Raspberry, Almond Biscuit Cupcakes

Hello…

Good morning! So I’m switching it up a little today! I normally tell you all about what I got up to at the weekend but because I’m going down to London with work and to see my girls, I thought I’d give you a massive run down on Friday instead!

The reviews are back…

So today I’m sharing a review for the first time in yonks! Reviews were actually one of the first things I started doing on here. I’d review my favourite snacks, ‘live’ as I called it, as I would type whilst I nibbled. So today, I’m bringing it back and I will now be reviewing my favourite snacks again! This way you kind find out the low down on the best snacks (well my favourites anyway) before you buy! Nourishing snacks aren’t cheep as they’re full of expensive ingredients, so we accept that BUT that doesn’t mean we don’t still get annoyed when the snack we spent our dosh on tastes shocking and ‘healthy’. I think we’ve all been there. So I’m going to guide you through my very experienced pallet of snack tasting and tell you what I love and what I’m not a big fan of.

Rhythm 108…

Today I’m starting with my favourite snack brand out there at the moment, Rhythm 108. I’ve been eating, enjoying and thoroughly loving their snack bars and biscuits for a good year and a half now and I just can’t get enough! Before their new bags (which I’ll talk about more later) they had and still have a range of dessert bars – Apple pie, Banana muffin, Choco walnut brownie, Coconut macaroon and lemon cake. These bars can be enjoyed as they are, in their naturally delicious state orrrrr even more incredible, warmed so they go more dessert like, indulgent, comforting, the flavours are intensified and they are all round magical! Try making the experience more heavily by drizzling in nut butter or serving with ice cream/yoghurt. As well as their wonderful dessert bar range, they have a biscuit range! Now I love their dessert bar range (check out my reviews here) but oh blimey I adore their biscuits more than you know (check out my review here) I can’t tell you how many biscuits I go through! It’s pretty ridiculous really but hey! It’s no bad addiction! Low in sugar and only containing natural ingredients (Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan, No refined sugar, a source of fibre and Handmade!)  Amazing! I think my favourite out of the two biscuits (chocolate hazelnut and lemon ginger) is probably the lemon as they remind me so much of my Grandma and just make me feel so calm and comfy. But the chocolate is still insanely good. The best afternoon pick me up ever. I didn’t think I’d ever have that same crunchy, crumbly, sweet but not too sweet and happy biscuit experience ever again but rhythm have pulled it off! You would never ever ever think these were just made with whole food ingredients and ingredients you can recognise and actually pronounce. Honestly, if these were in my Grandmas biscuit tin, alongside the malted milks, hobnobs, custard cremes and bourbons, you honestly wouldn’t be able to guess which one was wholesome. It tastes, looks and feels like a proper biscuit and I think I’d definitely go as far to say I prefer them!!!! They’re a perfect tea dunker too!!! And and and they are cheep as chips (now I’m in the food business, I’m wondering if they’re took cheep)

New products…

Now I’m even more obsessed as they’ve just released their new share bags that are designed to be sustainable, compostable and lower the carbon footprint! Incredibly tasty and environmentally friendly! YES PLEASE!!! So the four bags they have just released are Almond biscotti ( think biscotti which you get alongside your coffee or hot chocolate or vin santo.. in Italy come Amaretti biscuits, aka my favourite biscuit ever) Double chocolate hazelnut (think those giant cookies you get in brown bags from bakeries come the ones you get in the cadburys section boxes at christmas) Coconut cookie (blimey I love coconut) and Lemon chia ginger (again reminds me of my childhood is the ultimate cosy biscuit). Time to swap your hobnobs for a big bag of these gems! You may be laughing and thinking nothing can compare but just try and I’m pretty definite you’ll be more than pleasantly surprised. They’ve made my afternoon cuppa tea break a whole lot more enjoyable.

REVIEWS part 1…

So now I’m going to share my so called ‘live’ reviews bellow. I’m starting with the almond biscotti and the double chocolate hazelnut cookie as once the bags are open, they’re best consumed within 5 days to keep them nice and crumbly and not soft. However they’ll still taste completely fine after this, they just might be a little soft. So this basically is the reviews written as I demolished the bag and they’ll also be in the order I reviewed them in too. I’m not going to change them in anyway! These were my exact and truthful thoughts as I nibbled/gobbled. Oh and I’ll review part two (lemon chia and coconut cookie) next week as I’m going away this week and don’t want them to go soft! I’ll include a cheeky sweet recipe also!

