeze for an hour.
  4. Cut in small bites, if wished.
  5. Enjoy!
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Milk Chocolate Flapjack with Goji Berry, Cranberries & Seeds

I hope you guys like this recipe and try it at home. Stay tuned for more tasty recipes coming very soon. xx

Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

Happy Saturday all! Today’s recipe is Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins – and let the festive season begins! πŸ˜€

Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

As you can see these Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins are loaded with chocolate, like lots of it so that’s enough of a good reason for me to make them this festive season. They’re one of the simplest muffins I’ve ever made. It only takes 15 minutes for them to cook. I think it actually takes more time to make them look like Christmas trees. I used some desiccated coconut hoping to make them look like snowy Christmas trees. πŸ™‚

It’s a great way t get your kids involved and leave them to decorate the muffins. They probably won’t look like Christmas trees at the end but that’s ok. πŸ˜€ This reminds me, I should make some Christmas cookies as my kids love decorating them.

Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

No matter how healthy we’re trying to be, it’s this time of the year again and there’s always something sweet and naughty to try so that’s a tricky task. Seriously, what’s Christmas without some indulgent food (ok, probably too much of it). But hey, there’s January, it’s usually when people make their New Year’s resolutions so it’s a good time to get back in shape. πŸ™‚ Till then, let’s just try to find a healthy balance.

Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

Here’s how to make the Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

Ingredients

  • 100g flour
  • 100g sugar
  • 2eggs
  • 100ml sunflower oil
  • 300g hazelnut chocolate spread
  • 300g cream cheese
  • 2tbsp instant coffee
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • desiccated coconut for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190Β°C.
  2. In a bowl, mix the eggs and sugar. Add the flour, baking powder and oil. Mix well.
  3. Mix the instant coffee with 3tbsp of water and add it to the bowl.
  4. Empty the muffin mixture in a grease muffin tray and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  5. Leave the muffins to cool down.
  6. Gently cut their tops and put on a side. Mix the chocolate and cream cheese together and using a piping bag swirl some chocolate, add the lid and add more chocolate.
  7. Decorate as you wish and sprinkle some desiccated coconut.
  8. Enjoy!
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I hope you guys like this recipe as much as we did. Stay tuned for more quick, easy and tasty recipes coming in the next few days. Meanwhile, enjoy your weekend and treat yourself with some delicious food. xx

Mocha Christmas Tree Muffins

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

Happy Wednesday guys! Recipe of the day is Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake – moreish & simply irresistible & it doesn’t even require baking!

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

It’s amazing how many things you can make from pumpkins ( apart from craving them) – desserts, soups, breads, appetizers, everything really. And considering the health benefits, they’re packed with vitamin A and vitamin C, they are just amazing!

If you’re interested I’ve done a round-up of my fav Pumpkin recipes hereΒ 15 Simple & Tasty Pumpkin Recipes

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

Let’s focus on the Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake now..

The recipe uses a few basic ingredients – digestive biscuits and butter for the bottom layer, cream cheese and pumpkin and then salted caramel on top, simple as that! I used shop-bought caramel sauce that I mixed with sea salt for the lovely salty flavoured caramel. If you prefer, you can make yours at home. Make sure to refrigerate it for a few hours before serving! It’s a real treat! πŸ™‚

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

This Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake is actually quite similar to theΒ Pumpkin Cheesecake

The second one is topped up with dark chocolate instead of the salted caramel and it’s still that moreish & irresistible. I honestly can’t say which one I prefer. I’d have both if I could! πŸ™‚

Now that Christmas is fast approaching(a bit over 10 weeks!) I’m thinking these Pumpkin cheesecakes would make the perfect treat for friends and family when visiting. Not only they’re super simple(no baking!) but their taste will surely please your loved ones! πŸ™‚

Don’t worry though, I’m planning lots of other simple & tasty Christmas recipes that are coming from November so make sure to subscribe if you haven’t done so! πŸ™‚

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

Here’s what you need to make the Slated Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 300g digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 150g butter, melted
  • 300g pumpkin, cooked and pureed
  • 400g cream cheese
  • 200ml double cream
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp cloves
  • 150g caramel sauce(I used shop-bought but you can make your own)
  • 2tbsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the biscuits with butter and layer them on a springform cake tin covering the bottom with baking paper in advance.
  2. Whip the cream, cream cheese, pumpkin and seasoning together. Make sure to mix well.
  3. Pour over the biscuit layer and even the surface. Add the melted chocolate on top and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours.
  4. Combine the caramel sauce with sea salt.
  5. Finish with the salted caramel and leave for another hour in the fridge.
  6. Enjoy!
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I hope you guys like this simple but delicious Pumpkin recipe. Make sure to stay tuned for more simple and tasty recipes coming in the next few days! xx

Gingerbread Cheesecake

Happy Thursday all ! Today’s recipe is Gingerbread Cheesecake with Chocolate Swirls. It’s rich, creamy and super indulgent – exactly what we need for the festive season or what we wish for. πŸ™‚ And it’s so aromatic, with a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. For me, this is the smell Β of Christmas. πŸ™‚ I absolutely love these spices, and it seems I use them quite often over the festive period. And of course, you could not not make some gingerbread men cookies. We still haven’t done these, but it’s on my to cook list. On the other side, my little helper helped me to make indulgent chocolate and pistachio cups and Christmas cupcakes. I’m not sure whether she enjoyed more the cooking and decorating process or the testing. πŸ™‚ Either way, it’s always fun to cook with your little one, isn’t it. πŸ™‚ Stay tuned for more Festive recipes coming your way very soon. πŸ™‚

