Sunday, 23 December 2012

Bars and Squares

Two days till christmas, if I don't do my christmas baking now, I'll never get it done in time for the big day. I've been making this recipe for years, super easy and a real crowd pleaser. 



  • 1 1/2 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped walnuts (optional, amount depends on how nutty you like it)
  • 1/2 chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Boil water with 1/2 cup flour over low heat, stirring constantly until it reaches a thin, glue like consistency. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  3. Mix sugar, salt, vanilla, cocoa and oil. Add the cooled flour-water mixture and mix well.
  4. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cup flour, baking powder, nuts and chocolate chips and mix well.
  5. Spread mixture into greased 11 x 7 glass pyrex pan.
  6. Bake at 350°F for around 25 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Energy Balls

An excellent snack or addition to a dessert tray
I can't believe there are only 3 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS! 
Well, It's been a while since my last post, but with exams behind me and the holidays much closer than expected, there are many recipes that I'll be posting in the next few days.
I'll be making a few recipes today, and I'm starting with some Energy Balls. These delicious little balls are nutritious with flax and oats, but are sweetened with honey and chocolate. They make great snacks (kids love them!), but can be served for breaky or even for dessert on a sweets tray. 

No Bake Energy Balls


1 cup oats (quick oats or old-fashioned, large flakes)
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chocolate chips 
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract 

I used the bottoms and tops of cereal  boxes
and wrapped in christmas paper for an easy
christmas gifts. Just wrap the balls in wax
paper, tie with a bow, box and
give the gift of yummy goodness.


Mix all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Once chilled, roll into balls of desired diameter. 
Stored in an air tight.