Leftover Chocolate Cake Cookies

Leftover Chocolate Cake Cookies

Don’t bake whilst under the influence of alcohol. I learned this the hard way: when I had to start baking a second birthday cake (for my mum), starting at 10 pm at night, after the first turned out too dry. Still, I found the silver lining to my baking debacle. Leftover chocolate cake cookies!

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Healthy Grapefruit & Avocado Salad

Grapefruit & Avocado Salad

My only memory of grapefruit as a child, is that my mum would eat it when she was on a diet. She’d eat half of a grapefruit for breakfast, every day. I had no idea what it was, other than sour and apparently what was required to loose weight. Not that inspiring, right?

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My Go-To Green Smoothie Bowl

My Go-To Green Smoothie Bowl (vegan, gluten free)

I love my morning oats, but sometimes I love other things too. A recent addition to my occasional home breakfasts (I eat most of them at work) is a green smoothie bowl. It took me a few tries before I settled on what has become my go-to green smoothie. The secret? Simple complexity. Simple with just a few (frozen) ingredients, complex with added superfood boosters. Ready? Let’s go.

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On the blog this month – May

So… May. It was long, it was sunny (!) and it was unbearably sad at times here in Manchester. While all that was happening, things kept to their usual flow over here at Made by Luci: I even made a video of me making Granola and shared my favourite chocolate and Oreo creation yet.

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Vegan Oreo Brownies

Vegan Oreo Brownies

Nothing seems to prompt cries of “Oh, I really shouldn’t…” like the offer of a brownie. The thing is, that phrase is nearly always followed (like, 75% of the time?) by a self-deprecating smile, and a hand reaching for the brownie. The chances seem in to increase to a near certainty when homemade chocolate Oreo brownies are the offer.

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Cheats Cheap Cherry Bakewell Cocktail

Cheats Cherry Bakewell Cocktail

There are a few things that I always look out for on any cocktail menu: a Dark & Stormy, anything with Licor 43 or Chambord, and Cherry Bakewell-theme cocktails (and after that is all the rest of the dessert-theme cocktails). What can I say? I like my sweet drinks! I’ve yet to make the perfect Dark & Stormy, but I have got a favourite easy Cherry Bakewell cocktail.

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Lemon Drizzle Energy Balls (Nakd Copycat!)

Lemon Drizzle Energy Balls (Nakd copy cat recipe)

Hi my name’s Luci and I like to snack. There, I said it. If I can’t get my hands on an apple (it’s a real addiction at this point..) then I quite like Nakd bars – especially the “Crunch” ones but recently, also their new Lemon Drizzle bar. It’s like an actual lemon drizzle cake but in a bar. Made of nuts! But, they’re really hard to find (and also.. not cheap)! Ergo, I made my own lemon drizzle energy balls instead. You could easily shape them into bars if you prefer too.

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Vegan Homemade Granola (SOS, GF)

Homemade vegan granola

I need to make granola every single week. 80% of the time, I actually get round to it! After months of making granola, I’ve finally started to nail down some go-to recipes and methods for getting crispy granola, without a charcoal twang. And by charcoal twang, I mean… burnt.

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Sinful Chocolate Fudge Muffins (vegan)

Chocolate fudge muffins (dairy free, vegan)

Chocolate,let me count the ways I love thee. In cupcakes, in brownies, in pancakes, in porridge, in muffins, on its own… are there any other ways? Oh! In ice-cream, and in milkshakes. And hot. I can’t think of any more? That was basically the primary reason behind making chocolate fudge muffins. The second was that I had a bag of dairy free fudge that was just crying out to be used.

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