Apricot and chocolate slice

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, September 7, 2017 In : slices 

It's always a pleasant distraction when a blog I subscribe to posts a new recipe. In the case of Eleanor Ozich's apricot and dark chocolate bumper bars my eyes and tastebuds were duly tantalised and I decided to make them the same day. Key words: apricot, chocolate, fudgy, no bake – and I had all the ingredients in the pantry.

1 c chopped dried apricots (I used organic sulphur-apricots hence they are not bright orange like non-organic ones)
2 c rolled oats
1 c desiccated or shredded c...


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Healthy afghans

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, August 31, 2017 In : cookies 

It's easy to substitute the ubiquitous refined ingredients for more wholesome options that make equally yummy and healthy afghans.

Makes 16
1 c almond meal
1 c buckwheat flour
4 tbsp cocoa or cacao powder
1/3 c coconut oil
1/4 c honey, rice syrup or maple syrup
3 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 c gluten-free cornflakes (no added sugar)

For the icing:
60g dark chocolate (I used Whittaker's 72%)
3 tbsp non-dairy milk
1 tbsp honey, rice syrup or maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
desiccated...
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Chocolate beetroot brownies

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 In : slices 

A great way to use vegetables in baking and the kids will never know. I like brownies with raspberries or nuts sometimes, but my kid prefers plain flavours so I've kept it simple.

300g beetroot, boiled, peeled and cut into chunks
3 eggs or make flaxseed eggs
1/2 c sweetener such as rice malt syrup, maple syrup, honey, coconut sugar, panela (not agave)
1/4 c melted coconut oil or butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1/2 c cocoa or cacao powder
1 c flour or almond...
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Turmeric blueberry muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 In : small cakes 

From one of my favourites, Green Kitchen Stories.

Dry ingredients:
1 c rolled oats
1 c walnuts or almonds
2/3 c buckwheat flour
2 tbsp arrowroot or 2/3 c spelt flour
1 tbsp ground turmeric
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
pinch black pepper

Wet ingredients:
2 ripe bananas, peeled
6 soft dates or t tbsp honey/maple syrup
2/3 c buttermilk or yoghurt
1/3 c olive oil or melted butter
3 eggs
1 c blueberries or berries of choice, fresh or frozen

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Quick mini muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 In : small cakes 

These are the quickest and easiest muffins I've made. Only 6 ingredients plus your choice of flavour. With an hour to go before we went visiting, these were mixed and baked in no time. I also made a runny icing with icing sugar and lemon juice to drizzle over, topped with sprinkles for extra child-friendliness. Mini muffins only take 5-7 min to bake, so be careful not to overbake or else it might just taste like a rubber ball.

Makes about 36 mini muffins
200g almond flour/meal (or mix of 100g a...
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Apple crisps

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, June 30, 2017 In : sweets 


After years of experimenting with sugar-free healthy snacks for our daughter, the one thing she will always eat is dried apple slices. Kids love simplicity.
I used a mandoline to cut four apples into 3-4 mm rounds. Cut them whole with skin on, no need to de-core. Put the slices into a bowl and drizzle with a some lemon juice and mix to stop the apples going brown. Place the slices in one layer on dehydrator trays or baking trays. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Dehydrate between 47-70C for ...
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Raw banoffee pie

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 In : desserts 

This is a recipe from Eleanor Ozich. It's delicious, but I will make it slightly different next time. I usually make a raw base with the usual suspects: dates, almonds, coconut oil, but I find it's not crunchy enough for my liking. So I add buckinis (activated buckwheat groats). Or do the easy classic non-raw cheesecake base - bashed up gingernuts or malt biscuits mixed with some melted butter. I wanted more caramel and less cream filling so next time I will halve the cashew cream.

Base:
1 c me...
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Chocolate aquafaba sponge

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, June 23, 2017 In : big cakes 
 
Make a quick sponge from chickpea brine! Aquafaba, as it is known, is useful if you're doing vegan baking. The brine whisks up like egg white.

