Hazelnut Butter-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Hazelnut Butter-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Hazelnut Butter-Chocolate Chip Muffins

I’m more a muffin than a cookie girl. Maybe because I can more easily justify eating muffins for breakfast…unless they’re my Apple and Raisin Oaty Breakfast Cookies that is- a recipe created especially for the first meal of the day! Breakfast aside, I  still usually prefer muffins for some reason and it had been far too long since I’d made any.

Meridian Hazelnut Butter

A lovely friend who came to stay recently brought me a jar of this hazelnut butter as a “thank you for having me” gift. She clearly knows that food presents go down well around these parts! As much as I’ve been enjoying it slathered on sprouted grain toast with a spot of apricot jam, I felt it deserved to be used for something a little more special.

Hazelnut Butter-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Muffins were the answer! Hazelnut Butter-Chocolate Chip Muffins! I love using nut butter in baking for the rich flavour and moisture it gives, which also means you can cut back or eliminate added oils. I had my fingers crossed when I shut the oven door as admittedly I’d cobbled this recipe together fairly quickly, but they turned out so tender with a lovely crumb.

Hazelnut butter is fairly widely available these days, but if you can’t find it it’s easy to make at home! Here is a simple how-to.

Hazelnut Butter-Chocolate Chip Muffins

I couldn’t resist adding chocolate chips as everyone knows that chocolate and hazelnuts is a classic combination, but you could do chopped apricots or crystallized ginger and hazelnuts, or whatever sounds good to you. 

Hazelnut Butter-Chocolate Chip Muffins

 This recipe makes only 6 muffins so you’ll probably want to double it!

Hazelnut Butter-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yield: 6 Muffins


  • 3/4 C Light Spelt flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 C Apple purée (unsweetened applesauce)
  • 1/4 C Coconut sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Ground flax
  • 3 Tbsp Hazelnut butter
  • 1 Tbsp Oil (e.g. sunflower OR melted coconut oil)
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C Almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 C Chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped hazelnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F, Line a muffin tin with 6 paper cases.
  2. Stir together the first three ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together apple purée through to apple cider vinegar.
  4. Add wet to dry and stir just to combine.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and hazelnuts, if using.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cases and bake for approx 20 minutes, until lightly browned and firm on top, and a tester comes out clean.


* To make these gluten-free: Replace the spelt flour with 1/2 cup each of oat flour and 1/2 cup blanched almond flour and 2 Tbsp tapioca starch. Increase flax to 1 Tbsp and baking powder to 2 tsp. Omit oil.


I’m submitting this recipe at the weekly link-up, Wellness Weekends.

Hazelnut Butter-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Muffins or cookies? 

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Review: Rebel Kitchen Coconut Milk Drinks

Rebel Kitchen Coconut Mylk

Rebel Kitchen Coconut Mylk (vegan)

An exciting new product has hit the shelves here in England! Rebel Kitchen Coconut Milk Drinks!

Rebel Kitchen Coconut Mylk (vegan)

Growing up I loved chocolate, banana and strawberry milk as a bedtime snack and I know my nephews and niece now do too. Looking at the stuff I used to drink I see it’s marketed as an “irresistibly delicious, extra nutritious drink”.

Hmmm, I’m not sure I’m convinced…it was essentially just sugar and flavourings you mixed into milk. Although I don’t consume dairy primarily for ethical reasons, I don’t think it’s healthy either.  Rebel Kitchen Coconut Mylk (vegan)

It definitely was tasty though so it’s pretty cool to find an alternative that is not only yummy but actually healthy too! 

Rebel Kitchen’s Coconut Milk Drinks have just a few ingredients, all of which are real foods- Water, Coconut Milk, Date Nectar and Cacao, with the addition of Crushed Banana in the “Banana Mylk” and Orange Oil in the “Orange-Choc Mylk”. Nothing to complain about there. 

Rebel Kitchen Coconut Mylk (vegan)

We all know I’m coconut crazy too so the fact they’re made from coconut milk is a big tick in my box. 

