Mocha Cookies Recipe

 

There’s nothing quite like a good cup of coffee on a peaceful sunday morning. Within the last year, my partner Dan has introduced me to what good coffee really means. Before – my idea of a posh cup of coffee was Douwe Egberts’s Gold Blend instant. Yep. All baristas – cover your ears. Sorry.

But within the last year, we have gone from bog standard instant blend, to a Dolce Gusto coffee machine, to a no frills cafetiere, to finally an Aeropress coffee maker. If you would have asked me what an Aeropress was 12 months ago, I’d have thought you were talking about some kind of space equipment an astronaut might use. Now that the Aeropress is on the scene, we’ve never looked back – and Dan didn’t let us stop there. We stopped using generic supermarket instant brands in favour of grinding our own coffee beans straight from local coffee independents and suppliers.

I’m a big lover and supporter of local produce from my home county of Norfolk. For those of you not familiar with Norfolk – we’re a very remote and quaint (to put it politely) part of the UK. But that’s part of it’s charm for me. So when I found out about local coffee roasters Grey Seal – I was ecstatic. Shocked even. Coffee… being roasted… in Norfolk?! I had to get me some of this. These chaps carefully select and import small batches of coffee from all across the big wide world, but freshly roast it right here in Norfolk – only 2 miles from the sea, and a few miles further from my home. You can even visit the Roastery to have a little chat about coffee, brewing methods or to try some samples. This is coffee with a personal touch.

 

Mocha Cookies Recipe

 

After months and months of drinking and sampling different batches of Grey Seal Coffee – I decided it was high time I used some of their beautifully rich little beans in a recipe. Especially after recently reading up on some of the quite surprising health benefits of said coffee.

 

Mocha Cookies Recipe

 

I’ve always enjoyed the classic combination of coffee and chocolate – everyone does right? Ok, well if you don’t – I find that a little bit weird. In the nicest way possible! Hand me a tiramisu or some chocolate coffee cake ANYDAY. Needless to say, I figured chocolate and coffee cookies might be the way forward. Mocha Cookies even. That’s a bit catchier.

 

Mocha Cookies Recipe

 

As these are flourless cookies, the main ingredient is primarily chocolate!!! So you should definitely opt for a really good quality one for these. I would recommend anything from 70% cocoa upwards, and potentially organic if you can afford that little extra. I’m a big fan of Green and Black’s Organic Dark Cooking Chocolate. But I’ll leave it up to you to choose your favourite!

 

Mocha Cookies Recipe

 

For the mocha part of the cookies, I ground up some of Grey Seal’s Guatemala Huehuetenango on the day of use, so the coffee was as fresh as possible. The smell alone after grinding the beans was incredible. It was enough to get me salivating before I’d even started prepping the cookies.

 

Mocha Cookies Recipe

 

Without the mass of flour in this recipe, it really allows the key ingredients of the coffee and chocolate to shine. The flavours are intense – in a good ‘give me more’ kind of way. The cookies have a beautiful crisp and shiny shell when they come out of the oven, but are soft and squishy in texture as you bite into them.

 

Mocha Cookies Recipe

 

“But how do I get my hands on some Grey Seal Coffee?” – I hear you cry. Well – never fear! The kind folks at Grey Seal Coffee have given me some of their Mexico El Cuarenteno to giveaway! This coffee has rich body, citrus and honey notes and a cocoa aroma. Ideal for making your own flourless mocha cookies!

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Mocha Cookies Recipe

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Mocha Cookies Recipe

 

 

Mocha Cookies Recipe

Flourless Mocha Cookies

Makes: 10 large cookies

Ingredients

  • 200g 70% dark chocolate
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 120g dark brown sugar
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp espresso powder, I used Grey Seal's Guatemala Huehuetenango
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of maldon sea salt
  • 50g dark chocolate, cut into chunks
  • For the decoration
  • 50g dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Grind your coffee into an espresso powder if using coffee beans.
  2. In a bowl set over a pan of simmering hot water, gently melt together the 200g dark chocolate and coconut oil until completely melted and set aside to cool.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar until thick and creamy and then fold in the melted chocolate. Finally, fold in the cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso powder and sea salt.
  4. Chill the dough for around an hour and then preheat the oven to 180°c. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Take the dough out of the fridge and stir in the dark chocolate chunks.
  5. Scoop tablespoons of the dough onto the baking trays and flatten with the back of a spoon. Bake for about 10 - 12 minutes until firm and shiny. Allow to cool a little before transferring to a wire rack.
  6. While the cookies are cooling, melt some dark chocolate in a bowl set over some simmering water. Stir until smooth. Once the cookies are completely cool, drizzle the melted chocolate over the cookies for decoration.
  7. EAT!

Notes

Recipe adapted from London Bakes Flourless Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Orange Granola Recipe

 

Greetings from the breakfast table! Excuse me while I finish my mouthful of granola. Ahem. This Chocolate Orange Granola is like a dessert and breakfast all in one, but I don’t feel the least bit guilty. Sorry not sorry.

 

Chocolate Orange Granola

 

My granola obsession started just over a month ago, after purchasing Izy Hossack’s debut cookbook: Top with Cinnamon. I’ve been following Izy’s blog Top with Cinnamon for many months now, and instantly became a huge fan of her blog and the recipes. Her cookbook has a big variety of mouthwatering MUST COOK NOW dishes, all beautifully styled and photographed. I encourage anyone with a sweet-tooth to pick up a copy!

 

Chocolate Orange Granola Recipe

 

Always an admirer of Izy’s breakfast dishes, the first recipe I wanted to recreated from the cookbook, was her 10 Minute Almond Granola. After that – life was never quite the same again. I had to have granola for breakfast every day after that. Then again for brunch. Then maybe again for dessert. Shhhh, don’t judge me.

