Raspberry rose macarons

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 22, 2017 In : small cakes 

This is adapted from Crazy Vegan Kitchen, I've cut down on the sugar a bit. My first time making macarons with aquafaba. I know they're not perfect, they don't have macaron 'feet' and they're not completely smooth on top (I ground up almonds with the skins on), but they're good enough for me and they taste delicious. Our 5-year-old proclaimed it the best thing I've ever made!
Macarons take an age to make, you need to start the night before. It's a real process, and it makes you understand why ...
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Healthy Shrewsbury biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, October 19, 2017 In : cookies 

Shrewsburys, also known as Jammie Dodgers in England, are two shortbread-style biscuits with jam in the middle. I found this healthy version from Niomi Smart's Eat Smart (HarperCollins, 2016). The biscuits are not too sweet, however, they don't have a super crunch, as they use a liquid sweetener, not sugar. I would make these again a little thinner and maybe add some coconut sugar for crunch.
Makes 25
1 1/2 c ground almonds
2 c buckwheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinna...
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Coconut almond macaroons

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 15, 2017 In : cookies 

Whenever I make hummus with canned chickpeas it's an excuse to make something with the aquafaba as well. It's a perfect vegan alternative to egg whites. I've been experimenting to make macaroons with the least amount of ingredients possible.

Makes about 16
1/2 c aquafaba
1 tsp cream or tartar or 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 c brown rice syrup
1 1/2 c desiccated coconut
1 1/2 c ground almonds
150g dark/bittersweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Simmer the aquafaba in a...
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Gingerbread with coconut icing

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, October 15, 2017 In : big cakes 

This is adapted from Emma Galloway's recipe from My Darling Lemon Thyme and her book A Year in My Real Food Kitchen. My coconut icing didn't work out as nice and white and smooth as hers, even after aaaaages whizzing the coconut in the blender. Well, I tried, and it's edible although probably not Instagram-worthy!
Emma likes to add crystallised ginger but I prefer a smooth gingery cake. My cakes tend to crack so I've baked it at a lower temperature and placed it in the lower third of the oven....
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Healthy caramels

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, October 12, 2017 In : sweets 

Mmmmmm - make your own caramels for a guilt-free sweet treat.

Makes 14-16
1 cup pitted dates (medjools are superior but you can use deglet noors too)
1 tbsp nut butter (peanut, almond or cashew work well)
1 tbsp coconut oil
pinch sea salt
For coating:
150 g unsweetened dark/bittersweet chocolate
or 1/2 c cocoa butter, 1/2 c cacao powder, 1/4 c rice syrup

Line a small tray or plate that you can fit in your freezer with baking paper.
If you are going raw, soak the dates in a bowl with a little bit of wa...
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Chocolate biscotti

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 In : cookies 

Our 5-year-old had some fancy biscotti at a cafe this week and asked me to make some. Always up for a baking challenge, I duly produced these. Easy to overbake biscotti, so keep an eye on it.

Makes 12-14 sticks
1/2 c spelt flour
1/2 c buckwheat flour
1/3 c coconut sugar
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For dipping: 50g chocolate, 50g white chocolate

Preheat oven to 190C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
In a bowl mix the flours, sugar, cocoa, bakin...
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Prune chocolate slice

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, September 28, 2017 In : slices 

This is adapted from Eleanor Ozich's apricot and chocolate slice. I love the combination of prunes and chocolate, and have made my own chocolate in this recipe. This is another entry into #PlantBasedChallengeNZ #LittleBirdGoodness

1 c prunes, chopped
2 c ground seeds/nuts/grains - this is YOUR choice! I used 1 c rolled oats, 1/2 c sunflower seeds, 1/2 c activated buckwheat groats (you can also use pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, cashews, walnuts)
1 c desiccated coconut
1/3 c coconu...


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Lentil shepherd's pie

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, September 28, 2017 In : savoury 

Red lentils are great to use in curry or dahl because they cook quickly. This was my first attempt at a caulicashew mash and it turned out great - no one knew it wasn't potato. This is my entry into the #PlantBasedChallengeNZ #LittleBirdGoodness


3 tbsp oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp curry powder
1 medium eggplant, cut into 2cm cubes
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 c red lentils, washed
1 can tomatoes
3 cups water or vege...


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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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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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