And isn’t the packaging adorable? As a (nearly!) 24-year old, I love it so I can imagine kids must go crazy for the cute little characters. 

I struggled to pick a favourite flavour. Yum all round. They’re not cloyingly sweet at all and the individual flavours really stand out from each other. I gather testing is in process to add new flavours to the line so stay tuned! I’m hoping for strawberry as that was a definite childhood favourite… 

Rebel Kitchen Coconut Mylk (vegan)

Rebel Kitchen is a very new company so their products aren’t all that widely available in stores just yet. You can find them in London Whole Foods Markets, Lomax gym in Chelsea, inSpiral Lounge in Camden and The Natural Kitchen in Marylebone at the moment. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter for news on the latest stockists. 

But, those outside London, do not fear! You can also order online. They sell 3, 12 and 24 packs in each of the flavours as well as taster packs containing one of each variety.

Definitely not just for kids!

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(Disclaimer: Rebel Kitchen provided me with sample products for review but, as always, all opinions are my own.)

Review: InSpiral Products


The inSpiral Lounge Café in Camden, London, holds a special place in my heart as the first vegetarian restaurant I went to, many moons ago! (It’s vegan, with the exception of the option of cow’s milk for hot drinks. ) I loved the friendly, funky vibe and the great-tasting, wholesome food.  There’s also a big emphasis on raw food, which definitely appeals to my tastes.

 I’ve been back many a time since my first visit and have watched the brand grow and grow. They’ve launched a range of amazing raw vegan products which are now sold, not only in the Lounge but also  in their online store, shipping worldwide!

InSpiral Banana Greeny Granola Bites

Raw Banana Supergreen Bites

inSpiral Raw Chocolate Superfood Granola Bites

Raw Chocolatey Superfood Bites

Raw LoveBerry Superfruit Bites

Raw LoveBerry Superfruit Bites

 I love their Raw Granola Bites either for snacking straight out of the bag or for breakfast: as a smoothie topper or in a bowl with fresh fruit and almond milk. They even come in fully compostable bags!

inSpiral Granulated Stevia

This is a new product for inSpiral- granulated Stevia sweetener. You’ve probably seen stevia about recently as the latest sugar alternative of choice for many health foodies. It doesn’t affect blood sugar levels and is completely natural, extracted from the stevia leaf. There’s often a bitter aftertaste associated with stevia but I couldn’t detect any with this brand.

inSpiral Raw Purple Corn Kale Chips

 inSpiral Kale Chips are simply the best! They’re 100% natural, raw and organic and come in a whole range of delicious flavours, including Purple Corn, Baobab & Onion, Wasabi Wheatgrass, Cacao & Cinnamon and more. I’ve tried various brands of commercial kale chips but none compare. These have a thick, flavourful coating, and satisfying crunch. They’ve definitely turned this sweet tooth into a savoury snacker!


I’m actually not mad about inSpiral desserts for some reason (The Raw Chocolate Blackout tart is the exception)…I find them almost too rich but I know many people love them so you’ll have to judge them for yourselves.  The dessert pots are fully raw like all their products and come in Christmas Cake, Carrot Cake, Vanilla Berry Cream, Tiramisu, Hazelnut Creme, Passionfruit and Chocolate Blackout.

inSpiral Raw Herb Crackits

Finally, another savoury love of mine, the Raw Crackits. Their new recipe is even better than before and contains extra added health booster: Reishi, Siberian Ginseng, Shatavari and Rhodiola! Made from raw almonds, buckwheat and flax they’re crunchy and crumbly just like baked grain crackers.

Pictured are the herb crackits spread with mashed avocado. I can’t pick a favourite flavour.

inSpiral products are available in health food stores nationwide and, as mentioned, you can also purchase online from anywhere in the world.

 Have you tried them yet? If not, what would you most like to try?

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Disclaimer: inSpiral provided me with a few products for review but most were purchased myself and, as always, all opinions are my own.