Almond biscotti…

First bite and instant crunchy, hobnob like heaven. A crunchy which then crumbles in your mouth, the depth of flavour from the almonds and sweet alcoholic hints from the almond oil is incredible. They remind me so much of amaretti biscuits, aka the best biscuit in the world come a hobnob due to the texture and crumble. I also love the deep caramel like flavours from the coconut sugar which is super comforting and reminds me of my childhood. The oats make the crumbly texture which is then quite soft in the centre which I love. I also love the odd almond chunk which has been scattered throughout the biscuit, making the textures in your mouth more exciting and incredibly moreish! This biscuit is a great dunker! You can dip it in that mug of tea without loosing it and you get the proper biscuit experience. I think what I like most is it looks and actually tastes like a real biscuit. The texture and flavour are like for like and if you shoved this in a box of unhealthy biscuits, you wouldn’t be able to tell it was actually made of healthy ingredients with no preserves. There’s that same indulgence and that same experience as a processed biscuit, without the nasties. They remind me of a proper biscuit but also taste just like biscotti but without the teeth breaking experience haha! So best of both worlds right?!? When I was younger I used to make these muffins which were vanilla with amaretti biscuits crumbled inside the cake and then they were topped with cream cheese icing, raspberries and crumbled amaretti biscuits! I will be sharing my recreation of these when I post this review!

Double chocolate hazelnut…

I didn’t think these could beat ( match/beat but beating right this second) their lemon and ginger biscuits but I was wrong! Omg they have choc chunks! A crisp, crumbly, dark but still sweet double chocolate heaven of a biscuit! This is a REAL biscuit! Crumbly, crunchy comforting crumble with chunky, soft and smooth chocolate chunks scattered throughout! Can you think of anything better?! These bring back so many memories of going to my Grandmas and been aloud to raid the biscuit box for the best ones! Also at Christmas when we used to get a Cadbury biscuit box! You literally wouldn’t know the difference! Other than rhythm have got the balance just right and you don’t get a stodgy sickly aftertaste or a funny taste after if you know what I mean! You’re just left feeling satisfied and happy on chocolate! What I like about rhythm is you feel just as indulgent and just as satisfied as you would eating a overly processed and sugar filled biscuit! They make a whole food product sexy and indulgent without it feeling like it’s healthy! It’s so accessible! They are low in sugar and full of fibre! I just can’t get over how REAL they taste! I don’t think there’s one other brand I use daily, but rhythm I eat almost everyday! They are truly on another level and you need need to get your hands on these biscuits!!! I need to try baking with these, dunking them in tea and crumbling them on porridge! Oooh oh rocky road! Coming soon guys!! I’ve eaten a quarter of a bag writing this! That’s how good! Definitely fav share bag so far!!!

Recipe…

So now time to bake with these gorgeous biscuits!! Here’s the recreation of the classic I talked about in my review of the almond biscotti! Light and fluffy muffins with almond biscuits scattered throughout and then topped with a sweet yoghurt frosting, raspberries and more crumbled biscotti! Enjoy xx

Raspberry and Almond Biscotti cupcakes – makes 12 

Cupcakes –

80g melted unpasturised butter or coconut oil

75g almond biscuits (I used rhythm 108) crushed into breadcrumbs

1 banana, mashed

60g maple syrup

2 eggs

75g spelt flour

0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda

0.5 tsp almond extract – optional

Toppings –

Frosting –

120g full fat live yoghurt/dairy free alternative

1 tbsp maple syrup

​To decorate –

12 raspberries

2 almond biscuits, crushed into breadcrumbs again

Method

Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4 and line a 12 cup cupcake tray with cases.

Mash together the melted butter, biscuits, banana, maple syrup and eggs until combined.

Mix in the flour, bicarb and extract if using.

Once all combined, use two teaspoons to divide the batter between the cases, as equally as possible.

Pop in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Remove from the oven and pop on a wire rack to cool.

Meanwhile, mix together the yoghurt and maple syrup.

Dollop a heaped teaspoon on yoghurt on each and spread gently.

Top with a raspberry in the middle of each one.

Decorate with the crumbled biscuits,

Enjoy,

Leitchy xx

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