Pineapple Muffins – Dairy Free & Vegan Option

These delicious and fresh tasting muffins make a great grab and go if you miss breakfast and a perfect “something not too sweet” during the day.

The pineapple taste is not at all overwhelming but you get the taste of lovely pieces throughout as you enjoy the muffins. Using tinned pineapple means you can bring sunshine to your kitchen any time of the year!

You can leave the muffins as is but I thought it would be nice to make a little drizzle using some of the reserved pineapple juice and to top the muffins with pieces of pineapple before baking.

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Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins – Gluten Free, Vegan & Dairy Free options included

These flourless Chocolate Chip Muffins are high in protein and bursting with delicious chocolate chips. You may not think they’re healthy because they’re muffins, but they absolutely are healthier than a regular muffin. I use no refined sugars and made them Dairy Free too. They are Vegetarian also and can be made suitable for Vegans by using your favourite egg replacer – 1 tbsp chia / flax seed mixed with 2 tbsp water, mix and leave for 5/10 mins to become a gel like consistency = 1 egg.

You can of course use regular oats, protein powder and chocolate chips if you don’t follow a particular diet so everyone can enjoy these delicious, soft muffins. A great grab and go healthy option for everyone!

One more bonus is you need no special equipment to make these muffins. No electric mixer or stand mixer, just a whisk and a large spoon.

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Cinnamon Roll Scones – Gluten Free Option included

I would happily sit and eat an entire pan of cinnamon rolls as I love the flavours but as it’s probably not a good idea, I came up with using similar flavours in a scone. I have a recipe here for a Cinnamon Swirl Bread which is totally heavenly – here’s the link: https://www.cozebakes.com/2018/01/18/cinnamon-swirl-bread/ 

and wanted to use the same flavours with a similar swirl result in a scone. It worked really well so I’m very happy with it though I’ll definitely be going with a thicker glaze next time. Well you’ve got to haven’t you???

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Spiced Apple Mini Cakes – Gluten Free & Dairy Free

There’s something about the two words, spice and apple, that always catch my attention. They conjure up warm, comforting memories and I know I always have apples in the fridge so can usually make the recipe without too much trouble. Adding a mixture of some favourite spices just adds to the appeal of this recipe.

I have a wonderful tin from Nordic Ware and used it to make these mini apple shaped cakes but as I know it’s not a common tin to have, I made some in traditional muffin cases to make sure they also work that way too and yes, I can confirm they are perfect made in muffin cases.

The recipe is adapted from an original Nordic Ware one and has been converted from US measurements to metric with a few tweaks. I also used a plant based butter substitute in place of traditional butter but that’s up to you.

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Healthy Gingerbread Muffins – Gluten Free & Dairy Free Options available

For a healthy muffin recipe, these gingerbread bites of deliciousness are so light and fluffy that you’re not sure really … could they be healthy … and the answer is absolutely!

They benefit from the addition of some warm, fragrant spices and treacle and can be made in about half an hour. Perfect for breakfast or a treat with a cuppa. The smell in the house while these are baking will bring everyone to the kitchen.

I’ve written both the regular and gluten free options below so everyone can enjoy these delicious muffins. To make these muffins Dairy Free, sub the greek yoghurt with a soy or almond plant based yoghurt. Ticking all the boxes right there!

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Leftover Christmas Pudding Muffins – Gluten Free option included

What to do with leftover Christmas pudding? Well I’ve made ice cream for two years in a row and I wanted to try something a bit different.

Making muffins means you can have smaller treats, they can be frozen and you don’t have to add butter or sugar to the recipe. All positive things. The final clincher for this recipe has to be that you need no equipment. Just a bowl and your muffin tin of choice.

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Maple Glazed Gingerbread Cakes

These Maple Glazed Gingerbread Cakes with are a delicious little bake that has all the warm, cosy feel of winter with the rich mix of wonderful spices. I have made mine in a Nordicware Heritage Bundtlette tin that holds 6. It measures 4″ across. You could also use a silicone bundt mould which would make 12 cakes. They usually measure about 2.5″ / 3″ across the top.

Silicone will take longer to bake than a metal tin so that’s worth noting. Also, you should only fill your tin about 2/3rd way up and leave them to sit in the tin for at least 10 minutes before attempting to remove them. If you follow my tips for preparing the tin, they will simply slip out!

The recipe seems to have a lot of ingredients and please don’t let that put you off. It’s mainly all the spices.

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Cranberry & Almond Muffins – Gluten Free option included

Originally a recipe from Olive Magazine, I’ve adapted it and also am offering a Gluten Free method if needed. Both worked out really well and this is probably one of the easiest recipes to make and bake. No equipment needed, just a whisk and a large spoon. No forward planning as you melt the butter and no extra calories with lots of buttercream.

All in all, it’s a winner!

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Chocolate Profiteroles

Choux pastry is what you need to make both profiteroles and eclairs. It can be seen as difficult to make but once you know and follow the basics, you will realise there is no big mystery or special skills needed.

Making choux pastry is more like making a sauce than a traditional shortcrust pastry.

My only note is that they don’t do well made too far ahead as they can go soft so making them before guests arrive is ideal and prepare the filling and topping separately. Once you’re ready to serve, filling each one and giving them a glossy chocolate dressing will result in truly, delicious Profiteroles which will make everyone very happy 🙂

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Coffee and Walnut Fudge

This fudge recipe is made in the traditional way so there’s no fear of any crumbly bits. It’s so smooth and so delicious but does take a little time when you’re bringing it to boil but this is what gives you that smooth, professional and really beautiful finish so for special occasions, it’s definitely worth it.

The flavour is gorgeous, full of rich coffee which cuts through the sweetness perfectly! Homemade fudge is so different than more commercial versions. It’s full of flavour and doesn’t get lost in an overly sweet taste.

The recipe is perfect to give as gifts. I put 3 pieces into cellophane bags, wrapped with pretty ribbon and gave them as gifts. People raved about the flavour and even though it doesn’t sound like much, 3 pieces of this fudge is more than enough for most people!

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Banana and Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Cookies – Gluten Free Option included

I think these should be called Cakies! They are the perfect combination of a cake and a cookie. They are thick and loaded with chocolate chips; they are very satisfying and filling and full of good stuff like bananas and oats.

I’ve adapted some of the ingredients so you can choose to go with the original or make the recipe a little healthier with less refined products. Either way, they are perfect as an afternoon or mid morning snack to keep you going till lunch or dinner time.

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