Almond, Cardamom & Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Almond, Cardamom & Dark Chocolate Cookies

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You didn’t think I’d forgotten did you?  Given the pink, hearts and chocolate everywhere I think it would be virtually impossible to ignore Valentine’s Day.

I don’t have that special someone in my life yet and I’d hope the many people who I do love know how I feel about them and don’t need a card or flowers to show that. All the same, it is quite nice to have an excuse to do something a little special, particularly if that involves chocolate! 

Almond, Cardamom & Chocolate Chunk Cookies |coconutandberries.com

Everyone knows chocolate is a sexy food but what you might know is that the aromatic Indian spice, cardamom, is also considered an aphrodisiac! (Check out the Arabian Nights and you’ll see it mentioned). It’s also high in cineole, which can increase blood flow to certain areas….!

I happen to love the taste of cardamom, and paired with chocolate, it’s obviously even more sensational. 

You might not have the time to spend laboring over a fancy dessert for Friday night but these Almond, Cardamom & Chocolate Chunk Cookies take hardly any time at all, just one bowl and spoon, and are everything you could want from a sweet treat. 

They’re gluten and grain-free as well as free from refined sugars so suitable for everyone, and the ground almonds they’re made from lend them that gorgeous melt-in-the mouth quality.   

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Almond, Cardamom & Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yield: 12 small cookies


  • 1-1/2 C Ground almonds (almond flour)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 tsp Ground cardamom
  • 1/4 C Coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 C Liquid sweetener (agave nectar/coconut nectar/maple syrup)
  • 1 Tbsp Almond butter
  • 40g/1.5oz Dark chocolate, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a medium bowl stir together ground almonds through to almond butter until fully combined.
  3. Stir through dark chocolate chunks.
  4. Scoop heaping tablespoons of the dough (it will be relatively soft and oily. Don't worry!), roll into balls and flatten slightly with a fork.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes watching carefully towards the end of baking time. They should be lightly browned on top but will still be very soft to the touch.
  6. Leave on the baking sheet to cool fully and firm up before serving.

I’m submitting this recipe to the weekly link-ups, Wellness Weekends and Healthy Vegan Fridays

Almond, Cardamom & Chocolate Chunk Cookies |coconutandberries.com


Do you have big plans for V day? I’ve got a friend coming to stay for the weekend so we can be single together!

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Review & Giveaway: Cocofina Organic Coconut & Date Bars

Cocofina Organic Coconut & Date Bars

Cocofina Organic Coconut & Date BarsIt definitely seems that there’s more and more awareness in the UK of the importance of eating whole foods and companies are stepping up to meet the demand.  Cocofina is one which is fairly new to me but has actually been around since 2005 with their coconut water which is the leading brand in Europe and distributed by all of the top health food distributors.

Cocofina Organic Coconut & Date Bars

You can imagine this coconut-loving girl’s delight on discovering that they’ve branched out from coconut water to other coconutty products! These coconut and date bars are exactly my sort of thing: A handy little snack to pop in your bag and have on hand, a healthy whole foods source of energy, and tasty too! 

The only ingredients are dates, raisins, coconut and oats- no nasties in here.  

Cocofina Organic Coconut & Date Bars

Another thing which makes me happy to support Cocofina is that they’re  donating 10p for every case of their products sold across the globe to Action Against Hunger and  have pledged to raise a minimum of £5,000 every year.

- Action Against Hunger assists over 7 million people every year, in over 40 countries. ACF was chosen because of its ethical policies, global reach & incredibly low administration costs.

- Recognized as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger ACF International saves the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.

- With 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, ACF runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting seven million people each year. 

To announce the partnership Cocofina have kindly offered to give away a whole case of their new Coconut & Date bars  to one lucky reader! 

Please enter via Rafflecopter below (Sorry this one’s UK only)

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Cocofina are currently sold in 2500 specialty and premium stores such as Wholefoods, Holland and Barrett, Waitrose, and exported to 18 countries.

Website: www.cocofina.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cocofina/140783995935811

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CocofinaCoconut 


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