3-INGREDIENT HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER CUPS {gluten, dairy, egg & soy free, vegan}

These homemade peanut butter cups are a brilliant, healthier alternative to everyone’s favourite store-bought treat – and they only contain 3 ingredients! With a delicious dark chocolate shell and a fudgy sweet-salty peanut butter filling, this gluten free + vegan sweet treat is easy to make, and almost too easy to eat.

Homemade peanut butter cups on a white backdrop. One cup is in the foreground, cut in half with a knife that's lying in front of it. The fudgy golden brown peanut butter filling is exposed.

Peanut butter cups. A food love affair that started in 1928, and persists to this very day. While known in the UK, Reese’s peanut butter cups are very much a US thing – so it’s hardly surprising that while I’ve heard about them before, I had my very first taste of them only a week ago. (Shocking, I know.)

And… I like the idea. The chocolate shell, the almost fudgy sweet-salty peanut butter filling – but at the same time, they were too sweet and had that “artificial” taste of overly processed peanut butter and milk chocolate.

I’m sure the US folks are completely outraged right now. Don’t get me wrong – if you like them, love them, can’t live without them: more power to you! But if you are like me, and you want to taste the slight bitterness of dark chocolate, and the nutty earthiness of peanut butter, with just the right balance between sweet and salty… read on.

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4-INGREDIENT RASPBERRY MOUSSE HEART CHOCOLATES {gluten, egg, nut & soy free, dairy free & vegan option}

4 simple ingredients are all you need to make these incredibly delicious and completely adorable raspberry mousse heart chocolates. With only 4 steps, this recipe couldn’t be easier – it’s pretty much fail-proof, but with impressive results. The perfect Valentine’s day (or every-day just-because) dessert to share with your loved ones.

Raspberry mousse heart chocolates arranged in small cupcake paper cases, in an old slightly rusted cupcake tin. Red heart-shaped decorations are arranged on and around the cupcake tin, creating a romantic Valentine's Day atmosphere.

It’s nearing the end of January, which means we really should talk… about Valentine’s Day. 

First, let me just say: I’m not a fan. Sure, the idea can be kinda cute but… meh. Just… meh. (No offence to anyone for whom February the 14th is the highlight of their year. You do you, 100%.)

I get it, I do. It’s supposed to be all romantic and adorable, with metaphorical rose petals falling from the sky and chubby Cherubs flittering around. But, honestly, I don’t see the appeal – mostly because it lacks the spontaneity of a bunch of flowers on a random Wednesday, the thrill of a surprise picnic in the park, the warmth of an everyday cuddle… just because.

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HOW TO MAKE MARSHMALLOWS {gluten, dairy, egg, nut & soy free}

White, fluffy, sweet, sticky and entertainingly bouncy – who doesn’t love marshmallows? We usually stick to the store-bought ones… the sickly sweet, questionable tasting ones. What if I told you that making your own homemade marshmallows is one of the easiest things in the world, and that you’ll love every minute of it? Interested? Well, read on to find out how to make marshmallows – with step-by-step pictures and instructions!

Two white, fluffy marshmallows, partially stacked on top of each other are in the front, with more marshmallows and cookie cutters in the background. Red and gold Christmas baubles in the background give a pop of colour.

I have this slightly backwards, don’t I? The basics should come before the fancy pancy added-flavour recipe, right? Oh, well – the story of my life. Why make things simple and start from the beginning, when you can make things complex and confuse everyone (including yourself)?

Nevertheless, here we are, seeking answers for the question of how to make marshmallows.

The simple answer: easily, without fuss and quite quickly, too.

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HEALTHY NO-BAKE GINGERBREAD COOKIE DOUGH BITES {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & ref. sugar free, vegan, paleo}

These no-bake gingerbread cookie dough bites are the perfect healthy Christmas dessert or snack. Easy and quick to make, they take only 15 minutes to prepare. And while they may be gluten, dairy, egg and refined sugar free, as well as vegan and paleo – they are also super rich, buttery, sweet, aromatic and utterly decadent! (Plus, they make the most amazing edible Christmas gift!)

Healthy No-Bake Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites {gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy & refined sugar free, vegan, paleo} - These no-bake gingerbread cookie dough bites are the perfect healthy Christmas dessert or snack. Easy and quick to make, they take only 15 minutes to prepare. And while they may be healthy – they are also super rich, buttery, sweet, aromatic and utterly decadent! (Plus, they make the most amazing edible DIY Christmas gift!)

Today marks precisely one year since I’ve pressed the Publish button on my very first post on The Loopy Whisk. It feels like 5 minutes… and 10 years have passed since then. Time’s a funny thing. I am now a 2nd year PhD student, still making a mess in the lab and an even greater mess in the kitchen. I have tried my hand at more new, exciting recipes than ever before, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

There have been many recipes that made me go WHOATHISISAMAZING, and many that went straight into the trash. I’ve bounced round the kitchen like an over-excited puppy, and I’ve had my share of mini meltdowns when something just wouldn’t work.

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