Indulgent Chocolate Cake

First of all, a big, big apology for the extended absence. The last few weeks have been full of work: from preparing all the baby’s things that already arrives in September, along with the university exams made me a true automaton with no time available for anything else. The university degree is finally over  and it was not easy to go back to studies after 30 (and pregnant)!

All the baby’s stuff are almost ready … and now all I want is to take time to return to such good things, like reading a book (non-academic), cooking, watching series and movies, or go to the beach.

In this recipe I wanted to make something very, very indulgent … This cake is all that: moist, full of chocolate and ideal for those times when all you want is to put your feet up, sit on the couch and delight yourself with something delicious.

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Original recipe here

SERVES: 6
TIME: 55 min + 2 h

INGREDIENTS:
5 Eggs
275g of Dark Chocolate
125g Butter
1 tea cup of Almond Meal
1/4 tea cup of Wheat Flour
1 tea cup of Brown Sugar
1 pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 170º.
Start by melting the chocolate and the butter in a water bath, chocolate and margarine. Place a bowl of glass or metal over a pan of boiling water (without being in direct contact with the water), stirring occasionally until everything is melted.
Remove the bowl from the heat, add the brown sugar and mix with a spatula.
Add the flour and the almond meal, as well as the salt and the eggs, mixing until a uniform mixture.
Grease a mold of removable bottom. Line the bottom and both sides with baking paper and place the dough in the form. Cover the top with aluminum foil and bake for 50-55 minutes. Do not expect it to be fully cooked at the end of this time.
Allow the cake to cool out of the oven, and when already cold place it in the refrigerator for 2 hours before unmolding.
Unmold and serve with fresh fruit (optional).

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Caramel and Cinnamon Popcorn

I love popcorn! I love them salty, sweet, or spicy! I love them in the afternoon, at night, to see a movie, for snacking, to celebrate! They are beautifully served at parties (specially for kids!) or snacks.

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Usually I prefer them salty, but these just won my heart. First because they are made with coconut oil (great for your health) and also because they are crunchy because of the tasty caramel that glues them together in pellets of sweetness.
Have a great weekend!

SERVES: 2
TIME: 15 min

INGREDIENTS:
75g of popcorn corn
2 tbsp of sugar
1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp fine salt

Heat the coconut oil with the sugar. When it starts to brown, add the corn and cover.
Let the corn pop, and when it’s finally done, add the cinnamon and stir, letting over the fire for 30 seconds.
Remove, sprinkle with salt and let it cool for 2 minutes for the caramel to solidify.
Serve immediately.

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This recipe uses products of My Protein

Apricot and orange granola

Have you ever tried to make granola at home? I can assure you that it is addictive! Why? Well, first because we can combine any ingredient and secondly because we can regulate the amount of sugar and fat added, getting a healthier product than many of those bought (I also add some protein in powder as it helps to maintain the level of satiety).

Everyone likes it! With fruit, milk, yogurt, or simply as a snack! It lasts a long time and is so very convenient!

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TIME: 120 min

INGREDIENTS:
350g Oat flakes
80g Dried Apricots
50g Walnuts
25g Sunflower Seeds
25g Sesame Seeds
2 tbsp Coconut oil
2 tbsp grated coconut
Zest and juice of 1 orange
3 tbsp of Protein powder
2 tbsp Brown sugar
2 tbsp of Honey

PREPARATION:
Preheat the oven to 125 ° C.
In a pan put the coconut oil, sugar, honey, juice and zest of the orange. Let the oil melt and set aside.
In a bowl place the remaining ingredients: the oat flakes, diced apricots, walnuts and seeds. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry and stir with a spoon to get everything involved.
Place the granola in a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and bake for about 60-80 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes and remove when it is well golden.
Allow to cool completely before storing in a jar.

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Whipped cream and strawberries Puff

I haven’t posted a dessert for a while … time to redeem myself!

It looks delicious, it is simple to make and will leave everyone with a watering mouth! For a more familiar format you can make a big crown and then fill with any kind of fruit.

