Niki’s Gooey Hazelnut Slabs

2016, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Sweet, Winter

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Ciao mi amore,
With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, I wanted to share my smooth, decadent and sweet hazelnut slabs. They are a triple layer slice so this is probably one of my most decadent sweet treats to date. The good news? These slabs are completely gluten free and contain no processed sugar so you can enjoy these with hardly any guilt and know that this treat is actually high in antioxidants from the raw cocoa powder and all that vitamin E from the nuts. Here’s how to make these beauties, enough for about 12 slabs:

For the crunchy nutty layer:

200g of pitted dates
150g of hazelnuts
100g of almonds
1 tsp of coconut oil

For the gooey caramel layer:

220g of pitted dates
3 tbsp of maple syrup or honey
1 tsp of coconut oil

For the smooth dark chocolate layer:

3 tbsp of maple syrup or honey
¼ cup of raw cocoa powder
¼ cup of coconut oil, melted
¼ cup of chopped hazelnuts

Of course, no baking is involved here so all make sure you have all the above ingredients to hand and also have a small brownie or deep square dish which has been lined with greaseproof paper. A food processor and plastic spatula is really your two main friends here so make sure you also have these to hand throughout the preparation as well. Firstly, for the crunchy base of your slabs simple whizz up your nuts first and then slowly add in your dates and coconut oil. Smooth out onto your baking dish and freeze for 20 minutes. The caramel layer is probably my favourite part as it’s so utterly gooey and soft, I love biting into this part of the slab especially. After the 20 minutes has finished, you simply need to blitz your dates until they are very smooth and gradually add in your coconut oil and maple syrup, this will literally take 20 seconds. Freeze again for another 10 minutes. Whilst you are waiting for this, you can make the topping by simply melting your coconut oil and gradually whisking in the raw cocoa powder to create the luxurious and smooth chocolate layer. Add in your maple syrup and then finally top off with your chopped hazelnuts, freeze for a final (I promise!) 15 minutes and they will be ready to eat! I hope you enjoy these slabs my lovely readers and remember…I love you all very much. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog. All feedback is welcome to feel free to comment on my website here or on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/nikibakes

Happy Baking!

Niki

Niki’s Cinnamon and Dark Chocolate Pots

2015, Healthy, nikibakes.co.uk, Spring, Summer, Super Quick, Sweet

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Hello everyone!
I have realised that I have not posted anything sweet for some time. I would like to now share with you a classic which I have put my own personal spin on. I have tried to use flavours which add depth and can cut through the richness of the pudding, namely cinnamon and dark (85%) chocolate. For a dairy-free alternative, I have used almond milk as my base and simply incorporated melted dark chocolate, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a light dusting of pistachios. Leave in the fridge for a minimum of 20 minutes before serving…simple as that!
Enjoy!
Happy Baking!
Niki

 

Niki’s Cashew-Kale Pesto

Christmas, International, nikibakes.co.uk, Savoury, Super Quick, Winter

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Happy New year my wonderful readers!
I do hope you all had a great Christmas and hopefully an even better New Year. I know that 2015 will be out year! Parties. Parties. I know, at the moment everyone seems to be in the partying mood and although there is nothing wrong with that, it is so easy to slip into bad eating habits. You think to yourself it’s okay to have a nibble here or there or perhaps just an extra glass of wine. Well, it’s so difficult to say no, especially when everyone else is joining in, but hopefully my Kale-Cashew Pesto will lift your spirits and give you that excellent healthy boost for the festivities that lie ahead.
All you need for my super simple pesto is:
1 standard bag of Kale
1 handful of cashew nuts
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Full seasoning

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Simply blitz in a food processor and your super speedy pesto is ready to go with your regular pasta (I go for gluten-free) or some crusty brown bread.
Enjoy my readers and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Niki x