3 ingredient chocolate spread

Hello! Yes I know I’ve been a bit quiet recently, and I need to do a proper post to fill you in on what’s been going on, but for now here’s a tasty little something to keep you going 🙂

Incredibly easy, sugar free, vegan, 3 ingredient chocolate spread! If that doesn’t sound like Christmas come early I’m not sure what will! Haha

Ingredients (makes 1 jar)

1 cup of dates
3-4 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp coconut oil

Roughly chop the dates and soak them until they are soft. Drain and put them in a food processor. Give them a quick blitz then add the cocoa powder and coconut oil before blitzing again until the mixture is smooth.

Transfer to a clean jar and keep in the fridge. Enjoy! (See, I told you it was incredibly easy!)

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So far I have tried it on toast, oatcakes, and let’s be honest here: straight off a spoon. It is delicious!

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You can see it’s not quite as smooth as commercial chocolate spread but I could probably have made it a bit smoother in the blender. Also I imagine this would also be delicious as a cake frosting as it has a slightly fudge-y quality to it.

I hope that has tickled your taste buds 😉

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Syria refugee crisis

Sorry to bring a depressing tone to the blog, but this is just too important. Actually, no, I’m not sorry. If being sad, angry and horrified at the images of poor drowned children is what it takes for us to sit up, take notice and do something to help then that’s what we should do.

That poor boy who has made front covers today was only 3 years old. 3. The same age as my biggest boy. His name was Aylan Kurdi. He had a 5 year old brother who also drowned, along with their mother, as they attempted to escape from horrors most of us can’t even imagine. They were not, as some would have you believe, just out to milk our benefits system for all they could. That attitude is so monumentally stupid and offensive that I’m actually flabbergasted. Obviously some people really do not have any humanity.

Last night I could barely sleep as every time I closed my eyes all I could see were those poor children.

I’ve set up a local Facebook group and today I have organised a meeting at my local library to kick start local fundraising, and also encourage more people to donate to charities such as CalAid who are helping refugees who have already made the journey to Europe and are now living in camps. These people have nothing and they desperately need our help.

I’m also going to organise a knitting drive to make blankets so stay tuned for more on that.

If there is already a local effort where you live then join in. If there isn’t, then take the initiative and get something organised. Being sad and doing nothing about it is not going to help. Get angry. Get motivated. Get organising.

I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m going to figure it out as I go. I’ve never organised a coffee morning before but that won’t stop me. I can’t just sit and do nothing. I’m just sorry it’s taken me this long.

Cosy Seed Stitch knitting pattern set!

New knitting patterns!!!

I’m very pleased to announced that my new knitting patterns are now available in my Ravelry store! Not a member? No problem! You can also buy it by clicking on the links below:

Wrist warmers:

Headband:

Buttoned cowl:

It’s a beginner level 3 part set to create wrist warmers, a headband and a buttoned cowl. Autumn isn’t that far away (unfortunately!) and this cosy set will keep you warm on chilly days.

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It’s a perfect first knitting pattern set as it introduces both knit and purl stitches to create texture, using ribbing and seed stitch, which adds interest to the finished pieces. The head band and wrist warmers are knitted flat and seamed, for ease of construction.

More experienced knitters will also like the speed you can complete this set, thanks to the chunky yarn, which makes it a great choice for hand knitted gifts.

The pattern contains instructions for two sizes: S/M for teenagers and small adults, and M/L for adults.

And I currently have a special offer of all three patterns for just £5! Simply add all 3 to your cart on Ravelry and the discount will be applied automatically. Alternatively each piece can be bought individually for just £2.

Wrist warmers:

Headband:

Buttoned cowl:

I hope you like it! I’m looking forward to seeing some finished pieces made from it 🙂

Entrelac blanket pattern!

Summer here in Scotland has been somewhat absent recently, but I’m going to celebrate seeing the sunshine today by releasing my first knitting pattern! Woo!

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As I mentioned before this is a free knitting pattern for an entrelac blanket, with instructions on how to adapt it to any size you want. The blanket I made is 120cm x 84cm and is the perfect size for laying on a single bed or as a lap blanket.

I would say this was an intermediate level pattern as you need to be able to increase and decrease stitches and pick up stitches, but a confident beginner who was looking for a challenge would probably be able to follow the instructions too.

So, without further ado, here is the pattern!

Entrelac kids-lap blanket

I would love to see what you make with it! The pattern is also listed on Ravelry so if you complete something using this pattern, please do upload it to your ‘projects’ so we can all see!

 

Coming soon: entrelac knitting pattern!

If you follow me on instagram you might have seen that I will soon be releasing a knitting pattern for a lovely entrelac blanket!

If you’ve not come across entrelac before, it’s a very clever technique that creates rows of individual squares which are knitted at right angles to the row before. This means your final creation looks as though it has been woven!

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It is currently in the hands of my pattern testers and I was able to see one of the tests yesterday. It was looking good and I’m excited to see them all finished!

This is my first (hopefully of many!) knitting pattern to be released and it will be free! That’s right, free! Consider it a little present from me to you 🙂 It will be be available here on the blog and also on ravelry.

So, keep your eyes peeled, and tell your knitting friends. I look forward to seeing what you come up with from my pattern!

Sugar free cookie dough dip

Oh. My. Goodness.

Did you guys know about this already? And you didn’t tell me?!

I’ve been looking for other uses for chickpeas, now that my head is full of aquafaba recipes, and I stumbled upon this recipe on ‘Chocolate Covered Katie’ for a cookie dough flavoured dip which is sugar free, high in protein, and very delicious!

I made a few tiny changes to the recipe, but it’s essentially the same:

Ingredients

1 tin of chickpeas, drained
1/4 cup nut butter (I used peanut butter so my dip does have a slight peanut butter taste)
1 cup medjool dates
Heaped 1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp oats
Soya milk (as required to get the desired consistency, I used about 2 tbsp)
1/3 tbsp chocolate chips

It’s so simple to make too, you just put everything except the chocolate chips in a food processor, blitz, add the chocolate chips, and eat!

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be over here stuffing my face… 😀

Accidental lemon fudge

I think I’ve accidentally invented lemon fudge! Is it already a thing? I don’t know, I’m pretty pleased with myself either way!

As I was working on the lemon curd recipe, some of it was cooked for slightly too long (like maybe a minute, not much). I could tell it was too much but I popped it in the fridge anyway to see how it would turn out.

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And the answer is delicious! Haha 🙂 The texture is exactly like a gooey fudge but with the flavour of lemon curd. It’s one mistake I will happily make again!