Ginger and pistachio cookies

February 15, 2018

A little bit spicy and a little bit nutty! Just what you need for your afternoon dunk. This is a variation on my very easy vegan digestives. You can experiment with any nut or seed flours, add zest or other spices. Go crazy.

1/2 c sunflower seeds, ground in a coffee grinder
1 c flour (I used spelt)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 c chopped pistachios
1/2 c coconut sugar, ground in a coffee grinder
1/4 c coconut oil
5-8 tbsp non-dairy milk

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a food processor until combined. Then add coconut oil and blitz until combined. On a slow rotate gradually add the milk 1 tbsp at a time until the dough starts to form. You may not need all the milk.

Tip out onto a clean surface and roll into a ball. Roll out between 2 sheets of baking paper to 4mm thick. Cut into shapes and place onto your baking trays. They don't need much room to spread.

Bake for 8-10 min, rotating trays halfway. Leave to cool on the trays for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Vegan chocolate ganache cake

February 10, 2018

A deep, rich cake perfect for special occasions. No one will even tell it's vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free.

1 1/2 c non-dairy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 c flour (I've used spelt and buckwheat on different occasions and both worked fine)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2/3 c cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2/3 c rice syrup
1/2 c sunflower or rice bran oil
grated zest of 1 orange or lemon
4 tbsp jam (I use sugar-free St Dalfour)
juice of half orange or lemon


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almond cupcakes

February 4, 2018

I read an interesting book about the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, basically promoting foods that are easy to digest that help build gut flora and it has been proven to relieve sufferers of intestinal and neurological conditions, such as autism, ADHD and schizophrenia. The GAPS diet aims to rebalance the immune system by restricting grains, refined carbs/sugar, dairy food and processed food. This is a very simple recipe as a base for sweet or savoury cakes...
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Ginger apple muffins

January 30, 2018

The apple really helps to keep these little cakes moist. Adapted from The Minimalist Baker.

2 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 5 Tbsp water
1 1/4 cup grated apple, skin on
1/2 cup organic ground coconut sugar
3 Tbsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup oil (I used coconut)
1 1/2 c non-dairy milk
1 1/2 cups flour (I used spelt)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with patty pans.
In a large bowl mix th...

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Berry almond tart

January 1, 2018

I followed the Little Flower Bakery recipe for this brisee dough but it just didn't hold, maybe there was too much butter? Maybe Auckland is just too humid at the moment? Anyway, instead of several small tarts I pressed half the dough into a large tin. I still have half the dough in the fridge, maybe I'll make a savoury quiche with it.

4 1/2 c flour (I used spelt)
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 (342g) butter, cut into 2cm cubes and chilled
1/3 c ice water

Almond cream:
1/2 c (114g) butter, softened
1/2 c g...
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Double chocolate zucchini muffins

December 31, 2017

Our 5-year-old runs at the sight of zucchini but she scoffed these muffins - ha gotcha! No one could tell these cakes had vegetables in them, and vegan and gluten free to boot. Adapted from The Love & Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio (Avery, 2016).

1 tbsp ground flaxseed
3 tbsp water
1 c non-dairy milk at room temperature (I used rice)
2 tsp lemon juice
2 c spelt flour
1/2 c cacao powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c coconut oil, melted
2/3 c brown rice sy...

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Banoffee pie

December 26, 2017

I scoured the net and came up with a mix-and-match raw vegan banoffee pie recipe. This is different from my other banoffee pie, which uses cashew cream.

For the base:
1/2 c almonds
1/2 c walnuts
1/3 c desiccated coconut
6 deglet noor dates (use medjool if you have them, I was just saving $)
1 tbsp rice malt syrup
1/2 tsp ground ginger

For the caramel:
10 medjool dates, pitted
1 c coconut cream or milk or other nondairy milk
2 heaped tbsp almond/cashew/peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt

2 banan...

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Coconut milk caramels

December 22, 2017

First attempt at making toffees. Quite a process, but the combo of coconut milk, spices and coconut sugar is rather delicious. This is adapted from Sweet Things by Annie Rigg (Kyle Books, 2013).

400ml coconut milk or cream
10cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
6 cardamom pods, bruised
2 star anise
1 stick cinnamon
150g soft brown sugar
75g golden syrup
50g non-dairy spread or butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
220g coconut sugar
2 tbsp desiccated coconut, toasted
50g dark chocolate, melte...
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Vegan mayo

December 19, 2017

I found this fantastic recipe for mayo using aquafaba on Minimalist Baker. You only need 1/4 c brine from a can of chickpeas but it whips up nicely like the consistency of eggy mayo.

1/4 c aquafaba
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp ground mustard
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp brown rice syrup or maple syrup
3/4 c vegetable oil (neutral flavour such as rice bran, not olive oil)

Put all ingredients in a bowl except for the oil. Whisk with an electric hand beater unti...
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White chocolate Christmas bars

December 16, 2017

Apparently white chocolate isn't technically traditional chocolate because it doesn't contain chocolate solids, ie cocoa/cacao powder, but homemade white chocolate is next-level goodness! You can use any dried fruit or nuts in this recipe, and pour into any shaped moulds. Pistachios and gojis are perfect for Christmastime.

1 c cacao butter...

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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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