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SERVES: 4 PEOPLE
TIME: 60 min

INGREDIENTS:

for the dough:
75g Wheat Flour
50g butter
2 eggs
150ml water

for the filling:
150ml whipping cream
3 tbsp of white sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
80g strawberries

Powdered sugar to decorate (optional)

Dough:
Preheat the oven to 200 ° C.
Sift the flour.
In a pan, put the butter and water and  bring to a boil. Remove from heat, place the flour and keep stirring with a wooden spoon until the dough forms a ball.
Let it cool  to add the eggs.
Beat the eggs and gradually add them to the dough.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, place the dough in a pastry bag and arrange it in circles with the desired size.
Bake for 40 minutes.
When ready, take them out and let them cool.

Filling:
Beat the cream with the sugar and vanilla and when the crowns have cooled, cut them in half and arrange the strawberries and whipped cream inside.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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Oat and Flaxseed Pancakes

Our food choises aren’t always easy! There are temptations everywhere, and the fact that lunch hours tend to be short, and at dinner we are already so tired that we don’t always make the best choices.

For some years I try to make balanced meals, and choose organic products with nutritional quality. Also the week’s meals are planned and prepared in order to facilitate the day-to-day and to ensure that we consume almost always homemade food. Of course none of this makes sense without a healthy lifestyle, combined with exercise. Especially at this stage of pregnancy, it becomes mandatory to make responsible choices.

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Precisely for all these factors, I didn’t hesitate to meet My Protein products and incorporate them into our meals. Not only for athletes, but for all those who like me seek healthy food choices but also delicious, the biggest brand in the UK for sports nutrition, offers different products: from more specific ranges to products well known for it’s benefits. This is the case of flax seeds (in powder) extremely rich in soluble and insoluble fiber and fatty acids (especially omega-3). It contributes to the reduction of cholesterol, and moreover doesn’t contain sugar, soy or milk . You can incorporate it easily into bread, smoothies, yogurts, match with fruit, or in my case on pancakes, which besides being delicious, work very well frozen, ensuring a healthy breakfast, accessible at any time.

Moreover I also used coconut oil: from an organic origin, it’s the most healthy dietary oil, and may be used as a direct substitute for other cooking oils, since it’s extremely stable at high temperature.

SERVES: 4
TIME: 30min

INGREDIENTS:
50g Oat Flakes
150 g Wheat Flour
20g Flax seed powder
1 tsp Yeast Powder
1 coffe spoon of cinnamon
300ml milk
100g of Honey
1 egg
1/2 coffe spoon of fine salt
1 tbsp coconut oil

PREPARATION:
For your convenience you can have all the dry ingredients combined and stored in a jar, and when preparing the pancakes, just add the milk and egg.
In a bowl combine the dry ingredients and the liquid ingredients in another. Mix both and set aside. If you wait too long you may need to add a little more milk to the mixture to get the ideal consistency.
In a frying pan place the coconut oil and let it melt. Add it the dough, mix again and now you already have your pan greased .
Place spoonfuls of the dough in the pan, and cook for 40 seconds on each side, or until well browned.
Serve with honey and fruits.

 

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Cocoa Pancakes with Strawberry Coulis

This is the perfect recipe to surprise that special someone, or for those sad winter mornings, or simply because you feel like it. Or because next Sunday is Mother’s Day!

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And in this first year that the day becomes so special to me, I dedicate this recipe to all women who love their children no matter what, who always find a smile for them even in the most difficult days, who have to have two jobs, who wake up early to be able to do everything , and even when nothing goes well, can still be good mothers!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Recipe adapted from here
SERVES: 4
TIME: 25min

INGREDIENTS:

Pancakes
250g plain flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder;
1 Egg
2 tsp baking powder
100g sugar
3 tbsp melted Butter
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
350ml milk
Salt
Margarine

Strawberry Coulis
250g Strawberry
2 c.s. White Sugar

PREPARATION:

Coulis:
In a pan put the sliced ​​strawberries and the sugar. Let it boil for 4 minutes. Mash in the blender and set aside (preferably to cool off completely).

Pancakes:
In a bowl place the liquid ingredients: the melted butter, milk, vanilla and the egg. Mix and set aside.
In another bowl combine the dry ingredients and gradually add the liquid mix, stirring with a spoon to get an uniform mixture.
Heat a frying pan and grease with some margarine only when necessary.
Place spoonfuls of the preparation, and cook for 1 minute on each side (for a tablespoon at a time).
Serve with the coulis, grated dark chocolate and / or powdered sugar.

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