Hot Cross Protein Bombs!

Because Hot Cross Buns are just …. so last Easter 😀 Well, okay, big call.  Will undoubtedly fail to substantiate that one but you know, there are only so many hot cross buns I can eat before I run smack up against my carbohydrate allowance for the day. Things are slow here in the Chocolate…

Banana Doughnuts with Nutella Glaze

It all started with a few lovely over ripe bananas in the fruit bowl and some good intentions.  Banana bread.  The healthy kind.   However, somewhere between sitting in my office and arriving in the kitchen, those good intentions got railroaded by the thought of doughnuts.  Baked doughnuts.  But proper baked doughnuts.  Banana doughnuts to be…

Protein Pancakes with Maple Caramelised Figs & Bacon

I missed Pancake Tuesday completely.  But then, so what?  Why make a huge deal about having pancakes on a “once a year” occasion when, let’s face it, every Sunday is pancake day! Wait … every day is a valid pancake day 🙂 I have put various photos of these babies on Instagram and Facebook lately. …

Oranges and Cream

I know.  I know.  Sometimes you just don’t have either the time or the energy to make buttercream. Maybe you find the thought of making buttercream just a little too daunting. Maybe you just found out you are about to have guests coming over and are paralysed by the idea that you only have 30…

Chocolate Strawberry Protein Loaf

I rather like the idea of chocifying the world.  Heck, the whole universe is better with a little chocolate shared around. If someone tells me they don’t like brussel sprouts, my response is usually … Well, you can’t be expected to love all the foods. But, if someone tells me they don’t like chocolate, it’s…

Lemon Financiers

“Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat” So sang Peter, Paul, and Mary way back in the early 60s.  I think they were being a bit harsh, don’t you?  Poor lemon?  Impossible to eat? Sure, there are not too many people…

Guest Post: Tiramisù a là Gourmantine

I wish I had the time to follow and read more food blogs, but the reality is that I don’t.   So I only consistently stalk follow a select few that I absolutely could not live without.  For their recipes, witty repartee, or a shared aesthetic sensibility, and because I love what they do and how…

Creamy Vanilla Choc Chai Brûlée

I love the idea of chai tea.   What’s not to love?  That heady enticing aroma of spices.  Cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper swirling around in a hot tea drink just smells so divine. Except it is a tea drink with milk.  I have never liked milk in tea.  Ever.  So I struggle with the…

The Pros of Carrot Cake

The weather has started to turn lately and it is now very obviously Autumn here.  We have even reverted back to non-daylight-savings time.  It gets darker earlier and the nights are cooler (mostly).  Today it started to rain.  A grey, dismal afternoon, with the promise of a week of more rain to come. Good weather…

Humpy Creek is the Bee’s Knees (Guest Post)

I have found that the people who truly inspire me are invariably those who dream large and are willing to take risks in life to achieve their dreams.  I suppose this is true for most of us. I first met Emily when she got dumped with me as her personal training client (some years ago…

Salted Vanilla Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

Sugar. It has become disturbingly fashionable to vilify this simple food in recent years. I find it really irritating that the media latches on to comments made by self proclaimed experts, with no real credentials, and qualified experts who do science a disservice by cherry-picking evidence to support their case.    But I will not rant…

Romancing the Rhubarb

I have to confess I’ve never been interested in, let alone understood, Valentine’s Day.  The way I see it, if I need to have a special day set aside to remember to tell someone I loved them, I might have bigger issues to deal with than gift giving 😉  But that’s just me. I’ve never…

A New Year and More Macarons

I think I’m quietly going mad at the moment.  Although, perhaps not as quietly as I imagine, most days 😉 My head is filled with flavours, textures and recipe ideas for new chocolates, recipe ideas for a cookbook, ideas for protein bar flavours, ideas for this blog!  All this is distracting me as I am…

The Making of New Year’s Resolutions and Cheesecake

Happy New Year, everyone! Are you feeling all motivated and inspired by your new year’s resolutions?  Check that list twice, like Santa does, and make sure those resolutions are things you really want with all your heart and that they are realistic and achievable.  But dream large for the long-term, because our big dreams and…

Blood Orange and Nougat Macarons

It’s a quiet Christmas here at Chocolate Chilli Mango this year.  Almost a non-Christmas, you might say.   There is no tree, no decorations, no special baking for Christmas Day, no gatherings with relatives.  My mother and I will be having a quiet day doing our own thing and remembering the musketeer that is no longer…

Guest Post: Sweet Cauliflower Protein Bread

Hi everyone! Here is the much requested, much anticipated, and truly awesome guest post by the Natvia Sugar Free Giveaway competition winner, Chris Davey!   Chris bagged himself a great hamper full of sugar-free baking ingredients from Natvia.  I hope you enjoy them and make the most of them in your baking 🙂 I met Chris…