Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

November 28, 2019

This will be the 14th chocolate chip cookies recipe on Bake Club! And it's a good variation - adding oats and being free of gluten, sugar and dairy if you need to bake for special dietary requirements. Thanks to Minimalist Baker for the inspo.

3/4 c rolled oats, or quick cook oats
3/4 c ground almonds
1/4 c desiccated coconut
3/4 tsp baking powder
14 tsp salt
1/4 c dark chocolate chips
1/4 c chopped dried fruit, optional (I used apricots but I've also used prunes and freeze-dried blueberries)
1/4 c aquafaba (brine from can of chickpeas)
2 tbsp almond butter
1/3 c brown rice syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Put all dry ingredients plus chocolate chips and dried fruit in a large bowl and mix well. In a small bowl whisk together the rest of the ingredients until combined. Pour into dry ingredients and mix. Form the sticky dough into a ball, wrap in cling film or wax wrapper and place in freezer for 10 min or fridge for 30 min until firm.
Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
Roll 1-2 tbsp dough into balls and place on your trays. With damp fingers press down and flatten each cookie to a small disc. Leave room in between for spreading.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating trays halfway through cooking. Cookies should be browned on the edges and cooked in the middle.
Leave on the trays for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. These cookies are crisp on the outside and chewy inside.


Mocha molasses loaf

November 22, 2019

Coffee and chocolate is another baking match made in heaven. If you want to make an even more decadent version you could replace the cocoa powder with melted dark chocolate.

115g butter
1 c soft brown sugar
2 tbsp molasses
1 egg
1 c black coffee
1/4 c kahlua or substitute coffee for non-alcoholic version
1 1/2 c flour
3/4 c cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.

In a bowl beat the butter, sugar, molasses and ...

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Coffee biscotti

November 20, 2019

A solid biscuit for grown-ups! Perfect for dunking in coffee, of course.

1 c flour (I used spelt)
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp ground coffee
1/4 c soft brown sugar
pinch sea salt
1 or 2 eggs
1/4 c dark chocolate drops or chips
1/4 c lightly toasted hazelnuts (pistachios, macadamias or pecans are also nice)

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder, coffee, sugar and salt. Break in 1 egg and mix in with the chocolate bits and nuts. If dough is still...
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Matcha mint slice

November 15, 2019

I must admit when I first made this I didn't get much green tea or mint flavour, so I've upped my quantities and now use a larger tin to get thinner slices. Whatever works for you though, thick slices are just as good too. Thanks to Lola Berry's Food to Make You Glow (Plum, 2017) for the inspiration.

1 c desiccated coconut
1 c almond meal (I ground almonds in a coffee grinder)
2 tbsp almond butter (or any nut butter you prefer)
1 c dates (medjool are best but I also use deglet nour)...

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November 14, 2019

Flapjacks, muesli bars, granola bars, oatmeal crunch - whatever you call them these wholesome bites are great for lunch boxes and snacks in general. In the US though, flapjacks are pancakes, so don't get lost in translation. What makes traditional flapjacks compared to other granola bars is the inclusion of golden syrup, which gives a caramely taste.
I have substituted with healthier rice syrup (no fructose) but feel free to use whatever sweetener you prefer. You can also use non-dairy spread ...
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Marmalade biscotti

November 9, 2019

An easy bake from Rachel Khoo from her Little Swedish Kitchen (Michael Joseph, 2018). A great way to use up marmalade, as I don't eat it very often. The biscuit is not too sweet, and with a citrus tang.

100g soft butter
80g caster sugar
100g marmalade of choice
zest of a lemon
225g flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt

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

Beat the butter, sugar, marmalade and zest in a bowl until creamy. Sift in flour, baking powder and salt and...

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Chocolate mud brownies

October 27, 2019

You can make this batter into brownies, cakes, muffins - whatever suits your occasion. I usually go for a square or rectangle tin so it's easier to cut for lunch boxes or to serve many people. The best thing is that the food processor does all the work. Thanks Rachel Khoo for a winning free-from recipe from The Little Swedish Kitchen (Michael Joseph, 2018).

250g pitted dates
90ml hot espresso coffee
80g ground flaxseed
180ml vegetable oil
1 x 400g can black beans, drained (reserve 1/2 c of the liq...

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Lemon drizzle cake

October 25, 2019

This is a light, gluten-free, sugar-free cake with a gooey sauce.

3 eggs, separated
1/2 c milk of choice
1/3 c vegetable oil
juice and zest of 2 lemons (reserve 1 tbsp juice for drizzle)
1/3 c rice syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c ground almonds
1/4 c coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 c coconut milk
1/4 c rice syrup
1 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a cake tin with baking paper.
In a large bowl whisk egg yolks, milk, oil, juice and zest, rice syrup and vanilla unti...
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Chocolate cornflake slice

October 15, 2019

A super easy slice to rustle up in less than 30 minutes.

1 c flour of choice (I used spelt)
1 c cornflakes
1 c desiccated coconut
2 tbsp cocoa
3/4 c sugar of choice (brown or coconut are good)
150g butter or non-dairy spread, melted

1 c icing sugar
2 tbsp cocoa 
2-3 tbsp milk of choice

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a brownie tin with baking paper, leaving overhang on the sides.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Press evenly into tin and bake for about 25 min until cooked through and you...
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Apple cheese caraway scones

October 13, 2019

This is an intriguing recipe by Malika Ameen from Sweet Sugar, Sultry Spice (Roost Books, 2016). After reading the ingredients I really wanted taste these flavours together. It's mostly a savoury bite but with a sugary crust. I bought dried apples specially but I think chunks of fresh apple would be fine too.

1 1/4 c flour (I used spelt)
1/2 c oat flour (I ground oats in a coffee grinder)
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 1 /2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
115g cold butter, cut into 1cm...

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EST. 2010

Frances Chan loves to bake. She's also a freelance editor and has written a couple of children's books. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.

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