Nan’s Chocolate Sauce

This recipe is from my dad’s mum, who I never met because she passed away before I was born.  When my dad was growing up my nan went to work in a hotel kitchen to help make ends meet, and that where she learned the recipe for the most amazing hot chocolate sauce. My dad learned the recipe from my nan, and I learned it from him. It is super simple and you can adjust it to suit your taste. 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbls Butter
  • 2 tbls Cocoa (if you are using a dark chocolate cocoa, you may want to reduce the amount a little)
  • 2 tbls Sugar
  • 4 tbls water

Method

  • Melt the butter, and mix the cocoa and sugar.
  • Add the water and mix gently until it all has mixed through and smooth.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream.
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Vanilla Frozen Yoghurt

I’m trying out all sorts of healthy ice cream alternatives. This is a simple vanilla flavoured frozen yoghurt. 

  • 255g/9oz low fat natural fromage frais
  • 2 vanilla flavour Muller light
  • 1/2 level tbsp artificial sweetener
  • Few drops vanilla essence

Mix all the ingredients and insert into ice cream machine.

Follow the ice cream machine instructions.

Strawberry Frozen Yoghurt

I got an ice cream machine! After a bit of a faff, I finally figured out how it works (you need to put the big bowl in the freezer overnight first) I decided to throw some stuff together to make frozen yoghurt. It’s not ice cream, but its a much healthier option. 

Ingredients

  • 500ml fat free plain yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener (I use a stevia based sweetener, it is miles ahead of any of the others)
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

Method

Mix the ingredients together, then using a hand blender give it a few blitzes, but making sure there are still some bits and it is not completely smooth. Then follow the instructions on your ice cream machine and voilà!

Chocolate Mousse for 2

I have started a new eating regime because I am trying to work off all of those extra pounds I’ve gained from too many yummy things. I will of course remain committed to the blog, but I may chose to do a few more healthy recipes, and if nothing else, the unhealthy ones will have much smaller portion sizes. The thing I struggle with eating healthily is trying to get the most chocolate yumminess in with the least amount of calories. To help achieve that I went hunting for the most chocolatey yumminess and I came up with chocolate mousse. I used Raymond Blanc’s recipe because it uses egg whites and not buckets of cream, so hopefully it wont completely kill the diet. I also halved the recipe to only make 2 servings.

Ingredients

  • 3oz good-quality dark chocolate, minimum 60 per cent cocoa solids, roughly chopped (I used half Green & Blacks and half Hershey’s)
  • 4 free-range egg whites
  • 1/8 tsp lemon juice
  • ¾ oz caster sugar

Method

  • Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water (do not allow the base of the bowl to touch the water).
  • Whisk the egg whites and lemon juice in a large, clean bowl until they form soft peaks. The lemon juice will stabilise the egg whites, make them easier to work with and help to prevent over-whisking.
  • Add the sugar and continue to whisk until firm peaks form when the whisk is removed. Do not whisk beyond this stage – the egg whites will start to collapse and separate into dry froth and runny liquid, and you’ll lose all the air that you’ve whisked in.
  • When the chocolate has melted, remove the bowl from the heat. Whisk one-third of the egg whites into the hot chocolate quickly and vigorously, until thick and well combined – if you add the egg whites in too slowly, their cold temperature can make the hot chocolate seize, solidify and result in a lumpy mousse.
  • Fold the remaining egg whites into the chocolate mixture, using a spatula, until all of the egg white has been completely incorporated into the chocolate. Don’t overmix at this stage as you’ll knock out the air bubbles and the mousse will be dense.
  • Spoon the mousse mixture into four Martini glasses (of course I used my ramekins). Chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours, or until set.

Nutritional Info per serving

This is based on a few comparisons from various online sources, so don’t hold me to them too closely.

  • 257 Calories
  • 12.4g Total Fat
  • 36g Total Carbohydrates

For Slimming World followers, the recipes adds up to a whopping 15-20 syns, but it is so worth it.

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