 

Gingerbread Cheesecake

Oh, and I forgot to mention, this is a no bake cheesecake (as most of my cheesecake recipes) so it’s really simple to make, it only requires refrigerating for a few hours. I don’t think I’ve actually done many cheesecake recipes that require baking. There are probably not any on my blog, now that I think about it. Do you bake your cheesecakes? πŸ™‚ I love all these no baking recipes, they’re just make everything quicker and easier so wherever possible, I ‘cheat’ a bit. πŸ™‚

Gingerbread Cheesecake

I was thinking to add some salted caramel on top but at the last minute changed it to milk chocolate swirls. Both versions are delicious, I guess I was feeling more chocolatey that day. πŸ™‚ Let me tell you about these chocolate swirls – they are so soft and creamy and taste like pure heaven. I used lots of double cream and chocolate to make them, and I made the quite big as you can see, but this made this Gingerbread Cheesecake divine.

I should warn you, this is definitely not light and guilt free, but it’s not Christmas everyday. And a small piece of this amazing Gingerbread Cheesecake won’t do any harm, or may be two small pieces. πŸ™‚

Gingerbread Cheesecake

Here’s what you need for this No Bake Festive Cheesecake.

Gingerbread Cheesecake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time:
Total time:
Ingredients
  • 300g ginger biscuits, crushed
  • 300g cream cheese
  • 2 cups double cream
  • 150g butter, melted
  • 200g milk chocolate
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 2tsp ginger
  • 1tsp cloves
  • 1tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Combine the ginger biscuits with melted butter and layer them in a baking tray.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, half of the double cream and spices. Mix well.
  3. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the biscuit layer.
  4. To make the chocolate swirls – beat the cream until thick, melt the chocolate and add to the cream. Mix well.
  5. Use a piping bag to make the swirls.

Tip: If you wish, you can use some gingerbread men cookies or sugar canes to decorate the cheesecake, or any other edible Christmas decoration. I’ve used all of mine so I didn’t have any on that Β day but it’ll look lovely, I’m sure.

Gingerbread Cheesecake

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Happy Monday guys! I feel I’m a little behind with my pumpkin recipes this year but that needs to be changed. To start with, I made this amazing Pumpkin Cheesecake but, take a note of this, with a real pumpkin. Not that the ones in tins are not real What I mean is, instead of buying tinned pumpkin puree (which to be honest I haven’t seen here in the UK) I used my own pumpkin. Well, the only thing I had to do is to cook it and puree it. And I think the cheesecake actually tastes lighter this way and you can actually tell there’s a pumpkin mixed in there.

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This Pumpkin Cheesecake does not require any baking. I decided against using eggs and baking the cheesecake to make my life easier. Plus, to be honest, it was already late at night and I really wanted to et to bed and Netflix:-)

However, you need to leave it to rest in the fridge for a few hours, overnight is perfect. And be careful, mine started melting quickly, so don’t take it out of the fridge unless you’re gonna eat it.

pumpkin-cheesecake

I also added some chocolate on top, kind of attempted marbling it too. Dark chocolate is the best with pumpkin, but milk chocolate tastes good too(because all chocolate is just divine) I used the second one, simply because that’s what I had in my kitchen cupboard and was in the middle of making the cheesecake. That reminds me, I need to restock my kitchen cupboard.

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To sum up, this Pumpkin CheesecakeΒ is like most of the cheesecakes recipes I’ve made, the only difference, there’s a pumpkin whipped in and of course, it tastes like pumpkin, autumn, cinnamon, Halloween and everything orange and pumpkin you can think of:-)

Here’s what you need for this amazingly simple and delicious cheesecake.

Ingredients:

  • 300g digestive biscuits, crushed
  • 150g butter, melted
  • 300g pumpkin, cooked
  • 400g cream cheese
  • 200ml double cream
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 1tbsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1tsp cloves
  • 200g milk chocolate, melted

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Preparation:

  1. Combine the biscuits with butter and layer them on aΒ springform cake tin covering the bottom with baking paper in advance.
  2. Whip the cream, cream cheese, pumpkin and seasoning together. Make sure to mix well.
  3. Pour over the biscuit layer and even the surface. Add the melted chocolate on top and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours.

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not try some of these pumpkin recipes next time:

Pumpkin & Honey Cheesecake

The Ultimate Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin & Lentil Cheesy Bake

Pumpkin & Shrimp Soup

Succulent Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin & Spinach Terrine Bread

Pumpkin & Feta Cheese Muffins

Wow! Now that I look above, it seems I’ve got quite a few pumpkin recipes! And all of them are quick and easy and taste divine. However, there are still so many other pumpkin recipes I’d like to make so stay tuned for these! Meanwhile. get your own pumpkin, carve it and keep the meat to make one of the above recipes:-)