 

Chocolate Orange Granola Recipe

 

But seriously, if I’d have known how good homemade granola was (compared to the supermarket varieties) – it would not have taken me 24 years to get to this point. Now I’m eating it by the bucketful, making up for a lifetime deprived of good granola.

 

Chocolate Orange Granola Recipe

 

So for a few weeks now I’ve been brainstorming ideas for different flavours that I could make for Heart + Bowl. Then I got distracted by a Terry’s Chocolate Orange bar, and it all seemed far too obvious. Lightbulb moment! Chocolate Orange Granola. Scrap that – Spiced Chocolate Orange Granola. Even better.

 

Chocolate Orange Granola Recipe

 

After a couple of trials, I’m pleased to be able to bring you this recipe. Hopefully it’s something that will encourage you out of bed in the morning! With those dark wintery mornings just around the corner – we’ll be needing that extra bit of encouragement! The alllll newww granola wake-up alarm.

 

Chocolate Orange Granola Recipe

 

Spiced Chocolate Orange Granola

Spiced Chocolate Orange Granola

Ingredients

  • 200g gluten free oats
  • 35g almonds, roughly chopped
  • 25g roasted flaked almonds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 200ml smooth orange juice
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 50g 70% dark chocolate, roughly cut into chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 170°c. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly pour in the orange juice a bit at a time until well combined.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the honey/maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Once well combined, slowly drizzle oil mixture over the oat mixture and stir well to coat.
  4. Spread the oat mixture onto the lined baking tray in an even layer. The mixture will be fairly doughy, but do not worry, it will crisp in the oven. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes, turning every 10 minutes to evenly brown the granola.
  5. Remove from the oven and stir a final time to break up any larger pieces. Allow to cool completely before adding the dark chocolate chunks and transferring to an airtight container.

Notes

Serve with milk of your choice or a dollop of yogurt for a quick and easy breakfast.

The granola will keep fresh for up to 2 weeks.

In an ever-evolving tech-savvy world, foodies and food bloggers can make great use out of a few staple apps, to really help them in and out of the kitchen. I’ve put together a little collection of my favourite free apps, to help you get more out of the online food community, and encourage you to cook, blog and browse efficiently. Here’s my list of top 5 free apps for foodies and food bloggers:

Top 5 apps for foodies and food bloggers

 Feedly

Follow an insane number of food blogs? Then Feedly is your best friend. Or if you want to get technical, it’s your smart-ass RSS reader. A smartRSS reader if you will. This means you can follow all of your favourite food bloggers all in one place. It’s a smarter and faster way to track, read and share posts from the foodie blogs you love. This app helps you to create a beautifully laid out, custom newsfeed, to insure that you never miss another post or recipe from your favourite food bloggers. The garlic crusher of the tech world, Feedly makes browsing fast, simple and easy.

top 5 free apps for foodies and food bloggers

Pocket

Do you ever stumble across a delicious recipe at a time when you are too busy to save it? Thinking to yourself, I’ll have to remember that for later. But then, life happens. It’s forgotten in an instant. Never fear, because Pocket is well and truly here for you. This beautifully clever app will allow you to save and pocket a recipe for later, with just the touch of a button. It’s available on your phone, tablet, internet browser or computer and works offline, so you will never lose track of interesting posts ever again. Pocket also partners up perfectly with Feedly, allowing you to pocket things straight from your Feedly newsfeed. Its Feedly’s witty sidekick, without the embarrassing pants and cape. Together – they are invincible.

top 5 free apps for foodies and  food bloggers

Zest

Ever dream that you could create your own custom cookbook? Well stop sleeping, and quit your dreaming, because Zest Recipe Manager is the real deal. This app allows you to collect and automatically import all of your favourite recipes from the web, and store them as a digital cookbook. A tailor-made digital cookbook for your iPhone and/or iPad. Do you need a quick pinch? Browse, organise, tag and search all of your recipes and photos via a slick, glossy interface. You can even add your own recipes. When it’s time to get cookin’, Zest will guide you step-by-step through your selected recipe. Foody heaven.

Top 5 free apps for foodies and food bloggers

Pinterest

We all love reading a good recipe, but let’s face it, sometimes all we really want to do is stare at photos of food for hours. And I mean hours. I wouldn’t be surprised if Pinterest was born from our generation’s love for posting food snaps. Look at my healthy breakfast. Here’s my hipster coffee. Feast your eyes on my gastropub dinner. You get the picture. So if you want to feed your hungry habit, get yourself on Pinterest. Tonnes of foodies, food bloggers and enthusiasts are constantly pinning their mouthwatering, belly-grumbling recipe photos to the site, and the app makes following and browsing them completely effortless. Make inspirational boards to organise your favourite foody images. Pin pictures from your own food blog. Pin some porridge, pin some pasta, pin some pastries. Get pinning, the possibilities are endless.

top 5 free apps for foodies and food bloggers

OpenTable

If you’re a food lover, then you probably like going out for a meal from time to time. Become a savvy restaurant-goer with OpenTable. This app allows you to easily book a table at over 4,000 restaurants in the UK. For my US readers, there’s a US version available here. Choose a date, time and party size to find and book available tables in real time. You can find restaurants near you or wherever you’re headed, read restaurant reviews and rate them yourself. You can also narrow your search by cuisine, price, distance or special offers. Choosing where to eat has never been so easy. Choosing what to eat, might be another matter.

 

So there we have it, my top 5 free apps for foodies and food bloggers! Please let me know of your favourite foody apps, I would love to discover some new gems.