Never underestimate the power of chocolate. The pick-me-up it provides mid-afternoon, the sense of indulgence and comfort it brings in the evening and the kick it provides to pump up your day. Chocolate is a huge industry worldwide, and so it only seems right to celebrate all things chocolatey as Chocolate Week UK 2019 beings (14-20th October).
In true HBC style, we are sharing a few of our favourite tried and tested recipes from the community. These experts have lovingly provided us with lots of drool-worthy content over the years. Check out the previous chocolate round up recipes from chocolate day 2018, the top chocolate gifts and chocolate recipes 2017 for a delicious chocolate week!
Now time for some chocolate bakes
Amy Meegan is a qualified nutritionist turned marketeer in the healthcare industry and she preaches moderation, not deprivation. So, when she came back from her Italian travels, she went straight back into the kitchen to create a wonderfully zesty Lemon and White chocolate Drizzle Cake. Chocolate and fruit is always a good combination and you can find the full recipe on her blog, The Baking Nutritionist.
When you fancy something you can dunk into a cup of tea, nothing beats a cookie. And a chocolate cookie is better than all the rest.
Hannah Anderson is a fitness, wellness and foodie blogger who loves to share delicious recipes on her blog, Hannah and Fitness. One of our favourites is her chocolate chip pistachio and almond sea salt cookies. “They’re perfect for vegans, chocolatey, nutty, slightly gooey in the middle and firm on the outside. They’re possibly my favourite cookie to date!” We can agree with you on that one. Find the full recipe for the cookies here.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you crossed a brownie with a cookie? Here is the answer: double chocolate chunk brownie cookies! Rebecca Pytell from Strength and Sunshine has created the ultimate chocolate lover’s dream. These brownie-cookie bakes are vegan, gluten-free and allergy-free – perfect for chocolate week. Plus, they are soft and cakey, but still fudgy and full of melty chocolate chunks, this hybrid dessert recipe is the ultimate chocolate overload! Bake some for yourself online now.
But, if you don’t want to switch the oven on to enjoy your chocolate treats, how about a little raw baking?
A keen raw-baker Yasmin Wakefield is a plant-based food blogger and influencer who creates lots of lovely raw treats. These no-bake biscoff brownies are a real sensation! The classic caramelised Biscoff flavour is paired with rich chocolate to create a dense fudgy brownie, topped with a sweet chocolate ganache that’s packed with extra biscoff chunks. You can find the full recipe online at Nourishing Yas.
From brownies to peanut butter cups, and Siobhan O’Hora has created one delicious-looking recipe. As a food scientist, she has an interest in food security and nourishing recipes and has created a simple, protein-packed chocolate sensation. These peanut butter protein fudge stuffed chocolate cups are a crowd-pleaser. Make some for yourself and visit Don’t Frig With My Food.
Or, how about an even simpler and chocolate-loaded recipe for chocolate energy balls? Bridgette Macilwaine has shared with us her delicious roasted nutty chocolate balls. They are fully plant-based and sugar-free small bites of heaven made with roasted nuts and chocolate. The perfect sweet travel snack! Find the recipe on Hyper Healthy Nut.
Chocolate for breakfast?
Why save chocolate for dessert when you can have it for breakfast, as Sophie shows us. Her Chocolate Banana Waffles are the perfect balance between sweet, indulgent and a little bit healthy. Plus, they are gluten-free, contain only 7 ingredients and are really easy to make.
As well as eating dark chocolate, I love adding cacao or cocoa powder to my breakfasts. Whether that’s a gluten free porridge bowl, smoothie or waffles, I love how it creates an indulgent, yet healthy meal.