1 c flour (spelt, wholemeal, gluten free, whatever you usually work with)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 tbsp cacao powder
pinch salt
1/4 c aquafaba (brine from a can of chickpeas, drained)
1/4 coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 c applesauce
1/2 c raw sugar

Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 loaf tins with baking paper.
Sift and mix all dry ing...
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Blueberry muffins with crunchy crumb

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, May 25, 2017 In : small cakes 

A quick muffin for a spontaneous afternoon tea. Make vegan by using a flax egg and substituting the butter in the crunchy crumb.

1 1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c vegetable oil
1 egg
1/3 c milk
1 c blueberries, fresh or frozen

Crunchy crumb:
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c flour
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 c butter, cut into cubes

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 12-muffin tin with paper muffin cups.
If you're using fresh blueberries, coat them with a little flour. If you're using frozen blue...
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Rye oat soda bread

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, May 25, 2017 In : bread 


This is from Jamie Oliver's Superfood cookbook. It rather annoys me how 'superfood' has become an overused word to market brands, books and recipes. Some food is higher in particular nutrients than others; it's just common sense to eat a variety and as whole as possible. I wouldn't call this bread a superfood, it's just a simple bread made from wholesome ingredients. That said, if Jamie can get the masses to eat more seeds, berries, vegetables and whole grains and less meat, that can only be ...
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Easy vanilla cake

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, May 25, 2017 In : big cakes 

When it comes to birthday cakes, kids usually prefer simple flavours but lots of icing - and then just eat the icing. Our daughter requested a vanilla PJ Masks cake for her 5th birthday, so this is my first foray into fondant icing. It was easier than I thought. I just drew and cut out a template of Owlette's mask onto paper, then rolled out the store-bought red fondant, placed the template on top and cut it out. The black parts are cut from a licorice log. The white eyes are made from a mixt...
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Strawberry rose cheesecake

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, May 5, 2017 In : desserts 

Another one from Vanelja - a rawish cake with the right combination of strawberry tang, fragrant rose and rich chocolate.

Base:
1 1/2 c almonds
6 dates
2 tbs cacao powder
pinch salt

Filling:
1 c cashews
1 c strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 banana
1 tbs rosewater or extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
juice of a lemon
1/4 c grated cacao butter, melted
1/4 c coconut oil, melted

Icing:
2/3 c grated cacao butter
3 tbs coconut oil
1/2 c cacao powder
2 tbs honey or rice syrup
pinch sea salt

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Goji granola

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, May 4, 2017 In : desserts 

This granola has just the right mix of nuts, fruit, spices and sweetness for me - and a fantastic crunch.

3 c oats
2 c chopped nuts
1 c sunflower seeds, or do a pumpkin seed mix
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
4 tbs coconut oil
3/4 c rice syrup
2 tbs water
2 tbs vanilla extract
1/2 c chopped apricots
1/2 c goji berries
1/4 c raisins or chopped prunes

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Melt the coconut oil and rice syrup in a saucepan or double boiler over low heat. Mix the oats, ...


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Vegan carrot cake

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, May 4, 2017 In : big cakes 

If you're avoiding dairy and eggs, this carrot cake will hit the spot for you! This recipe is adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie.

1 c grated/shredded carrots
1/2 c applesauce (basically stewed and mashed apples)
1/3 c oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c flour (I use spelt)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 c cane/rapadura/coconut (ground or powdered)
optional - 1/2 c chopped walnuts, raisins, desiccated coconut

Mix the first five ingredients in a bowl and set a...
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Wookie cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, April 27, 2017 In : cookies 

I made these chocolate thins for a Star Wars kids' party. Low in sugar and no gluten, eggs, dairy or nuts, if you're avoiding such things.
1c buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs cocoa powder
1/4 c coconut sugar/rapadura - ground into a powder using a coffee grinder
1/4 c coconut oil
5-8 tbs nondairy milk

Whisk all the dry ingredients in a food processor. Add coconut oil and mix. With the motor running add the milk one tablespoon at a time until a dough forms. Wrap in cling film a...
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Frances Chan is a freelance editor/proofreader who has written a couple of children's books and writes for Weekend Notes. She also loves to bake. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.


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