Nutty Chocolate Gluten Free Granola (+ Video)

This Gluten Free Granola is packed full of five different types of nuts, raw cacao nibs, raisins and peanut butter. It has tonnes of protein from almonds, brazil nuts, pecans, peanuts and hazelnuts and is sweetened with pure maple syrup, this is a breakfast option that will fill you up until lunch time, tastes totally delicious, and is easy and quick to make ahead! It’s also naturally gluten free and vegan (just make sure you’re using gluten-free certified oats, as some oats are processed with wheat). What more could you want from a breakfast? Watch the recipe video now!

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Gluten Free Nutty Chocolate Granola (+ recipe video) - with five types of nuts, peanut butter, raisins and natural sweetener (maple syrup), this gluten free granola is an easy, delicious breakfast that will keep you full until lunch time!

If you follow me on instagram , you may have seen that I started a diet this week (or a “lifestyle change” as my BFF would make me say!) and that diet is Weight Watchers. I did it last year and lost over 30lbs, which was pretty awesome (and my BFF has lost 53lb and counting since September ’16!!). I didn’t get to my goal weight though and I kind of fell off track, and I’ve put about 5lb of that weight back on. Which isn’t really a big deal, I’m not all that unhappy with my weight. However, I do want to eat healthier and not put so much processed crap in my body, and losing a little weight would be nice too!

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Gluten Free Triple Peanut Blondies

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These Gluten Free Triple Peanut Blondies are chock full of delicious peanut goodness, with peanut flour, peanut butter and peanuts in their original form. They’re chewy, moist and absolutely yummy – a peanut lover’s dream! They’re so easy to make, so give them a try today – you won’t be sorry!

Gluten Free Triple Peanut Blondies - Chewy, moist and packed full of delicious peanut goodness. A peanut butter lover's dream come true! - Taking a blondie from the stack

 

Do you ever feel like you’re constantly playing catch up and never on top of your to-do list? That’s pretty much a constant state for me, but lately it seems to be getting worse! Even with some time off work recently and quite a few four day weeks (yay for bank holidays!), I just feel like I never have enough time to get things done for the blog. On top of all the recipe development, baking, photography and writing, there always seems to be something new to add to the list for the behind-the-scenes stuff – I think I need a personal assistant whose only job is to kick me up the butt to get going with these things! Any takers?! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not really complaining, I love doing the blog, it’s just hard to stay on top of everything! I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like this, whether it’s in regards to blogging, work life, home life, all of the above! There’s just never enough  hours in the day, is there?

Gluten Free Triple Peanut Blondies - Chewy, moist and packed full of delicious peanut goodness. A peanut butter lover's dream come true! - Close up of one blondie

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Plum and Hazelnut Cake with Cinnamon Frosting {Gluten and Dairy Free!}

A deliciously tempting mini 6″ cake that is naturally gluten and dairy free! Moist hazelnut cake with plum filling and dairy free cinnamon frosting. It’s delicious and easy to make, with no oil needed!

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A deliciously tempting mini 6" cake that is naturally gluten and dairy free! Moist hazelnut cake with plum filling and dairy free cinnamon frosting. It's delicious and easy to make, with no oil needed!

The first month of 2017 is almost over, and what a year it’s been already! It’s hard to ignore politics at the moment, but for our own personal sanity I think it’s a good idea to take a step away from it for a while. Just sit down with a cup of coffee, a good book and a slice of Plum and Hazelnut Cake with Cinnamon Frosting and have some “me” time in the midst of all the craziness. Doesn’t that sound good right now? So take a moment to grab this amazing recipe and then switch off for a while, you deserve it!

Plum and Hazelnut Cake - A deliciously tempting mini 6" cake that is naturally gluten and dairy free! Moist hazelnut cake with plum filling and dairy free cinnamon frosting. It's delicious and easy to make, with no oil needed!

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The Best Recipes of 2016

15 of the most popular recipes in 2016!  Delicious cakes, indulgent desserts, scrummy cookies, and amazing cocktails – Giraffes Can Bake had a very tasty year! Here are the 15 recipes you lovely readers loved the most!

Giraffes Can Bake's Best of 2016 - 15 of the most popular recipes in 2016! Delicious cakes, indulgent desserts, scrummy cookies, and amazing cocktails – Giraffes Can Bake had a very tasty year! Here are the 15 recipes you lovely readers loved the most!

2016! What a year! There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but overall it’s been a pretty good year for me. I experimented a lot more with my second love, mixology, and you guys loved it as much as I did – 6 of the most popular recipes this year were cocktails! There will definitely be more to come in 2017, I can’t wait to get mixing! I also learned to bake gluten free, which was a big, and often frustrating, challenge but I mastered it in the end – 5 of the top 15 recipes were gluten free, I’m glad you liked them as much as I did!  Let’s take a look at the 15 recipes you loved the most in 2016, in no particular order…

  1. Gluten Free Cookie Dough Salted Caramel Brownie Bombs

Gluten Free Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs with Salted Caramel - These Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs with Salted Caramel are indulgence on top of decadence! Eggless chocolate chip cookie dough is dipped in salted caramel, then enclosed in chocolate salted caramel brownies, and dipped in chocolate. They're gluten free, so easy to make and absolutely to die for!

These were the first of gluten free baking successes – and it definitely started my 2016 gluten free baking with a delicious bang! They’re egg free cookie dough, dipped in salted caramel, wrapped in brownie and covered in chocolate! Holy awesomeness batman! I mean you can’t go wrong with these little balls of heaven, especially since they’re so easy to make!

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Pecan Pie Cheesecake {Gluten Free}

This Gluten Free Pecan Pie Cheesecake is the perfect way to shake up Thanksgiving dessert! It’s has a gluten free pecan and walnut crust with creamy baked vanilla cheesecake, a bourbon pecan pie topping and bourbon brown sugar whipped cream. So delicious, so easy and make ahead! 

Gluten Free Pecan Pie Cheesecake - This Gluten Free Pecan Pie Cheesecake is the perfect way to shake up Thanksgiving dessert! It's has a gluten free pecan and walnut crust with creamy baked vanilla cheesecake, a bourbon pecan pie topping and bourbon brown sugar whipped cream. So delicious, so easy and make ahead!

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Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays, and we don’t even have it in the UK! But any holiday that is primarily about eating a lot of delicious food and being thankful for all the good in your life is my kind of holiday! There are so many yummy traditional Thanksgiving foods that I love, but the dessert course is always my favourite, shocking I know! Pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, pecan pie… all the pies! I think that’s why it’s so easy to overeat on Thanksgiving, everything is too good, you just have to try a bit of everything! Or is that just me?! 

Gluten Free Pecan Pie Cheesecake - This Gluten Free Pecan Pie Cheesecake is the perfect way to shake up Thanksgiving dessert! It's has a gluten free pecan and walnut crust with creamy baked vanilla cheesecake, a bourbon pecan pie topping and bourbon brown sugar whipped cream. So delicious, so easy and make ahead!

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