Nutella Granola Bars

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Yes.

Who doesn’t love nutella? (update: I have found actual living breathing human beings who do not like nutella and they are currently under observation right now for mental illness and/or extra terrestrial taste buds)

I love granola bars. They’re the perfect snack but the store bought ones are so expensive and unnecessary when it’s so unbelievably easy to make your own at home!

You can eat them anytime –  take them to school, eat them as a midnight snack, eat them for dessert, eat them for breakfast, eat them with more nutella on top, eat more than half the batch while you’re photographing them..

You can play around with the ingredients and mix and match to your liking.

Don’t like nuts? Don’t put them in.

LOVE nuts? Put in more!

Like your granola bars crunchy? Add 2tbsp. more oil to the batter and bake for a few minutes longer!

These make approximately 8-10 bars, depending on how big you cut them and how much of the mixture you ‘taste’ before baking.

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Nutella Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup mix nuts and dried fruit
  • 6 tbsp nutella
  • 5 tbsp honey
  • 1.5 tbsp oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional but strongly recommended)
  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celcius and grease a baking pan.
  2. Mix oats, flour and nuts/dried fruit in a large bowl.
  3. Microwave the honey and nutella in a small bowl.
  4. Beat an egg into the honey and nutella.
  5. At the wet ingredients into the dry and  mix well.
  6. Add in the chocolate chips.
  7. Press the mixture into a baking pan.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Let cool before slicing and eating.

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Chai Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Frosting

These. Were. Delicious.

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The cupcakes themselves were buttery and moist with a subtle and warming chai flavor. When topped with a rich and chocolatey frosting, they were elevated to the next level. Chai and chocolate are actually a wonderful combination. They complement each other beautifully.

I made them for a birthday and they were so rich, it was a perfect substitute for the traditional birthday cake. Cupcakes actually save a lot of trouble – no trying to get the cake out of the pan, no messy slices and frosting is much easier! And everything tastes better in mini form hehe!

The cupcakes are quite simple to make but the best part is the frosting. IT’S 2 INGREDIENTS. JUST TWO! And it’s so delicious, I bet once you make it once you’ll have to make it again!

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So I hope you make these cupcakes because they are absolutely fantastic.

If you don’t have chai powder, here’s an easy recipe to make your own at home.

Chai Cupcakes (makes 10)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1.5 cup plain/all purpose flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 – 1 tablespoon chai spice mix (depending on the strength of your chai powder)
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, chai powder and salt.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy with a hand mixer or by hand. I suggest using a mixer for the entire recipe, it makes your life much easier.
  4. Add in the egg and vanilla and continue mixing.
  5. Add in the flour and milk alternately in batches and continue beating as you do so.
  6. The batter should be a cream color and about the consistency of thick frosting.
  7. Fill cupcake liner 2/3 way and bake for around 25 minutes until the tops of the cupcakes are a light caramel color and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Let cool before frosting.
  9. After frosting feel free to add sprinkles or chopped nuts.

Milk Chocolate frosting

  1. Melt 75g chopped milk chocolate in a microwave or on the stove.
  2. Cream together with 1/2 cup butter.
  3. Aaaaand you’re done! 🙂

 

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal with Toppings

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Chocolate for breakfast? Whaaaat?

I was never an oatmeal person but recently I’ve converted. Or maybe I just like to have an excuse to pile on toppings. I’ve always been big on toppings – ice cream sundaes, pizzas, tacos – it’s the toppings that cinch the deal.

And this breakfast couldn’t be easier. The basic oatmeal is 4 (!!) ingredients and takes around 5 minutes. Decide on what type of oatmeal you want to have, add toppings, and you’re good to go!

Anyway. This is an extremely healthy yet indulgent breakfast. Feel free to play with the toppings and add ins however you wish!  I’ve given you a basic oatmeal recipe with lots of variations! The one pictured above is chocolate banana oatmeal with banana slices, chocolate sprinkles, honey, cashew butter and toasted hazelnuts.

Variations:

– Chocolate Banana – Add 1 tsp cocoa powder and 1/2 mashed banana, top with the other half of the banana slices and chocolate sprinkles/chips

– Pumpkin pie – Add 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon and 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

– Apple pie – Add 1/2 diced apple, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a handful of raisins, replace sugar with honey

– Cinnamon banana bread – Add 1/2 mashed banana and 1/2 tsp cinnamon, replace sugar with honey

– Coffee – Add 1 tsp instant coffee powder and increase sugar by a bit

– Peanut Butter & Jam – Add 1 tsp peanut butter, top with peanut butter and jam

– Pina Colada – Add 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut, top with pineapple/mango/peach

– Fruit & Nut – Add chopped up dried fruits (raisins/dates/dried figs/cranberries/apricots) and nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts/pecans), replace sugar with honey, top with nut butter and more dried fruit and nuts

– Banana Nut Crunch – Add 1/2 mashed banana and chopped nuts, top with granola and sliced banana and more nuts

– Chocolate explosion – Add 1 tsp cocoa powder, chopped dates (optional) and chocolate chips, top with more chocolate chips or chocolate sauce

– Or you could just play around with the add ins and toppings to suit your fancy!

More Topping Ideas

Fresh fruit (berries, mango, pineapple, peach, apple, pear, banana etc.)

Dried fruit

Nuts

Nut Butters, Nutella

Chocolate sprinkles, Chocolate chips, Chocolate sauce

Shredded Coconut

Honey, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon sugar

Granola, Popped Amaranth

Flax seed, sunflower seeds, toasted pumpkin seeds

Basic Recipe:

1/2 cup quick oats

1 cup milk (I used normal low fat milk, but a non-dairy milk like almond or soy would also work)

1/2 – 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar (according to taste, added ingredients and toppings)

1 tsp vanilla essence

Cook milk over low heat

Add oats and sugar, bring to a boil

Add vanilla essence and other add-ins, cook for a a couple of minutes

Transfer to a bowl and add toppings