Gooey chocolate cake

This recipe is totally vegan but for anyone who’s not vegan, don’t be put off – the gooey interior will please any dessert lover, and it’s rich enough to only need one slice (although who would stop at that). The recipe is also super easy and requires minimum ingredients, dishes and time. The best!

Ingredients:

  • 180g dark chocolate
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 70g flour
  • 3 heaped tbsp cocoa
  • 150g dark sugar (Demerara, golden caster or muscavado)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vanilla essence
  • 230ml almond milk
  • 5tbsp sunflower oil
  • 100g pecan or walnuts (optional but recommended)

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  • Melt 150g of the chocolate in a glass bowl over a saucepan of water
  • While it’s melting, add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix
  • Warm the almond milk slightly and add it, the oil and the melted chocolate to the bowl with the dry ingredients in
  • Chop the remaining 30g of chocolate and pecans and mix in (the mixture will start off quite liquidy but start to solidify as it cools)
  • Pour into a lined cake tin and cook for 20 minutes.*

*This leaves a slightly gooey centre – if you prefer it more gooey or solid, adjust the cooking time by 2-3 minutes more or less (depending what you like). Remember it solidifies more as it cools.

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This cake is the perfect dessert when you’re short of time but want something to please everyone

Nutty granola

This recipe is easy enough to make on a weekly basis when you will inevitably have run out of the last batch. What is so good about it is that you can just chuck in whatever nuts or seeds you have around – as long as you have the base ingredients, everything else is optional!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats (or substitute 1 cup oats for sugar-free muesli)
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • Dash of almond milk
  • 3 tbsp unrefined sugar (rapidura or muscavado)
  • 2 cups nuts or seeds (any mix of nuts and seeds works)
  • Cinnamon
  • Optional: 1 Scoop vanilla Huel (adds vanilla flavouring)*
  • Optional: 1 egg white (to replace this you can use a little more almond milk and/or almond butter)

nb/ You can add raisins or other dried fruit, but do this AFTER the granola is cooked (they don’t enjoy the oven very much).

*Vanilla Huel is one of my favourite favours, and even just the smallest amount can add a lot of flavour to this granola. If you don’t have any, feel free to add any vanilla protein powder instead.

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl
  3. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan, take off the heat and add cold almond milk. Mix.
  4. Add the egg white, if using, and beat into the coconut oil (make sure the pan isn’t too hot so you don’t cook it)
  5. Pour the wet mixture onto the dry mixture and mix well
  6. Spread mixture out onto a large baking tray and put in the oven for 20 minutes, or until browning at the edges. Mix with a wooden spoon once or twice when in the oven.

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