Review – Happy Nibbling Brownies

I am continuing my hunt for mail order Keto sweet treats as although I do make delicious cakes, though I say it myself, it is just nice to sometimes have something bought for you or a lovely treat that you haven’t made yourself.

I came across Happy Nibbling through the Keto Fitness Club as Carrie, who runs the business, is a fellow club member and a regular in the cooking classes. Carrie is launching her brownie business with Organic Coconut Brownies which are made without egg, gluten, grains, nuts or refined sugar. It has been fabulous following her on Facebook as she gets started on her new venture, and she already has had the required inspections and top hygiene rating which can give you confidence in this new sweet treat business.

I ordered the Raspberry Kiss brownies as they looked so good on a recent post. Currently you order from the Facebook page by sending a message and you can buy 6 or 12 brownies in a choice of Classic Dark or Raspberry Kiss, more options and flavours will be added in the future. It’s £12 for 6 brownies and £22 for 12 with £4 postage – so I just had to order 12 Raspberry Kiss – just for taste testing you understand! There will be a website in the future and a wider variety of flavours, but sensibly Carrie is building her business slowly.

Raspberry Kiss Brownies

I paid via a paypal link over the weekend and they were sent out 1st class post on Monday and were with me in time for elevenses on Tuesday. Well packaged and protected in the box and bag it came in – on opening the pack the smell that hit me was divine.

I could not resist breaking my fast early to try one, and as someone who can often be sensitive to the taste of some sweeteners, all I tasted was moist chcoclatey goodness with a hint of raspberry. Each brownie has 1.7g of carbs so it’s a treat that needs to be rationed but I am freezing the other 11 brownies to enjoy over the next couple of weeks. OK – so I may have just lied – I have frozen 6 and kept 6 in the fridge just to make sure they are as tasty a few hours later – and the 2nd one I warmed and had with a drizzle of double cream – warming the brownie seemed to release the aroma even more. Bought brownies can often be dry and hard in texture but these were neither of these things and were divine.

The biggest bonus is a really cannot stand coconut. It is not a flavour I have ever enjoyed. Since Keto I have started to use coconut flour in recipes but if someone described something as coconut I would avoid. I could not tell these were coconut based at all – huzzah!

Happy Nibbling brownies are definitely going on my list of special treats for my family to get me for treats and birthdays – and I will also feel confident in buying them for my coeliac sister or Niece with a nut allergy.

Review – Shokoladi Keto Chocolates

Through a business networking Facebook group I am a member of, Spaghetti Besties https://www.facebook.com/groups/SpaghettiBesties I heard about a artisan bean to box chocolate maker, and since turning Keto I was interested to see if she made Keto chocolates.

There were Keto options on the website, not many and quite expensive, but with a quality product for special treats I decided I’d like to trial them and see what they are like. This wouldn’t be an everyday purchase for me but a special treat on occasion.

Irma, the chocolate maker, has a facebook group where she keeps you up to date with what she is making, and the production runs are short so when it’s gone it’s gone. She had posted about Keto Hazelnut and Butterscotch chocolate using erythritol as the sweetener and mentioned she had been experimenting with the recipe to reduce the cooling affect of the sweetener Not everyone gets a cooling effect from Erythritol but I tend to notice it a lot which makes some sweet treats unappetising for me.

When I placed the order via email, as I had a specific request rather than using the website, Irma was quick to respond with the options and I chose to have 6 small bars for £21 with £4.25 postage. The flavours I am trying are Butterscotch and Hazelnut, White Coffee with Walnut and Dark Berry Crumble. I sent the payment via Bacs straight away to confirm my order.

I was gloriously surprised to find the order arrived the very next day – even though it was 1.30pm when I placed the order. That’s a big tick for customer service and delivery as other Keto stores I have used before I have taken weeks if not months to deliver.

Neatly Boxed

The box when opened (they came in a small cardboard box) smelt heavenly of the caramel and even though I had not broken my fast yet I could not resist having a taste.

Before Keto I was not a dark chocolate fan, Although I use 85% dark chocolate in recipes I never would choose to eat it as is from the packet. I tried the Butterscotch and Hazelnut first and although the butterscotch flavour didn’t come through in the taste as much as the smell did, it definitely scratched my ‘I want chocolate’ itch.

I tried the coffee one next, which I didn’t expect to like as I am not a coffee fan – it was ok but smelt a little too strong for me so I will pass it as a gift to a coffee loving keto friend.

The Berry bar was quite dark but the berry taste came through beautifully so that was a hit too.

Ingredients

It is so nice to find a treat of a keto chocolate bar which can be eaten which I haven’t had to make myself, and I will definitely buy these again for a treat or pass the web address on to friends and family – and I am sure Irma will be experimenting with new flavours in the future too so I will be keeping an eye on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ShokoladiMalvern for more options and perhaps chocolates rather than bars in the future. The website to order is https://shokoladimalvern.co.uk/.

Irma has offered a special 10% discount on Keto chocolates to any of my blog readers until the end of September 2021 – just email shokoladi@mail.com and mention my name, Alison Mead, to get your discount.

Keto Sweet Treats

Today I had a tub of double cream in my fridge which goes out of date soon so I decided to have a go at Orange Jelly Cake Bars as the main ingredient in the cake I love is double cream.

I love taking recipes from the Keto Fitness Club recipe library and tweek them to either use up the ingredients I need to use or changing slightly as I’ve really learned what I do and don’t like with my Keto baking.

My favourite basic cake is the Classic Vanilla Muffin which is in the WTF cookbook (Where’s The Fat) and I’ve used this to make Victoria Sponge, Lemon sponge, and orange jelly cakes too. I recently bought new mini cake molds so I wanted to see what the vanilla muffin mix would be like there.

I made the jelly first in the molds and once set saved them in the fridge while I made the cakes. The full recipe is again in the free recipe library and in the Creative Bakes book.

The classic vanilla muffin mix worked really well in the mold, I just trimmed the tops off and halved them before adding the jelly and drizzling on melted chocolate. The effect was stunning and they are perfect bite size mouthfuls of orangey goodness.

That left a bowl of cake offcuts.. Now what could I do with those? The perfect answer is again in the Creative Bakes book, and I made the Tiffin with my offcuts to replace the microwave cookies which appear in the recipe.

So that’s two great cakes made. Now to prevent over eating I always freeze my cakes, and most need a short time to defrost or taste really great straight from the freezer. It just means I don’t sit and eat cakes all day. And when my husband inevitably brings home his favourite chocolate or cakes I can just grab my pre made treats from the freezer.

What’s your favourite Keto cake? Please share recipe links as I love trying new things.